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Pillow Method For Manifestation (A Complete Guide)

In this article, discover how to use the pillow method to manifest your desires. Plus, learn about tools and resources to help protect and lift your energy, amplify your intentions, and create the life of your dreams.

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Pillow Method For Manifestation (A Complete Guide)
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What Is The Pillow Method For Manifestation?

The pillow method is one of the simplest and most straightforward manifestation games you can regularly practice to help you create the life you desire. This is a great practice for new and experienced manifestors alike, as you can choose how in-depth with this method you want to go.

So how do you practice the pillow manifestation method?

These are the most basic directions: write an affirmation on a piece of paper and place that paper under your pillow for a set amount of days. Let that affirmation be the last thing you think about as you fall asleep, allowing it to sink into your subconscious brain. Let go, surrender control, and allow the Universe to deliver your manifestation in your physical experience.

Now, if you stopped right there, you’d have enough information to try this manifestation method tonight. But to get the most out of this practice, there are a few additional steps you can take (that really don’t take much additional time at all).

In this article, you’ll learn how to write effective affirmations for the pillow method as well as how to incorporate scripting into your nightly manifestation routine. Plus, I’ll share some of my favorite resources that you can use today to amplify your manifestation practice.

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How To Write Affirmations For The Pillow Method

The affirmations you write for this manifestation method aren’t the typical mindset affirmations you often hear, such as “I am worthy.” (Though you absolutely can write mindset affirmations and place them under for your pillow to positively influence your subconscious beliefs.)

For the pillow method, you’re going to use what I typically refer to as future pacing affirmations.

These are affirmations in which you state that the thing you want to manifest is already yours.

For instance, if you want to manifest financial prosperity, you might write something like, “Financial abundance continually flows my way through multiple streams of income.”

You could also write, “I am financially free with a limitless abundance of wealth and prosperity.”

Likewise, if you want to manifest love, you might write, “I am in a committed, loving relationship with a partner who truly cherishes and adores me.”

To manifest a job, you could write, “I am in my dream job, making a positive difference in people’s lives and doing what I love every single day.” (If there’s a specific job you want, then replace “dream job” with the title of your ideal position.)

Here are the keys to writing a successful affirmation to use for the pillow method:

  • Use present tense statements such as I am, I feel, and I have – not “I will be . . .”
  • Choose something that feels truly good to you and you believe wholeheartedly that you can manifest. Don’t write, “I am a millionaire,” if you don’t truly believe this is possible for you. Take baby steps as you reprogram your subconscious beliefs, and do any necessary healing within. Maybe one day, you will be able to write those four words, but don’t force it right now if it doesn’t feel good to you.
  • If you’re a beginner, try not to be too rigid with the timeframe. Again, at some point, you might be able to include a timeframe in your affirmation. But I’ve found that when you’re just starting out, putting a timeframe on your manifestation can make you so preoccupied and stressed about the self-imposed deadline that you can’t simply relax and allow the manifestation to unfold naturally.

Incorporating Scripting Into The Pillow Method

Another practice I like to incorporate into the pillow method is scripting. Scripting is the practice of writing about your dreams and desires in story-like form, as if you already possess everything you want to manifest. It’s similar to the future pacing affirmations I described above, but instead of writing one sentence, you’re writing paragraphs dedicated to immersing yourself in the life of your dreams.

For instance, you can script what it feels like to walk through a day in your dream life. You can also script as though you’re writing a journal entry. In your journal entry, imagine that it’s the end of the day, and you’re living the life of your dreams. How did you feel when you woke up today? Where were you? What did you do and who did you interact with throughout your day? Describe it all in detail, using all of your senses.

To incorporate scripting into your pillow method, think about what you want to manifest. Then, script what your life would look like if you already had this thing. Describe it in full detail, allowing yourself to feel all the positive emotions of having your desire in the present moment.

In the energy of love and gratitude, place your script under the pillow. Before you fall asleep at night, take a moment to once again visualize having your desires right now. Feel positive energy flowing through you: love, gratitude, joy, freedom, peace, and true abundance.

To learn more, you can read my article about scripting and get a free PDF scripting template. And for more help getting started, here are some scripting examples for inspiration.

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How Long Should You Keep Your Affirmation Under Your Pillow?

There are a lot of differing opinions here. Some people say to continue to keep your affirmation or script under your pillow until your manifestation comes true. Some say 7 or 8 days. I’ve also seen recommendations of less and more time.

At the end of the day, you’re empowered to do what feels right to you. My personal belief is that you shouldn’t just continue to keep your piece of paper under your pillow until it comes true.


Because then you’re never truly letting it go.

