How to be a Manifesting Maven

By Gabrielle Bernstein   |  14Comments|

We are always manifesting. Each thought we have creates an energy flow within and around our physical being. This energy attracts its likeness. So if you’re thinking, “I suck,” then your energy kinda, well, sucks–and you attract sucky experiences.

The opposite experience occurs when you think high-level thoughts like, “I rock!” When you think and feel, “I rock,” you exude an energy of confidence and in turn attract great experiences into your life. Each thought you have informs your energy, and your energy manifests into your experiences. Your thoughts and energy create your reality.

Manifesting Mishaps
Manifestation has become a buzzword lately. Though it’s totally awesome that the Law of Attraction is now trendy, it also can be a bit misleading for folks who are unwilling to do the heavy lifting. If you truly want to use your energetic power to manifest greatness, you must clear all that blocks you from believing in your greatness.

“A Course in Miracles” teaches that on some level, you’ve asked for everything that happens in your life. Your intentions create your reality. There’s no need to beat yourself up: simply recognizing how your low-level thoughts negatively affect your life is the first powerful step toward changing your experiences. Begin your manifesting process by getting honest about how your low-level thoughts, energy and feelings of disbelief block you from receiving what you desire. Once you get clear about the blocks, you can begin to clean them up to clear space for positive manifestations to occur.

Many people, when trying to manifest, focus too much on the outside form rather than the internal condition. From A Course in Miracles’ perspective, what’s important is our internal experience: whether we choose to experience love or fear. When we commit to our internal experience of love, we begin to attract more love. Many people approach manifestation from a place of “How can I get something to feel better?” Instead, the focus should be: “How can I feel better and therefore be an energetic match for attracting more greatness into my life?” The emphasis must be placed on healing the internal condition, not getting a hot new car or boyfriend.

The Five Principles for Manifesting Your Desires
Below are my five key principles for genuine manifesting. When practicing these steps, make sure to stay committed to the goal of feeling good first and attracting stuff second. Continue to remind yourself that when you feel good you energetically attract goodness into your life. When your primary function is to be happy, then whatever comes to you is irrelevant. Happiness is your true manifestation.

Principle One: Clear Space
Before you begin the manifestation process you must take the necessary time to release all your disbelief in your power to be happy. One of the best ways to clear the blocks of disbelief is to pray for release. Begin a daily prayer practice of asking the Universe to set you free from all the limiting beliefs that block you from believing in your greatness. Stay open for signs from the Universe and show up for the assignments that are brought to you. Universal assignments come in many forms. Maybe you’re guided to the relationship that brings up all your shit so that you have to finally heal your fear. Or maybe you lose your job so that you can learn the lessons of self-reliance and strengthen your self-love. Trust that these assignments, however tough at times, are incredible opportunities for you to clean your energy and clear space to call in what you desire.

Your job in this step is to pray for guidance to clear all that blocks you from believing in your greatness. Then allow the Universe to help guide you to whatever assignments you need to aid in the healing process. Show up for the assignments and trust that the more you clean your thoughts and energy, the more positive experiences you will attract into your life.

Principle Two: Get Clear
Clarity is king when it comes to manifesting your desires. You must have clear intentions for what you want to call in–otherwise you can manifest a lot of what you don’t want. Focus on what you desire and then make a list of all that goes along with it. If you’re getting clear about the job you want, make a list of all the things about the job that make you happy: the office, the people, the salary, etc. Be unapologetic about what you want. This list helps you clarify your intentions and access a vibrant mental picture of what you desire.

The most important part of this step is to clarify how you want to feel. When you get clear on how you want to feel, you can begin to access that feeling. That feeling is what makes the manifestation come into form. You can write a thousand lists and make a million vision boards, but if you don’t clearly feel what you want to experience, it will never truly manifest into form.

Principle Three: Think It, Feel It, Believe It!
Now let’s put these steps together. Take your clear intention and spend time every day sitting in the feeling of what it is that you desire. You might access the feeling through meditation and visioning exercises. Or call on the feeling when you’re in nature or doing a form of exercise you love. Let the thought inform the feeling and let the feeling take over your energy. The more you feel the feeling of what you desire, the more you believe it is on the way. From a metaphysical perspective, if you believe it then it is already here. So make time for contemplating, thinking, feeling and believing.

Principle Four: Chill!
The next step is crucial to the manifestation process. In order to truly manifest your desires into form, you gotta chill out! A Course in Miracles teaches: “Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait and wait without anxiety.” Take this message with you and allow your faithfulness to guide you into the belief that what you desire is on the way. Also trust that the Universe has a much better plan than you do. Though you are clear about what you want, you cannot control the timing or the form in which it comes. Stay calm, relax and trust that the Universe has your back!

Principle Five: Know the Universe Has Your Back
When you’re in the know you’re deliberate about what you want. When you’re in the know you no longer vibrate energy of fear or disbelief. You just know. As your disbelief wilts away, wanting is replaced by knowing. Getting into the know happens naturally. When you diligently practice steps one through four, you will clean house, get clear and feel happier. This process is healing and powerful, and it leads to a deep inner knowing that you are right where you need to be. Accepting your greatness in this moment, right now, is what manifests more greatness. Being in the know helps you accept that you already are living in your desired manifestation. When you feel it, you live it–regardless of what is happening on the outside. In time, the Universe catches up with your energy and your desires come into form. This process of allowing the manifestation to follow your internal faith is the true process of co-creation.

