Death — it’s actually one of the only certainties in life.
We all know that one day we will die, yet it remains a taboo subject and many of us, understandably, silently harbour strong fears of dying.
But can these fears alone be enough to hasten death? Can you accidentally manifest death for either yourself or others?
In this article, we’ll take a deep look at all the questions you may have when it comes to manifesting death using the law of attraction.
The law of attraction, manifestation, and death
The law of attraction and manifestation has become increasingly popular in recent years.
In a nutshell, the Law of Attraction is the ability to attract into our lives whatever we are focusing on — whether that’s your soulmate or wealth beyond your wildest dreams. It says that the mind translates whatever is in our thoughts and materializes it into reality.
Taken too literally though, especially if you are an anxious person, this can sound like a very scary prospect.
Does it mean every negative thought that enters your brain is hurtling your way? Or every time you think about death, disease, or illness, you are physically manifesting it?
Let’s face it, even the most positive or happy person on the planet still has so-called “negative thoughts”.
That’s why, if you are a follower of the law of attraction I hope to convince you that whilst belief plays a significant role in how our life turns out, that certainly doesn’t mean that just thinking about something like death is going to make it happen.
What can you manifest?
I try not to get too hung up on the terminology we use to explain things in life. At the end of the day, they’re all just concepts and labels to help us better understand the world around us.
Some people prefer science speak whilst others resonate more with spiritual language. When you look deeper, it’s often just a different way of explaining very similar ideas.
The notion of manifesting can easily be misinterpreted. To me, it’s not about some self agenda wishlist thrown out to the Universe and magically delivered by a spiritual Santa Claus figure.
Instead, I believe it’s more about being clear of our desired positive intention, committing our energy to it, and taking appropriate action towards fulfilling it.
Will life then conspire behind the scenes to help you out? Who knows. I guess it is one of those playful mysteries we may never be able to definitively confirm or deny.
In many ways, modern science has begun to demystify the mystical. The Law of attraction isn’t a scientifically documented phenomenon, but the power of belief certainly is.
As explained in Psychology Today, our beliefs are essentially just the way our brain processes things:
“Beliefs are our brain’s way of making sense of and navigating our complex world. They are mental representations of the ways our brains expect things in our environment to behave, and how things should be related to each other— the patterns our brain expects the world to conform to.”
What’s interesting is that the human body and mind is capable of extraordinary things, which can seem to defy logic — apparently through belief alone.
In the books, You Are the Placebo by Dr. Joe Dispenza and The Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton, there are staggering examples of scientific research that show how our beliefs appear to affect us.
Studies have also shown that just thinking you’ve received treatment is often as effective, or in some cases more effective, as having treatment. The underlying factor these examples share is belief.
So in this way, the beliefs that you have really do shape your reality by significantly impacting on your body, mind and life in general.
What can you not manifest?
Despite the individual role our attitude, beliefs, and actions will play in how life unfolds, there are still certain rules that apply to the world around us.
For all your personal power and free will, there are plenty of things that you simply do not have control over.
Of course, despite great advancements made by human beings, it would be ludicrously arrogant to suggest we understand anything close to all the complexities of the Universe.
But having said that, life does behave in certain predictable patterns that we have been able to detect and study.
Whether you take a spiritual or a scientific stance, let’s just say that life has a higher order to it, which the human brain — as incredible as it may be — cannot change.
For example, it’s arguable that to a certain extent the human race has manifested the ability to fly.
Feats of engineering that would be truly mind-boggling to our ancestors have been achieved.
We jet off in planes that travel thousands of miles to a sunny destination, we seemingly sail through the sky on paragliders and hang gliders, to get a bird’s eye view that our own body can’t offer us.
But no matter how much you think about opening up your own arms and simply taking off — it’s still not going to happen. Just like you cannot imagine grass red or the sky green.
There are rules to how things behave which operate far outside your control. And changing the course of who lives and who dies with just your thoughts is one of these things you cannot control.
Can you manifest death for yourself?
There is no evidence that simply thinking about dying alone is enough to bring it upon you.
As we’ve already said, feeling scared about death is such a common experience. In fact, one study found that over 20 percent of Americans are “afraid” or “very afraid” of dying.
But this fear has not wiped out one-fifth of the world’s population.
The reality is that there are billions of people on this planet and almost all will have concerns about death at some point in their lives.
