How To Use Your Faith to Manifest
Regardless of your religion or spiritual beliefs, manifestation is a practice available to you! Manifestation is an ancient practice involving putting your intention toward something that you hope will happen. In other words, if you think it will happen in real life — and if you think positively about it — then it’ll come true.
One myth about manifestation is that it’s passive. You have to put in work to meet your miracle. Let’s examine what some of the major religions say about manifestation and how you can integrate manifestation into the existing practices of your current faith. Simply put, you don’t have to choose between your religion and manifesting a life that God wants you to have.
What Is Manifestation?
Manifestation is defined as “the public display of emotion or feeling, or something theoretical made real.” It teaches you that if you focus on something hard enough, if you strive for it, if you fully believe it in, then it will eventually happen in your life.
Today, you’ll often hear people say, “I’m manifesting it” about a job promotion, pregnancy, or anything else positive they wish would happen. The idea behind this “manifestation” is that, if they think positive thoughts about it, then it’ll happen.
The term manifestation originates in religion. If something spiritual becomes real, then it’s said to be a manifestation. Yet, the idea of manifestation itself has had major with religion, because of the belief that manifestation centered around the self. The conflict is that this practice teaches that if an individual thinks positively enough about something, then anything is possible. But where does that leave God?
How Does Manifestation Work?
Manifestation is where your thoughts and energy can create your reality. If you’re constantly feeling down, surrounding yourself with negative people, you’ll ultimately attract negative energy and manifest negative events. Conversely, you can do the same with positive energy and positive events. When it comes to manifestation, you must shift your thoughts, attitude, energy, and action. Here is the step-by-step guide to how you can begin manifesting in your own life.
Choose what you want to manifest
What do you want to manifest? Do you want a new job? Do you want to start a new business? Do you want to have a baby? When manifesting, you want to choose something that you truly connect with and believe in your heart of hearts that you will receive what you will ask for.
Here are some questions that you should ask yourself when deciding to manifest something:
- Do you want this deep in your heart?
- Will you benefit from having this?
- When you think about and visualize having it, does it feel right?
- Is it good for you and others? How?
Eliminate anything in your way
Remember, manifestation isn’t just about thought…it’s also about action. During the manifestation process, there’s likely to be some obstacle or challenge. It’s your job to eliminate these to help you achieve your goal. Here are examples of challenges you may encounter.
- Negative core beliefs or mindsets
- Toxic people
- Poor timing
Visualize what you want to manifest
Visualization is the next step in your manifestation process. Go somewhere private and quiet where you can spend time visualizing what you’re manifesting. Pour all your energy and concentration into seeing what you desire in your mind’s eye and allow your positive energy and emotions about that thing to consume you.
Add as many details to this visualization process as possible but don’t try to imagine exactly how the thing becomes yours. What you’re most focused on is the end result of you achieving your goal and successfully manifesting what you desire.
Take action to manifest what you want
During this process, you may feel the urge to do something specific (some sort of intuition-based yearning). It’s important to follow your gut and take this action. Follow anything natural and positive and avoid any kind of negative beliefs or feelings (anxiety, worry, anger, doubt, etc.) during this time.
Recognize and appreciate
At this stage, you have hopefully achieved what you’ve so desired. You’ve manifested your reality, and perhaps you’ve forgotten what it was like not to have it. Make sure you take a step back and fully appreciate what you have once you’ve reached the end of your manifestation journey. The more you make the connection between manifestation and the end result, the better you’ll be at manifestation in the future.
What Are the Benefits of Manifesting?
Are you wondering why you should try manifesting? Manifestation requires action on the individual’s behalf, and you must work to make whatever you want yourself. That said, there can be incredibly rewarding outcomes. Here are the top benefits to manifestation.
- You can find love and create new relationships
Are you desperate to find your soulmate or have a baby? Manifestation can help you in this area of your life. Utilize techniques and exercises to help you gain confidence, charisma, and the ability to love yourself, so you’re prepared to receive love in this area of your life. Often, when we’re feeling most negative about ourselves is when we’re the least likely to form new relationships with others.
- You can earn more money
Does anyone make as much money as they wish they did? Manifestation can help people progress in their careers by helping them get that new job, promotion, raise, or another financial-related goal.
- You can better your mental, physical, and spiritual health
Health is something that most people take for granted until it no longer exists. Manifestation can’t necessarily boost your nutrition, encourage you to exercise, or make a doctor’s appointment without action on your part. However, it can put you in a more positive mindset that allows you to adapt these tasks for healthy living into your goals. By training your brain to see the best, you’ll boost your mental and spiritual health, which will subsequently boost your physical health.
What Does Religion Think About Manifesting?
Manifestation has been mentioned throughout history in numerous different cultures and religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Hermeticism. Modern takes on manifestation often equate it with the “Law of Attraction,” which dictates that whatever can be imagined and held in the mind’s eye is achievable if you act on a plan to get where you want to go. In other words, positive thoughts bring positive results into a person’s life.\
Manifestation and Christianity go hand-in-hand. While the Law of Attraction often uses the word “universe,” Christians can just as easily replace this term with “God.” The Bible states that you can have all things you ask for through God.
