“The next question asked by the thoughtful new student is this: If persons are constantly sending forth psychic vibrations and if such vibrations persist for some time, why are we not overwhelmed with the force of them; and why are they not all so mixed up as to lose all their effect. I shall now answer this very important question.
“In the first place, though we are constantly affected more or less by the multitude of psychic vibrations beating upon us, still the greater part of them do not consciously impress us. … We are impressed only by the stronger vibrations which reach us, and then only by those which we attract to ourselves, or which prove attractive to us by reason of our own likes and dislikes.
“In the second place, the effect of certain thought vibrations is neutralized by the effect of the vibrations of thoughts of the opposite character. Just as the mixture of black and white produce the neutral color of gray, so do the currents of opposing thought vibrations tend to resolve themselves into neutral vibration which has little or no effect upon those coming in contact with them.” ~William Walker Atkinson
The thoughtful student of a spiritual school should ask questions. In fact, the students of just about any school should ask questions. That is how we get the information that is of most interest to us. It is also one way in which the instructor can judge the effectiveness of his teaching. And the term “Thoughtful Student” does imply that the person is able to think, and not just memorize facts and opinions presented by the teacher.
One question the thoughtful student should have when reading the quote above is What’s the difference between thoughts and psychic vibrations. The answer is nothing. It’s just that in this section Atkinson wants to emphasize that thoughts have power. They affect other people and the world around us. They even affect animals and plants. So in that sense, they can be called psychic. So psychic vibrations are thoughts, especially directed thoughts.
Directed Thoughts and Manifestation
For at least the last several decades, many writers and motivational speakers have promoted the concept of controlling our world by controlling our thoughts. They create programs and concepts such as Positive Thinking, Visualizing, and manifesting. Manifesting seems to be the currently popular variation.
While I haven’t read the many popular books on the subject of manifestation, I get the concept from discussions in social media groups. Most of those groups are supposed to be spiritual. Somehow, these people think that manifestation is a spiritual “gift”. It is not that manifestation doesn’t work, it is that it is oversimplified to the point of being nonsense.
Directed thought can help us get what we want. But as noted in the above quote, there is a huge catch to it. The catch is that your thoughts are not traveling through a thought vacuum. They are traveling with the thoughts of millions of others.
Let’s look at a simple example. Suppose there are only two people. And in the area where they live, there is an area of fruit trees. They both like to eat the fruit from the trees. Now suppose they are both equal in mental strength. And suppose both are greedy. They each want that grove of fruit trees for themselves. They both practice manifestation exercises. They both send out thought that the grove belongs to them alone. What happens? Nothing. Because their thoughts conflict, they cancel each other out and nothing happens. Now think of similar situations with millions of people sending out conflicting thoughts. That is why manifesting fail for the vast majority who try it. It isn’t because you are doing it wrong.
But there is a way for manifestation to work. First, build up your mental strength and psychic vibrations by taking in more energy. Second, work with a group of others to try to manifest the same thing. And the most powerful of all, try manifesting according to the plan of God. Nothing can make your manifesting efforts more effective than having God and the Angels on your side.
Those We Attract
Atkinson says the psychic vibrations that will affect us are those that are strongest, and those we attract to ourselves. This is a very logical conclusion. Suppose you have two magnets and a piece of iron. Hold one of the magnets to the piece of iron, and they are pulled together with a certain amount of strength. But put the south pole of one magnet close to the north pole of the other, and they are pulled together with a lot more strength. So the thoughts and vibrations you attract will mostly be those you agree with or those you desire.
Here’s where it gets tricky, though. You will also attract to your thoughts and vibrations that agree with your beliefs. It doesn’t matter if those beliefs are true or false, they attract anyway. Therefore, you often find your false beliefs being backed by the thing you attract to you. And true information that conflicts with your beliefs rarely reaches you. So you continue is holding the false belief. That is why most spiritual schools teach that you must develop an open mind and get rid of beliefs for which you have no actual proof.
The most effective way to get manifestation to actually work is to do it as a group effort. It also helps if some members of the group are advanced spiritual adepts. They know how to bring in extra energy from the sun and use it to make their psychic vibration far more powerful than those of the average person. And those people will naturally be following the Will of God, so as already mentioned, that will give them assistance from the spiritual worlds of light. This is a combination that not only works, but it is also unbeatable.
Here are links to some older posts on thought power and manifesting.