5 powerful manifestation techniques for rational thinkers
Sometimes there are concepts whose literal meanings are just perfect for practical application, but they've become so ubiquitous that you refrain from using out of fear of your beliefs or intentions being mistakenly categorized.
Manifestation is one of those concepts that has lost the essence of its true meaning by association with the law of attraction philosophy — but we've decided it is just too good a term to be owned exclusively by the New Age crowd.
We're not against New Age or any other belief systems, in fact we borrow heavily from many different schools of thought for our own personal development and to support yours through this website. We're against disregarding certain words or phrases because they've been hijacked by specific religions or pseudoscientific movements.
So we are officially declaring that manifestation is free for all to use, and in this guide we're sharing a framework that you can feel comfortable applying — even if you are a rational thinker who needs sound logic to back up any concept you consider.
The manifestation framework we've developed is called VAPOR. We didn't intend for this framework to spell out an actual, relevant word but very much like that it coincidentally did. The word vapor means haze, mist or that which is shapeless or formless. And the job of the framework is to help you turn your airy, fanciful ideas and desires into tangible, physical form.
This is in adherence with the literal definition of manifestation which, according to Oxford Dictionaries, means an event, action, or object that clearly shows or embodies something abstract or theoretical. Below are the elements that make up the VAPOR manifestation framework:
Vision — a detailed mental image of what you want your future to look like (what you want to manifest)
Aim — the intention you set to actually pursue your vision (focused aspiration)
Process — a step-by-step plan or blueprint that guides your actions in pursuit of your vision
Operation — the mechanism or means by which you execute the process to achieve your vision
Result — the outcome of following all the preceding steps in the framework to see your vision manifested
Here on Earth there are three states of matter — gas, liquid or solid. It takes energy to form matter and to transform it from one state to another. Likewise, it took some work (energy) to form your ideas and desires and it will take even more work to transform them from invisible vapor to visible objects or experiences in your life.
A quick aside, no where in the framework do you see anything about thinking positive then something magically appearing out of thin air. If that works for you, then please use that method because it's an amazing shortcut to success.
We're a strong advocate of elevating your mindset because it is one of many factors that will empower you to work the framework. However, from our experience, happy thoughts without a logical game plan have led to spectacular failures.
So if positive thinking alone hasn't worked for you, give the VAPOR framework a try. Each element of the framework includes a specific technique that will help push you towards your goal. Let's get into it.
Manifestation Technique 1: Vision
A vision is more than just the random thoughts you conjure in your head or the fleeting ideas and wishes that come and go in daydreams. A vision is a highly detailed mental image (or visualization) of what you want your future to look like.
If in your manifestation research thus far you were told all you needed to do was create a mood board with pretty pictures, we're sorry to break the news that you that must go beyond that. One of the best examples of a thorough and meaningful type of visualization process is a thought experiment.
Thought experiments, according to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, are devices of the imagination used to investigate the nature of things.
They are used across a number of disciplines and, irrespective of the goal, they all entail a methodical way of thinking that is designed to explore, explain and express ideas and theories about the unknown in an efficient and effective way.
Let's break this down and see how to apply it in a non-academic context. A thought experiment includes three parts:
A clear idea, hypothesis or theory that has yet to be manifested into reality.
A process of deliberation about the idea in question or imagining of how it might work in real life.
An experimental component where the idea is brought into tangible form through prototypes.
The all-time master of visualized thought experiments was Einstein. In fact, they were the hallmark of his career and directly contributed to his monumental theory of relativity.
Therefore, as it pertains to manifestation, visualization via thought experiments are intensive exercises designed to shape an idea and prepare it for movement beyond the boundaries of imagination into reality.
Manifestation Technique 2: Aim
Once you have a detailed vision in place, the next step is setting an intention around it. Is it an idea you will actually pursue? Intention is a commitment to follow through on a specified goal. It is not the passive state of simply hoping, but of actively and deliberately readying yourself to do what you aim to do.
