Christian Manifestation; How to Get More of What You Want While Honoring God

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In today’s blog post I’m going to take my best shot at explaining manifestation for you…the Christian way. When I first learned of the term “manifest” used in conjunction with spirituality and law of attraction work, I was intrigued. Like many, I jumped down the rabbit hole with multiple Google searches leading me to blogs and YouTube videos. One thing is for sure…there are many ideas around this topic and many strategies offered to make your dreams come true. There has been a huge disconnect however, in how this all relates to those of us who identify as Christian and pray to God and not the universe.

Before we jump in, let’s define it. To manifest is for something to reveal its presence or  make an appearance. My first encounter with this idea was while watching “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne on dvd. It’s based on the belief of the law of attraction and claims that thoughts alone can change a person’s life. Now at the time, there was high resistance. After all, I was brought up in the church, am a preacher’s kid and was always told that although I had free choice, ultimately God would not give me anything he didn’t want me to have. To this day, I still end prayers with “If it’s in your will.”

Fast forward to becoming a therapist, experiencing some life trials and becoming more flexible in my search for knowledge, the idea of practicing manifestation to enhance my life became a topic I would battle for years. Until now…it’s time to settle this for myself and anyone else thirsting for knowledge.

If you desire a clear understanding as to how you can serve God and manifest without calling on the universe, you are in the right place. This post is not about how to manifest anything overnight. Rather, the aim is to clear up the confusion so you can understand how to be a faithful Christian that also embraces the law of attraction. By all means do the research for yourself, pray and seek understanding on your own.

Scriptures to Calm Your Fear of Manifesting as a Christian

Again, do your own research in scripture. Read them in context, and pray for understanding. These suggestions aren’t law. It’s a way for you as a fellow Christian to better understand how to incorporate manifesting into your life without feeling that Christian guilt.

In all thy ways, acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6 (KJV) The scripture above is what was impressed on my mind as I began writing this post. Daily prayer about how to do this manifesting thing right will do that. As Christians, we must acknowledge God in everything that we do. It is my belief that manifesting doesn’t mean I don’t trust God to direct my paths. It just means that when I am directed in a path, I acknowledge him while I also take inspired action to pursue more of what I want.

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”  Mark 11:24 (KJV) This is another scripture that stands out when searching for ways to incorporate the Christian faith with manifestation. In it, we are literally told to believe we will receive the things we pray for. How amazing is that!? This lines right up with manifesting our dreams and to me, incorporates that faith element.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) This is a verse that really helped me tie things in. Faith is all about believing that even the things that are unseen will come to pass. It’s okay to believe in miracles. It’s perfectly fine for us to hope for things that we have not seen. God asks this of us as Christians…to have faith in him. So the next time you’re dreaming, visualizing and thinking about the things you’d like to see manifest in your life, remember this scripture and believe that you can incorporate your Christian values into your manifestation practice.

So what does Manifesting entail?

If you truly want  to manifest more, you’re going to need to clean up your energy and actively identify your blocks. From a scientific standpoint, everything and every person has energy. Have you ever wondered why you get along so well with most people but every now and again you bump into someone you don’t like but can’t pinpoint why? Their energy is off and you don’t need to take their temperature to tell. You feel it because you’re not an energetic match with that person. The same is true with thoughts, ideas, experiences, etc. If your thoughts are always negative, you can expect to attract more negativity into your life and the same is true for positive thoughts (law of attraction.)

With regards to blocks, everyone has them and they span across different categories. Mental blocks are anything that keeps you from getting more of what you desire. Money, relationships, career and self-confidence blocks are a few categories in which you may encounter mental blocks. For example,  you may have had a bad breakup with your high school sweetheart and are finding that any relationship you’ve had since then hasn’t lasted. There are likely some underlying blocks around relationships based on your past experience. If you want to learn more on addressing your money blocks specifically, click HERE to read a previous blog post.

So how do you clear these blocks to make away for positive energy that helps you manifest more?

Step 1: Get real with yourself. Acknowledge your low-level thoughts, energy and beliefs that are keeping you stuck. If you’ve felt low for a while, it’s a good idea to pray and ask God to reveal the beliefs that are keeping you stuck. Trust me, it will be revealed. Once you get clear on what they are, you can create positive space for manifestations to come through.

Step 2: Commit to going inward. Yes love, this is going to take internal work to include reframing negative thoughts, exploring how you arrived at your present state of being and actively addressing blocks as they resurface. The most important part in this step is that you pray for release. See, you can manifest as a Christian! 🙂 Simply ask God to set you free from all the things holding you back from your greatness.

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Step 3: Get clear on what it is that you want. Are you saying you’d like a new job and “God, I’ll take anything!” Don’t be surprised when the better job presents itself paying $5 less an hour than you make now. It’s better because it’s less on the job stress but now you have to worry about paying all your bills on time. Yeah…this is why you need to be crystal clear on what it is you want and don’t be afraid to tell God exactly what that is! First of all, he knows anyways and secondly, you’re short changing yourself if you aren’t bringing your biggest and boldest prayers to him!

Step 4: Embrace the idea that you already have it. Some manifestations take longer than others so in the meantime, you can prepare for your breakthrough in several ways. Spend time daily visualizing what it is that you want and sit with the feeling of having it. Write down all the things that come along with having it and remember to be specific. Your brain doesn’t know the difference between what is and what hasn’t occurred yet and from a metaphysical perspective, if you believe it’s yours, it already is!

