The Truth About Manifesting What You Want (You Need to Know!)

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The Truth About Manifesting and How to Make It Work

(There’s a guided visualization audio at the end of this article)

The concepts of the Law of Attraction and manifesting can seem a bit “woo-woo.” There is, indeed, a part of manifesting that’s based on metaphysics.

However, there’s another aspect of it that’s rooted in science. So, even if you don’t believe in metaphysics, you can definitely use the information in this article to help you build a life you love.

In this article, I’ll first share three quotes to illustrate the more metaphysical side of manifesting: one from Eckart Tolle, whom you may know as the author of The Power of Now; one from the author Neville Goddard; and, lastly, one from a Tibetan monk.

Next, I’ll explain the science behind it and will share my favorite manifestation methods.

Lastly, for those of you who are into spirituality, I’ll also tell you how you can use these same methods to accelerate your spiritual growth and ascension.

Gratitude Journal Prompt Ideas

Metaphysical Perspective

Let’s first look at the metaphysical perspective on manifesting. In many spiritual traditions and native cultures, it is mentioned that “To see it, we must first believe it, and feel ‘as if’…”

I’ll share with you three quotes from different sources to support this idea.

Here’s what Eckart Tolle, author of The Power of Now, says about manifesting:

The most important thing anybody’s ever said about manifesting things is one sentence Jesus said. You don’t need all the books written about manifesting; once you understand this one sentence, you don’t need to read any of them. That sentence is, “When you pray for something, believe that you have received it that it will be yours.”

Feel as if you already have it.

Here’s another quote from Neville Goddard’s book, Feeling is the Secret:

To impress the subconscious with the desirable state, you must assume the feeling that would be yours had you already realized your wish. (…) Prayer is the art of assuming, the feeling of being and having that which you want.

Same thing: feeling as if.

The last quote is from Gregg Braden’s book, Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer. In a section of the book, he relates his encounter with Tibetan Buddhist monks at a very remote monastery in Tibet. After watching the monks praying and chanting, he asked the abbot what they were doing when chanting. The abbot responded:

When you see us chanting for many hours a day, and when you see us using bells, bowls, chimes, and incense, you’re seeing what we do to create the feeling in our body. Feeling is the prayer!

The key to intentionally manifesting something into our lives is to feel as if it’s already part of our reality.

The issue is that unconscious blocks (fear, doubt, and limiting beliefs) often prevent us from truly believing that we can have or experience what we want.

Those limiting beliefs make it difficult for us to feel “as if” we’ve already achieved what we want, and they prevent us from manifesting it into our lives.

That being said, let’s now see how you can remove the blocks or limiting beliefs that may be sabotaging your progress and preventing you from living your ideal life.

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How to Change Your Subconscious Programming

According to scientists, the subconscious mind is responsible for 90 to 95 percent of the outcomes in our lives.

That’s mainly because our beliefs create our thoughts and emotional responses, and our thoughts and emotions lead to actions.

That means that only five to ten percent of our behavior results from conscious and rational intentions. And when we think we are making a conscious choice, we are, in fact, most likely having a conditioned response.

Basically, the subconscious mind is running the show, and we are its puppets.

This means that if you are having difficulty changing aspects of yourself or your life (or manifesting your dreams), it’s likely that there are beliefs in your mind that are sabotaging your progress.

For example, it could be a belief that you don’t deserve or are not talented enough to obtain what you want.

As Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief, said:

“Anything you are struggling to try to accomplish – whether it’s health or love or relationships or whatever it is – represents a simple fact: your subconscious programming doesn’t support that conclusion.”

The bottom line is that, to change our lives and attain our goals, we must first change the programs and beliefs in our subconscious minds. Otherwise, pursuing a goal may feel like swimming against the tide.

As Dr. Shannon Irvine says, “You can’t out-perform or out-hustle your subconscious mind.”

One of the best tools (if not the best) to change your subconscious programming is a special kind of visualization.

