The Basics of Manifesting

Everything that is created in the physical world is created first on the Etheric Plane. 

If you remember from one of the previous pages, I stated that the human energy field forms first (at the point of conception), and acts like a template for the physical body.

To be more specific now, the Etheric Body forms first and acts as a template for the

physical body to be created.

But it’s not just humans that exist first in the Etheric; it’s everything on the physical plane.  Every building ever built; every invention ever invented; every relationship, every

discovery, and every job you ever had; EVERYTHING that exists here in the physical

plane begins on the Etheric Plane as a thought-form. That thought-form then becomes

the template whereby the thing is created.

So wait a minute. Yes; some of you are jumping ahead………this is how manifestation works!!!  Well, not entirely how it works…but rather, where it works or where it starts.

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And thankfully from thought -form to manifestation is NOT instantaneous. I know some

of you are disagreeing with me right now. No, I want more money NOW!  But think of

the mess!  Every knee-jerk reaction to something (I wish my boss were dead); every drunken “I wish I had a unicorn” type thought, every subconscious desire and “What if” daydream, all coming into existence in an instant.  It would be sheer chaos!

Again, thankfully it takes repetitive thought coupled with feeling and believing and over time, that thought-form starts to take shape.  But if the energy being generated is

followed by other thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that are opposite the original thought-form (or includes doubt), the energy can negate or distort the original intention. 

(This is actually why so many attempts at manifesting fail.)

Now the term “over time” is not meant to imply a long time. It’s just longer than instantaneous. It really depends on the precision and consistently held focus of the thought, feeling, and belief.


So where do these thought-forms come from? From us and from the things

we create mostly. 

Consider the following scenario: Somewhere in your early life you hear someone tell

you that you are worthless. The first time you hear that it probably makes you angry.
Maybe even the first few times you hear it. But if you hear it over and over and over

again, you start believing it and then start to say it to yourself. 

At the point you start to believe it and say it to yourself, you create the thought-form. 

Then you start looking for proof to back up your belief. This reinforces the thought-form over and over. If you don’t do something to stop it (stop saying, feeling, and believing it),

it will grow and materialize in your life.  And because this is a negative thought-form, it manifests as some form of negative energy in your Etheric Layer.  So now, the Etheric

Layer, which is the instruction guide for your body, has a glitch (so to speak).


This glitch is going to affect how your body functions. Maybe it will block the flow to

and from one of your chakras. Maybe it will prevent one of your bodily processes from working correctly. Maybe it will cause a few of your cells to replicate exponentially. However it affects you, it will eventually result in an illness or disease of some sort

(or some other similar unpleasantness), which will reinforce the idea that you are


This example is pretty simplistic, but it is generally how it works. 

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If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “Thoughts become things”, this is what they were

talking about.  Thoughts and emotions are energy and that energy has the ability to

create. In fact, that energy is exactly what created your life; who and what you are right now. To summarize, negative thoughts and emotions send out negative energy which attracts and/or creates more negative things in your life. Positive thoughts and emotions send out positive energy and attract and/or create more positive things in your life.


It’s not just a platitude. 

Thoughts literally become things.



So let’s talk about intention. I’ve mentioned it quite a bit on some of the other

pages and it is primary to manifesting.  We’ve already defined it though;

intention = thoughts plus emotion plus belief (or acceptance). 

I really want to stress here the importance and the power of the emotion piece. In our society, maybe the world, we have always given the mind top billing. But if you’ve read

the “Human Energy field” page you know that it’s really the heart that is running the

show (or should be).  We may have many thoughts throughout the day; throughout

our life, but they do not all come into existence, right? 

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That’s because there’s no consistent emotion behind most of them. It really takes the combination of focused thought coupled with the emotion of the thing existing in your

life; the happiness it brings you; how good you feel, etc., in order to manifest something.


If you’ve ever tried or wondered why visualization and affirmations don’t seem to

work for many people, it’s primarily because there’s not an emotional component

(including not really believing it’s going to happen). Just seeing something in your

mind or saying words out loud without a real emotional connection will not bring

about the desired result. Remember, thoughts steer the car, but emotions are the

engine that drive the vehicle.


Let me just add a disclaimer here; when I say emotions, I’m talking about higher level emotions. For example, love, compassion, empathy and so forth. These are the

emotions born in the intelligent heart. Negative emotions like greed, jealousy, rage,

and despair, while very real, actually stem from your ego misleading your heart.

