Understanding Manifestation: How Manifestation Can Enhance Your Life

Kristen Lagos

You had been struggling for quite some time...

You felt like you weren't getting anywhere and that nothing was going your way. Every day felt like a struggle, and no matter what you tried, you couldn't seem to break the cycle of unhappiness and stagnation in your life.

But then one day, you heard about manifestation.

You decided to give it a try - what did you have to lose? You were already so unhappy, it couldn't make matters worse.

So you started small.

Every day, you wrote down one thing that you wanted to manifest in your life - from better relationships to more money, or even just a sense of inner peace and balance. Then each night before bed, you visualized it coming to you, seeing the outcome and feeling the emotions of what it would be like to have this in your life.

Within a few weeks, you began to notice a difference. Little things shifted - people around you started treating you differently, and opportunities that might otherwise have been overlooked presented themselves.

It was almost as if the universe was conspiring in your favor...

As you continued to practice manifestation, your entire life began to change. Financial struggles became a thing of the past, relationships that were strained before suddenly felt strengthened and balanced, and you felt an inner peace that was previously absent.

You had finally discovered the power of manifesting - using your thoughts, words, and emotions to bring about positive changes in your life.

Sounds ideal, right?

The power of manifestation is an incredibly powerful tool to create the life you want and deserve, but what exactly is manifestation? And how can we do it at the highest level?

In this article, we'll explore the power of manifestation, as well as how to use it to manifest your dreams and desires into reality. We'll also touch on some practical tips that you can implement right away to start manifesting a better life for yourself.

So let's dive in!


What is Manifestation?

Simply put, manifestation is the process of bringing our desires into reality. It has roots in the 19th-century new thought spiritual movement, which included the belief that our thoughts can influence the material world and, essentially, that positive thinking is the answer to most of our earthly problems.

In other words, if you can envision what you want in your mind and focus all of your energy on it; it will come to fruition in our own lives.

Although the concept has been around for centuries but has recently become increasingly popular amongst spiritual practitioners and those looking for a more personal approach to achieving their goals.

How Can Manifestation Help You?

Manifestation can help you to achieve virtually anything in life. Whether it's a new career, better health, or finding love, manifestation is a powerful way to make your dreams come true. If you are willing to put the necessary effort into learning the fundamentals of manifesting and then applying them daily, you will be amazed at the results you can achieve.

Not only can manifestation help you to create a better life for yourself, but it can also help improve the lives of those around you. By using positive thinking and putting your focus and energy into manifesting positive energies in the world, such as peace, love, and joy, you can help to bring about positive changes for all.

How Does Manifestation Work?

Manifestation works by using the Law of Attraction, which states that like attracts like. The basic idea is that if you focus on positive thoughts or negative thoughts, they will bring forth corresponding results in your life.

For example, if you focus on feeling abundant and wealthy, then opportunities to create those feelings will come your way.

Is Manifestation Real?

Absolutely! While it may take some practice and dedication to become proficient with intentionally manifesting, the power of manifestation is real.

It's working for you right now.

Everything you are currently surrounded with - the "bad", the "good" - you've called in. Now you're probably reading this and thinking, "No, I didn't. How can you tell me that I've called tragedy and misfortune into my life?! ".

While you probably don't want to hear this, you need to know every thought has a real vibration with it. The energetic world is merely responding to what frequencies you put out.

So while you maybe didn't envision your phone getting stolen, or your new car getting a flat tire, somewhere on a deeper energetic level, you've affirmed to the energetic realm that these types of scenarios and energies are what fit your life.

So that's the bad news: that you're responsible.

The good news?

You're in control.


Manifestation Broken Down for the Skeptic

Manifestation is supported by scientific evidence and research, which has shown that our thoughts influence and shape our reality. Studies have proven that when we focus on positive outcomes, we can create a new mental map of possibilities in our brains.

This will then influence the way we think, feel, and act; thus allowing us to manifest our desires into reality.

