You’ve heard about it. Oprah herself featured it, more than once, on her show. Rhonda Byrne and her colleagues published a book about it, called The Secret. Esther Hicks and Abraham talk about it. The Law of Attraction. It sounds mysterious, doesn’t it? But what does it really mean?
The Law of Attraction simply means that what you send out is what you’re going to get back. My daddy used to word it as, “What goes around, comes around.” Do good things and good things will happen to you. Do bad things and bad things will happen to you. But it doesn’t always work like that, does it? Ever wonder why?
The reason is that just thinking about things and believing in goodness isn’t going to do anything. If you want to win the lottery you have to buy a ticket. If you want to have a nice house, you have to work for it. The reason that the Law of Attraction seems to work for some people and not for others is simple. Some people just work harder than others do.
Now, that’s not negating positive thinking. I’m a big believer in the power of positive thought, and also in prayer. There’s still that quote about God helping those who help themselves, though, isn’t there? What does it all mean?
Here’s the scoop. Life is going to be challenging. That’s just a fact. That’s why it’s called ‘life’ and not ‘perfection.’ The way to make it more perfect and draw into your life the happiness that you want to see unfold is to roll with the changes. Accept that things are not always going to go the way that you want them to. Don’t worry about making lemonade when life throws you lemons–slice that citrus up and put it in a gin and tonic!
You’re not going to get everything you want. Accept that. Lower your sites. If you’re going to dream of having a new car, but you’re waiting for the car fairy to bring you one, then you’re probably going to be disappointed. Sure, there’s a random chance that someone will just say, “Oh, need a car, here, have mine,” but it’s pretty slim. If you really want that new car, and you know exactly the make and the model, and you can envision it and you can put pictures on your manifestation board, great! Then take the next step towards making that happen, the next step towards attracting it into your life, and do something that will help you to achieve this goal, you see?
It all gets complicated, and that’s because the media conditions us that we have to have more. We have to have the new car, or the new furniture, or the new carpet. The real key to abundance, though, is to live in gratitude for what you have, not constantly be wanting more. There’s a reason for that, too.
The dictionary tells us that one of the definitions of the word ‘want’ is to be without, or to be deficient in. Therefore, every time that you say you want something, you are affirming to the universe that this is not in your life. Because like energy attracts like energy, you’re always going to be wanting, because that’s the truth you’re sending out.
The Law of Attraction is disappointing to many, because they don’t understand all the nuances that surround it. Sure it works, but it takes more than wishing. It takes intent, empowered language, and acknowledging that yes, this is challenging. Once you have your head around that, then you can enter into the positive mindset needed to accept the challenge, and turn things around so that you can work to manifest the life you want to lead. Don’t get too set in your goals, though. Remember that you may have to alter your path more than once in order to realize your ambitions.
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