When we first started Wild Ginger, we wanted to avoid using the word ‘manifestation’. Although it is a new-wellness practice, it has also become a misunderstood buzzword with a whole range of TikTok tutorials and Twitter threads, appearances in the upcoming genre of spiritual memes, and plastered all over fast-fashion pieces. As we try to offer an achievable and realistic approach to health and wellbeing, the New-Age Internet trend has made manifestation out to be more magical than it really is, but here’s the quote that made us change our mind:
“Manifesting isn’t dreaming and wishing, manifesting is deciding and acting”.
Believe it or not, there is a science behind manifestation – psychology to be specific. It doesn’t involve wish-granting powers or spiritual energy, it’s as simple as believing that we are all capable of making even our wildest dreams come true. Read on to go beyond the buzzword and behind the power of positive thinking and habitual action!
What is manifestation?
If you look up the meaning of ‘manifestation’ in a dictionary, it’s defined as “a sign of something existing or happening”. This is often misconstrued and instead believed that if you merely focus on something, it will magically appear. What makes this popular belief harmful is that it doesn’t take into account those with anxiety, depression or other mental health diagnoses, as well as victims and survivors of trauma and diseases. Your thoughts are just thoughts – thinking about something won’t bring it into existence. We can’t control everything either – you are not to blame for your trauma.
What really is manifestation? Taking action to convert your ideas into a reality. It’s a holistic strategy for achieving your goals that includes transforming your mindset and behaviours. Here’s how to use it in a sentence: Your success is a manifestation of your hard work and discipline.
What is the science behind manifestation?
A self-fulling prophecy is a belief or expectation that an individual holds about a future event that manifests because the individual holds it (Good Therapy, 2015). For example, if you think you’re going to perform well during a presentation, your positive attitude towards your presentation may make that prediction come true. How? You may unconsciously work towards affirming this belief by feeling motivated to practice your presentation, thus resulting in a confident performance, focusing on positive feedback and not dwelling on any negativity.
The Placebo Effect
In psychology, a self-fulfilling prophecy was proven with The Placebo Effect (Isaksen, 2012). Psychologists discovered that during scientific studies or clinical trials, some participants still showed improvements even when they weren’t receiving working treatments – their beliefs affected the treatments they were given.
How to start manifesting?
First, remember that thinking about something isn’t the same as doing it. Use that thought to help define your goals and as a daily reminder of your dreams – this should just be the starting point, either written down in your journal or represented through imagery on a vision board. In order to really manifest your dreams, you must develop a routine around these ideas, form affirmations to help you focus, and you’ll have reinforced the habit of working towards achieving these goals!