I’ll explain what this special kind of visualization method is in just a minute, but before that, let me explain why visualization is so effective at changing beliefs at the subconscious level.

Here’s something fascinating: the subconscious mind doesn’t differentiate between something real (something that really happened to you) and something that is vividly imagined.

When you imagine something vividly, your brain’s chemistry changes as though the experience were real. If you repeat this process a few times, it gets encoded in your memory as something you have actually experienced in real life. Brain imaging has shown that when we visualize an action, the same regions of the brain are stimulated as when we perform the action in real life, and the same neural networks are created.

It’s not “woo-woo”; it’s science.

Because of this aspect of the mind, you can use visualization to overcome fear and self-doubt and reduce the feelings of anxiety by “making the unknown known.”

For example, if public speaking scares you, you could overcome that fear by visualizing yourself being confident and comfortable speaking in front of a large audience. After you’ve done it several times, you’ll begin to believe that not only is it safe to speak on a stage, but also that you excel at it and enjoy it, and it’ll become much easier and more natural to do it in real life.

For the same reasons, you can use visualization to change aspects of your personality and develop new skills more quickly.

I personally used it to overcome social anxiety years ago.

Gratitude Journal Prompt Ideas

My Favorite Manifestation Techniques

I’ll give you two methods for manifesting that combine science and metaphysics.

The first method, which is (in my opinion) the most powerful, is called “emotionalized visualization.”

You simply visualize yourself having attained your goal or dream while feeling “as if” it were really happening.

Note that the best emotion for manifesting is gratitude. As Dr. Joe Dispenza wrote in Becoming Supernatural:

“Gratitude is a powerful emotion to use for manifesting because normally we feel grateful after we’ve received something, so the emotional signature of gratitude means it has already happened. When you are thankful or you feel appreciation, you are in the ultimate state to receive.”

Try to feel grateful to have “already attained” your goal while you are visualizing it.

For this method (visualization), I recommend using one of the following two tools (or both):

The first tool is an exercise that I shared in another article titled “5 Steps to Changing Your Identity and Upgrading Your Life.” Basically, it involves writing a description of what you want in the present tense, recording yourself reading it, and listening to your recording often. I recommend reading the article in which I guide you through this process step by step.

The second tool is a guided visualization. I have an entire course on science-based visualization to overcome limiting beliefs, which includes five guided visualizations for different types of goals. I will give you one of those guided visualizations to try – the more general one you can use for most of your goals (see below the article).

The second method for manifesting is to create a vision board – and more specifically, I recommend making a gratitude vision board. I share exactly how to do it in this article. This specific type of vision board is designed to help you feel “as if” you have already achieved your goal. As we’ve seen, feeling “as if” is very important for manifesting.

Note that if you combine the two methods – making a vision board and visualizing your goal – that’s even better.

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Using Visualization for Ascension

This section is for those of you who are spiritually inclined.

Manifesting your goals and dreams is great, but did you know that you can also use visualization to speed up your spiritual evolution and help you ascend into 5D (the fifth dimension)?

Well, according to many spiritual teachers, you can!

In Transcending the Scale of Consciousness, David R. Hawkins writes:

“A useful technique to bypass mentalization is that of creative visualization in which the desired goal is envisioned and held in mind periodically.”

Here, David Hawkins refers to the passage from the level of reason (“mentalization”) to the next (higher) level of consciousness: love.

He’s saying that you can use visualization as a tool to accelerate your ascension process by visualizing yourself as being your wisest and most blissful and loving self.

Of course, do your best to also feel “as if” you were your wisest self while you visualize it.

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Recommended Resources and Guided Visualization

I hope this article was helpful! Again, you can use the following tools to help you manifest your dream life:

Article: “5 Steps to Changing Your Identity and Upgrading Your Life”

Article: “Powerful Goal-Setting Vision Board Method for Manifesting”


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