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How Do You Manifest?

I would love to hear what your favorite manifestation technique is.

I'm a very visual person, so I like making vision boards & manifestation grids. Vision boards are basically like big collages of things that symbolize your goals. A manifestation grid is the same thing, with the addition of adding reiki symbols. You can draw symbols (CKR & DKM are the ones I usually use, though often I will throw in a HSZSN vertically and horizontally). This also prompts you to put added energy towards your goals every time you pass by or glance at it.

What do you do when you really want to see something come to fruition in your life?


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Aug. 17th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
I haven't done a collage since highschool. But this sounds like a fun thing to help me refocus on what is important to me.
Aug. 17th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
It's a lot of fun. I do them online, too. Facebook actually has a vision board app and I had fun making one of those. I saved the pic and put it on my desktop right above where my slideshow plays. I use the slideshow functions the same way. :)
Aug. 17th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
I don't have you on Facebook, are you interested in adding me?

Alexis Ham
Aug. 17th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
I added you. Hope I picked the right one!
Aug. 17th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
i cannot find where on facebook this is. can you link to it or something for me. i've never done a vision board and am not sure how i would even go about doing one for the things i'd like, but.... hey, if you don't try, you don't succeed!
Aug. 17th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
I tried to send you an invite, but I don't see a place to do that. If you go to my profile, I have a 'Vision Board' tab on my wall. You should be able to get to the app from there, hopefully.

It appears to have a bug that's making some of my pictures double up now. Weird. If you can't find it, the actual app is called "The Ultimate Vision Board".

Edited at 2009-08-17 11:12 pm (UTC)
Aug. 17th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
I do my vision boards in a scrapbook.:) That's the life mapping workshops I give.
Aug. 17th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Very awesome! I have been meaning to do scrapbooking, but just never got to it. I have quite a bit of material that I saved up. I'll have to collect them all in one spot and give it a try.
Aug. 17th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
My favorites are:

crayon drawings - the sillier, the better!

writing/drawing on an index card, then burning it and flushing it down the toilet

straight-up visualization - sometimes it seems really simplistic, but it's almost SCARY how effective it is when I really put the energy into it

Aug. 17th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
I do a whole lot of visualization. I've actually done most of those, but I think I'm overdue for a good crayon drawing. Thanks!
Aug. 17th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
This reminds me...Time to burn some green candles...Need a job! Yeah... lighting green candles can bring on tutoring students / money / jobs or the thing I might buy if I had the money.

(Trots off to the window sill to flick a Bic...)
Aug. 17th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
It's been quite a long time since I really did any candle work. I'll have to invest in some as soon as I can.
Aug. 17th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
A while back, I invested in some battery powered candles that look and even smell like the real things, but they are fire / smoke free....Kid and pet proofed! They make me feel a lot safer, but I know candles can be iffy in a house with young kids and or pets who love to explore.
Aug. 17th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
So I actually now have both real candles and the fake ones. P.
Aug. 17th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
"I want [blank]"

Speaking it always seems most powerful for me. Sometimes I write it out, if it's more complicated.
Aug. 17th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Simple sounds good!
Aug. 18th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
It really is. :)
Aug. 25th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
So how do I manifest? I close my eyes and squeeze really tightly. >< humph. lol.
The gnomes will show up any moment now. Watch.

Ok, so to illustrate my processes I’m going to describe how I went about doing a spell for Manda recently, to bring forward her true home and unite her family with it. I’m sorry if this is rather long, but seeing as no one else answered this question in any detail, I thought a bit of detail might be helpful to someone out there. Manifesting, after all, is simply what we witches do, so I’m going to take the opportunity to share some experiential knowledge--at the risk of being a bit of a know-it-all. :P

