Follow 3 Steps for Effortless Manifesting

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Editor’s note: This post was updated in 2018 for clarity and additional resources.

Have you heard of effortless manifesting? There’s a secret that many people don’t know. That secret is that you can manifest anything you want. And you can manifest those things easily by following three simple steps.

I know this might sound too good to be true.

But that’s only because most of us go about trying to get what we want the wrong way.

We tend to think that we have to MAKE things happen. You’ve probably seen a coffee mug or Pinterest design or T-shirt with those very words printed on them, am I right? Every other day I come across some Instagram post that says something like, “Make sh*t happen.”

But this idea is totally backwards!

In fact, it violates a law.

Effortless manifesting and the Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction is one you might be familiar with, but may not fully understand. It says that when we allow ourselves to be in a receptive, effortless state, we begin to manifest what we want into our lives.

Tweet: When you’re in alignment with what you want, and you feel it, then you begin to manifest it into your life. @gabbybernstein #TheUniverseHasYourBack

Being in the feeling of what it is you want to create allows you to become the co-creator of you’re the world you want to see.

Esther Hicks is a great spiritual teacher who channels entities collectively called Abraham. They have magnificent teachings on the Law of Attraction and the spiritual beliefs of allowing the Universe to have your back. This is what Abraham-Hicks say:

“There are no happier people on this planet than those who decide that they want something. Define what they want, get hold of the feeling of it, even before its manifestation, then joyously watch the unfolding as piece, by piece, by piece begins to unfold. That’s the feeling of your hands in the clay.”

The key to manifesting is to dwell in the feeling you want.

If you want abundance, be in the feeling of abundance and abundance will come to you — quickly and effortlessly. If you want romance, be in the feeling of romance and it will appear in your life.

Does this sound amazing, but maybe a little heady? Are you thinking, “Okay, Gab, this sounds incredible… but how do I actually do it?!”

Don’t worry. I have three concrete and simple steps for you to take. Just watch the video below or keep reading for my three steps to effortless manifesting.

Step 1: Decide what you want

What is it that you want? Become unapologetic about what you want. Own it. Believe it. Trust that it can be yours. Write it down right now. I want to be seen in the world in this way. I want to attract my romantic partner. I want to attract more abundance into my life.

The day before I got a phone call from OWN asking me to be on SuperSoul Sunday, I was sitting at my desk and this energy just moved through me, and I picked up a paper and a pen and I wrote, I am ready to interviewed by Oprah.

No joke, literally the next day I received a phone call from her company saying, “We’d like to have you interviewed by Oprah on SuperSoul Sunday.” That’s how fast the Universe works! When you’re in alignment with what you want and you feel it, then you begin to effortlessly manifest it into your life. The Universe supports you.

Step 2: Get ahold of the feeling

Get ahold of whatever it feels like to be in the desire of what it is that you want to create. The miracle of what happened in the moment that I wrote I am ready to be interviewed by Oprah wasn’t that I wrote it down or just said it out loud.

The miracle was that I felt it.

I cultivated a feeling and a knowing and a desire and a joy around what that would mean for me. I cultivated a feeling of readiness,  stillness and receptivity. The phone call may have been on its way no matter what. But I sped it up with that energetic intention and that belief system.

Leaning into the feeling of what that manifestation will be like in your life is what allows it to effortlessly come into form. So you may want to meditate on the feeling. You can just sit for five or 10 minutes and visualize what you want effortlessly manifesting and allow yourself to feel the greatness of it.

You may want to say your desire out loud and let those words cultivate an energy and an awareness of what it feels like to be in that manifestation.

Trust that if you’re in the feeling of the manifestation, then you are already living out your desire, even if it has not come into form. This is a practice of, like Abraham-Hicks say, getting your hands in the clay and building, growing, cultivating, designing the feeling and the life that you want to experience.

Step 3: Joyously watch it unfold

When you see these miracle moments begin to occur, after you set your intention and feel the feeling, then you must celebrate and appreciate the miracles. You must joyously watch it unfold. See yourself enjoy every single day with the small manifestations. Be on the lookout for them. Recognize, “Oh wow, this little moment is supporting my desired goal.” Or, “Oh wow, I feel my energy is in alignment right now with my desire. I’m going to celebrate that.”

Joyously witness the unfolding of your dreams. As these beautiful miracles begin to unfold and you bring even more joy to this process, you will begin to create even more and even faster. And even more profoundly than you could imagine.

This is this beautiful practice of getting your hands in the clay and co-creating your reality. This is effortless manifesting.

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Making the shift from fear to faith will give you a sense of power in a world that all too often makes us feel utterly powerless. When the tragedies of the world seem overwhelming, The Universe Has Your Back will guide you back to your true power.

