Understanding True Manifestation (Why It’s Not About the Vision Boards…)
What you want is already there – and what you’re seeking is also seeking you.
Manifestation gets a bad rap. Pop up a vision board of a shiny new car, the perfect home and a dream holiday, and if that doesn’t all magically appear in your life within a certain time frame, it’s because manifestation “doesn’t work”. Sound familiar?
From The Secret to the Law of Attraction and every book, blog and ‘manifestation tool kit’ in between, I feel there’s a huge misconception about what manifestation actually is. And, I hate to break it to you, but true manifestation goes a lot deeper than getting crafty with some scissors and glue…
Don’t get me wrong; visualising your goals is a great way to keep you focused on your objectives. But that’s the easy part, the fun part. The key element – the part that takes you from dream to reality – is understanding your limiting beliefs, and overriding those sub-conscious, ego-driven programmes that are holding you back from achieving your goals.
From the ages of 0-7, we’re forming our core beliefs every day – and they’re predominantly formed by those around us; our parents, caregivers, teachers, etc. As we grow into adulthood, these beliefs are further informed by the people we meet and interact with every day – but brand new beliefs are also developed, regardless as to whether they’re helpful, positive or even aligned with who we are. It’s clear to see, then, how our true soul’s messages can be lost in the noise.
True manifestation bursts that bubble; it forces us to look deeper, discover what it is that we truly believe and, consequently, what we truly want. It supports us in getting out of our own way and becoming aligned with who we really are. And that’s when the amazing stuff happens. That’s when you hear the manifestation success stories of “it just suddenly appeared in my life by magic!” It’s actually not magic at all; these people are just finally in alignment with who they are and what they truly desire.
Sometimes, once you’ve done the work, you’ll learn that your true desires aren’t what you thought they’d be. Perhaps it’s not millions in the bank or the dream business or the jet-setting lifestyle. But you know what? It’s totally, totally ok if those things are your true desire. There is no right or wrong when it comes to what it is you want to manifest.
The process requires deep soul work, yes – but don’t mistake this for meaning that your desires can’t include financial success and abundance. It doesn’t matter if you manifest the most humble means of living or the most flamboyant; if it’s in alignment with your soul, you’re on the right path.
So start the work. Sure, do the vision boards and the daily affirmations if that’s your thing – but do the grittier stuff too. Question everything, do the work on your limiting beliefs, start a long, ongoing dialogue with your soul – and that’s when you’ll see the magic happen.