How to Use Manifesting to Get Anything You Want: My Interview with Marie Forleo

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One of my favorite interviews ever is a conversation I had in my NYC living room with my girl Marie Forleo. In this MarieTV video I talk about how to use manifesting to get anything you want.

True success is an inside job… so watch our interview or keep reading for my guidance!

How to manifest anything you want

You can watch our full interview from 2012 in the video below. You can also keep reading for my biggest tips on how to use manifesting to get anything you want.

What is manifesting?

Energy flows where my intention goes. | The Universe Has Your Back card deck by Gabby BernsteinManifesting is acquiring the experience of what it is that you want to feel, and then being, living and believing in that experience. And finally, allowing that experience to come into form.

You can practice manifesting to attract whatever you want, whether that’s a successful business, good health, a relationship or even a material object.

Sometimes we manifest things far beyond our wildest dreams. So when manifesting, it’s important to stay open to possibilities that are beyond what you think you need. When you align with the loving energy of the Universe, there are no limits to what you can attract. When we’re manifesting it’s important to be open to, as I say, “this or something better.”

Manifesting is very creative. It’s the process of vibrating at a high frequency, and allowing that energy to co-create with the energy that’s around you.

Manifesting is natural

In the video above, Marie says:

I know I like to always believe that I’m co-creating with the Universe, because I really believe there are no such things as coincidences. I’ve had too many experiences in my life where I’m like, “Oh my God, that’s what I wanted and it all seemed to line up, and it was incredible.” So, that’s really part of what we’re talking about here, right? Our ability to play an active role, but almost paradoxically a passive role, in helping things that we want come into our life.

This is exactly right! There’s a line from the metaphysical text A Course in Miracles: “Miracles occur naturally, and when they’re not occurring something has gone wrong.”

Miracles occur naturally

That synchronicity, that flow, that effortless action, that allowing that Marie talks about above — “Oh, I was thinking about that and it just showed up” — that’s how life is supposed to be!

Miracles are natural.

It’s just that we get in the way. Our negative belief systems, fears, anxiety, anger toward the past, future tripping and projecting: They all get in the way of allowing miracles to occur naturally.

3 steps to manifest anything you want

You may have some resistance to manifesting. Maybe it seems a little out-there. So I’m going to break down into clear steps that you can practice and try for yourself. Follow the steps below to manifest anything you want, or something better!

Step 1: Get clear about what you want

The first step in manifestation is to get very, very clear. If you’re not clear about what you desire, then you’ll start to call in some things that are not really what you want. You’ll be confused, and as a result you can call in some funky stuff.

Spend time gaining clarity around your desire. For example, I often say that I was a published author three years before I actually was a published author, because I believed so deeply.

I manifested my book with clarity and faith

Add More ~ing to Your Life: A Hip Guide to Happiness, by Gabby BernsteinThe recession hit when I was manifesting my first book, Add More ~ing to Your Life. I was talking one day with my stepfather, telling him all about my book that I wanted to bring into the world. He said to me, “Well, you know it’s a really tough time. It’s going to be really hard.” He was resisting my vision because he, like many people at the time, was having a hard time with the realities of the world.

I looked at him with so much conviction, and so much faith, and I said, “I believe in miracles. I believe I am a published author.” I published my book soon thereafter and it was very successful even in a recession.

That faithfulness, that belief system, is what allows a manifestation to come into form. But I had also done a significant amount of work to release all the limiting beliefs that I had been holding on to. That’s step #2.

Step 2: Understand your limiting beliefs

Once you’re clear about what you want, you can then get clear about all the ways that you don’t believe you can have it. All the limiting beliefs and all the negativity that might be blocking you.

For example, while manifesting my first book deal I had to clear the limiting belief that I couldn’t write. I really hadn’t written much past eighth grade. I didn’t do well in English classes in high school, and I didn’t take any writing courses in college. I had a negative belief about myself that I couldn’t write.

