From an autobigraphical perspective, Manifesting Things explores facets of spirituality, religion, history, and philosophy for the purpose of creating mental and physical change.
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We are weaving our realities with thoughts, words, and deeds. On some level, we have manifested every aspect of our lives. And, by the same token, we have the power to change it, to mold it, to add, subtract and thereby bring our needs and desires to fruition. As an African-American, my fore-parents have historically had to do this – ‘make a way where there was no way.’ Many people in society today are finding it necessary to do the same, yet we are increasingly overwhelmed by our various realities. All of our tools for transformation begin inside, we need only create an atmosphere from which to access them. This is the basis of Manifesting Things. What makes this book unique is that I, too, am experiencing the average person’s trials and challenges - I am manifesting my own survival each and everyday. But, while the conditions of my life are light years from perfect, I am inspired in this process of living. We all have a gift to share, regardless to where we are in life and what we may or may not possess. Manifesting Things - careful, intended, long rehearsed - is my gift to you. Between its 200+ fun-loving pages, we’ll explore how to live better, feel better, and maybe even change the world!
...Throughout his lifetime, Mahatma Gandhi stressed the brotherhood of religions. He was known to refer to himself as Muslim, Hindu, Christian, and Jew at once, drawing from the oneness, the sameness, of each. 'As long as God was present,' he expressed, 'it didn't matter which doctrine you were reading from - The Gita, The Bible, or the Qu'ran.' It is the details of each religion - the customs, rules, and histories - that cause wars between them, for the intrinsic values of all weave throughout like a common thread.
Monotheistic religions give credence to a Supreme Creative Force (or God, as this entity is popularly addressed), and though the ordinances differ, basic principles of many are historically interrelated and inherently the same. There is no singular, correct way of experiencing God - there are simply too many of us, embracing too many different cultures to render any singular religious or philosophical doctrine suitable for all mankind. Not unlike Gandhi, I have found myself a citizen of many different teachings at various times in my life. My general conclusion is that none of them are entirely wrong.
Whether one chooses to reach God through prayer or chanting is a personal choice, deeply influenced by one's socialization. God is a Supreme Intelligent Being with a pure understanding that each of His creations has its own way of experiencing Him. Just as we are individuals in the ways we look, speak, and wear our hair, we are certainly individuals in the ways in which we experience God. The interesting thing though, is that we are all related in that we strive for the same basic things: Union with God, His favor, guidance and protection, abundance, love, peace, and unity amongst ourselves. The ways we go about attaining these things are, however, quite different. Is it any wonder?