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Blog: 173 Manifesting your reality – meaning & how you can do it

The word 'manifestation' means to create something or turn something from an idea into a reality. In psychology, manifestation generally means using our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs to bring something to our physical reality.

E.G. His smile was a manifestation of joy. An indication, reality or presence of something.

Manifestation as a self-help exercise refers to focusing your thoughts on a desired outcome. You can focus your thoughts by practising things like mindfulness, visualisation, and meditation in order to bring your want or need into reality.

Manifestation is about creating a vision for the future, putting energy and intention into making that vision a reality, and then aligning your thoughts, emotions, and actions accordingly so that your vision can come into fruition.

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So why the sudden interest in this thought experiment of sorts? Again, we’re living in some pretty Unprecedented Times. “Our sense of stability has been shaken up, and that can induce feelings of powerlessness and overwhelm. When things feel unstable or unpredictable, it can be tremendously comforting to believe that we have the power to think our way to better circumstances, or that forces beyond our control and understanding—whether that be a higher power or some other mystical energy—may be working in our favor,” says Dr. Fournier.

Does manifestation work?

If you look at manifesting from a goal-setting point of view, there’s definitely some validity to the concept.

In general, research has shown that positive thinking, one of the core concepts of manifestation, can be beneficial to your overall mental well-being—it can lead to lower instances of depression and better coping skills during stressful situations, according to the Mayo Clinic. On top of that, a positive, goal-oriented mindset may help you get closer to your objectives. For example, a 2017 study published in Basic and Applied Social Psychology found that when tennis players used a visualization exercise to imagine their goals of improving their performance and winning a match against their opponent, they were more successful than when they didn’t visualize those goals.

Sure, visualizing an objective—or writing down what you want—isn’t going to magically make your wish come true, Bartz says, but it may increase your odds of success by working similarly to a self-fulfilling prophecy. And there’s a 2016 review published in The Encyclopedia of Mental Health to back up the concept that your outlook on how a situation will play out (positive or negative) can influence the outcome. For example, the review references a study in which teachers started a school year with more positive expectations for certain students, viewing them as “late bloomers” likely to improve throughout the year. Compared to students for whom there were no expectations, the “late-bloomer” group saw greater performance improvements because, the researchers found, the teachers gave them more time and attention.

Personally I found that I visualised my UK A-levels going well and me getting high grades – I worked really hard without it feeling like a hassle or a ore, because I knew in my gut that I’d do well, so I looked forward to being seen/known as a success.

I don’t know about you, but if I have a date set up with a man and I think & feel badly about it before it happens – shock horror I’m not happy or satisfied with my date. If I visualise we’ll get on really well, have a good laugh together and we’ll fancy the pants off each other – shock horror I have a fab date and feel like I’ve quite possibly met the one. I haven’t felt like I’ve met the one yet, but I have a visualised happy feeing it will happen quite soon.

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