We have all been there: daydreaming about what life would be like if we had literally everything we wanted. How much better our lives would be if we had x and y and z. We have also seen the stories online of people who swear by manifestation. How they achieved ultimate happiness through the power of manifestation.
So the real question is: does manifestation actually work? How does someone go about manifesting?
The answer in short is: yes. Manifestation absolutely does work however, manifestation isn’t making a wish on a star and then all of a sudden having everything you have ever wanted in your life. Real manifestation takes time, it also takes effort. It’s actually a lot like goal setting. It’s also a lot of real-time appreciation.
WHAT IS MANIFESTATION?
Manifestation is a practice that helps you achieve the life you want. It’s essentially making your focus become your reality. The law of attraction states that we attract events and situations in our lives on the same level that we think about our lives and the events that are already happening. Our thoughts have the power to change the outcomes of events. To put it simply, thinking negatively brings upon negative experiences and vice versa. Manifestation is creating the life we want through our thoughts, feelings, and actions.
SO HOW DOES MANIFESTATION WORK?
Just like I mentioned earlier and the law of attraction, positive thoughts and responses are crucial to manifestation. Working to achieve a positive mindset is half the battle. Everyone suffers from imposter syndrome and self-doubt, but it’s how you respond to those moments that matter. The person who pushes through the doubt will be more successful than the one who insists they aren’t good enough.
Like any form of goal setting, you have to work towards your manifestations. While mindset is hugely important, (and with the law of attraction attracting opportunity), it’s all for nothing if you don’t put in work. Schedule out some time, make a conscious effort to work toward your goals. But be aware that you should also make time to take care of your mental health and physical health. No work, for money or pleasure, should burn you out.
Saying “I am going to write a book” without doing any writing will not make you an author. At the end of the day, real manifestation is a cultivation of both mindset and action.
Creating visions boards has been a trend for years. I remember making a vision board when I was in high school (years ago redacted to preserve my youth). While this wasn’t a “manifestation technique” until recently, it’s an effective and creative way to pave the life you want in the future. The vision board you make is styled entirely dependent on you, and all you have to do is head to the craft or office supply store. Get some particle board or presentation boards and markers, stickers, glitter, and whatever other decorating tools your heart desires. A lot of people use magazine clippings to put pictures on their vision board. Once the board is complete, hang it up somewhere where you will see it every day. This reminds you of why you work and what you want to achieve in the future.
One of the best ways to manifest and create a positive mindset is journaling gratitude. I talk a lot about journaling, on this blog and in walking life, because it’s life-changing. Recognizing what you have, and the good we have in our current lives put a new perspective and positivity into your thinking processes. Part of manifesting is working to appreciate what you already have.
Visualization/ Visual Meditation
Visualization or Visual Meditation is a technique where you imagine the feeling you would have when you achieve your goals or get what you want. Imagine yourself in the exact moment that you are completing exactly what you want. There are free meditations on youtube that will guide you through this process.
Here is a great one by The Honest Guys:
Are you familiar with positive mirror affirmations? If you are, then you are already doing manifestation affirmations. When we tell ourselves “I am beautiful, I am successful, I am creative” we are manifesting the mindset that we are those things.
If you aren’t familiar with mirror affirmations, it is as simple as it sounds- affirming positivity in the mirror. However, affirmations don’t need to be said in the mirror. There are a lot of ways to practice affirmations- writing them down, singing them to yourself, saying them while jumping up and down, however you want to do it.
The three-six-nine (3-6-9) method of manifestations has recently been populated by TikTok and Instagram. It’s the act of repeating (affirming) your manifestations but instead of repeating them to yourself in the mirror or in your head, you physically write down what you want in a series of repetitions throughout the day.
In the morning you will write your manifestation three times, in the afternoon six times, and nine times in the evening before bed. This serves as a constant reminder of what you want out of your manifestation and keeps it at the forefront of your mind.
Have you tried any manifestation techniques? Let me know your techniques below!
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