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The Attraction of Law of Attraction

“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.


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I am the Luckiest Girl in the Universe!

I have played around with affirmations and intentions for years.  It all comes out of the idea that if you think positive thoughts you will create a positive life.  According the ‘create your own reality” community, if you use powerful positive thinking techniques, visualizations and positive affirmations, it is possible to achieve whatever you want.  I believe that this is true because I have experienced it in my own life.  It may be hard to believe but I used to be one of the most negative people in the world.  The years leading up to my 35th year gave me lots of reasons to “feel sorry for myself” and I wore victimhood like a badge.  Everything was wrong with my life, and do you know what, the more I thought that way the more the Universe supported my image, by sending me more of the same.

One day I got tired of being negative and the life that I was creating so I decided to change it.  This was in 1985.  My idea was to start recognizing the positive things in my life.   It took me a week to come up with one positive thing, but I celebrated and took notice.  Then I reached the point where I could find one positive thing a day and my life started changing.  At some point I reached the tipping point and I was seeing more positive than negative.  I can’t tell you the exact date because change was subtle, one day at a time.  The day that I realized that everything that happened in my life, both positive and negative, were a gift to help me evolve, was the day that my life transformed. I have told this story to clients throughout the years I was a therapist to show them that I wasn’t always as ‘put together’ as I appeared.

So back to affirmations and intentions.  I know how powerful they are but, because of my background, I still have a propensity toward doubt.  It is not huge but it is still there in the back of my mind.  Every time I have set out to come up with and say affirmations consistently I can only do it for so long before doubt creeps in and I quit.  At that point that part of me that demands to see proof, stands with her hands on her hips and a stern look on her face and says, OK Universe* show me!

A couple of weeks ago I had just finished Mike Dooley’s book “Infinite Possibilities” the art of living your dreams and was excited about trying some of his techniques.  You can read about it in my blog ” Does Visualization Really Work?” I picked two intentions and bought a notebook for each of them with the idea that I would write affirmations and set intentions every day for a month.  The two intentions are very important to me and one of them has been an intention for a long time.  I lasted for 4 or 5 days before that doubt seeped in and I started to think thoughts like ” this is never going to happen” or ” how is that possible”, both thoughts based on my current reality, something that is very detrimental to creating your own reality.  What we see now is only “what we see now” it is not possibility, but as being living in a human, 3D world what we see seems so real!

My whole understanding changed the day I woke up, wrote a few affirmations that fell flat and then wrote ” I am the Luckiest Girl in the Universe”.  It was like a wave of light and love rolled through my body.  I could feel the joy as I imagined the whole Universe standing behind me, cheering me on to success, happiness and joy.  Imagine that, the WHOLE Universe behind you! Until that moment I hadn’t been in touch with support like that.  I know it has always been there, but saying ” I am the Luckiest Girl in the Universe” put it in a new prospective.  I could feel it, seeing in my mind’s eye and knew it was real. I couldn’t see it, but I BELIEVED it!  My hands didn’t drop to my hips but flew into the air and my feet left the ground!

So now I only need one affirmation; “I am the Luckiest Girl in The Universe”. It contains both appreciation and expectation, two powerful emotions for manifestation.  Imagine waking up and going to sleep each day with that affirmation.  The power of it is changing my world.  The other part of this is that this is not just true for me but it is true for all of us.  We are not alone, we have vast and unlimited support.  We have a loving Creator and a limitless Universe cheering us on. At a personal level it will transform your life, your health and renew the joy and passion for life. Imagine waking up each morning, bursting with excitement, energy and joy for the new day! Imagine what you could create from that energy!

*The idea of the Universe for me is most likely the same as God to some people.  I think in terms of Universe because if feels more expansive and less defined than the word God, it is just a personal preference.


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