Manifesting With Intention

Manifestation and The Law of Attraction have become popular topics of conversation these days. They’ve been spoken about by thought leaders including Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Gabrielle Bernstein, Iyanla Vanzant, and Oprah. While many would say that both manifestation and The Law of Attraction are about turning dreams into reality, the two are not the same. In this blog, we’ll dive into the differences between manifestation and The Law of Attraction, along with setting intentions, changing your mindset, and using affirmations.

Manifestation vs. The Law of Attraction

The most common approaches to manifestation are the principles taught in The Secret, which are centered around The Law of Attraction. Simply put, these approaches suggest that we can manifest our thoughts into reality by focusing on the things we want. 

However, one of the primary Law of Attraction principles is “like attracts like,” which is the idea that similar things are attracted to each other, include people and thoughts. Negative thinking is believed to attract negative experiences, while positive thinking is believed to attract positive experiences.

Manifesting is the doing of “like attracts like.” The Law of Attraction works regardless of whether you intend it to or not. Your thoughts attract your circumstances in life. To manifest is to first be aware of the power of your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs and then harness them to create your reality.

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Setting Intentions

Essentially, manifesting is bringing something tangible into your life through attraction and belief, i.e. if you think it, it will come. However, there is more to manifesting than willpower and positive thinking. As Angelina Lombardo, the author of A Spiritual Entrepreneur, says, “Manifestation is making everything you want to feel and experience a reality… via your thoughts, actions, beliefs, and emotions.”

While everyone approaches manifestation differently, many believe in the same basic principles. First, you need to know precisely what you want. “You are the only one who dreams your dreams, so whether it’s a new partner and a healthy relationship or a better job, know it and own it,” Lombardo says.

Whatever you desire, though, one thing is essential: make your intention as specific as possible. The more clear and concise, the better. Instead of, for example, saying, “I want to meet my soulmate,” try to develop a detailed picture of what that person would look like; think of their qualities, characteristics, values, and so on.

Some experts believe that the moment when it’s especially powerful to set intentions includes the top of the month when you’re setting goals, the beginning of the week to anchor in a desired outcome, or first thing in the morning to set the tone for the day. 

But really, any moment is an opportunity to start fresh with an intention. To help you better understand and harness the power of setting intentions, here are a few steps you can follow:

Identify the Desire

Identifying your desire is the first step in the intention-setting process; It can be big or small, something specific like buying a new car, or more general like living in the moment. Try to keep the intention connected to a feeling versus a very specific desired outcome.

For instance, the desire might be getting a promotion at work, but the feeling underneath it may be to feel fully expressed in the work you do. Once you’ve identified the feeling, you can put language to it and write out the intention.

Get Clear on Yourself

Goals are about doing, and intentions are about being, and when you focus on who you need to be to achieve the goal, the doing becomes easier. To do this, a multitude of experts recommend journaling on qualities that you’d like to embody that will support you in achieving your goal. For example, if your goal is to write a collection of poetry, intentions that could support you could be “I intend to make my creativity a priority” or “I intend to see myself as capable.”

Decide Specific Action Steps

Intentions are not one-size-fits-all. Intentions, such as “being healthier,” can mean wildly different things for different people. For that reason, getting specific with what action steps you’ll take to fulfill your intention and following through with them is vitally important. Specificity breeds success, so once you have the overarching intention in mind of being healthier, focus on your goals by setting up smaller waypoints like: “I’ll work out three times this week.”

Shift Any Limiting Beliefs

Not believing that your intention is actually possible for you is a common challenge that can impede the intention from manifesting. If this is the case for you, try reframing your mindset to ensure your beliefs align with your desire. You can do this by finding evidence in support of your intention already happening in your current reality. For example, if you intend to find love in a partner but you don’t believe it’s possible, look for where love is already present in your life.

Reinforce Intentions Daily

Intentions are part practical and part magic. From a scientific standpoint, the brain is a belief engine and is always looking for confirmatory evidence to prove your intention or hypothesis. Once you’ve identified the new intention, you’ll want to reinforce it with examples from your life. To do this, you can reinforce your intentions after meditation when the brain is more relaxed and receptive.

Surrender and Lean Into Faith

Intentions need to run free. Sometimes, when we set an intention, we use it as a vehicle to control our lives, but there is an element of faith and surrender — a quiet receptivity. Surrender isn’t giving up; it’s an absence of resistance. So if you find yourself being overly controlling with your intentions, remember to take a step back and let go of any resistance. 

Intentions are also not set in stone; they’re moving targets that change and evolve as we grow. Essentially, there’s no sense in stressing out over setting the perfect intention. Give yourself permission to change and adjust your intentions as you go, which in turn helps release control over the situation.

