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Struggling to Manifest? Try This

Updated: Dec 9, 2021

One of the more talked about components of spirituality is manifesting abundance.

You can find hundreds of books, free online challenges, and courses teaching you how to manifest abundance in your life. But even with all the information and strategies available to us, many people still come up short. Why?

It Might Be Because...

There are many reasons why you might not be manifesting abundance, such as abundance blocks, limiting beliefs, detrimental energy, or being closed off to receiving. But sometimes even when all those energetic issues are cleared away, people can still struggle manifesting their desires. (By the way, as an energy healer, I think it is essential for these energies to be shifted for overall well-being.) But there is something that even an energy healer can’t do for you, and that's choosing your desires for you.

If you are struggling with manifesting abundance, you should get clear on your goals.

Simply saying I want more abundance doesn’t cut it. You have to say what it is you desire.

Abundance, by definition, just means plenty of something. You can have plenty of anything. Plenty of fun, money, love, stress, challenges, debt.

So if you want an abundance of something, get specific. Tell the Universe exactly what you want.

Asking Questions for More Clarity

Since one of the most popular things to manifest is money, we will use it as the object of our desire for this discussion.

An abundance of money looks different for everyone. What does that look like for you?

Does that mean having fat stacks of cash, stocks, bonds, a full savings account, an overflowing checking account, real estate, jewelry, investments, a certain level of income? Does it mean a certain amount of money in your wallet at any given time? Does it mean an ability to do certain things with your money at any given time?

What do you want to do with your money? How do you want to feel with your money? Answering these types of questions can give you the clarity you need to be more specific with your desires. And while we're at it, maybe it’s not really an abundance of money you desire, since most of our money is electronic numbers versus physical money. Maybe it is really an abundance of wealth you are seeking. Or...maybe it is money. You get to choose!

But back to money.

Lessons from a Manifesting Exercise

In my private SpiritualiTEA group, we did a 21-day exercise envisioning we had a certain amount of money each day and had to spend it all. The amount of money increased with each day. Day 1 was $1,000, Day 2 $2,000 and so on. As you can imagine, further into the exercise, choosing what we would spend the money on became a bit more difficult. By the time we had gotten halfway through the exercise, many of us had paid off everything we wanted to and bought and donated almost everything we wanted to.

This exercise can possibly prove a few things:

  1. Most of us already have abundance we weren’t aware of,

  2. We didn’t need a ton of money to have and experience things we desire, and

  3. Our desire to have abundance was greater than our clarity of what we needed or craved abundance for.

That last one really hit home for me! When you go to a restaurant, you don't tell your server you want to eat, you tell your server specifically what you want to eat. It's important to do the same when you're communicating your desires with the Universe. How can we expect the Universe to deliver when we aren't even clear on what we want?

Increasing Manifesting Abilities

When we say we want to manifest abundance, we must know what we are trying to create for us to increase our manifesting abilities. Here are some ideas of more specific intentions to get your creativity flowing:

  • I’m financially abundant to take my family on an exotic vacation every year.

  • I always have $XXXXX in my bank account.

  • My wallet always has $XXX or more in it.

  • I always pay my bills with ease.

  • I always have XX months of extra income saved up and available to me.

  • I have more than enough cash to purchase my dream home/car/investment/desire outright.

  • The legacy I leave for my children includes $XXXXXXX.

  • I have $XXXX disposable income leftover every month so I can donate/buy/splurge on X, Y, and Z.

Being unclear of our intentions with abundance inhibits our ability to manifest. But the good news is that getting very clear on your intentions with abundance increases your ability to manifest.

Try It Yourself

Where have you been struggling to manifest abundance? It's time to use what you’ve learned to get clear on your intentions and write them down. This is you sending out to the Universe exactly what you want triggering a chain of events to try to make it happen for you.

While you're waiting for your desires to actualize, here are things to watch for:

  • How you’re feeling compared to how you felt before,

  • Signs or omens that you’re on the right track (angel numbers, feathers, spirit animal messages, someone sharing information that seems to validate what you’re working on),

  • New opportunities coming your way,

  • Good and unexpected surprises (like money out of nowhere or bills or debt reduced without you trying to make that happen), and/or

  • Greater clarity and confidence in the actions you take.

You might be wondering how long it takes for your desires to manifest. That completely depends on what it is you are trying to manifest. Sometimes things are able to manifest immediately and some things naturally take time. For manifesting that seems to be taking longer, you’ll want to be paying attention to the signs along the way and your intuition, like if you feel a course correction is needed, your intentions need to be fine-tuned, or if energetic barriers are present.

Bonus Tip: When setting your intentions, do it from a place of love and trust, not out of fear or worry.

Happy Manifesting!

Be love. Be light. Just Be.


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About the Author: Hi, I'm Serena James! I'm an energy healer passionate about helping people experience a life full of joy, wellness and prosperity. I'm the owner of Just Be and author of the book Vibe Higher. Be sure to check out my Resources page to support you on your journey of healing and feeling your best.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any action you take as a result of this information is self-prescribed and your right to do so.


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