Humans have both a heavenly and earthly nature. This dual nature is apparent in the way our thoughts work to shape our inner and outer worlds. Heavenly and abstract, thoughts form the seeds of real conditions in our lives. 'Ano'ano means "seed" and figuratively, "offspring".
Thoughts are seeds that may grow into reality. Those who use and practice creative visualization claim that it is quite possible to use one's thoughts to direct the shape reality takes. A basic principle of Huna, Hawaiian spirituality, says "Where attention goes, energy flows." Therefore, to exercise one's will to shape reality is power, mana.
In order to grow reverence, awe, peacefulness, sacredness, our gardens must be planted with seeds of the same. All of these states involve respect, trust, and detachment from the desire to control or manipulate. Without such seeds underlying our intentions, it is quite possible to become oppressed by our desires, our need for control, or our attachment to outcomes.
It is tempting to begin the practice of concentrating your thoughts upon the things, relationships, and situations that you want to manifest in your life. It is especially tempting to use visualization to control the will of others. Although this technique can be highly effective, a word of caution is necessary.
One must visualize frequently, for as soon as energy is taken away from manipulating the vision, it could begin to come apart. You may find yourself so busy attempting to manipulate and control things, relationships, and situations in your life that it will become difficult to enjoy life for its own sake, and on its own terms.
Perhaps this is why many spiritual teachers warn against attempting to manipulate and control reality. Buddhist and Hindu teachers warn that when you begin meditation you may experience new psychic abilities and power, yet they advise students to ignore them. Stories are told of those who use their newfound powers for their own gain, often straying from the path of enlightenment.
The teaching of 'Ano'ano is reflected in western proverbs such as, "As you sow so shall you reap" and "Be careful what you ask for, you just may get it!"
The seeds which you plant via your thoughts, words, or actions determine what you will harvest. Therefore, it is very important to be in touch with the intentions that underlie your thoughts, words, and actions. The more conscious you are of what you intend for yourself and others, the more fully you can participate in creating that reality.
Bring your concentration inward and focus your thoughts. Be aware of your intentions and visualize your desired outcome. As you start to focus on what you want, picture what your life will be like when your desire is fulfilled. Try to imagine it in as much detail as possible. Keep in mind that if you cannot see it, you may never achieve it.
Resist the temptation to secure a desired outcome. Any action should be taken for its own sake, not with any hidden agenda. Have the courage to trust that the Universe will provide for all your needs; you do not have to manipulate or force anything or anyone.
By allowing things to work out differently from what you want or expect, you may discover possibilities far more exciting and wonderful than anything you could have come up with on your own.