It is critical that you incorporate vision work into your daily routine so you can consistently commit to it. The most meaningful way to be intentional is to create time and space for working on your vision. For instance:
designating a dedicated place in your home or office where you can work, without distraction, on your vision
allocating and protecting a block of time each day that is exclusively for vision work
specifying and directing a set of resources towards the development of your vision
You can think about your vision all day long, but if you are not intentional about bringing it forth, it will remain nothing more than an idea.
Manifestation Technique 3: Process
With your intention set and the conditions created to begin work on manifesting your vision, it's now time to develop a step-by-step plan that guides your actions.
This is the point where failure becomes imminent for many ideas. The vision is clear, the intention is set, but there is no plan (or the plan is bad). You've got to be strategic about how you manifest your vision. This requires a detailed action-oriented blueprint that outlines how you are going to get from A to Z.
As you move through the process, you are sure to encounter obstacles and will have to make adjustments to your plan along the way.
It is important to be flexible and agile in order to deal with unforeseen challenges, still you need a plan to establish the general direction and give you a sense of orientation. Otherwise manifesting your vision could end up feeling more like running around in a maze.
Manifestation Technique 4: Operation
One thing you will quickly learn as you shift from one step in the process to the next, is that there are always tools and tactics you end up needing to employ, that you didn't realize you would need.
For instance, if your vision is to live in Europe you will understand that getting a Visa is part of the process. But it's not until you actually start working on that step that you realize how cumbersome getting a Visa actually is.
What you may have assumed would entail booking an immigration appointment and bringing in a few documents, might actually turn into several appointments, reams of paperwork, bringing a translator so there is no confusion and maybe even hiring a lawyer to increase your odds of success.
If you've ever worked in a large organization, you may have noticed that they have different parts of their core processes divided up into different teams. Most notably, strategy is typically separated from operations because they require different skill sets.
Strategists are high-level, big picture thinkers and take a long-term view. Operational specialists get into the nitty gritty of a specific part of the process and are highly skilled at execution. Without them, the strategy would fail.
As both the creator and project manager of your vision, you'll have to get comfortable wearing these different hats. You will especially have to develop resourcefulness which is key to efficient and effective execution.
Manifestation Technique 5: Result
The final part of the framework is the outcome of following all the preceding steps. But what's noteworthy about the result is that it may not be exactly what you visualized.
You may have had a dream of going to law school and could see yourself walking around the corridors of Yale waxing eloquently about the constitution. But in reality, despite getting into the all the top law schools, you decided that studying for three years on the sunny lawn of Stanford's campus would be way more inspiring than in the dreary East Coast.
In abstract form, your ideas are uninhibited and unbounded. As you begin to manifest them, they meet with friction as they take shape and cross over into reality.
Often, the most significant cause of friction are the other ideas, desires or commitments you have that may conflict with your vision. For example, you want to go to a top law school and Yale was your first choice. But you'd rather be in a warmer climate plus your partner is from the West Coast, so you choose Stanford instead.
In most cases, what you visualize is only a best guess or representation of what it will actually end up being in tangible form. And this is a good thing. Remember as a savvy project manager your goal is to stay true to the essence of the vision while adapting to the forces of reality so you can bring it forth expediently.
If you learn to do this successfully, over time you will become a master at consciously creating the change you want to see in your life and will be delighted at the outcomes, even though they may differ from the initial idea.
Just don’t forget to reflect on your journey and practice gratitude for accomplishing what you set out to achieve as this helps you develop a growth mindset and become even better at directing your thought toward tangible results.
There are many claims and practices in law of attraction theory that inspire skepticism for good reason: because they seem to defy the laws of nature. Though we respect and wholeheartedly believe in nurturing spiritual and philosophical beliefs, it's important to remember that we are still playing in the realm of the physical, and will find life easier if we respect its ground rules.