One of the biggest questions people trying to use Law of Attraction to bring about change in their lives have is, “How long will it take before I see my manifestations?”
We are used to thinking in terms of time when it comes to accomplishing things. “How long does it take to boil a cup of water?” “When will my car be ready?” “How many hours of practice will I need to put in?” But when it comes to creating reality, time is not the important factor. In fact, it’s not a factor at all. This can be extremely frustrating and discouraging for people – it certainly was for me – and seem a wee bit suspicious. If this LOA stuff works, why can’t I get some concrete answers?
It’s important to keep in mind just how relative our Universe is. There is no absolute answer that applies to everybody.
Asking, “How long will it take me to manifest a new car,” is like asking, “How long will it take me to drive to Ottawa?” You can’t get an accurate answer unless the other person knows your starting point. If they assumed that you were starting from the same place as them – let’s say Toronto – then they could tell you it takes about five hours to drive to Ottawa. But they would be making the mighty big assumption that they know where you are starting from. If you were actually in Vancouver and you listened to their estimate and started driving, you would start getting a bit impatient after six hours had passed and you were still nowhere near Ottawa. After 12 hours of driving with still no “Welcome to Ottawa” signs in sight, you would probably be pissed off and thinking that they had no idea what they were talking about. And what if you starting point was San Jose, Costa Rica or Sao Paulo, Brazil?
How long it takes to receive your manifestation is completely dependent on your vibrational proximity to it, and that’s not something that anyone else can tell you with 100% reliable accuracy. If you have some wise friends, they certainly may be able to guide you and give you advice based on what they’re seeing in your life and what they know about you, but all of that would still be their perspective. They aren’t in your body and they don’t have access to every single belief you have. At the end of the day, it will still come back to you.
But don’t worry. Each one of us has super accurate guidance that is available to us 24 hours a day 7 days a week: our emotions. Spiritual teachers are always stressing the importance of emotions and paying attention to how you feel. It isn’t just mushy sentimentality. 🙂 It actually has some “practical” applications that will help guide you through life. How you feel is giving you all the information you need to know. The better you feel, the closer you are to what you want. The worse you feel…
I’ll write more about emotions in the future (you can also check out some of the great sites on the Resources page to learn more) but for now just remember that when it comes to creating your reality, time is not what you should be focused on. In fact, worry about how long it will take and things like that will actually slow the whole process right down.
So, throw time out the window with your manifestation projects. I realize this may be a scary thing to do with some of your bigger desires, so don’t start with those. Start with something fairly small and meaningless, something you haven’t been stressing over, and see how that goes. When you see success with little things, you’ll have more confidence to move on to bigger things. And confidence is a great emotional sign that you are moving towards what you want.