Reality Manifestation and the Bible

by Joshua Tilghman on August 25, 2012

There are a lot of personal development websites out there talking about manifesting your own reality these days. Many of them contain a lot of great and interesting information. But over the years I have learned some things about reality manifestation that many of these websites leave out. This is where I believe the Bible can help fill in a gap for us. After a brief discussion of God and reality manifestation, we’ll look at some scriptures from the New Testament book of James to get better grip on all this.

Reality manifestation is real. Why? Simply put, the mind is the most powerful resource in the universe. In fact, the mind is infinite. Much of this website is about the achievement of Christ consciousness which is none other than realizing the true nature of the mind and it’s limitless, infinite potential. The Bible is full of stories meant to teach this amazing truth, but unfortunately, the scriptures have been taught in a way that is contrary to their original meanings and intent. For example, most of the Biblical stories are allegories that teach us about the human mind and body, how duality works, what the ego is, and finally, how to transcend the ego and achieve union with God. Achieving union with God is not what a lot of people think it is. It is a very mystical journey, but once the process is understood a little better it is also a very practical journey as well.

Who, or what, is God? In a roundabout way, I discussed this in my last blog post entitled, A Conversation With God. There, I explained what God cannot be through a series of questions and answers which reveals that God is the essential infinite nature behind the pure mind (primordial consciousness). What is primordial consciousness then? It cannot be pinned down by human thought because it is beyond thought. But we can say it is beyond form and time. It is both everywhere and yet nowhere. It is infinite. I could go on, but you get the picture.

So how does reality manifestation work? Every thought is the movement of energy which arises from the mind, or God. Every thought contributes to your reality. Most of your reality is an unconscious process developed through habitual thinking, not only in this lifetime, but for the past thousands and thousands of years and lifetimes because your current ego is a culmination of all this (see how the Bible acknowledges reincarnation here). A habit is hard to break. Habits are mental. The Bible reveals all this, and little by little, article by article, this website breaks this down for you through different terminology and concepts.

So why do most people fail at changing their reality through the power of their mind?

Let me give you an example of why most people fail: Let’s say a person learns that their thoughts produce their reality from a teaching or website. We’ll call that person John. John then makes a conscious choice to begin employing some of the techniques that the reality manifestation website encourages. Ultimately, these techniques are excellent, and the website owner teaching them could be dead on about how the technique works. So John begins with visualization exercises every night before bed, holding the focus of his thoughts on whatever it is that he wants to manifest. John does this religiously for months and nothing changes. Why? What happened? If thoughts are really so powerful, why didn’t his or her reality change?

For most, even years worth of doing this exercise can’t change their reality. Why? Because the unconscious, habitual thinking patterns they have developed are much stronger than they usually realize. Even in their sleep, those unconscious, habitual mental patterns are arising and manifesting. Ultimately, those unconscious and habitual mental patterns of John have been established throughout his entire life and in many previous lifetimes. These mental patterns are enormous and they will never be broken through the practice of visualization exercises before bed. John’s mind is highly unstable. The only true hope for John is if John were to realize the true nature of the mind and then use this nature of the mind to emit highly focused and conscious thoughts without lapsing back into unconscious habitual mental patterns.

What does the Bible say about all this?

There is a beautiful verse from the New Testament book of James which explains this concept perfectly. It states:

“A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8).

Not only is John double-minded, but so are most of us. A double-minded individual is a person who is grounded in duality. In other words, he or she continually grasps at the things manifested in this world. This person is also highly unstable because they believe that they are his or her ego and they rely on the subject-object relationship that our senses present to our conscious experience. He/she can also be constantly at war between his/her conscious and subconscious thought patterns.

An enlightened mind manifests creation from the ground of formless BEING that is the virgin nature of the mind itself. This realization is not concerned with duality and the circumstances of life. This mind has been trained to “let go” of the tantalizing effects the illusion of life can have on the individual, therefore no longer grasping to things or events. Let’s look at some more verses surrounding James 1:8 to show you more of what I mean.

Consider James 1: 2:

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations (the phenomena and tests of life);

Notice here the Biblical author is conveying that the tests of life are nothing to get worked up about. Why?

“Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:3-4).

