The Secret… is the Law of Attraction. In this section, you will find everything you need to know about the Law of Attraction, how it works and how to use it.
10 Ways the Law of Attraction Can Change Your Life
1. You can begin to attract financial prosperity.
2. You can draw into your life the perfect romantic partner.
3. You can gain greater control over your mind and emotions.
4. You learn how to not attract the things you don’t want.
5. You can become vibrantly healthy and have greater vitality.
6. You can attract beneficial relationships with emotionally healthy people.
7. You can help your career into take off.
8. You can manifest powerful spiritual results.
9. You can help others have better lives by teaching them about the law.
10. You can get solutions to seemingly intractable problems.
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Basic Principles of the Law of Attraction
Modern spiritual seekers have called the Law of Attraction a recently discovered ancient secret teaching. Indeed, the law is ancient in its origins. Whether or not it was ever lost or purposefully keptsecret is arguable. What is true is that through the centuries, various spiritual teachers, philosophers, and others have mentioned or discussed the Law of Attraction, although they used various other names in their teachings and writings. Today, renewed interest in the subject has catapulted the ages-old concept into mainstream popular culture while simultaneously placing it under a lens of scrutiny.
What the Law Is and Isn’t
You’ve heard old adages such as “like attracts like,” “birds of a feather flock together,” “as above, so below,” “what you send out comes back multiplied many times over,” and “ask and ye shall receive.” Consider these, and you have an idea of what the Law of Attraction is. Simply put, the Law of Attraction asserts that a person’s thoughts attract objects, people, and situations and circumstances, both positive and negative, into his life.
Attraction Can Bring What You Do or Don’t Want
Proponents of the Law of Attraction say that the law brings you whatever you think about most. Thoughts can become emotionally charged. When you desire something — say, a new outfit — you feel emotion each time your mind thinks about having that new dress, jacket, shoes, and handbag. You are filled with excitement at the possibility of having your desire fulfilled. You believe you can have it. You deserve it. It is coming. You consider ways to speed up getting that outfit. You might even develop a plan of action for getting the money to go shopping at the mall. Consider the following example, a true story.
Evidence of the Law of Attraction
During a recent move from Illinois to Missouri, a single mother inadvertently left behind her favorite cast-iron skillet. Each day she thought of that old skillet in which she could cook anything, even a cake. She obsessed about getting another one and even asked for it in her prayers. Throughout the day, she thought about how much she would enjoy cooking again once she got her new skillet. She knew that a cast-iron skillet was not too expensive, but her financial resources were limited and she would have to budget carefully. Whenever she thought about having the skillet, she felt happy and joyful. At the end of the month, however, after she had paid all her bills, there was not enough money left over to make her purchase. Undaunted, the mother reaffirmed her goal to save a little whenever and however she could in order to get her skillet.
A few months after her move, the young mother met an elderly gentleman carrying a box of discarded kitchen items from a nearby apartment to the dumpster. On top of the box was a cast-iron skillet. The woman inquired of the man whether he was throwing it away. When he told her he was, she asked if she could have it. He gave it to her. Overcome with gratitude, the young mother thanked the man again and again. Her fixation on having the skillet brought it to her, and she did not have to purchase it.
Proponents of the Law of Attraction assert that the law brings you what you desire when you (1) are clear about what you want; (2) energize your desire for the item with thoughts, emotion, visual imagery, and a strong conviction that it is coming to you; and (3) feel and express gratitude for what you already have and that which you desire, even if it has not yet come into your experience.
The Law of Attraction is not wishful thinking, daydreaming, or a momentary flight of fancy. If the young mother had simply wished for the skillet, it is unlikely that the skillet would have shown up in her life. A wish is not a strong enough intention. The law is always working to give people the very things they most desire.
Where the Law Came From
According to some who have studied it, the universal great Law of Attraction has been with us since the beginning of time, perhaps even at the moment of creation and the beginning of thought. Others say it is impossible to pinpoint exactly when the concept entered human consciousness.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void: and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. — Genesis 1:1–3
In the Beginning
Some people say that the entire universe and our world were first conceived in the mind of our Creator and then were manifested through the creative energies of the universe out of the realms of infinite potential and substance. Further, they suggest that God created humans as sentient beings with minds that could also imagine and create. New Age spiritual seekers refer to the Creator as Divine Mind, the Universe, the Source, and many other names. For those with a more traditional viewpoint, the Creator is God. Genesis, the first book of the Bible, sets forth the creation story, which begins in the mind of God. With His intention and declaration, heaven and earth and everything therein were formed.
The Creator has been called by myriad names, including God, Divine Mind, Divine Intelligence, Elohim, Holy One, Yahweh, Powers That Be, Abba, Divine Father, Divine Mother, Universe, Source, Allah, Friend, Maker, Primordial Consciousness, Everlasting Lord, Supreme Being, Alpha and the Omega, Ishvara, and the Beloved.
