What is Manifesting?


What if there was a way you could bring what you want into your life just by focusing on thought and intent? 

Imagine being able to draw wealth, love, power, and joy to your doorstep.

That is the practice of manifesting. If you have found your way here to this guide, I guess you are pretty new to this practice. But here’s the good news—just by finding your way here, you have already embarked on your manifestation journey.

The concept of manifesting was popularized in 2006 by The Secret. We sometimes call it the “Law of Attraction.” But many people trace the ideas back to New Thought teachers like healer Phineas Quimby, who lived during the 19th century. 

Chances are that so long as humans have existed, so has a belief in manifesting in one form or another. 

Although manifesting may sound like a superpower, I believe it is an intrinsic part of being alive in the universe.

That means anyone can do it—including you!

Common Questions About Manifesting

Before you start trying to manifest your desires, it is important to lay some groundwork.

So, I want to answer some questions that beginners commonly ask about how the process works and what you can and cannot do with it.

Confused woman with questions.

Does Manifesting Really Work?

First of all, let’s tackle the most obvious question: Is all of this for real? Does manifesting actually work?

My answer based on my own life experiences is, “Absolutely.” Each time I have really focused on my goals and dreams, practiced the techniques with diligence, and broken old patterns that were holding me back, major life changes followed.

In fact, if not for manifesting, I doubt I would have most of what I am grateful for in my life: steady income to support my family, a beautiful home to share with them, and the ability to chart a course for our future that will make even more of our dreams come true.

Is There a Limit to Manifesting?

Manifesting can bring miraculous changes to your life. But yes, there are limits.

Manifesting is the magic that is built into the universe. That means that you can’t do anything that breaks its laws.

So, you can’t turn back time, bring back the dead, etc. But, you probably knew that, am I right?

But here’s what a lot of beginners don’t get—you also can’t be omnipotent.

Manifesting is not about forcing the universe to give you precisely what you want. It is about building a collaborative relationship with the universe to bring you what you need.

As human beings, we have big dreams but limited perspectives. The universe can see possibilities we cannot.

That means that sometimes, you won’t get what you are picturing when you try to manifest.

But you might end up with something even better.

Can You Really Manifest Money? 

For many of us, what we desire most to bring into our lives is something super basic that we all need—money.

If you visualize hard enough, can you cause dollar bills to rain down on you from the heavens?

Okay, well, it might not look exactly like that—but yes. You can.

In fact, I managed to win a set for life prize of $3,000 a month for the next 20 years from TheLotter by following the principles of manifesting! Find out how I did it (link).

What are Signs Your Manifestation is Working?

Manifesting is a bit like gardening. You plant your seeds, but you need to be patient. Sometimes the thing you want to manifest will appear instantly. Other times, it might take days, weeks, months, or even years to grow.

So, how do you know whether it is working? 

The single most significant sign I have discovered is synchronicities. These are seeming “coincidences” that are statistically improbable enough to jump out and catch our attention.

Actually, that was part of how I ended up winning the lottery. I’d never heard of TheLotter before and then saw three random references to it in three unrelated places in the same week. So, I started buying tickets. Not long later, I won. 

Basically, I became part of the set of synchronous events. I found my place in the flow of the universe. 

So, be on the lookout for synchronicities, especially if they are related to what you are trying to manifest. Follow the flow where it leads.

How Do You Stop Doubting When Manifesting?

The biggest enemy of manifestation is doubt. And it is so easy to doubt. Thankfully, there are a lot of strategies you can use to overcome your doubts. 

Here are a few that work great for me:

  • Focusing on gratitude, both for what I have now and for how hard I know the universe is working to help me get what I want.
  • Thinking about times I doubted in the past, yet grasped what I wanted despite those doubts.
  • Trusting that there are forces in the universe that have my back no matter what.

These techniques can help you too.

But if you are just starting out, the most important thing to know is that your trust in this process will grow with time and experience.

If you have doubts now, don’t be too hard on yourself. Just know that it gets easier to believe when you start seeing results, however small.  

How Often Should You Manifest Something?

If you ask this question, you are either wondering how often you should come up with a new request for the universe or how much time you should put into making that request.

For the first, I would say, “As often as you want!” You are a co-creator in our awesome reality and have every right to be as involved as you want in that process. Make as many requests or as few as you’d like. 

For the second question, I suggest you take a few minutes, maybe 2-3 times a day, to really focus your full intention and carry out your rituals (i.e. looking at your vision board or meditating).

The rest of the time, I recommend you put yourself in places and situations that increase 

the avenues the universe can work through.

So, literally or figuratively, buy a lot of lottery tickets. If you are trying to manifest money, read about starting your own business, enroll in a course, or apply for jobs. If you want to manifest love, fill out dating profiles or sign up for speed dating. 

You can also learn to embed your intent in everything you do. So, with respect to making money, for example, each day when you get ready, you can dress your professional best, job or no job. Literally, wear your intentions on your sleeve. 

Manifest Your Dreams Now!

Now you know the basics of what manifesting is, how it works, and how you can use it to transform your reality.

It is time to make your dreams come true. Keep exploring my site to discover the powerful manifesting techniques you can use to attract money, opportunity, love, and more into your life!

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