HOW TO USE THE POWER OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND FOR SELF-TRANSFORMATION
There is a lot of buzz around manifestation lately, be it through meditation, journaling or even affirmations. More and more people are getting into the practice of manifesting their wishes. Famous personalities like Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Oprah Winfrey, Jim Carrey, and Aayushmann Khurrana strongly believe in the power of manifestation and actively practice it. So what is manifestation exactly?
Manifestation refers to various self-help strategies intended to bring about a personal goal, primarily by focusing one's thoughts upon the desired outcome. While the process involves positive thinking, or even directing requests to 'The Universe', it also involves action-steps on the part of the individual.
If you think it, it will happen - that's the belief. It is based on 'The Law of Attraction' which states that whatever you focus on, think about, read about, and talk about intensely, you’re going to attract more of into your life.
It's true that manifestation is not an exact science - but it's not woodoo stuff either. Albert C. Albina wrote a research paper on “The Law of Attraction - Positive Thinking and Level of Gratitude towards Happiness”. This qualitative-quantitative quasi-experimental research utilized the descriptive-comparative design. There was an experiment and control group, and the dormer was given a 29-day training in the 28 practices of the law of attraction. The research concluded that people who manifested a higher level of happiness and gratitude consistently, actually showed an increase in their levels of happiness, gratitude, and positive thinking as compared to those who did not manifest it.
It is not as easy as it sounds and is not a quick fix for your problems. It requires a lot of patience and practice - and just to be clear it doesn't mean you can sit on a chair and not do any work - hard work is a pre-requisite for getting anything, manifestation just makes the process easier in my humble opinion.
Two very famous books, 'The Secret' and 'The Law of Attraction', essentially talk about how you attract what you think. Both the books have sold millions of copies, and if you want a deeper dive into the law of attraction, we definitely recommend you read them.
Steve Harvey, in one of his motivational talks, said, “Like attracts like. You have to understand: you are a magnet. Whatever you are, that’s what you draw to you. If you’re negative, you’re going to draw negativity. You positive? You draw positive. You’re a kind person? Most people are kind to you…If you see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand.”
Scientifically too, the more you repeat something and the stronger you believe in it, the more you will tend to work towards it. Manifestation works on this very principle. By putting out your intentions repeatedly, you are tapping into your subconscious mind, which will automatically drive you towards taking the necessary steps to fulfil your goal.
You can manifest anything in your life, like buying a new car, receiving a gift, meeting your soul mate, being confident, or even having good health. However, just thinking about it will not do the trick. It is imperative that you take the needed actions towards your goal too. Trying to manifest your dreams, is just half the battle won. The other half depends on you and your action towards it! Manifestation and daydreaming are not the same thing...
A prime and well-known example of manifestation is that of Jim Carrey. Before his career took off, Jim had written a cheque to himself for $10 Million, and dated it to exactly three years ahead. Just a few days before the cheque's due date, Jim found out that he was going to make $10 million on his movie ‘Dumb and Dumber.’ This is the power of manifestation.
If you are a beginner at manifestation, know that it takes a lot of practice and discipline. Firstly, brush away all other thoughts and distractions, and try to be as relaxed as possible. The clearer and focused your mind is, the easier it will be to access your subconscious. Try to start with something small and then work your way to bigger things. You need to fully and firmly believe that you will achieve your goal. You should also form your thoughts with as many details and with as much clarity as possible. Do not expect your wishes to be fulfilled overnight. manifestation takes time, so be patient and trust the process.
There are a lot of ways to practice manifestation. Let us take a look at a few of them
A vision board is basically like a collage.
Find pictures that match your energy and vibe, or pictures of how you want your future to look like. You can cut these photos from magazines, newspapers, get them printed or even draw them.
Take some time to reflect on the photos you have chosen what you aim to achieve.
Glue all the photos on a chart paper, and put it up either above your desk, or someplace you know you will look at every day.
The vision board will serve as a reminder of what you want to achieve and will push you to act towards it.
Alternatively, you can also make a virtual vision board and set it as your wallpaper.
(You can create your virtual vision board using Milanote)
Journaling your thoughts are a great way to record your goals and keep a track of them.
You can decide to journal every day, once a week, or once a month, it’s completely up to you.
You can write down at least 3-5 things that you intend to do. For this, your intentions can be either to the point or broad too.
For example “I will drink 8 glasses of water today” or “I will accept all my flaws.”
Make sure that your intentions are in line with your principles and values.
(You can use the our My Diary feature for this, we've made an amazing and secure tool for you)
This method is very easy. All you have to do is, write down what you want to manifest 3 times in the morning (preferably right after you wake up), 6 times in the afternoon, and 9 times at night.
The repeated consistency, frequency and intention will start to take root within, and over time you'll begin to embody what it is that you are writing.
In this technique, you try to visualize yourself, as what you want to be.
It is often a combination of breathing, and visualization, and this combination really helps you manifest in the best way.
Since you are in a meditative state, you are calm and focused, and hence any positive intentions or affirmations will easily enter your subconscious.
There are a lot of guided meditations available online, and you can choose what aligns with your thoughts and suits you the best.
A personal tip: You can listen to guided mediations right before you sleep. Not only can it help you fall asleep, but the moments before we fall asleep are very important and in the perfect state to put new information in our mind.
(Check out Zifcare’s library of Guided Meditations for this)
For this, first, imagine and affirm what you want your future to look like.
Then write down a letter, as if you have achieved whatever you wished for. Write down everything you have, whatever you are grateful for, how your life is and how it has changed, what you are feeling and all other details.
Put the letter into an envelope and write the appropriate future date on it.
Once you are done manifesting, it is very crucial to express your gratitude. You need to be thankful for everything you have, everything you get, and all that you will receive. For this, you can also make a gratitude journal and write down 5 things you are grateful for every day.
“The truth is that the universe has been answering you all of your life, but you cannot receive the answers unless you are awake. “- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Let go of any resistance that you have before manifesting. It might not work every time but you need to trust the process - and remember - don't daydream, keep working hard to achieve your goals.
Note: Please note that manifestation is not a treatment tool for any kind of mental health disease. It's a self-help strategy for improving life outcomes.
Do you think manifestation actually works? Has it ever worked for you?
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