Broken down, it works like this...

  • You decide what you want to manifest in your life.

  • This happens either consciously or subconsciously. On a subconscious level, it's dictated by all the beliefs we've collected growing up . . . even the ones that don't serve us.

  • You then focus on it and visualize it coming true.

  • Your brain has a special area called the reticular activating system (RAS), which works like this:

    The moment you set an intention, belief, etc., your RAS starts scanning the environment for signs that may help you reach that desired outcome or affirm that belief.

    For example, if you look around where you are right now and focus on everything that is colored brown . . . 

    How much brown do you see?

    How many things?

    Now let me ask you . . .  how much red did you see?


    Chances are you probably didn't see much red did you?

    Now look around again but for red.

    How much do you see now? Probably a lot more, don't you?

    That's your RAS at work.

  • Your brain creates a mental map of possibility that will guide the way you think, feel, and act.

  • Now that you are seeing the world a certain way thanks to your RAS, you can start thinking different thoughts. These thoughts get you to feel different things. And then, based on how you feel, you behave differently.

    Ultimately, behaviors create cause and effect. These effects are then used to affirm your beliefs and create a feedback loop - otherwise known as your “confirmation bias.”

    And there you are . . .  your reality is created merely through your thoughts. In other words, our lives are a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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    What Manifestation... Isn't...

    One of the most common misconceptions about manifestation is that it involves ”wishful thinking,”, or expecting things to come true without taking any action. This is false; for your manifestations to become reality, you must be willing to put in the required effort and energy.

    It’s also important to note that manifesting isn’t a “quick fix.” It may take some time and dedication to manifest your desires, so it’s important to remain patient and persistent.

    So what else isn't manifestation ...?

    Here's a detailed but not exhaustive list to start:

    • Manifestation is not “magic” or ”miracles.”
    • Manifestation is not a “quick fix” and may take time and effort to become a reality.
    • Manifestation does not involve wishing for something without taking action.
    • Manifestation cannot be used to create outcomes that are out of alignment with your values and beliefs.
    • Manifestation is not a substitute for hard work or taking responsibility for your own life.
    • Manifestation should not be used to bypass any spiritual laws or Universal Laws of Attraction.
    • Manifestation does not mean you can ignore the reality of the present moment and its challenges; it’s about embracing it and learning from it.

    What are the Three Pillars of Manifestation?

    The three pillars of successful manifestation include clarity, attention, and action. Clarity is about understanding what you want to manifest in your life and setting a clear intention. Attention refers to focusing on the desired outcome throughout each day and visualizing it as often as possible. And lastly, action is the most important pillar and involves taking steps toward achieving your goals and dreams.

    By understanding and using these three pillars, you can tap into the power of manifestation to create a life that is rich with possibilities.


    Clarity is the first step on your journey toward manifestation. Clarity means knowing what it is you want to manifest in your life and having a clear vision of it.

    By setting a clear intention, you align yourself with the forces of the universe, creating a powerful momentum that propels you toward success. Embrace the process of intention-setting, for it is the first step towards manifesting your dreams and creating the life you desire.


    Once you have gained clarity about your goals and aspirations, you can begin to focus on your intention throughout the day. This can be achieved through visualization techniques, where you vividly imagine yourself achieving your desired outcome.

    Alternatively, you can simply repeat your intention out loud, reinforcing it and setting a positive mindset for the day. By consistently focusing on your desired outcome, you not only shift your energy but, as mentioned, re-wire your brain to only see those positive things.

    Or as Tony Robbins likes to say:

    "Where attention goes, energy flows."


    The final pillar of manifestation is action. It is not just about taking any action, but rather taking consistent and purposeful steps towards achieving your goals. Every small action you take is like a building block, contributing to the manifestation of what you want in life.

    Even if the results may not be immediate or apparent, keep going and have faith in the process. Trust that the universe will align with your efforts and provide the opportunities and support you need along the way.