When you follow this path, you’ll begin to feel a swell of energy move through you.

You will find strength when you are down, synchronicity and support when you’re lost, safety in the face of uncertainty and joy when you are otherwise in pain.

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  1. I got promoted! It was a bit of a wait, but I knew it would work out. 🙂 I’ve been so in tune with the energy that now that it has happened, I forget that it’s new and for real. haha

  2. Gabby I would love to attend your workshop and pre-order the book. Unfortunately I have an event on Monday night. Is your workshop available to download at another time?

    1. The workshop is actually Tuesday (Aug 16). We’ll have a replay available for 48 hours 🙂 go to for details xo!

  3. #imintheenergyofmanifesting!! Thank you for the inspiration Gabby! I got goosebumps when I heard your Oprah story! How can I send you a gift of gratitude? My dreams have been effortlessly unfolding ever since I attended one of your workshops in LA!

  4. Gabby, what happens when things show up and then go away again? How do we deal with the attachment to the manifestation once it begins to show up and not fear its loss?

  5. This literally could not have come at a better time for me. I am in the process of really starting to own what it is that I desire, getting specific, not apologizing for it, but stepping into it more fully. This is an amazing reminder. Perfect for me right now. Gabby you look radiant here. About to pre-order book (I’ve been meaning to but today is def the day) and I’m stoked for Aug. 16. XOX

  6. Thank you for this lovely message, Gabby; it all makes perfect sense! Thank you for continuing to be such an inspiration and delivering your message out to the universe to help us all live more fulfilled, more present lives. Sat Nam!

  7. How do you feel something you have never felt? I don’t know how to be in the feeling of having my debts paid off if I have never been in that situation.

  8. I have been going through PTSD and extreme emotional pain and sadness for over 2 years now. All I want is joy and peace and freedom from this pain. It is so difficult to get in touch with those feelings in the midst of this. I used to have joy and when I try to remember how that felt, I cry. I feel such loss and sadness. Any recommendations for how to change this?

    1. That’s a struggle that I live with myself, and am disappointed that leaders like Gabby haven’t at least said that they don’t address this. Instead, there’s only silence. I’m trying to find out the answers for this, as I’ve been diagnosed with a number of mental health issues (PTSD and major depressive disorder being two of them). Like you said, it’s so difficult to get in touch with those “high vibe” feelings when one has a brain disorder, and I just end up feeling even more broken because I feel that, if I can’t “fix my vibration”, things just won’t get better…
      It’s hard when it feels like my brain just doesn’t get to “that place”. I lose sleep over it, and end up feeling like a failure.

  9. Great video as usual! I think what holds me up is feeling the feelings. The things I want to manifest in my life are things I have little experience with, so it’s difficult to know what it would feel like to have these things in my life.

    Looking forward to the workshop on the 16th. My bday in fact- great present!

  10. Hi Gabby,
    thank you for all of your wisdom. My amazing wonderful beautiful healer put me onto you and I’m so grateful. My problem with the manifesting bit is that when I ask for what I want I feel like I’m asking from a place of lacking it and so I’m worried that I’m actually calling in more of less… Sounds confusing the way I articulated that, I’m sorry, but I’ve been struggling with this for some time now and I don’t seem to know how to fix it. I can’t wait to see you at Kripalu and on August 16! Thanks again.
    Love love love to you!

    1. Dear Olivia, thank you for your open-ness, honesty and courage in sharing what you feel is a ‘problem’ for you. If you re-read what you typed, can you notice any words that are negative? If so, can you notice that these are opportunities to replace with positive actions/thoughts/feelings of loving abundance?

      If I invited you to choose to only act/think and feel from a place of ‘love and above’ (Christie Marie Sheldon’s abundant healing description), would ‘problems’, ‘struggle’, ‘lack’, ‘fear’, ‘worry’ be included? If the answer is ‘no’, can you accept that the words you are choosing to use are in themself manifesting negativity? Can you choose to replace your thoughts and for example allow yourself to see issues you are describing being aware of as ‘problems’, instead see as ‘opportunities’ or ‘challenges’? Can you choose to stop ‘struggling and worrying’ and hence change your feelings to positive attitudes, adopting an ‘attitude of gratitude’ for what you already have, so you draw to you/manifest more of what enables such gratitude, whilst also choosing to find solutions/take responsibility for what you previously saw as ‘problems’ or cause for ‘worry’ – develop new actions/thoughts/feelings in order to create different responses from yourself, and likely therein from others also? Kind blessings to you that you choose to manifest all you desire of the best and highest. May you choose the opportunity to explore any negative childhood blocks which need releasing and transmuting, so you can choose to be free and manifest freely. Love and light to you, Sophie

  11. Love this post, and perfect timing (of course!). My question is, letting go of “how” something is going to work out and staying in the “joyful unfolding of it” when I’ve got a particular timeline to complete it by? This is for a childhood dream purchase.