So your mind trying to convince your heart that things really are “that bad”.

Your ego is not a bad guy (or gal). It really thinks it’s protecting you. But you need to become aware when it happens so that you can shut it down if necessary.


Just to reiterate, if negative thoughts and emotions are what you send out,

that is what will come back to you. 

And here’s another vital piece of the puzzle; the emotion you’re feeling, along with happiness/joy/love, etc., must include gratitude. Again, I mentioned previously that

gratitude is a heavy hitter in the manifesting arena. It simply and unequivocally must be
a part of the emotion you generate toward your goal. And up front, not after your goal
has materialized.  Be grateful “as if” this thing already existed in your life. Think of the emotion “grateful” as proof to the universe that you believe.


Speaking of belief, the emotion must also be coupled with acceptance or belief that

this thing can really exist in your life.  As I stated above, if there is doubt or deep down

you do not believe or cannot accept this possibility, it most likely will not manifest.

If it does, it probably won’t look like what you wanted. 


This element of the equation (belief/acceptance) may be the one you’ll struggle with

most depending on your deep-seated beliefs about your life and how the world “works”.  You can change it though. But it will take some effort and trust in how the universe operates. Learning more about energy and the laws of (meta-) physics and how

everything is created can be a good start. The more you learn, the more

you start to realize the possibilities.

And there is no substitute for practice. To use a musical instrument reference, you don’t

decide you’re going to play the drums one day and then simply pick up the sticks

and voila! you’re Neil Peart (yay Rush fans!) Start with “maybe it can” and work your way

up to “absolutely it can!”

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Setting Your Intention


So let’s look at setting your intention. This means, deciding what you want; what’s the

end goal of your manifesting efforts?


This may come as a surprise to you, but manifestation works best if you’re not asking

for “stuff”.  Stuff cannot make you happy; cannot make you feel loved; and cannot solve your problems. Happiness, love, security; these things are internal states of being. 

External stuff, whether objects or people, cannot make you feel these things. Sure,

they may absolutely elicit a short-term response. But the true state of being, which is

long-term, cannot be found in stuff.  There are plenty of wealthy people who

do not feel happy, secure or free, to prove my point.

The real point of manifestation is to experience….a feeling, an emotion, a state of being…whether that is love, freedom, wisdom, health, etc. It’s funny; people say, “I’ll feel happy

(or whatever emotion) once I have the stuff”.  But the truth is if you feel happy and

grateful NOW, the stuff tends to come to you as a sort of side-affect.


Garnering happiness from a thing is only effective as long as the thing is with you (and

even that is not always true; often, once we have the thing we thought would make us happy, we start to want another thing). Experiencing the kind of happiness that

resides deep within you is a feeling that is there whether or not any particular object

or person is with you.


Additionally, when you say “I’ll feel happy once I get the thing”, you’re saying you

are lacking now.  If you come from a place of lack, the universe just gives you more of

the same.

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Let’s look at wealth as an intention. One of the reasons people struggle with “wealth”

as a goal of manifestation, is that 1) they’re focusing on stuff.  Most of us really want

the freedom and security that comes from having money. So focus on the feelings

of freedom and/or security.  2) Many people who have wealth were and are willing to

do things to get and keep their money that you might not be willing to do to get

and keep your money.


I’m not saying that wealthy people are evil. Not at all. I’m just saying they view money differently (that’s pretty much the point to the “Rich man, Poor man” material).

For example, they may take risks with their money you’d never be willing to take.


You know the saying, “It takes money to make money”. A lot of people don’t realize

that most people who started their own business put their entire lives (finances) on

the line to start that business. And that they “suffered” or lived with nothing for many

years before their company “made it”. If you’re not 100% willing to get and keep your money in those same ways, you’ll likely hit a wall in manifestation because your

desire does not line up with your nature or beliefs.


To manifest, you not only need to use emotion to get to your goal, emotion or the experience of a feeling or state of being needs to be the goal….not just a tool to get

more stuff.  I say again whether you believe it or not, stuff does not make you happy. 

(Our marketing people have just spent a lot of time and money to try to convince

you that it does.)

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Let’s look at another example. There are a lot of people who want love; but they

typically want a particular person, or a particular kind of person. So they focus on the person; what they look like, maybe their body type or even hair color.  First, it’s stuff

(well, it’s a person, but you get what I mean). Second, now you’re crossing a line by

trying to influence another person into having feelings for you. Big no-no in the

manifesting world. You’re basically asking the universe to take away that

person’s free will. 


