You make a valid point. I believe the two types complement one another. If a subliminal tells you it that rejection only makes you better and asks you why it makes you better, then talking to 100 women will obviously support its message. As you stated, the learning process happens even without the subliminal, but the subliminal guides that process by giving your subconscious mind a framework to work within. The subliminal is programming you to learn from rejection and your subconscious isn’t going to go against those instructions, since it will always choose the path of least resistance (just consider people’s comfort zones and habits and how difficult it is to break through them).
And what you call inspired action is indeed what I meant by manifestation. Free gym memberships happen all the time, but how many of us end up taking advantage of them? As for the fact that your buddy finds a sudden interest in women or the fact that there’s a famous trainer that comes with the gym membership, well that might be the universe at work. But it would have taken time to get your buddy in the right frame of mind or to create the trainer’s availability and desire to come to your town. When it comes to the LoA, all parties must benefit, it’s the rule of abundance. And if you’re holed up in a cave on a mountain somewhere, creating the right conditions takes a lot longer than if you’re out and about in a bustling city all the time.
Either way, when opportunity knocks, you still need to answer. There’s no invisible psychokinetic force that picks you up and makes you (although that would be both awesome and terrifying). You need to take the action.
I remember a story about a guy that realized at some point that he wanted nothing more than a screaming red pickup truck. He’d never seen any on the streets and they seemed impossible to find. He made it his passion and worked towards it with great fervor.
The day came and he went to the dealer, picked up the truck and took it home with him. He was so proud. And then he looked around and realized they were everywhere he looked. They’d always been there, he just never had the laser-like focus that he had when he became so passionate about it.
There’s a part of our brain called the Reticular Activating System. Pretty much the front door into your brain, where all the input of your senses comes in. Its sole job is to ignore everything that you consider irrelevant, put focus on what you find important and to ensure that you aren’t overwhelmed by all the information coming at you. If you start believing in something, be it through subliminals, affirmations or other means, it becomes important to you. At this point, the RAS stops filtering those things out and starts presenting them to you. Allakazam, you start seeing opportunities that help you on your path. Is it manifestation when the opportunities have always been there but you didn’t see them until now? Depends on your definition of manifestation.
Strangely, the sense of smell is the only one that ignores the RAS. Which might be why beginning psychics always start by experiencing smells first.
Hmmm, maybe I should compile all my pages-long posts into an eBook. “Insights of a Dark Philosopher”, now on Amazon.