Journaling for manifestation can be a powerful way to develop a positive mindset, conducive to realising your dreams and aspirations. Try these manifesting methods, modified to utilise proven techniques to help you establish intentional habits and create the lifestyle you desire.

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Manifestation is an incredible, intoxicating concept. So much so that it’s often taken out of the context of science and proven results, into the realms of the mystical.

Which is a shame.

Because there are, in fact, some elements of manifesting which are backed by research – if you know where to look.

This article will deconstruct popular manifesting examples, separate the useful from the futile, and offer some genuinely effective techniques to achieve your goals.

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What is Manifestation Journaling?

Manifestation journaling involves consciously and intentionally writing about your desires with the purpose of making them your reality. There are several different manifestation methods and techniques (which we’ll be looking at more closely later), but they all have the same ultimate objective:

To realise your goals.

Manifesting has existed since the New Thought spiritual movement of the 19th century, and it appears to be gathering traction. 

The reason for its current popularity may simply be because it’s in vogue right now, but more likely is that the fascination with manifesting developed in response to needs once filled by organised religion. 

Manifestation gives the illusion of control at a time when we’re mostly powerless: it’s the perfect balm for a global pandemic.

Hope (and/or faith) is extremely valuable in situations when we have no control. However those focusing solely on a positive outcome without putting in the legwork required to overcome obstacles, might be setting themselves up for disappointment when it comes to accomplishing goals.

But, within the parameters I’m going to outline today, manifesting has: 

  • Legitimate value
  • A basis in psychology
  • Research supporting some truly fascinating ideas

The good news is that utilised in the right way, I promise you can absolutely manifest happiness, which is the ultimate goal, right?

Let’s take a look at exactly what manifestation journals are, the pitfalls to avoid, and how you can properly implement manifesting as a tool to level up your life. 

What Are Manifestation Journals?

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Manifestation journals can be a simple notebook used for the purpose of manifestation journaling, or you can purchase a journal specifically designed for the task, which is laid out accordingly and contains relevant prompts.

Does Manifestation Journaling Work?

When it comes to journal manifestation, there are two camps:

  1. Spiritual / mystical
  2. Psychological / science-based

Both have their place, but it’s important to appreciate the differences between the two so that you can learn more about and practice the kind that most resonates with you.

Mystical manifestation focuses on the vibrations of the universe, the cosmic laws of attraction, and the way our thoughts interact with that energy. It’s a very spiritual practice with lots of appeal (it’s very popular) – but little to back up its efficacy.

Value is largely placed on faith in the process, and while this is something to be careful of in the context of manifesting, it can provide enormous comfort: faith and spirituality are a very effective means of improving mental health.

But does manifesting have merit beyond promoting hope? Let’s take a look at the theory…

How Does Manifesting Work?

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Manifestation is a New Age philosophy, centred around quantum mechanics. 

The concept is that just like atoms, we too vibrate with positive or negative energy; high frequency thinking patterns, attitudes, and emotions result in positive vibrations, while low frequency thinking patterns result in negative vibrations.

The philosophy suggests that like energy attracts like energy, so those abundant in positive energy attract more positivity into their lives, while negative people attract negativity.

With this in mind, raising your frequency (having a more positive mindset) is said to attract positive energy and life experiences.

The theory around manifesting includes elements of research-backed psychology – it’s widely known that positive people are happier than negative people – interspersed with faith and spirituality.

A heady combination of the physical confused with the metaphysical, manifestation is peppered with just enough plausibility to make it extraordinarily alluring.

For anyone who may already be emotionally vulnerable, this can be be harmful. However, some of the theories behind manifesting can be utilised effectively, by modifying popular techniques.

Is Manifesting Real?

Manifesting is certainly a real movement; but while some people are religious or put their faith in destiny and the occult, I put mine in scientists and the capacity of the human mind to unlearn, relearn, adapt, and grow.

So, while many fans are deeply aligned with the philosophy of spiritual manifestation, I’m more interested in the science-based psychology of the mechanisms involved. 

I like to see and understand the evidence that backs up the journaling techniques I employ.

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Since the process of journaling is cathartic, any kind of manifestation journaling has merit; however some have proven success at getting results, and they are the ones I want to focus on, to help you accomplish your goals. 

With that in mind, this post explores a variety of journal manifestation examples – but with a heavy emphasis on those with research to support the theories behind what they aim to achieve.