The way I make spellcraft (or manifest, insert the terminology of your choice) is akin to the way people play music by ear. That is, when it suites me I will follow some sort of prescribed methodology as has been written by another person or culture, but more often than not I follow my instincts and bring together elements which feel right at the time, in a way which is right to me. By my way of understanding, all such rituals, symbols, and methods are tools, and like any tool you can choose to use it in the way originally conceived (using a hammer to drive a nail) or in a way convenient in the moment (using a hammer to squash a spider with great efficiency). In its essence, this is the definition of the sympathetic school of magick; that is, the magick comes from the mind of the person making it, so all that is required is that you believe the outcome will happen, and all your tools and accessories are there to help you envision and make it true. The opposite is of course the school of ritual magick, which holds that the magick is within the objects, symbols, or prescribed ritual one uses. (I’m simplifying things a bit, but I’m trying not to make this post too long)

So with Amanda’s spell, per usual, as soon I have a mind to perform magick, something will come into my head telling me how to do it. In this case, I had an idea to draw-out a stylized picture of her family in their home, with each person being represented with a small design in a color unique to them, as the design came into my imagination. This effigy, then, was to be kept protected, and in protecting it and placing it in a safe and secure place, make manifest in that same vein the real scene on which the effigy was based. This is sympathetic magick at its core; by treating the effigy like reality, the energy transfer which occurs will make reality mirror that of my symbol, or make the scene represented therein come to be.

Beginning always in the herb cupboard, I began pulling together things whose energy felt complimentary to the energetic pattern I had going in my head. This is the way I always proceed. I’ll be the first to admit that my knowledge of traditional herbology is crap, and as far as what herbs are “supposed” to do, I really know the bare minimum. But holding to my philosophy of magick, it doesn’t matter if it works for other people, it matters if it works for me and that I have confidence that it will, indeed, work for me in the way I like. It’s rather like when I put cinnamon and nutmeg in my coffee; it doesn’t matter if other people think that’s crazy, it just matters that I think it works.

Aug. 25th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
Re: So how do I manifest? I close my eyes and squeeze really tightly. >< humph. lol.
Now, part of me has always been connected to Caribbean magick, but there is a very reasonable reason for this. People who lived in the middle of the forest in England may have had access to hundreds of different plants, and they would have had the time to seek and harvest those of rarer availability. But slaves or dirt-poor folk don’t really have those sorts of luxuries, and so vodoun and voodoo are done with things people *did* have access to: coffee, flour, old nails, flowers, dirt, chickens, liquor, etc. Really, witches/energy workers from this tradition may not have necessarily invented the sympathetic magickal use of herbs and tools, but they do very much exemplify it, seeing as magick works as well with coffee grounds and moon water in an old jelly jar as it does with mistletoe untouched by human hands and water from a sacred spring in a silver goblet. So part of what I have adopted from this culture is the idea of working with what is already in my house and what I enjoy eating and drinking, rather than trying to obtain and work with something that had something to do with the tastes of other people but not necessarily with me. (After all, I’m the witch here and now, and in the moment if the magick is to come from/through me, I’m all that matters.)

To be honest, I don’t remember exactly what herbs I chose because I added them into my bowl in the moment--though I believe there was cedar, tobacco, lavender, roses, sugar, black salt, dragon’s blood, and certainly other stuff I don’t remember. But it was about this point where my vision of the effigy became more clear, and rather than just a piece of paper I needed a box to keep all the energy contained and to make the symbology more clear. So I found a cardboard jewelry box for this purpose. With the bed of herbs inside this “house,” I also added bits and bobs from around here and there that struck me as having the right energy: a solid black stone to add stability and a small orange glass tile in the shape of the sun for happiness and abundant growth.

All of this I took into the sacred space in the backyard, along with some previously-blessed spell paper, some colored pencils, and incense and oil mixtures to burn (dragons blood, sandalwood, cinnamon, and lemon--and yes, I know, those don’t smell good together--I know better now. lol) and my black mirror, which at the moment I felt would be a good reflective tool for understanding just what symbols and designs should go on and in the effigy.

