It’s commonly believed that manifestation and the law of attraction are woo-woo magic. But they have some backing in scientific research and work based on our subconscious minds.

Numerous studies have been conducted over the years on the law of attraction and manifestation, and the findings show that people who visualize a hypothetical future pretty much always manifest that vision.

Also, mirror neurons are part of our biology. It lets us feel the emotions, energy, and actions of those we are watching. It’s also why you feel fear when you’re placed in a group of fearful people. This is the law of attraction in action.

Are the Law of Attraction and Manifestation the same thing?

There are 12 universal laws — according to The Secret — with the Law of Attraction being one of the best-known. The law of attraction states that like attracts like, meaning if you’re negative, then you will attract negativity back to you. On the other hand, if you’re positive, then you will attract the same type of energy back to you.

Albert Einstein said this, which gives us insight into manifestation and the law of attraction,

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.

The Law of Attraction is always in action and the universe is listening to your energy. For those who are more sceptical, here’s a logical explanation based on science.

The logic behind the law of attraction

Thinking positively about what you want to accomplish primes your brain to subconsciously see opportunities related to your goal. You believe a specific goal can be achieved, you think about how it may be achieved, and your brain fills in the gaps with action when the opportunity actually shows up in the real world. You might even speak more about your goal. And because you do, the right person is likely to hear it, be attracted to your optimism, and help you out.

The opposite happens when you think negatively about your goals. If the mind does not truly believe your goals can be achieved, your subconscious would not waste the energy to foresee opportunities. Your behaviour will reflect your lack of belief and shut down anyone or any opportunity that can help you.

Our thoughts, actions, and words attract success and failure this way.  

What is manifestation? how does it work?

Manifestation is the process by which your desires become a reality. By working with the law of attraction, you become conscious of your ability to create your reality. Intentionally generating certain vibrations into your life is known as the practice of attracting them.

Elite athletes often use visualization techniques during training and competition in order to achieve their best results. These methods have been used by many athletes to cultivate competitive advantage. Research has also shown that visualizing yourself achieving your goals increases your chances of success.   

They are similar but different and work together hand in hand. The Law of Attraction can always be viewed as a worldview and manifestation as a practice. 

The ancient chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu said,

Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

What purpose do they serve and how can they help me?

How to manifest your goals into reality?

How can the law of attraction serve you going forward? You may wonder what its purpose is. In working with the Law of Attraction, you can decide what it is you want to create in your life and set the intention to bring your vision into reality.

In essence, we are like magnets, in the sense that we attract and repel what we think about and do not think about.

By using the law of attraction and manifestation, we can alleviate or remove anxiety from our daily lives, build our confidence, and even attract and manifest our dream job or help us achieve our goals.

A 2005 study published by the American Psychological Association on “The Benefits of Frequent Positive effect: Does Happiness Lead to Success?” shows that people who are generally more positive will attract more positive situations and people into their lives. It goes on to say: 

In other words, because all is going well, individuals can expand their resources and friendships; they can take the opportunity to build their repertoire of skills for future use

The Benefits of Frequent Positive effect: Does Happiness Lead to Success?

Being positive has a huge effect on human beings, whether it be manifesting positive thinking, affirmations or visualisation. 

The characteristics related to positive affect include confidence, optimism, and self-efficacy; likability and positive construals of others; sociability, activity, and energy; prosocial behaviour; immunity and physical well-being; effective coping with challenge and stress; and originality and flexibility.

The Benefits of Frequent Positive effect: Does Happiness Lead to Success?

5 Simple steps to manifesting your goals into reality

The law of attraction and manifestation may seem as simple as setting an intention, visualizing what you want, and sitting back and waiting for it to happen, but it involves a little more than that.

The following steps are a simplified version of what is actually involved when using the Law of Attraction and Manifestation:

1. Get clear on your vision or desire

We need to have a clear understanding of what we want to manifest in our lives so that we can start manifesting it. 

For example, setting an intention for more money will be no use if you do not specify how much you intend to receive, because if you don’t specify how much you want, the Universe may send you a small amount that you find on the floor, and if you pick it up, then it has completed its co-creation with helping you receive more money. Although, it isn’t the amount of money you had hoped for. 

Also, by visualising how we see success, we influence our subconscious to be on the lookout for better opportunities.

2. Ask for what it is you desire

Once you have determined what it is that you want, now is the time to ask the Universe for what you want. The process of doing this can be accomplished in a number of ways, which we can discuss in a later section. 

3. Take Aligned Action

Many people miss out on this step, which is the one that is so important. For your manifestation to work, you MUST take aligned action in order for it to be successful. If, for example, your manifestation is to find your dream job, sitting on your backside while you wait for it to come to you is obviously not going to work, as it is not going to solve your problem. 

Let’s say that you know someone that manifested a thing without actually doing anything, I am not saying that it can’t happen, but you need to meet the universe halfway in order to make it happen. In this case, you could sign up for email alerts for some job sites with the job title you are interested in, and you could post your CV online after you have rewritten your cover letter and reworked your CV. You can make a difference by taking simple, aligned steps. 

4. Have Faith

One of the biggest steps towards achieving your desires or goals is to have faith and believe you are co-creating with the universe. In the absence of faith, how is the Universe going to bring it into your life?

Plus, as I mentioned, the subconscious mind seeks out the right opportunities (and takes the right action) when you truly believe and are open.

You must believe that once you set your intention and ask for your manifestation, and release it to the universe, it will happen in divine time. Avoid asking the universe why the desire hasn’t already come true, or asking yourself why it hasn’t yet happened. Remember that like attracts like. If you have resistance, you are coming from a place of lack.

5. Receive

Our favourite part is here. Achieving our goals, dreams, or desires. It is always important to express gratitude and appreciation to the Universe when we receive our manifestations. It’s just as important to acknowledge your efforts. It’s as simple as saying ‘Thank You Universe’.

The bottom line: manifestation is about mindset

In the end, the Law of Attraction and Manifestation are all about mindset. It is possible to achieve anything you want when you have the right mindset.

An abundance of energy comes from having a positive attitude, a positive outlook, and always seeing the best in people and situations. If you have abundant energy, you are more likely to attract the things you desire and create the life you desire. 

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