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The Psychology of Modern Manifestation

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Manifestation in the way that some still describe it was never a real “thing”. Of course, it was a highly attractive notion that you could get whatever you want with no real effort other than being guided to raise your “vibrational energy” (whatever that is) or somehow employ a mysterious “Law Of Attraction” to get goodies delivered to your doorstep free of charge.

But though it sometimes seemed to work, the outcome often turned out to be the result of happenstance, not the elevation of an individual’s request to the universe. Most commonly, an opportunity arose, which led to that which they sought. So, not very magical after all.  As ever, you have to actually do something to get what you want.

Modern manifestation techniques don’t rely on anything at all mysterious or magical, because they can unravel what is preventing success and then completely resolve the situation. And far more reliably than any of the myriad mysterious methodologies have ever managed, too.

It is a fact that most people who seek success without making changes to the way they function don’t find what they’re looking for. After all, if they didn’t need to make changes, they would probably have already been successful anyway! 

There are five main reasons why success is so elusive, all of them deeply embedded in your subconscious so that you may have no conscious awareness of them, though it’s possible you might feel a twinge of recognition as you read about one or two of them! 

They are:

  • Invisible self-sabotage
  • Subconsciously believing that success is a bad thing
  • Fear of success in case people won’t like you afterwards
  • Fear of failure and what others will say or think
  • A belief that you just don’t have “what it takes”

We will take a look at each of these in turn.


The individual who suffers from this might be late for a meeting, delete or fail to see an email, inadvertently destroy a letter, or break or lose their mobile phone. They might make a horribly ill-advised post on social media and completely dismiss ideas and concepts that would otherwise lead to success as being “catchpennies”, unworkable, unimportant, not relevant to them, or maybe pose some sort of hidden threat. It is usually the result of one or more of the other four situations.

Success is a bad thing

This situation usually comes from observing successful people being repeatedly denigrated by a parent or older sibling. It’s usually based on jealousy, of course, but the lesson is that successful people are not liked. And it often creates the next element on the list.

Fear of success

If your friends and relatives sneer at or otherwise “badmouth” successful entrepreneurs, then your subconscious will do its best to save you from suffering the same fate. This is why so many highly successful people are individualistic and not too concerned about what others might think of them.

Fear of failure

This one is different, usually based on the fear of ridicule if you try to succeed but don’t make it. It’s made worse if you’ve experienced this directly as a youngster as a result of doing your best but somehow coming to grief. We all have an inbuilt fear of humiliation, and the subconscious seeks to avoid it.

Negative belief

In this situation, there is an underlying lack of self-worth or self-belief, usually stemming from difficulties and negativity extended towards you during your early years. “Don’t get ideas above your station”, or “Why are you so dim?” or similar comments that might have been made destroy the ability to take a chance and rely on yourself. “I want doesn’t get” is another severely limiting statement.

Make no mistake about this – your subconscious rules. You cannot get in touch with it, no matter how hard you try or how far you raise your “vibrational energies”. If it believes you should not succeed, it will see to it that you don’t by creating the concepts in that list.

You might truly believe that you are “different from the rest”, really in touch with what’s going on there, but that’s just an illusion, because the subconscious is a part of the brain that works far faster than conscious thought. By the time you think about it, the subconscious has already done it! 

Modern manifestation

This is where modern psychology and psychotherapy can work wonders. There are various ways of discovering and resolving whatever is getting in your way, quickly retraining your subconscious, without the need for you to explore the whole of your life, or digging around and revealing all your secrets. 

Some practitioners still use an investigative style, others might employ hypnotherapy, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprogramming) or sometimes a combination of several approaches in different stages of the work.

They will usually tell you that such exploration and discovery are essential to getting a result that lasts, but with the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience, it really is no longer necessary.

The latest and most modern approaches don’t require you to explore your early life at all and don’t even need you to tell the practitioner anything you would prefer not to. There are many of them, collectively known as “solution-focused” methodologies, that seek to work directly at the issue in such a way that the original cause is effectively disabled.

Among the best of these is my own BrainWorking Recursive Therapy (BWRT for short), launched in 2013 and rapidly becoming the psychological tool of choice for many practitioners. It’s quick (very quick!), completely reorganises the processes behind self-sabotage or other limiting concepts and is delivered by highly skilled individuals who have trained in the specialist course written for this very purpose. 

It’s called neural manifestation. And then you’re on your way!

Terence Watts is the creator of Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT).


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