The Law of Attraction
Ask and it is given – Abraham Hicks
The law of attraction is, in some ways, similar to the power of positive thinking. You must think positive thoughts and try to eliminate negative thoughts in order for it to work.
However, instead of working solely based on thinking positive thoughts, it requires you to actually imagine yourself as already having whatever it is you desire.
With the power of positive thinking you would say, “I know I can become wealthy.” With the law of attraction, you would close your eyes and imagine what your life would be like if you were already wealthy. You would picture yourself living in the home of your dreams, taking the vacation you’ve always wanted, or owning everything you’ve always hoped to own.
There are two theories as to why this may work. One group says there are magnetic forces all around us. If you think positive thoughts, you attract things to you like a magnet. If you think negative thoughts, you repel them – pushing them further and further away.
The other group claims that the theory is good in principle, but only because it works on the same principle as the power of positive thinking. If you think positive thoughts, good things naturally happen.
If you’re skeptical about the theories regarding mystical energy flows and magnets, it’s understandable. Many people have a hard time grasping the concept, and for those people, it can sometimes hinder their use of the methods.
However, you don’t have to believe in the mystical side of it to actually take advantage of the techniques. Like the power of positive thinking, the law of attraction can work simply by helping you turn negative thoughts into positive ones.
Let’s say you lost your job and now you are homeless. Most people who are homeless are constantly thinking negative thoughts. It’s natural. Most people in a situation that bad would feel negative.
They think things like:
- “Why me?”
- “This sucks. I will be homeless forever!”
- “Man, why is everyone else warm and cozy in a home, and I’m freezing on the streets?”
Those are negative thoughts. They put that person into a constant state of depression. When you are depressed and angry, it’s hard to get anything done. How can you change your situation when you feel hopeless? You can’t. Unless you change your thinking, you’re stuck!
However, if that person would spend some time each day imagining themselves with a good job they really enjoyed, living in a lovely home, their bills paid and food on the table, they would probably feel a little more hope. In fact, the more often they pictured it, the more real it would become to them.
Once their brain finally began to see that situation as “possible”, they would probably become passionate about making it happen. Because their brain finally believes it really is possible to have that kind of life again, they can shift out of their negative mode and into a positive one.
Someone who is depressed and negative cannot function well. Many people who are severely depressed cannot even get out of bed! But when you begin to picture yourself in a better position and your brain begins to believe it could happen, you will work much harder to make it happen.
I don’t know which group is right. What I do know is that the law of attraction certainly does work. Whether there are invisible energy forces at work, or just good old fashioned brain training, the law of attraction can make a difference in your life!