The idea of attraction instantly appeals to most people. Attraction is bringing something towards you, almost like a magnetic attraction. At the heart of the Law of Attraction is the idea of magnetic energy attracting something to you.
Now imagine what you could bring into your life if you knew how to direct this magnetic attraction.
When "The Secret" hit the shelves, it reignited an age-old concept. There's nothing new. The idea floated around for centuries, seemingly forgotten except by a few, and then is still revived over time.
Some say it comes from Hinduism. There is a definite connection with James Allen's 1902 book As a Man Thinketh. Allen's title comes from a Bible verse that says, "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." For Allen, the heart was just an extension of desires, goals and dreams - which could be achieved by attracting whatever is wanted or needed.
Rhonda Byrne, author of the hit film The Secret in 2006, admits that her inspiration came after reading The Science of Getting Rich, written by Wallace D. Wattles in 1910.
Once again, the simple attraction concept of Ask, Believe, and Receive is back in the spotlight. What we call the Law of Attraction has had several names throughout the 20th century such as New Thinking, Science of the Spirit, Positive Thinking, Metaphysics, and Prosperity Thinking. If you look at these names and the writings about them, you will see that this idea has flowed over the years in one form or another - yet all have the pretension of the idea that you can attract whatever you want or need. if you practice the right approach.
You must recognize where the peaches are and be properly positioned to reach those peaches on the tree. You also need to know exactly what kind of fruit you want. It's an overly simplistic way of showing how you have to be in touch with your own desires before you can attract what you want.
The universe is a complex, extremely ordered system. The design of the universe is claimed in various religious beliefs, but even the scientific community joins in the agreement that the universe is ordered.
To be ordained, there must be certain universal laws. Remember the "if...then" rules in science class? If you pour that chemical into the beaker with that substance, you'll have an explosion.
The Law of Attraction pays special attention to the “if… then” order of the universe.
The most scientific thinkers of this movement insist that the law of attraction is an element of quantum physics. After all, quantum physics is a study of the impact of energy on matter. So if the Law of Attraction could teach you to focus your energy on what you want or need, then those things (made of matter) could be drawn to you. It's like becoming a human tractor beam, locking onto something and bringing it to you.
Whether or not the law of attraction is part of quantum physics, the essence of how to make it work for you is summed up in the three words; Ask, believe, and receive.
Here we will go through each step to making the Law of Attraction work for you.
Step 1: Ask.
You need to be clear about what you want. Instead of saying, “I want a new SUV,” be specific. Go to the car dealership and choose exactly what you want. Test several models of SUV. Bring home the complete brochure with color choices.
Once you've decided which car best suits your lifestyle and usage requirements, you're ready for the first step. Ask the Universe to bring you an X-Model 4-Door from Z Car Company, midnight blue with beige leather seats, CD player, and cruise control.
Does it look like a shopping list? Yes of course. If you want this SUV, you have to ask for this SUV. Otherwise, don't be picky when you get a battered 1980s sedan.
Hey, you asked for a car, you didn't ask for exactly what you wanted.
This is the power of the first step - ASK! Once you request that specifically equipped SUV, you must BELIEVE the car is already yours.
"But wait - this is not in my driveway!"
It doesn't make any difference. Your responsibility in the process is to believe without hesitation that the car is yours. It may still be on the dealership's lot, but as far as you're concerned, it's yours. The moment you doubt or think you may have asked for too much, then you break that tractor beam in which the Universe is bringing your desire to you.
Step 2: Believe.
Belief is the most difficult task for newcomers. It is also the time when people give up the whole process and stop making any effort to attract what they want or need into their life.
“After all, the Universe hasn't given me anything yet,” you say, so this thing obviously doesn't work. You can tell it doesn't work, but the truth is you didn't let it work. Your belief was not full commitment - it was half-hearted at best.
Fortunately, the Universe won't deliver half a car to you. With the Law of Attraction, full engagement is a requirement if you are to take full advantage of it.
When you firmly believe that you can have what you asked for, you go beyond the realm of what you see in the realm of the possible. This is why Possibility Thinking was an ancient name for this law - because it carried your thinking beyond what has stuck you in the present to a future without limits.
What a powerful and sobering concept! You've probably experienced this before and didn't realize it. Did you desperately want to skate, only to fall so many times that you gave up? You watched friends and started to imagine yourself skating. By repeating this in your head, you went from “wanting to skate” to “seeing yourself as a skater”. Then suddenly you tried again and you were able to skate.
The skates haven't changed - you changed because you developed the belief that you could skate.
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Step 3: Receive.
Receiving is easy, you think, but it's not quite right. You think you will have no problem receiving this SUV with pleasure when it arrives in your driveway. You will be so happy and grateful.
If it's as far as it goes, then you have a car but you missed the point.
Gratitude requires an expression - not just, "Wow, great car - thank you." You must take the time to show your gratitude to the Universe or to the Supreme Being of your religious beliefs.
This car didn't come to you because the dealership was feeling generous. The car is a manifestation of your demand and your belief that the Universe or the Supreme Being had both the power and the desire to meet your need. Another concept we often hear about is 'pay it forward', based on another movie in which people start doing random acts of kindness without any expectation of receiving anything in return.
You can use the idea of “paying up front” to show your gratitude for what you receive. Maybe you volunteer to deliver meals on wheels once a week or take your neighbor's kid with your family for a picnic now that you have a vehicle with room for more people.