Changing Your Mindset to Manifest Successfully

Recent research has shown that your mindset — or your attitudes and beliefs about different aspects of life — crucially affect your thoughts, behaviors, and experiences. If you want to manifest something, like love, money, or success, your mindset is extremely important. Here are a few types of mindsets that can help you manifest your goals:

  • Growth Mindset: A growth mindset is a tendency for people to believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. With a growth mindset, you can better manifest things because you believe the efforts you put in are worthwhile. 
  • Abundance Mindset: When we don’t have enough of what we need, a belief that there will never be enough of something can sprout. This is a completely normal reaction, but it may sabotage our success in manifesting what we need. Studies suggest that this may be because we are overly focused on what we are lacking and our minds are bogged down by the extra work of worrying about what we don’t have. It’s important to know and accept that there is enough of what you need.
  • Mindful Mindset: A mindful mindset involves being open to and accepting of anything that is. This includes accepting our circumstances, experiences, and ourselves. It often requires us to dig deeper and think about how our opinions are formed, how our reactions create our experiences, and how we can choose to be the person we want to be and live the life we want to live.
  • Positive Mindset: A positive mindset may include gratitude, positive reappraisal, savoring, and future-focused positive thinking, which are all mental processes that can be strengthened and help us manifest positive outcomes like happiness, resilience, and well-being. By building a positive mindset, we can generate more positive emotions.

Affirmations to Manifest Your Intentions

Bringing awareness to whatever it is that you want to manifest is key. As it spends time in your subconscious, it can soon make its way into your life. Let the idea of your intention really sink in, and truly believe yourself when you say it. 

Affirmations are positive statements in the present tense that relate to what it is you want to manifest. They can help you bring the things you want into your subconscious so they can manifest themselves in your life. 

Affirmations can be used as mantras. You can write them down alongside your intentions, or you can voice them to yourself every day. If you enjoy meditation, you may even incorporate them into your daily routine. 

Here are 10 affirmations to help you manifest your intentions:

  • I trust the Universe. It gives me exactly what I need at exactly the right time.
  • I am wealthy and prosperous in every aspect of my life.
  • Every day I am moving toward my best life.
  • I surround myself with positive and genuine people who help me and encourage me to reach my goals.
  • I love, support, and believe in myself.
  • I’m creating a life of passion and purpose.
  • There is no place for negative self-talk in my life.
  • I am abundant in my finances, in happiness, and in love.
  • The Universe always has my back.
  • My intentions for my life are clear. What I am seeking is seeking me.

Five Ways to Manifest 

Manifestation is all about believing that you already have something and letting it come to you, so try to always speak in the present and use active words. Voice your intentions and affirmations in any way you feel comfortable. If you’re having trouble deciding on how to begin manifesting, a few methods you can try are:

369 Manifestation

The 369 manifestation technique involves using the sacred numbers three, six, and nine. There are a few ways people use this method. One is to pick three affirmations, say them six times each day, and focus on your wants for nine seconds as a way to think about what you want to manifest. Another is to write your desire down three times in the morning, six times in the afternoon, and nine times in the evening.

5×55 Manifestation

The 5×55 manifestation technique involves writing down what you want to manifest 55 times for five days straight. Make sure to keep your mind on the single desire you want to become true while you write.

10-10-10 Manifestation

The 10-10-10 manifestation technique involves writing out three lists numbered one to 10. You make one list of 10 things you desire, another list of 10 things you’re grateful for, and then 10 things you enjoy. This manifestation practice is focused on creating a positive mindset for yourself.

Water Manifestation

The water manifestation technique only takes about 3 minutes to complete. You’ll need two cups, one filled with water and the other left empty. Label the cup filled with water with your current reality (if you are manifesting money, you would put the amount you currently have), then label the empty cup with your desired reality (i.e. having wealth).

Hold the cup labeled with your current reality and focus on the emotion of already achieving your desired outcome. You then pour the water into the empty cup and drink it while keeping your desire in mind.

Journaling or Script Manifesting

This manifestation technique can be done in many different ways. You can manifest through journaling by creating lists, tracking dating activities, and figuring out exactly what you want. You can also find manifesting prompts to help awaken your creativity.

Manifestation Quotes to Keep You Inspired

“Everyone creates realities based on their own personal beliefs. These beliefs are so powerful that they can create [expansive or entrapping] realities over and over.” – Kuan Yin

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

“The truth is that the universe has been answering you all of your life, but you cannot receive the answers unless you are awake.” – Rhonda Byrne

“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.” – Maya Angelou

“What you think, you create. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you become.” – Unknown

“To live your greatest life, you must first become a leader within yourself. Take charge of your life, begin attracting and manifesting all that you desire in life.” – Sonia Ricotti


Do you use affirmations to help with manifesting the life you want? What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!


