Maybe you have watched the movie The Secret or read the book of the same name by Rhonda Byrne. Or maybe watched The Oprah Winfrey Show – Discovering the Secret that talks about both.
The “Law of Attraction” and “Manifestation” gained prominence and popularity after the Oprah Show though they have been around since the beginning of time and known to mankind for centuries.
Did you try your hand at manifesting? Were you successful?
Manifestation is both simple and hard to grasp at the same time. The concept is simple enough. However, you need to absorb its basic principles and make them part of your everyday life to succeed in manifesting. And that is the difficult part.
This article takes you through the basic rules of manifestation and offers tips and suggestions on how to integrate them into your life.
Let us start at the beginning.
All this may be too overwhelming to process. Let us get down to basics and explain them in simple language.
After all, in the practical sense, you need not analyze or examine them in-depth. Integrating them into your life is all about understanding the concept and making them part of your lifestyle.
Everything in this Universe is energy that is in perpetual vibration. The law of attraction tells us that “like attracts like”. This means people or things with the same vibrational frequency are drawn to each other.
Manifestation is the process of raising your energy vibrations to equal that of your desire and thereby succeed in attracting the same into your life.
Most people do not learn to manifest or become aware of this process in their lifetime. Whether you are aware of it or not, believe in it or not, the law of attraction is working for you and would continue to.
It is natural to feel skeptical after reading this. Is it really possible to attract anything you wish? Can you make all your dreams come true?
The answer is a simple yes. You can manifest every one of your wishes.
Where do you start? How does it work?
Now let us move on to understand more about how manifestation works.
How does manifestation work?
Manifesting a chosen goal using the law of attraction is possible by raising your vibrational frequency to that of your goal, thereby attracting it into your life. The law of attraction tells us that we can raise our energy vibrations through our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.
“Like attracts like” means we tend to attract things or events with the same vibrational frequency as ours. This happens even when we are not aware of this. This explains why bad things happen to us when we are feeling down or having negative thoughts.
Manifestation is all about boosting energy vibrations. The law of attraction offers a range of tools and techniques for us to make use of to achieve this. Visualization, the most powerful among them, involves imagining your emotions and changes in your life after the manifestation of the goal. The trick is to imagine it in the present tense – as if the manifestation has already happened.
Affirmations are positive statements meant to boost your confidence and self-worth and thereby your energy vibrations. Gratitude and meditation are two more useful manifestation techniques.
Manifestation doesn’t merely involve boosting your positive energy vibes. Though this sets the stage for attracting your goal, it is vital to back this up with supportive action.
For example, when your goal is to get a job, merely raising your vibration will not do. You need to apply for jobs and attend interviews and follow the process to get the desired job. You may also want to take a look at our guide on How to Manifest a Job in 24 Hours.
For a manifestation effort to be successful, in addition to thinking positive and taking action, you also need to pay attention to a few more points. Removing limiting beliefs, maintaining unwavering beliefs in the process, and preparing yourself to receive the goal are also as important to the process.
The manifestation process can be summed up as “Ask, Believe, Receive”.
7 basic rules of manifestation
The process of manifestation is simple and easy enough to understand but harder to put into practice.
For example, though you know that you need to think positively, it is not easy to maintain a positive outlook 24 hours a day all through the manifestation journey.
Another instance is about the conflicting views about your goal. You may want something fervently but you may also have some pre-existing belief that sees the goal in a negative light. The limiting beliefs can pose roadblocks in your manifestation path.
As a beginner, you may feel confused by all these buts and ifs and the dos and don’ts. These are basic rules of manifestation that are simple to understand and easy to follow.
1. Being specific
Deciding what you want to manifest may sound too simple but you need to pay attention to these points.
At any given point in time, you may have so many wishes lined up in your head. I would like to have that phone. I wish I had a bit more money. I want to live in that beautiful cottage. I would love to go on a beach vacation. The list goes on and on.
As you are a beginner in this field, it is better to have one goal at a time for manifestation. Once you succeed in one, you may take up another. And one more thing. It is ideal to start small until you get the hang of it. Victories, whether big or small, can help in building trust in the process, a vital requirement for success.
Once you have identified the goal, it is time to get down to specifics. This is crucial as unclear, vague, or generalized goals may not get you the desired result. For example, wishing for some money or loads of them may get you money but maybe more or less than you wanted. Be clear about the exact figure.
2. Get rid of roadblocks
Limiting beliefs are known to play spoilsport in the manifestation effort. They can deny you the goal even if you do everything else right.
For example, you want to manifest $10,000 as you are struggling to pay your rent and other everyday expenses. However, you truly believe that getting that kind of money without hard work is immoral. Without removing that belief, you are not going to succeed in attracting the money.
