In this article I share with you six of the manifestation techniques that have been most effective for me. These strategies can help transform your mindset and shift your beliefs about your life, opening you up to the possibilities available to you.
The word manifestation is something that many spiritual coaches and authors use to describe the process of taking an idea or a goal and turning it into something tangible. It sounds vague but it really isn’t. It’s about establishing a practice of shifting your beliefs. Shifting beliefs has been linked to the law of attraction which was popularized by the film and book The Secret. The foundation of these ideas are based in part on American author Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich that what you think you become. That said, these ideas have been around for much longer and there’s more to it then just thinking something into existence!
The truth is, Buddha said it first:
“What you think you become. What you feel you attract. What you imagine you create.”
Once you understand these three basic principles that not only attract things, people and events to your life, but also helped create the person you are today, you can begin to transform your life one action at a time.
Here are the six ways you can manifest your desires:
See it in your mind as though it’s already happening
Visualization techniques usually involve focusing on what you desire, connecting with the feeling of already having it in your life, and repeating this process until you believe the desire is on its way. A practice of visualizing once a day for about 15 to 20 minutes can help you create this effect. You can do this either just after you wake up in the morning or right before falling asleep. This will allow your subconscious mind to create your new beliefs, in time transforming the way you think and engage with your world.
A Pocket Exercise as a Daily Reminder
Another great way to establish a habit of thinking about what you want to manifest is to create a daily reminder. Write down a list of things you desire and fold the paper in two, placing it in your pocket every morning. Before going to bed at night, take out the paper from your pocket, read it and think of three things you feel grateful for. Gratefulness can help you maintain a positive mindset as you work towards your life goals. Your body posture also plays a key part in all of this. Imagine yourself receiving the things on your list, stand tall and look forward, bak straight, eyes closed as though you’re standing in your future self’s successful shoes. Feel your new reality. In the morning, replace your list in the new pocket and repeat.
Creating a Vision Board
Ensuring your immediate environment has triggers that remind you of your overall mission can be helpful in staying on track. A vision board is a material and visual representation of your dreams and goals. Collect images that paint the picture of your ideal life, be specific. Then, visit your board occasionally and imagine yourself living this life. This will create the intention in your mind of working towards a better life.
You can take this to the next level and hang art and pictures that remind you of the things you want to manifest. For example, my phone wallpaper image is from a pic I took at a beach in Cartagena, and I have a framed painting of a hummingbird which represents Colombia. These things represent my next big goal which is to live in Colombia. So, think about adding reminders of your goals and dreams to your living space and see what happens when your focus shifts. These thoughts will become integrated into your everyday experience and will begin to seem “normal” to you.
What’s Your Story? Write the Script
If you already have a good idea of your goals and want to give details to what your ideal life will look like, use a scripting technique to create the story of that life. Write down a paragraph or two that detail what a day in the life of your future self will look like. Write it in the present tense using the first person, as though it’s already happened. Return occasionally to read your story and remind yourself of your overall vision. This is not to say that the details can’t change over time, they likely will. You can go back and update your script any time you like.
Create Affirmation Statements
When you’re trying to integrate new information and habits, repetition is key. From a list of your goals, you can flip the language and create affirmation statements for each item. Begin each sentence with “I am..” or “I have…” rather than “I want” or “I will”, as though each of the items represents a part of your present self and as though they have already happened. Write each affirmation statement five times on a piece of paper or in a word document. Or, state and repeat them outloud. Repeat this practice whenever you feel doubt about the direction your taking. Alternatively, you can use your affirmations as mantras during meditation, repeating the statements as you focus your mind and eliminate other distractions. This can be done in the morning or at night.
Make a Focus Wheel and Get Into Alignment
The Focus Wheel is a process of creating a vision and changing your perspective and mindset from negative to positive so that you can align yourself with what you want. It can be used for any subject, whether financial, relationship or health related. The wheel below is just an example of what you can create. You can use your affirmation statements or goals and place them in the center of the wheel, adding more defined details about your vision as you drill down the specifics of what you want to manifest.
When I was sitting in my cubicle, working as a cog in a government office, I felt as though I had no way up and no way out. I just couldn’t see a path to what I really wanted, which was to engage with others in a way that helps them grow, to create tools and products that teach techniques and practices to help improve people’s lives. These techniques were taught to me by the great philosophers and authors of our time. For me, reading expanded my perspective. I wasn’t afraid to ask questions, to reach out to others for help. I found mentors, some of which didn’t even know I existed, others who helps me directly through counseling and coaching. They opened up my mind and allowed me to see new ways of taking action and to believe that I could have more.
I hope you find these tips helpful!
Copyright Authentic World Inc 2020, Michelle Thompson 2020
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My name is Michelle. I’m a postgraduate qualified professional with over twenty years of experience as a group facilitator and public educator. I’ve helped thousands of people re-imagine their lives and create concrete plans for self-improvement. I’ve facilitated dozens of workshops and support groups on topics like stress management, mental health and wellness, goal setting, grief counselling, safety planning, and confidence building. I’m a former social worker and crisis services coordinator, and after working for eight years as a non-profit consultant, I felt a strong desire to return to helping people. I created Authentic World Inc, an international life coaching company that offers one-on-one support and self-directed courses on personal development topics. I also teach philosophy part time at Carleton University in Canada’s national capital. In my coaching approach, I consider the teachings of the modern philosophers of our time and use a holistic method for teaching you how to become more compassionate towards yourself and improve the quality of your life in the process.
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