All About The Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction is a philosophy suggesting that positive thoughts bring positive results into a person’s life, while negative thoughts bring negative outcomes. It’s based on the belief that thoughts are a form of energy and that positive energy attracts success in all areas of life, including health, finances, and relationships. The Law of Attraction is primarily rooted in the universal Law of Vibration, which posits that everything is in constant motion, vibrating at a specific frequency. While aspects of the Law of Attraction have been around for millennia, Abraham-Hicks has started a modern Law of Attraction wave known as The Teachings of Abraham that has inspired books, films, essays, and lectures.

A Deeper Look at the Law of Vibration

The Law of Vibration states that everything in the universe is in a constant state of movement. We refer to these movements as vibrations, and the speed or rate at which something vibrates is called its frequency.

The only difference between one object and another is the rate of its vibration. Even solid objects that we perceive as “static,” such as cement, are vibrating at a slow speed. Your body, on the other hand, vibrates at an extremely high rate.

Our thoughts, like everything else in the universe, are energy, and they vibrate at different frequencies depending on the nature of the thought. You have the power to dictate the frequency of your being by choosing and directing your thoughts. Your emotional state dictates the vibration that your body is in. And, to a large extent, these vibrations dictate how you experience life because they set up resonance with anything that is on the same frequency.

A Deeper Look at the Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction focuses on using your thoughts and feelings to dictate what you attract into your life. Attraction is a force acting mutually between particles of matter, tending to draw them together and resisting their separation.

The Law of Attraction has gotten plenty of attention over the past 15 years because of The Secret, which is a movie inspired by The Teachings of Abraham. However, you can’t apply this law without also understanding the Law of Vibration, since the two are so intimately connected. Essentially, the Law of Vibration is the primary law, and the Law of Attraction is the secondary law, because vibration is what causes attraction.

Everything in the universe is vibrating. Your thoughts, vibrating at a particular frequency, lead to your feelings, and it is the combination of the two that dictate your body’s vibration. Continuing the chain, your feelings dictate your body’s vibration, attracting people and things to you that are a vibrational match. Ultimately, it’s your vibration that dictates what you are drawing or manifesting into your life.

The Law of Attraction works by the totality of the vibration we send out, not merely by what we say we want.

The Law of Attraction Principles

The idea that we attract what we put out has been around since ancient times with many crediting Buddha as the first to introduce this notion to the world. Advocates suggest there are three central universal principles that make up the Law of Attraction:

  • Like Attracts Like: This principle suggests that similar things are attracted to one another. It means that people tend to attract people who are similar to them — but it also suggests that people’s thoughts tend to attract similar results. Negative thinking is believed to attract negative experiences, while positive thinking is believed to produce desirable experiences.
  • Nature Abhors a Vacuum: This principle of attraction suggests that removing negative things from your life can free up space for more positive things. It is based on the notion that it is impossible to have a completely empty space in your mind and life, so filling it with positivity is ideal.
  • The Present is Always Perfect: This principle focuses on the idea that there are always things you can do to improve the present moment. While it might seem like the present is somehow flawed, this principle proposes that, rather than feeling dread or unhappiness, you should focus your energy on finding ways to make the present moment the best it can be. That’s not to say you can’t acknowledge negativity or feel emotions related to it. Rather, it’s about doing what you can at the moment to improve any negative situation and letting the rest go.

The Teachings of Abraham

Esther and Jerry Hicks are the couple who introduced the world to Abraham. Esther describes Abraham as “a group of non-physical entities who present themselves as Abraham, and who speak through a process known as channeling.” When Esther first discovered Abraham, their teachings would be written down by Jerry with a process called “proprioceptive writing.”1

The Teachings of Abraham are based on the idea that your thoughts create what happens in the physical world. Additionally, they generate vibrations that interact with the universe, bringing good or bad to you depending on the vibrations you’re projecting. Esther often uses money as an example, stating, “If I visualize myself having seven dollars in my wallet, I will attract seven dollars into my wallet.”2

In a nutshell, the Teachings of Abraham are predominantly about forming an abundant mindset and changing the way you view the world. They also say that to apply the Laws of Attraction to your daily life, you have to begin with a clear vision of the person, thing, or situation that you want. Be clear and concise with yourself and you will attract what you desire.

A breakdown of the Teachings of Abraham are as follows:

  1. You are a physical extension of that which is non-physical.
  2. You are here in this body because you chose to be here.
  3. The basis of your life is freedom; the purpose of your life is joy.
  4. You are a creator; you create with your every thought.
  5. Anything that you can imagine is yours to be or do or have.
  6. As you are choosing your thoughts, your emotions are guiding you.
  7. The universe adores you for it and knows your broadest intentions.
  8. Relax into your natural well-being. All is well.
  9. You are a creator of thought ways on your unique path of joy.
  10. Actions to be taken and possessions to be exchanged are by-products of your focus on joy.
  11. You may appropriately depart your body without illness or pain.
  12. You cannot die; you are everlasting life.

