The Law of Assumption is a spiritual teaching for manifesting that was popularised by the New Thought author Neville Goddard (1905-1972). The Law of Assumption states that you create your world according to the contents of your subconscious mind. What you assume and believe about yourself and the world, is what will manifest in your reality.
The Law of Assumption also teaches that rather than creating your reality by default, you can make changes to your subconscious mind and beliefs, and thus create the reality you desire.
Consciously manifesting something that you desire involves entering a state inside your mind and your heart, that would be similar to the state you would occupy if you had your desire, or if you were the person who had your desire. This is called “entering the state of the wish fulfilled” (as Neville Goddard puts it) and the more you are able to remain in this state, the more easily and quickly you bring your desire to you.
So, as an example, if you would like to manifest wealth, you go through life feeling how you would feel if you possessed the wealth you would like to create.
How easy is it to enter the “state of the wish fulfilled”?
Not always that easy for most people. And it can be even harder to enter the ‘state of the wish fulfilled’ consistently, on demand.
So, if you are working on consciously manifesting something in particular, it can help to use techniques which enable you to enter the state of the wish fulfilled on a regular basis.
An example of such a technique would be saying affirmations, such as “I always have more money than I need” and feeling this reality in your body, heart and mind.
Most manifesters need to practise anchoring the state of the wish fulfilled into their reality using daily practices. Then it becomes easier to access the feeling of ‘the wish fulfilled’ upon demand, and manifest your desires.
In this article I’m going to give a list of the techniques and practices you can use to enter the state of the wish fulfilled and thus manifest your desired reality.
You can use any combination of the below techniques to make your intentions a reality.
As a preview, here are the techniques covered in this article:
- Saying affirmations
- Listening to affirmations
- Acting as if
- Mind movies
- “I remember when”
- Guided meditations
- Inner speech/robotic affirming
The first technique I want to go into is SATS.
SATS stands for “a state akin to sleep” and it involves getting into the alpha state and visualising a scene which suggests your desire has come to pass in 3D reality. Neville Goddard recommended SATS be done before falling asleep, for best results (although I do it during the day.) You can find detailed instructions for SATS here. This is the mainstay of my personal practice for manifesting.
Saying affirmations means crafting and making a verbal statement out loud that celebrates your desire, as if you already have it. For example, if you’d like to get married you could state as an affirmation “I am blissfully married to my soulmate”.
The purpose of saying affirmations (like any Law of Assumption technique) is to put you into the state of the wish fulfilled, so affirmations should be used as inspiration to put you into a different state — they should not be parroted mindlessly. When you say affirmations, you CLAIM them as real.
Listening to Affirmations
If you lack the privacy to say affirmations or you just get tired of actually saying affirmations, you can also listen to other people reading affirmations as part of your practice (many affirmation videos can be found on YouTube.)
Remember that the aim of listening to affirmations is that it puts you into the state of the wish fulfilled, so if you can find some audio affirmations that help with that, then this could also be a beneficial part of your practice.
The advantage of listening to affirmations vs. saying them is that you can listen on headphones while you’re in public. As long as you focus on what’s being said and allow it to transport you to a different reality, that’s the main thing.
This is my favourite channel for listening to self-concept affirmations (I like that she has a British accent.) There are lots of other types of affirmations on YouTube. Whatever you’re looking for, just do a search for it and I’m sure there will be something suitable.
So, that’s one more handy and easy option for saturating your mind and heart with your wish fulfilled.
Another practice that can help you to enter into the state of the wish fulfilled is gratitude.
If you decide to use this technique, it can be helpful to make it a structured practice, such as “10 things I’m grateful for today.” Or if you are working on manifesting money, practise naming all that you have, that you are grateful for. Gratitude is excellent for bringing abundance and more blessings towards you. A focus on your blessings creates more blessings.
But remember that as a practice, this is about helping you to enter the state of the wish fulfilled, so only practise gratitude if you can actually feel you are blessed. Its not always possible to feel this (depending on your situation) and forcing gratitude on yourself may make you feel worse. (Sometimes it works better to completely ignore your 3D reality instead.)
If you have trouble practising gratitude for your current blessings, you can also practise being grateful for whatever it is you’re manifesting, before it has shown up in your 3D reality. Remember that whatever you decree and believe in, is what will show up in your 3D. So if you practise gratitude for a physical healing (for example) or for your soulmate showing up into your life before it has physically occurred in the material world, you are helping it to manifest by collapsing a wave of probability through your focus on it.
Scripting as a technique for manifesting involves writing a detailed description of your desired reality or desired intention. You should include as many details as possible, with a focus on how it makes you feel.
