Lessons from a Master of Manifestation

Photo by Ed Schipul

Written by Raymond Salas

At the latest family gathering, I had the opportunity to meet a true “master of manifestation.”

I wasn’t really expecting it.

I wasn’t really looking for it.

Yet, I encountered this “master of manifestation” anyways…in the form of my 13-month old nephew.

Watching him, I realized that each of us already has all of the knowledge within us for achieving our goals and manifesting our desires, but many of us forget or have forgotten that we already know. Therefore, we look outside of ourselves to books, movies, and other resources, like “The Secret,” to re-mind us of what we already know within.

Lessons from a Master of Manifestation

Here are some of the reminders and lessons that I received from this “master of manifestation”:
  • Clearly know what you desire.
In any given moment, my nephew clearly knows what he wants. There is no doubt about it. One of his latest desires is that he loves to go outdoors as much as possible. He loves walking and playing outdoors (I can relate to this). Prior to this, his primary desire was learning to walk. Therefore, most of his time, energy, and focus were spent on mastering and manifesting this desire to walk. He practiced, practiced, practiced until he succeeded.

  • Have strong feelings of desire.
Whenever he wants something, he definitely has strong feelings of desire for whatever he wants. It’s almost like he becomes “possessed” by his desires. For example, another one of his current desires (and joys) is to walk up to the television and push as many of the buttons that he can find. He loves it! If you try to stop him, he will effectively express his displeasure. Let’s just say that he won’t be “having any of it.” Like most children (and adults), he gets very upset when he is not free to express and fulfill his desires. You can definitely see his passion for his desires.

  • Seize the opportunity for action.
Being a new lover of the outdoors, the moment that he sees a door open, he drops whatever he is doing and heads immediately for the open door. It’s uncanny, almost like he has a built-in “door radar” or a sensor in his brain. Whenever it’s triggered, he seizes the opportunity for action. He doesn’t ponder or think about it. He doesn’t ask anyone what they think. He hasn’t learned this behavior. Plus, he can’t actually talk yet, except for the occasional “Hi there.” Not being able to ponder or ask anyone actually works well in his favor. If we could only remember this as adults, we would probably all be much happier.

  • Make each step of the process of your desires a game.
Like most children, I realized that everything, even learning, is a game to my nephew. He loves to play. When his new desire was to learn how to put together pieces from his over-sized Lego set, he wants to first watch you do it and then he will try to duplicate the process to achieve the same results. Even though he has not succeeded yet, he thoroughly enjoys the process. His learning and the process of his desires are a fun game for him.

  • Stay focused on the present.
As a 13-month old, my nephew is very focused on the present moment, whatever or whoever is in front of him. He never seems to be thinking about the past or anticipating the future. In fact, his forehead sometimes “scrunches” up because he is “studying” and focusing so hard on the present moment.

  • Feel good. Laugh often.
Playing with my nephew, I realize how easy it is for him to laugh. He is usually feeling good and laughing often, usually playing his way through his day. Even if he is learning something new like how to walk down stairs (a current “goal” and desire of his), he is always having a good time, never really attached to the results of what he is doing. He doesn’t dwell on his mistakes whenever he makes them. He just keeps at it until he accomplishes his goal and manifests his desire, feeling good and laughing all the way.

“The more playful you are about it, then the easier it all is.” 

- Abraham-Hicks

  • When you’re done, let go and a new desire is born.
Once he has achieved a desire, he “releases it” (i.e., shifts his focus) and a new desire is born. Then, he is off on a new journey to the fulfillment of his next desire. He never looks back (probably because he doesn’t know how to…yet).

For example, once he learned to open doors, his new desire immediately became to go outdoors as much as possible. Also, once he learned to walk, his new desire became to master walking down steps without assistance. Just like many other children, he doesn’t usually like help (if at all possible). He prefers to be independent and learn how to do things by and for himself. He usually stays focused on his desire until he is able to do this.

The Biggest Lesson from the Master of Manifestation

What was the biggest lesson from my 13-month old nephew, this powerful “master of manifestation”?

The biggest lesson and reminder for me was that most of us, when we were infants and children, achieved our goals and manifested our desires in the same way that my nephew does. However, over the years, most of us accumulated “knowledge,” social conditioning, and were influenced by the beliefs of the others, especially within our environment. Many of these beliefs and memories are still held even now in our subconscious mind, influencing our current behavior and perceptions. Therefore, our challenge is to release these memories, “unlearn” and remember what we already know, in this case it would be how to manifest our desires.

So, I am grateful for the lessons and reminders from my nephew, a true “master of manifestation” (just like the rest of us).

The only difference is that most of us have temporarily forgotten these truths. Thank goodness he hasn’t.