Can we get everything we want just by thinking? This is something I’ve been wondering for a long time. There are tonnes of books, podcasts, speeches that are all for it. On the flip side, there’s plenty of criticism to oppose the power of achieving success purely by repeating it in your head. Let’s have a look into it.
Dictionary.com defines manifestation as ‘the public display of emotion or feeling or something theoretical made real.’ Its origins are in religion and spirituality because if something spiritual becomes real, it is said to be manifestation.
If you’re still struggling with the concept, allow me to break it down. You want to find the perfect new couch for your living room. Finding the perfect couch is at the beginning theoretical, as you have not yet acquired the best couch you possibly can… Harvey Norman is just. Not. Cutting. It.
The idea is, if you consciously think “I WILL find the perfect couch” over and over again, maybe write up a few sticky notes so you remind yourself to think/speak it into existence, then one day poof! You stumble across a friend of a friend who is selling the most amazing lounge you’ve laid eyes on. Sold.
That’s the way it’s supposed to work apparently, and also according to USA Today’s top 20 best-selling books of all time The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. At the time of its release in 2006, along with the documentary of the same name, people went absolutely bananas for it. The concept that you could manifest your wildest desires, the “secret” was in fact just consciously thinking about health, wealth and abundance until you achieve it in yourself.
Readers loved the idea that the top 1% of the world had in fact manifested their riches and Byrne was here to let all of us regular people know that we could do it too!
It has sold 30million copies world-wide and has been translated into 50 different languages.
This concept has come with its excessive ideas too. Byrne claimed that she was able to fix her eyesight and ditch her glasses within 3 days of manifestation, as well as pointing the finger at the sick for their own illnesses. While someone that actively imagines they will die from a heart attack every day may eventually bring on their own demise, the same logic doesn’t apply to the majority. Despite the bold claims the principle take away to remember is that if you think positively most of the time, your life will be a reflection of your positivity as compared to someone who is constantly seeking the negative.
As described by good old Roald Dahl...
Brian Tracy best seller of Psychology of Achievement adds to this by saying
“The function of your subconscious mind is to store and retrieve data. Your subconscious mind makes everything you say and do fit a pattern consistent with your self-concept. This is why repeating positive affirmations are so effective — you can actually reprogram your own thought patterns by slipping in positive and success-oriented sound bites.
By focusing your thoughts on uplifting ideas, your subconscious will begin to implement a positive pattern in your way of thinking and your outlook on life.”
So how exactly do we manifest? What are the steps to achieving success with the power of thought? Here's a small guide:
I’m sure you’re wondering if all this crazy mumbo-jumbo actually works? I thought I would ask around the office to see if anyone else had any success with conscious manifestation. Priya, our awesome admin wiz, recounted her own experience with manifesting a job that she secured a few years ago. She actively manifested using daily affirmations and visual reminders to succeed in getting a job at her dream fitness facility within 6 months.
Michelle, our lovely ambassadors' manager has a vision board of the all things in her life that she wants to attract, and uses daily affirmations and positive thinking to allow those vision boards to turn into a reality. One being her big move from Victoria to Perth!
For me personally, I found out about the power of manifestation in my final year of high school. I wrote down my ideal ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) number on a sticky note and left it on my wall for months, which by the way I did not ever think I could achieve. Every day I faced that number…when I woke up, when I was studying at my desk, when I was glancing around my room to find something, and when I was about to turn my lights off at night. It worked its way into my subconscious. Lo and behold, the day the results were released, I achieved one point higher than that ‘impossible’ number I had written months earlier. I could not believe it. It worked!
The overall message that I’ve come to learn with manifestation is that you need to choose something that is specific, something that you can focus on consciously every day so that it works its way into your subconscious, and that despite your best efforts not everything will work out like magic. I don’t necessarily agree with The Secret’s philosophy that everything is manifested. Life throws in some tough lessons to help you grow and learn. If you try to manifest a job but it doesn’t work out in your favour, trust that there’s a reason for that. A few months down the line you may fall into something that is more suited for you. Instead of actively manifesting a job title, maybe manifest a job that is ‘right for me’ at this moment. Attracting happiness and joy into your life allows everything else to fall into place as it should be.
With that, I hope whatever you choose to manifest will come to fruition. I believe in everything happening for a reason... but know that inherently we can choose what our life looks like to us. Remember that life will not be complete once you get that car, that job or a partner to love. You are on an incredible journey that is full of lots of different situations. It's all about how you handle them. By utilising a positive mindset, you will attract amazing energy your way no matter where you're at.
Love & Light,
Hannah is a HappinessCo writer, blogger and