Yeah, I’m so desperate for a premiere
I think we can all agree that we should all feel a little bit stressed out, and despite frequent Robbo trips containing caffeine, I still didn’t feel good about my chores. As a result, a spiral led me down a tiktok rabbit hole to the idea of manifestation. The manifestation is based on the idea of the Law of Attraction first introduced in Rhonda Byrne’s bestselling self-help book, The Secret, and works on the following principle: You get what you pronounce into the universe. According to this law, if you have positive thoughts, you will get positive results. In desperate times when spiritual action was needed, I decided to give it a try.
Now I actually believe in the power of the universe pretty strongly, I’m just very lazy about it. I have a few crystals in my bedroom that I can’t fully use. I meditate occasionally when I’m feeling particularly stressed and relying far too much on astrology (in case I’m a Virgo you asked yourself). Embarrassingly, I’ve actually tried once or twice to manifest true love in my life, but it still hasn’t worked.
After a quick Google search, I settled on the three-six-nine method, which involves writing down the affirmations you want to manifest three times in the morning, repeating them orally six times in the afternoon, and rewriting them nine times before bed. I’ve used affirmations like “I succeed in stressful situations,” “I always get the grades I want,” and “Achievement is a given to me” – it’s a key element of manifestation that you believe your affirmations are already take place, so it should be in the present rather than the future. I also chose to combine this with the visualization method where you envision yourself achieving your affirmations to make them more likely to occur in real life. For the most part, I’ve also used crystals (amethyst, rose quartz, and citrine), lit some energy-clearing incense, and listened to a high-vibration Spotify playlist. I found the following:
I felt safer
Okay, that could definitely be a placebo, but after showing that I would do well, I felt more confident that I would. My thesis came together better than before and my essay flowed as freely as the Jesmond Dene waterfall. I wasn’t afraid of submitting on time or giving the best I could in each essay. I just felt like I was going to do it, which is a change from the usual panic forehand that we can all relate to.
I was less stressed
Perhaps the most noticeable difference was how much less stress I felt throughout the day. I’m already a big believer in morning yoga, but when I combine this with a meditative exercise like manifestation, I am even better equipped for the day ahead. As an added bonus, I slept well. This is unusual for me – I sleep very lightly and between the sounds of drunk students and the Neuron scooter lady telling people to enjoy their ride in front of my window, it’s usually a small chore. I really felt that the affirmations calmed my over-thinking brain and helped me actually do more work instead of just panicking.
I was more productive
I’m a notoriously bad procrastinator, but after starting my day with my affirmations and repeating them in the afternoon, I realized that I actually wanted to work. Instead of starting my day with endless social media scrolls, I was motivated to get into my work asap. That productivity didn’t stop at work at university either – from walking around Jes to cleaning the bathroom, arguably the worst job in a student house, I did things I usually put off because I really wanted to. This led me to believe that manifestation might have more to do with changing your mindset and winning your goals for you than letting the universe do all the work.
Overall, I definitely see the benefits of continuing manifestation. It’s all about whether I can actually be disturbed. Only time will tell … if it worked to get me a premiere …