We all love sitting around the fire on New Year’s Eve and writing our New Year’s resolutions. Imbued with hope, anticipation, and a slight dose of apprehension, they present us with a plan of action towards achieving our goals for the next year.
But how realistic are New Year’s resolutions, and how many times has your list been thrown in the bin out of frustration? Instead of setting unrealistic New Year’s resolutions, give manifestations a try and watch the magic unfold right in front of you.
Our guide, compiled by the gemstone jeweler Angelic Diamonds, will help you craft powerful manifestations designed to make your dream future a reality.
Why don’t resolutions work?
Some 4,000 years ago, New Year’s resolutions were invented by the ancient Babylonians who made promises to the gods to pay their debts at the beginning of the year. If they kept their word, the gods would bestow them with their blessings, and if not, they would be blacklisted.
Ancient Romans followed a similar tradition, and early Christians practiced ruminating over their past mistakes on the first day of the New Year and promising to make amendments in the future.
As you can see, resolutions follow a rich history of appreciation and anticipation of both the past and the future. They mark the end of an important cycle and the beginning of a new one. But as much as they resonate with us, resolutions have been lost in translation somewhere along the line.
Today, we’re all about setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) goals and pushing ourselves to the limit. We set out to lose five kilograms in a month, read a book each week, find a new job, and quit smoking within the blink of an eye.
The problem with resolutions as we know them today is that they come from a place of need, a place of punishment, and a place of fear. Well, that’s not going to take us very far, is it? Instead, let’s see how you can achieve better results with manifestations.
What are manifestations?
Manifestations date back to before religion was introduced and when witches were thriving. Their magic has been transcended to the Eastern spiritual religions, and they also inform the teaching of Buddhism.
A manifestation is the power to turn a thought, an idea, or a vision into reality. It’s like an incantation; a modern spell which is tied closely to the law of attraction.
As you probably already know, the law of attraction states that whatever you put your focus upon, it grows. The idea that you need to sweat until you achieve your goal is only setting you up for failure.
Of course, you still need to put the work in, but in order to manifest your desires, you just have to trust the universe and that whatever is meant for you will find you.
In short, a manifestation is the conscious creation of what makes a fulfilling life for you. So what is it that you wish to create?
How to create your New Year’s manifestations
The ordeal of manifesting your dreams for the next year is quite simple and only takes a few steps. Here is how to do it.
1. Be grateful for the past
In order to invoke the future, you need to appreciate the past. A number of clinical studies point to the correlation between gratitude and increased overall well-being.
On New Year’s Eve, take a few moments to run through the past year and be thankful for what blessings have been bestowed upon you, what you’ve achieved, and what has made your heart skip a beat.
The basic premise of the law of attraction, which is at the core of manifestations, is that like attracts like. So the more gratitude you experience, the more you will attract.
2. Make sure your manifestations come from a place of love
Coming from a place of love aligns your chakras and illuminates your aura.
According to the emotional guidance scale, love is on a much higher vibrational frequency than fear. This means that the positive emotion will neutralize the negative one, which will equip you with the courage to chase your dreams.
When you’re coming from a place of love, you’re also aligning with the whole universe which opens a portal for the magic to unfold.
To figure out if your manifestations are love-based and not fear-based, check with the feeling that occurs within your heart space – if you’re feeling a stagnation, an unpleasant feeling, it’s most likely stemming from fear. Don’t be afraid to dig deep and find its root so that you can replace it with a love-based manifestation.
3. Embrace the power of visualization
Jack Canfield, motivational speaker and author, describes visualization as “the act of creating compelling and vivid pictures in your mind.”
It works in three powerful ways: visualization harnesses your subconscious mind’s creative powers, it programs your brain’s reticular activating system (RAS) to notice new things, and it magnetizes and attracts what you wish for.
Visualization is like daydreaming. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and let your imagination run wild. Envision your dream future with the most precise details and feel it as if it’s already happened.
4. Write them down
Next up, it’s time to write your manifestations into being. Get a pen and paper or your journal and start writing your desires in as much detail as possible.
It’s important to be specific. If you want to manifest a house, describe every single room in it, the garden, the atmosphere, the neighborhood.
Write them in the present tense as if your desire has already come into existence.
5. Believe them and meditate upon them
If you think that you don’t deserve what you’ve wished for or that manifestation is some sort of a shenanigan, you won’t get the results you’re hoping for.
Instead, believe that your manifestations will come into existence with your whole being. Take a few moments to meditate upon them, to experience them in your mind, body, and soul.
Open your eyes and start living as if you’ve already entered your new reality.
6. Burn them
For extra dramatic effect and magnetization of your desires, you can burn your list. That way, you’re stating to the universe that whatever you’ve wished for has already come true.
Once you burn them, try not to think about your manifestations so that they can work their magic.
New Year’s Eve is a sacred time given to us to appreciate the past year and set our intentions for the new year. In our yearly review, manifestations can be extremely powerful in terms of breathing life into our true desires and creating our dream future.
So, this 31st December, use your manifestation powers to breathe life into your dream future. Don’t forget that you’re the creator of your own reality!