Man’s Search For Meaning – What Do We Do It All For?

Many many years ago, I read Victor Frankl’s book Man’s Search For Meaning and it had a profound affect on me. I remember being totally in awe of a man that can find purpose and his meaning for living in a place that can really only be considered hell on earth. 

Now, looking back I understand that remembering the story means that I have missed the point entirely. Clearly the book didn’t have the impact that it should have had. Understanding is one thing. Applying the lesson is another.

The ‘Meaning’ That I Missed

I have been reading an E-Book called the No-BS Manifesting Guide from and it is kind of what has prompted me to write this post. Having always believed in the spiritual side of our experience on earth, I have always believed in the Law of Attraction and our innate abilities to manifest anything we want. Be manifesting magnets.

Not for a second am I saying that I have mastered this but I know that I am getting there – applying everything that I learn and staying in a positive vibe as often as I can. But, a bit annoyingly this E-book jumps straight into the science behind manifesting. It is really quick to point out that The Law of Attraction is rubbish because there is a missing peice that 94% of people miss – and this is why they never get to be the manifesting magnets we all should be. Dangerously leading people to believe that the Law of Attraction is garbage and not meant for them.

There are many quotes from incredibly qualified bright minds saying that Rhonda Byrne of The Secret couldn’t possibly understand quantum physics and that there is evidence from these quantum physicists that she clearly doesn’t understand the laws of quantum physics.

But, so what? One of my strongest beliefs (and this may be a hugely limiting belief) is that not everything is scientific. I have always held that there are things that science just can’t possibly explain and probably never will. The Law of Attraction being one of them. But, and this is a big but – I also firmly believe that we (each and every one of us) hold the key to our personal freedom on this plane.

Going back to the lesson from Man’s Search For Meaning. When I read the book, it profoundly affected me but didn’t change me. I missed the meaning behind the lesson. Personal freedom, comes from within. Find happiness with self, in any situation and the ‘good’ flows from that. This is the lesson we should be applying in our lives all day everyday. I know that is easier said than done.

The No-BS Manifesting Guide

To be fair to the No-BS Manifesting Guide, whilst pointing out that the Law of Attraction (or ‘The Secret’) doesn’t work because of that missing peice, it goes on to say that manifesting is a process – that everyone can apply. There is just an extra step. It’s not just believe, visualise and then sit back and wait for the benevolent universe to provide. 

In all of the research that I have done over the years, there are a number of key things that consistently keep coming up and the No-BS Manifesting Guide sums it up pretty well.

Focus – Boost – Release – Gratitude – Go!

All pretty self explanatory but is it still a little simplistic? Is the No-BS Manifesting Guide just adding to the confusion of how this all works? 

I agree that focus is a very important ingredient to manifesting but I worry about all of the material that is available to us online. All of the free and paid resources that all have a slightly different viewpoint or a different name for the same thing. This guide is no exception. It is another resource that has the potential to bump people off their manifesting paths by adding to the confusion about this whole topic. It is my firm belief, that confusion is one of the main reasons that people are in the 94% that can’t seem to make manifesting work for them. There is no doubt that it’s time to cut through all of the crap.

The No-BS Manifesting Guide is a good read and one that I will finish but I just wanted to write this as a warning to read everything from a place of inquisition and only take on the tools that feel right for you personally.

Goal Setting – Just Start!

In the past, I have written quite a lot about whether to have a plan or not. I have always resisted having a plan set in stone for what I want to achieve so have never really written anything down – until recently. A Harvard Study on Goal Setting noted that in general, most people who don’t write down their goals will never achieve them. My view has always been that I don’t want to restrict what I manifest by writing it down.

But, having said that – I have to take a leaf out of Vishen Lakhiani’s book ‘Code of the Extraordinary Mind’. I am now of the view that it is great to set goals providing we do it the right way and we should be very careful how we go about it. Vishen talks about means goals versus end goals and I think this is a very important distinction when it comes to going about setting your goals. 

End Goal: An ultimate aim or destination – often discerned by following one’s heart and feelings; the opposite of a Means Goal.

Means Goal: A goal (sometimes a BRULE) mistakenly identified and pursued as an end in itself, when in fact it is simply a means to a larger, more fulfilling end.

BRULE: A bulls**t rule. An element of the culturescape that an individual has decided to ignore or dismiss as untrue or irrelevant to that individual’s worldview.

Code of the Extraordinary Mind – Vishen Lakhiani

When it comes to manifesting, I think this is the best and foremost place to start manifesting everything that you want. It also helps to create the focus points that we all need to stay on track and start saying no to all of the distractions.

Vishen has a really good free tool here on Youtube. It’s a quick exercise and really enjoyable.

This Is Not A Review

This is not a review of the No-BS Manifesting Guide – mainly because I haven’t finished it and I know that it appears that I am bagging what I have read so far so I would like to dispel that. The main point is that to me, it is as important to have faith in the wonderful powers of an abundant universe as it is to have goals and take steps to making them happen.

“I think it’s possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”

Elon Musk

There’s No Such Thing as Woo Woo. Only Woo Hoo!

What’s with All the Woo Woo?

Mindvalley Academy is probably one of the best investments that I have made in terms of my personal development. There is so much awesome content to work with that sometimes it gets a bit overwhelming because I want to know it all, read it all, attend all the masterclasses and quests on offer. But, (and it’s a very small but) this week I found myself a little disappointed to hear the term “Woo Woo” referred to and it got me to thinking.

