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Being Well Podcast: The Psychology of Manifesting: How to Create the Life You Want
May 27, 2024

On this episode of The Being Well Podcast, Forrest and Dr. Rick explore “manifesting:” the idea that our thoughts impact the world around us, and by changing those thoughts we can change our lives. Talking about manifesting is complicated, because on the one hand our thoughts really do matter. On the other, manifesting is closely tied to a small mountain of problematic pseudoscience. They discuss and debate some of the issues with manifesting and the law of attraction before focusing on how to apply key psychological principles to create the life you want. 

Rick and Forrest talk about creating clarity around our goals, setting intentions, improving self-worth and self-efficacy, and overcoming some of the negative unconscious beliefs that can get in our way, before exploring authenticity, consistent effort, and working with fear and inhibition. Then Rick closes the episode by walking us through a practical example of how to change a belief.

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Key Topics:

  • 0:00: Introduction
  • 3:00: Defining manifestation, and separating psychological and supernatural mechanisms of action
  • 6:55: The mind-body connection, and the psychological aspects of manifesting
  • 15:50: Charlatanism, preying on uncertainty, and the problems with the law of attraction
  • 25:20: Changing behavior vs. changing thoughts, and the lure of the supernatural
  • 32:10: If you want to skip the context, start here.
  • 32:35: Getting what we subconsciously believe we are worthy of, and “don’t know” mind
  • 38:50: Identifying wants, surrendering to the best within us, and using pain as a guide
  • 48:55: Embracing the reality of consistent effort
  • 54:55: How to change a negative belief
  • 1:08:10: Recap

Forrest is now writing on Substack, check out his work there.

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