Instead, focus on the feeling of loving someone and being loved by someone. Not

a specific someone, but the characteristics of a loving person such as warmth, humor, cheerfulness, without seeing (or expecting) an exact face or body type.  Open your

heart and mind to what the universe will bring you. It may not be your usual “type”,

but how has that been working for you?  If you’re looking for love, probably not so well.


An important factor in the manifesting process is learning to trust the universe and

not giving it narrow and limiting parameters. The more constraining the request,

the more likely it will take a considerable time to materialize and once again,

may not look like what you wanted.  

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Let’s divert briefly and talk about how manifestation “works” on the cosmos side of it.

This may help you understand why manifesting can take a long time or not turn out

how you thought it should. The universe doesn’t just materialize things out of thin air

(it doesn’t have to).  It moves people and opportunities and ideas into your path until

you find or arrive at the thing, person, event, etc., that you desired. 


Back to our conversation.


A second, but equally important factor is staying open to how your goal may come to

you. This is called *staying away from the cursed “hows”. We all tend to have the perception that certain things only come in one particular package, and that some processes can only be done one way. But that just isn’t true. There are a myriad of sizes, shapes and appearances for every single thing, and dozens of ways to get there. 

Stay open to the possibilities, don’t tell the universe how to do its’ job, and show

gratitude for whatever result you get.


*Let me clarify a little more what I mean by the “cursed hows”. This is how (the manner

in which) something comes to you. For example, if you believe the only way you could manifest a lot of money is by winning the lottery, you’re asking the universe to have

you win the lottery. You’re only giving it one way to bring you money.  But there are probably hundreds if not thousands of ways to have money come into your life.

By telling the universe it can only do it one way, you limit the possibility (or timeliness)

of the end result. 


Leave the how to the universe. 

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So yes, I did notice that earlier I said money is stuff and it won’t make us happy,

and above I used an example of wanting money. It’s ok to want money. But, and this is
a little tricky, the wanting of money as a manifestation goal should be tied more to the positive feelings that result from having money, such as security, freedom, sharing your wealth with friends and family, the ability to travel, etc.  It can’t come from a place of
lack or desperation or greed. 


And having money just to have it doesn’t really make sense. Sitting with a pile of money

in your lap won’t really do anything for you. But that is what most people think of

and visualize when they think of wealth.


The topic of money actually ties in well with my next point on setting intentions. 

And that point is belief. We touched on it earlier on this page; that you have to believe
that something can come to you, or be open to the possibility in order for it to manifest. 


Let’s dig a little deeper.


Your intention is that you want more money. Again, fine. But how much money? If you

just ask the universe for "more money", it could bring you $10 and it will have done what you asked. To avoid this kind of thing, intentions need to be as clear as possible without limiting the result. 


So, can you picture yourself a millionaire? Seriously, can you BELIEVE that you could be a millionaire? Maybe. But most people have deep-seated beliefs, usually from childhood, that “people like us” cannot be rich (My mother used to say, “There are two kinds of people in the world. People with money. And people like us who have to bust our butts
just to get by.”) Or that rich people are bad or greedy or willing to hurt others to get money. Or that money is the root of all evil, and so forth. These ideas will prevent you
from truly believing you can be a millionaire. And so you won’t be. 

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Let’s look at another example. You want love. You want to be in a loving relationship. 

You fantasize about your prince (or princess) charming and that’s what you want. 

But do you love yourself?  How can anyone else love you if you don’t love yourself?  

Do you believe you deserve love?  Wanting it and believing you deserve it are two completely different things. You have to love yourself before anyone else will see

that you are worth loving (i.e., your vibration has to be one of self-love). 


Remember, it’s not the face you show people. That’s not always the truth. But your

vibration doesn’t lie. You have to believe you are of value; you are loveable, you deserve wealth and security and freedom, etc., before you can ask the universe for any of these things.  And it’s not that the universe is judging you (as some people would have you believe).  It’s your own energy getting in the way.  You are thinking (visualizing) a goal

and trying to conjure the right emotion, but deep down your subconscious is saying,

“Yeah, right, good luck with that.” Your own energy is working against your intention.


Now the good news is that you don’t need years of therapy before you can manifest

good things in your life. But it will take some work. The first step is to become aware

of the problem. Then, you can take steps to mitigate it.