    The energy of any action screams out to the universe that "This is what I want," "This is what I deserve," and "This is who I believe I am."

    The universe then observes and responds accordingly . . . for the best and the worst.

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    How to Master the Three Pillars of Manifestation

    Creating a Vision Board

    Creating a vision board is an excellent way to help you gain clarity and focus on the things you want to manifest in your life. A vision board can be a physical or digital collage of images, quotes, words, or symbols that represent what you desire most.

    Looking at your board frequently will help keep you motivated and inspired throughout the manifestation process.

    How do I create a vision board?

    To create a vision board, start by gathering images and words that represent your desired outcome. You can use magazines, photos or draw pictures yourself to illustrate the life you want.

    Once you have gathered all of your visuals, arrange them on a physical or digital poster board in any way that resonates with you.

    Setting Intentional Goals

    The best way to stay focused on your goals is to set intention-based goals. This means setting concrete, achievable goals that are specific and measurable.

    For example, if you want to manifest a better job, make sure you clearly define what a “better job” looks like for you. Then break down the goal into smaller, more manageable steps that can be accomplished along the way.

    How do I know if I'm setting goals right?

    The best way to know if you're setting your intention-based goals the right way is to make sure they are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

    By following the SMART criteria, you can ensure that you’re making progress toward achieving your desired outcome.

    Always remember though, that at the end of the day, we can't rush nature. Often reaching our goals and getting what we want looks different than we thought it would.

    That takes us to our next point . . .

    Trusting the Universe

    Trust that what you are asking for will come to fruition in its own time. Manifestation is not an overnight process, and it may take months or even years before your goals are realized.

    If you can remember anything from this article, remember this:

    Sometimes the goals we want to achieve or the things we ask for . . . we simply aren't ready for them. Trust that the universe will give us what we dream of in its divine time.

    In the meantime, the universe will often give us lessons and situations to shape us into becoming the people who can gracefully carry those blessings.

    Ask yourself . . . if the universe were to give me everything today that I prayed for, would I be able to gracefully hold it?

    Trust in the universe's intelligence. It conspires for you, not against you.

    Developing Affirmations

    Developing positive affirmations is another great way to stay focused on your intentions and bring them into reality. Affirmations are positive statements or mantras that you repeat out loud or in your mind throughout the day, such as “I am worthy of abundance” or “I can manifest anything I desire.”

    Repeating these affirmations will help keep your focus on the desired outcome and manifest it into reality.


    Practicing Gratitude

    Practicing gratitude is an important part of the manifestation process. Taking time each day to express gratitude for all that you have in your life will help keep your focus on the positive and create more abundance in your life.

    But also start thanking the universe for things that have not yet materialized. What this will do is start creating the space for those things you prayed for to show up.

    You are thanking the universe in advance because you truly believe that what you asked for is already on its way. This simple act of faith and belief will help manifest your desires into reality even faster.

    Believe in Yourself

    The most important part of the manifestation process is believing in yourself. You must have faith that you are capable of creating what you desire and trust that it will come to you in its own time.

    Believe in the power of your thoughts and keep taking action towards your goals, no matter how small.

    Visualizing Your Desired Outcome

    Visualizing your desired outcome is another effective way to manifest what you want in life. Spend some time each day visualizing the outcome of your goals and imagine yourself already achieving them.

    See, hear, feel, and believe in your intentions as if they have already come to fruition, and trust that the universe will provide.

    Common Manifestation Mistakes

    Trying to manifest something that is not aligned with your higher purpose or core values.

    It is crucial to always keep in mind that your goals should be deeply aligned with your core values and higher purpose in life. When you strive to manifest something that goes against these fundamental values or beliefs, it can create a dissonance that hinders your ability to attain the fulfillment and abundance you truly desire.

    By staying true to your values and purpose, you create a solid foundation from which you can build a life that is not only successful but also deeply meaningful and satisfying.

    Not having faith or believing your intentions will come true.

