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What is a ‘manifestation party’? Cam Newton explains mystical quest to play better

Cam Newton howls with delight after he hit Devin Asiasi for a touchdown against the Jets.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Cam Newton is all about the vibes.

Whether it’s unblocking chakras, smudging sage, or charging crystals, the Patriots quarterback has, throughout the 2020 season, returned to themes surrounding improving his aura off the field to better his play on it.

On Oct. 26, after the Patriots were blown out by the San Francisco 49ers, Newton admitted he never enters a game expecting to make mistakes, but had trouble explaining why they kept happening.

“You’re saying, ‘Man, I cannot turn the ball over here,’ and then, ‘Boop.’ Three plays later, it happens,” Newton said on WEEI. “It’s kind of a weird thing. It’s almost comedic to even think about, like, bro, I’m not planning on going out there and just slinging interceptions left and right. That’s not what it is. I don’t know what funk, spell, or omen that’s in Boogey’s household right now, but I have to let off some chakras, some sage, or something.”

It sounds like he took his own advice upon entering the new year.


On New Year’s Eve, Newton held a “manifesting party” to “flush the system” of the bad vibes that have plagued him and the Patriots throughout the 2020 season.

“You kind of call your close friends, loved ones ... and you got to set your intentions on what you’re expecting,” he explained. “Sage yourself. Sage your environment. Crystals if needed. And just have this euphoric kind of conversation go on with you and loved ones, and people you know best.”

Newton said he planned to do it because it helps to keep people accountable, like a New Year’s resolution. Think of it like a vision board.

On Sunday, the Patriots beat the Jets, 28-14. Newton was 21-for-30 passing, throwing two touchdown passes and catching a touchdown himself.

Newton was asked about the joy he showed on the field during the win.


“I’d put it like this. There is nothing, no one, nothing, that was going to get me out of the spirit that I was in,” he said. “I don’t know what it was, but I had a great manifesting party New Year’s Eve, going into the new year.”

Newton explained that he had “foreshadowed” that type of play during his manifestation party.

“For [the game] to play as it did, means I should have been doing that more this year, right?”

Perhaps. His 127.4 quarterback rating was his best performance in a Patriots uniform.

Newton further elaborated on the manifestation party.

“You just kind of had this meditative experience where nothing else matters outside of what you want, what’s obviously on your heart, whatever your heart’s desire,” he said. “Obviously 2020 was such a great and trying year for a lot of us. For me, all I really wanted was some things to be a little different for 2021, a lot of people, the masses, the close ones, loved ones, family for me.”

Newton, who is entering the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, certainly got 2021 off to the right start.

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Katie McInerney can be reached at katie.mcinerney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @k8tmac.