Opinion

Be Careful About What You Manifest

By Giovanna Brasolin

In 2006, a documentary called The Secret was released, and in it, scientists, authors, and philosophers talk about what is needed to lead a happier and more successful life. The “secret” they talk about is the pseudoscientific law of attraction. That law says that any person’s thoughts can become a reality. 

In a self-help book written by Rhonda Byrne, also named The Secret, she alleges that energy is the assurance of its effectiveness. Nowadays, many people question the book’s validity, but that might stay a mystery for a long time.

There have been many first-hand accounts of both small and big manifestations coming true. One example is how in 1985, Jim Carrey wrote himself a check for $10 million for “acting services rendered” dated 10 years in the future. He kept it in his wallet, and in 1995, he was cast in the movie Dumb and Dumber for $10 million. Others have manifested a house, a car, or even a significant other. And although many people are still very skeptical of the reality of the law of attraction, those who have their goals achieved, truly believe it exists. 

It might be cliche to say that we are a sum of everything we’ve read, watched, said, and done. However, it’s true. Have you ever noticed that when you listen to depressing songs, your mood suffers? Or how after you watch a tv show with a lot of drama, your life is suddenly filled with unnecessary drama? That’s because we can manifest things in our lives subconsciously. For that reason, we should be careful of what we manifest as we might not like the result. 

Since 2020, I’ve been undergoing a journey of self-discovery, and I slowly stopped listening to dark or depressing songs because they don’t make me feel good. Whether I believe in the law of attraction or not, the least I can do is make an effort to align myself with the life I want to create, and so should you. 

Instead of watching horror films or reality shows filled with drama, I can watch documentaries to learn, watch romantic comedies for a good cry, and action movies when I feel adventurous. 

We should always strive to do, listen to, and watch things that make sense for our present moment. However, I also believe that we can try to summon what we want in life, and if the law of attraction is real and effective, then maybe our deepest desires will come true. Wouldn’t that be nice? There’s a saying in Brazil that goes,“You already have the ‘no,’ so why not try to get a ‘yes’?” What that means is that you know that you might not succeed, so why not give it your best shot?

So, if you want to become wiser, why not read self-help books from successful people? If you want to feel loved and respected, why not begin doing that for yourself? Manifestations work in steps. Visualization is only the first one. However, most people seem to get stuff on the second step, which is letting go of your wish so the universe can make it a reality. As soon as you start seeing your manifestation in others, you’ll know your wish is close to being granted. The bottom line is that for any wish to come true, we also need to put in the work.

For example, if you want a boyfriend or girlfriend, but all you do is sit and wait for them to appear right in front of you, that’s not going to happen. You need to put yourself out there and maybe go on a few bad dates. Then, when you least expect it, it happens. According to the law of attraction, that’s because both the parties are energetically aligned. But it may only be because you have had some experiences with others, and now you know exactly what you want or don’t want in a partner. 

Whatever it is, we’ve all seen it happen. I just think that it doesn’t hurt to try to limit the amount of negative content we consume. Doing that can’t harm us, and if we’re lucky enough, we can get our wish granted. Speaking from experience, I can assure you that cutting down the negativity from your life is the best act of self-love. So, even though it’s hard, why not make an effort for your own good?

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