What Is Manifestation?

What Is Manifestation?

When it comes to New Thought philosophy, a lot of people hear about “manifestation” and immediately recall every science fiction or horror movie they have ever seen – a ghost dramatically appearing in front of a scared teenager; or an object appearing out of nowhere, as if by magic.

This leads people to ridicule the idea as soon as they hear about it. Instantly just manifesting everything you have ever wanted – or not wanted, as it may be... I mean, we all know that that is not the way the world works, right?

So, what is “manifestation,” in terms of New Thought philosophy?

So, What Is Manifestation?

What is manifestation? Let’s first start by looking at the general definition of manifestation. According to Princeton’s Wordnet search, the definition of the word "manifestation" is the following:

manifestation (noun) a clear appearance

manifestation (noun) a manifest indication of the existence or presence or nature of some person or thing

materialization, materialisation, manifestation (noun) an appearance in bodily form (as of a disembodied spirit)

expression, manifestation, reflection, reflexion (noun) expression without words

demonstration, manifestation (noun) a public display of group feelings (usually of a political nature)

For our purposes, the third entry in the list explains the concept the most accurately:

materialization, materialisation, manifestation (noun) an appearance in bodily form (as of a disembodied spirit)

However, it omits one crucial detail, and that is the speed with which the manifestation can happen.

When somebody hears "manifestation," usually their mind quickly paints a picture of instant materialization of whatever it is that they desire. Humans are always looking for instant solutions to their problems, either due to laziness, but also sometimes due to desperation.

Additionally, the modern world has almost brain-washed us to expect instant results. Determination, patience and perseverance are fast becoming traits that very hard to find; especially, nowadays, amongst so-called "millennials."

It Begins With Thought

Any form of manifestation originates with thought, or an idea. Along the way, many thoughts come together to develop the full concept.

Let us take the development of a construction project as our example. On a construction project, there are many different factors and aspects that need to come together (or in other words, many different ideas and decisions – or thoughts).

A person gets the idea to build their dream-house. They come up with a rudimentary idea of all the features they want the house to have and approach an architect.

The architect tweaks and molds the idea or thought and creates a blue-print. You could say that this would the first manifestation of the thought, however because of the intention to create a physical house, it also still remains both states (it might have a physical representation, but its still an ordered combination of thoughts).

The original thought then eventually gets transformed into final, intended product, using action to transmute and manifest the thought.

The Difference

I think now that we’ve established a simple analogue, we can move on to answer the question: what is the difference between everyday manifestation and all this New Thought stuff?

Well, essentially not much, it comes down to the same concept, with one additional factor that influences it... The Law Of Attraction.

New Thought philosophy incorporates the core idea that everything in the Universe is part of a big whole, or one big organism. In essence, everything is connected and made up of energy in its purist form and all thoughts have the capability to either repel or attract each other, depending on their energy vibration frequency (like radio stations tuned into each other).

And if our thoughts are indeed energy and can attract each other, and if everything is indeed connected, its reasonable to take the next step and assume that what you think about will attract energy at the same vibration.

Manifestation will still follow the process outlined above in our construction example, however the key difference is that by working with the idea that you can attract related energy into the process by changing your thought frequency, you can optimize and speed the process up.

Energy that you attract can come in many different forms:

  • Like-minded people who help strengthen your ideas or efforts,
  • a service provider that offers that exact service that you need to complete your project,
  • a business referral,
  • etc.


Manifestation is and is supposed to be, a process. Whether you believe in the underlying principles that are believed to support the Law Of Attraction or not, you are manifesting things every day - just maybe not as efficiently as you potentially could.

Manifestation is also not an instant cure-all, get wealthy quick, magical spell that will instantly solve all your problems.

As part of the human family, one of the gifts that we have is our problem-solving capabilities. In fact, you can say that we are the conduits for thoughts, or energy, to manifest into our shared reality.

You can also think about manifestation as action driven and fuelled by your thoughts and the energy or thoughts it attracts.

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