TM and stress- I think a TM would be a great tool for dealing with stress by flipping it on it's head. Sort of a visible affirmation? So if the stress is coming from being uprooted, and is resulting in poor health maybe images of healthy, happily growing plants? How about images of those "roots up" tomato plants or super healthy hydroponic greenhouses where the plants are "uprooted" but thriving?
I dunno... I'm just seeing images of "self care" without needing images of the specific settings/events. Just being healthy/happy/centered in yourself?
TM and manifestation- I agree, maybe change your format? If you're using the bagua grid maybe try a "giving tree" image or charka map? If you have only used images maybe write affirmations for each section? (I wrote haiku last year and carried a copy of the haiku in my wallet) And if you usually use words maybe this time just find meaningful images?
In terms of "working"... for me the map seems to open doors, but I need to actually go through them and that's often hard for me. Like, I have a social anxiety type disorder but I really wanted to be more involved with "real world" people, and make friends. I had lots of images of happy social gatherings on the map and shortly after map making I started getting invites to similar gatherings, or hearing about similar gatherings that were open to the public. But I still had to make myself go. I did, and I made new friends, and it was good... but it was also really hard. And on one map I had a bunch of really nice cloth dipes. I wanted to use cloth more. My map kept reminding me of this goal and I committed to doing more cloth. A few months into the map (after I'd been almost 100% cloth for those months) someone gifted me with those exact diapers because she had noticed I was using cloth and her child had just potty learned! So my energy towards that goal resulted in my receiving the exact thing on my map! But if I hadn't been putting the energy out there, diaper change after diaper change, she wouldn't have known and probably would't have offered me those dipes.
So I guess, for me, the TM process can be a bit convoluted.
Some things have manifested as straight out gifts from the universe complete with bow on top. And some have manifested in ways that I really could have done without. But most things have been a blend of personal energy and universal opportunity. Almost like the TM holds a "space" for me to fill?
my coming TM- I think I'll use this week to meditate and discuss finances with DH and then put some images on the 2010 TM that reflect the underlying benefits of this art therapy program and see where it leads.