Manifestation may seem like a new and mainstream idea, but it is something that has been around for quite a long time. As the world turns to meditation, positive change, and affirmations, manifestation too has become a topic more and more people seek to understand and explore.
What is “manifestation”?
Manifestation can be defined as turning your dreams into reality. By definition, “manifest” means to “make clear, to appear.” Through manifestation you can basically make that which you want “appear,” as it were – although may be simplifying it a little.
The idea is that if you really want something and put your mind and thought – and thereby, work – towards it, you will be able to attain almost anything that you want. Obviously, this is dependent too on the physical and natural laws of the universe (so you can’t manifest something impossible like a helicopter appearing in your backyard five minutes from now), but as long as it is realistic, it is possible.
Does manifesting really work?
Manifestation may seem like a simple trick at first. Maybe that’s why it seems so impossible to many – because it really doesn’t seem that hard from the outside. The problem lies not necessarily in the steps, however, or the process in which you try to manifest what you want. The biggest part of manifesting anything is having the deep, complete believe that you want and deserve that which you are manifesting. This means that if you don’t actually believe that you want what you are seeking, or think that you are unworthy of that which you are trying to manifest, the likelihood of it working lowers significantly. You have to be convinced that this is what you deserve, what you want, from the bottom of your heart and soul.
The only thing stopping you is yourself.
So, how can I manifest something in my life?
Manifestation can be summed up into five simple stages: choosing a realistic goal, letting go of doubt, focusing your attention towards your goal, working towards it, and feeling gratitude.
How To Manifest What You Want
One: Be specific and realistic
When trying to manifest something, anything goes – well, almost. There are some things that are simply physically and realistically not possible. Trying to manifest something that you don’t really believe can happen won’t work, because you can’t fool yourself into believing something that is literally impossible. You must choose something that you know can and will happen. Once you have decided what you want to manifest, make your intention clear and specific – answer basic questions like who, what, when, where, and why?
Two: Let go of doubts and obstacles
The biggest block to manifestation is doubt. As long as you don’t realize and trust in your heart that you will be able to manifest that which you want, it probably won’t work. Part of this process may even include getting rid of people or things that cause you doubt or hold you back. Once you let go of hesitation and trust the process, you will be one step closer to successful manifestation.
Three: Focus on what you are trying to manifest
After setting your intention, it is helpful to visualize what it would feel like to receive what you’re trying to manifest. This is similar to step one, except you imagine it. Close your eyes. Where are you? Who are you with? What is happening? Most importantly, how do you feel? The first emotion that you most likely experience is gratitude. Focus on that feeling – it’ll be useful for step five, too.
Four: Work towards that goal
Nothing works unless you do. The result of taking the previous steps is that, more than likely, you will subconsciously already be doing this. If you’re putting all your attention towards something, then you’re also thinking about ways to achieve it or what decisions to make that’ll take you closer to it.
Five: Feel gratitude and appreciation
This is the most important step. As was mentioned in the second step, you have to focus on the feeling of gratitude and appreciation that you would feel if you had already received it. That is, even though you haven’t reached your goal yet, you must continue to feel appreciation for what you do have, and what you believe you should and will have.
Manifestation can seem almost too good to be true. However, if you follow these steps and have faith in its success, you too will be able to manifest anything you want! No one said it better than Napoleon Hill: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”
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