Today I will be talking about the science behind manifestation and how to turn positive thinking into positive action! Manifestation is huge right now along with positive affirmations and other things of that nature. Neville Goddard is at the heart of many of these manifestation communities because of his work on self-help, mysticisms, and the Bible. He believed that if you truly believe a desire is yours, your reality has no choice other than to harden it into a fact. This is the most important tenet of manifestation! Many people have amazing success stories with using manifestation from small things such as money, a good job to huge things like new apartments, cars, and their "dream" significant other.
So... is it real?
There have been many deep dives into the scientific and psychological side of manifestation that I will be sharing with you all today!
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So let's get into it!
1. What is manifestation?
So, what exactly is manifestation?
Manifestation is the act of focusing your mind, setting your thoughts, changing your mindset to bring about a specific goal into reality. This means harnessing your imagination into something that will become tangible. With this, it is said you must live and think as if your desires are already true, rejecting any logic that would prove otherwise from your desired manifestation. You also have to let go of any doubts, "limiting beliefs", and trust the process entirely. Being clear and consistent with what you want is essential to bring it to fruition.
This sounds slightly dangerous if someone is trying to manifest something a bit illogical but in the realm of manifestation, nothing is seen as illogical.
2. Ways to manifest
There are many different ways to manifest but I will be going over the most popular ways.
This method uses subliminal, affirmations, and soundwave therapy to essentially alter your subconscious mind to a more positive state thus mentally aligning you with your desires.
This technique includes journaling every day about positive experiences, gratitude, and your manifestations. With scripting, you have to write as if your manifested desires are already true and the thankfulness you will because of it.
Affirmations are short and specific sentences that affirm your desires. The thought is that if you repeat these daily, twice a day, etc, you are programming your subconscious mind to believe that you deserve your desires.
3. So Is It Real?
Is it real? It is hard to scientifically prove something that is so outside the realm of what we know to be true. Here are two popular scientific explanations of the validity of manifestation.
A self-fulfilling prophecy is a phenomenon in which we will subconsciously act in a certain way that aligns with our predictions or beliefs, positive or negative. For example, if you have a job interview and you have negative self-talk days before it happens, you may subconsciously self-sabotage or bomb the interview. With this, the opposite can be seen in positive predictions which can explain manifestation.
The Placebo Effect
This phenomenon refers to the power of belief and the mind. This was discovered in a clinical trial in which participants were given sugar pills (no therapeutic actions or effects) but they were told it held the power to cure their ailments. Surprisingly, some of these participants showed real and quantitative measures of healing and believed that they were better! This also can be applied to the results of manifestation.
4. Success Stories
So what can you achieve with manifestation? There are many famous celebrities who have attested to the power of manifestation.
Oprah credits all of her success to the power of visualization. She is said to have visualized her success such as nailing her audition before she even stepped in the room! She would later than do so and win the acting part.
Jim Carrey famously used visualization to manifest his dreams. It is said he wrote himself a check for 10 million USD for 10 years in the future before he was successful. 9 years later, because of his massive success in movies like Ace Ventura, he was well worth over 10 million dollars.
Will believes that if you truly believe in yourself and can visualize yourself achieving your dreams, you can materialize them! He says, “Our thoughts, our feelings, our dreams, our ideas are physical in the universe. That if we dream something, if we picture something, it adds a physical thrust towards the realization that we can put into the universe.”
5. Final Thoughts
Is it scientifically backed? Not quite. It is a complete hoax? Doesn't seem to be.
The use of manifestation at this time seems to be a personal journey with confidence building and self-acceptance which is a good thing for everyone! On the other hand, it does not appear to be a sure-fire way to help everyone with their problems. But in the end, manifestation seems to be a harmless way to help improve your self-talk and mindset that can help you with your goals.
What do you think about manifestation? Have you tried to manifest anything before? Let me know in the comments below!
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