What is Manifestation? & How to Use It

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Many of us live in a perpetual state where we dream of the type of life we want to live, or the sort of person we want to be. The thing that we don’t realize is that this wish is well within our grasp if we simply choose to harness the energy of the Universe, and make these thoughts a reality.

You might be wondering: How can I do that?

Manifestation is one way you can bring your desires to life. Using your thoughts, feelings and beliefs to pour energy into the Universe can actually work quite well if you believe in what you are attempting to manifest.

Read on to find out more about manifestation and how you can use it in your life.

What is Manifestation?

Manifestation is merely the application of thought in order to transform the reality around you. On a physical level, we could “manifest” a creative idea and turn it into a piece of art – a story, a poem, a piece of music, a painting. Here, we are using our innate talents in the world of art to create something that others can see, admire and, above all, bring us joy and happiness.

Manifestation is no different, except it uses the power of thought instead of artistic fingers or musical instruments.

If I were to concentrate my thoughts heavily towards something, I would think it, wish for it, work towards it – and manifestation would happen. Let’s say that, after a string of bad relationships with the wrong people, I think to myself, “I want to be the type of person who the right person for me is attracted to”, then the manifestation would result in the right partner coming along.

You may be wondering why I wouldn’t instead think, “I want the right person to come to me” which would seem vastly less complicated.

The reason for this is that manifestation starts from within. It is about becoming the very best of ourselves so that we can have the life we both need and deserve, one that makes us happy and encourages us to achieve our full potential.

It sounds a little bit like magic – but that’s exactly what it is!

If we take God from the Bible – or any God or Goddess from any ancient civilization – they were the original manifestors. With the power of thought, they created the Sun, stars, the Universe and the Earth. We, too, have this power inside of us – it’s all just a question of harnessing it.

First, Get Clear on What You Want


The first step of diving into manifestation is to get clear on what you really want. The Universe responds to specific and detailed messages. Of course we would all like a new job, a new car, a new house and new clothes, but it’s essential to narrow in on one important desire.

The best way to do this is to start writing a list. What comes up? What is your soul truly craving?

Let’s say you decide on a new job. Great! But, you’re still not being specific enough. Here are a few example questions to make your desire even more clear:

  • What industry is this job in?
  • What is your job title?
  • How much money would you make?
  • How many months from now would you secure this new job?

Got it? Perfect!

Work with the Universe

Before we dive into some manifestation techniques, it’s important to note that you need to work with the Universe when manifesting something into your life. You have to throw your desire out into the Universe, but then you actually have to work towards that goal in some sort of way.

Yes, manifestation is powerful, but only when you’re taking steps towards what you desire.

Simply thinking that you want a new job every day, but not actually tweaking your resume, or talking to recruiters on LinkedIn isn’t actually going to lead you to success. Likewise, you can’t wish for more money to come into your life, but sit on your couch all day and watch Netflix.

You need to take some action alongside your positive thinking. This is how you will truly bring what you want into your life. Make an action plan to go with the desire you are manifesting. If you are wishing for a new job, your action plan might look like this:

  • Tweak current resume
  • Add two new people on LinkedIn per day
  • Browse job postings every morning
  • Research different job titles

Read this next: 8 Crystals to Attract Money & Wealth

4 Manifestation Techniques


There are many ways to manifest your hopes, dreams and desires. Below are a few ways to do so combined with your action plan:

1. Meditation

When using meditation, it is important to be in a quiet environment where you can hear your thoughts clearly and there are no distractions. It is helping to be burning incense while doing this too.

Incense such as storax is particularly beneficial as it invokes the power of the Goddess Hecate who can help assist with manifestation.

Simply sit with your legs crossed, and do you best to clear your mind and thoughts. Focus on what you are attempting to manifest. Meditate on this thought. Breathe in and out and get hyper-focused on your desire. Do this daily, preferably right in the morning.

2. Visualization

When manifesting, it is important to visualize exactly what you want, as we already noted. If you say, “I want to have good fortune in the next two weeks” then you have to imagine what type of good fortune you want. You have to envisage yourself surrounded by good fortune, envisage yourself happy and contented.

It can be helpful to stare at a picture of yourself smiling while visualizing in order to keep your own face fresh in your mind.

If your desire is to have a new job as a marketing specialist, try visualizing yourself sitting at your new office desk. What outfit are you wearing? What project are you working on? Which company do you work for?

3. Affirmations

Affirmations are fantastic when it comes to manifestation, and very simple. An affirmation is repeating a short sentence to yourself over and over again. If you wish to become self-confident at your next socializing event, say, “I am self-confident” over and over again.

If you can visualize at the same time, then all the better!

4. Manifesting in Conjunction with the Moon

The Moon is not just a pretty ball of light in the sky. The Full Moon has a mysterious, yet profound effect on us and part of this effect is our ability to tap into the collective unconscious, or the unconscious deep within us.

Manifesting under the Full Moon (some also believe that when the Moon goes into Cancer this can also be highly beneficial) can yield even more powerful and quicker results than usual.

Don’t Forget to Be Grateful

In short, manifestation is all about the power of thought and the belief in one’s own abilities to acquire the life they dream of and become the person they were meant to be. Manifestation does with the purest intentions can only yield positive results; needless to say, manifestation does with negative intentions usually brings the opposite.

Whatever it is you want to improve in your life or attract into your world, try the power of manifestation and see what happens when you work with the Universe. Make sure that you are flexible, and trust the process that you go through. The Universe works in mysterious ways, so have faith.

Dreams can really come true!

Related article: Law of Attraction: You Get the Vibes You Give

About The Author

AA Editorial Team

This article was written, edited, and researched by multiple members of the Astrology Answers Editorial team. With their astrological powers combined, the planets are truly aligned.We send you love and light as you go on your journey through the stars!Check out our full Editorial team here
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