Magicians set up an intent by putting 100% of their attention on it. Whatever their desire is, they have themselves feel an intense longing in their hearts for the object of their desire moment-to-moment, all day long, every day. With every indrawn breath they draw the object of their desire to them, and with every expelled breath they blow away the obstacles in their path. They do not permit themselves to think about, or to desire, anything except the object of their intent. Average people, who don’t have the mental control to be monitoring their thoughts and feelings all day long, can still obtain a similar effect by just intensely desiring something as powerfully as they can. Desires that have been longed for for many years have enough strength behind them, by virtue of their sheer repetition, to serve as intents (commands to the Spirit). If there’s something which you’ve desired obsessively for a long, long time, then you have enough intent stored up there already and don’t have to do anything more except to drop it.
Once the intent has been set up by obsessive concern, the only way to make it happen, to let the Spirit free to do our bidding, is to drop the concern completely. What locks the Spirit up – keeps it from helping us – is our inability to just let go and abandon ourselves to it, to just trust it to come through for us.
Master magicians are able to just drop obsessive concerns because they have their true feelings so finely tuned that they can switch them off and on at will. They are not as wrapped up in their desires and feelings as are average people. They don’t have such an ego stake (success / glory versus failure / shame) in the outcome of anything, so they can throw their attention completely behind a desire, and just as completely release it. Average people can’t do this – they cling, and cling, and cling to their desires and thought forms. They don’t know how to let go. They don’t have the discipline to be able to just drop something without looking back. So what average people have to do is to trick themselves: after setting up an intent through obsessive concern, they should then arbitrarily choose some other area of their lives to become obsessively concerned about, and shift all their intense, obsessive desire to this other area.
In actuality, the mental control necessary to maintain one’s attention fixed on a specific feeling all day long, and then to stop thinking about it cold, is not as hard as it sounds. You can call upon spirit helpers, or even your death thought form, to assist you by constantly reminding you to return your wandering attention to the object of your desire; or to quit thinking about it, as the case may be.
But it really isn’t necessary to do creative visualization all day long. Just do what you can, in good faith, on a level you feel comfortable with, and everything will work out okay. The important thing to remember is that hope is the fuel that propels desire lines forward. This means faith not in ultimate success, but in ultimate self-worth. In the end you have to abide by the dictates of power. You win a few; you lose a few; that’s the way it goes.
One further application of creative visualization which is useful in untangling light fibers with other people is to try to remember times when you’ve been angry or cruel to other people. It would be best to actually go to them personally and ask their forgiveness; but if this isn’t possible you can go to them in your visualization and humbly ask that they forgive you. Then imagine them forgiving you. You should humbly visualize yourself asking and receiving forgiveness from anyone you’ve ever felt angry at or have hurt. This helps in freeing up your karma (unblocking light fibers) that holds you back from opening your heart.
(excerpted from Thought Forms Copyright © 2000 by Bob Makransky. All rights reserved)
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