Popular Spiritual Manifestation Journal Examples With Limitations – and How to Use Them Effectively

I’ll go over each of a range of journal manifestation methods, and for each one I’ll explain their limitations and how they can be approached in a healthier way. 

In many cases it’s simply a shift in perception of a given exercise that can change it from implausible, to legitimate technique.

Journal Manifesting Methods

1. ‘I Am’ Journaling

How to Practice the I Am Manifestation Method the Spiritual Way

‘I am’ journaling is essentially writing out affirmations. You will see some articles about this form of manifesting talk about how simply stating positive daily affirmations increases your vibration and frequency, thereby attracting your desires to you.

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How to use this manifesting method for real results

The psychological scoop is that when used correctly, affirmations are genuinely powerful. They can help to bring focus and profoundly change your mindset, defeating self-limiting talk and opening you up to new opportunities.

2. 5×55 Journaling

How to Practice the 5×55 Manifestation Method the Spiritual Way

In this manifestation method, the idea is to set an intention, and then create an affirmation around it, in the present tense as though the goal has already been achieved. You should then write down this affirmation 55 times, every day for five days.

It’s said that the stronger the feelings evoked in you by the act of writing down the affirmation, the more quickly it will become you reality, and in any case this method will manifest it within five days.

There’s nothing wrong with using affirmations, but it’s important to exercise caution when using them in this manner. Naturally, simply wishing hard for something is not enough to bring it to fruition.

When writing present-tense affirmations, if you know them to fundamentally be untrue, they’re unlikely to work (and if they do it will be a coincidence). But importantly – it’s also unlikely to motivate you to take the necessary action to accomplish the goal.

How to use this manifesting method for real results

Creating the right kind of affirmation can definitely be beneficial.

For example, manifesting a state of mind can be successful

Find out how to write effective confidence affirmations that really work!

3. The 3x6x9 Method

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How to Practice the 3x6x9 Manifestation Method the Spiritual Way

This manifestation method centres around two ideas:

  • The numbers 3, 6, and 9 being important in numerology
  • Abraham’s 17 second rule

Numerology is the pseudoscientific belief in the mystical relationship between numbers and events, while Abraham is self-described as ‘a group consciousness from the non-physical dimension’. 

The 17 second rule states that if you focus on a thought for 17 seconds, it will create energy around it; if you focus on it for 4×17 seconds, manifestation will begin.

In this technique you create an affirmation related to an intention, which takes 17 seconds to write down. Each morning you must write the affirmation down three times, then six times at lunchtime, and nine times in the evening.

Continue with this exercise until your goal becomes your reality.

How to use this manifesting method for real results

The limitations of this technique mirror those addressed in the 5×55 method.

Likewise, the proper way to use this method as outlined above might be beneficial.

4. Relationship Repairer

How to Practice the Relationship Repairer Manifestation Method the Spiritual Way

This approach is designed to be used when you’re in conflict with somebody. The method involves writing a daily list of traits or reasons you appreciate the other person.

The act of writing a gratitude list dedicated to the person with whom you’re having a disagreement is said to have a positive cosmic influence.

Why this manifestation technique works

The reality is that gratitude is incredibly powerful, and reminding yourself of why you love someone will help you to forgive. And of course forgiveness will help you to repair your relationship.

5. Dream Logging

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How to Practice the Dream Logging Manifestation Method the Spiritual Way

Dream logging involves analysing our dreams, with the purpose of ‘connecting with our higher selves’, and ‘opening ourselves up to spirit guidance’.

But can dream logging really provide this kind of cosmic enlightenment? 

In terms of psychology, dreams are fascinating in that there have been many theories posited about their purpose and how meaningful they are.

There are countless dream dictionaries claiming to interpret symbolic dreams, but there’s no evidence to suggest they have any scientific basis. Considering how common specific dreams are, teeth falling out for example, it’s understandable that people would believe there is something to decode. 

One theory to explain the prevalence of ‘symbolic’ dreams is the idea that at a primitive level, humans operate similarly, across generations and cultures. We therefore share the same inherent fears, and conjure the same dreams to represent them.

So why do people continue to trust dream dictionaries? Their success has been largely attributed to the ‘Barnum Effect’, in this case where interpretations are broad and vague enough that they could easily apply to everyone (and are therefore widely accepted).

In ancient Egypt people who experienced vivid dreams were considered blessed; more recently Freud suggested dreams give insight into the inner workings of the subconscious.

So what’s really going on when we dream?