When we become willing to heal, the Universe leads us to exactly what we need

It takes courage to get real about our limiting beliefs and overcome them. This was a big one for me. But I overcame it by recognizing that “I can’t write. I’m not a writer,” was just a story I told myself.

Healing a limiting belief can just be witnessing that it’s not working and that it’s holding you back. When we witness that the old story isn’t working, that’s when we’re led to exactly what we need to overcome it, whether that’s a book, a teacher, a course, a therapist, anything.

Step 3: Trust that the Universe has your back

The Universe has my back. | The Universe Has Your Back card deck by Gabby BernsteinLetting go of our old stories and disbelief is a daily process. The more we let go of disbelief, the more we begin to be in the presence of our manifestation. We feel as though it’s already here, even when it hasn’t shown up yet.

In the example of me publishing my first book, I felt like a published author years before I was a published author.

Similarly, I felt abundant even when I was scrapping to get by. I still felt the presence of abundance, which allowed abundance to come into my life.

One key is to appreciate everything that is working. If you want to manifest abundance, appreciate everything in your life that reflects abundance, such as the food in your fridge, the money in your bank account, the paychecks you receive.

Don’t let the external world dictate your internal condition

When manifesting, you cannot let your outside world dictate your internal condition. The outside world will reflect your internal condition. So if you’re letting the outside stuff tell you, “I’m not good enough,” then you have a manifestation mishap. You’re not allowing yourself to co-create.

Your work is to focus on the internal. And I’ve done that in many cases in my life. Like picking up quarters to pay my gas money, and in that presence of not having a lot of money I still felt abundant.

Let the outside world reflect the amazingness you feel inside.

I did all that work to release my disbelief, and in that presence of believing my abundance, I’ve allowed a tremendous amount of abundance to come into my life.

We’ve got to hold the energy, and let the outside world reflect that amazingness inside.

“When will this manifestation ever show up?”

If you’re following the steps above and your manifestation hasn’t shown up yet, you might be getting impatient. You might be asking, “When is this going to come?” And as a result, you might start feeling some resistance to the process.

When you’re not patient, you’re controlling, you’re grasping and you’re manipulating. In short, you’re blocking the natural order. You’re blocking the positive energy that is flowing toward you, because you are vibrating a frequency of negative energy. Because you’re in fear.

Patience is the most important part of the manifestation process

The most important part of the manifestation process is patience. There’s another beautiful line from A Course in Miracles that speaks to this: “Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and wait without anxiety.”

I am a published author.
That man is on the way.
I am abundant.

When we have that certainty, then we can allow, we can be patient and we can be in the know. We can release the timeline and trust that the Universe has our back. The timeline that we think is best may not be best. Relax, allow and let the Universe bring you exactly what you want.

Strengthen your manifesting: Join The Universe Has Your Back Book Club!

The Universe Has Your Back book club
If you want to deepen your faith in the Universe and go big with manifesting, join The Universe Has Your Back Book Club! It’s a private Facebook group for readers of my book The Universe Has Your Back.

If you haven’t yet started the book, no problem! You can order it here. And cool news: The book is now out in paperback, and it includes an introduction to my next book, Super Attractor!

Join this group to meet spiritual running buddies who will support you as you hold visions of what you want and manifest your desires!

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Hey, is it possible to manifest something that was truly never meant to be yours in the first place? I have had a manifestation mishap (which coursed a lot of pain). But on the other hand I have seem “smaller” things that i have had manifester come to life.

    1. Hi Lesley! When calling things into your life, it can be helpful to have clarity on the contrast (what you don’t want) in order to know the things you truly do desire. Take this opportunity to have gratitude for the clarity, which will help you manifest what it is that you do want. XOX

  2. Wow! Thank you for stating this so beautifully. Your examples were especially helpful. I did some creative thinking about all three steps. It put me in such a good, easy mood. I am ready and pumped to make a phone call to prospect some lucrative projects from a customer. Your ripples are in my pond, ha ha!

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