For example, if you would like to manifest your soulmate, you should write about what your new life together looks like, how you (and they) feel in this new reality and include the things they will say to you when they realise you’re the one for them. Make it super detailed and let your imagination run wild. The purpose of this is to help you feel how you would feel when it manifests, but at the same time it’s important not to get super attached to HOW it is going to manifest or feel like you have to control every detail of what you are manifesting. Enjoy the scripting, let it help you enter the state of the wish fulfilled, and then let it go. It may manifest a different way from what you have imagined.
Having a chat with your future self
One of my favourite practices for manifesting is to meet with your future self in your imagination.
For this technique, what you should do is imagine your 90 year old self who has already lived your desired reality for a number of years or decades.
Have a chat with them and see what they tell you. They may describe their current reality and tell you how wonderful it is to have experienced your desired reality for a long time. They may even have some advice for you.
I find this method quite powerful for putting me into the state of the wish fulfilled.
Another possibility is to use Neville Goddard’s “I remember when” technique. Neville says that for example, with this method if you are currently sick but you’d like to be healthy, you can say to yourself: “I remember when I was sick” from the standpoint of being totally healthy. Imagine yourself as being healthy now and remembering when this was not so. Marvel at how everything worked out in your favour. Neville wrote more about this technique in this 1968 lecture “I Remember When.”
Acting “as if”
Another technique that you can incorporate into your practice as you go about your day, is the ‘acting as if’ technique.
This means that you imagine you are who you want to be, or you imagine you have what you desire, and bring that awareness into your body and movements.
For example, if you would like to be happily married, when you go shopping for groceries, pretend you are shopping for yourself and your husband or wife. How far you go with this technique is up to you. I’ve read that some people who use this technique for manifesting marriage wear a wedding ring in the privacy of their own home, imagine their spouse is sleeping next to them or have imaginary conversations with their spouse at home.
If you have a new business that is not very successful yet, but your dream is for it to be wildly successful and profitable, go for a walk as if you are a millionaire or a high net worth individual. Ask yourself how you would walk if your desire was here. Be that person now in your movements and life, for short bursts or for as long as you can.
Be aware that this is just about pretending in your own mind — you don’t actually take action on it. For example, I’ve known people who are using this technique to take it too far and spend a bunch of money they don’t have because they’re acting as if they are a millionaire. That’s not how it works — it’s about using your imagination and pretending. In the example of buying groceries for you and your soulmate who hasn’t arrived yet in 3D, this does not mean you have to literally buy items for them (unless of course you want to).
Something else I incorporate into my manifesting process is prayer.
Neville Goddard considered affirmations and SATS to be a form of prayer.
However, when I refer to prayer, I am referring to the old-fashioned kind of prayer. If I am having a bad day and I feel like the wish fulfilled is far away from me right now, I pray. I just say out loud “God, help me with X” or if I’m struggling with something, I say “Angels, walk with me.” I know the angels are always with me, but with this prayer, I’m bringing that knowledge into my awareness for a moment.
What is God? If you believe in the Law of Assumption, you are petitioning your Higher self, to help you out with something in particular. Your higher self is a piece of God/Source energy and it is the part of you that sets the Bridge of Incidents in motion and takes you towards your desired reality.
If you believe in the Law of Attraction rather than the Law of Assumption, then for you, God may be the Universe or a Divine Intelligence that is outside of you and not a part of you. But either way, these spiritual forces can help you out big time.
I have had amazing results with prayer since I started using it for manifesting. Whenever I pray, I get lifted up to a higher vibration and back on track. I have certainly grown in faith by using this method.
Another resource or technique that may be useful for manifesting is “mind movies”.
This involves creating a video or a moving collage of images that suggest your desire has come to pass. (Another variant on this method would be the vision board.)
I tried creating a mind movie using a popular website, but ultimately I didn’t feel like this particular method suited me, but some people get a lot out of it so I wanted to mention it here. You can Google “Mind movies” for more on that, if you’re interested. (I have no business affiliation with this company or tool.)
The Lullaby Method
The Lullaby technique is something Neville Goddard talks about in his books. It involves getting into the alpha state and then repeating a short mantra over and over until it saturates the subconscious mind.
This mantra could be something like:
“Isn’t it wonderful?”
“It is done.”
Here is an excerpt from Neville’s book which talks about this technique in more detail:
“A most effective way to embody a desire is to assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled and then, in a relaxed and drowsy state, repeat over and over again like a lullaby, any short phrase which implies fulfillment of your desire, such as, “Thank you, thank you, thank you” as though you addressed a higher power for having given you that which you desired.
If you feel you cannot remain faithful to an action, I want you now to define your objective, and then condense the idea, which is your desire, into a single phrase, a phrase which implies fulfillment of your desire, some phrase such as, “Isn’t it wonderful?”Or if I felt thankful because I thought someone was instrumental in bringing my desire to pass, I could say, “Thank you,” and repeat it with feeling over and over again like a lullaby until my mind was dominated by the single sensation of thankfulness.
