Are You Manic Manifesting?

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“I’ve made lists. I’ve built the vision board. I’m praying and journaling. I’ve said it a thousand times, I told all my friends. I’m doing everything right, but it’s STILL NOT HAPPENING! What am I doing wrong?” 

Believe me, you’re not alone. I’ve been there.

In late 2017, I was getting ready to publish my book Judgment Detox. Writing this book had been a beautiful and transformational experience. But when it came time to launch it, I let myself get really stressed out.

I became overwhelmed with fear. I felt like there were so many factors out of my control, and I felt pressured to perform.

I got so caught up in my fear that I tried to control everything in order to feel safe. An old story of mine started playing in my mind on a loop: “If I don’t do it, no one else will.” I wouldn’t let anyone support me. Not my team, not my friends and not the Universe.

Instead, I tried to force the Universe to give me the results I wanted. But my energy was so chaotic and fearful that I unconsciously repelled my desires.

I was seriously out of alignment with my Super Attractor power. I wasn’t co-creating my reality… 

I was manic manifesting.

What Is Manic Manifesting?

Check out this video to see how Manic Manifesting unfolds:

Manic manifesting happens when we try to control our manifestations. It’s very common, because we all get hung up on outcomes. We all want things to go a certain way.

Here’s the thing: We can have all the spiritual tools in the world, but if we don’t tune in to the Universe, we can’t receive what we desire.

When we try to control or manipulate our manifestations, our energy becomes frantic and needy. This is a very low-vibration energy that simply doesn’t match the high, loving vibration of the Universe. Our energy attracts its likeness, so in this low-vibe state you’re a magnet for more low-vibe situations and experiences.

Look, there’s nothing wrong with being clear. But, it’s not about having a perfect vision board or the most amazing list. You can do all that work, spend a lot of time with the list and talking about what you want, but you forget to assume the energy of what it feels like to be in that manifestation. 

So whether you want a new relationship, more money, a better attitude, a more solid relationship to your family, there is a way to stop manic manifesting and experience a quantum shift.  To do that you must commit to see things differently. 

The moment you decide to feel better,  you’re going to think better and have a better life. 

We manifest when we align with an energy of joy

Gabby Bernstein manifesting joy in the snow

Those of us on a spiritual path can sometimes think, “If I meditate enough, pray enough, talk about what I want enough, create a vision board, if I do enough spiritual work, then anything I want will just come to me.”

Sorry folks, manifesting isn’t about “getting” and “making.” It’s about being. It’s about being in the energy of love, joy and faith.

When we align with an energy of joy, inspiration, excitement and enthusiasm, we are truly manifesting. Aligning with that presence of joy now gives you the momentum to attract more of its likeness.

So how can you get back to a place of joy, let go of that need to control and start attracting what you want?

How To Stop Manic Manifesting

I want to give you 3 steps you can start following today to stop manic manifesting and start attracting what you want.

Step 1: Recognize that you’re manic manifesting

The first step is to get honest about how you’re trying to control your manifestations.

When you notice that you’re obsessing over an outcome or catch yourself trying to play tricks with the Universe, begin by simply witnessing your behavior without any judgment. 

The sooner you recognize how you’re manic manifesting, the sooner you can surrender and get back into alignment.

Step 2: Pray for the highest good

Instead of praying for an outcome, I pray for the highest good for all | Gabby Bernstein | The Universe Has Your Back card deck

The fastest way to release a needy and controlling vibe is to stop praying for what you think you need and instead pray for the highest good for all.

Whenever you pray for the highest good, you get your agenda out of the way. You surrender to the Universe’s plan and release your own.

When you’re fixated on what you think is best, you could be blocking something even greater! What you think you need is often in the way of what’s of the highest good for you.

Step 3: Focus on how you want to feel

I have a whole chapter in Super Attractor called “It’s Good to Feel Good.” That’s how important this step is.

Gabby bernstein holding a universe has your back mug, manifesting

Here’s an excerpt from that chapter:

…Many of us don’t even realize that feeling bad is a decision we’ve made. We think things like, “I’ll feel good when I get clean bill of health.” Or, “I’ll feel good when I have the money in the bank.”

When we do this, we’re putting the outcome before the feeling. We have it all twisted! We think that we must live in fear in order to get something we want, which will then allow us to feel good. But the truth is that once you feel good, you start to easily attract what you desire! When we make feeling good our priority, everything else can flow.

There are a couple of easy ways to focus on how you want to feel so you can stop manic manifesting and start co-creating.


A Miracle Member once asked me this question on a Facebook Live: “If I’m wishing for love to enter my life, do I need to focus on manifesting love and not on the hope that the really cute guy next door will be the one?”

I told her, “If you focus on thinking that he’s got to be the one, you’re manic manifesting. Instead, start focusing on what it feels like to be in the presence of love. One way to do that is to put your attention on the love that’s already in your life — like the love in your friendships and your family.”

When you appreciate what’s thriving in your life, you attract even more of it.


You have the power to create the world you want to see! Spend a few minutes a day visualizing what you want (and most importantly, how you want to feel). This practice is called creative visualization.

Watch this video for my guidance:

As I say in the video, being in that feeling is what truly manifests your desires into form. You start to feel what you want to create even before it you can see it.

When you start focusing on how you want to feel, you can stop manic manifesting and start allowing.

How I stopped manic manifesting and got back into alignment

In the midst of my last book tour, it became clear to me that I was badly out of alignment. My energy wasn’t supporting what I wanted.

One night I told my husband that I was done with the drama and misery. I said, “I’m getting more help and I’m clearing space to focus on my gifts.”

My words were a prayer that shifted my energy within seconds. I started focusing on how I wanted to feel, daydreaming about feeling supported and free. I elevated my energy, began effortlessly attracting and wrapped up my book tour in California feeling awesome.

This happened because I stopped manic manifesting and told the Universe I was ready to realign.

Remember: When you release your desires to the care of the Universe, you will be given much more than you could ever imagine.

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  1. Hi!
    I forgot to ask:
    If I want to feel more supported
    What things would you do to cultivate
    That feeling?


    1. Great question, Carlota. Here are some things you can do:
      – Set the intention to ask for help
      – Become willing to receive help
      – Ask yourself what you can do to support yourself (for example, if you want to wake up early, can you support yourself by going to sleep earlier?).

      1. Thank Gabby!
        I think the real question is:
        What can I do to cultivate the feeling of being supported with my art?

  2. Thank you Gabby!
    I feel so supported with your great advice!!! You are a good teacher 🙂


    Super Charlotte 😉

  3. Thank you for this reminder to surrender to the universe. I’ve been struggling with feelings of grief and overwhelming loss and needed to read this today. Thank you for all you do!

  4. So true.I know this but I ended the year feeling sad and tired.I worked on lifting the sad but still felt really drained.I have wanted to do lots of positive things but felt too tired.I have however been meditating alot. I m an empath and had felt that I had been drained.Anyway this is a reminder.Today I will put on music,walk the beach and do some art all things that bring me joy and yes…I will surrender to God and give thanks for the highest good for all in my prayers.And we ll go from there Thanks Gabby ,love snd light Robyn

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