How to Manifest Something: Unveiling Timeless Secrets to Manifestation

What have you already brought into your life – by your direct choosing of it, as the result of doing what you have always done, of not choosing something different? What have you manifested that you don’t want?
Dorothy Ratusny is a psychotherapist specialized in Cognitive Therapy and conscious spirituality.
how to manifest
Dorothy Ratusny is a psychotherapist specialized in Cognitive Therapy and conscious spirituality.

Manifestation is one way to describe how people have always tried to turn their wishes into reality. It uses your thoughts to make things happen in your life. This isn’t new — people have been doing it for ages through practices like praying or picturing what they want in their minds. 

At Insight Timer, we look at how this old idea works today, mixing what we know from science with spiritual practices to help you grow and get better at making your dreams come true. Whether you’re hoping for better health, a new job, or more peace in your life, learning about manifestation is a great place to start.

In this article, we’ll share five key secrets that can help you get better at manifestation. These ideas will help you understand how to make what you wish for a reality. Let’s dive in and see how you can start bringing your dreams to life.

Key takeaways:

  • Manifestation is a practice that anyone can use to gain clarity in and potentially influence the direction of their lives.
  • Learn the basic components of manifestation practices.
  • Find what feels right for you. There are several approaches to manifestation including visualization, journaling, and more. 
  • Empower your manifestation practices with five tips on how to encourage the results you want. 

Explore hundreds of free guided manifestation meditations to visualize deep desires and unlock your potential.


What is manifestation?

Manifestation as the process of bringing desires or intentions into reality through focused thought, visualization, belief, and aligned action. It involves harnessing the power of the mind to attract or create desired outcomes, often in alignment with the principles of the law of attraction or similar ideologies. This practice emphasizes the importance of clarity in goal-setting, positive thinking, and maintaining a belief in the possibility of achieving one’s desires.

What can you manifest?

Manifestation can be used to change your life, or it can be used for small positive change. You can manifest love, to improve a relationship with a loved one or to find a soulmate. You can manifest self-care to improve your mental health. 

How to manifest: The basics

It is the mind that charts the course for how you will live. It is the heart that offers the deepest yearnings for what you must do.

Before we dive into the five secrets of manifesting anything you want, we should know the basics of manifesting — and that we do it all the time, naturally. All manifestation methods share a common foundation: the belief that our internal state — our thoughts and feelings — directly influences our ability to manifest our desires in the external world.

  1. Think of something right now that you would like to witness, to experience, to know, perhaps, to be. Try to focus on something that’s important and meaningful to you and that you desire strongly. Maybe it is your dream life or better mental health or improved well-being. Focus on this now. Clarity is crucial. Use your mind’s eye to “see” the ideal version of having this.
  2. Take a few moments to visualize this desire already existing in the present. Allow yourself to feel the emotions that accompany this desire. Does this desire feel exciting? If not, find the perspective that triggers enthusiasm. Visualizations that are energizing and expansive are more engaging and powerful which helps with motivation and proactivity.
  3. Focus on having what you want. Focus intently on one thing. See it in your mind as it is unfolding, and then as it is complete here and now. Take your time.
  4. Notice any feelings, and where you feel them in your body. For example, if you desire to be healthy and fit and you are imagining yourself as this, how do you feel as you visualize this? Reflect and sit with those feelings. Allow them to fill your entire body.  

This blend of clarity, intention, and emotional depth sets the foundation for turning your desires into reality.

What are the best ways to manifest?

Let’s get familiar with multiple popular manifestation techniques, from meditation to vision boards. You may find one technique works better for you than others.

Vision boards

Vision boards are a powerful tool for clarity and focus. To manifest with a vision board create a visual space that displays images representing what you wish for. This method acts as a daily reminder of your goals and keeps self-doubt at bay, helping to keep your attention on your aspirations.

If starting a wildly successful technology business is your dream, you may consider putting examples of your peers on your vision board — pictures of Amazon leaders, quotes from Steve Jobs or Elon Musk. This will help put you in the mindset of a visionary tech leader. 

369 method

To follow the 369 method, write down your goal 

  1. three times in the morning
  2. six times in the afternoon
  3. nine times in the evening 

This practice helps to embed your desires into your subconscious mind, reinforcing your intention throughout the day.

Gratitude journal

 Keep a gratitude journal enhances manifestation by:

  • shifting focus from lack to abundance
  • raising vibrational frequency
  • fostering optimism
  • strengthening visualization
  • motivating action towards goals. 

When you practice gratitude, you align yourself with positive experiences and beliefs that create the perfect environment for attracting desired goals and results. 


This technique encourages you to write about your life as if you have already achieved your dreams, detailing the realization of your manifestation with as much precision and emotion as possible. It’s a form of positive reinforcement and visualization that can shift your mindset towards success.