Stay Committed to Happiness
Stay committed to this five-step process and trust that you’re exactly where you need to be. Is your main desire to feel good? Trust you will be given everything you need to create that feeling. Know that feeling good is the true manifestation–and everything else is the icing on the already delicious cake!

Do you want to deepen your understanding of the manifestation process? Join Gabrielle Bernstein on April 27 in NYC and Livestream video for my awesome Manifest Your Desires lecture. Get the details:

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14 responses to How to be a Manifesting Maven
  1. This post couldn’t have come at a more timely moment. Right as I sat down to read it, I started manifesting a working and smooth-running BlackBerry. Mine went out last night, and I don’t know why; but it won’t charge or reboot. Because I have successfully manifested desired outcomes into my life before, I know that this time is no different. When I manifest, I come from an affirming place, not a place of lack or desperation. Instead, I express gratitude for what it is that I desire i.e. “I am grateful for my working, flawlessly-running BlackBerry. It serves me so well.” This I found is the major key to manifestation. However, I do believe in everything you listed here, Gabby. It is a process like anything else, and we have to be patient to see our desired outcomes. Patience is really the universal lesson that stems from manifestation.

  2. I saw GB speak at Ignite in San Jose. She was so inspiring, and had the most magnetic persona. These 5 principles are great things to live by. If only I stopped tripping over that annoying voice in my head. This is a reminder to get more focused…

  3. Happy the blog is serving you all. xoxo If you want more on manifesting join me this Friday for my Manifest Your Desires Lecture! Anyone, anywhere can attend

  4. You are there listening! So cool. Keep up the awesome work! Friday sounds great can’t wait.
    PS Your hair is sooo fab:) seriously!

  5. I love this emphasis – “Many people approach manifestation from a place of “How can I get something to feel better?” Instead, the focus should be: “How can I feel better and therefore be an energetic match for attracting more greatness into my life?” ”

    Thank you for sharing this information in such a clear manner!

  6. This is great! Ancient philosophy with a modern twist. As of July i began practicing Buddhism with rhe SGI and its been a beautiful road manifesting happiness along the way.

  7. I love the article. I think in life more emphasis needs to be placed on feelings and emotions as tools. We can control how we feel about things and that is so empowering because how we feel influences so many of our decisions and the reality around us. Positive feelings are like magnets attracting that which is in alignment with them. Powerful concepts in this article, i wish they would teach in school!

  8. Excellent, thank you.

  9. Great article, however I feel that Bashar deserves at least a credit for this origional concept or at least a mention. As far as I’m aware hes been discussing all this long before everyone else started making it trendy. For those who are interested in manifestation and co-creation, look into or youtube “” and “Ian Lungold”, you will not be dissapointed!

    Good Article.

  10. Hi Avian… THANKS for the intro to Ian Lungold, but I don’t believe Bashar originated this type of material. It’s been around for a very long time through teachers & books like… Abraham Hicks, Napolean Hill, A Course In Miracles & even the bible (Ask & You Shall Receive).

    What Gabby does so beautifully is make it accessible to today’s younger generations. She uses modern language & a hip, attractive image to deliver this timeless message, and I agree with you- this is a great article.

  11. This was an interesting article. Something I have always wondered about the concepts of manifestation/law of attraction is what they have to say regarding people who are literally starving to death, abused and neglected babies and children, etc. The concept is always initially appealing to me and even seems empowering, but then I consider unjust suffering and I can only understand it to be blaming towards victims. Curios what others think about this and how others might piece in facts like war, rape, starvation, torture, etc. into the idea as a whole. Thanks!!

  12. Kelly – fascinated by the points you bring up. Would manifesting work unjust suffering? Or are those of us who have comfortable lives obligated to help others manifest (be removed) from these situations?

  13. What an amazing article! It came at the perfect time for me. I just moved to London and I’m starting out a whole new business. Thank you so much!

  14. Gabby, great article. Thanks. I found out it through googling “course in miracles manifesting”, because it seems that I’ve been unfortunately reading/listening to too much material by current writers/ teachers who are interpreting ACIM in their own way. (that you can’t consciously manifest)
    Specifically some of them say, ” you cannot manifest through any kind of intention.. you can only Forgive what is going on, and your entire life will strictly be a series of events based on what the Holy Spirit thinks you need to forgive, end of story, sorry” lol
    I don’t quite believe that any more, and I enjoy finding writers like you who see that acim is about the importance of 1.)addressing what is going on inside, 2) to stop suppressing the negative junk and allow yourself to feel it so that it can eventually dissipate 3.) and to assume the feeling of “it’s already here”, but knowing you’re already Whole without things happening in the outside world — thus allowing the paradox principle to occur ( your “joy-filled internal climate” can only produce the matching stuff on the outside )..
    Anyway.. dang, ramble-city.. I just ordered one of your books in a another firefox tab, Radical Road, thanks again