Affirmations are excellent tools for the purpose. Repeating them can shift your mindset over time. You may also find the answer to the question for what purpose you want the money. Morally acceptable justification can help in overcoming limiting beliefs.
The other hurdles you may face in your manifestation journey are toxic people, a negative mindset, and time constraints. Naysayers can hold you back in your attempt. Stay away from people who are not supportive.
Related or unrelated negativity can dent the effort. You need to be in a positive frame of mind when attempting manifestation. There is no time frame for success in manifestation. It may happen in a day, or a week, or a month, or a year. Getting frustrated after a couple of days or a week is not going to work. Be patient, keep believing, and continue working on your goal.
3. Ask the Universe
How do I ask the Universe? This is a dilemma for many beginners.
You need to understand that the Universe is the omnipresent and all-knowing energy that can read your mind, hear you, and even understand what you write down. So, to ask the Universe, you may say it loud or in your mind. You may also write it down. Or you may use a combination of these.
You may include them as a prayer, or in your visualization or affirmation. Vision board is another tool you can make use of. One of the popular methods is to write a letter to the Universe.
Asking the Universe is not something you do once and forget about it. It has to be done daily and, on each occasion, add more and more details to the goal to make your request clearer and clearer.
4. Trust the Universe
This is the hardest step of them all. Believing in the process and trusting the Universe to fulfill your wishes. You would find this easier in the beginning but as days go by without any sign of the goal, trust and belief are hard to sustain.
It is hard doesn’t mean you can allow distrust and doubts to creep into your mind. If you permit that to happen, that would be the end of your manifestation journey. Instead, you need to find ways to keep up the positive outlook and continue the faith and confidence in the power of the Universe.
This is one of the reasons for setting attainable goals in the beginning. The time taken will be less and success is almost certain if you are willing to put in the effort. Every time you succeed in manifesting your goal, your belief and trust increase.
Keeping your mind open to possibilities also can help. Whenever doubt raises its ugly head, ask the question “what if it works?”. You would be losing out on opportunities by allowing the doubts to get the better of you.
5. Take inspired action
Though the mind plays a major role in manifestation, it cannot act alone. It requires supportive action to complete the process.
You cannot just wish for something and trust that the Universe would bring it to your doorstep. Manifestation is neither magic nor a miracle. It is not mumbo-jumbo either.
You need to keep your eye open for opportunities and make full use of them to get the desired result. An inspired action is a vital step in the manifestation process.
6. Prepare to receive
So, you have done all the steps until now. Now, it is time to get into the receiving mode.
This means mentally and physically getting ready to accept the goal. That is aligning your thoughts, feelings, and actions for the materialization of your desire.
Without this step, the goal may come as an unpleasant surprise to you, though you wanted it fervently. Oftentimes, you wish for something without thinking about how it is going to affect you or change your life.
By preparing to receive, you are going through the acts of receiving in your mind’s eye. You need to get into this mode to let the Universe know that you are ready to receive.
7. Practice gratitude
Gratitude is the vital cog in the manifestation wheel that makes it go around. It can boost your energy instantly. It helps you to maintain a positive attitude, even in the event of minor setbacks in the process.
The feeling of gratitude sets the tone for the next manifestation. It conveys to the Universe your joy in the realization of the goal. Once the Universe gets a clear idea of what makes you happy, it will continue to give you more of it.
After you get what you desired, it is not uncommon to forget about it. Maintaining a gratitude journal can help in jogging your memory of all the small and big favors you have received over time.
Manifestation Tips for beginners
- When choosing the goal for manifestation, ask yourself these questions – Do I really want this? Is it beneficial to me and others? Does it align with my moral values?
- Find the answer to the question “why”. Why are you wishing for the goal?
- The clearer you are about the goal, the better the chances of manifesting.
- To keep up your positivity you may choose to do things that you love.
- Make good use of the various tools and techniques of manifestation like visualization, affirmation, and meditation. Their benefits are multi-pronged.
- Do not get obsessed with the goal. Follow the steps with sincerity and let it go.
- When you are on the verge of manifestation, you may start noticing signs that your goal is close. Growing excitement is one. Coming across your goal in multiple ways is another.
- If you think it is taking too long to manifest, you may not have understood the steps well or following them in the right spirit. Go back to the beginning and try again.
- Love yourself regardless of the outcome.
- Learn how to utilize your chakra for manifestation.
Do not feel too overwhelmed by the steps of manifestation. Start small and after a few successful attempts, you won’t find it hard. After some time, this would become part of your life that you would be manifesting without any conscious effort.
Just remember that you have been, are, and will be manifesting knowingly or unknowingly. Doing it with awareness gives you the chance to manifest what you want.
If you are looking for manifestation ideas, see the article on 50 things to manifest: ideas for manifestation.