Step 5: Take inspired action. Are there things you could be doing that will bring you one step closer to your dream? Write down a list of what they are then pull out your calendar and mark down how often you plan to do them. Again, pray and ask for God’s guidance on what you should spend your time on. I’m constantly seeking his guidance in my business. A common prayer is “God, what are the activities I should focus on to help others in my business?”

If this sounds like a lot of internal work, that’s because it is. Do you want to hear more news? It never stops. As you clear blocks and reach new levels of success, more blocks will appear. Sometimes, even ones you thought were cleared will appear again in new ways. It’s worth doing the work though because there’s nothing like peace of mind.

I truly hope this blog post has been encouraging, uplifting and motivating. Most importantly, I hope it calms your nerves around whether or not you’re betraying God by exploring ideas on how to manifest. If you have any feedback at all, feel free to comment below or reach out on Facebook. You can connect with me on my business page HERE.

Also, don’t forget to check out “The Breaking Mindset Barriers Program for Professional Counselors.” This post is only a snippet of the work I do with my clients. If you want to work with me 1:1 and are ready to dive deep and transform your mindset, check out the program HERE.

Until next time,

Marquita

The Counselor’s Mindset Coach

Get out of your mind and back into your body; Four ways to Release Negative Thoughts

Negative thoughts seem to come out of nowhere and they sit right in front of the thoughts that serve you. The ones that keep you focused on your future goals, keep you productive and keep you smiling. Sometimes people get caught up in the cycle and just go with the flow. This is an indication that you’re not living on purpose…you’re flying on auto pilot. You, of course know this as a Professional Counselor but even professionals need to be reminded. If you keep up the cycle, it can ruin your entire day and next thing you know, months later, you’ve manifested everything you did NOT want in your life.

Things like the car that keeps breaking down, the spouse who you’ve stuck with despite dealing with emotional or physical abuse or even the job that no longer serves you. Sound familiar? There are plenty of examples but you get the point.

Reasons You’re Out of Touch

Today I wanted to give you some tips on how you can get back into your body. But first, let’s discuss why you probably feel so out of touch with it in the first place.

1. Modern lifestyle provides us with an endless amount of distractions. (Does your phone send you constant world event notifications too? Are you scrolling through Facebook at the stop light? Are you trying to chart but your co-worker keeps coming in to chat?)

2. You’ve learned to live with a certain level of constant discontent. (Work stress anyone? It’s hard when you’re working in an environment where you feel you have no control. You know that getting another job or even a promotion won’t solve your problem.)

3. You lack the energy to find the real reasons behind the discontentment. (At the end of your work day, how much energy is left to connect with your inner self, feel those negative feelings and address them? Most counselors I speak with say once they leave work, they have little energy to be a mom, wife, friend or make time for self-care.Many times it’s because they’re finishing up their paperwork at home but don’t get me started today!

4. You address your negative thoughts with stimulants (i.e. food, drugs, phone, television or compulsive shopping.) This one’s a hard one for many to admit. Don’t worry, you don’t have to but stop now to make an honest assessment of what you’ve been doing to deal with all those negative thoughts. Many of the professional counselors I’ve spoken with either use recreational drugs or they’re on prescription drugs to deal with their symptoms.  Please understand that this isn’t about shaming you. This is your personal Call to Action.

If you feel something in the pit of your stomach right now,  you’re in the right place at the right time because today, you’ll end this reading with some actionable tips you can use to get back into your body and take control of your negative thoughts.  You already know that if you’re looking for tips on how to stop negative thoughts, you won’t find them here, but here’s what you can do.

Get Back Into Your Body

1. When you experience intrusive negative thoughts, try your best to sit or stand still and connect with what you feel in your body. Do the thoughts trigger a back ache, tooth ache or even tingling in your feet?

2. Once you’ve recognized your physical body’s response, trace that thought back to its source. When I do this, I tend to think about the last few hours of my day. Sometimes I’m lead to something small that seemed insignificant in the moment but became larger because of my brain’s automatic response to ignore it and keep moving.

3. Take some deep breaths. There are many types of breathing exercises for stress that you can Google but my favorite is the 4-7-8 breathing pattern. It’s known for helping people get to sleep quicker but has helped me even when I’m alert and looking for instant stress relief.

4. Acknowledge the negative thoughts.  Those familiar with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy will understand this strategy. It almost sounds silly when you read it in a book but it works. There’s a reason the same thoughts keep resurfacing and it’s probably because they’re trying to get your attention. There’s something about them that hasn’t been resolved. The good news is that you’re ready to do the work!

I’m sure some will read today’s post and think “I’m a Professional Counselor, I already know this stuff!” Of course you do love. As a counselor, you’re likely so used to putting everyone ahead of yourself (including all your clients) that you’ve forgotten to take care of you. It’s hard to remember in our moments of frustration, what actually works for us because we’re used to suppressing our needs until bed time. By then, it’s too late because you’re so tired, you don’t make time to work on yourself. The tips above can help you if you’re willing to give them a try.

I hope today’s post has been helpful for you and if it has, please leave some feedback below. If you’re one of those Professional Counselors that feels so burned out you can’t even identify how you got there, you might enjoy downloading a copy of “The Counselor’s Block; 5 Burnout Traits Counselor’s MUST Heal From Before Embracing Career Transition” HERE. Promise you won’t regret it. 🙂

Until next time,

Marquita

The Counselor’s Mindset Coach