The Neuroscience Behind Manifestation: how your brain can help you attract what you want in life

gratitude manifesting Jun 23, 2023

Honestly, I've used manifesting as a tool to get what I want and it totally works. Though let's face it, it does sound a bit woo-woo, and skeptics might say there's no evidence to back it up.

Well, think again…the neuroscientists are studying what happens when the brain manifests. This might surprise you. 

What Manifestation is

Manifestation is the process of bringing something into your life you desire, whether it be a new job, a relationship, or just an overall feeling of well-being. It can be an incredibly powerful tool to get what you want in life. 

To truly master the art of manifestation, we must first understand what happens in our brains when we manifest. Let's explore the psychology behind manifestation and how different parts of your brain interact while manifesting. 

At its core, manifestation is about creating a positive shift in the way you think and feel. It’s about shifting your focus away from what you don’t have or want and focusing on what you do want. 

When we manifest, our brains are sending out messages to the universe which then start to attract the desired result back into our lives and the science behind this phenomenon is fascinating.

Neuroscientists are studying how different parts of the brain interact when manifesting. What they’ve found is that manifestation works by using the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for goal-setting and decision-making. 

When you think about something you want to manifest in your life, signals from this part of your brain are sent to the rest of the cortex which then helps you focus on what you want and take action towards it. 

This process activates the reward center in your brain, releasing dopamine which creates a feeling of pleasure and excitement.

Other parts of the brain that play an important role in manifestation include the amygdala, responsible for emotion regulation, and the insula, which is responsible for self-awareness. Activating both of these areas helps you stay present and focus on what you want to manifest in your life. 

Studies have also shown that the hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with memory formation and storage, is activated during manifestation as it helps individuals recall past experiences related to their desired outcome.

A key factor in successful manifestation is neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity refers to how our brains are able to form new neural pathways and create new habits or behaviors even when we’re not consciously aware of them. Through manifesting, our minds become hardwired to focus on what we want and take action toward achieving it. 

Focusing on what you want

By repeatedly focusing on our desired outcome and taking action toward it, we can effectively create new neural pathways in the brain that are conducive to manifestation.

Overall, understanding the psychology behind manifestation is key to creating lasting results in your life. By harnessing the power of neuroplasticity and activating various parts of the brain while manifesting, you can begin to bring your desires into your life and experience positive results.

With this knowledge in hand, you can now confidently manifest the things that you desire in life, knowing that you have the science behind it to back you up,

Get started on manifesting

 7 ways to start manifesting 

  1. Set clear goals for what you want to manifest and write them down. This is an essential first step when it comes to manifesting.  Writing down your intentions will help to keep them in the forefront of your mind and make it much easier to stay focused on your desired outcome. Make sure to be specific about what you want and why, as this will give you clarity and help create a positive vision of what you’re wanting to attract in your life. 
  2. Visualize your desired outcome in as much detail as possible.  Visualization is an important part of the manifestation process and can be one of the most powerful tools for manifesting your desired outcome. By visualizing what you want in as much detail as possible, you can help bring your desires into reality. Spend some time each day picturing yourself enjoying and experiencing the results that you desire. 
  3. Practice positive affirmationsAffirmations are another powerful tool to use for manifestation. Repeating positive statements such as “I am worthy of abundance” or “I am open to receiving all the good that comes my way” can help shift your mindset and bring more positive energy into your life.  Positive affirmations can also help to tackle any negative thoughts or limiting beliefs that may be blocking you from manifesting your desired outcome.  

Examples of positive affirmations

“I’m capable and confident in achieving my goals”

“I am worthy of abundance”, and “I attract success into my life”.

“I am strong and able to achieve whatever I set my mind to”

“I have the power to create the life I desire”

"Money easily comes to me." 

Visualizing abundance and repeating positive affirmations can help draw more positivity into your life. You can even make this part of your daily routine, writing down or speaking out loud an affirmation each morning. Affirmations are a great way to stay focused on your goals and keep yourself motivated.

  1. Take action toward your desired outcome.  You can’t simply sit back and expect your desired outcome to come to you; rather, you must actively pursue it. Think of what steps you can take each day that will bring you closer to your goal. Whether it’s taking a class, attending an event, or networking with others in your field, make sure you take action and move forward on your path. A failure to act will only leave you stuck and frustrated. Taking proactive steps toward your goals can help bring clarity and focus to the things that need to get done in order for you to reach success.
  2.  Let go of any doubts or worries. It’s important to remember that you are in control of your thoughts and feelings, and it’s up to you to create a positive mindset so that you can manifest your desired outcome. Focus on what you want and let go of any fears or worries that may be preventing you from achieving your goals. You can do this by visualizing yourself already having achieved your goal and believing in your ability to make it a reality.   
  3. Have the right support system Surrounding yourself with people who are supportive of you and believe in your potential can make all the difference. People who have been successful often attribute their success to having access to the right resources, networks, and mentors.
  4. Be grateful. It’s important to remember to be grateful for what you already have while also looking forward to the things that are yet to come. Enjoying the process of manifestation is just as important as achieving the outcome itself. Take time each day to reflect and appreciate your journey and the small victories that come along with it. Overall, practicing these tips and putting in the effort will help you manifest your desired outcome into reality. 

     3 ways to practice gratitude while manifesting include:

  1. Writing down three things you are grateful for each day. Find a friend to text these 3 things to every day…you don’t have to say anything else, just agree that both of you will do this daily. 
  2. Taking a few moments each morning to set intentions and be thankful for your current situation.
  3. Spending time reflecting on the progress you’ve made towards achieving your goals; look back at how far you’ve come, and be thankful for each step you take in the right direction.

By consistently engaging in these gratitude practices, you can develop an attitude of appreciation that will help to bring more positive energy into your life and encourage successful manifestation. 

Believe in yourself

Be open to the possibility of achieving whatever it is you want. Doubting yourself and believing that you’re not capable of achieving your goals will only hinder your progress and make it difficult for you to manifest what you want. Remember that your brain is listening to what you tell it. Knowing that anything is possible can give you the motivation and confidence to take action and start manifesting. 

Speak to yourself with kindness, just like you would a best friend and focus on the things that you can do rather than what you cannot. 

Understanding the psychology of manifestation

By believing in yourself and putting in the effort, you can manifest anything you desire. With focus and dedication, anything is possible you can make your dreams a reality and you can begin creating lasting changes in your life. With this knowledge in hand, seize every opportunity that comes your way and make the most out of it.

Manifestation is a powerful process that can be used to create the life you desire. With this knowledge of what actually happens in your brain when you manifest, you can learn how to best tap into its power and bring all the things you want into your life.

Good luck! May all your manifestations come true.

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