The Law of Attraction may seem like a New Age concept, however, it is not new. The idea that our thoughts create our life was first identified in 1906 by Willliam Walker Atkinson. He was a prolific writer and he wrote many books on his ideas about “thought vibration”. That is, that our thoughts are manifested energetically, and by thinking of what we desire, we create our reality.
Here I will discuss the Law of Attraction as it works in your daily life. I will use one of my own experiences to illustrate the point:
When I lived in Minnesota the winters were often brutally cold. I took daily walks along a groomed, but snowy path. It was often difficult to move freely through the many layers of clothing required to stay warm at zero degrees. I decided I needed to buy some “winter gear”, however, I had only a small budget to work with.
Now, first you should know that I am a picky shopper. I want the right item in the right color at the right price. I will shop for hours to find just what I want at a price I can afford. In this case, I had in mind a pair of thick, lined, blue-jeans that were comfortable when walking briskly, for $40.00 or less. I checked in many stores to no avail. The Columbia brand had well-made pants, but they were pricey.
I walked for many days with the same, cumbersome layers I had come to detest. My daily walks were quite literally “dragging me down”. I gave up looking and resigned myself to snow pants and long underwear. The very next day, I received a clairvoyant “picture” of a pair of jeans lined with beautiful, red, plaid flannel. That flannel “looked” like the pajamas of my youth. The picture reignited my quest; I needed a flannel-lined pair of jeans. Two days later, I received an L.L. Bean catalogue in the mail. On the front cover was a pair of thick, blue jeans lined in red, plaid, flannel. And, they were on sale at just $32.00! I quickly ordered those pants and they arrived in just three days!
By thinking about just the right type of pants, I had manifested a pair delivered to my front door, despite the fact that I had all but given up finding them. Now, the Law of Attraction is not always simple. Notice that it took several weeks of shopping and thinking.
The universe follows our thought patterns. Fleeting thoughts and momentary ideas do not always produce what you want. Likewise, sometimes our subconscious energy over-rules our conscious desires. For instance, say that you meet a guy at your workplace. Daily you wish that he would ask you on a date. What your head tells you is that he is gregarious, , sophisticated, and adventurous. He seems rather wild and fun. You think he would spice up your life. However, your subconscious awareness has known for some time that you want to get married and raise a family. This guy is not that type!. Hence, the universe picks up on your energy and negates the possibility. You send out “negative vibes”, the guy never asks you out, and you stop believing he might.
Later, a friend tells you that she just joined a wonderful singles group. The goal of this particular, singles group is long-term relationships, not adventure. The Group Name is “Marriage Minded Singles”. You already know that the people in this group are looking to find a life-partner they will marry. You decide to give it a try. When you go to the first meeting you sit next to a man who tells you he has been coming to events and meetings for some time, yet he has yet to find anyone he wishes to date. The two of you share coffee at the break and you end up skipping the rest of the meeting while you talk for three, full hours. Five years later you are happily married and you are expecting your first child.
This is how the Law of Attraction works. The universe “reads” your energy and follows your intention. To use it effectively, first set an intention. Say it out loud, or silently, to yourself. Repeat the intention daily and see what comes your way. You will often be surprised by what follows. Pay attention to the subtle messages you receive. You will not always be bowled over by the response, but you will start to see things happen.
Many people like to use meditation to create the life whey want. Try sitting quietly for 10-15 minutes a day while repeatedly stating what you desire. For example, say” I want a new apartment in a park like setting within three months”. Be reasonable with your time frame and intentions. You will need to search, pack and gather your belongings, and move all within the same 90 days. It would also be unreasonable to set such an intention if you are currently under contract with a two-year lease. However, you may notice that if you set a more practical intention your first step may be to eliminate your current lease. Perhaps you can first set the intention that ” I be released from current lease obligation within 60 days”. Now watch what happens. Start by putting out the idea that you would like to move and you are looking for someone to sublet your place. Or, ask the property manager about options. Place an ad on Craigslist or rent.com and see what happens. Generally, just setting an intention and taking a few steps to cement it will produce results. The more you reinforce the intention, the more the universe will bring in options. If you stop reinforcing your intention it will begin to fade.
Some people like to create a vision board to cement their intention. Get a piece of tag board and place it in a prominent place in your home. Draw or affix pictures of things you wish to have or do. You might attach a photo of Mount Everest if climbing the mountain is your dream. A wedding dress might represent marriage. A floor plan of the home of your dreams, which is currently unaffordable, could be placed on your vision board. Don’t be afraid to change things out if your life circumstances change. This is your board. You create it and you manifest your vision. Generally, however, your dreams will come to fruition as you continue to study the board.
Sometimes the universe lines things up in terms of timing. Pictures may stay on your vision board for two to three years because there is an opportunity in your future that is unbeknownst to you. Stay true to your goals and stay committed to the vision you have set. Good things come to those who wait. Study your board daily and wait for signs from the universe. They will come.