Manifestation takes on many forms, from the spiritual to the practical. The point of manifestation is to achieve a goal, be it material (that new eco-friendly sedan is just longing to sit in my garage), health related (I want to ease my chronic pain), or relationship oriented (I’d love to be closer to my sister). Really, manifestation can be used for just about anything positive and realistic.
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Even if you know all the basic Do’s and Don’ts of manifestation, choosing your manifestation goal can be overwhelming, as we live in a culture of want. You may jump from wanting to seek out a new romance, to something more concrete, like getting a promotion at work.
Specificity is critical, as the more precise your goal, the easier it will be to manifest strong, positive results. But how do you know if your goal is appropriate and attainable?
Below are the most common mistakes people make when approaching manifestation.
1. Something You Don’t Want
It is very common for people to get trigger-happy regarding personal acquisition. Even if what you want isn’t a physical item, you may fall into the impulsive shopping mindset: I see it, so I want it.
How do you know what you really want? The key here is time. Manifestation is about finding the delicate balance between momentum and calm. There is no need to rush things, but you also want to set deadlines.
So, assuming that your initial impulse for a manifestation goal isn’t too time sensitive, sit on it for a week, at least. Come back to the thought of achieving your goal and if something else has piqued your interest in the meantime, then you need to reconsider your goal.
2. Something You Already Have
This can mean a number of things, depending upon your goal. If you are itching for a new pair of shoes, or an expensive piece of furniture, consider the equivalents that you may already own. Do you already own a pair of older yet dependable shoes that would suffice during times when you would wear the new ones? Is your decor desire an echo of the stuff you already have?
If your manifestation goal is a bit more open to interpretation, then it is easy to get caught on this one. If you want to manifest true love, for example, this can take on many forms. You may envision a beautiful or handsome stranger arriving from afar to steal your heart and solve all your problems, but if the movie “Frozen” has taught us anything, true love can mean the bonds between family and friends, not just romantic couple-hood.
Think about your goal again and compare it to the stuff you have. You may be surprised at how similar the two are.
3. Something Someone Else Wants
Do you have a voice (or many voices) trying to persuade you to do something you aren’t sure about? Maybe you have exhaustingly supportive parents who champion your accomplishments in an area you don’t really enjoy.
If you manifest a goal in that area (I’d like to get a full time job once I graduate from college), then it may not be for you but for your loved ones. This is a tricky dynamic, because although manifestation can be used to help other people, if you are convincing yourself that what someone else wants is what you really want, you will not successfully manifest a positive change in your life.
4. Something That May Cause Harm
This one isn’t as scary as it sounds. Many of us want things that ultimately, we would be better off without. For example, if you really want that eco-friendly sedan to sit in your garage, you may be putting yourself into financial strain if you achieve your goal.
The same goes for non-material manifestations. Maybe you want to learn to control your anger or better yourself in some way. This is an admirable aspiration, but if done at the wrong time or with too severe of intent, it can work against you.
Anger can be destruction, but it is not without its purpose. If you are prone to absolutes, think about how your manifestation goal could affect you and those around you in the long term.
All of this may seem like a lot to think about. But the real message here is that manifestation is powerful. Therefore, you are powerful! So use that power for only the best, and you will bring love and light to yourself and your loved ones.