Most recent hypotheses focus on the idea of the dumping of data – clearing out the short-term storage of the hippocampus to make space for new incoming data the following day. Some information is uploaded to become long-term memory, and the rest is discarded.

This process manifests as random sequences of images and reels, weaved together into arbitrary dreams, only vaguely resembling the original data from which they’re derived. The idea is supported by research which shows that poor sleep impairs memory.

But what about nightmares, or recurrent dreams? Well, this is where there might be something to dream logging.

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Neuroscientist Antti Revonsuo proposed the Threat Simulation Theory which suggests that threatening dreams are a biological defence mechanism, akin to a fire drill.

In addition, Tore Nielsen and Ross Levin’s Neurocognitive Model of Dreaming suggests that normal dreaming serves the function of ‘fear-extinction’, while nightmares reflect emotional dysregulation.

How to use this manifesting method for real results

So how do these theories connect with dream logging?

Well, it may be that dreams do provide some insight to our emotions. If we’re feeling confused, these conflicts may show up in dreams, in which case dream analysis might be helpful.

Many years ago when I was estranged from a family member, I suffered harrowing recurrent nightmares. With a little scrutiny I was able to determine from the content of the dreams that I needed to face this person, in order to diminish the distorted monster they’d become in my nightmares. 

And it worked: I visited them, faced that fear, and the dreams stopped. 

So from personal experience, I believe in paying attention to repetitive dreams as they may be communicating something with you. However there is no evidence to suggest dreams can predict the future or have any influence over your every day life.

6. Surrender and Align

How to Practice the Surrender and Align Manifestation Method the Spiritual Way

Surrendering and aligning is the vague notion of letting go of control and aligning fully with the vibration of your goal.

Apparently, the idea is that relinquishing control and aligning with your desire will cause it to manifest. How do you do that? By immersing yourself in the vision that it has already manifested. 

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Supposedly, if you sufficiently embody the belief and act as though your fantasy is already your reality, then it will manifest.

How to use this manifesting method for real results

While there is no scientific basis for this method, there is an important lesson underscoring the technique:

Believing in yourself and your abilities can be a catalyst for making positive change. It can be the difference between maintaining the status quo and having the courage to work towards your ambitions.

7. Belief Elevator

How to Practice the Belief Elevator Manifestation Method the Spiritual Way

For this technique, you should first focus on a desire you’re finding it hard to manifest, and then start thinking about your beliefs around that subject.

For example, if you’re trying (and failing) to manifest money, you’ll want to examine your beliefs around money. Grab a piece of paper and write a list of everything you believe about money. Put a line down the middle and on the other side write down how you might elevate those beliefs.

Some unhelpful examples of elevated beliefs I’ve seen around money include:

  • Money is hard to make ⮕ Money is easy to make
  • The rich get richer and the poor get poorer ⮕ Money is attracted energetically
  • Only certain professions make a lot of money ⮕ Beliefs, not professions, attract money

How to use this manifesting method for real results

The above examples are not helpful because they are vague and idealistic. If you want to use this method to manifest money, I’d recommend a subtle but vital shift in perspective:

Rather than focusing on elevating your belief, instead view it as reframing the belief.

Why? Because ultimately your beliefs come from somewhere, you trust their inherent truth, and simply rewriting them to be what you wish were true, doesn’t alter their fundamental accuracy.

However, you can change the way that you perceive these beliefs, by reframing with a more positive approach – critically one in which you take responsibility, and therefore control.

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Using the examples above again, try reframing to these beliefs instead:

  • Money is hard to make ⮕ Increased effort makes money easier to make.
  • The rich get richer and the poor get poorer ⮕ I can start saving a little money whenever I choose to.
  • Only certain professions make a lot of money ⮕ I can study and work hard to gain entry into my preferred profession.

The difference is significant: the first set of examples is passive, relying on cosmic energy to recognise your worth, which may leave you disappointed.

In the second set of examples you are responsible, accountable, and empowered.

8. Scripting

How to Practice the Scripting Manifestation Method the Spiritual Way

This journal manifestation example involves writing about a particular desire you want to manifest, in the present tense.

You should be super descriptive, painting a detailed picture with your words. Describe what you are doing, what you are wearing, what you can see, hear, and smell – utilise all of the senses to really breathe life into the scene.

The purpose is vivid visualisation, and the idea is that with practice, you’ll be able to visualise the situation into existence.