James exhorts the reader to come to a place (mental state) where desire (attachment to the manifested world) is no more. This is what “wanting nothing” is. This believer can be in a state of contentment at all times and in all situations. It is a state of true freedom, regardless of the circumstances. And this is why many of us also fail at manifesting.

As we continue in James 1:5-7, the picture begins to get more complete:

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that give to all men liberally…and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith (single mindedness), nothing wavering (especially thoughts!). For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind (life) and tossed. For let not that man think he shall receive anything of the Lord “(pure, original, mind).

Here we can see that James agrees that single-mindedness is the key. A single-minded individual has a very powerful mind indeed. If you read the rest of the chapter in James it should make perfect sense to you. Let’s look at just a few more verses.

“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust (grasping at things of this world), and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin (ignorance); and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:14-15).

Sin is to miss the mark. It is to remain in ignorance about reality and the true nature of the mind. That’s why the Bible speaks about getting wisdom so much. A person who remains in sin cannot realize the true nature of the mind / God, and therefore dies. The cycle of birth and death is what they continually reap, because they continually grasp for duality.

Remember James said that we must get to a place of wanting nothing. Attachment to the outside world is part of the problem! Realization of the original pure mind helps release us from attachment to things or phenomena which is all impermanent anyway.

How can this knowledge help you?

My friends, there is no other way for most people to achieve this type of unwavering faith (single-minded ability) than to get started on a meditation program that can train the mind to be released from its habitual, unconscious mental patterns. Not only does meditation help with this, but it allows you to see into the true nature of the mind. But realize it takes time! Many, many years in most cases! And your intentions need to be pure. If you are going to meditate simply to learn how to manifest whatever you want, you probably won’t get very far. It doesn’t work this way. The original nature of the mind is pure itself and has nothing to do with attachments. I suspect that once you realize the nature of the mind you may not wish to manifest the same things anymore.

There are many different types of meditation programs. For most people, meditation becomes overwhelming because they realize how powerful their unconscious, habitual mental patterns are. Since meditation seeks to bring these under control, most people get discouraged because they quickly realize they can’t meditate, or that they don’t think they aren’t getting any results. The important thing is to just keep the practice up.

If you are a Christian who isn’t sure about meditation, feel free to check out a good article written by my friend Robert Engelbach who has given me permission to place it on my site. Here is the link:

In that article Robert helps to dispel the notion which many Christian fundamentalists believe: meditating is useless for the Christian and Christ is all that is necessary, as well as the notion that meditation allows evil influences like demons to possess your mind.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Justin Mazza August 25, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Hi Joshua,
I believe when we add the dimension of the Christ Consciousness to our manifestations, we are way more likely to create it. I have an older friend who is very wealthy. I believe he said his finances improved greatly after he became a Born Again Christian.

I think it has a lot to do with faith and believing in a higher power.


Joshua Tilghman August 26, 2012 at 7:13 pm


Another good point, my friend. True faith, which James pointed out as nothing wavering, is a state of mind that is very rare in today’s world. Only people who have mastered the mind can have this outlook without wavering. Thanks for your input.


Christine Hoeflich August 30, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Hi Josua,
Visualization happens to be part of the practice of many “Law of Attraction” teachers in the new age. However, what most of them have failed to realize is that the Law of Attraction does not work for the “ego mind.” Rather, it works for the “higher mind” (that one accesses through one’s higher self / subconscious.) Another way of saying this is: you attract the experiences your higher self wants you to learn from / had planned for you (for your spiritual growth). Visualizing “what we want” won’t make what we want happen, even if we visualize till the cows come home.
Thanks for another great post!


Joshua Tilghman September 1, 2012 at 8:19 am


Thanks for this reply. I love this comment! You are so absolutely right. Another point I want to make is that even if we were able to manifest from the ego mind, we wouldn’t be able to grow spiritually because people would get caught up in the wrong pursuits.


Victoria September 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm

“An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight. . . The truly wise person is colorblind.”

~ Albert Schweitzer


Joshua Tilghman September 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Love the quote, Victoria. There is true power in that statement. Thanks for commenting.


Rebeca July 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Hi Joshua!!!

It seems so complicated, doesn’t it, not to be double-minded! It is like your very own, self-created hypocrisy!!!! But you are right, bringing unconscious thought to a dimension where you can work with it and turn it around does usually take a great amount of effort and honesty….and not many are willing to undergo the process which can even be very painful!