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Following is a brief exercise you can do to start to understand some of your deep-seated beliefs, called core beliefs that might act as blockages.




On a piece of paper, write down some of your goals or intentions.


For example, almost everyone I know wants more money, or to be wealthy (whatever

that means). So write down, “I am wealthy” or “Wealth comes easily to me” or

something along those lines about having a lot of money. You can even say,

“I am a millionaire”.  


Sidebar: Notice that the phrase is 1) in the present tense, and 2) a positive statement.

Two things you must do in manifesting is first, “act as if” the thing already exists. If you

say, “I will be wealthy”, you’re saying that you currently are NOT wealthy. You have

put being wealthy “out there” in the future somewhere where it will stay. Second,

you must phrase your intention in a positive way.  Let me explain this a little further.


Think of the old joke where someone tells another person not to think of a pink elephant. Well all the person will think about is a pink elephant.  When you phrase intentions in

the negative; for example “I don’t want to be poor”, the energy is focused on the word poor.  You’re stating that, in fact, you are poor.  The universe will give you more “poor”.  The universe doesn’t read or recognize negatives.  Because when you say the negative,

you are actually focusing ON THE NEGATIVE thing. 

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A good rule of thumb if you currently think in terms of what you don’t want is to ask yourself what the opposite of that thing is. I don’t want to be poor. The opposite of that

is I want to have wealth. Then phrase it in the present tense. I am wealthy. Or, I have wealth. Or, wealth comes easily to me. (Note, when you say “want”, you are saying

you don’t have it yet.)


One final note on using negatives; if think you can get around this rule by saying

“worry-free” or “stress-free”, it won’t work. While technically not a negative phrase,

you’re still focusing on worry or stress.


Back to the paper.  Write down a few more intentions/goals. 

Some (simple) examples are:


  • I am very successful.  

  • My primary relationship is filled with love and mutual respect.

  • I love my body.

  • My body is healthy


And so forth.  Anything you can think of that represents your perfect life.

Don’t overthink it; just jot them down rather quickly.


Now take a few moments to relax and clear your mind.   Start with the first line. 

In our example, it is about wealth. Say your phrase aloud and with belief.

You should sound resolute.


I am wealthy.


Now listen to your mind’s reaction. Did it balk when you said it aloud?  Did you feel anything in your body when you said it?  Did you experience pain or tension anywhere? 

If you didn’t hear or feel anything, take a deep breath and say it aloud again, with even more conviction. Try to really feel like you are wealthy. Then listen and observe again.

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Go through each line saying it out loud and observing any response from your body or mind. If your deep seated beliefs are not open to the possibility of any of your intentions, your mind will say something or your body will say something. These are indications that you have some work to do before you can really manifest these things in your life.


You can also do this exercise during meditation.  Draw up your list as described above. Then once you’re in a meditative state, “say” each of the phrases in your mind (with conviction). Notice what comes up. Since the gate-keeper to our subconscious mind

is relaxed during meditation, it is more likely we will get honest answers from

our core beliefs.


Clarifying and Defining


We touched on this idea near the very beginning of this article, which is, you need to

get really clear about the words you choose to describe your intentions. 


For example, what does “wealth” mean to you? Does it mean $80,000?  Six figures? 

More? The word wealth does not have a universal meaning. To someone who is very

poor, wealthy could be $50,000. To someone making six figures, wealthy may mean

at least a million dollars. It’s all relative. What does it mean TO YOU?


All the words we’ve used as examples, in fact, could use clarifying. Besides wealth,

there is freedom, security, love, happiness, success, health, and so forth. 

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As you decide on the intentions for your manifesting, take some time to clarify and

define what each term means to you. This includes adjectives too, like more, bigger,

many, enough, substantial, etc.  Once you clarify and define your words, communicate

this to the universe by writing them down in a journal (the act of writing something

down has a similar energetic effect to speaking it aloud).  As time goes by,

adjust them as necessary.


One More Item


One last detail that I simply cannot leave out.  Without this element, your efforts will not produce results. Remember earlier I said that the aspect of manifesting that you would most likely struggle with is accepting and believing that the thing you desire can exist

in your life? I want to take this a step further now.


In that section we spoke about your core beliefs and how they can interfere with the processing of manifesting. So you did the core beliefs exercise and realized that you

do have an issue with wealth or with love (as an example). You thought about it; worked with it, decided to start small (with a reasonable amount of money; not straight

to millionaire) and are ready to manifest that intention. 