After reestablishing the sacred space and clearing out any funkiness or clingons, I grounded-out myself, defined the space parameters in my mind, called in the elemental energies of the four directions, invited the Lord and Lady, and filled the space with energy. I always find I respond well to incense when it comes to making magick. I’m an air-elemental heavy person, so the smoke and I jive well together, but I’m furthest from earth, so my reactions to taste/smell are the least familiar and least understood by my mind-- tapping into a more simple, primal kind of place within me where things before more simplified and therefore more clear. With my thoughts open and more connected to the earth around me, it became immediately obvious what I was to do. With the black mirror on the grass in front of me, I could see a clear reflection of the rolling clouds overhead. So the images used to create the *highly* stylized drawing of the energy of the four family members and their home was created through shapes that came to me through the clouds, and the right colors to use came on instinct.
Aug. 25th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Re: So how do I manifest? I close my eyes and squeeze really tightly. >< humph. lol.
I used that piece of paper specifically as my focus when I pictured my goal, saw it in my mind and believed it to be real, and pulled in the energy from all around me to make that image grow and become empowered. Then I folded up the paper, and in doing so (to my mind) carefully folding *in* that energy, so it was bound up and kept there. I folded it into a little tent-shape (also house-like) and added that to the little box with the other things already inside.

To feel the home as even more real and to add the potent energy of this element, I felt that I needed some “hearth fire” in that home. I was slightly concerned the thing would catch fire, but I proceeded to take a still-glowing lump of the dense, oily and ashy burned incense and put it under the “tent” (and yes, I burned myself. lol). Then I put the lid on the box and pulled all of the energy that was left in the circle into the box, making it seal and become one whole unit in my mind. The ember inside, as it eventually burned itself out, made the whole box very warm and very alive.

I also had the urge to write “home” on the outside of the box as well, as though stamping it and making it final. Words, consequently, are magick in themselves, because they carry so much along with them, conceptually, so they have their own innate manifesting power.

So putting the word with the energy seemed to seal the deal. The house was complete--it was an echo of something that really existed. And in fact, I had a vision of the real place as it exists now; as I told Amanda, her home is already out there, she just has to get to it. Then the box went into a safe place--a place where the energy of the little box (something that at this point was more than energy, it was personality, as it was so full of magick) would feel comfortable. It seemed to go well on the windowsill in my office. That’s a place that is comfortable, secure, and quiet for me, and there is a good view of the part of our yard that has our trees and our woodpile, kind of adding to the whole effect of the little house sitting in the woods with a hearty woodpile nearby.

If there is anything I wish to impart to anyone, it is this: magick and energy come to manifestation by your Willpower to make it so, by your belief that what you want to happen will indeed happen. To have success in such endeavors, you must approach it with an active, not passive, voice. The magickal energy involved may come from the origin of your choosing, but if you are intending to move, change, and otherwise make use of this energy than you surely believe that you have the right and the power to make these changes in the first place, yes? You are still moving it by your hand, so don’t feel in any way hesitant to do just that. A note in a bottle tossed into the sea will not reach its destination nearly as well as a letter sent express mail, after all, so if you know what your energy needs to do and where it needs to go--just send it there will all your Will. That is your birthright as a human being, as an appendage of divine and sacred powers--or at least as far as my humble beliefs tell me, that is. You have that ability, because that ability is your own confidence that it will be done. It will be true by your own desire to make it so, and that and that alone is the crux of magick.
Aug. 25th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Re: So how do I manifest? I close my eyes and squeeze really tightly. >< humph. lol.
Wow, thank you so much! I can really feel the power you put into it as you describe it. I think I told you, around the same time you made that, Josh started talking about how suddenly it felt more "real" and "solid".

I think we both have an extremely similar process, even if it manifests in different ways. I'm very much with you about following guidance and using what you have available. With the house, it's mostly been hardcore visualization for me (both in mind and with vision boards). I think it's awesome that you actually made a 3-D representation, and I love how you put the embers inside. That's something I might never have thought of, but it feels so very warm and right.

Thanks for sharing all of this!
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