When I was growing up, as a punishment teachers would have the troublemakers repeatedly write I will not be disruptive in class, – or some version of that, depending on the offense – somewhere between 100-200 times.
That didn’t change those kids’ behavior. But it wasn’t until many years later when I learned about the Law of Attraction and then the 55×5 Manifestation Method, that I fully understood what the goal was and why it didn’t work.
For starters, those kids didn’t believe what they were writing. It was just something they had to do, or else. Not to mention, what was supposed to be an affirmation wasn’t written in the present tense, didn’t have any emotion built in, and technically, was more of a defamation.
Perhaps something more like, I love being a positive contributor to my classroom might have gotten through to them. We’ll never know.
But like those kids, the specifics have everything to do with why 55X5 Manifestation Method might not be working for you.
What is the 55×5 Manifestation Method?
The 55×5 Manifestation Method is a popular Law of Attraction technique where you write out your chosen goal, as an affirmative statement, 55 times each day for 5 consecutive days, to bring it to fruition.
Sure, that sounds simple enough. Effortless and effective, it’s easy to see why Law of Attraction newbies in particular, are drawn to this process.
But if you haven’t been seeing results from this manifesting ritual, let’s take a closer look at why, and get you on the right track to attracting all of your desires.
Reasons the 55×5 Manifestation Method Isn’t Working for You
1. Your energy isn’t aligned with the process.
Explore how you feel. Are you approaching this exercise with desperation? Do you need this goal to happen in 5 days or else you’ll be out on the streets or in some other precarious predicament?
Does the process of writing your affirmation so many times feel like a chore? Do you feel obligated to complete it, despite dreading the process? Do you question if it’ll even work?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, just stop right now. Or don’t even start writing. Trying to leverage the 55×5 Manifestation Method under those circumstances, would be a waste of time, because of the emotions you’d be bringing to the table.
Worry. Anxiety. Desperation. Boredom. Dread. Doubt. It’s impossible to attract your desires with that kind of attitude.
As you write, you should be viewing this thing that you don’t currently have with excited expectation, as opposed to lack or longing. You should be visualizing how good it feels to manifest your goal.
So unless you can adjust your vibration accordingly, to release the resistance and get yourself on the right positive page, this is not the Law of Attraction exercise for you.
Frankly, if I’m anything less than excited about a technique, when deliberately trying to attract a desire, then it’s a no-go for me.
2. Your affirmation or goal isn’t one that you even believe is possible.
Don’t choose your hardest or “biggest” goal to tackle with the 55×5 Manifestation Method. For the record, nothing is too big for the Universe. But if you have doubts or hang-ups, aka resistance around it, especially if you’ve been working at it for a while to no avail, then that’s not the one to focus on.
Because the likelihood is low that you’re going to convince yourself and the Universe of your worthiness in 5 days and energetically shift that “baggage” just by writing your request down repeatedly.
This is not to say that your life can’t change dramatically overnight. Mine did, to the tune of a six-figure offer a day after I asked the Universe.
Most however, particularly if they’re new to this, will need to alter their affirmations to one’s that’s still a stretch, but believable and therefore attainable.
You want to ease your way into the process, with something, you’re looking forward to, but not so invested in or attached to.
3. You’re too caught up in the details.
It’s been widely advised that you should do the process at the same time every day. Others have suggested completing it as you wake up in the morning or just before you go to bed.
Sure, it would be great if that could set the tone for your day; get you jazzed about what’s ahead when you venture out into the world. Or end your night with it, leaving you in a wonderful space, just before drifting off to sleep. But more often than not, the reality is that you’re likely to either be in a hurry, or tired and just want to get it over with.
With that said, I personally believe it’s most effective when you do it at the point during your day when your energy is highest and you’re feeling the best. So while you might not be doing it at the same numerical time, like clockwork, you’d be doing it at the same vibrational time. And when it comes to the Law of Attraction, your energy is everything.
So similarly, what happens if you write your goal 56 times? Or 65 times? Or lose track and do an extra day?
I know it’s called the 55×5 Manifestation Method but the number itself, despite any significance in numerology, is not magic.
Sure, it’s a manifestation ritual. And while the goal is to do it every day, in the same way, at the same time, the key here is what your belief is about sticking to, or deviating from, this approach.
If you believe that not following the process to the letter, means it won’t work. Then it won’t work. Because the Law of Attraction gives you what you believe 100% of the time.
4. You’re too attached to the outcome.
Instead of knowing that it’s done and excitedly looking forward to the manifestation, taking action as inspired, you obsessively wonder where it is, when it’s coming and how it’s getting to you.
To quote Abraham Hicks, “Every time you take score, you’re looking in the wrong direction. You can’t look at what is and what’s becoming at the same time. They’re different frequencies.”
If your desire doesn’t manifest in 5 days, don’t let your faith waiver. Trust the Universe. Trust yourself. Don’t slip back into old patterns of belief. Your desire may not have come to fruition yet, but you will have significantly shifted your energy in alignment with that goal so much that it has no choice but to materialize.
5. You didn’t take inspired action.
Some critics of the Law of Attraction, and misguided students, believe that the practice advocates sitting around waiting for some benevolent Universe to rain blessings down upon you. In this case, you simply write your goal 55 times each day and the Universe is supposed to magically deliver it to you within 5 days.
Well, let me remind you that you still have to do something. But only when it feels right. The Law of Attraction doesn’t advocate laziness, but it does discourage humans’ tendency to “make things happen.” The emphasis is always on alignment before action; energy over effort.
Oftentimes, the thing that brought me to my manifestation is nothing I would have consciously made the decision to do. I’d just be going about my day, driving around, answering the phone if I felt like it, calling whoever I was in the mood to talk to, going wherever I felt led, engaging with strangers that lit up around me, etc.
Believe me. The Universe will put the person you need right on the park bench next to you. You just have to go to the park, if that’s what you’re inspired to do.
6. You didn’t continue the good feels.
Don’t make a point to think positively while writing your affirmations, and then as soon as you close your journal, resume your prior thinking. While the Law of Attraction doesn’t require perfection, you should make it a point to be aware of your thoughts and keep those good feels going as often as you can, for as long as you can.
As Abraham Hicks also reminds us, “Instant manifestations will be a daily occurrence for you when you yourself are not contradicting your own vibrational desires.”