"Say not ye, there are yet four months and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, for they are white already to harvest." John 4:35
Someone emailed this week asking about the timing of manifestation.
How long does it take for deliberate intending to "work?"
This is a frequently asked question in which "timing" refers to how long it takes for a deliberate intention to manifest in the outer world of fact.
As the Course explains, this is one of the things that we have to release, because concern about when something will happen implies the belief that it hasn't, and in the case where one wants the thing to happen, the deferral amounts to counterintending.
Field practice is uniquely paradoxical in recognizing that practice must not be about manifesting this or that fact, but only about resting consistently in a grateful state of alignment (already having received, already being the fulfilled version of self) entirely for its own sake, out of love for the ideal.
The attempt to use one's consciousness strategically to "make something happen" implicates us immediately in contradiction, which manifests, inwardly and outwardly, as suffering. It is a failure method.
Resting in the new identity may require that we refuse to let the facts take our new intention hostage, which is why we emphasize consistency.
So, our process of deliberate intending works immediately, since by "works," we mean that an inner experience manifests representing the desired fulfillment. Once this state shows itself, we follow the method described in detail in the Course, and our part is done.
This is why we say: "Deliberate intending turns time into gratitude."