For example, writing as if you are already a successful billionaire, how you achieved that success, what you do with the money, and more, can help you manifest wealth.

Positive affirmations

Positive affirmations contribute to manifestation by reshaping beliefs, programming the subconscious, and maintaining focus on desired outcomes. They elevate mood, enhance visualization, and empower action, all while cultivating an atmosphere of positive energy conducive to attracting manifestations.

Meditation and visualization

Meditation clears the mind, while visualization exercises allow you to emotionally connect with your goals. Regular practice can make your desires feel more tangible and achievable by aligning your emotional and mental energy with your aspirations.

Oprah Winfrey has a reputation as a powerful manifestor. In her life, she openly discusses how she embraced internal knowing in order to manifest her dreams. 

I remember watching an interview some time ago that Oprah gave; describing how after she read The Color Purple, she wanted to have a part in the upcoming film version. I believe that she also made it known that she was very interested in having a role in this film.

Oprah described a very intense focus — a determined laser focus of her desire that she ‘rehearsed’ for many weeks, until one day she received a call. It was ‘the call’ that offered her a part in the upcoming film version of the book.

At the time, Oprah describes not realizing that she was purposefully manifesting a future desire, yet this is a perfect example of how we can wield the power of our mind – disciplined in focus towards what we want – as our certain reality.

Here is a beginner friendly meditation introduction to visualize what you want.

Uncovering the secrets of manifestation

Manifestation goes beyond wishful thinking. It is essential to integrate your thoughts, beliefs, and actions with the universe’s energy. Here, we dive into five transformative tips to empower your manifestation journey.

1. Clarify your vision: The importance of precise goals

Having clear, precise goals is foundational in the art of manifestation. This clarity acts as a beacon for your thoughts and energy, directing them toward your desired outcomes with precision. It’s about painting a vivid picture of your aspirations, making them as real in your mind as they would be in physical form. 

Studies in neuroplasticity have shown that such focused intention can actually reshape our brain’s pathways, making us more adept at recognizing opportunities and taking action toward our goals. This mental alignment paves the way for the universe to bring your aspirations into reality.

2. Believe truly: Building a supportive belief system

Your belief system is the engine behind your ability to manifest. It’s not just about hoping for the best but truly believing in your heart and soul that what you desire will come to fruition. This deep-seated belief energizes your intentions and attracts the necessary resources and opportunities. 

Overcoming negative thought patterns is crucial because negativity creates barriers between you and your aspirations. Cultivate a mindset of positivity and possibility to significantly amplify your manifestation power and transform doubt into unwavering confidence.

This doesn’t mean it’s easy.

We all often have lingering limiting beliefs that hold us back and are buried deep in our identity. These limiting thoughts often drive us to subconsciously sabotage our success. If this is something you feel may be affecting you, it’s worth exploring and reprogramming. In his best-selling book, The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level, Gay Hendricks helps outline the most common kinds of limiting beliefs, where they come from, and how to overcome them.

Self-doubt is one of the most dangerous obstacles to successful manifestation. Learn how to transform belief with any of our expert resources on transforming limiting beliefs.

3. Learn the art of surrender: The significance of releasing control 

Surrendering is a subtle yet powerful aspect of manifestation. It involves releasing your grip on the outcome and trusting that the universe will deliver what’s best for you at the right time. This doesn’t mean you stop taking action towards your goals but rather that you detach from the results, reducing anxiety and resistance. 

Learning to surrender and embracing trust can open up pathways for your desires to materialize more smoothly, aligning you with the flow of life and the creative force of the universe.

4. Align your energy: How to ensure your energy matches your desires

Energy alignment is another essential element for effective manifestation. It’s about harmonizing your emotional and vibrational state with what you aim to attract. This involves practicing gratitude, joy, and love, thereby elevating your vibrational frequency to match the essence of your desires. Such alignment not only feels good but acts as a magnet, attracting circumstances, people, and opportunities that resonate with your aspirations. 

Consistently aligning your energy with your goals reinforces your intentions and brings them closer to reality.

5. Take inspired action: Finding the balance between dreaming and doing

Manifestation requires a balance between envisioning your desires and taking concrete steps toward them. Inspired action is making and doing that feels natural and joyful. It stems from a place of alignment and purpose. It’s about listening to your intuition and taking steps that feel right, even if they’re small. 

This approach ensures that your actions are not just random but are directed by a higher sense of purpose, making each step meaningful and effective.

Inspired action is very different from forced action. To be clear, the encouragement is to take the next step that feels right not doing things simply because you feel like you should do something. 

The difference is doing the things that you’re enthusiastic to do and that feel good. If it feel boring or like something you should do, it may not be the right thing to do or not the right time. Many people actually find it hard to distinguish the difference, let alone act on it. Meditation and reflection can help you listen to your inner voice.

