“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” Buddha
By now most everyone has seen the movie, The Secret. I saw it when it first premiered and remembered thinking, “This is really cool, but can I really say OM and a banana will appear in my hand.?” And if you were thinking about pineapple at the same time there would be a little of that mixed in. The movie made it look that easy.
Frankly I am glad that the concept of the Law of Attraction has gone mainstream because people are discovering that they have more power than they thought they had. They are realizing that they both create and can change their reality. People are becoming empowered to create lives that satisfy them rather than believing that life just happens to them. I love seeing empowered people!
The catch is, you have to do more than think about all the wonderful things you want to create.
I have read books and watch videos of all the proponents of the Law of Attraction and I have also listened to and watched those who say it is a bunch of hooey. Some think it is God, some think it is all up to us and others think it doesn’t work at all and we have no control over what happens in your lives. There is almost a polarized debate going on around understanding the concept of creating your own reality.
I watched a video spoof on the Law of Attraction the other day and it got me thinking.
First of all the Law of Attraction is one of the Laws of the Universe and it is not a new concept. The New Thought Movement that took place from 1904-1910 had several proponents of the Law of attraction, including Thomas Troward, William Walker Atkinson, Wallace D. Wattles and Richard Weiss. The actual phrase ” Law of Attraction” appears in the writings of the Theosophical authors. As you can tell from my opening quote, it goes back farther than that. I you want to find more information about the origins, The History of The Law of Attraction is a good place to start.
So does it work, or doesn’t it?
I have used the Law of Attraction to build me business over the past several years. I believe it does work, but there is more to it than just thinking it so. It works if there is a combination of thinking, dreaming, aligning with those dreams and taking action. Sometimes it takes as little effort as thinking and aligning with what I want and seeing it manifest very quickly. I think this happens, not because I am doing some magical thinking trick, but because my aligned thoughts are very powerful. Things seemed to pop into reality because I had already laid the ground work and I got out of my own way.
Look at the word ‘attraction’. It contains the two works ‘attract’ and ‘action’. The word attract means ‘to cause to draw near or adhere by physical force’. In this definition I think of a magnet. When used in relationship to The Law of Attraction, this magnetic force is your clear, focused thoughts about what you want to create. Now if you take action from this magnetic state of attraction your inspired actions become magnetic and what you desire can come to you easily.
That is what I think Buddha meant when he said all that we are is a result of what we have thought. Using the banana example, we can think something like ” I want a banana so bad that I will do anything to get it. I need the banana and I will beg, borrow and steal to get it. ” From this unaligned place of thinking you might manifest a banana, but it will look something like this:
Some people will think that the Law of Attraction doesn’t work, at this point, or they will realize they need to clean up their thoughts before they take action.
Aligned banana manifestation looks something like this: ” I love bananas when they have just turned from green to yellow. I love the sweet smell of bananas and when I eat them I feel happy inside. I would love to have a whole bunch of bananas so that I can enjoy one everyday for breakfast.” You open your door and find a bunch of perfectly ripe bananas on your doorstep.
This a simplistic example of what is possible if you align your thoughts with what you want, clear out conflicting thoughts and take action. Aligning with what you want is easy. Clearing out conflicting thoughts is not, because a lot of them are not even in our consciousness. The best way to discover what they are is to look around at what you have in your life right now. It is a direct reflection of your previous thoughts and previous actions.
Yes the Law of Attraction does work and it requires action to bring things into manifestation. Maybe someday we will be able to OM a banana into our hand but until then alignment, attraction and action are the magic ingredients.