I Asked Manifestation Professionals How to Attract More Money into Your Life
What feelings come up when I say the word “manifestation”? If you’re like me, you’re probably experiencing a mixture of curiosity and skepticism.
This ancient philosophy is shrouded in mystery, yet it has become increasingly popular in recent years. Google Trends data reveals a steady uptick in searches for information about manifestation over the past decade, including a notable boom in 2020. It’s easy to see why: Faced with a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic, many people reevaluated their long-term goals. In theory, manifestation can help you create a life you actually want to live.
Love, health, wealth — these are all things manifestation coaches believe you can actualize with time and practice. Among practitioners, money manifestation is a common selling point. That’s not to say it is a viable substitute for creating a budget or earning a living wage; rather, proponents view it as a helpful tool to promote an abundance mindset, which can have a positive impact on your everyday life.
Which begs the question, can shifting your thoughts actually bolster your bank account? And if so, what techniques can you use to call more money into your life? I asked noted manifestation experts to break it all down. Here’s what they had to say.
Understand what manifestation is (and isn’t).
According to Maria Concha, manifestation coach and founder of Manifesting Ninja, manifestation is a lot more straightforward than people assume. “It’s the process of your thoughts, your feelings, and the actions you take coming together to create your reality,” she says. And she’s seen it work time and time again.
Proponents of manifestation believe everyone has core convictions about themselves that influence how they act, for better or worse. Oftentimes, these beliefs are so deeply ingrained that they become subconscious. The good news? In theory, you can change these convictions, which can subsequently alter your material reality.
The action component of manifestation is sometimes overlooked, but it’s a crucial step, says Concha. “There’s no way that [anything’s] going to happen by just thinking. You have to implement action.” She urges her clients to marry “the woo and the do” — in other words, they have to reinforce their beliefs with tangible behavior changes.
This is especially true when it comes to manifesting wealth, adds manifestation and success coach Kathleen Cameron. “Money isn’t going to show up at your door simply because you used a money affirmation,” she says. “It’s a deeper transformation.”
Start by examining your core beliefs around money.
If your thoughts and feelings really do influence your reality, then you have to become aware of them in order to change your financial situation. As a general first step, Concha recommends taking time to examine your core beliefs around money, including the messaging you internalized from your family of origin.
For many people, money — spending it, talking about it, even thinking about it — can spark guilt, shame, anxiety, or anger. Concho says unpacking the origins of these negative feelings “takes courage,” but she believes it’s a worthwhile exercise. “When you free yourself from that mindset, from those beliefs, then you can really step into a more expansive life,” she says.
Cameron suggests reflecting on your relationship to money through the stories you tell yourself: “What do I currently believe about money? Do I think it’s hard to make? Does it stress me out? Do I fight about it with my spouse?” Answering these prompts honestly can provide valuable insight, even for manifestation nay-sayers.
The point here isn’t to blame your subconscious mind for circumstances beyond your control. Let’s be real: No amount of internal work can counteract systemic financial inequality. Instead, the goal is to promote healthy self-awareness.
Use affirmations to shift your mindset.
So, you’re aware of your self-limiting beliefs around money. Now what? “Step two is to say, what would be the opposite beliefs that would serve me better?” Cameron explains. You can do this with affirmations, aka first-person statements that represent a mindset you wish to cultivate.
Cameron recommends crafting affirmations that directly refute your existing beliefs. For instance, if you believe money is difficult to make, your opposite affirmation could be, “I earn money easily,” or “money just flows to me.” You can reinforce your affirmations by writing them down or listening to a recording of yourself reading them out loud. Concha prefers the latter method because it feels highly personal. She advises clients to play their recordings at least twice daily for 30 consecutive days — once first thing in the morning, and again in the evening.
When developing affirmations, Concha also suggests being mindful of your voice and current financial status. “Let’s say you want to manifest a certain amount of money, but it’s really far from what is in your bank account, and you just can’t process that. That’s totally fine,” she explains. “It actually makes more sense for you to honor the truth of how you feel. There are a ton of money affirmations out there, but if it doesn’t sound like you, your brain’s not gonna buy into it.”
Try out the law of attraction.
If you’re at all interested in manifestation, then you’ve likely encountered the law of attraction. This philosophical principle states that like attracts like — in other words, if you focus your attention on something, you’re more likely to encounter or receive it. Expert manifestors love this universal law because you can so easily apply it to everyday life.
In addition to utilizing affirmations, Cameron suggests training yourself to recognize the wealth and flow of money all around you. “You might not believe money is abundant to me,” she explains, “but you can start off by [acknowledging how] it is abundant in this world.” If the law of attraction holds true, then shifting your focus toward wealth can help call more of it into your life.
You might try going for a drive through a wealthy neighborhood in your city, or holing up in a coffee shop and watching the free exchange of cash between the cashier and customers. With practice, you will start to notice how money “is actually quite abundant,” says Cameron.
Take some aligned action.
To truly see results from manifestation, you have to pair mindset work with action. Unfortunately, this is the step people tend to skip, says Cameron. “They’ll just say the new belief over and over again.” But the real alchemy happens when you act like someone who already has the money belief you’re moving toward. “This is where we take the new belief and actually move it into the body,” she explains.
To do this, Concha recommends visualizing a version of yourself who embodies your affirmations. What do they look like? How does this person show up at work? What are their spendings habits like? More importantly, how do they feel when they crack open their wallet?
Once you’ve thoroughly pictured this person, it’s time to imitate them in a tangible way. Concha calls this taking aligned action. “Sometimes you hear people say, ‘Take inspired action,’ but I don’t know when the heck you’re going to get inspired. I’m not going to wait around for that,” she says.
Your aligned action can be as small as spending $5 on a nice latte from your favorite coffee shop with no guilt, or as big as shamelessly pitching your services to a new client. And remember, you never have to spend beyond your means to act like your richest self.
“Some people are like, ‘Oh, you’re gonna tell me to go spend $1,000 on myself today,’ and I’m like, no — spend the same amount of money that you normally would, but feel different as you spend it,” advises Cameron. Again, the secret is to embody your actualized self in a way that feels accessible and authentic to you.
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