I have a question for you, and I am not 100% knowledgeable on the subject but I am trying to understand and immerse myself in this new terrain…..if desires are attachments to the manifested world, and we ought not want anything (get rid of them) so as to arrive at that place, that state of mind you mention, how can it be that you may reach a point where you ”rejoice in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart”? Are these different ”desires”? Are they not somehow manifestations of ideas we are in a way attached to that we want to make come forth? Or do you think these specific desires are placed within our hearts by our Lord and then they do not represent attachments but blessings that the Lord wants us to have?

I would love to read your thoughts.

By the way, I really enjoy your site….eye-opening, thought-provoking…..very interesting to my personal journey. Thank you.




Joshua Tilghman July 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm


So glad you asked. Try to see it this way; what is the difference between joy and being happy? Happiness comes and goes based on circumstances. Joy goes deeper and isn’t necessarily dependent on circumstances. Rejoicing in the Lord is simply BEING. Joy is the natural state of conscious presence and BEING in the now. It’s also possible to show and receive love without attachment.

You asked about desires. Desires of the lower nature are what I am specifically speaking of. The lower nature feeds off partaking in our desires that spiritually stagnate us instead of consciously advancing us. The higher self does not desire the what the lower nature does. As we crucify the lower nature, desires which do not advance us will drop away. Hope that helps.


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anny September 6, 2013 at 7:14 am

Hi Joshua,

There is a lot of talk these days about reality manifestation and why and when it does (not) work. However, we always create our reality but the question is, do we do it consciously or not.

When we consciously create or manifest our reality, we manifest what we want. A lot of the time however many people manifest what they do not want and then complain about the unfairness of what happens in their life. When you are continuously afraid that bad things will happen and you keep focussing on that fear, then in the end they will happen. When you keep on bearing a grudge, complaining, judging people etc. etc. you might end up with a serious disease (which does not mean that everyone with a serious disease has done that!) and so on. That is because of our focus and the level of our consciousness that corresponds with that focus.

When you want to manifest something positive and you keep on worrying or something like that they do not match, hence no manifestion.

As for me, I am aware that most of my health problems are entirely my own creation as I have been doing a lot of worrying in the past and stored up emotions instead of letting them go. It has been a lesson and a challenge which helped me tremendously as well in the awakening process, so no judgment.


Joshua Tilghman September 9, 2013 at 10:41 pm


I have had the same problems with health in the past. Overall I am in fairly good shape, but two years ago I started experiencing Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). I believe this was do to stress and taking on too much. I have read that this happens to a lot of people who start an intense spiritual journey as well as they are often unsatisfied with the status quo. Thankfully most of us learn how to deal with stress when we learn the deeper mysteries.


Joshua Tilghman January 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Hi Leo,

Your comment interested me. I contemplated whether there was any truth to it, and possibly it is correct. I certainly haven’t taken care of my personal health in the way I need to. I often burn the candles at both ends. My main issue is missing sleep. I am learning to balance things more evenly now, and when to let go of certain things when I need to.

As far as I can tell, this is the lack of self-love, but perhaps there is more buried somewhere within the subconscious. I will continue to reflect on what you have stated.



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Alex Morrow June 22, 2015 at 11:16 am

Hi Joshua, I have a question, Im sorta new to this thing and I dont quite understand how we can manifest our own reality our selves when the bible says when we ask something from God we have to believe we have received it, then we will have it. But if we can manifest our own reality then what would be the point of praying, If I wanted a new car and then I pray that I will have a new car and I believed that I received it and I did receive it. I dont understand why I should do that if I dont need to pray and I could do it without praying, and what situations do I pray and what situations do I not pray. And if I were right about this would that mean manifesting my own reality would be a sin.


Joshua Tilghman July 19, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Alex, part of the misconception might be the term prayer. We are taught in modern Christian society that praying consist of folding our hands and pleading our request to a God who exist “out there” when the truth is that God and his kingdom is within. Sometimes what we want manifested is good for us as well. The lower ego wishes for all kinds of things, that sometimes do or don’t manifest. But the spirit knows what we need.