Find ways to use the gift you received for the benefit of others who can never pay you back. It shows gratitude in the highest form by paying it forward.
Step 4: Create Your Own Reality.
The Law of Attraction is not a divine catalog that allows you to shop anytime without an investment. When you take something from the Universe, you owe something in return. Gratitude is definitely something that needs to be expressed and acted upon.
It is only one part of a bigger whole. To truly accept the law of attraction in your life, you recognize that you are creating your own reality. No more whining about what that person did to you or how you were cheated in this job.
They are negatives. When you focus on the broken relationship or get fired from your job, you are directing your energy towards negative and non-positive aspects. It's simple: add all the negative numbers you want and you still get a negative number! You will not create abundance from negative energy. In fact, you are blocking positive energy and the achievement of your dreams. The partner who left you and the boss who let you go only hurt you once.
Every time you replay these scenes and focus on how much you are in pain, you are pushing back the positive energy needed to change your life.
When you focus on asking for exactly what you want, believing that you can have it, and showing gratitude for what you receive, then you discover the age-old secret to having the life you want.
The Law of Attraction is more than bringing things into your life. You can apply the Ask, Believe, and Receive approach to reverse a cycle of dead-end jobs, lack of education, poor relationship choices, or poor self-image.
Equally powerful is the Law of Attraction when asking to find a mentor who will help you figure out how to position yourself for a career rather than a job. Believe that this mentor is nearby and will contact you soon. Remember to be open to anyone. You might be surprised if the mentor is someone you already know and never thought of asking for help. When the mentor offers to work with you, believe that you can be successful with direction and receive the success that your efforts bring.
Many people have heard about the Law of Attraction, but few people know how to use it properly.
Step 5: Positive Affirmations.
The most damaging voice you hear is often the one in your head. Negative self-talk can come from what you heard as a child, as a student, as a worker, or in a relationship with someone.
Worse yet, the downsides are how you put yourself down. The law of Attraction works with positive aspects. Why would the Universe bother to give you more of something harmful to you? You already allow it and watch what it did to you.
As with the peach example, to harvest peaches you need to focus on finding the peach orchard. Then you need to position yourself to pick the peaches and handle them properly after picking them or they rot in the basket.
Positive affirmations are a way to position yourself in a relationship with the Universe.
Positive affirmations are daily exercises that are so important in realigning your relationship with the positive energy of the Universe. These are statements of fact. You are asserting their truth when you embrace that truth.
Take care to write your affirmations in the positive and present tense, but be careful. Take a look at this example:
"I will one day have a career in graphic arts."
It sounds positive, but wait - can you spot the trap? "Someday" could be tomorrow, next week, or twenty years from now. It's almost negative, because it doesn't state a goal that can be achieved at some point.
"I will have a career in graphic arts within a year of completing my courses."
Now, that is a positive affirmation that wraps around a timeline and the achievement of a goal. By completing graphic arts classes, you take a step towards your dream. Establishing a schedule of one year after the end of the course gives you a period of transition into the new career.
If your belief system is strong and you are living fully in the positive, you can set this time at 30 days after you complete the course and be ready to receive.
Some people even go so far as to say, "I am a graphic designer", which immediately takes effect. Other positive affirmations boost your self-esteem such as:
"I accept that I am worthy to receive abundance."
It is a broad affirmation, which opens up all possibilities of abundance. You may find that the Universe brings you an abundance of supportive friends, career opportunities, creative talent, or inner peace.
By putting no limits on what abundance means, you are open to receiving treasures that you never even thought to ask for before. By declaring the truth that you are worthy to receive, you also free yourself from negative self-image or hurtful memories that made you feel unworthy in the first place.
If you only received this as a gift, how rich would you be? Yet the Universe is likely to give even more because you are free to receive.
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What Else Does It Take?
This is the first question some people ask after hearing about the Law of Attraction.
"Well, that must be for very smart people."
"It's only for the lucky people."
"It must take a lot of blood, sweat and tears to see results."
None of these statements are true. The Law of Attraction works the same for college graduates as it does for high school dropouts.
Luck is about gambling, and the law of attraction is about possibility, not probability.
As for the amount of work involved, the law of attraction is worked out inside your head, not with your hands or feet. In fact, once you grasp the power of human energy in the Universe, you will understand that if you sweat and struggle, you are doing it wrong.
When You Feel It Working
By repeating positive affirmations daily and changing your negative thought patterns into positive focus, you are making amazing discoveries. Suddenly you've come to the right place at the right time to meet someone or get promoted.
Even the little things work.
You're lining up for concert tickets when a man gives you front row seats because he's just been called in to handle an emergency and can't stay for the show.
Don't dare say: "I'm so lucky!" Instead, say, "I just got the abundance, that's exactly what I wanted." I thank the Supreme Being (or the universe) for these tickets." And then find a way to give back.
This is just the beginning.
Instead of living in uncertainty and despair, you have a life full of possibilities. You attract what you want and what you need because you are focused, confident and sure of your convictions.
The law of attraction becomes a way of life that brings not only material well-being, but emotional well-being as well.
The more you practice the Law of Attraction in all aspects of your life, you will find that getting a new car, new job, or new home is wonderful, but that is not even the most amazing aspect of this process.
The Law of Attraction would just be a cheap salon trick if it was all about getting more stuff.
The highest use of the Law of Attraction is to help you become the best in yourself and to instill in you the desire to help others help themselves.