It’s easier to manifest more of what you already have

Frederick Dodson

Frederick Dodson

This is an article series on how ancient sages, prophets, mystics and saints practiced otherworldly wisdom and the miraculous. The purpose of this series is to inspire and empower. This is article #8 in the series. Earlier articles in the series can be found here: Ancient Otherworldly Wisdom.

This is a miracle-story from Hadisic Jewish sources. It regards the mystic Rabbi Elimelekh, who was one of the founders of the Hasidic movement.

On New Years Day, it was usual for fifteen hasidim to come to Rabbi Elimelekh, and his wife gave them to eat and to drink. But she could not serve them very generous portions, because at that time she did not have much money to spend for the household. Once – quite late in the day – no less than forty men came instead of the expected fifteen. “Will you have enough for them to eat?” asked Rabbi Elimelekh. “You know how we are fixed!” she replied. Before the Afternoon Prayer he asked her again: “Couldn’t we divide what food we have among the forty, for they have – after all – come under the shadow of my roof!” “We hardly have enough for fifteen” said his wife. When he said the Evening Prayer, the rabbi prayed fervently to God, who provides for all creatures. After the prayer, he announced: “Now let everyone come and eat!” When forty had eaten all they wanted, the bowls and platters were still full. 

The ability to multiply food is shared by many mystics across cultures. Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha and Krishna all have stories of multiplying food, as do regular people who believe that “God provides for all creatures”.

I’ve heard it said that “They could create food out of nothing!”, but if you pay closer attention to these stories, you see it’s not so. Genuine mystics normally don’t create food out of nothing. In order to create food or water, it is better if food is already there. In other words,

even miracles follow certain laws and rules.

To us, Miracles appear as things that upend and break all rules. But in reality, miracles are still within the laws of the Universe. They follow a higher order of rules.

This is one of several instances of Jesus multiplying food, from Matthew 14:13-21:

13 When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. 14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. 15 When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.”

16 But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”

18 He said, “Bring them here to Me.” 19 Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. 20 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. 21 Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

As in all genuine examples, the primary motive behind multiplying food, is compassion. The motive is not of the bragging Ego (which could be classified as attempted magic rather than miracle). The already existing fish and bread were multiplied. There is no mention of any food being created that wasn’t already there. No grapes, potatoes or beef were materialized out of thin air (many con-artists have claimed to be able to do just that). In order to manifest something, it’s seed must already be present. I have taught this principle for the last 30 years and summarized it in my books “Reality Creation and Manifestation” and “Parallel Universes of Self“.

Here’s another story, from Matthew 15:32-39:

32 Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”

33 Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?”

34 Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”

And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.”

35 So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36 And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. 37 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. 38 Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 And He sent away the multitude, got into the boat, and came to the region of [a]Magdala.

Once again, the motive for working a miracle is Compassion and the means of the miracle are already present.

Here’s a similar story from Islam, about Mohammed (referred to as “Allahs Apostle”) multiplying food:

Abu Talha said to Um Sulaim, ”I have noticed feebleness in the voice of Allah’s Apostle which I think, is caused by hunger. Have you got any food?” She said, ”Yes.” She brought out some loaves of barley and took out a veil belonging to her, and wrapped the bread in part of it and put it under my arm and wrapped part of the veil round me and sent me to Allah’s Apostle.

I went carrying it and found Allah’s Apostle in the Mosque sitting with some people. When I stood there, Allah’s Apostle asked, ”Has Abu Talha sent you?” I said, ”Yes”. He asked, ”With some food? I said, ”Yes” Allah’s Apostle then said to the men around him, ”Get up!” He set out (accompanied by them) and I went ahead of them till I reached Abu Talha and told him (of the Prophet’s visit).

Abu Talha said, ”O Um Sulaim! Allah’s Apostle is coming with the people and we have no food to feed them.” She said, ”Allah and His Apostle know better.” So Abu Talha went out to receive Allah’s Apostle. Allah’s Apostle came along with Abu Talha. Allah’s Apostle said, ”O Um Sulaim! Bring whatever you have.” She brought the bread which Allah’s Apostle ordered to be broken into pieces. Um Sulaim poured on them some butter from an oilskin.

Then Allah’s Apostle recited what Allah wished him to recite, and then said, ”Let ten persons come (to share the meal).” Ten persons were admitted, ate their fill and went out. Then he again said, ”Let another ten do the same.” They were admitted, ate their fill and went out. Then he again said, ”Let another ten persons (do the same.)” They were admitted, ate their fill and went out. Then he said, ”Let another ten persons come.” In short, all of them ate their fill, and they were seventy or eighty men.

The practice of dividing people into groups before serving them miraculously multiplied food can be found across different cultures/traditions. I suspect this is done as not to shock the people and keep the miracle “low key”.

And here is another story from Islam:

My father had died in debt. So I came to the Prophet and said, “My father (died) leaving unpaid debts, and I have nothing except the yield of his date palms; and their yield for many years will not cover his debts. So please come with me, so that the creditors may not misbehave with me.” The Prophet went round one of the heaps of dates and invoked (Allah), and then did the same with another heap and sat on it and said, “Measure (for them).” He paid them their rights and what remained was as much as had been paid to them.

In both instances Mohammed multiplied already existing food. There is no mention of other food being manifested out of thin air.

That is not to say that creating food out of nothing is impossible. There are examples of food manifesting from nothing, such Manna falling from Heaven for the Jewish People. But it’s easier to manifest more of something already there. It should be the preferred method of manifesting for us mortals.

That’s why Jesus says in the book of Matthew 25:29

“Unto every one that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that has not shall be taken away even that which he has”.

In modern terms we call this “the law of attraction”, by which the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Only  Success Attracts Success.

You will notice that once you have plenty of something, it’s easier to get more of it. If you therefore do not have something but want it, you need to focus on the little of it you already have. Be grateful for the little of it you already have and it can grow, because what you focus on grows. If you don’t already have it, you need to at least imagine it or be in physical proximity to it.

Just yesterday I was working with a student who wished to manifest the “perfect husband”. But she was not imagining that perfect husband talking sweetly to her. She was not going out of her house where there was the possibility of seeing various men. She was instead focused on concerns about her age and the belief that there are not many opportunities in her area. However:

“Unto every one that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that has not shall be taken away even that which he has”.

It is much easier to get more of what you already have. If she already had men interested in her, she would likely attract even more men who are interested, until finally the right one is interested. And if there are none interested in her, she’d at least have to imagine it, pray for it, envision it and get used to the idea that she is attractive. And that’s exactly what we coached her into.

If you want something in your life, then it can be provided for you. Increase your appreciation of the thing you want. Increase your Belief that it can be given. Notice any aspect of it that is already in your life. Even if there is only a little of it, focusing on it will make it more. Or notice the good already in your life – List it or think it or feel it. And with a sense of authority, declare that it shall happen and it shall.





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