Manifesting the Life you Want – Law School Edition

Manifesting the Life you Want - Law School EditionThis week we welcome back guest writer Alexandra Muskat to talk about how to work on creating the life you want later on.

Have you ever heard of The Secret? It’s a lovely movie, and book, that came out in the early 2000s. It states that anything you want, you can have, just by manifesting it. This idea is not new, it’s been touted for thousands of years in different ways by nearly every religion. There are multiple books and tapes (yes I said tapes) on the subject, and it all boils down to if you build it, they will come.

Why is manifesting the life you want important for law school? Because law school is inherently negative. We are battered by not feeling good enough, trying to compete with our classmates, and worrying over the future career we hope to have. It is very easy to get bogged down by this negativity, anxiously slog our way through school and the bar exam, only to start a career and inevitably feel overwhelmed and burned out.

When you’re in law school, you should be thinking about the life you want and how the law fits into that life. For instance, why did you go to law school in the first place? If you’re a 1L, this idea may still be fresh in your mind, but if you’re a 3L, you’ve probably already forgotten and replaced it with something more mundane – like pay off your student loans. By taking some time to think about what you really want out of your time in law school, it will take better shape as time goes on – you’ll manifest it into fruition.

1. Visualization

Even typing out that header made me feel extremely hoaky, but I promise, this works. To manifest the life you want, carve out 10-15 minutes a day, a few days a week, to visualize it. If you have a paper due, a test coming up, or want to figure out how to get through something hard so you can enjoy something good, take those minutes to visualize it working out. Walk through the entire scenario, see it going the way you want it to, work out how you’ll deal with things getting in your way, and then believe – and this is the most important part – it will work out, and watch it happen.

I know it sounds too easy, but it really does work. When I took the bar exam the first time, I did this visualization meditation a few times. Each time I got so wrapped up in what might not work that it distracted me from studying and added to my fear of exam days. The second time I sat for the bar, I had spent a lot of time sitting in my visualization. I visualized what I thought could happen – emotionally, technically, etc. – and prepared for each instance. Additionally, I walked myself through exam day so much, and planned out where I’d be when I got my passing letter so often, that there was no space to think of how I could fail. I believed I would pass, and I took every step to pass.

Another instance of manifesting something into your reality – after the bar exam, I had no car and could not find a lasting position. I dreamt of this little red car and visualized getting it and being able to pay for it every month with ease. I believed it would happen. I didn’t know when or how, but I put all my extra effort into seeing it in my future. Last February, without a steady income, I went to the dealership and was offered a little red car for a very low price. I almost declined the offer, but instead I took it and within hours found a position working for an event planning company that would allow me to pay for the car for a few months, and then I found my current position. I manifested that little red car and the ease of paying for it into my reality.

2. Journaling

Journaling is a great way to go further into your manifestation. When you write things down you are calling them into your experience. Now, this may just be the romantic writer in me, but I have always felt like writing down words was an act of binding myself to them. They became a spell. Journaling, and avidly asking for what I wanted, made the words and thoughts binding on the universe.

In my second year of law school I was completely ostracized by my friend group. Only three of almost twenty friends continued to speak to me when second semester started. Prior to that happening, I could feel myself slipping into a negative mindset. I hated everyone and everything about law school and spent hours complaining about everything. I found myself begging the Universe to help me become more positive. I had recently started a meditation course to deal with my anxiety and that seemed to be the catalyst to asking the universe for what I wanted. I desperately wanted to not be so negative, to not feel yucky all the time at school, and to feel better about myself. I think the universe listened, and though it was a drastic turn of events to be ripped out of the social life I had formed – it really was the best thing that happened to me. I got infinitely more positive and started taking courses and attending events that were in line with what I wanted out of my law career – instead of classes that included my friends. 

3. Vision Board

These are the most fun and the easiest way to visualize what you want. Set aside a few hours and really think about what you want out of your life. Instead of meditating on it or journaling about it, create it out of magazine clippings, poster board, and glitter. Put down visual representations of everything you want and then place the vision board somewhere you can see it with ease so your mind remembers this is what you are striving for.

Last year, when I was dreaming about that car, I cut an image out of it and put it on my vision board along with a list of positions I would love to hold and that I wanted to find someone to love. I’ve literally checked everything off that board. I got the car, I worked three of the four jobs I put on there, and I met my soon to be husband.

Manifesting the life you want sounds ridiculous, but even if you don’t think of it in “the universe is answering my requests” way, visualizing the things you want to happen makes you a lot more likely to seek out the avenues that will lead you there. If you want to be an excellent criminal attorney, and you visualize your life as a criminal attorney, you are going to make sure you understand evidence, do well in criminal procedure, and work as a prosecutor or defense attorney straight out of law school. Visualizing the end result just keeps the steps necessary to get there forefront in your mind.

So, to create the life you want and to get what you want out of law school, take some time to walk through the steps necessary to get there, make a plan for how certain events will go and come up with solutions to possible problems that can crop up along the way. Then write it all down or cut out magazine pictures and words that will remind you what you want and organize it somewhere you are likely to see it on a daily basis. For me, I do all three. When I want something bad enough, and desire it to be in my experience in this life on earth, I visualize it, talk about it in my journal, and then, if there are magazines around, I put it in a place where I can see it, absorb it, and expect it to arrive soon.

Let me know in the comments if you try this and how it works out for you. There’s no wrong way to do it!


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About Alexandra Muskat

Alexandra graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 2017 and passed the UBE in all 29 states, not that anyone’s counting. She has a bachelors from Florida International University in English Literature with concentrations in Psychology and Creative Writing. In edition to working on her first novel, she works part time consulting in laboratory compliance

Comments

  1. Caldwell H says

    Hi Alexandra,

    I’m Caldwell- I’m a junior at Florida International University; double majoring in International Business and Marketing. I stumbled across your page and I wanted to comment because I see that you also went to FIU. I’m in the process of deciding exactly “what” I wanted to do after undergrad and have had law school on my mind since I was a freshman.

    Thank you for offering a realistic picture of what the future *could* hold and the survival tips among other things.

    • Alexandra Muskat says

      Hi Caldwell!

      Thank you for commenting 🙂 Go Panthers! FIU actually has an excellent law school! Have you looked into it? Do you want to stay in Florida? I try to show exactly what it will be like and this blog, Law School Toolbox, and Bar Exam Toolbox have thousands of articles showcasing life in law school and the bar exam from a lot of different perspectives, so I would check those out too.

      Good luck! And if you have other questions, let me know!

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