Who hasn’t dealt with the uncertainties, heartaches, and setbacks of life?
Of course, there are some people who are so positive, so optimistic about the future, it can be easy to wonder, Has this person ever experienced difficulty like I have?
The answer (almost always) is yes. They just also know how to feel better.
Their love of life shines through, even when they’re going through a rough patch.
On the outside, these resilient people might look like biological outliers. But often, they’ve tapped into a powerful force that allows them to bounce back, higher than ever before.
This force is manifestation.
3 Strategies From Sarah Prout On How To Feel Better
Sarah Prout, who Vishen interviewed in this Mindvalley Podcast episode, says that the manifestation force is important to tap into because, “we have to manifest things to provide for ourselves: a roof over our heads, a bed to sleep in, food to eat. We are always, constantly creating and manifesting.”
But even though all of us want to know how to turn our dreams into reality, the exact mechanisms on how to do so are not clear.
Many claims about manifestation fall under the umbrella of “junk food spirituality” —things that make you feel good in the short-term but don’t work out in the long-term.
But as the co-founder of the Manifesting Academy and Soulspace Media, Sarah teaches a more embodied and practical version of manifesting.
And she knows exactly what it means to turn your life around.
A decade ago, she left an abusive marriage with nothing but a welfare check and two children to care for. She realized she had to surrender to a higher power and get creative. Eventually, she met her future husband and the person she founded the Manifesting Academy with.
Now, she teaches strategies on how to feel better and live better.
Here are 3 of her most powerful strategies on how to feel better and harness the power of manifestation.
1. Take Ownership Of Your Energy And Emotions
In the personal growth world, it’s long been accepted that thoughts become things. The underlying assumption is that we, as sentient beings, are able to create our reality.
But Sarah suggests that there’s another, more correct way to phrase this truth.
Feelings become things.
Why feelings instead of thoughts?
Thoughts are important but they represent the conscious mind. Neuroscientists now theorize due to the advances in technology that 90% of our reality is created by our subconscious mind. That means the thoughts you’re conscious of only constitute 10% of your reality.
So, if that’s where you’re focusing, then you’re not maximizing the impact of your efforts.
Your feelings, beliefs, and emotions make up your energy, and the world responds to your energy. As Gandhi has said,
Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.
Here’s a simple example of how your feelings become things: Say you believe that you’re competent, capable, and deserving enough to achieve your dreams. This, in turn, will make you more likely to seek out opportunities, take them on, and achieve them.
People are more likely to have healthy habits like eating well or exercising if they believe they are capable enough to perform these behaviors.
Shame, on the other hand, can create a self-fulfilling prophecy by reducing your hope and undermining your efforts to change.
And your beliefs also affect how others respond to you.
For example, overconfident people tend to enjoy higher social status than people with less confidence, even when the evaluators have objective information that shows their ability is the same or worse.
While overconfidence can sometimes set people up for failure by making them less likely to take all factors into consideration, most of the time confidence is a protective factor.
Using conscious effort to tackle the subconscious mind
On the face of it, it sounds impossible to change the subconscious mind. In reality, it’s rather simple: Take ownership of your energy and emotions.
When you don’t accept the way you feel, that creates resistance. Resistance is the opposite of flow and therefore the opposite of manifesting.
Sarah says that “flow is when you are in a surrendered state.” You’re either in a state of resistance or a state of flow.
When we work with the higher orders and structures of life, like time and society, we’re working with reality instead of against it. We are in flow.
By guiding our emotions in a compassionate manner, we’re increasing the likelihood of a positive outcome.
2. Embrace The Miracle Of Uncertainty
This is one of the challenges Sarah sees everybody struggle with.
After all, we are designed to desire certainty and remove uncertainty. Typically, when we are uncomfortable with something, we try and control it.
But life is not fully under our control. That’s the beauty of it: We get to experience surprise, awe, discomfort, and expansion.
The missed opportunity
When the Universe presents us with uncertainty, it’s an opportunity. But we often reject this invitation and “go into drama mode,” Sarah says.
That robs us of a chance to grow and empower ourselves. We miss the opportunity to manifest what we want because we’re trying to deny the hand life deals us. Ultimately, it makes us unable to navigate the now.
But this struggle dissolves when we have an active faith.
And that doesn’t mean you have to have Pollyanna optimism. it means that you’re embracing who you are, what you’re feeling, where you are, and what you’re going through with the knowledge that no matter what happens next, you’re going to be okay.
By operating under the assumption that you’re okay no matter what, you diffuse the resistance.
3. Revering The Universe
One of the best remedies for worry is wonder.
According to Dictionary.com, wonder is,
a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.
And the great news is that in every second, in every millisecond, the Universe gives us cause for wonder.
Have you seen pictures of the beauty of Mars? Have you seen a child smile with absolute glee? Or taken a look at any of the many technological advances that we’re making as a society? Or discovered the amazing temples and art of ancient civilizations?
And wonder, according to Psychology Today, is the first step to wisdom. It’s also 1 of the 4 pillars that Arianna Huffington says makes up the third metric of success, wellbeing. It helps us experience curiosity and interest instead of fear.
Imagine tackling your biggest challenge with curiosity and interest instead of fear and dread.
Do you see yourself doing anything differently?
You should, because if wonder is one of your primary drivers, you can bet that you’ll be more engaged in life. Your ability to manifest what you want will increase exponentially.
If you’re interested in learning more on how to feel better and live better, take a moment to listen to the rest of this amazing interview between Sarah and Vishen.
What strategies do you use to feel better? How do you incorporate wonder into your life?
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