Is Manifestation A Sin?

  • By: Ryan Kane
  • Updated: March 29, 2022
  • Time to read: 7 min.

In the last few years, manifestation has skyrocketed in popularity. 

Manifestation is a way to create a vision and bring it into reality by imagining (in vivid detail) what it looks and feels like to have already reached your goal. This process typically uses tools like vision boards and journaling. 

Manifestation is not a sin. It’s a way to create a vision and make progress towards your goals.

It’s a neutral tool, not an action in itself.

However, because of the new age spiritual language often associated with manifestation, there is controversy around this topic in the Christian community. The other chief concern is that Christians are manifesting (AKA, attempting to influence their future) through something other than prayer to God. 

I’ll argue that, new age language aside, these objections are a result of a misunderstanding over what manifestation is. And either way, there’s no reason God can’t be incorporated into the process.

Below, we’ll break manifestation down into its component parts and explore each, and consider what “Christian manifestation” might look like.

Is manifestation a sin for Christians?

Manifestation isn’t a sin, as long as you’re working to create a positive outcome in the world. If you’re trying to manifest something negative, selfish, or otherwise problematic, it’s a different question.

Some Christian sources feel manifestation is a sin because of its new age spiritual roots. However, there’s no reason manifestation techniques can’t be used in conjunction with a belief in God. 

For example, new age spiritual language talks of manifestation as a way to “co-create with the universe.” There’s no reason this can’t be adapted to a different belief system: create a vision, imagining it in striking detail as if you’d already accomplished your goals, then praying to God to keep you on the path towards this goal (if that’s what God’s will is). 

In my “Skeptic’s Guide to Manifestation” article, I talk about manifestation as “goals on creativity steroids.” 

And no one’s arguing that having goals is a sin. 

Manifestation is a way to make your goals and vision incredibly vivid. Through regular reminders, and exercises like journaling and vision boards, manifestation helps to give your goals a better chance of happening by increasing your commitment to them and your actions towards them.

All that’s required for Christians is a change in vocabulary!

Instead of “co-creation with the universe,” try “co-creation with God.”

Instead of a secular manifestation process, design one that incorporates your beliefs about God and God’s plan for your life.

Most likely, a manifestation process that brings a deep element of belief into the picture will be even more powerful.

A breakdown of what manifestation actually is

What does the Bible say about manifestation

Rather than get stuck on some of the new age language like co-creation with the universe and limiting beliefs, let’s dig into what manifestation actually is, and whether those things present any problems in the context of Christianity. 

Daydream

Most of us don’t dream big enough. The manifestation process starts with dreaming. Start by pretending there were no obstacles or constraints in your life. What would your life look like? What would you spend time on? What would you change? 

Visualize

Then, turn your imagination on. Place yourself at a point in the future where you’ve already achieved your goals. Try to imagine the scene in exceptional detail. Where are you, and who are you with? What can you see, touch, smell, taste and hear? What does it feel like to be you right now? What thoughts are going through your mind?

Address Mental Obstacles

This is where the “limiting beliefs” part of manifestation comes into play. Are you struggling with believing that it’s realistic for you to actually achieve the vision you have in mind? If so, you may be subscribing to some beliefs about yourself that are limiting your potential. 

Think about what those beliefs might be, and why you believe them.

You’ll need to move past them in order to get to a place where you fully believe what you’re imagining is possible. 

Communicate your Vision

Visions are crucial, but the path from vision to action requires making your vision concrete in some way. Journaling is a popular method, or simply writing your vision down somewhere you can see it every day. A vision board is another way to go about this, taking images from your vision and creating a physical or digital representation using photos. 

Finally, consider if you’d like to share your vision with trusted friends and family. 

Take Action

Your vision can’t happen without action. Consider what the path to achieving your goals looks like, and follow your intuition as to what steps you need to take to get there. 

Think of the power of compound interest, or going to the gym every day:

Regular action over time creates outcomes you might not even have been able to dream of.

Return To Your Vision Regularly

Manifestation journaling is one of the easiest ways to do this. As you journal, return to the scene in the future where you’ve already accomplished your goals. Immerse yourself in it again, and write about what it feels like and what you see. Over time, you’ll reinforce your belief that this is truly possible, and your actions will follow. 

You can also use a service like sendrecurring.com to send daily or weekly emails to yourself as a reminder of your vision. 

Express Gratitude

Whether you’ve made serious progress towards your goals or no progress at all, gratitude is an important part of the process of moving towards something new. Otherwise, you may find yourself obsessing over the outcome and struggling to enjoy the process. 

How to do Christian manifestation

So to recap, above we have:

Daydreaming, visualizing, addressing mental obstacles, journaling, taking action, returning to your vision, and expressing gratitude.

Is there anything in this list that feels like a sin?

Some may feel uncomfortable that this process doesn’t involve God. 

Well, there’s no reason it can’t! 

Let’s go through each of the steps of manifestation, adding God into the picture:

How to Do Christian Meditation
  1. Daydream: If your life had no limits, what would it look like?
  2. Visualize: Imagine yourself in the middle of your dream life. You’re in the future, and you’ve already achieved your goals. What does it feel like? Where are you living? Who’s there? What clothes are you wearing? 
  3. Address mental obstacles: If you don’t fully believe your vision, why not? Do you feel you’re not capable, or that you’re not worthy, or that it’s not God’s plan for you? Pray about it to get to a place where you’re comfortable with your vision, and truly believe it can happen. 
  4. Communicate your vision: Now that you’ve identified your vision and addressed obstacles, it’s time to make your vision concrete. A vision board is a common way to do this. Journaling is another. You may also want to pray about it and start telling trusted friends and family members.
  5. Take action: For your vision to happen, you need intention plus action. Start identifying what steps you can take to bring it into reality. Regular recurring actions will compound to help bring your vision to life. 
  6. Return to your vision: Remind yourself of your vision regularly, through journaling and prayer. 
  7. Express gratitude: Wherever you are on your journey, pray and give gratitude for what you have. 

Sounds better from a Christian perspective, right?

Manifestation is simply a way to put your goals and vision in a more powerful context, giving you greater commitment to work towards them long term and be open to opportunities that might lead you where you want to go. 

Incorporating your faith into the equation can make it even more powerful. 

Frequently asked questions

What does the Bible say about manifestation?

The Bible doesn’t directly address manifestation in its modern form. However, it does suggest that it’s important to trust God and allow him to direct your path:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5

In the context of manifestation, this implies that Christians will most likely want to incorporate God into their manifestation process through prayer and contemplative reflection. 

Is manifestation wrong?

No, manifestation isn’t wrong. 

Manifestation is a way to reach your goals by immersing yourself in a vision of the future that you truly believe, and returning regularly to that vision. 

Spiritual “new age” language is common among practitioners of manifestation. However, like yoga or meditation, there’s no reason that the language can’t be adapted to any context, whether secular or religious. 

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