Manifesting: Real or all in your head?

Maddie Loverich, Editor-in-chief

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I don’t chase. I attract. What belongs to me will simply find me. 

Say it. Then, repeat it a few more times and think about the desired outcome. Is it money? Love? Success? 

Disclaimer: You’ll feel a little bit like a witch while you chant your affirmation/incantation. But, according to TikTok and the over 367,000 videos that stemmed from an original viral post, saying these affirmations every morning will help you attain your desires, whatever they may be. 

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Manifestation became incredibly popular online during quarantine over the past year and a half, but the concept of asking the universe to help you turn your dreams into a reality isn’t a new idea. 

It all stems from the Law of Attraction, one of 12 ancient “laws of the universe.” The psuedoscientific theories are believed by some in the wellness community to be intrinsically true facts about human life. 

The law of attraction asserts that having positive thoughts can help you manifest good things in your life, reach your dreams, and achieve your goals. The advocates on TikTok say that it’s the best way to get your crush to like you. 

In 2006, a documentary called “The Secret” and a subsequent book adaptation brought the law of attraction to the forefront of pop culture, selling over 35 million copies worldwide and inspiring a film released last year starring Katie Holmes. The author, Rhonda Byrne, an Australian television writer and producer, was inspired after personally discovering comfort and success from the practice. 

Besides repetitive chanting of affirmations, another popular manifestation method is to write down your goals every day using the “3-6-9” method

For this strategy, grab a pen and paper the second you open your eyes in the morning. Write down your desire–academic success, love, or another broad wish. Write this three times as you wake up. 

In the middle of the day, write down your intention (i.e. get an A on that test, get that boy to notice you or ace that job interview) six times. At night, write the action that will need to be taken to accomplish this nine times, such as having the focus to study hard or having someone text you first. 

There’s plenty of other ways that people manifest, including other forms of journaling, meditation and prayer (though the practice of manifestation is not rooted in religion, religious practices often adopt similar ideas of believing that a higher power is listening). 

It’s important to note that no scientific proof exists to back up this trend, but the sheer amount of testimonials on the Internet are enticing enough to encourage people to give it a try. However, one could argue that it’s not so much the practice that makes things happen, as much as it is the process of going through the practice that produces results. 

When manifesting, one is required to think about exactly what they want in detail: how it could happen, when it will happen, and who could make it happen. Thoughts are directed at the situation, encouraging the individual to reflect deeper on the details and inherently suggesting  someone can take the necessary steps towards reaching this goal in their day-to-day lives. 

The real power in manifestation likely isn’t in higher beings granting wishes like all-powerful genies. What’s really happening instead, is that the energy is relocated to inspire an individual to take action in one’s life and make it happen without the actual help of the universe. 

The idea of maintaining positive thoughts is a good one, regardless of if those aforementioned thoughts have any sway on life events. So, in the meantime, keep thinking those happy thoughts, because it really can’t hurt.

 

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