This is the fourth part of the installment discussing manifestation work. It’s been published over the last three days, with the Manifestation Book, Part 1 and Part 2 of visualization, and now finally moving on to practicing manifestation work through visualization in mental spaces.
I come from a Wiccan family so this stuff is very familiar to me, but I realize that not everyone has practiced visualization work frequently, and this may be uncomfortable or difficult to do. It may feel weird or forced. That’s ok. Almost everything we do in life is a skill that we learned through practice and repetition, from walking to playing the most difficult instrument. This work is entirely for you, so go at your own pace and be gentle with yourself and your mental faculties. Practice diligently, but recognize when you need to take a break. Visualization and other mental/psychic techniques take time to learn and time to work. You have all the rest of your life to learn and there’s no need to rush.
Start with your mental space
Your mental space should be comfortable to you before you begin. You might want to just really perfect the skill of building and moving around in a nice, solid mental space – or several – before you begin any manifestation work whatsoever. Take as much time as you need to get really comfortable moving into your mental space and freely around it. Remember – this is your space, that you created and that is entirely for you.
You should feel perfectly safe and at home in this space when you go there. Everything should be to your liking, and it should be easy to move within this space. Recognize that this is a safe space in which others cannot intrude unless welcomed, where you have total autonomy and control. This is important and you need to remember this at all times. The more that you feel your mental space is safe, the safer and more protected it is. Keep this space for yourself and never let others feel they can destroy or intrude upon it, no matter what. It is a secret, quiet, protected place for you.
Begin small with classic visualizations
Before moving onto anything epic, it’s good to get the basics down. One of the most classic manifestations is the “wellness” visualization, which you have likely heard of, and may have practiced. Essentially, you visualize yourself surrounded by a warm aura of healing light and see it seeping into every part of your body, filling you with a sense of comfort and ease.
Enter your mental space and sit down wherever is comfortable to you, and then see a warm glow descend over you. Feel the warmth and light of it fill your body with relaxation, calm, and healing. Feel every part of yourself become lighter, softer, and healthier. If there is any part of you that is ill, imagine more light accumulating in this spot, and bathe your body part in the warm light for as long as you need to.
You can make this visualization a ritual when you enter your mental space, like a type of cleanser from the outside world, or only do it when you feel especially in need of healing.
I also recommend you try the Breathe Easy visualization a few times.
These visualizations help you get used to the idea of manifesting positive changes in your life without being too specific, as well as combining specific visualizations with being within the larger visualization of your mental space.
Specific, goal-based visualizations
What kind of things work best to manifest through visualizations?
Visualizations can help with all sorts of manifestations and the breadth of things you can visualize is really only limited by your imagination. However, what I most recommend as being good candidates for visualization are health, career, money, and lifestyle or situational goals.
How do you visualize for manifestations?
Just like when you’re writing a manifestation, you will want to imagine the event or goal having already happened, and imagine your reaction to the event while in your mental space.
Why not imagine the event happening in real life? Why visualize your reaction to it in your mental space, which may not be connected to the real space?
I feel it’s best to keep from creating a “fantasy” scenario where you imagine that it would be like in real life, because often this can lead to obsessing over details that you imagined, becoming focused on signs and signals that can lead you astray, etc. Visualizing in your mental space allows you to pick a symbol of the thing you want (a diploma, a number on the scale, a bouquet of flowers) that is connected to the end goal and focus your feelings and emotions on that rather than developing complicated fantasy scenarios.
For example, let’s say you want to ask someone out. You can visualize this one of two ways. The first way is by visualizing the exact way you want to ask them out: with a big beautiful bouquet of flowers, in a park by the lake with ducks swimming by, and they say yes and give you a kiss. It feels you with such happiness and each day you add a little more to the imaginary scenario and pump yourself up to ask them out in this exact way.
