Let’s talk about manifestation! What it is, the analogy that has helped me understand it, and how to actually implement manifestation into your life as a beginner!
Now fair warning – I’m no manifestation expert. I haven’t studied it for years and I’m sure as hell not perfect at it. But if you’re looking for the opinion of a former skeptic/current beginner manifestator (what a title!) then this is the post for you!
If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever consider implementing manifestation into my life, I would’ve laughed in your face.
(Actually that’s a lie. I’m far too polite to laugh in someone’s face. But I would have thought how crazy you sounded later on.)
I was one of those people that saw The Secret about 3 years ago, before I knew anything about manifestation or what it was all about. I was on the hunt for some positive thinking, feel good, change your life motivation; I liked documentaries; I had Netflix. It fit the bill.
Some of the stuff resonated with me. Some it felt like a pile of crock. I could just think about anything I wanted, and if I thought about it hard enough it’d just mosey on over to me? Pssh, yeah right!
I was a solid parital-believer. I wanted to believe, but my mind wouldn’t let me.
I didn’t have faith.
And really that’s what manifestation is all about: faith. Literally, if you click away now or don’t take anything else from this post, just remember “faith”. Faith that you are capable of anything, even your wildest dreams. Faith that there will always be a way. Faith that struggles don’t last. Faith that, despite your fears or doubts, you can do anything.Manifestation is all about faith - faith in yourself and faith in the universe. Click To Tweet
Still with me? Ok cool! Let’s start digging into it.
Manifestation for Beginners
What is manifestation?
Let’s start with a definition.
Manifestation (verb): Using your mind, heart and spirit to attract your conscious or unconscious hopes, desires, and dreams into your life. synonyms: Law of Attraction, Visualization, Faith, Belief, Trust, The Power of Positive ThinkingManifestation: using your mind, heart and spirit to attract your conscious or unconscious… Click To Tweet
Wondering why this isn’t the definition you get when you google manifestation? Well it’s because I made it up. Yuuuup. I’m all about putting things in my terms and this is the definition that I use when thinking/speaking about manifestation. (I mean this blog is called Adventures with Asha, not Google with Asha. But I digress!)
So let’s digest this, shall we?
First, I consider manifestation a verb. The dictionary calls it a noun – aka the actual result. Manifestation isn’t the result, it’s the action. It’s the deep seeded belief that you can have anything you want, anything you desire. It’s active, not passive. You got work for your manifestations, girl!
Next, it’s using your mind, heart, and spirit. A lot of people think that it is all about changing your thoughts – making them more positive and focused on what you desire (as opposed to what you lack). I have found the most profound success when I incorporate my heart and spirit into the manifestation process too. It’s not just enough for me to think it. I’ve got feel it, breath it, and live it. (For those who know a bit about vibrations as they relate to manifestation, you’ve gotta get those vibes high, and your mind is definitely not the only thing vibing!)
Then you’ve got the conscious/unconscious part. Now this one’s important, and what I think trips up a lot of people. It’s not just about changing what you say and think. It’s also about improving those subconscious hopes, desires, and dreams too! The things you aren’t shouting from rooftops. Hell, the things that you might not even be mindful of yet! Manifestation requires paying attention to your inner workings. Aka you can’t manifest without being mindful!You can’t manifest without being mindful Click To Tweet
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Welcome to the Manifestation Hotel: The Analogy
Ok. So let’s review what we’ve learned so far:
- Manifestation is active, not passive
- Manifestation involves using your heart, mind, and spirit
- Manifestation and mindfulness go hand in hand
- Manifestation allows us to attract our hopes, dreams, and desires into our lives
Are you still a little confused about all this manifestation biz? Then let me lay down the analogy that I’ve been using recently to help me make sense of it all (because I looooove a good analogy!)
Imagine that your mind is a hotel. And like any hotel, it is in the business of filling up as many rooms as possible. Because it’s your mind, it’s rooms are filled with thoughts, dreams, desires, emotions, feelings, etc.
Now let’s say that your hotel is giving off a vibe that attracts some pretty negative guests. You might not have intended for this to be the case, and you might not know what is attracting such negative residents. But nonetheless, here they are.
It might start off with just a few, but because you welcome them in and then keep your marketing the same, more and more keep coming. They’re telling their friends. Word is spreading about the negative community. Pretty soon, you’ve got a negative conference happening at your hotel almost every weekend!
You start to realize, hey…this kinda sucks. These negatives, well they’re frankly not very nice. Pretty messy. Real debbie downers.
