A guide to manifestation

When you first think of manifestation, a lot of people immediately think of crystals and witchcraft and assume it’s a load of nonsense. However, it is actually a great way to promote a positive mindset to help you achieve your goals.

Manifesting is the “practice of thinking aspirational thoughts with the purpose of making them real” as explained by Vox. This means that by focusing on something you want, it can help make it reality.

You can practice manifestation through meditation, visualisation, journaling or even just through thought.

While there is no right or wrong way to manifest, there are five simple steps that can help you get started.

Step 1: Choose what you want to manifest

When you pick something specific to manifest, you must know why you want it in your life. It is essential you give yourself a practical time frame, so if you want something within the next 24 hours, ask yourself how realistic that is.

You need to connect with the thing you want to manifest and ensure you want it for the right reasons. You can do this by asking yourself the following questions:

Do I really want this?

How will I benefit from having this?

When I think about having this, does it feel right?

How will it be good for me and others

Set a clear intention and believe that you can get what you ask for.

Step 2: Get rid of things that stand in your way

Since manifestation is you sending messages out to the universe, it is vital that nothing is standing in your way to success. Unfortunately, there almost always is something in the way, but that is just part of the process.

The three most common blocks are a negative mindset, toxic people and timing.

You need to be in a good mindset before manifesting as you cannot focus on the negatives and still attract good into your life.

It is a good idea to step away from people who make you question yourself, or who are constantly putting you down. This will benefit you in the long-run and not just for the sake of manifesting.

Make sure you are patient, just because something doesn’t happen straight away doesn’t mean that it never will. Trust in the process.

Step 3: Visualise what you want to manifest

This is best done somewhere quiet and private and take just a minute to completely visualise what you want.

Pour all of your energy into doing this and remember to focus on the end result, not how you will manifest it. Add as many details as you can, so it almost feels like yours already.

For example, if you want to find a new job then focus on exactly that and only think positively about it. Try to visualise yourself in this new job, imagine doing a great interview and getting an offer.

Step 4: Take action to manifest what you want

There’s nothing in particular you have to do to aid the manifestation process, but if you feel the urge to do something don’t stop yourself.

This could be writing down your aspirations and intentions or even saying them aloud. This can give the universe extra fuel to help you manifest your goals.

An important action to take is to stop doubting yourself. If we take the job example again, there is no use in hoping you get the offer and later thinking “well, they wouldn’t pick me because…”. Negative thinking and beliefs can disrupt the whole process.

Step 5: Recognise and appreciate

Once you achieve your goal, it is absolutely vital that you fully appreciate it. It can be very easy to forget that you actually asked for this, so think back on the process and connect what you visualised with what you ended up achieving.

Sharing your success with friends and keeping a gratitude journal are just some of the ways you can help make this connection.

If some of your goals don’t work out as planned, don’t worry and don’t let this set you back too much.

Of course, manifestation won’t work for everything – you can’t think of winning the lottery into existence. The key is to set your goals and think and speak positively about them until they turn into reality.


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