“Wherever you direct your attention, that is where your energy goes,” as my delightful yoga teacher always reminds us. Maybe you can’t see the link with Nikola Tesla yet? Bear with me, it is coming.
There is an energy that exists in us and all around us. It is called “prana” in Sanskrit and is similar to the Chinese notion of “chi”.
The first law of thermodynamics states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed; energy can only be transferred or changed from one form to another.
It’s probably one of the few things I remember from high school science, along with being told by my physics teacher that I was so bad at experiments, his grandmother could do better. In his defence, I had just short-circuiting a transistor, but I still think it a harsh judgement call with regards to the family matriarch.
Mix up Eastern philosophy and science and the conclusion I have come to is that I believe in manifestation. It is, put in non-spiritual terms, the power of intent.
Well-known scientist and rival of Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla was an inventor and mechanical and electrical engineer, and best known for his contribution to modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply.
Had he believed in a notion of the soul, which he didn’t, I suspect Nikola Tesla might have been turning in his grave right now. The eternal soul however is not my thought for the day.
I want to talk about TikTok (bear with me) and yet another demonstration of how we are once again — and on mass scale — polluting the idea of manifestation with some notion of inherent privilege that is based on getting something just because you want it.
What the hell am I on about?!
TikTok, TikTok and it don’t stop
If you’re confused and missed it, here is the 3–6–9 Technique for manifestation that recently went viral on TikTok.
The secret to life boils down to three numbers. It’s all so simple. Just three little numbers and we can change the course of the world. Well, our own little world in any case.
Extrapolated from Nikola Tesla being quoted as having said, “If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have the key to the universe”, this new twist on manifestation techniques offers results in 21 days.
When I say Nikola Telsa is famously quoted as saying this, I mean just that. It seems there is no real trace, but don’t let that detail hold you back as we need some suspension of disbelief to continue.
Basically, think of three things you want to come true, review these things 6 times a day and for a duration of 9 seconds each. Bingo. What you want is all yours. Well, maybe give it three weeks.
Wrong on all levels.
“I want” doesn’t get
Did your parents ever say this to you? It was a way of getting you to more politely rephrase and precede your request with “I would like.”
I used to say it to my daughter all the time when she was small. It wasn’t just a case of using the conditional tense for social etiquette purposes. It represented to me one of the main pillars of the education I wanted to offer her: that it is not just because you want something that you get it. You also have to put the effort in. You earn things in life.
By putting in, you get out.
And I am not just talking about earning money to pay for things. It’s about earning the important things: love, kindness, respect.
I am not sure according a 9-second attention span to something equates with putting in.
We can’t talk about much without coming back to this the p-word lately, but more often than not if it comes up — and is vehemently contested — it is probably because it is lurking around.
Let’s say 3, 6 and 9 are magic numbers. De La Soul did mention that 3 was one, as I suppose Christianity did with the Trinity. We can pass on 6 and 9. What great things we could do for humanity and the planet, now we have found the numerical key …
Or maybe you can just make that girl or guy you really like pick up the phone and call you back or get a great job and earn loads of money.
Haven’t seen many TikTok videos manifesting the reversal of climate change or world peace.
Like attracts like
Maybe I should stop being hard on the kids. Just grumpy and old and wishing I was young and carefree again? No, let’s not let them off that easily. They will, after all, be running things in years to come and I want to be able to sleep well at night in my lonely retirement home.
And anyway, this perverted spirituality isn’t limited to the younger generation. The book, The Secret, left me with exactly the same bitter taste in my mouth.
Manifestation techniques are based on the law of attraction, and according to the law of attraction your thoughts directly affect your reality. We have taken the law of attraction, contorted it and laced it with a notion of entitlement over the past years. It has lost all sense.
“Like attracts like” as the TikTok video reminds us.
I think of a Porsche hard enough and I get one?
Not exactly. It means what you put out there is what you get back. And this might not be a direct and immediate transaction, but rather the attitudes and energy you give to life, will be fed back to you.
How about being grateful for what you already have?
People sometimes say to me that I always land on my feet, or the more familiar expression being that “if I fell in sh*t, I would come out smelling of roses.” They consider me lucky.
Am I lucky? What I sow, is what I reap. I am good to people around me, albeit sometimes a little passive aggressive with clients who wind me up. Others’ needs are important to me. I treat people equally.
I work hard to get what I want, and I do not consider it is owed to me.
And above all else, I am incredibly grateful for what I have. But really grateful. I don’t give it lip service. Gratitude is at the base of any manifestation meditation techniques: I know because I teach them.
Once you focus on something for 9 seconds, it is much easier to keeping focusing on it
Why not end on this enigmatic and slightly worrying takeaway from the TikTok video. It seems to suggest we don’t ever focus on anything for more than 9 seconds either naturally or easily. Somewhere in line with the attention span of a gnat.
Happy 164th birthday for July 10th, Nikola Tesla.
All those late nights to bring us your many inventions, and in the end you went viral thanks to three little numbers. But at least that is something we can manage to focus on for 9 seconds.
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