Originally Posted by mallie
You will not have that for which you ask, nor can you have anything you want. This is because your very request is a statement of lack and your saying you want a thing only works to produce that precise experience - wanting - in your reality. I bolded this because I think this is such an important paragraph that a lot of us (myself included) tend to forget!
In LOA there is much talk about requests from a feeling of “lack,” and how it blocks a request. Here you quote Neale, I think, as saying, that the “very request is a statement of lack.” How can anyone win at this “game?”
I wish to focus on a fine distinction here because I don’t believe that not having a particular thing, and wanting it necessarily has to imply a feeling of “lack.”—with the emphasis on “feeling.” This is a distinction I make and is not evident in your quote; to me "Lacking" something is one thing, "feeling" you lack something is quite another. We all "lack" things we don't even care about. Apparently Neale thinks these things are meaningless until we decide we "want" them.
I wanted a particular vehicle and "intended" it, for example, applying my manifesting powers as I saw them at the time.
I already had a fine vehicle. I just wanted the particular vehicle I bought. It was all ego. I could have bought an exceptional vehicle for half the price. But my ego wanted me to buy the top vehicle, and I considered nothing else. Still, there wasn’t much emotion or excitement involved. There was neither a “feeling of lack” or “lack” involved unless one wants to say, “I didn’t have the vehicle, therefore, I ‘lacked’ it.”
“I owned that vehicle in my mind before I even bought it.”—which, buy the way, took a bit of the fun and excitement out of buying it.
Now, perhaps, as a youngster I could have gotten emotionally fixated on a 1965 Pontiac GTO and believed I really “needed” that GTO for all the reasons young men needed GTO’s in 1965—usually self-indulgence to make them feel like someone they wanted to be, but did not need to be. The question is whether this kind of “wanting” is okay, or an expression of “lack?”
Is a youngster's “need” to buy the chosen vehicle any more or any less ego driven than my purchase? Is not the amount of relative emotion expressed in each purchase merely a matter of age difference?
Does it matter if the thing wanted, for lack of a better term, is an “addition to one’s stature” or merely bringing someone’s head, which is metaphorically “under water, above water?”
Buying the GTO probably is not from a position of lack, unless, perhaps, one believes it is because, for example, their closest six friends all have a new GTO and they are driving an old Rambler and thus, they feel their value is “less than” their friends.
Why not look at material objects in this reality as “chess pieces” in a chess game. If I want your pawn, I just take it. It is part of the game. There is no emotion involved. Whether I “lacked” your pawn before I took it is not relevant to me, nor do I have to make it relevant. As long as I give no emotion to a “feeling of lack,” why can I not make my own rule here. It is just a game, or as comedian Bill Hicks would say, “it [life] is just a ride.”