Then, they end up asking you out first, via a little note with a heart on it. Even though you got what you wanted, you’re vaguely dissatisfied because you had this huge, complicated scenario in your head that you were counting on, and now it will never happen. Or even worse, while you’re planning all of this out, and fretting over it, they think you don’t like them and ask out someone else! Now you missed your chance because you were so focused on the presentation that you missed the message.
Now, consider the second visualization tactic. You imagine yourself in your mental space bouncing up and down with joy saying, “They said yes! They said yes! We’re going on a date! I can’t believe it!” In this reaction, you’re simply responding to the joyful event that you wanted and that happened. You’re not attaching yourself to a specific circumstance, nor are you focusing yourself on specific details that may make you lose focus of the reality in front of you. Instead, you’re hyping yourself up thinking of how wonderful it will be to enjoy that first date, regardless of how you ask them.
How do you develop a visualization for manifestation?
First, define what you want. It’s important that you know clearly what it is you want to manifest. I recommend that you write a manifestation first in your manifestation book before you try to visualize.
Determine what symbolizes the attainment of your goal in concrete, physical terms. Is it a degree? A signed contract? A score on a test or project? A number on a scale? A physical object like a car? A certain answer to a question?
Figure out how you can move this symbol into your mental space and visualize it as the attainment of your goal. For example, you can:
- step on a scale
- sign a contract
- receive an object (letter, baby, car, whatever)
- look at an object (score on a test, etc)
- say something out loud (“I won!” “I got in!” “He said yes!”)
The point of doing this in your mental space and not in the context of where it will happen in the real world is that you don’t want to build up undue expectations, assumptions, superstitions, etc about the event or attainment. Rather, you want to symbolize the achievement or goal, essentially asking the Universe for its manifestation, without setting strict parameters about what will happen when it’s achieved. You are focusing purely on the goal without building a narrative around it that might limit how you can go about getting to that goal. This offers you more flexibility while still motivating you and making your intentions clear to the Universe.
Finally, spend a little time regularly in your mental space with your symbolic object or with your small symbolic “skit,” thinking about your goal and considering how you can achieve it. I regularly do great thinking in my mental spaces and come up with creative solutions that push me toward my goals – remember that manifestation work isn’t one-sided!
Manifestation examples: getting into a good school
X’s mental space is a small cottage on an island. He wants to get into a good law school. To help him manifest this, along with his hard work at school and his applications, he goes to his mental space and imagines receiving his letters from the ferry and eagerly looking through them to find acceptance letters from all of his top schools. He is delighted to find that all of them have offered him generous loans and several have given him great scholarships. He goes up to his roll-top desk and starts to crunch the numbers, thinking through which one would be the best for him.
Several weeks later, X receives acceptance letters from two of his top schools, who both provide decent scholarships, and he gets good financial aid, enough that he only has to work part-time.
Manifestation examples: paying the bills
K’s mental space is a big rambling Victorian house in the middle of the woods, very different from her cramped apartment on the outskirts of a large industrial city, which she shares with her mother and young son. Money has been very tight and she doesn’t know how she will pay all the bills next month. Meditation has been one of the only things keeping her together, in addition to the close relationship she has with her mother.
Going to her mental space, she spreads her bills over the large antique table and imagines going to a big glass candy jar and pulling out stack after stack of cash, placing each stack with the appropriate bill. She then goes to the salon of the house, where all the creditors are waiting, and hands them the money, which they take with a nod and a smile. She feels the stress rising off of her with each bill and creditor that disappears.
A week later, K’s friend introduces her to a financial literacy program through the library that helps people find resources to become financially stable. Through the resources she finds there, she’s able to make payment plans with some of her creditors and even have one bill forgiven entirely. Her credit score clears enough that she’s able to get a credit card with a small limit, which helps a lot when emergencies arise. She continues to visualize her creditors being satisfied with money from her glass jar in the big Victorian house, and her financial situation continues to become less stressful. She is even able to buy her son the toy truck he wanted for Christmas, which, in her eyes, is worth its weight in gold.
I hope this has helped you consider how to develop visualizations in your mental space, and if you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask!