I am going to share something with you guys, which I believe is a direct result of intention-manifestation, and completely shattered my doubt. The thing is, its perfect representation of how you can't look for a certain path.
Anyway, here goes. I had been unemployed for almost a year. Making the most of it I played a bunch of shows with my band, disregarding how we could barely afford to change strings, let alone pay for gas to get to shows. However, it was time to pay rent and bills, and this was right around the time I started applying intention manifestation, I had no idea how i was going to get rent. So I put out the intention.
I drive my girlfriends Honda Element to shows, because it fits all our gear, and she drives my car to meet us at the venue. On the way to our show, a 16 year old girl rear ended her in my car. Nothing too horrible, but enough to make my car uglier. I was glad everyone was ok, and they exchanged information. So I waited a couple days and called the girls mom and talked to her a little, telling them that I understand she's a new driver, and that I would give them the choice of settling out of court or through the insurance companies (which I dont like, and don't want to support in any way if possible). Now, I drive a 1987 Chevy Celebrity, which isnt the nicest car ever, but it only had 70k miles on it, and barely any rust...so, its not fancy, but it was a nice car. The estimate that I got said it would run about 3200 dollars to fix, and I know that the Insurance Company would have just totaled my car and written me a check for the bluebook value (probably a lower one too, 400 or so dollars)...so I told the gils parents that I would settle for 1200 dollars out of court, which I thought was a good median, not trying to screw them (because the insurance on a 16 year old girl would most likely triple). I told them I was in no hurry and they could weigh their options, just let me know soon if they wanted to go the insurance route. Five minutes after I offered, they called back and said that the would send me a check in the morning. 3 days later, I got a check for 1200 dollars and paid my bills. I do have an uglier car, but, if I cared how my car looked, i wouldnt have bought a 1987 Celebrity, right?
Maybe this doesnt convince the doubters, but it opened my eyes to the idea of looking for the way the universe rearranges itself, not looking for the exact object. If I had been waiting for sacks of money to show up on my door, I might have handled the accident in a different way...I might have blown up, calling their daughter negligent, freaking out, and ending up with (maybe) a 400 dollar check from an institution I loathe. However, I saw an opportunity to help a girl stay out of trouble (if I had been mean, the parents might have transferred it to their daughter), not feed the glutinous insurance company, and pay my rent for 2 months.
I don't doubt it any longer, and have been working towards making myself better at I-M...because I really think it's the best personal development tool.