If you are a functioning member of society, chances are you have TikTok. And if you are a voyeur on TikTok, it’s just as likely that you’ve seen someone touch on the 369 manifestation method as a means to start actualizing your dreams … and there just may be some science to it.
To break it down simply, the 369 method involves loosely grasping what it is your heart truly desires and then writing it down three times in the morning, six times in the afternoon, and nine times at night. While this kind of incessant note-taking is a great way to instill some serious memory, that’s not the goal. It’s to help train your brain to focus on your goals and desires instead of fear, which can push them down. It helps our brains to stay plastic.
We spoke with addiction and wellness specialist and counselor Erica Spiegelman to give us the haps on how the 369 method effectively goes down.
“It’s best to start by being abstract. Say just what you want, then be more clear with the details. Describe how you would feel about that particular dream coming true. After that, you combine the two, so you trigger an emotional response every time you say it or write it.”
Spiegelman gives this example:
“1. DESIRE: I want a house
2. EMOTIONS: pride, safety, freedom, comfort
3. COMBINE: I feel so proud to own my home where I feel comfortable, safe, and free to have a peaceful and a happy environment of my own!”
Maybe you’ve noticed, but Spiegelman is suggesting that the sentence we write down throughout this practice is in the present tense, as if we’ve currently achieved it.
“Be sure to really drop in and feel your emotions around your desire or dream. This is key. We have to connect with why it is we want something. How would it enrich your life and make you feel a certain way?
I always tell my single clients to get clear on what kind of partner they want. To write down all the qualities and to envision how it would feel to have a person in your life who possesses these qualities and how that would make you feel.
When we focus our energies on what we desire and how that would bring us real emotional change, there is clarity and a point where we make choices and change our thought habits into more positive ones that ultimately support the manifestation as well!” That’s all part of neuroplasticity.
Spiegelman mentions that most people practice this for 33 days or 45 days. Some do an expedited schedule of 21 days, which is the most popular on social media—aka the land of instant gratification. So why 33? Why 45? Why 369?
The numbers represent numerology beliefs, Spiegelman shares.
“The great Nikola Tesla believed these numbers were significant, too. Three represents our connection to the universe or divine source and creative expression. Six represents inner strength and harmony. Nine represents our inner birth and letting go of the things that don’t serve us so we can be our highest selves.”
Spiegleman also shares a little intel on Karin Lee, the woman who created this practice in a digestible manner for TikTok. Apparently, Lee believes that 33 and 45 are divine numbers, which may or may not be biblical. If you feel called to it, you might want to pick a number of days that feels meaningful to you (at least 21, to instill a change of mind and thinking habits) to practice this method.
According to Spiegelman, it’s a very powerful practice that helps people see big changes happen in their lives— all you need is a pen, paper, some dreams, and the willingness to let your mind be flexible.
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