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Why Your Manifestations Aren't Working: What Science Reveals About the Law of Attraction

Updated: Jul 5, 2023

Rhonda Armbrust


Do thoughts become things? Have you ever sweated your way through manifestation techniques, then ended up with nothing? Why are some people successful at building the life they want, while others fail? Let’s look at the science.


Dr. Carol Dweck’s research on the subject revealed that believing you can accomplish something is key to manifesting the results you want. But it is not the belief alone that provides results. Believing you can do something inspires action on your part and influences other people’s reactions to you. That is what leads to success. Psychology Today


Lacey Phillips, a manifestation advisor, focuses on unblocking negative self-images that our limbic brain incorporated during childhood. When you release limiting beliefs about yourself, you discover your authentic soul blueprint and come into alignment with what you truly want to manifest.



Your first step toward learning to manifest your dreams and understand the spiritual laws might be to release beliefs about yourself and the world that holds you back. One powerful technique that can dissolve blocks that hamper your success is hypnosis. During hypnosis, you are in a subconscious state where your memories, beliefs, and habits are stored. In this state, the hypnotist speaks to you in a way the subconscious mind understands and responds to. I like to equate the subconscious mind to a child that wants to please you. The child, your subconscious mind, just needs to understand what you really want. For example, your subconscious mind might continue to encourage you to smoke cigarettes because you seem to enjoy it so much. However, (and as a hypnotist I witnessed this many times), if you convince the child that you want to stop smoking, your subconscious child mind will switch gears and help you do that. Especially if you visualize yourself as a non-smoker while under hypnosis. Your subconscious mind responds to images so visualizing yourself as already having accomplished your dreams will lead you to living them.


Once you dispel your limiting beliefs, studies have shown that you can build your self-confidence by rewiring your brain. Amplify Self-Confidence Begin by eliminating negative self-talk from your vocabulary and replacing it with positive statements. Instead of I can’t, won’t, shouldn’t, couldn’t say I will, and I can. In addition, visualize yourself achieving your dreams and how that makes you feel. And write down your accomplishments both large and small, and how your skills, compassion, state of mind, well-being, etc. have grown. Read over your list of growth and achievement often to remind yourself of your uniqueness and strengths, and what a glowing, beautiful butterfly you are. It may take time and effort, but this is where patience and persistence are required. Through repetition, you will rewire your brain and enhance your confidence.


As you release limiting beliefs and build your confidence, you can manifest remarkable things. Start by making a list of what you want. Many top manifesters think that the more detail you use in describing your wishes, the better. Most experts agree on the four basic steps below to manifest your dreams.

1. Write down and get clear on what you want- there are infinite possibilities.

2. Visualize or meditate on achieving your goals and feel as though you already have accomplished them.

3. Take action steps to make your dream a reality.

4. Don’t fret over the outcome. Let go and trust that the universe will deliver.


Neuroplasticity is about your brain building new neural pathways. Research reveals that visualizations, verbal repetitions, physical acts, and practice create new neural pathways. So, the more you visualize achieving your dreams, speak positive messages, and implement action steps to accomplish your goals, the more new and helpful neural pathways you create and the better you manifest.


Marilyn Monroe said, “I used to think, as I looked out on the Hollywood night, that there must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But, I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.” Marilyn not only envisioned herself as a famous movie star, she also worked on perfecting her acting skills.


Lacey Phillips believes some people are what she calls specific manifesters and need to write down their dreams in great detail while others are non-specific and don’t need to do that. Find out what works for you.


Julia Brodska, the owner of Best LIfe-ing, is probably a non-specific manifester. She aligns her actions with her desired outcomes and waits for the manifestation to arise when the time is right and she is ready on a soul level, while trusting that the universe will deliver. She likes to call this method follow the pull, which simply means following your inner guidance system to allow the right path to unravel and create space for the manifestation to become a reality.


I suspect our manifestations must complement the lessons we chose to learn during this incarnation. So, embrace your struggles and follow your guidance. Many people call this being in the zone where you are aligned with your higher self. That leads to success as you go to places you are meant to go, and have experiences that increase your spiritual awareness and progress.


Don’t be afraid to ask for what your heart desires, no matter what that is. Abraham-Hicks is quoted as saying: “Your inner being would want you to manifest everything that you decide that you want. Your inner being would want you to know that you have value and the ability to have or be or do anything. Your inner being would want you to fulfill every wish and whim that you identify.”


So, go out there and manifest your dreams. Fulfill your every wish and whim. And, if you need help along the way, contact Best Life-ing and schedule a clarity call for the coaching program or immerse yourself in a private wellness retreat.







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