Does Manifesting Really Work?

Manifestation is a controversial and often misunderstood spiritual practice. Here is our definitive guide to manifesting.

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  • Manifestation is real, but you need to do your research and truly commit to your chosen manifestation technique to succeed
  • Manifestation allows you to influence your subconscious to make better decisions and become a more confident and effective person
  • The following article is an in-depth look into what manifestation is, how to do it, and what you can expect after using manifestation techniques

Manifesting is the act of being able to visualize or imagine something and then have it show up in real life.

There are countless books, movies, blog posts, and YouTube clips on the topic of manifesting. Some of this content has made people think that there truly is a way to get whatever you want just by thinking hard about it. Obviously, this has led to lots of controversy about whether manifestation works or not, with people arguing both sides of the issue.

The truth is, manifestation is real. That said, there is so much more to manifestation than just thinking about something and having it immediately appear. If it would be that easy, nearly anyone with some spiritual thinking would already be a billionaire. But, as you already know, this is simply not the case.

So, where’s the catch?

In this article, we will be dissecting all the important aspects of manifestation. We will see what exactly manifestation is, how it works, and whether it is worth trying or not.

What is Manifestation?

What does “manifest” mean? The definition of manifestation in my dictionary is defined as “…the appearance or emergence of (something abstract) in form or substance.”

In more plain terms, this means that by using various spiritual techniques, you can make something you wish for appear in your reality.

History of Manifestation

Books like “The Secret”, social media, and celebrity culture might make you think that the Law of Attraction is something relatively recent.

This is far from being true. In fact, the history of manifestation can be dated back to centuries. We can find plenty of mentions of practices similar to manifestation in ancient religious texts.

Most famous religious references to manifestation have been made by Buddha, who has said that our thoughts create our reality. In Christianity, too, can we find plenty of references to manifestation.

It was Christ who alluded to the Law of Attraction by saying that “Anything that you ask in a prayer, believe that it will be given to you.”
Belief is probably the single most important aspect of manifestation. And, this quote by Jesus Christ can be interpreted as a reminder of the importance of pure belief.

Fast forward to the 21st century and we see the Law of Attraction going from a somewhat mystical niche interest to the mainstream consciousness. There were many factors that contributed to this, but in my opinion, a single book was responsible for taking the concept to millions – “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne (2006). The book sold over 20 million copies and has gained a cult following among many celebrities, influential entrepreneurs, and politicians alike.

The previous decade saw the rise of social media, which pushed the popularity of manifestation even further. For example, in 2021, the 1X11 manifestation method quickly went viral in TikTok.

What Does Science Say About Manifestation?

I am a spiritual person. Always have been and always will be. But, even I was skeptical about whether there is any science to back up manifestation.

As I started researching, I was surprised to see that there actually is plenty of science behind what makes manifestation successful for so many people.

  • The positive spiral – Manifesting will give you clarity about your life, your goals, and your current life situation. This will automatically lead to greater feelings of positivity and control over your life. A positive attitude will then allow us to think more clearly, have stronger relationships, and become more creative. In a nutshell, manifestation can take you on an upward spiral.
  • Self-fulfilling prophecies – Remember the quote of Christ about the importance of belief? Research clearly shows that when we completely expect something to happen, it is also likely to happen. By believing that what we wish is our destiny, we subconsciously work to make it happen.
  • Growth mindset – If we truly believe in our goals, dreams, and ability to change for the better, we eventually get there. A growth mindset is a state of mind where you believe that it is always possible to become better and grow. A fixed mindset is the opposite of a growth mindset – here, you believe that your circumstances are already set in stone and you are unable to do anything about it. So, how to overcome the fixed mindset? Well, manifestation would be a good start.

Best Manifestation Techniques for Beginners

So, you have a certain wish or goal in mind and would like to give manifestation a go – where to start? We have covered several effective manifestation techniques in our blog, and I would be more than glad to share 3 of my favorites here.

I also included links to full articles for each method. So, if you find something that seems to be up your alley, feel free to read the full articles to know exactly how to use that individual method.

  • The Scripting Manifestation Method – Probably the most beginner-friendly manifestation method there is. Here, you become the screenwriter of your life. You write down exactly how you want your life to look like and let your subconscious and The Universe do the rest.
  • The 1X11 Manifestation Method – A manifestation method that went viral in TikTok. Here, you will write down your wish 11 times in the morning and 11 times in the evening. You repeat this process for…you guessed it, 11 days.
  • The Pillow Manifestation Method – My grandparents once told me that in order to effectively study a difficult subject at school, I need to sleep with the textbook under my pillow. Well, it seems that they were on to something because one of the most popular manifestation methods works with a similar principle. In the Pillow Manifestation Method, you will sleep with a paper with your goals under your pillow. It is a sweet, simple, and effective method of manifesting your desires into reality.

There are many, many more methods of manifestation, but I have found the aforementioned 3 to be the favorites among beginners. They are all super simple and acquire nothing besides some time and dedication.

My Experiences With Manifestation

I have been into manifestation for as far as I remember, and I have had some amazing success with various methods.

What I have to say, though, is that things are never black and white. At least when it comes to manifestation. Sometimes, I have wished for something and received it way later than I imagined. Sometimes my wishes come true, but they manifest in an entirely different way than I had imagined. So, when you get into manifestation, better be prepared for pleasant surprises!

From my experience, there are 3 things to remember that make manifestation successful:

  • Belief – If you come from a place of disbelief, The Universe will have a hard time making your wishes happen. Plus, it will be that much harder to influence your own subconscious. I know I am asking for a lot, but try to believe in miracles if you are planning on trying manifestation.
  • Action – This part usually comes without conscious effort. After manifesting, I have noticed myself being much more aggressive in pursuing all my goals. Eventually, I always achieved what I was trying to manifest.
  • Consistency – If a manifestation technique you use wants you to write affirmations for 11 days (just an example), then do so for exactly 11 days. Most manifestation techniques have their weird quirks – for example, associations with certain numbers. These rules are there for a reason. If you want to succeed, follow these rules.

Remember these 3 guidelines and you will maximize your chances of succeeding with the manifestation method you selected.

What Can I Manifest?

A quick Google search shows us that a new car, a new house, and a raise are the 3 things most commonly manifested by people.
No judgments here, who doesn’t love beautiful homes and cars!

That said, I advise people new to manifestation to start with wishing things that are slightly more down-to-earth.
Casually work your way up. You can start by trying to manifest better relationships, improved productivity, and a more satisfying love life.

By doing this, you will see firsthand that manifestation does indeed work. And, as your spiritual confidence grows, why not move further by trying to manifest bigger things like that brand new car or a bigger apartment.

In a nutshell – if you can dream about it, you can manifest it. There are no limitations, but I still always advise beginners to start slow and simple.

Conclusion - Does Manifesting Really Work?

Everything about manifestation is fascinating, and I’ve learned that it can be very effective. However, just like pretty much anything in life, the Law of Attraction takes work to use effectively.

Manifestation is not a quick fix solution; you have to put in real effort if you want results. There are no shortcuts when manifesting your dreams, you have to put in some serious effort and commitment!

That said, if you do believe and put in the effort, it is more than likely that you will be successful and get exactly what you wanted.

I sincerely hope that this article was helpful for everyone thinking about whether to try their hand at manifestation or not.

Goodbye for now, and good luck with manifestation!