Pictured: Esther and Jerry Hicks    Source: Wikipedia


How to Start Using the Law of Attraction

While it may sound too good to be true — and can take time to get the hang of — at its core, the Law of Attraction is about calling in what you want and aligning your actions and vibration with your desires. Once you do those things, the Law of Attraction will allow you to become the author of your life and attract a host of possibilities.

Here are a few ways you can incorporate the Law of Attraction into your life today:

  • Visualize: Visualization is a powerful tool for bringing an idea or desire into reality. You can mentally picture the future you seek or bring it into the physical realm by drawing it out. You can also create a vision board for your goals to keep you inspired and motivated.
  • Keep a Gratitude Journal: Given that like attracts like, intentionally focusing on the things you’re grateful for can invite more abundance into your life.
  • Speak It Into Existence: Another way to bring your desires out of your head and into physical reality is to voice them out loud. Try waking up and declaring out loud to the universe, ‘I would like X.”
  • Watch For Synchronicities: Synchronicities are those meaningful “coincidences” that seem slightly miraculous. If synchronicities related to your goal keep coming up, such as a lucky number, it’s probably a sign that you’re on the right track.
  • Reframe a Scarcity Mindset: When you’re seeking something you don’t yet have, it’s easy to get caught in a cycle of scarcity and lack. Focusing on your lack of love, lack of money, lack of happiness, etc., only reinforces that and does nothing to bring positivity. Remember to feel as if you’re already where you want to be. Let go of how you think things “should” go, and trust the universe to work its magic, remaining open to whatever the universe will provide.
  • Practice Acceptance: Instead of focusing on what’s wrong about the present or what needs to be changed, work on accepting things as they are. This doesn’t mean that you won’t continue to work toward a better future, it just means that you won’t get bogged down by wishing for things to be different right now.

Using The Law of Attraction For Specific Goals

If you want to change your life and begin using the Law of Attraction to make a difference, you should start by altering your thoughts. According to the Law of Attraction, when you cultivate a positive outlook that embraces the abundance and happiness you already have present around you, you’ll find your life filled with more positive people and experiences.

While the Law of Attraction may not be an immediate solution for all of life’s challenges, it can help you learn to cultivate a more optimistic outlook on life and stay motivated to continue working toward your goals.

After understanding the Law of Attraction and your vibration, you can begin to use it for specific goals in your life, including:

Love and Relationships

The first step in using the Law of Attraction to welcome more love into your life is to notice how you could be subconsciously resisting it. For example, if the universe keeps bringing you unavailable people, this could indicate something within you is still unavailable. Once you identify this block, you can work on breaking down your inner barriers and build up a more open approach to relationships and love. If you want to attract love into your life, be the love you want to attract.

Try being loving and generous towards others and yourself. Appreciate the love that you already have in your life and look for ways to express it. The more you create a vibration of love, the stronger the signal of love is that you’ll be sending out into the universe.

Career Goals

When working with the Law of Attraction in your professional life, it’s important to get specific about what you want. Try writing down your career goals using concrete statements like “I love working with like-minded people who support my ideas and creativity.” If you want that promotion, ask yourself, “What would the ‘promoted me’ do?” Explore and embrace what you would do with the changes given to you by the Law of Attraction.

Above all, remember to be thankful for everything that you already have and appreciate the abundance of all that’s good in your life. This will help you create a vibrational match for the financial needs that you want in your future.


Financial fears are sensitive and valid, and it takes a lot of unlearning to create a healthy relationship with financial abundance. With money, it’s especially easy to fall into a scarcity mindset, which can dull your vibration. Instead, focus on what you already have rather than what you lack.

Additionally, if you’d like to grow your wealth, spend more time thinking about money and abundance. Read books and watch videos on how to increase your prosperity and make more money. Envision the exact amount you would like and by when. Simply believe it will happen and think positively.

Law of Attraction Quotes to Keep You Inspired

Throughout history, some of the greatest minds and spiritual teachers, such as Buddha and Albert Einstein, have understood the power our thoughts have over our lives. Here are 10 Law of Attraction quotes to keep you inspired on your Law of Attraction journey. Enjoy and remember to always embrace positivity.

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” – Buddha

“I admit thoughts influence the body.” – Albert Einstein

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To let life happen to you is irresponsible. To create your day is your divine right.” – Ramtha

“The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.” – Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

“It has been proven now scientifically that an affirmative thought is hundreds of times more powerful than a negative thought.” – Michael Bernard Beckwith 

“You are what you think about all day long.” – Dr. Robert Schuller

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