Manifesting your thoughts and dreams into reality is not a new concept. In fact, those who study human behavior and the mind have known about this phenomenon for quite some time.
While it goes by many different names in various circles, when we look at manifestation through a psychological lens, it can be called the self-fulfilling prophecy. And the reason for this is grounded in you how your brain works.
The Psychology of Manifestation
How Your Brain Manifests Reality
While many question the legitimacy of manifestation, those who have seen it work will argue that there are genuine, psychological reasons why this process actually creates results.
What is manifestation?
Manifestation is the focus on something that you really want. When you think about something, especially intentionally and concretely, it alters your attention and perceptions of everything in your life. Psychologists would tell you this is because you’re thinking changes your actions.
What you believe and are thinking about most will change what you see and hear in the world, what you think about yourself, the choices you make (or don’t), and how you react to the world and everyone in it.
It is all about what you think.
So, if I am thinking a lot about whether I want to have a baby, I am much more likely to notice babies, pregnant mothers, and other things related to pregnancy and parenthood. My attention is on this question in my mind, so my brain is filtering the world through this lens.
Beyond just merely attention, though, manifestation also works because it requires a degree of positivity, a strengthening of your beliefs that you are capable and worthy.
Once you shift your beliefs about something in this way, you become much more likely to achieve it because you have set the stage for success by altering your attitude. Those who believe in themselves are much more likely to succeed, no matter the goal.
Throughout your everyday existence, you have a barrage of input coming at you. Your mind filters all of this to help you figure out what to focus on, what will be most helpful for you. Otherwise, we would be paralyzed by all the sounds, sights, smells, etc. that we would need to wade through all day every day.
Your beliefs and values tell your brain how to focus, what to weed out, and what to keep. So, when you transform your values and beliefs through manifestation, you automatically tell your brain, “Pay attention to this stuff, not that stuff.”
Additionally, your mind also operates with what is known as confirmation bias. That is, you are more likely to try and to succeed in things that confirm your own biases.
If you think you can achieve something, you are more likely to try as well as to attain that goal. If you think you are going to fail, you are more likely to either not try at all or try only half-heartedly, thus confirming your original beliefs.
Finally, as social people, we tend to attract and associate with others who believe or have the same values and goals as ourselves. That means that the more positive you are, the more positive your social group tends to be, and vice versa.
Who you spend time with is what determines the opportunities you have in life, the other people you may meet, and how supported you feel when it comes time to try something new.
Those who are trying to manifest a dream will tend to surround themselves with people who can help make that happen, thus strengthening their possibilities for success.
There are many ways that our minds support manifestation. Indeed, the way our brains work to confirm that you can change your life using the power of your thoughts. Because, once you change your thoughts, you are fundamentally changing your reality.