As a wise woman (Ariana Grande) once said (sang like an angel), "Manifest it, I finessed it. Take my pen and write some love letters to heaven."
Well, there is something to that technique, and you don’t have to be Ari-level rich and famous to get massive results, according to manifestation and spirituality experts.
The 369 manifestation method has taken TikTok by storm as people manifest their way to more money, better relationships, and even pregnancy. The idea of manifesting, or the theory that if you believe and embody the feeling of having something you want you can attract it into your life, is not new, says Inbaal Honigman, a psychic who has been using this method for more than 20 years.
"What we call manifestation now, 10 years ago we called the law of attraction," Honigman says. "Twenty years ago, we called it witchcraft and people got uncomfortable. And 30 years ago, we called it prayer."
Like a lot of things that have stood the test of time, this sh*t works, says Honigman: "I can honestly say there is no stronger magic than affirmations and manifesting."
Though its roots are in the spiritual realm, manifestation is anything but supernatural. Repeating affirmations, or positive mantras, are scientifically proven to decrease stress, increase quality of life, improve academic and work performance, and overall, make people more open to behavior changes, according to neuroscientific studies.
You’ve likely already seen manifestation at work in your own life, either for the positive or the negative. Who among us hasn’t cracked one eye open in the morning, sighed, and thought "This is going to be the worst day ever?" only to literally have a day worse than your wildest dreams. You proceed to step in freshly poured concrete with new shoes on, spill your coffee on your white shirt, and get into a massive fight with your partner all before noon. That is a classic example of your thoughts creating your reality!
So, how do you think your way to the life of your dreams? I’ll break it down for you.
What is the 369 manifestation method?
The method itself couldn’t be simpler. You write down the object or feeling you want in your life (for example: "I am wealthy," or "I have a loving partner") three times in the morning, six times in the afternoon, and nine times at night. It’s that easy!
But the key to making your dreams a reality? Repetition, repetition, repetition. Continue practicing the 369 manifestation method every day, says Honigman. If nothing seems to be happening after a week, a month, or longer, she encourages patience.
And while you may not feel like you're making any progress, take a moment to reflect on any small steps you've taken in the right direction. For example, if you want to manifest a loving relationship, you might think going on multiple "meh" dates is a sign of failure—when it's absolutely not.
Perhaps you started putting yourself out there more after beginning the 369 manifestation method. Through that one small action, you've changed your entire mindset by opening yourself up to love and learning more about yourself and what you want (or, ahem, don't) in a partner. After all, even suffering through the worst date ever creates way more self-growth compared to sitting at home.
What do I need to do it?
To use the 369 technique, make sure you have a journal or piece of paper and a pen or pencil. If you are feeling fancy, as I so often am, you can use a marker or gel pen, and perhaps purchase a new Papier journal dedicated to your manifestations. Whatever makes you feel good!
On the metaphysical side, keep an open mind and relax your nervous system. Manifesting can be a great add-on to your existing meditation or breath work practices, too, says Adora Winquist, who has spent over twenty years supporting others to find physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing.
She also suggests using manifesting as a way to recalibrate the energy you're putting out into the universe. "To be open to receiving what you are asking for, you need to be a vibrational match," says Winquist. You want a partner who is active, friendly, and emotionally-evolved? Well, start showing up that way yourself first. Make sure you’re on your hiking game, introduce yourself to people, and do the self-growth work.
If you’re hoping for more money, start looking for new work or partnership opportunities. Start investing, working with a financial advisor, or even buying lottery tickets (a responsible amount, of course). Let your intuition be your guide as you prepare your life for all the good energy you’re calling in!
Got money on your mind? Here are a few tips to help you save for big-ticket items:
Why 3, 6, and 9?
If you're not familiar with numerology, the belief that certain numbers carry their own vibrations and have their own personalities, these numbers might seem random. But they've actually been associated with good luck and a connection to the universe for years.
Three is a number related to manifestations and the divine, says Winquist, referring to its significance in numerology. Many who believe in this spiritual modality credit Greek philosopher Pythagoras with its incarnation (perhaps you also wrestled with his theorem in high school as I did). Besides the famous Pythagorean theorem, his other signature credit was the supposed mystical powers contained in numbers.
The number three, according to this theory (which is way more fun than whatever triangle nonsense he was up to), is the "noblest of all digits." Nowadays, though, Winquist simply refers to three as "magical."
As for the other two numbers, six is related to harmony, a key element in manifestation, and 9 represents the completion of a cycle, explains Winquist.
So what do I write down?
It’s really up to each individual, but Honigman and Winquist have a few tips for first-timers. In her own experience with money manifestation, Honigman recommends being as specific as possible—especially if you are on a deadline.
When she was in her twenties, she spent a summer manifesting 800 pounds to fund an August trip to Greece. She wrote and read her manifestation to herself as the method prescribes, and every day told herself, "I have 800 pounds saved when I want to fly to Greece." She stockpiled her money and worked hard to make the dream a reality, only to find herself 100 pounds short ahead of take-off. She was happy with her manifestation success, even if the Universe didn’t deliver the exact cash value.
A day later, an opportunity presented itself. A friend who worked in a pub in West London asked Honigman to do readings for guests at a carnival. At first, she was hesitant. While Honigman is a full-time tarot reader now, she was only practicing on herself and close friends and family at the time. Then, something clicked: This was the chance she was manifesting! Honigman worked at the carnival for the weekend, earned exactly 100 pounds, and spent a blissful two weeks partying in Greece.
Winquist stresses the importance of remaining open and truly believing in your manifestations as you write them down. "When we are present to the power of the moment and grounded, we open ourselves up to higher realms," she says.
Not sure where to start? Allow these phrases to inspire you:
I have a loving partner who accepts all parts of me and is emotionally available.
I am a thriving member of my vibrant community of friends.
I feel respected and admired in my workplace.
I travel the world freely without worrying about money.
Grab your best notebooks and pens, and let’s manifest some magical moments!
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