Stephen John November 18, 2015 at 3:01 am

This might be running into ‘dangerous ground’. Having only our thoughts changed means nothing unless one has The Life which is of Eternal Nature. The Spirit of Truth will lead you into all Truth. The Truth is Spirit and is of The Nature of The Life which is ‘Christ in you, The Hope of Glory”. The scripture have not missed anything – it is the reader the misunderstands the Scripture. The writings of John reveal that the Spirit is the Spirit of Reality (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13; 1 John 4:6). That is to say, ‘Truth”. Each person has their own ‘internal reality’ as some say through which one has experienced, does experience, and will experience the world. But The Truth does not depend on our perceptions nor the world’s for it is not of this world. “I Am not of this world. I Am from above, you are from Below” — “No one has ascends to heaven but He Who descended from heaven – The Son of Man, Who is in Heaven” – Jesus. The Spirit is called the Spirit of reality because whatever the Father in the Son is and whatever the Son is, is ‘Realized’ in the Spirit (which is of The Same Nature). The Spirit is the realization of what God the Father and God the Son are. God the Father is Light, and God the Son is Life. If one has not The Son – they have not The Life. The reality of this light and life is the Spirit. If we do not have the Spirit, we cannot have the light of God the Father..and if we have not The Light of God the Father then what Light do we have for – ‘if the light in side of you is darkness, How great is that darkness!” . If we do not have the Spirit, we cannot have God the Son as our Life. The reality of all the divine attributes of both God the Father and God the Son is the Spirit. In John 14:17; 15:26; and 16:13 the Lord Jesus speaks of the Spirit of reality. First John 4:6 also uses this title of the Spirit. Furthermore, 1 John 5:6 says that the Spirit is the truth, the reality. As the Spirit of reality, the Spirit is the reality of God and of the Son. The Spirit is the reality of every divine thing, and, as such, He is the reality of eternal life. Eventually, because the Spirit is the reality, He is God, the Son, and eternal life. Apart from the Spirit of reality, eternal life would be empty, vain. Therefore, the Spirit is the reality of God, the Son, eternal life, grace, and every divine matter. Because the Spirit is the reality of all divine and spiritual entities and items, He is called the Spirit of reality. If one has not The Son..He is none of His. John 14:23
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”


Joshua Tilghman December 22, 2015 at 8:07 pm

Stephen, completely agree with much of what you said here, but the problem lies in obeying Jesus’ teaching. To many people that looks different. Some say love, but again, we must define what that is. Harder explained than simply quoting scripture. While all of your comment sounds great, how would you explain it in practical terms to someone who doesn’t know the scriptures. I’m not disagreeing with you, only asking for you to think more about how you might clarify your position.


john emwanta March 10, 2016 at 5:05 pm

God has a plan without your plan


Joshua Tilghman March 10, 2016 at 9:58 pm


Perhaps you disagree with the article. Whatever your position, your comment is true. The ego can never comprehend God, and the divine plan of higher consciousness.


Sarah S January 22, 2017 at 10:43 am

Thankyou for this article. I have not been on your website before, I came here after starting to research manifestation. I am a born again Christian and was reading what I thought was an unrelated book about creating time in your life and then realised it was basically all about manifestation. Sounded a bit supernatural to me, and whilst God is absolutely supernatural, I was also afraid as to the source of this idea and how “safe” it is for a Christian.
I’m just trying to check I am understanding correctly.
Manifesting the things you want in your life sounds like a deal situation like with being told to “simply” have enough faith for someone to be healed etc. Ends up with very faith filled people being put down thinking their faith is not enough for God.
But what I think you are saying is that manifestation is the product of a lifestyle, where we strive to bring our mind and heart into alignment, under Gods will. By learning not to be dual minded we desire Gods will so the things we want are what he wants anyway?
I am dual minded because whilst I believe God wants the best for me and my family, I don’t believe I deserve it. I know he “gives good gifts to his children” regardless and as a parent I can comprehend that on some small level.
I’m desperate to see the real power of God in my family day to day just as I used to as a teen and young adult, but I know it’s not down to simply believing, nor is God going to wave some magic wand to meet my needs. But I’m a bit lost how to invite and welcome his power back in this way.
Our church is looking into the concept of expecting big things in 2017, instead of just hoping etc. I think this might be a part of that but I can’t quite get my head around it. Am I making any sense?


Joshua Tilghman March 1, 2017 at 9:15 pm

Sarah, thanks for your comment, and yes, you got it exactly!


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