WHAT IS MANIFESTATION?
Manifestation is the process of writing down, visualizing, and putting your goals into action. It seems like every few years manifestation has a resurgence in popularity, with new gurus touting its benefits and promising their methods will make your dreams come true overnight. Even TikTok has caught on – the 3-6-9 manifestation method hashtag has been viewed 89.3 billion times as of July 2022.
So, is manifestation a practice really worth trying, or too good to be true? While not backed by science, it seems there is no big harm in giving it a whirl, and it can actually help you put your goals into action. That is, if you do it the right way. Some of the most successful people in the world swear by manifestation (Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, Lady Gaga, and more!), but they didn’t just write down a wish and win the lottery the next day.
HOW TO START
Before you run out to buy a manifestation journal, it’s important to get an understanding of what the process is. There are so many different ways to go about it, but there are a few rules that connect all of the methods out there:
- Ask for exactly what you want, and be specific. Nebulous goals aren’t helpful!
- Write it down or create a vision board. Simple visualization during meditation works as well.
- Take small steps to achieve what you want. If your ultimate goal is to write a novel, start by reading a book on creative writing. Or make a commitment to write creatively at least once a week. Slow and steady wins the race!
- Know that manifestation isn’t for everyone. What works for one person may not work for you!
- Don’t fall for quick fixes. Despite popular belief, manifestation is not something that doesn’t involve action. You can’t magically get what you want overnight. As Jim Carrey once said, “you can’t just visualize and then go eat a sandwich”.
In order to start manifesting the life you want, there a few guidelines to stick to. Oprah is one of it’s most well-known cheerleaders, but is also clear that it takes a certain amount of fortitude and willingness to move towards a goal. Here are a few of her many tips on how to use manifestation to your fullest advantage.
You can’t be scared
In a press interview in 2017, Oprah explained that “in order to draw the thing to you that you want to come, you can’t want it so much that you fear that you won’t get it. You have to do it, and then prepare yourself to be there and ready when it shows up”.
Don’t hang on to it too tightly
Another great piece of advice from the queen of manifestation is to let go of what you want to a certain degree after you’ve written them down or visualized them. Oprah said in the same 2017 interview that getting what you dream of is about “letting it go but moving in the direction of it”. Taking small steps toward your goal without obsessing over it is key.
Manifesting is about putting your truest self out into the world
In one of her Super Soul Conversations, Oprah explained that she views manifestation as a way to live your fullest, truest life. According to her, “unless you are finding a way for what you believe to be true about yourself to express and manifest itself into the world, you are not living your fullest life”. If you view manifestation as the act of you trying to live to your fullest potential, it becomes an easier concept to grasp.
ADVICE FROM CARRIE ANN TO GET YOU STARTED
What we think, we become…. Our lives are our own creation. I know that’s hard to believe when life is giving you lemons. But, it’s true. Our mind, our perception, and our thoughts shape what we experience. So, if we realized that we are always manifesting with every thought, we can focus on the things we want to experience and let go of the things that do not serve us. But we can’t trick ourselves. We have to believe it.
And one little reminder: we are given the power to manifest anything we want. So be careful. Sometimes we can manifest things before we are ready for them. Wanting money without knowing how to save, invest, or take care of that money doesn’t get you where you want to go. Wanting good health without being ready to make the changes you need to live a life that nourishes your mind, body, and soul won’t work either. Manifesting isn’t just wanting. It’s about aligning with your true destiny and self. When that alignment happens, things will just flow. It’s simple, but in our complicated worlds, finding the simplicity can be a challenge. Calm the mind, listen to your soul, and then manifest.
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