Chances are you’ve heard that having the life you want is possible with the help of manifestation. In fact,
Tenae Stewart, professional witch and spiritual coach, tells Bustle that manifestation is the process of making your dreams a reality. While there are many things you can do to manifest your goals — like meditate with crystals, do candle magic, or repeat affirmations to yourself each morning — one way that’s pretty popular on social media is to start a manifestation journal. If you’re new to journaling, experts share some manifestation journal prompts you can use to get started.
According to Stewart, manifestation is all about “bringing your vision of the future, including the things, experiences, and people you wish to surround yourself with, into reality.” Journaling is a great way to practice manifestation because it takes those dreams and visions around in your head and puts them directly onto paper. This can make those ideas feel more real and concrete, especially if you’re someone who struggles with the
visualization aspect of manifesting.
Kimberly Snyder, meditation teacher and author of
You Are More Than You Think You Are , adds that journaling is a great way to create more clarity around your intentions. “Clarity is an important energy that boosts your ability to manifest powerfully,” Snyder tells Bustle. “It’s important to identify potential fears that are driving your motivations and clear them, as fear always stagnates our goals.”
If you’re looking to start a manifestation journal, here are some expert-suggested prompts to get you started.
What do I wish to have, experience, or do this year?
In addition to answering this question, write down how having this experience could change your life, energy level, or perspective. According to Stewart, these additional questions can help you gain some clarity on the exact
thing you want.
“Sometimes we think we want something, but it's really just our parents, friends, family, or society at large convincing us that's what we want,” she says. “You want to focus on getting grounded in your own personal why and how a particular thing, experience, or relationship would change your life. The more clarity and self-awareness you have, the easier it becomes to manifest your big dreams.”
What do you need to do to become the person you want to be?
Journaling is just one step towards manifesting your goals. While the universe can help put the puzzle pieces in place, this prompt will help you get moving to put them together. According to Stewart, everyone wants something but they don’t always act accordingly. This question allow you to really think about the actions you can take towards making your goals a reality. For example, if you want to manifest more money, write down what having more money would look like to you. Would you be able to take more trips, or go out more often? Or simply feel more secure in your day to day? Additionally, list down ways to make that happen — things like automating your savings or starting a side job. You can even turn that into a daily checklist so you’re actively working on your goals each day.
Write out your desire as if you’ve already received it.
One strategy you can try is scripting, which is where you create a story about your future self and write down your desire as if it’s already yours. For example, “I manifested the job of my dreams and I’m so happy.” You can use this format to list out specifics like the location of the office, your salary, and your ideal manager. “This method helps to ingrain the idea into a person’s mind as if it has already happened,”
Natolie Warren, a transformation life coach, tells Bustle.
If you want to make the most out of this prompt, try to be in a positive, calm state of mind that allows your imagination to run wild. “The power of writing out your desires while evoking positive emotions and thoughts is the magic behind journaling manifestation prompts,” Warren says.
The 369 Method
The 369 method is popular on TikTok, with the hashtag
#369method having over 213.4 million views. If you’re someone who enjoys sticking to a routine, this is a method you may want to try. According to personal empowerment life coach Smita D Jain, the 369 method involves coming up with an affirmation. You write it three times as soon as you wake up, six times in the afternoon, and nine times before you go to bed. It’s a method you can easily incorporate into your daily routine, and it helps to keeps your mind focused on your end goal.
In order to maximize the prompt, Jain recommends writing an affirmation that your brain considers reasonable. If not, the lack of belief will only lead to blockages or delays. "Seeing to believe is crucial in the initial stages of manifestation,” Jain says. “The more you start seeing realistic goals manifest, the more you strengthen your ability to believe in receiving something you don't already have.”
The Future Gratitude Dump
Similarly, this prompt is all about writing as if you’ve already obtained your desires while expressing your gratitude to the universe for giving it you. For example, “Thank you, universe, for introducing me to a partner who’s kind, loyal, and generous.” It’s part scripting, part gratitude list. When you make a list of all the things the future version of yourself can be grateful for, “you are sending the right signals to the universe to manifest those goals for you soon,” Jain says.
In order to make the most out of this prompt, be specific and clear about your vision. “The more the details, the better,” Jain says. Instead of thanking the universe for making you rich, you could write, “Thank you universe for helping me reach $1 million in sales by the end of this year.”
While you’re doing this, visualize the scenario. How do you feel when you first hear that it’s happened? Who are you with and what are they saying? If it helps, put all these details down in writing as well. According to Jain, “This creates an energy alignment with your desires, leading you to take inspired actions.”
Sources Tenae Stewart, professional witch and spiritual coach Kimberly Snyder, meditation teacher and author of You Are More Than You Think You Are Natolie Warren, transformation life coach Smita D Jain, personal empowerment life coach
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This article was originally published on
June 2, 2022