We’ve all heard this statement before. We commonly throw it around in small social gatherings, discussing our desires for the future.
It’s often used to showcase the true power of the individual. An uplifting and encouraging statement, one which we can all intrinsically comprehend on some level.
But what does manifest mean?
What is the manifest definition?
And how can we apply it in a pursuit of making our dreams become a reality?
How To Define Manifest
If we are to properly define manifest, we must first look at the term in its simplest of understandings.
Used as an adjective, our manifest meaning is most basically portrayed as an insinuation that what is manifest,
… is clearly true and that no one could readily disagree with or debunk such.
As a verb, the Collins Dictionary does a rather good job of providing this definition of manifest:
If you manifest a particular quality, feeling, or illness, or if it manifests itself, it becomes visible or obvious.
So we can see that, although the term may be variously utilized to demonstrate its essence, at the core of its representation lies a centralized construct.
With this, we can come to understand our manifest definition most simply, by asserting that to manifest, is to make apparent and real.
Dialing back to a pursuit of using this information in an attempt to make our dreams become a reality, we find ourselves faced with another rather basic question, which we must address.
Manifesting Your Dreams
What exactly does it mean to manifest your dreams?
Looking again at all of this through a lens of simplicity. To manifest your dreams as reality implies that you have exerted energy in the direction of making your dreams become an apparent and obvious, tangible thing.
Okay, but how do we actually get there?
We take action. Action is the answer here.
If you can think it, if it can be imagined, then it faces a potential of becoming real.
And in the pursuit of our potentialities, we must always remember, that potential is nothing without action.
As we pursue this path of action, let us remain cognizant of the necessity that is both a physical and a mental initiation of said action.
It starts in the mind
Focusing first and foremost on this mental aspect, one must come to truly believe that the dream is something attainable.
According to our manifest definition, you must convince yourself, beyond any reasonable doubt or indifference, that the reality you seek is indeed plausible.
This is something we can pursue via the use of a tactic which has been coined creative visualization.
It seems to be a really effective way to help people move towards goals, to help people feel positive about their lives, and to help you do more in less time.
— Vishen Lakhiani, Mindvalley Founder and CEO
Turn your dream into a goal, and visualize its becoming.
We can do this in a rather simple four step process.
- Close your eyes
- Visualize your current reality
- Erase the scene that is step number 2
- Visualize the new scene, the dream or now becoming, goal.
These steps will allow you to truly fathom the entirety of such a shift in your reality.
In acknowledging the current reality, allowing its disassembly, and envisioning a new reality (the dream), you familiarize your being with that which is soon to become.
You are now prepared.
Through this preparation, and your newly established belief in the dream, itself, there soon becomes only one thing left to do.
The physical role of manifestation
Looking back again at our manifest definition, in the context of action and in its use as a verb, we remember that in order for something to be manifested it must be visible, and obviously real to all parties involved.
Reflect on your goal, your dream, and ask yourself, what are the necessary steps to be taken along the path of its becoming?
Write these steps down.
Take your visualization a step further and solidify a plan of action.
From here, repeat the process for each individual step, allowing yourself to isolate a focus on each one individually.
Enter a state of creative visualization for each, allow yourself to feel each step as if it were already a reality, and then take the necessary action for it to become so.
As step one becomes a reality, time for step two. Then step three, and so on. Until before you know it, you have successfully manifested your dream.
What Does Manifestation Mean Spiritually?
“But what if my dream is something of a more spiritual nature, something less physically presentable?”
So, what does manifestation mean spiritually?
Amanda Isbitt of “Spiritual How To” provides us with a beautiful response to this question in a blog post from back in 2009. She states,
Spiritual manifestation holds that if you really want something and truly believe it’s possible, it will happen. On the other hand, if you dwell on what you don’t want to happen, giving it lots of thought and attention, that will probably happen, too.
Which again takes us back to our manifest definition, and our focus on creative visualization. The two seem to run in parallel with one another.
If you want to be more aware, for example, then you need first to visualize yourself as a more aware person. Do not dwell on the current reality that is your lack of awareness. Instead, isolate your vision in the direction of positive and progressive thinking.
The more you tell yourself you can, the more you tell yourself you are, the more you will begin to believe it.
And as a matter of fact, Mindvalley’s Becoming Limitless program provides a beautiful and straight forward process for attaining such exact realities. And a path of action laid out before you in very specific detail.
A path of manifestation.
The only thing missing, is your participation.
It’s all up to you
Wholeheartedly tell yourself, day in and day out, that you are a highly aware and capable being, and just watch yourself naturally raise through the states of consciousness.
Ask yourself, are my thought patterns constructive? Are they positive? And if not, why not?
Always remembering, as you think, so shall you become.
As well as always remembering that although our manifest definition may highlight what exactly it means for something to be manifest, without action, it’s really all just a bunch of loosely thrown around concepts.
In pursuing your dreams, both mental and physical action are certainly required.
Whether or not such action is taken, is up to you and you alone.
Can you think of an instance in your life where you may have already manifested a dream into reality? Share these stories with us in the comments below, as we’d love to hear all about your personal path towards becoming limitless.