The transformation of self requires that we meditate on a given phrase, a phrase which implies that our ideal is realized, and inwardly affirm it over and over and over again until we are inwardly affected by its implication, until we are possessed by it. Hold fast to your noble inner convictions or “conversations.”
Dr Joe Dispenza’s Guided Meditations
Dr Joe Dispenza is a manifestation teacher who specialises in the mind-body connection — he teaches a lot about how people can release chronic illness using the power of their mind.
I’ve been doing his meditations regularly for about 10 months.
I especially like his meditations, because many of them draw on Law of Assumption teachings and put me into the state of the wish fulfilled with very minimum effort. Here are the meditations of his that are based on the Law of Assumption/Law of Attraction:
- Sync to a new life (for manifesting big change in your life & multiple intentions)
- Sync to health (for manifesting health & healing)
- Sync to love (for manifesting love)
- Sync to abundance
- Sync to the mystical (I have found this to be a very powerful meditation for experiencing more mystical and psychic experiences)
- Generating change (a short meditation for reminding yourself that you are the creator of your life and can change anything you want to)
- Reconditioning the body to a new mind (a wonderful meditation for raising your vibration)
- Tuning in to new potentials (a meditation for focusing on 2 or 3 intentions that you’d like to create in your life.)
If you’d like to try them out, you can also find some of them for free on YouTube, although I’m not sure if this is honouring Dr Joe’s work and copyright — it’s unclear whether he allows this.
I have no business affiliation with Dr Joe Dispenza — I just love doing his meditations and have had mystical and healing experiences from using them. I particularly recommend them for manifesting change with health issues. Many people have healed themselves using Dr Dispenza’s teachings and you can watch the testimonies here (there are several hundred of them).
Something to be aware of with Dr Joe’s guided meditations is that he uses a slightly weird voice – he elongates many words. At first I found it off-putting but after a little while I found myself going very ‘deep’ into a state of relaxation while listening, and this is actually the desired effect and reason he uses this slightly unusual way of speaking in his meditations.
Other Guided Meditations
In my article Ignoring the 3D to Manifest, I mentioned that there is a free guided meditation that I particularly love on Youtube, created by a Neville Goddard student on Reddit (with the handle “EdwardArtSupplyHands”.) This meditation is excellent for helping you to focus in on your desired reality and let go of anything that is not your desired reality. You can find the meditation here:
This is my current favourite method for manifesting. You can read about it here.
Avoiding Negative Media
Manifesting is not just about what you add into your life, but also what you subtract from it.
If you are a sensitive person who is easily affected by negative input, you will perhaps want to stay away from news and other negative spaces such as social media and online forums.
We often think that these things don’t affect us, but I have found that they have a negative impact that is subtle but cumulative. Negative media drains my energy body in a small way (I wrote more about this here.)
So, while manifesting it can often help to take a break from the news and social media, especially if it is a struggle for you to enter the state of the wish fulfilled.
Which technique(s) to choose?
I recommend trying out the various techniques and creating a daily practice that is composed of one or more of the above. For most people, the practice needs to be structured and it needs to be daily. E.g. 15 mins per day of saying affirmations and then a gratitude practice.
You should choose the techniques that suit you and the ones you enjoy. Bear in mind that some of the techniques you just won’t enjoy and that’s OK.
The techniques that I personally use as part of my daily practice are: SATS, saying affirmations, listening to affirmations and Dr Joe Dispenza’s guided meditations. I also LOVE the ‘You Are the Creator’ meditation and do that as needed. I occasionally meet with my future self during SATS, I avoid negative media and the news, I sometimes act ‘as if’ when I go on my daily walk and I use the lullaby method intermittently, too.
Something to bear in mind is that the aim of these techniques is for you to anchor the feeling of the wish fulfilled into your life permanently.
Neville Goddard says that for something totally new to manifest in your life “the old self has to die, so that the new self can live”. You should remind yourself often throughout the day of your wish fulfilled, and live in it as often as possible.
It takes time and persistence to kill off the “old self” who is living in a reality that you do not desire — don’t expect to do it straight away. And don’t beat yourself up if you use techniques and then end up thinking negative things. Just keep showing up to your daily practice and your thoughts and feelings should shift over time. Let the Bridge of Incidents unfold and don’t try to control it or micromanage how your desire will come to you. Have patience and persistence. Some desires can take months or in a few cases, even years to manifest. Your only job is to enter the state of the wish fulfilled as much as you can, and allow the techniques to help you. Having a structured daily practice will surely speed up your manifestation.
How long should your daily practice be? I wrote an article on this question here.
- You can find the next article in this series here: Why I Prefer the Law of Assumption to the Law of Attraction (– read about the fundamental differences between these 2 modalities for manifesting and why I feel the Law of Assumption is way more effective.)
And you can find Neville Goddard’s books on the Law of Assumption here: Neville Goddard: The Complete Reader