I want to talk about a concept that has been deeply explored within the Taoist 4 Ascendant Tradition and is very popular lately, manifestation. The idea of manifestation is also present in books such as the Law of Attraction.
As with most of the pop ideas, there is a very real thing that is not being accurately represented underneath the pop idea. Manifestation is one of the earliest Taoist practices and is part of what is referred to as Tao Te. It is thousands of years old, and actually predates the Tao Te Ching or the I Ching. It is well-researched, well-practiced, and produces highly reliable results.
How Does Manifestation in Work in Taoism?
It is an application of Taoist invocation. It can be used to alter luck, to gain prosperity, to get information about the flow of choice, to favor fates and outcomes that you like, to increase your awareness, to increase your spiritual knowledge, and to improve your health.
Let’s take a look at exactly how this is done.
Invocation is an act, just like a physical act. It is no different than walking down the street, eating, exercising, or chatting with a good friend. Physical acts occur within a flow of choice going on constantly around you. Invocation does as well, we simply perform the invocation as an internal act.
Any external act, walking down the street as an example, can change your life or it could lead to nothing. It usually leads to nothing, because you walk on the same path, in the same way, to the same place. Invocation follows the same rules.
But, you say, I don’t normally invoke. How can it be doing anything for me?
Simple, you actually do invoke all the time. That stream of voice in your head–filled with negativity, filled with criticism, filled with fear, and chores, and pain–that day to day voice–is the path that you walk today. It is your invocation.
It is what you are telling the Tao that you want.
When you do the invocations that I have outlined for you, it’s like getting a hiking map to places that are much nicer than the places you have been walking. It too is telling the Tao what you want.
It Is Your Choice to Invoke Pain or Freedom
The fantastic thing is that a small amount of positive invocation goes a very long way.
It can offset much of the negativity of life and lead you closer to the things that you want. If you want to manifest great things, however, you will need to take a great internal walk. We are built for positive things; positive has tremendous power for humans. That means that the great internal walk will be easier than it initially seems.
Proper Action Is Necessary for Manifestation
One of the great errors of the pop attraction model is the thought the Tao is going to manifest something mentioned casually in the spiritual equivalent of a burp. It’s not.
You wouldn’t respond to such a demand if another human treated you in such a cursory fashion, and the Tao doesn’t either.
The basic invocation tools are designed to teach you how to behave in an effective way with the Tao, and how to express your choices and wishes directly the way that humans are intended to do. Taoism is after all about teaching a human how to live with the Tao, behave with the Tao, and receive the full benefits of being part of the Tao.
Remember, equal being, your invocation toward pain or toward grace are respected as a conscious choice by the Tao.
Master Mikel Steenrod
Keeper of the Gate of Man and Heaven
(Lineage Holder of the 4 Ascendant Spheres Purity Adept School of the Tao)