Some self-help experts say the Law of Attraction possibly dates as far back as 6,000 to 7,000 years ago, where it found expression in the mystical traditions and beliefs of the ancients. Magicians of long ago certainly observed and wrote about affinities between things before the advent of science. Translations of ancient texts suggest that our spiritual ancestors thought a lot about the heaven and earth and pondered the relationships between things. The Emerald Tablet of Hermes, whose date of origin is uncertain, contains verses by Hermes, purportedly an Egyptian sage. His verses assert that all things in the world are interconnected and that thoughts impact things. The tablet contains the verse that has been translated to become the well-known adage “as above, so below.”
Wattles and Peale
Others say the Law of Attraction concept is decidedly more modern and is possibly just an updated version of the teachings of the late Wallace D. Wattles (1860–1911) and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (1898–1993). Wattles, who was born into poverty and became wealthy, wrote about the science of getting rich. Peale became famous for his ideas about the power of positive thinking. Both men emphasized the role of conscious and intensely focused thought in achieving the desired goal. Both men believed in a higher power at work in human lives. Wattles referred to it as “formless” intelligence and substance.
Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking, a popular self-help guide first published in 1952, advocated that people trust that God’s higher power was always with them. He observed that when they affirmed, visualized, and believed that God’s power was at work in their lives, they energized their belief, actualized that power, and achieved astonishing results.
Peale, a clergyman, spoke and wrote of the power and presence of God. Today many people believe that divine consciousness permeates the universe and that when they align themselves in harmony with that consciousness, they become co-creators of their destinies with the Divine. Individuals can tap into the realm of infinite potential and substance. Through their thoughts, they draw into their lives all circumstances, situations, relationships, experiences, and things. The process is continuous and unending.
Fundamentals of the Law
The Law of Attraction works in response to thoughts that have become energized. What if you deliberately focused your attention on something that you wanted to call forth in your life, something you deeply desired to manifest? Would the Law of Attraction bring it to you? The answer is yes. Always.
Be Aware of Your Thoughts
It matters not if you seek wealth, great relationships, spiritual insights, good health, a large house, a new power saw, or a cast-iron skillet. But it is important to understand that your thoughts can also attract things you do not want. Whatever you fear most and think about often or obsessively can also manifest.
For example, you may love hiking around the Mojave Desert, but your greatest fear is that someday you’ll encounter a rattlesnake that you didn’t see until you were right upon it. You’ve thought about how terrified you would be when the snake strikes at your leg or foot. Repetitive thoughts that are charged with fear can set up the experience unless you let go of it. It is better to banish such dark thoughts. Don’t give up hiking in the desert. Instead, be measured, thoughtful, studied, and prudent about undertaking such a hike. Know what precautions to take in order to have a safe hike. Replace your fearful thoughts with a sure-fire belief in a higher power working through you and with you and at all times ensuring your safety.
Let Go of the Negatives, Focus on the Positives
A thorough understanding of the fundamentals of the Law of Attraction allows us to quickly achieve our goals, get more of what we want, and avoid attracting what we do not want. With deliberate and focused application of the principles of the Law of Attraction, we can all achieve our full human potential and work together toward creating a more harmonious and just world.
Who Can Use the Law
Anyone can work with the Law of Attraction to deliberately make choices about what she wants and doesn’t want in her life. She can use the law to help her work out her dreams, desires, and ambitions. So, too, she can repel the things she does not want. Worries about debt, for example, can bring more debt. But when thoughts of poverty are replaced by images of abundance, the Law of Attraction springs into action to replace lack with abundance.
Know That Anything Is Possible
At first it may seem impossible that a person could shrink his debt, acquire wealth, and grow that wealth as much as his mind could imagine. But the Law of Attraction makes anything possible. There are myriad resources to teach individuals how to get rich. Often such books offer advice about how to assess your indebtedness, develop a financial plan, imagine putting every step of the plan in place, visualize what’s going to happen, and actualize the events. In this way, the person accelerates the working of the Law of Attraction. Anyone can use the Law of Attraction to change his financial status or anything else he desires. You can have the kind of life you choose. It just takes a little imagination.
What is the role of imagination in attracting the objects I desire?
Whether it is dreaming or awake, the mind thinks in images and symbols. Proponents of the Law of Attraction say that when we can clearly imagine having what we most want, the Law of Attraction takes over and gives it to us.
Some experts on the Law of Attraction have pointed out that as soon as someone begins focusing on the thing he really wants, the universe gets busy arranging or rearranging the necessary elements and circumstances to make manifestation of that thing possible. The process can be accelerated with a little planning. A debt-free life, new friends, a loving life partner, plenty of money, a new car, or a dream job — whatever the person desires will manifest. When someone decides to accelerate the process and works out a plan to allow for that manifestation, myriad opportunities begin to present themselves. A person working with the Law of Attraction need only change his mindset and be aware that the opportunities for manifestation of his desire will become more commonplace. It is as if the universe is working with you, putting wind in the sail of your dream ship to take you anywhere you want to go and give you the experiences, relationships, money, wealth, and things you most desire.