I am such a firm believer in the fact that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience that I can’t fathom anything that could possibly be considered “Woo Woo”.

Anything is Possible. Don’t believe the Woo Woo!

This Woo Woo product (that I have never heard of) is probably the only exception!

In this day and age, spiritual seekers know (or should know) that there is nothing in this realm that can’t be manifested, thought up or conceived of. Personally, I haven’t quite got the knack of it all but it is not through a lack of belief that it can and does happen – miraculously, instantaneously and fantastically.

Think about it. If, as a spiritual person, you believe that we are all a part of the God consciousness and we are just here to have a human experience – isn’t anything possible?

There are so many books that support this. All from people who have personally experienced the miraculous, like Anita Moorjani and Wayne Dyer.

Vishen Lakhiani’s book Code of the Extraordinary Mind also points to our abilities to make the impossible possible.

Many people believe that only certain individuals have the ability to shape the world around them. That only the “special ones” are able to leave a lasting legacy. But the truth is, all of us have that capability. We just haven’t learned how to use it yet.

Vishen Lakhiani

Apart from the laws of attraction (which basically says that anything you can conceive and focus on will manifest), I am a firm believer in our guardian angels and the Archangels that look out for us. There is too much evidence to support the interventions of our Angels to bring about miracles. I have always been fascinated by the existence of our Angels. Doreen Virtue has written a number of Angel specific books that I have read and loved. In her book Mary Queen of Angels, she writes about many miraculous healings that have been evidenced by Science.

Pictures like this have been painted for centuries.

Sixty-seven miracle healings from Lourdes have been studied, investigated, and validated by the Lourdes Medical Bureau and the Catholic Church. Researchers believe that there are at least 5,000 that haven’t been validated, but are nonetheless credible.

Doreen Virtue – Mary Queen of Angels

Many people (conscious and unconscious) are probably firm believers that there is a lot of “Woo Woo” goings on. They may be non-believers but the popularity and my personal love of movies like the Matrix and Dr Strange (to name only two) support the knowledge that on some level a LOT of people can at least imagine an alternate reality.

Wayne Dyer quotes Neville in his book Wishes Fulfilled, and I love this:

Disregard appearances, conditions, in fact all evidence (my emphasis) of your senses that deny the fulfilment of your desire. Rest in the assumption that you are already what you want to be, for in that determined assumption you and your Infinite Being are merged in creative unity, and with your Infinite Being (God) all things are possible. God never fails.


With a Catholic upbringing, I know that this line of thinking will be considered blasphemous (being a part of God not a follower of God) and potentially bordering on evil. But, I also know that institutionalised Churches do not allow for the contemporaneous thinking of the day (or even Neville’s day) or the changes in the Global consciousness. I don’t have anything against Churches, I just personally don’t have a need of them.

Have Faith in The Woo Hoo!

There are a few ducks that need to be in a row to master manifesting (which is for another post and something I am constantly working on) but for me, we first need to stop believing in “Woo Woo” and start having faith in Woo Hoo!

Woo Hoo is where all the wonder is at. It is where we start to live in Awe of the things we see around us every day. It is when we start to stay in a constant state of gratitude for the abundance that is already surrounding us and for all that is coming.

Woo Hoo is knowing that the Universe has your back and that only good things are meant to transpire here.

I am all-knowing. I am all-powerful. I am unlimited.

Wayne Dyer: Wishes Fulfilled

Big AHA! Thanks Anita Moorjani!

Growing up, our lovely parents taught us that it is important to have goals. How important it is to continually strive for something better – well mine did. Looking back on my life, I can see that my WHOLE life has been centred around trying harder. Doing better. Working harder. Earning more. Striving. Competing.

One of my Oldest sayings has been, “I’ll never be one of those people that “Will be happy when”…. You know how it goes. I’ll be happy when I have that new car or I’ll be happy when I have paid off the house. But guess what? True to the Law of Attraction, constantly saying that has meant that this that was my focus and in the back of my mind, exactly what I have been doing – without even realising it. Putting living my life off until….

For all of you Australians, the link for the book is below:

Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

For one reason or another, I have attracted “hardship” or ongoing crap. It hasn’t all been bad but there seems to be a constant stream of drama’s. I know that I certainly give it the power by complaining “the situation” all the time.

I complain about things in the most positive of ways.  The typical way that I tell my story is: Blah, blah, blah. Complain, complain, complain. “Oh but, it will be okay. It will all work out”. Or some other trending ‘positive’ catch phrase that works. This convinces others that I am a “positive” person. But, ultimately I am still complaining about the “reality” of the situation or event rather than being truly PRESENT.

Anita’s book got me to thinking that perhaps I should just throw it all out. Stop doing all of the things that make up my hour plus long morning routine to attract great wealth and a better life. Stop caring and worrying about everything. Just let life unfold as it is meant to. As I chose it to be before I even chose to incarnate in this lifetime. Just live my life purpose and everything else be damned.

But, that is not how it works. As Anita says, in our human forms our minds get in the way but we have all come here with a purpose. Collectively, by improving ourselves we improve the global consciousness simply because we are all connected. 

Another re-think

Thinking it through again, I realised that it may be human to think but it is also human to always want to do greater things. To Strive. To grow. I certainly do. I realised that my daily routine wasn’t just about manifesting more wealth into my life. It’s true to say that I started my daily routine to learn how to manifest more wealth but I wanted more wealth so that I could help more people.

The morning routine lives another day! I just have to remind myself yet again, that it’s the journey that counts and to fully live every day.