This is part of a series about manifestation, which begins here.
Clarity means knowing what you want. It is another word for focus. When you are clear on what you want, it stands out sharply in your mind. It’s distinct.
Clarity also means knowing what you don’t want. It means being willing to take your attention off of what you don’t want, because if you focus unduly on what you don’t want, you’ll create that instead of what you do want. Don’t let yourself get sucked into the fear that you’ll get what you don’t want, which will certainly create that condition, because fear is a feeling and thus it is an engine of creation. Fear creates as readily as love. The unfortunate side-effect of creating from fear is that the end result of what you create from fear, when it finally comes to you, will be saturated with the very fear you created it with. You cannot create an end experience filled with beauty and love by using the driving power of fear; it is simply a mechanical impossibility. With manifestation it is an incontrovertible rule that the medium and message are one.
You will sometimes have to wrench your attention away from what you don’t want. The human mind tends to gravitate towards what we don’t want and have, rather than what we do want and don’t have. It can sometimes be very hard to stop thinking about how annoying it is that things are still this way when you really want them that way. The very annoyance is the glue that keeps your attention attached to the negative and perpetuates it.
This is why complaining drains your power. When you complain, you are focusing on the negative and thus creating it. What you get is more of the same: negative stuff only worth complaining about. Break the cycle of complaint and focus on what you actually do want and you’re on your way to creating it. Then all you need is practice and patience.
Your knowledge of what you want doesn’t have to be perfect, but your clarity about what you do know does. It’s fine to start with what you know you don’t want, and work outward from there, as long as you don’t get stuck before arriving at what you do want.
If you quite simply don’t know what you want, try just deciding on something to want. Decide arbitrarily if you have to. It’s just to get you over the hump, to get you started. Start small. Focus on something small long enough to receive it and see how you like it. Then refine your request and ask again. The universe is an infinite ocean for your fishing pleasure; there is no limit to the number of times you can fish something out of it, decide not to keep the fish and toss it back. You don’t ever need to feel guilty or to feel that you are wasting time (yours or the universe’s) by tossing back the fish. You can continue the process until you have caught exactly the right fish. In fact, the more you practice, the better.
Allow yourself to come to clarity by a process of conversing with the universe. “I think I want chocolate ice cream. I’m focusing on chocolate ice cream with great clarity.” The universe hands you a pint of Ben and Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk. Hmm, you say, “I really want it in a waffle cone.” Then you focus on NYSFC in a waffle cone. The universe hands you a waffle cone with some miscellaneous chocolate ice cream in it and you realize you forgot to continue focusing on the NYSFC. But maybe this other flavor is pretty good . . . And on it goes. It is a refinement process that only ends when you say it does.
Don’t get stuck in whether or not what you want is possible. All that time spent arguing about whether and how it could happen could be much better spent actually visualizing, learning from the universe’s response to the visualization and refining the visualization.
To use the tool of clarity is to be willing to be clear even when you are in process. To focus your mind clearly on what you are creating and to be willing to receive what the universe throws at you, to respond to that, clear your mind and start again.
I’ll say a bit more about clarity tomorrow.