Looking at the title, two usual reactions arise.
Reaction 1. What is that (manifestation)?
Reaction 2. Oh, here we go. More flaky B.S.
First of all, do not insult B.S. To me, that is Britney Spears, who I adore.- off topic.
Second, if the chances of making groundbreaking changes are so slim, not enough people are experiencing it, and people are taking forever to make things happen, then why not do a simple change in state of mind to make things happen? It is a lot easier and more efficient than winning the lottery. You have complete control over what your mind decides to cook up. Take charge of that power.
I edit one slight part of my previous paragraph. Manifestation is not EASY. It is not, because for some of us, we are reprogramming our own mind. How crazy is that? That is like trying to break the code of the very thing that is making us be who we are. This is like coup d’etat to the headquarters.
By the time that most us of reach age eight, our brain is wired in certain thinking patterns. We have a certain understanding of the world of how things work and where we belong. If the message from our families, schools, friends, were that having a great life that we love is just a pipe dream, then our thinking process will support that. Our actions will be based on that thought pattern. Then we go on, living the rest of our lives. Without mindfulness, we continue to absorb more toxic messages. which then, continues to become a part of our thinking pattern.
The tricky part of our brains is that it was first designed to fight or flight. This is the reptilian or caveman brain that the only response to stimuli was to deal with it in fight mode, or run away. In the modern world, the fight or flight response does not work most of the times. We require more sophisticated approach to dealing with problems, conflicts, and obstacles. The reptilian side of the brain is designed to focus on the negative and absorb it, because it has been a great defence mechanism. In the modern world, this means that we focus too much on what is not working. The uncontrollable problems become the reason why we cannot do things. We make millions of excuses why we cannot do what makes us happy. How many times, in the span of our lives, a negative comment cancelled out numerous positive compliments? How many times did one negative experience made us want to crawl back into our caves? This is the effect of the brain that focuses more heavily on the negative. We are not cave people anymore. There is no true danger in these types of negative stimuli.
Manifestation works like this. You think and live your current moment as if you have already reached your destination. If you cannot pay bills now but you want to be able to have an abundant life, then live as if you are abundant. This does not mean that you go on a shopping spree. It is about feeling safe, taken care of, and generous, even though you may not be there yet. This rewires your brain into thinking and living in that blissful state of where you want to be. The brain is plastic. The wiring can change, no matter what age and stage in a person’s life. In order for manifestation to work, we must think clearly. We must know first, what it is what we want in our lives, and be very specific about it. If we have a general thought of having an awesome life… what does awesome mean? Even wealth or love have such different degree of meaning from person to person. The universe does not deliver to general messages. Imagine going into a restaurant and saying that you want a sandwich. The server will not be able to bring you anything until you specify what sandwich you want.
I imagine some science minded people digging the brain rewiring part, but not being able to resolve the fact that living in a certain state will have the universe deliver it to you. This theory is not scientific in the sense that there are data systems to support it. However, plenty of people have experienced the power of manifestation, including myself. Ever since I have embodied this mindset, I have never not had enough. Living in the state of abundance has little to do with how much money one actually makes or has, or what material possessions they have. I have known plenty of well to do people who never feel that they have enough. They never feel generous to give. They are in the state of scarcity where the general habit is taking from others as much as they can, like the rest of the world owes them. There is no fulfillment in this state. There are no material things to fill that void. Only anger and resentment will dictate their every day living.
Manifestation takes time. Be patient. Truly believe in this, become clear and specific, and let the universe deliver your order, then allow yourself to receive. It will not likely happen tomorrow or in a month, but if you are in the true state of bliss, waiting will not feel like waiting. In your mind, you are already in that state of abundance. Going back to the example of ordering a specific sandwich at a restaurant; if you are not starving while waiting for your order, and you are having fun socializing with your favourite people, even an hour to receive your order will feel pleasant and a wonderful experience.