I believe we all manifest, most of us without realising. It isn't really 'magic', simply thoughts becoming real, driven by our own energy. The type of energy is key: it must be in the positive for good things to happen, or manifest, otherwise – to put it bluntly – the same old shit keeps on happening.
I've been consciously addressing my relationship with manifestation because the subject crops up in tandem with tackling unhealthy mindsets and self-limiting beliefs. It helps I've been better at being kinder and more accepting of myself, via all the meditation and 'shadow work'.
The signs it's working
When you work on manifesting as I'm calling it here, there can be recognisable signs to watch for, one of which I’ve heard described as ‘you feel your spirit soar’.
I've come to understand this is what happened to me the first time I attempted painting from deep trance state to discover what would transpire on paper as I switched to my subconscious.
The freedom of mark-making
On a couple of occasions I had first tested the water by choosing to simply draw, or mark-make, in deep trance. Those times I chose charcoal sticks and paper.
Some days I have a theme in mind when I begin my meditative art, or a particular issue has arisen, and when I began my meditation for this piece I was focusing on the Heart chakra, so I chose the relevant colour green.
From there my spinning thoughts stitch words and feelings together, before I’ve even begun to meditate. From 'green' I get nature, land, love, centredness, connection, and behind it is movement and the desire to move towards (or away from) something I can’t quite pinpoint. Not yet.
I never title my work until finished, which is always in one session. I leave it to dry, leave the room and come back to it, hours later, or possibly the next day.
It’s at that point when I might change my mind as to which way up the piece should be altogether. Although I ‘read’ something in every work I produce when I make the last mark, I often read something more powerful from a different angle.