Manifestation and attraction

You’ve probably heard of the idea that if you send your intentions out into the universe, then the universe will incorporate your intentions into its grand plan and manifest what you want in visible form.

It’s an idea that was popularized by Rhonda Byrne’s book  The Secret in recent years, but somehow, when you come to look at the details in both books and websites galore, you often find that authors who speak with great authority about the concept manifestation don’t really have much to say when it comes to telling you precisely how you can attract reality and manifest your desires.

Manifestation is an idea that appeals to a lot of people – for understandable reasons.

And those people want simple instructions on how to manifest reality and to try it out for themselves.

You don’t have to be flaky, with woo-woo worldviews, to want to improve your situation in life. Sometimes people take esoteric ideas to the limit – and then you have to rein in the excesses of the fanatics in the flaky ones among us.

Equally, if you come from a scientific and rational background, you might well have to overcome your innate tendency to see anything like manifestation which is not explainable in terms of normal physical laws and theories as unsubstantiated drivel.

So it’s difficult: there are many different attitudes, people come from many different emotional and physical and spiritual backgrounds, and all in all, the best proof of the reality of manifestation is your personal experience of making it work.

So what do you do?

Most instructions centre on the fact that you can convey your desires to the universe by visualizing them.

It seems that this sends your intentions out into the universe, and this in turn allows the universe to manifest what you want – if you’re doing things in the right way.

There’s a kind of exponential interest in manifestation and the law of attraction, which is demonstrated in how the subject has become increasingly popular.

A lot of people are spending a lot of time building vision boards, visualizing their objectives, and forming goals and objectives.

Sadly, though, many people find that their manifested goals just don’t come to reality.

You could assume that this was because the universe had a better idea for you, or it could be because somebody (you) wasn’t sincere in their intention to get a particular outcome.

And often, regrettably, you’ll find that the people who write about manifestation blame the person who is visualizing and trying to obtain an objective for not being serious or not trying hard enough.

Clearly that’s completely unfair, and it can lead people to feel guilty about what they’re doing in life – which adds to the burden of stress that many of us already feel, and is generally completely unhelpful.

But, on the other hand, if you try this for yourself you might find that suddenly you begin experiencing weird coincidences – you might find that the Universe seems to be sending you signals supporting your goals and objectives.

Indeed, when you feel that life is going for you, not against you, then it’s probably because you’re doing something very specific on a subconscious level.

You’re probably sending out the right vibes from the right state of energy – a positive state of belief and expectation.

And sure, people who deride the concept of law of attraction and manifestation will tell you that it’s nothing to do with some mysterious universal energy or universal intelligence or cosmic consciousness – they will simply tell you that what you get in life is the result of hard work. As Jack Niklaus – or was it Arnold Palmer – used to say, “the harder I work, the luckier I get”.

Of course there’s the need for you to take action – nobody would deny that.

And of course the universe is not going to take credit for the work you put into manifesting something. That would be ludicrous.

But the law of attraction works in a context of everyday life.

You know, you may have access to other people who can help you achieve your objectives, but it’s the universe which may be responsible for introducing you to them by means of a “coincidence” which brings about an opening for you that you would not otherwise have achieved.

I think the thing here is this: manifestation is not a substitute for self belief and hard work. It’s a framework in which you can make your life easier by having the universe cooperate with you, by choosing the path that leads you to success, and by supporting you in your general objectives.

Sceptics will say that there is no such thing as manifestation and the law of attraction is drivel – they refer to a piece of research in psychology called self-efficacy  which is all about believing you have the capacity to achieve the things you want to achieve.

But when you analyse it all, the remarkable coincidences which people experience in life can be so profound they shake you to the very soul: and when that happens, you surely have to look inwards for an explanation of what’s happening which goes beyond the physical laws of the universe, and invokes the spiritual laws of the universe.


Of course one of the things that people want to understand more clearly is how they can manifest a better life for themselves. Well, in a way, everything on this website is about manifestation, in the sense that I define manifestation as taking charge of your life, getting what you want, and understanding fully that you hold the responsibility for the quality of your life.

Yet many people fail to take responsibility in any constructive form, and go through life unsuccessful, feeling miserable, wondering how they can get what they want, and asking themselves whether or not there is any truth in the principles set out so often and so widely on the Internet about the Law of Attraction. You can click here to see how to access your subconscious power.

Well, the answer is very simple – there is plenty of power in the principles behind the Law of Attraction, and there is plenty of evidence both from personal experience and second-hand accounts on the Internet that you can manifest whatever you want, provided you go about it in the right way.

Glorious Manifestation Is Your Birthright

And make no mistake about this, none of us were born to “act small” – we were all born to be magnificent, achieve our full power, and “shining” glory, demonstrating to the universe the full power of our minds – which is, as you may already realize, our birthright.