Practice listening to your inner voice with this 4.7-star guided inner voice meditation from Rev. Dr. Cindy Paulos Msc.D.

Of course, it goes without saying that you must also always be grateful, thankful – for what you currently have – and the having of what is still on its way to you.

Summary of the five secrets

  • Clarity is the starting point. Defining clear and precise goals is essential for effective manifestation.
  • Belief fuels the journey. A strong belief in the possibility of achieving your desires is crucial.
  • Surrender to the process. Letting go of the need to control outcomes can facilitate manifestation.
  • Energy alignment is key. Ensuring your energy matches your desires is fundamental for attracting them into your life.
  • Take inspired action. Balancing the act of dreaming with proactive steps is vital for bringing your desires to fruition.

Embracing these five secrets profoundly enhances your ability to manifest. It’s a journey that intertwines your deepest desires with universal energy, guided by clarity, belief, surrender, alignment, and action. As you navigate this path, remember that manifestation is not just about achieving your goals but about becoming more attuned to the abundant possibilities of the universe.

Start meditating with Dorothy Ratusny, one of our specialized manifestation instructors, now and connect with your intuition, emotional state, true nature and wisdom by listening to Dorothy Ratusny’s free guided meditations:

  1. Three Powerful Life Hacks For Manifesting What You Want Dorothy Ratusny 23:25
  2. Listen To The Wisdom Of Your Heart 12:20
  3. Mindful Intuition Dorothy Ratusny 15:54
  4. How To Feel Happy Meditation Dorothy Ratusny 10:17
  5. The Nature Of What You Are Dorothy Ratusny 9:07

Understanding manifestation: Is it real?

Manifestation isn’t new. People have always used thoughts and intentions to influence their reality, from ancient rituals to modern practices like the Law of Attraction. This idea suggests that positive thoughts — or good vibes — can attract positive outcomes.

History of manifestation across cultures

Manifestation isn’t bound by geography or time; it’s a universal thread weaving through the tapestry of human traditions. Ancient Egyptians used visualization in their rituals to bring about prosperity and protection, while Native American tribes held vision quests to connect with spiritual guides and set intentions for their futures. In India, the practice of sankalpa during yoga and meditation sessions involves setting intentions to guide one’s inner and outer transformations. These examples highlight how various cultures have recognized the power of focused thought and intention to shape their realities.

This rich diversity shows that the desire to influence our life’s direction is a shared human experience, transcending cultural boundaries and connecting us in our quest for betterment.

Explore Insight Timer’s Cultural Manifestation Practices. 

Manifestation controversy and misconceptions

Critics argue manifestation overlooks the complexities of life and the factors beyond our control. A Psychology Today article on the Law of Attraction points out that while positive thinking has its benefits, it’s not a magic solution. They argue real change requires action and acknowledging life’s unpredictability. 

Common misconceptions about manifestation practices include:

  • belief in instant results
  • passivity
  • magical thinking
  • . . . and more

Some think manifestation requires ignoring negative emotions or guarantees universal success, but it’s not solely about materialism and isn’t exclusive to certain individuals. It’s also not a way to evade personal responsibility. 


Understanding these misconceptions helps approach manifestation practices realistically. If you practice manifestation it’s important to follow the tips and guidance above and:

  • Make consistent effort
  • Stay proactive
  • Recognize the positive and negative aspects of one’s journey

Understanding manifestation means looking at both its roots and the scientific debate around it, recognizing the value of our thoughts and actions in shaping our lives.


At Insight Timer, we offer resources that blend the science and spirituality behind manifestation. These tools help explore how focused intention, combined with practical steps, can lead to real outcomes.


Strengthen your manifestation skills here with this Manifestation 101 guide.



Manifestation is an ancient practice, deeply rooted in the fabric of human history and tradition. It’s a powerful process that intertwines the essence of our desires with the energy of the universe, guided by principles that have stood the test of time. Throughout this journey, we’ve uncovered the critical roles of clarity, belief, surrender, energy alignment, and inspired action — each a cornerstone in the art of bringing our dreams into reality.


We encourage you to explore and utilize the wealth of resources available on Insight Timer. From guided meditations to courses designed to deepen your understanding and practice of manifestation, these tools can support you in every step of your journey. They offer a means to not only learn but to experience the transformation that manifestation can bring into your life.


As you embark on this personal journey of manifestation, do so with intention and joy. Remember, the process is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. It’s an invitation to align more closely with your true self, your desires, and the universe. Embrace each step with an open heart and mind, and witness how the seeds of your intentions blossom into the reality of your dreams.


Manifestation reminds us of our inherent power to shape our lives. With each thought, belief, and action, we draw closer to the life we aspire to live. Let this journey of manifestation be a testament to the potential that lies within you, ready to unfold and transform your reality.

Enjoy the process of manifesting. Imagining what you want is meant to be enjoyable and uplifting.

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