By Lisa Hansen
When I read Swamiji’s July contemplation article “The Power of Manifesting,” I couldn’t believe the timing of it. Swamiji is speaking directly to me, as this topic has been fresh on my mind. As is often the case with many of us, right? Then I remembered, ah of course, she is Guru.
I have been doing a lot of inner work for the last several months. I’ve been learning language skills online, in order to better use my mind. The result is I feel better and better, yet it may be time to wind that practice down. The reason I say this is because I have been asking Swamiji for help with manifesting. I feel like I have been in a holding pattern of non-action. My emotional and mental work has been the action part of my day, including my yoga practices of chanting and meditation.
I now realize I have been sitting and “waiting” for the universe to deliver to me what I have asked for. As if my business would just grow by itself! As if my excess weight will magically fall off! This article was exactly what I need to shine light and wisdom into my naive perception, just what I need to break through this stagnation.
I have been asking Swamiji for help with my business recently, and also with weight loss (I laughed when she used the weight loss analogy in the article). I feel like she is answering me – with this article. She said to set an intention and, “still, you have to roll up your sleeves and do it!” It was one of the missing pieces for me. Now it seems so silly to expect to increase my business and lose weight without doing my part! I can clearly see now that manifestation is a co-creating experience: one must participate along with God by taking action. I feel a renewed energy stirring up inside of me of INSPIRED ACTION!
My work is all about helping others. That is how I started out to build what is now a prosperous business. Somewhere along the way, my motive became about materialistic gain. I can also see that I didn’t have balance between being in service to others and self-
care, so burnout happened as I gave, gave, gave. In other words, I didn’t have a yoga practice in place, nor a Guru, to replenish what I was able to give out. My vessel became empty. I can see that now.
It had come effortlessly in the beginning when I was in service to others, but manifesting became a struggle and hard work. I am renewed now, to serve others graciously AND keep it in balance this time, taking care of me, too. I can see that what was missing was Grace. With Divine Grace, manifesting with the right motive happens with ease. Your actions are fueled by that Grace. Thus, actions are not depleting, they are replenishing!
I am full of deep gratitude for this clarification!