I’m so fully involved in the world of manifestation that I sometimes forget that there are many people out there who are brand-new to this world.
So if that’s you, welcome aboard!
I’ve been running The Aligned Life for six years now. And I’m still wildly obsessed with the concept of manifesting. I also LOVE and support anything that helps to empower people to dream big and make their lives as amazing as they should be.
That’s mostly because I think a lot of us are selling ourselves short. (And I know because I used to be one of them!)
Collectively, we’ve stopped believing in our own innate creation power and instead get caught up in fear and self-doubt.
These days I’ve made it my job to help you all remember just how powerful you really are–and manifestation is a huge part of that.
If you’re new to this work, this guide should help you to catch up and start playing in this powerful new world ASAP!
What Is Manifestation? | Manifestation Definition
Manifestation is the process of making your dreams and desires a reality, by using spiritual principles (as opposed to doing things the normal way).
For me, manifestation is truly about mastering your own mind and doing loads of inner healing work. It’s less about vision boards and more about noticing our patterns so that we can do the work to heal and transform them.
We all have negative patterning, limiting beliefs, and Shadow aspects of our subconscious mind that secretly trip up our best manifestation efforts.
(Those are your manifestation blocks BTW!)
There are lots of manifestation techniques and tips out there (many of which I share with you here!). It’s a simple concept but there are tons of different ways to apply it–which brings me to my next point.
What Is The Law of Attraction?
You might have also heard the term “the Law of Attraction” when talking about manifestation.
The Law of Attraction is defined as: like always attracts like.
So we can use the Law of Attraction to get on the level of our desires and effortlessly attract them into our life.
We know the entire Universe is actually vibrational, not just solid matter. So by choosing our vibration we can also choose what we call into our world (aka manifestation).
The two concepts are closely linked but they’re not interchangeable! So I hope this helps clear things up.
How Can I Start Manifesting?
The truth is you already are manifesting.
We’re constantly drawing new experiences and circumstances into our life. The only question is: are you attracting what you consciously desire?
Just take a look around you: everything you see (that’s manmade) originated as an idea in someone’s mind. Which is truly wild! Humans are crazy powerful, even though most of us don’t wake up feeling that way every morning.
The most simple way you can start consciously manifesting is by deciding on something to manifest. For beginners, I recommend asking for a sign (like seeing a rainbow) or for receiving a free coffee. Keep it light and fun. Then just watch how fast the Universe responds once you’re clear about what you want!
Of course, the more complicated our desires the more inner work is involved. The lighter stuff is easier because we have little attachment to it. But it’s all part of the same magic and the more you practice, the more powerful you’ll become.
Isn’t This All Kinda Weird and Woo Woo?
Not at all! We’re all just energy. That’s a scientific fact. You don’t have to believe in anything weird. All you need to do is be open to the experience. (Remembering that if you’re walking around thinking “This is never going to work” then don’t be surprised if it doesn’t!)
Isn’t This Just Reglar Work?
With that said, I know what your next question is: what’s the difference between manifesting and–you know–just regular goal-setting stuff?
Honestly, the two are not that much different! You pick a target and get to work.
But doing things “the normal way” isn’t always in our best interests.
You can definitely hustle and push and sweat and still not achieve what you want.
But it’s not because you’re lazy or stupid or unlucky or anything like that.
It’s simply because you’re not an energetic match to what you want. If your mind isn’t 100% behind what you want, then you will subconsciously sabotage your own best efforts.
And trust me–that really sucks!
Manifestation isn’t about giving up entirely about the normal ways to achieve what you want. But it is about learning more about yourself and doing the inner healing work so that you don’t make the journey longer and more difficult than it needs to be.
For me, it’s just so much more fun to feel like I have help along the way. It’s less lonely and frustrating–and that ultimately makes a huge difference in my results.
Why Chasing Your Dreams Is So Important
To be honest, many spiritual people seem dead-set against dreaming big and setting goals. They want to just float and take life as it comes. And to a certain degree that’s cool–if you’re aware of the potential downfalls! But here’s where I think this goes wrong:
Humans are meant to live in expansion mode. That means constantly learning, growing and changing. The Universe itself is in a state of constant expansion so it only makes sense that we should do the same!
However, most of us shirk this notion. We’ve been conditioned to believe that you go to school, find a job and stay there forever. Of course, now we’re beginning to understand just how outdated that concept is!
Yet many of us still hold this up as the standard. So when life throws us some unexpected curveballs we take it personally. We’re not living up to the ideal so there must be something wrong with us–right?
Sometimes we stop setting goals because we think we’re past that stage. We’re adults now. We’ve checked all the boxes. The pushing part of our life is over.
But purpose is the opposite of depression!
When we stop having a focus, when we stop growing, we’ll one day wake up, look around and wonder “Is that all there is?” It’s so common to have this feeling of waking up in someone else’s life because you’ve gone on autopilot for months or years at a time. You’ve stopped listening to your soul–but when the soul wakes up, it’s going to confront you with the truth: something has gone deeply wrong.
Manifestation works hand in hand with growth. Manifestation asks that you constantly assess where you are so you can figure out where you want to go. And manifestation offers you a way to make all those dreams of yours a reality–but without the intense struggle and push that you’ve been conditioned to believe comes first.
So Why Not Try It Out?
While it’s unlikely that anyone took you aside in school and told you about this power that we all possess, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time and attention.
If you’re curious about manifestation and you’re willing to see the world differently, then why not give it a shot? It’s definitely not going to cost you anything (unless you decide to buy a book, hire a coach or take a class) and it could actually be saving you months or years of effort.
At the very worst, you’ll end up knowing yourself a little bit better which is one of the most powerful gifts we can ever give ourselves.
The Benefits Of Manifestation
Still need some inspiration? Here’s a brief list of what manifesation has meant to me:
- Higher self-worth, better standards and boundaries
- More clarity about what I want
- Achieving the big things I want really fast
- Specific things I’ve manifested: everything from drinks and free coffees to my dream apartment to my book deal
- The confidence to keep pushing forward no matter what!
Your attitudes and beliefs about yourself and the world around you are what actually create your life!
I hope that post helps you whether you’re just becoming familiar with manifestation or whether you just needed a refresher in order to get excited about it again.
As always I’d love to hear your comments and questions, so please feel free to drop them below. Thank you so much for reading!
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