But because you are in the hospitality business, you can’t just kick them out. I mean you could, but you’re polite. So you acknowledge them, and then let them pass through. You thank them for being there (because they did teach you a lesson about what not to do), but once they’re gone, you make plans to change who you attract.
You change your messaging and marketing. You start saying “we’re a place for positives! Positive dreams, positive desires, positive feelings, come on in! We welcome you with open arms. We’ve got room for you here!”
You start filling the space with more positivity. You bring in some plants. Open the curtains. Maybe add a water feature or a bonfire area out back. It starts to feel real good in there.
And lo and behold, in come the positive thoughts, desires, and feelings! Then they start telling their friends how happy they are at your hotel. How there’s plenty of room for them. And then before you know it, the positives have their weekly meetings and conferences there!
BOOM MANIFESTATION AT WORK!
But Asha….I’m still confused. Hotels? How the hell does this relate?! Don’t worry girl. I gotchu.
5 Easy Steps to Apply Manifestation to Your Life
So let’s take the manifestation definition and analogy from above, and break it into steps to successfully implement manifestation!
1.Get real about what you want
You’ve gotta get clear about what your desires are and be mindful of how you are communicating these to the universe. You know how in the hotel example it was unclear how all the negative guests were coming in? Well that’s because the requests were unclear. The advertising wasn’t explicitly asking for positive guests from Nevada; maybe it was just asking for guests. So you got guests…and they just happened to be negative.
So get real and honest about what you want, and be specific about those desires!
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2. Implement the pass-through method
Did you think it was kinda weird that hotel owning you didn’t give the negative guests the immediate boot in the analogy? Well that’s because you don’t want to focus on what you don’t like or what you’re lacking.
You see, manifestation is pretty simple. It listens to what you’re saying and thinking brings that to you. It doesn’t understand the words “don’t”, “do less”, or “more”. It just sees what you’re putting energy towards, and brings you more of that.
So if hotel owning you had focused only on the negative guests – how much you hated them and wanted them gone – all the universe would’ve seen would be you focusing on the negative guests…and then it would’ve bought you more. Not ideal.
That’s why you use the pass-through method! As the thoughts that you don’t want enter your head or heart (and they will, because you are human), let them be. Allow them to pass through. Don’t label them as good or bad, desirable of not desirable. Don’t give them energy (because manifestation LOVES and NEEDS energy).
Let your undesirable thoughts finish out their stay and then allow them to move on so you can make space for what you want!
3. Tell It
Whether it’s writing, speaking, mediating, journaling, singing, chanting… you’ve gotta tell the universe what you want!
Some people call this asking for what you want. I find it more helpful to tell it like it is. Don’t say “Can I please have $1,000 to pay these bills?”Manifestation tip: Speak it as if it’s already true! Click To Tweet
Speak it as if it’s already true! “Thank you for $1,000 to pay these bills! It feels so good to be living in abundance.” Because remember it’s all about mind, heart AND spirit! It’s not just about thinking it, it’s about feeling it, living it, imagining it, and surrounding yourself in it.
Remember how the hotel started attracting positive guests once the hotel itself was positive? Well that’s because like attracts like. What you have/focus on now, in the current, is what’s going to be attracted to you. So go ahead and get a jump start on it now (plus it helps the universe know exactly what you want).
4. Show gratitude, always
This one can be hard. Who really wants to thank the world for the bad shit? But being thankful and showing gratitude are different. Show gratitude for the “bad” by focusing on the clarity that it brings you and the progress that you gain. Or just decide that you’re going to own it – like how I decided to love my body even with all its imperfections! Because now you know that maybe you need to get more specific about your desires and how you speak to the universe!
And don’t forget to show gratitude for the good stuff too as it brings more of what you want! And we all want more of the good stuff!
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5. Take action
Remember how manifestation is a verb? Yeah, that means you’ve actually gotta take action! Manifestation is about the universe AND you! The universe isn’t just going to open up and rain down money. Remember, this isn’t passive. Once you decide to manifest your desires, you have to let those now positive vibes guide your actions!
You can ask the universe for a new job all day long, but if you’re not networking, looking at job sites, or sending in applications, then you’re not making room and space for those manifestations to actually manifest! Just like the hotel analogy, you’ve gotta have room for the manifestations to settle in!Manifestation tip: You have to make room for your manifestations to settle in Click To Tweet
So my friend, how ya feeling? Ready to take over your life and manifest your greatest desires? I sure hope so!
Let me know what you’d like to manifest in your life in a comment below! Can’t wait to hear from ya!
Until next time,