In the last several months, I have been focusing on affirmations to improve my outlook and self-confidence and minimize related anxiety. This affirmation ritual has started to morph more into some exploration of manifesting the things that I desire to have in my life.
I consider myself to be an optimistic realist. I live in a dream world of ambition and goals, yet consider the constraints of the reality in which I currently live. However, I’m starting to wonder how many of my constraints are a result of limiting beliefs about what is actually possible.
My journey thus far has primarily focused on watching YouTube videos and Tik Tok’s documenting how to manifest the things you want in your life. This self-reflection process is reminiscent of when I first read the Secret many years ago.
But what I’m finding is that manifestation is a deeply personal and intentional process that can result in great abundance. Even a book I read this year, You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth, focused on the manifestation aspect of attracting wealth and money into your life. Although I remain skeptical of the ability of most people to actually invest the great amount of money she discusses into personal development and learning.
At the beginning of 2021, I very clearly set my intentions and goals for the year, and I’ve actually achieved about half of them already. So I truly do believe in the power of writing down your manifestations and goals. The part I’m continuing to improve on is the internal beliefs and any blocks I may have for receiving the manifestations coming my way. I attribute this to the realist side that tends to come from my anxiety. Interestingly, I was listening to The Next Big Idea podcast this morning about self-deception and Shankar Vedantam said that people who have anxiety are actually able to see things more clearly than others. However, the premise of his book (which I have to add to my Goodreads list), is that self-deception can actually help us flourish.
Because I have an active mind for research and science, I’m interested in bridging these sources even more. What is the relationship between self-delusion and manifestation? Can I trick my brain into believing that I already have the things I’m manifesting? Now, there are specific manifestation processes and routines relating to angel numbers and writing things down a certain number of times per day. I haven’t done that yet, but it might be worth a try to follow some of these very specific manifestation strategies and techniques. I will do some research and document my experience and share it with you in another post!