Fall is finally upon us. After the unprecedented heat waves that many of us experienced this summer, it is an especially welcome shift. Of course, there’s another reason fall is such an exciting time. And, no, it doesn’t have to do with pumpkin spice. Fall is an incredible time of year to activate your manifestation practice, get clear about everything you want in life, and start making it all happen.
If you are unfamiliar, manifestation is a practice that allows you to visualize and set intentions for what you want to draw into your life. It also allows you to initiate the energy and actions that will attract it to you. Technically, there is no “wrong” time to start a manifestation practice, but there are windows throughout the year that present more fertile ground to plant your seeds. Whether you’re a newbie or looking to boost your practice, here’s why you should dedicate extra time and energy this season.
Why is fall the best time of year for manifestation?
There’s a lot of “fresh start” energy
Don’t wait until the new year to envision what you want and call it into your life. Fall is ripe with back-to-school energy, even if you’re not in school. It signifies a “return to the norm” after summer. Just as kids return to school after months apart from friends, adults adjust from a vacation mindset back to work mode.
In general, it’s a time when people feel refreshed, reinvigorated, and ready for whatever comes next. It’s the perfect time to dream up what you want to get out of the year ahead. Plus, it just so happens that dreaming up what you want is the first step to manifestation. Just like you would start each school year thinking about what you want to accomplish, tap into your creative energy and write out goals. Piece together vision boards. Meditate on what kind of life you’d like to build for yourself in the months ahead.
Fall forces you to go inward
As summer weather brings us rooftop happy hours and beach days, fall weather ushers us inside for more rest, relaxation, and alone time. With more time spent indoors, it’s the perfect time to mentally go inward as well. When you take the time to get quiet, you can get clearer about what you want in life. Additionally, you can map out some of the steps that will help you get there. So next time you find yourself curled up on the couch with your favorite hot beverage in hand, consider using that time to reconnect with yourself. Meditate or journal about your core values, how you want to show up in the world, or what small steps you can take to get the life you want.
It’s the most mystical time of year
You are probably familiar with fall holidays like Halloween and Día de los Muertos. However, you might not know that some of their origins can actually be traced to a Celtic festival called Samhain, which marks the end of the harvest season. Halloween, Día de los Muertos, and Samhain all embrace the belief that fall signifies a “thinning of the veil” between the physical and spiritual world. (There’s a reason the Sanderson Sisters can only come back on Halloween.) In fact, during Samhain, people often wore costumes to try to evade the more mischievous sprites. (Yes, that’s where the tradition of Halloween costumes comes from).
No matter your religious or spiritual beliefs, many worldly traditions acknowledge a strong connection to spirituality this time of year. Tap into that energy (even just for fun!) to open your mind a bit more to the possibility of miracles and magic in your manifestation practice. You are co-creating with the universe, after all. If there’s a time of year when the universe can hear you a little more clearly, all the better.
Fall is the time to reap your bounty
Another reason the Samhain holiday is so applicable to manifestation is that it blends mysticism with something far more tangible: the harvest. Samhain is a celebration of the bountiful summer, which allows the community to prepare for the long winter. Manifestation might seem like it’s all about looking forward, but a key part that is commonly forgotten is to also feel gratitude for how far you’ve already come. Checking in with yourself about how life feels in the moment can help you find clarity on what exactly it is you’re looking to change. It can help you find what you might already have that you want more of.
When you take the time to appreciate what you have already been able to harvest in your life, however small, it opens you up to see more of the good in things. For example, if you want to manifest a relationship, feel gratitude for the love you already have. If you want more financial success, feel gratitude for being able to pay your bills or buy the $5 PSL. It will attract more of that thing to you. So take a cue from harvest season and appreciate your bounty–AKA your already amazing life.
Ready to start manifesting? Start here:
You deserve the life that calls to you. And with all the energy backing you this season, I hope you get everything your heart is reaching for and more. You’ve gathered all the ingredients from summer, and you’re ready to put it to work. If I’ve managed to convince you that this is the best time to start your manifestation practice (it is!), you might be wondering how to begin. You can check out our 101 Guide to Manifestation, manifestation journal prompts, or daily habits to manifest your goals, but here are some of my favorite tips for getting started:
- Take a brief account of where you are currently. Make a list of what is working, what might not be working, and what you’d like to invite into your life.
- List out your goals through journaling, or if you’re more visual, through scrapbooking or vision boarding. I feel like physically writing or cutting and pasting images helps make your list feel more real.
- When you make your list, meditate on the ways you can become the person you will be. Try to personify that person in your day-to-day, which will help shift your energy into accepting everything that is headed your way.
- Take baby steps forward. Maybe it’s reaching out for an informational interview about a career change you’re considering. Perhaps it’s an internal action, like talking with a therapist to work on feeling worthy of whatever it is you desire.
- Trust that you’ve got this. You are working toward your dreams, and that’s an incredible feat on its own. If you’re able to keep moving in the direction of your desires, you will get there. Trust. And remember, setbacks can sometimes be steps forward in disguise.