How to use this manifesting method for real results

Scripting in the form outlined above cannot bring about the things you desire. However, there is an element of this practice which is very effective:

Visualisation is an incredibly powerful tool, as demonstrated by the athletes in this study

Focusing only on the end goal however, will not bring results. But, used alongside practical efforts to help propel you towards your objective, visualisation can be extremely valuable.

More Manifestation Journal Ideas – The Techniques I Recommend to Get Real Results

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While the above manifesting methods have limitations, I fully endorse the following techniques. Here’s how to do them, and why they work:

9. Morning Intentions

With morning intentions, you simply start your day by writing out your intentions for the day. You might focus on specific feelings, what you’re feeling grateful for, or actions you plan to take to drive you towards your goals.

Why is this such a positive way to begin your day?

Because you’re focusing on your behaviours or perhaps your mood, but – crucially – in a way that involves taking responsibility and making yourself accountable.

10. Evening Reflections

Evening reflections work in a very similar way to morning intentions, but this time reflecting on your day rather than planning it.

Bookending your day with the positivity and appreciation of both methods can be highly effective.

11. Gratitude Journaling

Writing gratitude lists is one of my very favourite kinds of journaling, for so many reasons.

Many people use this method to support their manifestation practice, and the reason it works is not because it will change your material circumstances, but because it will alter your mindset.

When somebody feels grateful, they can’t help but feel more positive. Therefore, a side effect of practicing gratitude, is manifesting happiness.

Why not try these 50 gratitude journal prompts?

Manifesting Journal Prompts

After all that, if you’re keen to start a manifesting journal with authentic value, here are a selection of affirmations and prompts to get your started:

5 Powerful Manifesting Affirmations 

  1. I am in control of my own destiny; my decisions and actions impact the direction of my life.
  2. I am worthy of good things, and I will work hard and make good decisions to make them happen.
  3. I am grateful for my good fortune and I understand and believe that my effort can also improve my circumstances.
  4. I believe I can achieve great things through dedication and perseverance.
  5. I am responsible for my own happiness.
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5 Valuable Manifest Journal Prompts 

  1. List out the obstacles standing between you and your goal, and then write three practical actions you can take to overcome them.
  1. Write a bucket list of needs you want to fulfil in order to find happiness, for example: 
  • Companionship
  • Financial security
  • Purpose
  1. List out the reasons you want to accomplish your goal, for example, independence or security instead of money. Now write other ways you could achieve those things.
  1. Think of somebody you admire. Now list out the things you most appreciate about them. Notice how many of them are material vs traits. For each of the material items, list out what needs you believe they would satisfy, and for each trait write out ways you could work towards emulating them.
  1. What traits are you most proud of in yourself? How can you enhance those qualities?

Journaling For Manifestation FAQ

Q: How do you start a manifestation journal?

A: If you’re interested in starting a manifestation journal I recommend first clarifying what you are trying to achieve, and then familiarising yourself with the various manifesting methods. 

It’s important to understand the limitations of many manifestation methods, and how they can be tweaked to be authentically useful. The guide in this post can help you to establish which technique is best for you, and how to get the most out of it.

Q: What do you write in a manifesting journal?

A: Writing affirmations, intentions, and gratitude lists can be valuable manifesting methods.

It’s a good idea to refer to this list for guidance on how to achieve real and lasting results, based on scientific research and studies.

Q: How do I write out my manifestations?

A: The format of how you write out manifestations will depend on the manifesting method you choose.

This guide offers a selection of popular manifesting techniques, reimagined to ensure they each have genuine value and can offer authentic results.

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Final Thoughts on Journal Manifestation

It’s worth noting that our drive for wanting more, more, more actually comes from somewhere primitive:

When our ancestors found water, next they wanted to find food, and once they found food, then they wanted to find shelter. And if they found that too then then they’d want more water and food, and better shelter.

The pursuit of more, bigger, better literally ensured our survival, and that means it’s very hard to shake, even when it’s no longer relevant to the way we now live.

Journal manifestation feeds into this survival instinct. But if we can acknowledge these impulses for what they are, then we can choose not to be a slave to them.

Instead of coveting possessions, money, or status, we can instead make contentment the ultimate goal, and that’s a far more achievable and realistic (and ongoing) pursuit.

Want to know how? Read these 12 tips to embrace the joy of a simpler life.

An award-nominated blogger and author, Kate is a huge advocate of personal growth, focusing on journaling to increase positivity and facilitate mindful motherhood. With a wealth of experience in breastfeeding and CMPA, Kate is also an expert baby sleep chaser. Her writing has appeared on Mothercare, Huff Post, and BritMums.

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