And this is a key component to manifesting your desires: letting go, releasing your dreams to the Universe, and trusting that everything is unfolding exactly as it’s meant to.

For this reason, I generally recommend keeping your note under your pillow for 7 to 10 days. This gives you enough time to allow this desired manifestation to become an inextricable part of you without clinging too tightly for too long.

Again, though, I urge you to do what feels right. Don’t worry too much about arbitrary rules and guidelines. Follow your inner knowing.

Other Resources To Use To Amplify Your Practice

For the pillow method to work, all you truly need is a writing device and something to write on. The magic of this practice doesn’t come from outside of yourself; it comes from you. More than anything, I want you to embrace your own inner magic and not rely too much on outside materials. A plain piece of notebook paper works just as well as fancy stationary—it only matters what makes you feel good.

That said, I’ve added a few items here that I personally use and find helpful in amplifying my manifestations. Again, none of these things can come close to matching the power you possess within. What these items do is amplify and support your goals, protect you from negative energy, and help you to cultivate more positive energy in your inner and outer worlds. (And maybe bring you a little bit of luck.)

Crystals & Gemstones

I’m a big proponent of crystals, not just for manifestation but for supporting your entire health and well-being: mind, body, and soul. At all times, I have Citrine, Green Jade, Black Tourmaline, and Blue Lace Agate rings on as well as a Clear Quartz bracelet. I sleep with Amethyst on my nightstand. There’s Pyrite on my desk, and just a few feet away from my desk is a collection of over a dozen crystals and gemstones.

I’ve found that using crystals in my daily routine just makes me feel better. They protect my energy and help me to approach each day with a sense of calm, clarity, and confidence.

If you’re using the pillow method for manifestation, it definitely never hurts to incorporate a few crystals and gemstones into your routine. After cleansing and charging your crystals with your intentions, keep them on your nightstand as you sleep.

Here’s a brief rundown of crystals you can use depending on what you want to manifest. In this article, I go more in depth on using crystals for manifestation.

  • Love: Rose Quartz, Rhodonite
  • Wealth: Citrine, Pyrite
  • Health: Garnet, Bloodstone
  • Creativity: Carnelian
  • Success: Green Jade, Aventurine

Manifestation Oils

Manifestation oils are specialized blends of essential oils and herbs formulated to aid you in manifesting your desires. There are lots of ways you can use manifestation oils: add a drop to a piece of jewelry, your vision board, a dollar bill, a photograph or letter, or another object that represents your desires and intentions. You can also add a drop to your body; just make sure the product you’re using is safe to use for this purpose.

For the pillow method, you can add a drop of your chosen manifestation oil to your piece of paper before placing it under your pillow. I personally use manifestation oils because they help to lift my energy so I’m more open to receiving guidance and answers from the Universe. I’ve also found that they tend to bring me an extra dash of luck, which is always welcome. (And they also smell really good.)

I’m a big fan of Art of the Root products, which you can find here.


The pillow method is a simple yet profound method for manifesting your desires. To follow this method, here are the basic steps:

  • Decide what you want to manifest.
  • Create a powerful future pacing affirmation rooted in your desire. Conversely, you can also use an entire scripting entry here. Write this affirmation or scripting entry on a piece of paper.
  • Place the piece of paper under your pillow.
  • Before you fall asleep at night, visualize having your desire in the present moment, feeling all the positive emotions of having what you want to manifest.
  • Continue for 7 to 10 days, or until it feels right to remove it.
  • Let go. Surrender control to the Universe. Trust.

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  • Millie

    Awesome article. I felt called to look for this article this morning when I woke up. I’ll definitely try it out. Thank you Zanna

    • Zanna Keithley

      Hi Sarah – thank you for reaching out! There are several ways you can release it; I definitely recommend choosing the method that feels best to you. With all of these methods, the key is to make sure you’re not seeing the paper every day. If you’re continually looking at it, then you’re never truly “releasing” it. The first method for releasing is to simply store it somewhere safe. IF you have a box where you store important items or even a binder or folder where you keep other manifestation/journaling activities, you can keep your paper there. I know that some people also like to (safely) burn their paper as this is a way too symbolically release the manifestation to the universe. Finally, once you’ve either stored the paper somewhere safe or burned it to let it go, I wholeheartedly recommend having a regular gratitude practice. Expressing gratitude for all that you have is a really profound way to develop an abundance mindset. Gratitude erases feelings of desperation, frustration, and hopelessness and instantly lifts your vibration.

      I hope that helps! Sending you my wholehearted love and light. ♡

      – Zanna

  • CeeJ

    Zanna ,Thank you so much ! Youhave answered so many questions for me! This is exactly whatI was looking for. Wishing you Love & Light.