I found the below excerpt profoundly useful from ‘Banned Manifestation Secrets’ by Richard Dotts.
There are no rigid or fixed series of steps to adhere to be a deliberate and conscious creator. But still, there are a number of very broad, universal principles which are useful. The reason why these principles work is because they are aligned with the laws of the Universe, and the basic fabric of how things operate in our Universe.
Manifestation-It starts with an intention…
At a broad level, you always want to start with an intention. An intention is stating something you want, or a statement or thought about something which you want. Without an intention, there is no inception or starting thought, and consequently, nothing happens. We can set an intention about anything. We can desire anything. There is nothing too big or small for us to desire, and we can choose to have anything. There are absolutely no limits or limitations because we do not even know what our limits or limitations are!
You can state an intention in ANY way, but you do have to state it. Some people do not put their intention in words. They set an intention in terms of their thoughts or feelings, or from observing something, and the Universe picks it up from there.
One thing is for sure that the Universe is always there for us, it is trustworthy. You do not have to worry about it being “not present” in our lives, or that it “missed out” on one of our intentions. Therefore there is no need to state an intention over and over again if you’re clear and pure about it. Just once is enough. Any repetition is for your own conscious, reasoning mind only.
Bear in mind that no matter what form or method you adopt, only you know what works for you. There is no right or wrong method here, and be playful with it! The Universe ALWAYS picks up on your intention perfectly.
Manifestation – Intention must be CLEAR
The intention which you state must be clear. It must not be muddled up and bunched up with a whole lot of other things at once. However, you can state Universal, broader intentions and those will work as well, as the Universe will often fill in the details for you, even better than you can imagine or envision.
Let’s start by explaining what a clear intention means. A clear intention means working on one desired thing, object, or outcome at a time. Working on multiple intentions at the same time is often a recipe for confusion and non-manifestation. If you want to manifest or attract a new watch, then you state the intention by imagination or writing it down on paper.
If you find that imagining yourself wearing the new watch is the best way for you to “state” your intention, then you would imagine yourself wearing the new watch and feeling pleased and happy. That is working on one single intention at a time. If you find that writing down your intention is the best way to get started, then I would write: “I intend a new watch with a leather strap.” You can, of course, fill in the model number and the brand as per your liking. That is stating your intention clearly and succinctly. In fact, it is the ONLY job you have to do because the Universal Laws will take care of things from now on.
Some people try to cram multiple things into their intention statements, like: “I intend a new watch, a new dress, and a new car.” Anytime you have the word “AND” in your intention statements, you are making it difficult for the Universe to fulfill your intentions because now it has to be all three of those things AT ONCE! On the other hand, if you write three separate statements, one for each item, you’ll have much better success with them.
So experiment with stating clear intentions, and start with small intentions. There is no difference between small and large intentions because for the universe each and everything is possible. Practice stating intentions until they are clear.
No Automatic Counter-Intentions
What do you do after you have stated an intention clearly? You generally want to make sure that there are no counter-intentions, or that there are no negative thoughts or feelings that contradict that intention. This in itself takes practice and is something people find difficult to do.
People often ask the writer, “Well, if the manifestation is really as simple as you say, and we simply have to THINK about what we want… Why is it that more people are not doing it?” or “Why is it that we still have to work so hard? Why doesn’t everyone do it?” You get the idea.
The steps behind manifestation are simple and easy in theory, BUT understanding them and applying them may take a lifetime because it requires some serious inner work! The universe and your inner self know EXACTLY how you feel at every moment. You may be able to conceal your true feelings to the outside world BUT you can never fool yourself. Your inner self is aware of how you feel about every subject, all of the time.
Counter-Intentions also Picked by Universe
Here’s where it gets tricky: When you have a pure intention, all is well and good. Things will manifest and happen for you very quickly. For example, when you set a pure intention to have a new watch, things will line up and happen for you very quickly once your intention is pure. However, most people also typically (and due to societal conditioning) do one of these things AFTER setting an intention: Immediately, they worry HOW they are going to get it. They worry that they are not able to afford it. They worry about whether they are doing the right things. And they worry about whether they deserve it. All of these thoughts that come immediately after you have stated your initial intention and desires are ALSO intentions as well! And they’ll be picked up by the Universe just as well, without any discrimination.
The Universe does not discriminate between good or bad thoughts. The content of the thoughts does not matter, and hence morality or ethics does not play a part here.
Therefore when you state an initial intention, observe and be aware of all the other counter-intentions that pop up in your mind and that you feel simultaneously. Do you feel any negative thoughts or feelings concurrently? If you do, those are going to be picked up and acted on by the Universe as well. What it means, of course, is that nothing happens because they cancel each other out!
If you say: “I want to have a new car” as your initial intention statement, but then you non-verbally say “BUT I cannot afford it…”, notice what you have just done! You have set 2 intentions that are the exact opposite of one another. The moment you set the first intention, the Universe has acted on it with precision. But then you had countered it immediately with thoughts or feelings of “not being able to afford it”, and the Universe acted on that too! “Yes, you cannot afford it” becomes the reality that you create.
In manifestation, the key is to train yourself to state an intention purely, without any negative or impure thoughts that may pollute it, as all of those feelings and thoughts (as a whole) are also picked up by the Universe.
The great spiritual teacher Abraham-Hicks say: “Your vibration doesn’t have to be strong, it just has to be pure. You don’t have to think about something over and over again. You just have to think about it purely. And you just have to not contradict it with your own vibration.