First off, I do not claim to have the ultimate understanding of how the universe works. I see things only through my own eyes and experiences, there is no way I can see otherwise. This is about how I see manifesting, you may have a different view and that's cool. The world would be boring if we all thought the same!
This can be a pretty contentious topic between sciencey folks and spiritual folks. I'm happily sitting between these two camps, using the scientific process to provide evidence for some things but also knowing that this isn't the ONLY type of knowledge. Personal experience and spiritual knowledge are different but no less valuable than science. Open minds are the best kind of minds.
What is manifesting?
I'll give you a brief overview of what I mean by manifesting. Many successful people believe in something called the 'Law of Attraction'. Search this term on YouTube and you'll come up with videos from well-known names such as Will Smith, Conor McGregor and Jim Carrey. There are many books on the topic as well, the main two being 'The Secret' by Rhonda Byrne and 'Think & Grow Rich' by Napoleon Hill. Business owners, celebrities, humanitarians, and many more all talk about the merits of manifesting.
The basic idea is that if you truly believe something, you can bring it into your life. If you truly believe you will be wealthy, you will be wealthy. If you truly believe you will find love, you will find love. Jim Carrey talks about how when he was broke he wrote himself a cheque for $10 million and dated it in the future. He then kept that cheque in his wallet, and on almost the exact date he found out he was due to receive $10 million.
So, if this is true then it is seriously powerful stuff right?! But is it true? And if so how can you harness this power?
I may be right, I may be wrong, I don't claim to have the answers, but this is what I believe. Manifestation and the 'Law of Attraction' DOES work. But I have a couple of important caveats.
My manifesting rule #1
You have to believe in what you're saying, and what you're doing. It's no good 'kinda' believing, because then you'll just get 'kinda' results. You have to believe it to your core, no matter what anyone else tells you. Because of this, it's no good bullshitting yourself. This is where I first move away from the traditional 'The Secret' idea of manifesting. Often you will be told 'believe you're wealthy even if you're not'.
Here's my issue with that: you will know. If you're not wealthy then you know you're not wealthy, it's not about belief, it's a fact. If you are in debt and you try to believe you are wealthy you will stress yourself the fuck out! Even if you do manage to believe you are wealthy despite all the evidence, then you will end up in more debt. Why? Because you will spend money like you're wealthy! Same goes for any goal: health and fitness, relationships, career, whatever.
Here's what you do instead: believe that you are capable of changing things. Believe that you are improving yourself, and your situation. If you are broke, don't affirm that you're wealthy! Affirm that you have the power and the ability to improve your financial situation. Affirm that you are getting yourself out of debt, and that you will be wealthy in the future
My manifesting rule #2
You must take ACTION. Believe me, if I thought that standing in front of the mirror saying 'I'm a millionaire' to myself every day would work then I would be doing it. I'm not even fussed about being a millionaire, but if it was that easy I would definitely do it! You'd be mad not to.
However, ask any millionaire how they did it and even if they invoke manifestation they will also tell you they worked damn hard. Their belief was the foundation for their success, but the actions built the reality. There is a very simple flow at work here. Your beliefs dictate your actions, your actions dictate your results. It may seem like your beliefs dictate your results, and they do, but it's via your actions.
Bringing it together
This is how I believe you can use the Law of Attraction to manifest what you want in your life.
- Shift your mindset away from 'fixed' and towards 'growth'. Believe you can change things.
- Be consciously grateful for what you already have, and what you already are.
- Change your thinking from problems to opportunities. See that you can grow from your challenges.
- Set your goals. Use this guide.
- Believe with 100% certainty that you will succeed. This is the key part for manifesting.
- Use this belief to make a workable plan.
- Stick to your plan, and work like hell.
Simple. Not easy, sure, but simple. I can do this, you can do this. It's not something saved just for special people!
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Some people believe in manifesting directly from your beliefs and affirmations. I believe in being real with yourself but having the unshakable belief that you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
What do you believe? Let me know in the comments!