Next, you gather your crystals and grid, have a well-written and defined intention, and follow through the process of placing the crystals and activating the grid. Now that

energy is transmitting to the universe on your behalf.  Good for you!

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That night you watch a movie about some poor minimum-wage guy who comes across

a bag of money while jogging, and then later that day gets promoted at work. You think

to yourself, “Yeah, right. Like that could ever happen!”


The next day you get to work late (as usual) and are talking to one of your co-workers.

They mention that there might be a supervisor position opening up and ask if you’re

going to apply. You say, “I don’t know. Maybe. I doubt I’ll get it. The boss doesn’t

really like me.”


A few days later your cousin Bob calls and tells you he won $15,000 in the lottery.

You congratulate him, but think to yourself, “How the heck does someone like that

win the lottery?” Or maybe, “Why do things like that never happen to me?”


Do you see what is going on? All of your comments and feelings about things related

to money are negative. First, you don’t believe that poor people can have a financial win. Second, you don’t believe you can move up in your company which would mean more money. Third, you can’t be happy for other people who come into money and to top it

off, believe that only certain kinds of people deserve to have money (and you're not one

of them). 


Hoo boy!  Are you ever sending a message to the universe. But it’s not one of wealth.  Deep down, you simply don’t believe that someone like you can have wealth. You

thought you had worked through your beliefs, but apparently you haven’t. Everything

you do or say in your life around the topic of money proves that.

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Want another example?  You follow through the process of setting up your grid and sending out the desire for a loving relationship. You did everything correctly. Now you

sit alone on your sofa day after day dreaming about your prince charming. 


Uhm, do you expect him to fall out of the ceiling into your lap?  Now on the one hand,

you did the procedures correctly and haven’t let any negative thoughts about you not deserving love and so forth enter your mind. But the signal you’re sending to the

universe is a bit wonky. Let me ask this; before setting up the grid, did you sit on your

sofa dreaming about your prince charming? Probably. And did he show up? 

Doesn’t appear so. So really, is he going to fall out of the ceiling?


Remember the conversation about how the universe works to manifest your intention?

It moves people and things into your path?  How is it going to move someone into your path if you’re locked away in your house?


A vital ingredient in the process of manifesting is following through in your daily life by acting “as if” that thing has already shown up, or at the very least by moving towards it.  Moving towards something with passion and enthusiasm is the best way to indicate belief….the belief that you deserve it and that the universe can and will deliver it.


If the person desiring a relationship starts to act like someone ready and open to love by getting dressed, fixing their hair, going out places they like to go, enjoying activities they like to do and such; they’re sending a message that they’re ready for love. In addition, they’re not waiting for the universe to do ALL THE WORK. 


If you don’t want the process to take a lifetime to manifest, you must work towards the thing you desire from your side. Manifestation is a participation sport! In addition, the positive and affirming action of moving in the direction of your goal gives the universe more options and opportunities to set people or situations or things in your path to

reach your desired objective. 


I realize it’s not easy. Some of us have spent a long time with negative beliefs about ourselves and/or how the universe works. But ask yourself this; how difficult is it living without money? Or without love? Or without all those things you’re living without?  

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The good news is that once you get the hang of this, it becomes easier to do. Start

small if you have to with a more believable request. Success with the process breeds success. But it can be done; and not just by certain kinds of people, but by YOU!


Wrapping It Up


We covered quite a lot of ground on manifesting.  Let’s take a moment to review the important points.


  • To manifest, you need repetitive, focused, and clear thought coupled with a positive and compelling emotional connection (how the thing makes you feel) merged with belief (your acceptance that it is completely possible combined with your trust in the universal laws of manifestation).


  • Intention = thought plus emotion plus belief.


  • The emotion must include gratitude.


  • Phrase your intentions in the positive.


  • Phrase your intentions in the present.


  • Avoid imposing limits.


  • Clarify and define your words.


  • Avoid telling the universe “how” it should bring you something.


  • Become aware of your core beliefs that may limit your success.


  • Act “as if”.


  • Participate.


  • Practice makes perfect. Success breeds success.



I’ll be offering a class (or two) on the topic of manifesting at some point. There is so

much to talk about with manifesting, and I’m sure everyone has a lot of questions.

We’ll include some exercises to get to the root of things, and we’ll have some practice with visualizing and writing intentions.


In the meantime, let's get gridding!

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