    Believing in yourself and trusting the universe is not only essential for the process of manifestation to work effectively. When you possess unwavering faith in the realization of your desires, they are more likely to materialize.

    It is of utmost importance to cultivate faith not just in yourself, but also in the purity and authenticity of your intentions.

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    Trying to shortcut the process or expect instant gratification.

    Manifestation is a journey that requires time and effort. It's crucial to keep in mind that it won't happen overnight. To bring your desires to reality, you must consistently take action toward your goals. Trust in the timing of the universe, knowing that it will provide when the time is right.

    Trying to take shortcuts or expecting instant gratification will only result in frustration and disappointment. This will then suck you into a negative feedback loop and take you further from your process.

    Not setting a clear intention and focusing on the outcome you want to manifest.

    To manifest your desires into reality, you must have a clear intention and focus on the outcome. How do you create a clear intention? By asking yourself open-ended questions such as "What do I want to manifest?" or "How can I bring forth this desired outcome in my life?"

    By being clear and focused on what you want to create, you give the universe a clear message that it can act upon. This will help you align with your goals and start manifesting them into reality.

    Being too focused on the results you are manifesting instead of the journey itself.

    Manifestation is a transformative journey that is not solely determined by the results. Embrace the process and cultivate patience with yourself as you manifest your deepest desires into reality.

    Take a moment to truly appreciate all the blessings in your life and celebrate every small victory along the way. By acknowledging and cherishing these milestones, you will enhance your focus and motivation, creating a powerful momentum throughout your manifestation journey.

    Getting discouraged by setbacks and giving up too quickly.

    Setbacks are a natural and expected part of life's process. It's important not to let them discourage you or derail you from pursuing your goals. Instead, embrace setbacks as valuable learning opportunities that can propel you forward.

    Take the time to reflect on what you have already accomplished and use that as fuel to push through any obstacles that come your way. Remember, every setback is a stepping stone toward your ultimate success.

    The universe either gives us what we want or situations to prepare us for what we want.

    Not using meditation or mindfulness techniques to help stay focused on manifesting your desires.

    Spiritual practices such as meditation and mindfulness are powerful tools that can have a profound impact on your ability to stay focused on your intentions and manifest your desires in life. By dedicating just a few minutes each day to deliberately focus on your goals and aspirations, you create a sacred space for clarity and intentionality.

    This practice allows you to clear away any negative thoughts or limiting beliefs that might hinder your progress, keeping you grounded and connected to the manifestation process.

    To enhance your manifestation journey, consider incorporating affirmations, creative visualization, exercises, and gratitude practices into your daily routine. By consistently staying focused on what you want to manifest into reality, you align your energy with your desires and invite the universe to co-create your dreams with you.


    How do I meditate?

    Meditation is a simple practice that allows you to slow down and become more mindful of your thoughts. To start, find a comfortable and quiet space to sit in. Try closing your eyes and taking some deep breaths, focusing on the sensation of air coming into and out of your body.

    With each breath, consciously observe any thoughts or emotions that arise without judgment or attachment. Allow yourself to just be, and any answers or insights you seek will eventually come to you.

    To elevate your meditation experience, try incorporating scents by burning palo santo or spritzing essential oils beforehand.

    Relying solely on external sources such as money, power, or influence to achieve your goals.

    The power to manifest your desires resides deep within you, unaffected by external sources such as wealth, status, or influence. It is a force that thrives on your unwavering faith in yourself and the unwavering trust that the universe, in its mysterious and perfect timing, will unfailingly provide.

    Embrace the stillness, for it is in surrendering to the flow of life that you unlock the true potential of your manifestations.

    Losing sight of why you wanted to manifest something in the first place.

    When manifesting your desires, it is important to stay connected to the reasons why you wanted them in the first place. Remind yourself of the feelings and emotions that inspired you to take action towards your goals and hold onto those positive emotions and energies throughout the manifestation process.

    This will help keep you focused on what you are trying to achieve and ensure that you achieve your desired results.

    Not releasing negative thoughts or beliefs that are blocking the manifestation process.

    To stay connected to the manifestation process and achieve success, you need to release any negative thoughts or beliefs that may be blocking your progress.

    Practice mindfulness and meditation to help clear away any unhelpful thoughts or beliefs, and use affirmations and visualization techniques to keep your focus on the outcome you are manifesting.

    What negative thoughts or beliefs could be blocking my manifesting process?

    Negative thoughts or beliefs that may be blocking your manifesting process include a lack of self-belief, feelings of fear or doubt, and an inability to accept abundance into your life.

    These can manifest in the form of negative self-talk, feelings of unworthiness, having to limit beliefs around money or success, or believing that you do not deserve to receive what you are manifesting.

    By being mindful of these negative thoughts and beliefs, you can start to identify patterns in your thinking that may be hindering your manifesting process. You can then take steps to replace these negative thoughts with more empowering ones.

    Remember, the power to manifest lies within you!

    Not seeking help or guidance when you need it.

    Seeking out help and support is not only an important part but also a crucial step in the manifestation process. By actively engaging with a mentor or good friend, joining a community of like-minded individuals, or seeking professional coaching, you can gain valuable insights and guidance on how to manifest your desires into reality.

    These interactions provide you with the tools and resources necessary to navigate the journey toward your dreams and ambitions.

    Taking on too many manifesting projects at the same time.

    It is crucial to concentrate all your energy and attention on one specific goal or desire at a time. By avoiding the temptation of taking on multiple manifesting projects simultaneously, you can prevent distractions that might hinder your progress toward achieving your main goals.

    Remember to approach each step with patience and dedication, allowing yourself to celebrate every small victory along the way.

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    Benefits of Manifestation

    We have discussed in general how manifestation can help you create a life full of abundance, joy, and success.

    Nonetheless, here are some specific benefits:

    Increased confidence and self-esteem

    Manifesting your desires is a powerful practice that can have a transformative effect on your confidence and self-esteem. By actively taking steps towards what you truly want in life, you not only align your thoughts and actions but also cultivate a sense of purpose and direction.

    This newfound clarity and focus can open up a world of opportunities for personal growth and success, enabling you to create a life that truly resonates with your deepest aspirations and dreams.

    Improved clarity of goals

    Through the spiritual practice of manifestation, you cultivate a profound understanding of your true desires in life, unraveling the intricacies of your heart's deepest longings. This enlightening process not only grants you clarity but also empowers you with a roadmap.

    With crystal-clear goals, you can channel your energy and focus, taking deliberate and purposeful actions towards what holds importance to you, ultimately leading to a life of fulfillment and success.

    Increased creativity and inspiration

    Manifestation is a powerful tool that not only boosts your creative thinking but also serves as a catalyst for taking meaningful action toward achieving your goals.

    By opening up your mind to new possibilities and thinking outside the box, you can explore uncharted territories of ideas and strategies that hold the potential to manifest your deepest desires in life.

    More control over your future

    By harnessing the power of manifestation, you can gain a greater sense of control over your future. With the right combination of tools, resources, and unwavering belief in your abilities, you soon realize you do have the ability to create a life overflowing with abundance, joy, and unparalleled success.

    Imagine waking up each day, excited and fulfilled, as you navigate through a journey that is aligned with your deepest desires and aspirations.

    More motivation to take action toward your dreams

    The practice of manifestation empowers and motivates you to take inspired action toward your dreams. By staying dedicated and consistent with your goals, you unleash the limitless potential that resides within you

    It cultivates a deep sense of self-confidence and trust in the universe's abundant provision, and once you start seeing yourself succeed . . . it's hard to want to quit!

    Boosting self-love

    The practice of manifestation also helps build a strong sense of self-love and acceptance. As you take action towards your goals, you also accept and love where you are at.

    This means being kind to yourself during both the successes and failures, as well as understanding that each step of your journey is an opportunity for personal growth.

    A deeper connection to your intuition

    Manifesting your desires helps to deepen your connection to your intuition. As you practice manifesting, you will be able to better tune into yourself and your inner wisdom, providing clarity and guidance on the next steps toward achieving success.

    When you're able to have a deep connection with your intuition, you are more likely to find yourself in the right place at the right time. You will be able to trust your gut and make decisions that will lead you on a path of joy and fulfillment.

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    More trust and faith in yourself

    Manifesting your desires requires a great deal of trust and faith in yourself. As you take action towards your goals, you will start to believe that the universe is on your side and that anything is possible.

    This increased sense of self-belief can open up a world of possibilities for personal growth and success.

    More connection with nature

    Manifesting your desires can also help to deepen your connection with nature. By taking time to meditate and reflect, you can open yourself up to the beauty of the natural world, allowing yourself to become one with the energy of Mother Nature.

    This deeper connection can bring peace and joy into your life, helping you manifest success and abundance along the way.

    Increased gratitude

    The practice of manifestation can also help to cultivate a deep sense of gratitude. As you manifest your desires, each small victory should be celebrated and appreciated.

    This feeling of appreciation will enable you to look at life with greater optimism and joy, bringing more abundance into your life in the process.

    Release of negative emotions

    The practice of manifestation can also help to release any negative energy or emotions that you may be feeling.

    As you take action toward your dreams, this process can bring forth healing and transformation both mentally and spiritually, enabling you to manifest success and abundance in life.

    What are practices to release negative emotions?

    One of the best ways to release negative emotions is through meditation. Taking time to sit in stillness and connect deeply with your inner self can help to release any pent-up tension or anger that you may be feeling.

    It also helps to create a space where positive energy can flow freely, enabling you to manifest success and abundance into your life.

    Breathing exercises are also a great way to release negative emotions. Taking slow, deep breaths helps to calm the mind and relax the body, allowing for deeper clarity of thought and more positive energy in your life. Try incorporating yoga poses into your breathwork for enhanced results.

    Another effective practice is journaling. Writing down any feelings or thoughts that may be causing you distress can help to release them from your system, thus creating more room for positive energy to enter your life.

    By taking the time to practice these simple yet powerful techniques, you can start releasing any negative emotions and manifesting success in all areas of your life.

    Improved mental wellbeing

    A manifestation practice can also lead to improved mental health and well-being. As you manifest things and take action toward your goals, your thoughts will become clearer and more focused.

    This increase in clarity can help to reduce stress levels, leading to a state of inner peace and calmness that supports achieving success in all areas of life.


    Lower stress levels

    Manifesting your desires can also help to reduce stress levels and promote a more relaxed outlook on life. As you become more aware of the power of manifestation, you will feel less overwhelmed by life's challenges and be able to stay focused on your goals.

    This deeper sense of inner peace will help create pathways toward achieving success.

    Improved relationships with others

    Finally, the power of manifestation can also help to improve relationships with others. As you take action towards your goals, this process can help to foster deeper connections with people in your life.

    This greater understanding of yourself and others can lead to more meaningful relationships that support living a life of abundance and success.

    Our message to you . . . 

    The practice of manifestation has the power to transform your life in incredible ways. From deepening your connection to yourself and nature to boosting self-love and improving relationships with others, manifesting is one of the most powerful tools that you can use for personal growth and success.

    By embracing your higher power within manifestation, you will be able to unlock a world of abundance and joy. As you take steps towards achieving success, the universe will support your journey every step of the way.

    Trust in yourself and your cosmic self that anything is possible—because it truly is! And more importantly, you deserve it.

    At Shamans Market, we are ready to support you in your manifestation journey with tools and guidance. We are here for you always and will be sending lots of love and positive energy your way.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this article, we hope that it has inspired you to use the power of manifestation to create more joy in your life. Now go manifest some magic!