The Power of Manifestation: Scientific Studies on the Placebo Effect and Hypnotism

Hypnotic and Placebo Effects
''On observing and studying the phenomenon of hypnosis and the placebo effect, as well as the concept of feeling like one's desire has already been fulfilled, I have come to understand the power of the mind to shape physical reality. These ideas highlight the significance of the mind-body connection and reinforce the belief that our thoughts and emotions most certainly can influence our external circumstances.''

For decades, manifesting one's desires has been a popular topic among self-help gurus and spiritual leaders, who have taught the power of positive thinking and visualization. Neville Goddard, a prominent figure in the New Thought movement, took this idea a step further and believed that we could create our reality through the power of our thoughts and imagination.

At first glance, this might sound like wishful thinking, but some scientific studies on the placebo effect and hypnotism suggest that our beliefs and thoughts can indeed influence our physical reality. In this article, we will explore the idea of manifestation through the lens of both Neville Goddard's teachings and scientific research, specifically focusing on the placebo effect and hypnotism. By combining these two perspectives, we hope to shed some light on the power of the mind and its potential to shape our experiences.

The Power of the Mind

Neville Goddard believed that we have the power to create our reality through the power of our minds. He argued that our thoughts and beliefs shape our experiences and that by focusing on our desires and visualizing them as if they have already happened, we can bring them into reality. This is based on the idea that the mind and body are interconnected and that our thoughts and emotions can influence our physical health and well-being.

The Placebo Effect

The placebo effect is a phenomenon in which a patient's belief in a treatment can improve their symptoms, even if the treatment itself has no active ingredient. This has been demonstrated in numerous studies, including one that found that patients with Parkinson's disease experienced a reduction in symptoms when they believed they were receiving an expensive medication, even though they were actually receiving a placebo.

This suggests that our beliefs and expectations can have a powerful effect on our physical health and well-being and that the mind can influence the body in profound ways. If we can harness this power through positive thinking and visualization, we may be able to manifest our desires and improve our lives.


Hypnotism is another tool that can be used to harness the power of the mind. During hypnosis, the subject is guided into a state of deep relaxation and heightened suggestibility, where they are more open to positive suggestions and visualizations. This has been used to treat a variety of conditions, including anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.

Like the placebo effect, hypnotism demonstrates the power of suggestion and the ability of the mind to influence the body. By using these techniques to focus our thoughts and beliefs on our desires, we may be able to bring them into reality.


In my view, there is strong evidence to suggest that our beliefs and thoughts can influence our physical reality. Combining the teachings of Neville Goddard with scientific studies on the placebo effect and hypnotism may provide a more comprehensive understanding of the power of the mind and its ability to shape our experiences.


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