Here is How I Manifested My Dream, and You Can, Too
“Give it two years, honey, and then you can see what opportunities there are for you back on the East Coast,” my Mom said to me over the phone one particularly hot day in Los Angeles. See what opportunities there are on the East Coast? I was running the statement over again in my head, how am I supposed to do that? I’m in Los Angeles — a part of the problem.
But… it was almost exactly two years from when I landed in the City of Angels in search of success that I was boarding a flight out of LAX for — you guessed it — the East Coast where I had somehow managed to land an incredible job opportunity. It didn’t feel real at first. It felt like a dream.
That’s because it once was.
The exact logistics of how I managed to get a great job back at home from Los Angeles were all too perfectly aligned for me to believe I just stumbled into its path. And given the nature of my industry (entertainment, which is totally LA-based), somehow landing a job back at home (New England) without upending my career actually seemed impossible.
Yet, almost two years on the dot (just like I had dreamed), I was moving back home to work on a project in New England. It happened. How? Because I created it. Here is how — with a little vision, determination and intention — you can attract the life you want.
Choose to Open the Door to Magic
This should go without saying, but the first step in manifesting the life you want is believing that it’s possible.
It wasn’t until I realized I was often seeing 11:11 on the clock that I finally paused to consider what else there is to life. In doing research, I unearthed the topic of “angel numbers,” which is a number or set of numbers you will repeatedly see, which might be coming from somewhere otherworldly.
As I was researching the angel number 11, I kept reading that it’s a reminder to keep your thoughts positive because… they are manifesting. After not only reading this, but choosing to understand and internalize it, I can tell you that my life dramatically changed for the better.
If you’re still skeptical towards the thought of dreaming something and then bringing it into reality, talk to spiritual guru Deepak Chopra. In his book “The Seven Laws of Spiritual Success: A Pocketbook Guide to Fulfilling Your Dreams,” Chopra elaborates on where fulfilling your dreams starts: in your mind. In Chapter 1, “Law of Pure Potentiality,” he discusses how one must first drop the inklings of a dream into the never ending pool of your mind and let the ripples the dream translate into energy being sent out into the Universe.
I can remember the moment I — with great intention — dropped my dream into the pool of my mind. I wanted it so badly. Which brings me to my next point.
Figure Out What You Actually Want
If you understand that all you need to do is drop a piece of a dream into the pool of your mind, then the next step is figuring out what exactly that dream is.
Craving a certain dream creates a strong foundation for manifestation, as it becomes a part of you and thus a part of the energy you put out into the Universe, making it more likely to return to you.
Now, here’s the thing: I can’t tell you what to dream. But, I can help you figure out what it is you really want.
“Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to. As your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be.” — Shonda Rhimes
You need to take a moment to close your eyes and feel it. Tell yourself that, when you close your eyes, you are going to envision being who you want to be, or doing what you want to do. This might take a moment; the mind is a hard thing to silence. But, it’s likely that you have subconsciously picked up some clues along the route of life as to what you are meant to be doing, or what life purpose resonates with you the most. I promise, you will know it once you see it in your mind. This is called alignment between you and your life goals/purpose, and it will strengthen your ability to manifest.
Place Yourself in a Meaningful Position
Now, this is where the actual work comes into play (see, this isn’t some hokey witchcraft process).
“Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral. Pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” — Shonda Rhimes
Once you have identified what it is your heart truly desires or, in other words, a goal or dream that aligns with you, you need to take a step closer to achieving it. In my story, for example, all I wanted was to land a good job for my industry back at home on the East Coast (which again is something very hard to achieve given the nature of the film/TV industry). Fortunately, I was already working in the industry; I just was keeping my eyes and hears open for opportunities that aligned with my goal (until the opportunity found me, which is basically why I am writing this article).
Long story short, once you have unearthed a goal/dream that resonates with you, identify one step you can take towards achieving it and do it!
Being able to take this steps and any steps that follow (whether it’s with a smile on your face or not, because sometimes doing the work isn’t fun) is further proof that this goal and you are in alignment.
Set Intentions with an Object
This is something I did accidentally and I think it might have been the most powerful part of my manifestation process…
In 2018, a friend didn’t need a huge, plastic storage bin, so I took it. I took it with the purpose that I would use it to pack the stuff in my apartment away for when I got a job on the East Coast and had to move back there. When I set the intention for this storage bin, I did it effortlessly and — for whatever reason — believed it was the truth.
So, look around your house. Is there any object you have that you can intend for using when your dream comes true? This is what happened with me. Or, an alternative is to keep your eyes peeled on a day-to-day basis for something you can use in this step of the process.
A little over a year since I got that storage bin and knew it’s what I would use to pack up my LA apartment… I found myself doing just that. It took me a second to realize this, but when I did, it became a moment in which I will never forget.
But, what happened within year and change? Let me tell you…
In the time between setting the intention for the bin and that intention actually becoming reality, I don’t remember thinking about my dream that much. I had resided to the feeling that yeah, it’d be pretty cool if it came true, but it wasn’t the end-all-be-all for me.
Deepak Chopra also speaks to this in his aforementioned book in its second to last chapter titled “The Law of Detachment.” This may sound counter-intuitive, but when you release the thought/dream/goal and stop clinging on to it every day and every night, you’re acting as if it’s a part of your truth — as if it’s going to happen. It’s just a matter of when. You need to detach from it.
I continued taking the steps (as mentioned earlier) that I knew might lead to my dream coming true, kept believing in myself and int he Universe and, before you know it, the opportunity found me.
Choosing to believe in what you can do with your mind transformed my life. Not only was the transformation a positive one, but it was exactly what I wanted. Life never felt magical until I chose to open the door to magic (step one of this process, remember?).
So, I ask you, are you ready to open the door?