Often when we talk about manifesting, we’re thinking about what we want our lives to look like in the future – next week, next month, next year, or in five years. We look at manifesting as a form of goal setting around attracting what we want to achieve in terms of finances, health, career, relationships etc.
The problem with always projecting towards the future however, is that it ignores that we are in a constant state of creation, and therefore are manifesting each and every minute of the day. We are energetic beings and cannot help but put out into the universe a constant stream of energy based on our language, thoughts, behaviours and beliefs. We are continually communicating with the universe and our energy is mirrored back to us in real time, not at some future point.
While it might sound a little crazy we are energetically tuned to a particular frequency, and like attracts like. At a subconscious level we energetically invite experiences and people into our lives that are operating at the same frequency, so we need to be careful what we’re putting out there in the present moment. When we can fully embrace that there is no such thing as coincidence or serendipity, we are on the path to living and manifesting in real time.
To understand how this works, I’m drawn to the principles developed by Neville Goddard (1905 – 1972) a prophet, teacher and author who proposed that whatever you desire you can summon through the imagination. The trick is to imagine that you have already achieved what you desire, and use all of your senses to feel that what you are imagining is real right now. Goddard proposed that the world is at our command as long as we understand how to command it.
“The world is yourself pushed out. Ask yourself what you want and then give it to yourself! Do not question how it will come about; just go your way knowing that the evidence of what you have done must appear, and it will.”
This is one of the simplest and most effective methods of manifesting in the present – believing that something has already happened as opposed to projecting it into a future state. It is to ‘assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled’. It is stepping into a visualization as if it were a current reality, therefore changing our vibrational frequency. If we successfully do this then there are no limiting beliefs or roadblocks to what we want to achieve, because the goal has already been realised. Otherwise how can we imagine that it took place?
It sounds simple, but it can be tricky to get our minds around how it all works. Following are some simple steps to get you started.
- Buy a scrapbook and fill it with pictures of the things that you desire. Use magazines, the internet, catalogues etc. Remember there are literally thousands of free images on line so knock yourself out. Glue the pictures of your desires into the front of the book and personalise them with a comment. You might say something like “here’s my new house” or “here’s the itinerary for my next overseas adventure”. You can also personalise by adding photos of yourself next to the images. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just make it your own.
- Develop an affirmation for each desire/image that brings it into the now. For example you might say, “I love my new home by the beach where I can hear the sounds of the ocean”. The affirmation must be positive sense and present tense (it’s what you want, not what you don’t want, and you need to phrase it like it’s already here). Write your affirmations on palm cards or similar. Turn your scrapbook over so you are now at the back, and glue the affirmations in.
- Every evening before sleeping, flip through your scrapbook and embrace the feeling of already having achieved the outcomes you see in the pictures. See yourself in your imagination living as if this were true for you right now. Focus on a particular affirmation and repeat it over and over for a couple of minutes. Smile as you do this to instill positive energy in to the affirmation.
- Engage every one of your senses in the visualisation – see what it looks like, hear how it sounds, taste the flavour of it, smell the aromas that surround it, reach out and touch it. The more you engage your senses the more easily your mind will start to accept that is it true.
“Believe in what you want so much that it has no choice but to materialise.”