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How to Manifest

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Manifestation is commonly talked about, but how does it actually work? Well, to understand this, you must understand what it actually is.

Manifestation is simply a way to bring something into your life through the power of thoughts and intention. Depending on your level of spiritual connection and experience, you can have varying experiences and results with manifesting.

It is commonly discussed that to manifest you simply need to put your intentions (desires) into the universe, and they will come. But this misses a step. So let's break down how to manifest in six simple steps.

How To Manifest Ritual:

Step One: Remove Limitations

The first thing you need to do is remove any limiting beliefs you have. There are no limitations in the universe, there are simply those we place on ourselves.

Have you ever been in a situation that you're not happy in, and there is that distant voice screaming at you to leave, but yet you continue to stay? The more you think of leaving, the more reasons to stay pop into your head, until you have drowned out the voice saying to leave and have convinced yourself that staying is your only choice. This is a great example of placing limitations on yourself.

The logical side of your brain loves comfort in that it loves to keep you where you are and surrounded by familiarity. But if you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got. If you keep believing you can't then you won't.

Alternatively, you may have taken on beliefs and limitations that aren't your own. If you have been around someone telling you you won't achieve something, or won't be able to do something, then you may have taken that opinion to be your truth and accepted that limitation for yourself. This opens up a whole different area of healing, as it regards breaking down the need for external validation (which is often something we are all taught to seek from childhood).

Regardless of how those limiting beliefs have come about, it is time for you to remove those limitations and start to accept yes you can. Whatever you desire is possible, there are no limitations stopping you. We're not saying this is easy to change, but with practice and healing, you can break down all limitations you have placed on yourself and will realise, yes you can do and have anything you desire.

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Step Two: Get Clear

The next thing you need to do is get crystal clear on what it is you want to manifest. The universe loves clarity, so being clear about what it is you want to manifest is essential. It is important to make sure it is something you truly desire, not just for egotistical purposes.

If you are unsure of what you want to manifest, or whether it is your ego, mediation can help you. Meditation helps you to connect to your guidance, which will provide you with valuable support. It helps you to go past any limiting beliefs into a place of infinite possibilities.

Often manifestations relate to material aspects, but you can manifest anything, as long as you are clear about what you want and aren't asking for it in excess, as this can lead to problems further down the line.

Step Three: Create your Intentions

Intentions are extremely powerful, as are thoughts. Where your focus goes grows, which simply means whatever you decide to focus your energy on, will inevitably grow.

This is why it is important to focus on what you desire with clarity, as you only want to manifest your desires. The important thing here is to focus on what you want, not what you don't want.

For example, if you have some debt you want to pay off, do not focus on the debt itself as you are putting your energy into the debt and it will likely grow. Instead, create the intention to have that amount of money come into your life and what it would feel like to see that amount of money in your bank account.

Once you have clarified your intention, now simply state it in a sentence. For example, I have £1,000 in my bank account.

Step Four: Release your Intentions

With your intentions clear, it is time to release them into the universe. There are several ways you can do this. You can do it during meditation, as you're going to sleep, during a ritual (especially at New Moons), speak them aloud, or even through visualisation.

The important thing is to use a method that works for you. If you are struggling, you can follow your guidance. Alternatively, a manifestation ritual box could help you. You can find ours here.

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Step Five: Detatch

Once you have released your intentions, it is important you trust in the universe to deliver them to you in divine time, which means when the time is right. You may want it to happen immediately, but that doesn't mean it is the right time for you, so get comfortable with divine timing.

If any limiting beliefs start to pop up, you just push them aside and trust the universe will deliver. Some manifestation advice explains that detachment means you let go of the 'how', but this is commonly misunderstood to mean you sit and wait for it to come to fruition. But that isn't what they mean.

Actually, what they mean is you detach from the outcome, in that you acknowledge that outcome or better will come to you, and in possibly unexpected ways, regardless you are open to all possibilities.

For example, if you released the intentions for a successful business or more customers, you can't just sit and wait for it to happen. You have to put yourself out there and get found, so you work towards that. But in doing so, you discover a whole new market you had never considered before, once you tap into that market, your business grows exponentially.

It was unexpected in the sense it has grown bigger and faster than you anticipated and in a different market than you thought. But ultimately, you have manifested what you desired, just delivered in an unexpected way, which you would not have been open to if you were attached to the outcome or how to get there.

Step Six: Gratitude

Lastly, it can be really easy to get caught up in focusing on what you desire, so much so you believe you are unfulfilled until you have it. But this causes two issues.

The first is that you are not living in the present moment, or accepting what you currently have as enough. It is important to take time to be grateful for what you have right now, not only will this help to keep you grounded, but it will also give you the ability to acknowledge that you have everything you need at this moment.

Secondly, gratitude holds one of the highest vibrations, the higher you elevate your vibration, the easier things will flow to you. And if that wasn't enough, remember, like attracts like, so if you are focusing on all that you have and are thankful for, then you will manifest more things to be grateful for.

So practice gratitude regularly, even if it is just making a note of five things a day you are grateful for. It doesn't have to be huge things either, it can simply be you are grateful for the weather that day.

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Bonus Tip: Practice, Practice, Practice!

Manifesting isn't just a one-time thing, it is something you can do continuously. The great thing about it is the more you do it, the easier it will become, and the easier it will be to see results.

If you are looking to enhance your manifestations, you can look to the energies at play in the universe. New Moon's are a fantastic time for releasing your intentions each month, find out why here, along with some crystals you can use for a further boost.

It is important to not focus on the outcome, or get caught up in when your desires and intentions will come to fruition. Practice having faith in the universe that it will deliver in divine timing and for your highest good because it will.


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