Monday, November 14, is the Super Full Moon in Taurus. This Full Moon packs a powerful punch. We won't experience a moon this close to the earth and this large until 2034. And that's not it! The Moon is exalted in the illuminating zodiac sign, Taurus. This means that the lunar energies of fertility, abundance, nurturing, and sustenance are expressed with more ease. Super Moon in Taurus provides the energy to help us get clear about our work in this world and to approach our goals in more sustainable, pragmatic, and methodical ways. In short, this is an excellent opportunity to do some nitty gritty manifestation work. Take this time to go over your vision(s)/desires/dreams with a fine toothed comb and reflect on your approach to making it happen. What beliefs and actions give EVIDENCE that they work, that they bring you the results you want? Which one's are doing you a disservice? Refine your habits and rituals, people!
Ok. I kind of got off topic there...
So, lets back track.
What do you most desire? A more loving, fulfilling relationship with yourself or others? More energy? Health? To forgive someone? A new job? To let go of something you’ve been holding on to? Well, let’s make it happen!
First, let me clarify, this article isn’t so much about specific manifestation rituals as it is about, as the title suggests, the art of asking. How do you make your requests as clear and loud as possible so that you get exactly what you want?
You see, the Universe is very smart, yet simple at the same time. For example, maybe you want with all of your heart to date a specific person. You ask and ask but, it just doesn’t work out for you. Several days or months later you meet someone in a coffee shop or on a bus or at a party and whoa! This “chance” encounter reveals to you the lover of your dreams. So in this case, the Universe did not provide what you asked for, because it was not meant for you. Smart. Now, you want more money. So you ask, “Please give me money.” You do your laundry and find five dollars in your pants pocket. There you go! And you say, well damn, I should’ve asked for more money! Simple.
I like to think of the Universe as a system of codes. Understand the code and you win the game… something like that. But really, the key is to have fun with it! Enjoy the process of learning the codes or language of the Universe and witness how your ability to manifest, to create, changes over time as you master the art of asking.
Ok, clearly this is a topic that I really enjoy talking about. I can go on forever, so lets get to the steps, which are, 1. Ask, 2. Visualize, 3. Give thanks
There are many ways to ask. You can think it. You can say it out loud to yourself or to others. My preferred method is writing. Writing is so powerful because it allows you to get specific. You want to move into a new house? Great! Give the Universe more information to work with. Evoke all of your senses. What kind of house? What does this house look like? 1 floor or 3 floors? Where is this house located? Will you live by yourself, with your partner, with friends? What will the bathroom look like? How many bathrooms will there be? Get as specific as you can!! You can write down the specifics, or draw it if you feel called to do so.
The Law of Attraction is no secret (gold star for you if you picked up the reference). We know that we are constantly emitting energetic vibrations with our thoughts and emotions that attract experiences that match that vibration. You leave you house pissed. You then proceed to miss your train and get to work late, spill tea on yourself, you realize you left your lunch at home, it starts to rain and your umbrella breaks, your whole day is just one crappy experience after the other. This is the law of attraction in action. This is how we create our realities. Visualization is so powerful because it can get you into the vibration of having that thing that you want. So when you visualize yourself in that house, joyful and victorious, you emit out that vibration, creating space for the universe to send you a match, i.e., the house, in your physical reality.
3. Give Thanks
For me, this is the most important part of intention setting or asking. Giving thanks means that you are unwavering in your faith that the Universe will provide, that you can acquire whatever it is that you desire when you become an energetic match to it. In the case of the house, you might say something as simple as, “I am thankful for having this home to enjoy, to play, rest, and create in. Thank you. And so it is.”
Now, notice I said WHEN you become an energetic match to it. Making the ask is the easy part. The key is staying in the vibration long enough so that you become a match to what you want to receive. This largely means, maintaining the faith that you will receive it. Another way to say this is, BE RECEPTIVE to receiving what you've asked for. Recently, I've noticed that in my own manifestation work, I often get caught in the asking phase. I ask. I get worried and discouraged when it doesn't manifest immediately. I get frustrated. I ask again. And again... I didn't even allow any space to receive what I asked for! I was too busy obsessing over the absence of it.
A more specific example: So, I want to move into a new house. I make the ask. The next week, I’m still in the same house and I think “Why hasn’t it happened yet? I’ll be stuck here forever.” Not only have I just cancelled out the ask, but I also confirmed that I will stay exactly where I am. All in one breath. This is why it is so important to be aware of our thoughts and what we speak. We are thinking and speaking things into existence all of the time! However, most of the time we attract what we don’t want because for most of us, that’s where majority of our focus and energy goes towards.
Once you make you ask, let it go. For those of you going, “What? That makes no sense!” I’ll say it again. Once you make you ask, let it go. You already gave thanks for receiving what you asked for. You have confirmed that you will get it. Often times, when we focus on what we want, we begin to get anxious or upset that we don’t have it yet and that takes us out of the vibration to receive it. So, remain unwavering in your faith that the Universe will deliver. If you feel that your focus on your desires bring more frustration than excitement, place your attention elsewhere. Go stare at the sky or watch a funny movie, eat some dessert or take a bath. Before your very eyes will unfold the experiences and opportunities that will pull your vision and desires into this physical/material realm.
As with any skill, the art of asking takes time and practice to develop. As I stated earlier, HAVE FUN WITH IT! This is key to the art of asking, i.e. manifestation and will keep you in the vibration to attract what you want.
Jamila Kani is a witch of many trades. Through her collective, Black Femme Witches Brew, she co-creates spaces for black femmes to reclaim their magic and step into their power as Creators.
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