We all want to attract positive opportunity into our life. From new jobs to new relationships, the broadening of our horizons is rarely a bad thing.
A popular way of introducing positive things into our lives is through manifestation. Based on New Age philosophy, manifestation has become incredibly popular on social media. But what is manifestation? And is it dangerous?
What is Manifestation?
Manifestation is a concept that builds upon the laws of attraction. It is the idea that like attracts like, or that energy that you put out into the world returns to you. This is centred around thinking positive thoughts and affirmations to provide you with the things that you want.
At its core, manifestation is about aligning yourself with what you want. Manifestation is often used for various things, such as:
- A new job, a promotion, or a career change
- More money or to become debt free
- New friends, a stronger relationship or better family connections
- A new or loving romantic relationship
Depending on who you ask and their personal beliefs, there are many different types of manifestation. Some say that there’s no “right” way to manifest while others claim it won’t work if you don’t “connect to the spiritual world” first.
For some people, manifestation is the basis for everything in their life. For others, it is simply a positive mindset to encourage them to live more intentionally. Much like anything in life, there are positives and negatives to the ideology of manifestation and the mindset behind it.
What are the Cons of Manifestation?
In its purest form, manifestation does not work. Positive thinking alone will not change your life or circumstances. You also have to physically put in the work alongside the thoughts or things will not happen.
Just focusing on positive thinking may even have the opposite effect than expected. Studies show that often, positive thinking actually makes us more complacent and therefore less likely to muster the effort to achieve our goals.
Positive thoughts can, therefore, be great in the short term. It makes people feel good and like they are making moves towards their dreams. However, manifestation alone does not work, having a negative impact in the long term.
The drive behind manifestation can easily become toxic. The ‘always positive’ mindset can be exhausting and stressful to some people. This can be detrimental to those with mental health issues, and even exacerbate existing conditions.
Some people explain that if you are constantly being negative and feeling down, then you are going to attract and manifest negative energy. This can cause stress and anxiety in people who feel negative emotions. It can make you think that if something bad happens to you, it is your fault. That you ‘manifested it’ upon yourself – which simply isn’t true.
Life cannot always be controlled. Manifestation can become an obsession – that everything in your life is determined on you and your mindset. You can limit yourself from reaching your full potential by relying so heavily on it alone.
Saying you want something is half the battle. You must combine that with action in order to enact change.
Are there any Pros of Manifestation?
Like any affirmation, there are elements of manifestation that are good when applied to a balanced lifestyle. Using manifestation techniques can encourage people to work towards something personally fulfilling.
This can help keep people motivated. The visualisation of your goals can keep you on track. This visualisation can be helpful when you out actions behind the affirmations. A prime example of this would be the adage of ‘dressing for the job you want’.
It can benefit you to convert thought into action. Therapists suggest that the combination of intention, attention, and excitement about the future can positively impact mental health. The constant visualisation and adjustment of goals creates a level of mindfulness. This is beneficial for keeping in touch with your thoughts, feelings, and desires.
Keeping a healthily positive mindset can also bring other positive people into your life. This in turn can bring opportunity and can bring meaningful relationships to you as well.
The principles of manifestation and a positive mindset don’t work for everyone. It is important to tread lightly with any ideology you align with. Check in with yourself to make sure it works for you in a comfortable, uplifting way.
It is crucial to view manifestation in a realistic way. Life is all about balance. Don’t rely on it wholeheartedly, as this can lead to negative repercussions.
Remember that it is okay to have goals! But you have to put in the work to attain them. Without that work, a positive mindset is not enough to get you there.
Here at Ceed, we are committed to helping you achieve your goals through whatever practice that works for you. Feel free to reach out and contact us here.