Simply, the Law of Attraction states that you attract that on which you most focus. The obvious corollary to the Law of Attraction is the advice to focus on the things you want more of in your life – that you should spend more time thinking about what you wish to attract into your life than what you don't like.The law of attraction is the name given to the maxim "like attracts like" which in New Thought philosophy is used to sum up the idea that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life This belief is based upon the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from "pure energy", and the belief that like energy attracts like energy. One example used by Lisa Nichols in the film 'The Secret' is as follows: "Every time you look inside your mail expecting to see a bill, guess what? It'll be there. Each day you go out dreading the bill, you're never expecting anything great, you're thinking about debt, you're expecting debt. So debt must show up.....it showed up, because the law of attraction is always being obedient to your thoughts
What is the catch , or what is not being told as well?
by Joe Martino
What Is It?
For simplicity sake, I’m going to use the abbreviation LOA throughout the article when I’m speaking about the Secret or The Law of Attraction. Simply put, the LOA is said to be a universal law that states every person has the ability to attract things into their life with their thoughts and intentions. If someone is thinking and believing negative things all the time, they will attract them into their experience. If someone is thinking positive things all the time, they will attract that into their experience. In theory someone could also use the LOA to attract situations, experiences and material objects into their lives.
Made most popular by books like The Secret and Ask & It Is Given, the LOA has grabbed the attention of many and for good reason, it can work very well and even when viewed scientifically, there is some interesting stuff to back it up. When you note the fact that everything is energy and that our thoughts and consciousness do impact and create reality, as quantum physics has shown, making the leap that we can attract what we want isn’t too difficult to assert.
Without going into huge detail, the methods are rather simple. One uses their thoughts and intentions to attract things they want. You can use affirmations, vision boards, words and so on to set out what you are looking to obtain and you go from there. In more day-to-day applications, one might watch what they say and avoid negative words, self-defeating words or attitudes and instead replace it with more positive and affirming statements and attitudes.
The theory behind some of the affirmations and vision boards is that the more you say something or see something, the more it imposes itself into your subconscious where it begins to create the reality.
Many have reported these methods to work often and many have claimed that they do not work at all. In any case, there can be a number of factors involved as to why it might work or not work, but most books don’t go too far into covering this and often times the whole subject of LOA has become a cliche.
What We’re Often Not Told About The LOA
lights_of_ideasI’ve personally seen some interesting results when I have practiced the LOA. Some of my friends would say that the LOA failed at times for me and other times it succeeded, but the way I see it is that it was successful every time. Why do I see it this way? Because I believe there are other factors involved in the LOA that we often don’t realize because we get too caught up in creating from our minds and ego desires. Simply, we are missing the bigger picture.
Right away I can hear the questions, “how do we know what an ego desire is or not?!” We will get to that shortly. Drawing from personal experience, I have used the LOA and was able to attract what I wanted into my life, but there were other times it didn’t come into being. Why? Simply because there is a larger factor at play – YOU have a say in determining whether or not a specific reality might play out for you. But when we are engaged in mental and ego desires, we often don’t see the perfect reason as to why we didn’t bring about what “we” wanted.
Each of us is on our own unique journey and we, in some way, have a path we are on for our own individual growth and experience. At a deeper level, often called a soul level, we are choosing aspects of our journey so we can learn what we set out to learn in each lifetime here. So how could this interact with the LOA?
In a simple example, let’s say you wanted to attract a certain experience into your life, say becoming really rich, but you, at the soul beyond the mind, had a journey set out for yourself where you would learn to detach from money and that money does not define who you are nor your level of success in life. Then, no matter how hard you might try to attract this into your life, you would notice it not playing out simply because there is a bigger lesson you are trying to learn. You can’t use your mental creative powers to dictate your life as intensely as your own bigger picture that your true self sees.
Think about it. How many times have you had a situation happen in life that you didn’t like at the beginning only to find out a few days, weeks, months or years later that you grew and learned so much from it? Guess what, you attracted this experience but in a way that we often don’t understand. It’s not as though we sat there and said “Oh yay let’s have this “crap” come into my life!” It was more so that at a deeper energetic level we knew we could grow from it.
Another Personal Anecdote
Before creating CE I was working in finance for a short period of time. I was using the LOA to attract money into my life so I could one day impact the world and become rich within a certain company. I had several deals on the table that were all on the edge of closing and making me a very large sum of money, but suddenly they all fell through. At the time it seemed like a pain in the ass that this would happen, but my soul and life had a very different path. I ended up leaving finance very shortly after as my personal journey was unfolding quickly. CE got started and this became what I do full-time. Now I have money I require to live and we are able to do projects we need to do to make an impact but its all coming through a very different avenue than in my past.
What did I take from this? Why did I not attract the money even though it was for the “higher good?” Simply because there was A LOT I needed to learn first and looking back at it all, it was very clear as to why none of it played out that way. I learned so much about my perception of money, my own internal belief systems and self-worth etc. It wasn’t that the LOA did not or does not work, but rather I was looking to create something specific and I just needed to learn a few things first. After all, it all came into place but through different avenues. If I didn’t take the signs and hints and change life paths, I would have potentially missed out on my journey with CE.
A Few Other Key Notes
When we are using the LOA, we are often very attached to a certain outcome. Again, this can often be a great time for us to inadvertently create a whole different experience simply so we can move beyond the attachments that we create at the mind level. It’s the LOA working in ways our minds often don’t want to admit.
Another key thing to realize is that when we are detached, looking to do something in line with our path, often times having a strong belief in what we wish to create makes a big difference. So often we go on using the LOA but from a half effort, partial doubting state of mind where we aren’t really tapping into our true creative ability.
Bottom line, we are energy beings living in an energy based world, of course the LOA will have an impact on our reality, it’s just about seeing the bigger picture, removing doubt and utilizing from the clearest state of intention as possible.
There’s a lot of talk about living "abundantly," living your best life, but it doesn't seem like anyone is providing practical tips for actually DOING it. With that in mind, here are six simple, straightforward rules to help you live more richly every day — starting now.
1. What you give away comes back.
Generosity is defined by “readiness or liberality” in giving. So, giving with the expectation of receiving misses the point entirely. By freeing yourself from that expectation, you begin to enjoy the happiness created by your gift. Giving with pure intentions inspires the desire to give in others.
2. Appreciation builds on itself.
An appreciative mindset makes you more aware of the good things in your life. Focusing on the positive invites more positivity into your life. To jumpstart the feeling of gratitude, spend five minutes making a list of things you're thankful for.
3. What you create space for will enter your life.
It's easy to get bogged down in everyday obligations and de-prioritize our dreams. But letting the things you feel like you should do take up all your time, you leave no space for the things you actually care about. Only by making conscious decisions to cut out toxic/draining people and activities can you make room for what you love.
4. Adding value increases yours.
Helping others is one of the most fulfilling things anyone can do. Generosity is its own reward. It's also the best way to advertise your skill-set. If you have an ability, teach it. If you have time, share it. The more you give, share, and teach, the more valuable you become.
5. Having a vision is the first step to making it a reality.
Visualizing grabbing a Nobel prize isn't going to win you one. You have to do the work. But, there's a reason Olympic athletes watch tapes of themselves crossing the line first, and imagine themselves crossing the finish line before a race. Sometimes, seeing the end product is the best motivation for pushing yourself ....
6. What you do in this moment determines the next.
Thinking of every moment as a gift creates a feeling of abundance that carries over to the next. Being present means letting go of past failures and future fears. Focus your mind on the here and now, and relinquish the things you can't control. Peace will follow.
Have a wonderful week :)
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