  12. Hi Gabby! I’m so glad I pre ordered your new book, really looking forward to reading it! Unfortunately I didn’t receive the seminar, is it because I’m in Canada? I sent my receipt#, but received no links to the seminar. Wondering if Im doing something wrong. <3

  13. Thank you. I’ve been so busy with work related results and holding it all together with my mediation I’ve let go of aspects of my health and eating habits and feeling a little lost about that. Just as you said ‘feel what it would be like’, ‘write it down’, ‘be unapologetic’ I had my power back. I preordered the book ages ago – I’m so looking forward to the workshop!! X

  14. Thank you, Gabby,
    I pre ordered the book and I’m looking forward to your workshop! I am kind of a new follower and I enjoy you practical videos!
    We constantly need reminders, right? Thank you so much for the manifesting reminders! I’m going to write my goals right now!
    My most recent goal is to renovate or build a house. The house I live in, I mean. Not just any house, MY house. I have just decided this two days ago and I’m ready! I’m starting researching builders and I now have a vision. That part is easy, I’m ready to put my hands in the clay! I now need to manifest the dough (money)! Lol I can feel it coming!!! Thank you!!!

  15. OMG! Gabby, you always nail it! I have a SUCH a burning desire to contribute and help others to realize their dreams! Your videos and guidance really inspire me! Thank you so much!

  16. Hi Gabby,

    Does this work if we want two things at the same time? I want to experience romance and I also want to get a publishing deal for my book. I want both things equally but am worried they are canceling each other out. Help!

  17. I have my hands in the clay. I’m ready. I’ve been manifesting something since October 2015 and I know with my entire soul and heart it will be in Jan 2017. ???? I trust that my HP has my back. I love you Gabby! ????????

  18. Thank you. This was explained so simply and really made me understand how to get that ‘manifestation buzz’ going! I am ready for my intention to become true tonight! Love to you all! xx

  19. Thanks Gabby, you always fire me up and inspire me!
    I’m so excited and can’t wait for this workshop to help get me out of my own way and serving the women I was sent to serve ????
    Love love love

  20. Hi Gabby! Thanks so much for the video, I wanted to share a little story with you! I’m moving across Canada to Vancouver Island to follow my passion and start a diploma program in Holistic Nutrition. My partner and I are leaving our hometown in two weeks, and still had no place to live, despite being on the hunt for over two months and sending literally hundreds of emails, making phone calls, and filling out countless apartment applications. After watching this video on Monday morning, I realized that I was feeling worried, desperate, and full of anxiety. I took a breath and reminded myself how easy it had been to get accepted into my nutrition program, and that I had so many signs from the universe pointing me down this path. I took out a pen and wrote down, “I am ready to move forward. I am ready to find a new home and make it mine.” Then I thought of how I would feel when I found a home: relieved, joyful, and excited!

    That afternoon, I picked up the phone at work, and it was a leasing agent from Victoria calling for my boss for my employment reference! I acknowledged this (very!) joyfully. Ten minutes later my friend texted to say that she had spoken to the agent and given a great personal reference. Things were on the go!

    Tuesday evening, the very next day, my partner and I signed the lease agreement on an apartment. In a very competitive market, it is in the area we want, we got to choose our perfect move-in date, and it is much less expensive than we had anticipated. I couldn’t have imagined that we would end up with our ideal home! This story got a bit long, but I just wanted to express my immense gratitude to you for posting the video at the absolute perfect time. And now that I have an address, I will be ordering your new book 🙂 Can’t wait to read it!

  21. Any further tips on feeling as if it were already mine? I struggle with that tactically. Am I just play pretending, faking it till I make it? I don’t understand how to get my individual energy on the vibration of what I want. Thank you so much, G! ????????

  22. Thank you Gabby! My shamanic healer commented that she sees me “molding the clay”.. Your video ties together the mindful loose ends & reminds me to feel & vibrate into my desires. I’ve been listening to Abraham for the past couple years.. Coupled with your books, it’s a powerful way to go! Sat Nam??

  23. You know, I’m going to be really honest to say that I’m not really feeling it this time – I feel your Oprah story is amazing, but what about everyday people? What about a small boy in Ethiopia using these manifesting principles, or a Syrian refugee. I’m trying my best right now to believe all of this, but just this past week I’m feeling everything is so ‘slow’ to come about. While I’ve received some excellent “luck” too, sometimes this feels too much like marketing (only). Not everyone has Instagram and a high advertising lifestyle. While I love all this, and certainly try, I do wonder lately how much of my “achievements” of late has been more because I have been financially able vs an actual miracle.

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