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We Believe What We Write

I’m not one to believe muggle studies too much, but there is a lot of science behind the power of putting things in writing.

That’s why companies like to get favorable written testimonials from customers about their products. (It isn’t just for the social proof; it’s because we strengthen good feelings about a product after we write something favorable about it.)

It’s why the Chinese got American POWs to write positive things about communism while listing the faults of American capitalism. (Even though the prisoners didn’t necessarily believe it at first, those written thoughts took hold over time.)

It’s why savvy sales managers ask their sales people to put goals in writing.

It’s why unscrupulous companies with high pressure sales tactics like to counter state “cooling off” laws by getting customers to complete their own sales contracts. (People are less inclined to change their mind afterward when they fill out the agreements themselves.)

As psychology professor Robert Cialdini puts it, “… something special happens when people put their commitments on paper: they live up to what they write down.”

I’ve long known that written manifesting exercises are even more powerful for me than scripted or visualized exercises. Whether it’s a pray rain journal entry, or a page of I Am Worthies, or a simple mantra on a sticky note – once I put it in writing, it’s as good as done.

I used to chalk that up to just personal manifesting preference, but after reading about the studies done on the power of writing, I suspect there’s more to it than that.

As conscious creators, we can all harness the power of putting in writing what we’d like to see manifest.

That’s what I propose you do at the start of this new year: write down what you’d like to be celebrating this time next year. Or five years from now.

Commit those dreams and desires to writing, and let the written magic pull them into reality.

You can write it in a private journal, post it as a comment here, or email me a picture of what you’ve written if you feel like sharing. (Although I’d recommend hand writing it instead of just typing it. Studies say there’s a difference.)

But just for fun, however you feel inspired to do it, write down what you want to be true for yourself, your life, your bank account, your body, your business, your love life, or whatever you’d like to see change.

You can do it in any format that feels good:

  • a simple descriptive phrase (“six figure contract with a perfect new client”)
  • a formal “I am” statement (“I am living my dream come true life”)
  • a pray rain journal entry (“It’s so fun to celebrate our first wedding anniversary with a partner I love more every day here in our favorite place on the planet”)
  • a mantra or affirmation on a sticky note (“I am good at feeling good” is on my computer monitor)
  • a thank you letter to Universe for all the wonderful manifestations in 2022 (I did this as part of our year end practices at GVU)
  • a drafted acceptance speech for your professional award (“I’d like to thank the Academy for honoring me with this Oscar”)
  • a to-do list for angels/universal manager of what you’d like them to handle on your behalf (“a fabulous new neighbor; an extra day off; recovering my favorite ring”)
  • a scripted success list (where you write down your favorite things already manifested and tuck in a few favorites to come)
  • or whatever else comes to mind or you feel drawn to play with …

Because there’s something powerful about putting it in writing.

We (tend to) (eventually) believe what we write.

Don’t take my word for it, though. This one’s worth putting into practice to prove it yourself.

  • January 5, 2022
  • Patrice says:

    Even the mad emporer Caligula would exclaim, “So let it be written, so let it be done” when he sealed new laws into order.

    This also reminds me of the book by Henriette Klauser, “Write it Down Make it Happen.”

    She talks about the Reticular Activating System (RAS). All of our senses come in through the RAS, except smell which goes directly to the emotional center of the brain.

    Anyway, the RAS has been called the gateway between the conscious and subconscious and when we write we activate the RAS. The book goes into more detail about this.

    Has it ever been part of the book club on GVU?

    Back to smell. I think we’ve all had a certain scent that takes us back to a wonderful memory. Mine is Jasmine. I grew up in the humdity of south central Florida. We’d play outside until it got too dark to see. As the night bloomed so did the Jasmine, the smell was so heavy in the air you were swimming in it. To this day any smell of real Jasmine takes me back to my childhood.

    I like to take a favorite scent, essential oil, perfume or flower, but something I can easily get. I had a favorite Jasmine scent by a centuries old perfume maker in France. Sadly they sold to a commerical company and the scent has suffered I can’t even stand it anymore. My cousin went to France and actually went to an old place where you can make your own scent, keep the ingredient list and then order it later. Bless her heart she knew how much I loved Jasmine and so concocted a lovely scent for me. I cherish this and will certainly send off my order when I get low!!

    Getting to the point, I LOVE Jasmine and the smell brings me so much Joy. So when I am focusing on feeling good, and I get to that REALLY GOOD, FEELING GOOD, AMAZING SPACE, I spray my Jasmine perfume in the air and on my arm and just soak it in. So anytime I can’t find a feel good space I spray the Jasmine and BAM I am right there, all those feel goods come rushing back in without any effort on my part!


  • Timeline Traveller says:

    I have to agree about the handwriting thing. I’ve noticed that, with a lot of things (affirmations, journalling etc…), I usually instinctively write it out by hand before I even think of typing anything.

    It could just be the timeless low-tech physicality of it or even the fact that there’s a lot more self-expression in handwriting (compared to how typed text is the same for everyone), but handwriting is definitely better – even if mine is often borderline-illegible (which is probably why I also type stuff I really want to remember LOL!!!).

    Still, there’s also something to be said for images too. One thing I’ve found is that – personally – vision boards are less effective for me than what I like to call “manifestation boards” (a collage of pictures/descriptions of things/experiences/knowledge I’ve already manifested, as both a gratitude thing and also – on less confident days – a reminder that I can manifest stuff). Focusing on things I’ve already manifested avoids the troublesome “Not here yet!” feelings that vision boards can sometimes evoke in me.

    • Timeline Traveller says:

      Although, saying this, I’ve just realised that something I manifested a few hours after writing this comment (a sensibly-priced second-hand copy of an old videogame I’ve wanted to play for over a decade and a half) was something that I put on a vision board last year. So, maybe there’s some merit to the idea after all….

  • Anne M. Robertson says:

    Write it down, make it happen! Words are powerful things. I have what a refer to as my Magic Pen , which I use to create the experiences or things I truly desire. The pen indeed is mightier than sword.

    • Jeannette says:

      I have a magic pen, too, Anne! It doesn’t not get used for mundane things. Saved for special things only. 🙂

  • Miss C. says:

    For the past week, I’ve been inspired to start writing my desired manifestations and your blog post has come right on time for confirmation!

    Thank you, Jeannette!

    • Miss C. says:

      I just remembered!

      In August 2021, I did write down several statements expressing gratitude for a few things I desired and they pretty much manifested on their own without much effort on my part.

      I think this time around I’m going to write more vivid and emotionally fueled details and see what happens next! 🙂

      • Jeannette says:

        Oh my! That’s powerful confirmation for you, Miss C! Can’t wait for the magic to start flowing for you from your next new writings! 🙂

    • Miss C. says:

      One more comment and then I’ll stop, lol!

      Even though handwriting might be more powerful than typing/texting, it does make me wonder just how much we have shifted energies, as a society, based on what we post on social media. So much of social media is fueled by emotions and I think it has helped to manifest the good and the bad in our world today.

      Something to keep in mind for any and all future social media interactions.

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