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Techniques Of Manifestation

By Walter Crosson

Using imagination and detailed visualization is the key to making our greatest hopes into reality.

More and more these days, people are becoming interested in the teachings of Neville Goddard (1905–1972), a popular New Thought author and lecturer who taught his students how to manifest things in their lives by using techniques that involved the disciplined use of their imaginations.

When it comes to manifesting our desires, Goddard’s main teaching was that you must think and feel from the point of view of the wish already fulfilled. He drives this home over and over throughout his career, in both his lectures and in his books.

He had many stories, examples, and variations of how to use this method, rooted in the same idea: to think and feel as if the wish were already fulfilled. Here are a few exercises you can try, inspired by his teaching.

Technique#1: Congratulations

This technique is super effective, and fun, too.

First, get into a relaxed state somewhere safe where you will not be disturbed for a while. Imagine hearing a person or persons congratulating you for accomplishing or attaining something that you currently want in your life.

For example, if you want a promotion at work, imagine someone congratulating you on the promotion as if it has already happened. In your relaxed state, imagine a friend, loved one, or a coworker looking you right in the eye with a beaming smile and saying things like “Congratulations!” and “You did it!” Make it all sound and feel as real as possible. Infuse energy into your thoughts and actually delve into the wonderful feeling you get when someone congratulates you. It feels so good to have accomplished this wonderful thing. Your company believes in you and respects you, and therefore it’s an amazing honor.


You could even expand on this and imagine that you are now bumping into more people that you know. They are all congratulating you, and they are very happy! They are thrilled and proud of you. Imagine even that someone special invites you out to dinner and gives a toast in your honor to mark the momentous occasion.

Make it feel real. Allow yourself to get really excited and happy about being congratulated…all in your imagination. Do this for several minutes or more. You will naturally know when to stop. Enjoy the state for as long as you need to.

Technique #2: Fast Forward

The fast-forward technique is about using your imagination to fast-forward to a point in the future where your wish has been fulfilled or accomplished. If you are worried about the upcoming day, you can fast-forward to the end of the day and imagine that it was a wonderful success. You can also fast-forward months or years into the future and do the same thing.

As in the Congratulations technique, get into a relaxed state somewhere where you will not be disturbed for a while and fast-forward in your imagination. You arrive in the future time and enjoy the blessings and happiness. It all worked out. Your dreams are a reality in this place and time.

For example, if you want a new home, change your feeling of wanting a new home to a feeling of already being in the home you desire. Fast-forward to a place in time when you live in this home. In your imagination, walk up to the front door. Take your keys out. Smile, take a deep breath, turn the knob, and walk in. Look at this absolutely amazing place! It’s your home! It’s everything you ever dreamed about, and it’s perfect. See the furniture and pictures on the walls. Smell the new carpet and feel the luxurious upholstery on your furniture.

The key here is to imagine this dream home and experience it in the here and now. Allow yourself to become fully immersed in the scene and really enjoy being in this inspiring place. It’s yours, and it’s really awesome. Maybe you have invited a friend over and you are showing them all of the interesting rooms. Take your time and make it all feel as real as possible. You might even expand on your tour and check out the backyard. What do you see? Flowers? Trees? A garden or pool? This is your dream home, and you have been living here for some time now. It’s so beautiful.

Stay in this amazing scene in your imagination for as long as it pleases you. After a while, if you’ve done your job well, a peaceful feeling will come over you; you may discontinue the exercise at that point.

Technique #3: Eavesdropping

The eavesdropping technique is a very useful and effective way of using the imagination to manifest a given desire. Simply imagine overhearing some people having a conversation that implies you have attained your desire.

For example, say you wish to meet your soulmate and get married. As in the first two techniques, go somewhere private and get into a relaxed state.

In your imagination hear your best friends talking. They are talking about how super lucky you were to have met “the one.” They are so thrilled that you finally met and married this amazing person who was obviously just right and absolutely perfect for you. They approved of this person from day one, and are pleased that you both are so happy together (and that you have been happy together for quite some time now). It was all definitely meant to be.

Imagine them going on and on, talking about the many amazing qualities of your soulmate. They say how happy you both are, that you two are “a match made in Heaven.”

You can expand on this even more. They could say, “Those two are perfect for each other.” Additionally, you hear, “It’s really cool when people like that find each other,” or even “I’ve never seen two people who loved each other so much, it’s so great to watch them together.” Get the point?

Indulge this scene in your imagination. Really experience the joy of finding and being deeply in love with your wonderful partner.

Remain saturated in this feeling of joy and love for as long as it pleases you. After a while you will begin to naturally relax. Your work is complete now. Rest in the knowledge that this seemingly simple imaginal exercise is really a potent creative act.

Imagination Works Wonders

I can’t tell you how many amazing and beautiful things have “happened” to me in my life since I began to use the Neville Goddard techniques. There are too many to list, but I want to share this one with you. It is a manifestation story that “happened” quite recently.

A couple years ago I had a desire to live in a new place and I had this vision of what I wanted it to look like. I found some awesome pictures of beautiful homes and I put them on my phone. They made me happy. It was like my own digital dream board.

A few times a week I would take out my phone and look at the pics, taking the time to really enjoy the feeling of living in this amazing place. I would literally smile and enjoy what it would feel like if I were actually living there. Sometimes I would look at the pictures before going to bed, and other times would look at them when I had a private moment during the day. After a while, however, I kind of forgot about my pictures and didn’t look at them anymore.

A couple of years went by.

What Happened Next?

Fast forward to a couple months ago. I’m in my backyard, deleting old pictures from my phone to free up space and… you might have guessed it…there they were; pictures from my old digital dream board.

I bet you already know what I’m going to say.

This is going to sound crazy, but it happened.

There was a picture from my dream board that looked just like my new current backyard. I couldn’t believe it! Both the picture on my phone from over two years ago and my new backyard have a jacuzzi and a dark-brown stained wooden patio. Both are loaded with palm trees and lush foliage.

Two years ago I had absolutely no knowledge that I would move halfway around the world to live in this lush tropical paradise and enjoy such abundance. Do you want to know what I did to bring this all about?

I literally did nothing. I had forgotten all about the pictures on the phone and did not think about the new home for two whole years.

The only thing I did to bring it about initially was to imagine it, and the rest just simply took care of itself.

Now you’re probably wondering how this could happen, but Goddard states it perfectly in the title of his 1972 lecture: “Imaginal acts become facts.”

Well, that’s the end of my story. I hope you liked it. Are you wondering if you can manifest something too? The answer is Yes, you can.

Just remember these three things.

  1. It’s easier than you think.

  2. You have an imagination. That means you can do it, too.

  3. Don’t get bogged down with the several Neville Goddard techniques.

The most important thing to remember when using your imagination to manifest is this: Think and feel from the point of view of the wish already fulfilled.