If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it,
does it make a sound?”
— George Berkeley
Philosophers and scientists have long debated the meaning of “reality.” Quantum physics researchers have theorized that reality exists only as we perceive it. Instead of asking whether a falling tree makes a sound if no one is there to hear it, the better question would be, ‘if no one is there to see or hear the tree, is there a tree at all?”
The Law of Attraction says that we can draw what we want (or what we don’t want) into our experience based upon the power of our thoughts and actions. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a scientist to understand how to manipulate your view of reality to alter your day-to-day experience. We can literally change our lives, merely by changing our perception of our lives. How do we do that?
Before we can manifest our desires, we have to know what we truly want to bring into our lives. Set a goal that is something you actually want for yourself, rather than something you have been told to want. We may block ourselves from achieving what we say we want if we never truly wanted it in the first place. Stating our greatest desires should make us feel excited, hopeful and energized — not burdened, overwhelmed or defeated.
Make sure your goal is believable to you. You can manifest anything you desire, but if what you want is so fantastical that you can’t imagine it happening, you may subconsciously block it. If we set an overly lofty goal (“I’m going to win ten million dollars in the lottery”), our ego mind argues with us (“That will never happen, who are you kidding?”). We may need to start with something that feels more achievable, such as: “I will bring in enough income to give me everything I need this year.” Use incremental steps if you need some time to grow into your desires.
Avoid focusing on what you want to leave behind, instead of embracing what you want to bring forth. When we want financial abundance, we say, “I want to get out of debt. I want to stop feeling like I don’t have enough.” We think we are manifesting abundance, but the energy we emit is one of lack: “I’m in debt. I never have enough.”
Instead, if you want financial abundance, announce: “I’m going to double my income in the next 12 months. I have more than enough money to buy anything I need.” To manifest our greatest desires, we must use words that bring energy, joy and beauty into our lives. Sit with your desires, consider what you want to change in your life, and create a positive statement about what you truly want to manifest.
Once you have a believable and positive manifestation statement ready to go, begin integrating it into your daily life. Write it on a post-it and attach it to your bathroom mirror. Put it on a meme and make it your cell phone home screen. Send emails to yourself. Write it on your hand. Start with gently and slowly repeating your statement for five minutes in the morning. Set a reminder to do it again at lunch, and again before you go to bed. By doing this each day, you will start to notice a shift in your thoughts.
Next, verbalize or journal your gratitude about your manifestation statement, as if it has already occurred. If you want to manifest financial abundance, you can say or write: “I’m so grateful that I have all that I need. I’m so grateful that I have plenty of money and can buy whatever I want. I’m so grateful that I am able to share my abundance with others around me.”
Sometimes we become frustrated when negative events continue to occur. Don’t give up. Continue to express your gratitude, and your reality will begin to catch up with your new energy output. Sometimes, our ego minds argue with us. They say, “what are you talking about? We don’t have what we need. Have you lost your mind?” That’s okay. Most of us have spent decades listening to our inner critic. It takes practice to shift those negative thoughts into thoughts of abundance, fulfillment and joy. Take each negative thought and turn it into a positive thought, and keep returning to your gratitude statements.
Next, create a shift in your behavior, so your actions aren’t contradicting your manifestation thoughts. To do this, you must live as if it has already happened. What would your life look like if this thing you want to manifest had already occurred? What would your day be like? What would you do if you were that person?
If your manifestation statement is “I live in a healthy body and I move my body every day,” consider how you would live your life if you had already manifested that reality. You wouldn’t say to yourself, “As a healthy person who moves her body every day, I sit on the couch and eat a bag of Oreos.” Instead, you would say to yourself, “As a healthy person who moves her body every day, I like to walk in the morning.” You then live that reality. You get up in the morning and go for a walk, because you are a healthy person who moves her body every day, and that’s what you like to do with your mornings.
If you take these steps, your life will change rapidly and dramatically. You will notice a shift in your attitude, which will turn into a shift in your life. By determining what you truly want for yourself, stating it with positive and abundant language, expressing your gratitude for having already received it, and living your life as if it had already occurred, you will experience the tremendous power you have to manifest the reality you want to create for yourself.