How will you feel when you’re caught in the act?
The word “manifest,” defined today as “to make clear or evident to the eye or the understanding,” has a fascinating origin.
The literal definition of the original word was “caught in the act.”
The Latin root manus, meaning hand, seems symbolic of man using hands for conscious actions, or making choices.
Its accompanying root festus, meaning “able to be seized or handled,” suggest thoughts made real and concrete.
In other words, that which is manifested can be felt, touched, realized as tangible.
Thus, to manifest is to reveal your true thoughts, desires, and character through action. It is to be “caught in the act” of who you are.
Of course, this applies to both improvement and degeneration. One can be caught in the act of anonymous service, or caught in the act of adultery.
No matter where or how you’re caught in action, understand that no action can be taken without forming first as a thought.
As Plutarch wrote,
“An idea is a being incorporeal, which has no subsistence by itself, but gives figure and form unto shapeless matter, and becomes the cause of manifestation.”
The Proverb states it more succinctly:
“As a man thinketh, so is he…”
What we do is a manifestation of what we think.
To manifest a better life, you must first envision a better life.
In other words, you need a clear, concrete, and compelling manifesto of your ideal life.
A bold declaration of your noblest ideals and highest aspirations, which saturates your thoughts and leads to the manifestation of heroic actions.
Without such a conscious guide, you will manifest the programmed, contradictory, and limiting junk of your subconscious mind.
You will be caught in the act of operating on autopilot: blindly accepting social programming, submitting to false labels, believing negative self-talk, accepting unquestioningly what is “known” to be impossible.
By default, every human being is a manifester — whether consciously or unconsciously.
If you’re going to manifest anyway, why not manifest consciously and positively?
Knowing thoughts manifest as actions, why entertain limiting and degenerate thoughts?
Eternal vigilance, taught the American Founders, is the price of liberty.
This principle is as true for personal liberty as it is true of political and economic freedom. As you think, so shall you become.
You must guard your thoughts vigilantly, for they will manifest as either tragic or triumphant actions.
As James Allen wrote in his classic As a Man Thinketh,
“Mind is the Master power that moulds and makes,
And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes
The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking-glass.”
Every moment of every day you are caught in the act of manifesting your thoughts.
Will you feel embarrassed or excited, guilty or honorable to be caught in action?