This principle has been represented in many ways over the decades, but most commonly in the biblical quotation about humanity manifesting dominion over all things. There’s an arrogance to that assertion which I don’t like, but I can’t deny that this principle does indeed lie behind manifestation and the Law of Attraction: you see, you do in fact have the power to get whatever you desire, to “co-create” it in your life with the universe, and as a result to live in a state of prosperity and abundance in every way ….. not a state of deprivation and misery, as so many people in the world do.

Video – Abraham Hicks on getting what you want

This is not to say that those people who live in poverty are in any way to blame, and this is certainly not their “fault”, even though their lives are a paltry reflection of the possibility that we as humans can achieve: it’s a simple statement of fact that few people have personal capacity or the determination, let alone the willpower and the clarity of thought, to take control of their lives and co-create exactly what they want with the universe.

But I’m assuming that because you’re reading this, you’re one of the people who know exactly what they want – and that you have a goal in every area of your life, and you have a plan by which you can actually achieve those objectives.

Make no mistake about it – to actually change your life for the better, you need to have a blueprint for your life.

In my experience most people spend more time planning their annual vacation or holiday that they do planning their lives – which is a scurrilous and almost immoral way of actually choosing to neglect your own good fortune.

This is not a rehearsal, as you may well have heard of people say so often – you only get one chance at life, and this is it. So let me repeat that: this is not a rehearsal. You get one chance at life and this is it.

If you don’t make the most of life, then you’re depriving yourself not only of your birthright, but of experiences which can be more fulfilling and profound than the life that you’re living at the moment.

That is, of course, assuming that the life you live at the moment is inherently unsatisfying – which I guess, if you’re looking at websites on the Law of Attraction and manifestation, is a fairly reasonable assumption.

So let’s look at manifestation in more detail – what is it, and what can it get you?

Well manifestation is, as I implied above, the creation of a reality which suits you, which comes from your blueprint; you prepare this blueprint so that you can then send the “instructions” out into the universe, which will, provided you’re following certain simple rules, and using certain simple techniques, follow your instructions and manifest whatever it is that you desire.

Now at this point I want to take a slightly sideways step comment on The Secret, which was originally a film, and later a book, published by Rhonda Byrne, in 2006. It achieved massive publicity and popularity on the Internet, and millions of copies of the book were sold – yet testimonials to success with The Secret are few and far between… which has led many people to conclude that the whole area of manifestation is garbage, pure rubbish, and that there is no justification for claiming that you can create reality with the power of your mind.

But I do not want you to be disheartened, or to go away with the assumption that just because few people achieved success with The Secret and its accounts of positive achievement and goalsetting, that manifestation is a myth.

The true nature of The Secret lies in the fact that it was an account of how people who are already successful related their experience of living as natural “creators of reality” – but it didn’t really provide many techniques which people can use to manifest create their own reality in their everyday lives.

And this is the problem here: because there was a lack of instruction, people assumed that they could manifest things without having a detailed manifestation manual, or instruction manual if you prefer, alongside them.

But although manifestation isn’t difficult, the Law of Attraction is quite precise and what it requires from people who try to manifest anything is precision….. so without a detailed manifestation manual, it’s almost impossible for anyone to be successful at co-creating their reality.

In short, let me put it this way: that if you actually want to create a life that makes your heart sing with joy, a life that you’re satisfied with, a life that Eric Byrne, founder of TA (transactional analysis) described as the life of a “winner”, then you need to find out exactly how to use the techniques of manifestation and the Law of Attraction.

There’s no way that you can avoid the processes which require commitment and time from you – even though we live in a society where cutting corners, saving time, and taking the easiest and quickest route to whatever we wish to get hold of is a commonplace thing.

You need to follow the instruction manual to get you what you want: which is a reality you have created, in accordance with your blueprint.

And having said all that I don’t want to be disheartening, because you may be thinking there’s a huge amount of work involved in the creation of reality and the manifestation of abundance or prosperity – in fact the truth is rather different: it’s not difficult at all.

But yes, you do need to know exactly what you’re doing, and you do need to know which techniques you have to use to generate abundance. For example, if I talk about visualization many people will immediately respond by saying “I can’t visualize anything”. Yet the truth is that everybody can visualize perfectly adequately for the process of manifestation.

To take another example, if I talk about the need to supply emotional energy to fuel the process of manifestation many people will talk about the way they fail to feel anything when they picture an image in their minds: but again, it isn’t difficult to summon up emotional energy that’s really intense – you just have to know how to do it.

Well, I could go on, but I hope by now I’ve made the point: manifestation is a reality, but you need a set of instructions on how to do it. And, if you follow the suggestions I’ve made in this article about resources which can help you to co-create a new reality, you shouldn’t have any difficulty at all in this area.