Mark 11:24 says, “For this reason, I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confidence trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.”
We also see it in Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Finally, in John 14:12, it says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
This suggests that praying to Jesus plays a role in our lives. It is He who empowers us to do all we believe, and thus through Him we can achieve anything we manifest.
For Jews, manifestation and the Law of Attraction are predicated on absolute trust in God. Rochel Holzkenner discusses in her article, “The Jewish “Law of Attraction.” She notes how the Torah illustrates absolute trust in God as necessary in the second chapter of Exodus. Moses breaks up a fight, becomes frightened, and ends up in trouble with the Pharoah.
Holzkenner points out that the Torah doesn’t typically waste time writing on emotion, but in this case, it’s specifically used to illustrate how Moses’ fear (his negative visualization, if you will) ended up creating larger problems. Because of his inability to see that things would turn out alright, he ended up in greater trouble. If he had remained optimistic, he may have been able to avoid being arrested. Thus, even when challenging, we must have faith and trust in God who knows all things and coordinate His own master plan.
For Muslims, manifestation is both spiritual and secular. Today, the New Age movement has entirely eliminated God from the equation when it comes to manifestation. If you want something, all you must do is think hard enough and you can get it. Muslims don’t believe this. Instead, manifestation is the rule of God. The process works because He is so powerful. If there are reasons why prayers aren’t answered, it may come down to the following:
- The person praying isn’t in the right frame of mind to bring something into their life. There’s an etiquette to dua, and there’s an etiquette to manifestation (e.g., positivity, conviction, gratitude, etc.).
- The person praying is asking from the nafs (ego) (i.e., a place of lower vibration). You may want something, but there’s something greater waiting to come into your life. For more on this, see Qur’an 2:216.
- The person praying may be asking for the right request, but it isn’t the right timing.
Of all religions, Buddhism has probably said it most simply. For many, it was probably too simple to take notice. Buddha said, “The mind is everything. What we think, we become.”
This notion implies that our thoughts are more than just thoughts. They guide us through life and mold the world around us. If you’re able to control your mind, you can dictate the course of your life.
So many are held captive by their thoughts when they could instead recognize their mind as the powerful tool that it is.
In the Chandogya Upanishad, a Sanskrit text embedded in the Chandogya Brahmana of the Sama Veda of Hinduism, the following quote indicates how this faith sees manifestation:
“From it, the universe comes forth, in it the universe merges, and in it, the universe breathes. Therefore, a man should meditate on Brahman with a calm mind. Now, verily, a man consists of will. As he wills in this world, so does he become when he has departed hence. Let him with this knowledge in mind form his wit.”
This section discusses how a man should “mediate” on Brahman with a calm mind. In doing this, he can “will” and “become” what he so desires in this world. He should have this knowledge and form this “wit” accordingly.
In this small section of the scriptures of Hinduism, the process of manifestation is described. It provides the reader with the knowledge that they’re able to meditate on their will and form their mind and life using this process.
Hermeticism (Ancient Egyptian Religion)
In The Kybalion, a book that conveys the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, there’s a central concept in the book surrounding seven Hermetic principles. These principles are those on which the entire Hermetic Philosophy is based. One of them is on the principle of mentalism, “The All is the Mind; the Universe is Mental.”
This is a universal law, and it states that everything we see and experience in our physical world has its origin in the invisible or mental world. In other words, the universe is akin to mental projection.
Use the Law of Mentalism as your modern-day guide to manifesting. Your thoughts have the ability to shape your reality. For anything to be, it must first be a thought in our minds. This philosophy is founded on the principle that God is consciousness or thought, and the universe is a manifestation of the mind of God. We can use the Law of Mentalism to create the life we want by harnessing the power of our minds.
How to Incorporate Manifesting and My Religious Practices
Manifestation works together with your existing faith. Don’t feel as though you have to choose one or the other. Instead, integrate your manifestation practices into your existing religious practices. In fact, it’s likely you already do some religious practices that can be used during the manifestation process.
- Write down your prayers
- Visualize during your prayer or meditation time
- Note what you’re grateful for
- Start keeping a spiritual journal to help with your manifestation
Writing (and seeing your prayers or thoughts written) is one of the best ways to see your manifestations take place. Often, it can take time to see God or god(s) move on your behalf. When you’re keeping some sort of record or journal of your positive manifestation and the actions you’re taking to further your goal, you’ll be able to look back and see the progress you’ve made.
When times get tough, it can be the perfect reminder of why you believe in God or why you’re manifesting your goal so intently.
Manifestation is a common thought across faiths, and if you’re interested in using this practice, it’s available to you! You don’t have to choose between your religion and manifestation. That said, you will have to work at it because it isn’t a passive practice. Use our guide above and start manifesting the life that God wants you to have!
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