— Spiritual Van Life Story | Part 5 —
Our Travel Manifest
The cage of the camper, or as I now call it, “the framework,” has been done, and we are back in Medicine Hat! This brings us closer to the point of leaving the town. There are still some things to arrange in the physical realm so we can feel completely prepared to head off. We expect to remain in this city for four more days of preparation.
We’ve also achieved a significant breakthrough in the mental realm since we spent many evenings of verbal sharing to narrow down a particular concept with what principles we like to approach this journey and what quality of experiences we want to encounter in this process. Even though I was aware that Jens has equal notions on how life and reality work and what he is striving for, I still felt the necessity to discuss and finally agree on a form of wording, which we call “Our Travel Manifest.” So I am working on this manifest, which will be ready before we finally start our trip.
Working On Our Travel Manifest
This manifest will serve a double purpose. On the one hand, it is like a blueprint or a contract with the universe, God, or our higher self (call it whatever you like), in which we articulate the framework of experiences we want to invite into our reality. So you see, we are currently working on a physical and spiritual framework. I don’t want to call the physical one “cage” anymore.
On the other hand, we like to give an excellent example of what such a declaration can look like for others aware of the importance of such a conscious act of creation and those who like to receive some inspiration on how to deal with their situation and challenges.
Generally speaking, making a mindful contract with life is to have all essential issues clearly defined. However, you still have to leave enough space for interpretation so that life can provide your chosen reality in a way that seems to “bend” probabilities and chances disguised as “coincidences” but without making it look like manifesting a full-grown miracle. Everyone has to find a balance between those polarities.
No Symbols But Qualities
From my own experience, I know it works much better when you determine specific qualities instead of symbols. I like to give a simple example: Many young people wish for a character when focusing on their work situation. For example, they want to become a “medical doctor” a “fighter pilot” or a “superstar,” whatever. The symbols behind that persona are associated with certain qualities like a reputation in society and the idea of having a lot of money. I would rather say:
“Skip the symbols and concentrate on the qualities we associate with them!”
In this specific case, I would determine my contract with life (or God or whatever you prefer to call the majestic intelligence which works behind the visible realm) concerning the job I do like this:
“I am grateful that the job, which I am enacting, is the work I really like doing, which is easy for me to perform in a superior quality from everywhere in the world, which allows me to enable all my creativity in a perfectly harmonious way with my entire environment. This very work I am doing doesn’t feel like work at all, because it is so much fun and fulfillment even though it provides for all my expenses in life with all the resources and monetary means I desire and it even gives me more energy on top so I can easily pass it on to the people that deserve so from my point of view. The work I do serves for the greater good of the collective consciousness and is highly appreciated by as many people as possible.”
How about that? That sounds very good to me, and my heart jumps with joy.
This is just an example of how I would define my work situation. I am not using a symbol, like “traveling hippie new-age author, photographer, and filmmaker,” but rather stick to the qualities. If I used these symbols, I would be stuck in a particular box, and therefore, I could easily miss the perfect job for me, which could be some world-famous “5-star chef de la cuisine” – since I also like cooking.
The Free Will
One more important hint I like to give here is to make you aware of the implications of adding other people to your contract. Other people, as well as you and me, enjoy or struggle with the greatest gift that God ever gave us: free will! You cannot override another person’s free will – well, you can, but that leads to the dark side of the force, my friend.
It’s a tricky thing indeed – take a love and relationship contract. Ensure the other person is coherent with your intentions before putting their name into the contract. Of course, people should generally sit together and negotiate a common agenda in life, whether they are lovers or have a joint enterprise. It could make the realization much easier. In Jens’ and my case, we started to sit together as friends and travel mates with equal rights and agreed on a shared contract concerning our mutual live situation. We negotiated this agenda together, but you cannot sign a contract for another person without their consent and permission. If you try to do it anyway, be warned because that usually leads to suffering.
These are just the primary considerations I mentioned for you to understand the more profound implications of the “Travel Manifest” I’m working on.
Love Is The Best Fuel
The last trick I like to mention is gratefulness, as I used in the example of my working manifest. Genuine gratefulness is a powerful form of energy because it is an expression of love – in this case – towards the oneness of all that is. Because love is the most potent force in the universe, it is the fuel that accelerates our movement toward our dreams.
So well – I guess I mentioned all the cornerstones of our “Travel Manifest.” I still need to write it down, but I will publish it here as soon as we are ready. Stay tuned!