You’ve decided what you want, you’ve told the universe you want it, and your affirmations and manifestation techniques are firing on all cylinders. So what’s the hold-up?

Manifestation obstacles might be in the way. The universe might be all-powerful (or might not – who knows?), but it’s not immune to things preventing it from getting from A to B. Just as you might have to take a detour if a road is closed, manifestation isn’t necessarily guaranteed even if everything appears to be in order.

If your manifestation is taking longer than expected, there may be obstacles in the way, and some are more obvious than others. For example, if you’re attempting to manifest a specific job in a week but lack essential qualifications, the universe will struggle. This is because rather than directly delivering your manifestation, it’ll be taking account of the need to manifest other things around it.

Manifestation is a team effort. Without trying to sound too spiritual, it’s you and the universe working in harmony to achieve your desired outcome. You send the correct energies, the universe interprets and delivers. For more complex manifestations, it’s rarely as easy as “ask and you shall receive.” There might be things in the way, and you can speed up the process by identifying and addressing them.

So, how do you know if there’s a roadblock on your journey to success? Here are five key signs of manifestation obstacles:

1. When Your Past Affects Your Future

While the energies behind manifestation are abundant, that’s no reason not to make their lives easier.

It’s easy to tell someone to leave something in the past – often far easier than it is actually to do it. But, no matter how much we try to reinvent ourselves or detach ourselves from what has gone before, memories and experiences are always likely to shape the future.

Continuing the job analogy, your efforts to try something new may be dogged by a lack of references or incomplete qualifications. Suppose you identify such an obstacle. Attempt to refocus your energies on removing the barrier rather than waiting for the universe to figure it out for you. In this case, find an alternative reference, even if it’s just a friend or member of your network. If the qualification would boost your chances immeasurably, make arrangements to finish it – or start it if you haven’t already.

While the energies behind manifestation are abundant, that’s no reason not to make their lives easier.

2. You Suddenly Feel Out of Your Depth

If you're asking the universe for big changes, be prepared to make big moves.

Some manifestations require a seismic shift in the world around you. But, remember, while we often compare the universe to a delivery service, it’s not that simple. Instead, it often makes minor tweaks to clear the way between you and your desires.

Of course, the definition of ‘minor’ can vary significantly. For example, if you’ve requested your dream job from the universe, but the only option for delivery is a move across the country, that’s what needs to happen.

If you’re asking the universe for significant changes, be prepared to make big moves. Even if it needs to drag you out of your comfort zone, that’s only because it has identified that this is what needs to happen for you to achieve your goals.

3. When Your Manifestation Is Everywhere, Except with You

'Wanting is one of the worst things you can do when manifesting; it's all about 'having'.

You might well have heard of frequency illusion or the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. You see something once, it resonates with you, and you seemingly see it everywhere.

You don’t need to be on the lookout for your manifestation, but it’s only natural to spot the signs frequently. It’s often a good thing, as it can be a sign that your manifestation is close. However, if it starts to feel like what you want is so close, but yet so far, it might be the sign of a manifestation obstacle.

This is often a sign from the universe that you’re not following the path you should be in order to meet your goals. It’s a reminder that the universe is hard at work putting things into place for you, but you’re not necessarily responding to the hints.

You might be trying to manifest a new car. If you’re using affirmations, you’re likely being as specific as possible, from the make and model all the way to the colour and interior. Within a relatively short period of time, you start to see that car everywhere – except on your driveway.

Don’t focus on not having the car. Even worse would be to returning to wanting the vehicle – ‘wanting’ is one of the worst things you can do when manifesting; it’s all about ‘having’.

If you’re seeing the car everywhere but not in your possession, it could well be a sign that things are coming together. Whether you opt for patience and let the car come to you, or you decide to go after it and make it yours by identifying what’s standing in your way is entirely down to you.

4. You Lose Something from Your Life

Loss becomes an obstacle when it feels like something you’d have rather kept.

It sounds counterintuitive to lose something when you’re explicitly attempting to gain something instead. However, it could all be part of the process.

Loss becomes an obstacle when it feels like something you’d have rather kept. However, you have to remember that the energies that enable manifestation to work are there to make your life better. They’re not malicious, and they will only make things slightly worse as part of the bigger picture.

Many people have a lot to lose, but such losses only become an obstacle when they cause us to lose focus and dwell on them. It’s improbable that any loss experienced as part of this process will feel like the end of the world. In ideal circumstances, you won’t even notice it.

Do keep in mind that while something might feel like a loss at the time, it’s irrelevant in the grand scheme of things and is merely a part of delivering your manifestation. Whether you lose an object, a friend or anything else, it was standing between you and your dreams.

It’s also vital to consider that not everything that happens in your life is related to your manifestation. The universe would never remove someone from your life in a gruesome manner. At worst, they would encourage you to drift away from them. The power of the law of attraction lies in emboldening your own existence, not negatively affecting that of someone else.

5. When You Start Questioning Yourself

Sometimes, even the simplest manifestations are more complex than you might imagine.

Even the most seasoned manifesters can have doubts. There’s no textbook to manifesting something into your life and certainly no timeline. Sometimes, even the simplest manifestations are more complex than you might imagine. As such, they take longer than you might like to think.

Questions can keep coming. Does the law of attraction work? Is my manifestation close? Am I cut out for asking things of the universe?

Self-doubt affects anyone and at any time, and not just in the context of manifestation. However, once you start to see results, your confidence will grow. Your most challenging manifestation is your first. Once you succeed, you know it works. You’ll be no closer to discovering how long the next will take, but you’ll know it’s on its way.

By all means, continue to ask questions. Many of the people that join us here at Widibi are here because they have questions. A significant number of our articles are written as direct responses to questions. Without questions, it’s impossible to find answers.

However, as with so many of the obstacles featured in this article, it’s vital not to dwell on the question at hand. By all means, enquire, but don’t let the answer, or lack thereof, allow your confidence in the eventual manifestation to waver. Ask confidently, absorb solutions gratefully and know that these obstacles are unable to remain in your way for long.

5 Signs of Manifestation Obstacles – In Summary

Manifesting isn’t tricky, but it can take time, consistency and a certain degree of commitment. In addition, it’s essential to remain open-minded throughout the process and to have a direct willingness to identify and tackle obstacles as they arise.

This is particularly true if you’re in a hurry. It’s not only you that faces manifestation obstacles – the universe does too. Remember, it’s a team effort, and if one can make the other’s life easier, it ensures more incredible successes at a faster pace.