Manifesting your desires

I find it interesting that there are a lot of new-age concepts out there about manifesting your intentions and positive thinking your way to the life you want, and far less about the process of making your life. There are times when positive thinking helps – visualising the way you want to handle a situation to help combat nerves is a good example. There’s only so far positive thinking can take you, and when it comes to manifesting things, if you don’t do it, who will?

Working with your own through process is a good first step towards making change. You have to picture it, dream it, shape it before you can put your will into the world. Magical thinking tends to be a good deal clearer about backing up the magic with relevant action. If you want the perfect job for you, there’s little point doing spells if you aren’t also filling in some job applications and doing some networking and getting the relevant qualifications.

It is so easy to miss the power of what we manifest in small ways on a daily basis. Body language and tone of voice. Small choices to do and not do. Little things we tell ourselves in our heads when we aren’t repeating the positivity mantras.

We don’t get to decide the course of our lives in every way – everyone else’s ideas, intentions and efforts impact on us. But, the more deliberately we live, the more we undertake to manifest what we value, the better. Which quickly flags up another interesting thing. You can’t simply choose to manifest wealth, or fame – you can pretend, but fake it until you make it is often a route to debt in this context. You can manifest love, generosity, patience, kindness, you can manifest your spirituality in all kinds of ways. You get to choose who you are, one action to the next, one word to the next.

The decision to live kindly, thoughtfully and well, from one breath to the next makes for a rich and interesting life. In terms of what we experience, how we choose to feel about things, what we choose to dwell on and prioritise has the most influence on us. If your basic needs are met, then the choice to experience joy and abundance is already in your grasp. Many of us would be much happier people if we stopped obsessing about how to be younger, richer, thinner and more popular, and learned how to take joy in what we have.

About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, wife to the most amazing artist -Tom Brown. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

5 responses to “Manifesting your desires

  • Nicola Thompson

    I really really REALLY struggle with the modern idea of manifestation. At first I just thought it was a bunch of crap. But it had such popularity that I just kept researching it. And like you say, it’s the power of mentally shaping everything and making it visible in the mind’s eye. Once we have a clear vision of it, then we can start making plans to aquire it. I think that the whole purpose of it is to just motivate people to get their butts in gear. When you feel good about life (thinking psitively, etc.) then you’re more motivated to do those things you need to do. While I do believe in magick and energy and all that fun stuff, I really think that popularized manifestation is a really clever psychological trick. And I don’t knock it. If it’s inspiring people to be better and strive toward their highest and best–then that is absolutely awesome. It’s like some people saying that Climate Change is a conspiracy–oh to help clean the earth? oh no! The horror! I mean, if it works, it works, and if the results are something positive and beautiful, then roll with it. 🙂
    Also, it totally needs to be noted that I am in no way saying Climate Change is a conspiracy. That shit’s actually real. Pardon my language.

  • Michael

    I really like how you tie manifestation into our actual daily thoughts, as well as our actions and living with actual mental quality of life like generosity and happiness! A much needed connection!

  • neptunesdolphins

    What they teach in brain rehab is doing things in bitty, bitty steps. As you get used to doing that, move up to the next bitty step. You have to be patient since moving in little steps seems like you are standing still. But if you look back on a year, you can see change.

    Manifestation for me as a brain injury survivor is trying to conceive of a larger picture. Breaking it down into steps and breaking those down into bittier steps.

    I think with manifestation, people think “poof” and there it is. However, many people don’t even think of what is they want. It is buried deep and has to be first dug out. Then patience is needed. Think of people wanting to lose weight, NOW, instead seeing it as a long-range process.

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