Plenty of people suffering from mental health issues may also have wished themselves dead in some of their darkest moments, but still gone on to live long, happy and successful lives in the future. So, in this way, you can’t simply manifest your death through thoughts.
But as we’ve also said, there is evidence that belief does have the power to impact your health over time.
Prolonged worry, stress, and anxiety can lower your immune system and increase your chances of becoming ill — which in some roundabout way, means you certainly can end up contributing to your own poor health.
Just in the same way that poor exercise, eating habits, and sleep impact wellness, you can inadvertently weaken your body through obsessive thinking and prolonged stress.
That’s why we still have an important role to play in maintaining our overall mental and physical health through our outlook in life.
Why it might feel like you are manifesting death
Whatever we focus on we tend to notice even more. This is known as the frequency illusion, or to give it its posh name — the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon.
You may worry that you are being given signs to suggest something bad is about to happen.
For example, you might begin stressing that you are going to have a heart attack and then start to notice countless advertisements for heart disease or hear stories of other people’s heart attacks wherever you go.
A more common example of this type of phenomenon is when you decide to buy a certain car, you might all of a sudden start to see that model everywhere you go.
That doesn’t mean you are manifesting these coincidences (although, of course, physical indications within your body that you are unwell, should never be ignored).
The chances are you could be picking up on all those external cues around you simply because you have signaled to your brain to pay more attention to this particular topic.
There’s only so much information our brain can consciously take in, and it ignores the rest assuming it’s of little consequence. So, whereas before you perhaps wouldn’t have noticed, now it feels more significant.
Can you manifest someone to die?
Even if you do believe in the law of attraction, we are only ever responsible for our own path and not someone else’s. You thinking about someone’s death will not contribute to it.
It’s important to remember that even when you have worrying thoughts like “what if this comes true?”, it still doesn’t mean you truly 100% believe those thoughts.
In reality, our true beliefs are too deeply ingrained to be casually changed by every passing thought we have.
Can you use the law of attraction to kill someone?
Just imagine, if people had the ability to create such a strong negative force of influence in the world, purely from thought alone and not action, there would be utter chaos.
Every argument, fall out or feud across would potentially lead to millions of deaths.
What’s more, if you do believe in the law of attraction then you will largely find that much of the traditional notions of it centers around positivity. Wishing death upon someone is about as far from that as you can get.
What to do if you’re worried about manifesting death
1) Realize that you are not your thoughts
You are a complex being, made up of many parts. Although our thoughts can feel dominant or often compulsive at times, they are only actually a small part of you.
They are the little chatterbox that is constantly talking in the background. But just like every chatterbox we’ve all ever known, we don’t have to believe everything they tell us.
Overidentification with our thoughts is one of the biggest causes of suffering. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can try to be mindful of our thoughts instead.
Even the law of attraction encourages you to reach for a “better feeling thought”, rather than stay and ruminate on negative feeling thoughts.
One of the dangers with the law of attraction is a tendency to self-blame and worry that you are thinking the “wrong” thoughts.
Really we need to accept that no thoughts are bad, they’re just thoughts. They do not have any power over us if we do not give them power.
Some thoughts will always feel more unpleasant. But rather than actively trying to push them away — which often only strengthens them in your mind — instead, we can just observe them.
We can decide to see it as a fleeting thought rather than judging it, grasping onto it, or giving it more meaning.
2) Do things to reduce your anxiety
If you have a fear of death — which is known as thanatophobia — you can do things to help reduce your anxiety.
If it feels overwhelming you should always seek medical help. You may find options like talking therapy or even medication appropriate for you.
3) Start to challenge how you view death
Fear of the unknown is totally understandable, but as a society, our perspective of death is often very heavy — despite it being such an inevitable part of life.
Of course, we all want to enjoy the experience of life as the gift that it is, but such a strong aversion to death can cause a lot of suffering.
Perhaps rather ironically, research comparing our perception of what it’s like to die with accounts from people facing imminent death suggests the actual experience of death is more positive than our imagination towards it.
It may also give you comfort to know that from either a spiritual or a scientific standpoint — energy can never be extinguished, only transformed into something else.
As physicist Aaron Freemen rather beautifully put it via NPR:
“You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed.
You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. ….According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone; you’re just less orderly.”
When we start to view death as part of a natural and never-ending cycle, rather than the enemy, we can begin to accept it as just a part of the journey of life.
That doesn’t mean we won’t ever think about it, but it doesn’t have to frighten us in the same way.