One thing I thought I would never try before is manifesting. CB English teacher Mrs. Maureen Wanket introduced the practice to our Mastering the Essay class last year. Manifesting is “the theory that through regular meditation and positive, constructive thought, you can make your dreams and desires become reality”. In Mrs. Wanket’s class, she told my […]
One thing I thought I would never try before is manifesting. CB English teacher Mrs. Maureen Wanket introduced the practice to our Mastering the Essay class last year. Manifesting is “the theory that through regular meditation and positive, constructive thought, you can make your dreams and desires become reality”. In Mrs. Wanket’s class, she told my class to write something that we wanted to become a reality. For example, a student would write a goal they believe in multiple times in their journal and take action in order for it to become true. Manifesting can help someone reach their intended goals by setting themselves in a positive mindset.
In my experience in the class, I did the same thing as well, manifesting I would go to UC Santa Cruz. We did this in Mastering the Essay once and wrote what we wanted five to ten times in our journal. After applying to colleges, I completely forgot about what I did a year ago. I applied to a couple schools and UC Santa Cruz was one of the schools I was accepted. I was surprised, but happy at the same time and remembered that I manifested this a year ago. I wanted to learn a more in depth explanation from people who practice manifestation on a regular basis. People who started manifesting all learned about it in their own unique way.
“It was by mistake” Mrs. Wanket says of her start in the practice. When it comes to manifesting, Mrs. Wanket sees it as “nurturing positive energy and noticing when are blessings are coming in”.
“As a child, I would write in my journal of things I wanted. Such as going to a school by the sea, I wanted certain relationships within my life such as my husband, and when I was in a negative mood I knew nothing good was coming so I needed a change”.
While Mrs. Wanket found it by mistake, Mariana Garcia (’21) learned about manifesting through her mom during quarantine. “After more research, I learned that manifestation was highly influenced by the New Thought movement of the 19th century, which was founded by Phineas Quimby. He used hypnosis to develop theories about healing the mind which intrigued me,” the senior says. “I’ve seen it on social media too and decided ‘why not?'”
Abigail Donovan (’21) was taken surprise as she initially did not take manifesting too seriously. “I heard about what manifesting was through a friend of mine a few years back, but I never started trying it until relatively recently. I honestly didn’t believe her when she described what it was to me, I thought it was just a joke”.
There are many different ways people see manifesting. Some people see it as having a positive attitude while some see it as gaining the things they would like in life. They all have different ways and ideas of manifesting. Mrs Wanket saw it as an opportunity to be grateful and give back.
“I see it more that I’m open to the gifts of God and the universe. I pray and I listen to my heart of where my talents are, what makes me happy, write of wishes in my journal, and I try to be in service of others,” the English instructor says. “I just try to be in a positive place. Not only that, but I work hard all the time. Focus on what you want, positive emotions, put service to other people in it, and hard work.”
“When I started manifesting, it was simply out of curiosity. I had no clue whether or not I would get any results or how long it would take to see any. To be completely honest, manifesting still confuses me, but I’ve learned that it’s different for everyone,” Abigail adds. “The way I see it, manifesting is all based upon one’s way of thinking and outlook on the world. I manifest good things into my life by thinking positively in all situations and being optimistic. The idea of it all is that whatever energy you put out into the world is the energy that you are attracting back to you.”
“I started by creating my own manifestation journal, where I write down the things I want to attract using the 3, 6, 9 method,” Mariana says. “I write down the thing I want to attract three times in the morning after waking up, six times at midday, and nine times before bed. Other methods include visualizing your manifestation and creating a scene in your mind where you have it. Intention is very important as people should practice gratitude for the things they already have and raise their vibration in order to attract their wants.”
Manifestation brings in a positive lifestyle and can affect the lives of those who do it on the daily. It is a way to be grateful towards life and it is statically shown that being grateful improves one’s happiness.
“It is more of a subconscious habit,” Abigail says. “In the mornings, I make a point of being excited for how well the day will go so that by the end [of the day] that thought will become a reality. I hardly recognize that I am manifesting through out the day anymore — it’s just my way of thinking”.
“This positive thinking helps me focus my energy. Twenty years ago, I was into crafts such as baking, painting, and others. I focused on writing. Then, I dropped everything else as it just made me so happy. It allows you to turn off the outside noise and listen to the inner voice such as what do I wish. I am open to whatever God brings me and know it is for the best,” says Mrs. Wanket. “There’s people who have everything I want, but they’re unhappy. They’re not being grateful for what they already have. People need to focus on what’s already given to them such as their unique gifts and the wonderful things they can do,”
Anyone is able to start manifesting and there are many ways you can learn or understand how to do it. “I believe most people already do it everyday without even knowing it,” Abigail says. “You don’t have to acknowledge the fact that you’re manifesting in order to attract an event or situation into your life. There are countless ways to do it, but it’s a way of thinking that can completely alter the way you perceive the world around you.”
“It’s really easy to get started because manifesting doesn’t require many materials,” Mariana adds. “Try not to doubt yourself, otherwise that can hinder your manifestations from becoming a reality. In the end, you might realize that manifestation isn’t for you, but the only way to find out is at least try.”
Just having a positive attitude and being able to work towards your goals will help you get the things you want in life. Negative and saying you cannot make the goals sets the mindset of failure. Manifesting is a great way in order to keep a healthy mind and strive towards your wants and needs.