Pretty much everyone has heard about the Law of Attraction at this point: it’s been a craze ever since “The Secret” was published in 2006, becoming a fixation of pop culture ever since. Oprah once devoted a whole episode of her show to the concept and how it can help people improve their lives! So, what’s the big deal? Is it all about spending your days selfishly dreaming up all the things that you want? Or is there more to it? I want to explore it and share how it’s already been a part of all of our lives without us realizing it, so we might as well actively participate in it!
Most people understand that positive people attract other positive people and people with more negative bents attract--well, people of the same inclinations. But what I told you that positive people can even attract positive results in their lives? The job they’ve always wanted, the relationship you dream about, the house, the car, etc? Well, that’s exactly what the Law of Attraction states! To be clear, the Law of Attraction is much less complicated than an actual wordy, confusing law: it’s quite simple, really. The Law basically says that through positive thoughts, focus, and fixation on the things that you desire, you enlarge these positive things in your life until they become a reality. That’s right, theoretically you can imagine that brand new car right into your driveway, given the proper practice and intentions!
But of course, in a world characterized by cynicism and roadblocks to positivity, this sounds too good to be true. Many call it pseudo-science, New Age thinking created to comfort people who feel dissatisfied by their lives and would rather ask ‘the Universe’ for all the things they want. But if you think about it, most religions even preach this notion, just in different ways. Christianity is the most popular religion in the world, and the Bible confirms the law in an often-overlooked way; Proverbs 23:7 says that “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he,” and it doesn’t even mention prayer or any type of religious practice associated with it. Buddhism is credited with the first real introduction of the law into religion, and since then it’s been found in many different forms in many religions. So, spiritual or not, you have to admit that there must be some validity to the Law. With that in mind, why not give it a shot?
There are plenty sources out there that will tell you to basically pray to the Universe for guidance and all the things you want in life -- I think that’s a little farfetched to work. Besides, if you’re a practical person like me, you’ll probably conclude that being more positive in your own thinking rather than trusting the whole universe is a much safer, smarter bet. The process is simple: take some time out of your day to pray, or meditate, or whatever it is you do. During that time, do your best to focus on, visualize, and truly immerse yourself in the experience of having what it is that you want. If it’s a new car (no shame), imagine yourself driving the car down your favorite road; the more realistic the scenario you’re able to visualize, the easier it will be for you to feel that it’s real and this will make it easier for you to hold onto that positive thought over time. The more you focus on this thought over time, the more real it will become to you; you’ll be open to more opportunities to receive this thing, and your positive thinking will clean out your mindset to be able to truly pursue this thing. More importantly, it’s always beneficial to focus on what you want rather than what you don’t want. It’s like walking a tightrope and thinking about falling the whole time rather than on putting one foot in front of the other and reaching your goal.
There are always obstacles to this though: when you encounter failure or disappointment, you can’t dwell on it. See it as a closed door, one among many that will be present in your life: your acquisition of the things you want is ultimately up to you so one door closing in your face doesn’t mean you can’t have it, you’ve just struck one path to success off your list. Refocus and move on.
If you’d like to learn more about the Law of Attraction, check out TheLawofAttraction.com and Business Insider’s article on it.