What Is The Law of Attraction?
This is a blog post I found on Mindvalley’s blog and I thought it was one of the best and most detailed descriptions of the Law of Attraction I had ever read (and I have read many) so I thought I’d share it with you here. Thanks a lot to Mindvalley for this information…
Below is an extensive Law of Attraction Guide written for the skeptics out there who are wary of such a seems-too-good-to-be-true tale.
In an interview with Larry King, Oprah Winfrey described the success that the Law of Attraction brought into her life.
In fact, Oprah credits her understanding of it with much of her success in life. And she’s not the only famously successful person to use the system either.
Will Smith, Jim Carrey, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others, have all practiced working with the Law of Attraction and found great success because of it.
So, what’s the definition of the Law of Attraction anyway?
Believe it or not, the Law of Attraction isn’t a complicated magic ritual that requires initiation into an ancient, mystery school or secret order.
In fact, the Law of Attraction is a simple and unchanging universal principle.
Think of the Law of Attraction as gravity.
Toss a penny from your roof, it lands on the ground. Try to jump off your couch, you will fall.
Gravity is an unchanging law of our universe. Not believing in the law of gravity is not important — stuff will still fall and may break upon landing. But, believing in the law of gravity allows you to predict and expect what will happen.
The Law of Attraction works the same way.
Things within our universe have a tendency to migrate toward other like things. We’re using the word “things” here because this law encompasses thoughts, feelings, people, objects and everything else in our universe.
It’s a universal principle, so it applies to all the things.
Like attracts like.
Like migrates toward like.
Believing it’s true or untrue doesn’t change anything. It’s a simple universal principle. However, if you believe it and get in tune with it, you can start predicting and expecting what happens to you, for you. Your awareness of the Law of Attraction can affect your life.
How And Why Does The Law Of Attraction Work?
Just as the “why” of the law of gravity is complex and difficult to understand (unless you are a theoretical physicist) the “why” of the Law of Attraction is also complicated.
In fact, gravity is actually still a bit of a mystery to scientists. We understand that gravity prevents us and everything else on Earth from floating away, but the exact “why” is an intricate matter.
The Law of Attraction is very similar. As with all the laws of our universe, we understand that these laws do work, even though we don’t necessarily understand how to define them. So, quantum mechanics aside, read on to know how learn about this universal law and how it applies to you.
Your Relationship To The Universe
To really understand the Law of Attraction, tune in to your perspective of your relationship with the universe. In other words, it’s important to examine how you feel about the way the universe interacts with you.
Do you believe you can influence your surroundings so things happen for you? Or do you believe things happen TO you?
In psychology, this perspective is called, “Internal vs. External Locus of Control.”
Some people in therapy believe that they are a product of everything that has happened to them. This is called an external locus of control because these people believe they are not in control of their lives. The goal of therapy is for patients to realize that they actually have an internal locus of control.
The Law of Attraction works the same way. The truth is, your thoughts and feelings do have an effect on the events that take place around you. A shift in your perspective and understanding of the truth about your relationship to the universe, can begin to attract better things into your life.
It’s Not Magic, It’s Science
At this point, you may still remain unconvinced that this universal principle — which attracts like to like — still seems interwoven in magic and, therefore, unreal. Perhaps it’s because we’re talking about intangible concepts like thoughts and feelings. At least with gravity, an apple thrown up into the air falls onto the ground. You may not understand it, but you can visibly and immediately experience the effects.
It’s difficult to imagine that thoughts and feelings can have an effect on the world around us. Fortunately, advances in technology and science allow us to visibly and immediately experience the effects of our thoughts. Just like watching an apple fall through the air, there are experiments that demonstrate the immediate effects of thoughts and feelings.
Believe it or not, there are volumes of scientific evidence to prove that our thoughts alone have immediate and tangible effects on ourselves and the environment around us. Happily, we’ll briefly tell you about the results of some major studies.
Law Of Attraction Examples – Top 3 Scientific Experiments
A group of 4,000 meditators volunteered to meditate on peace and love to reduce the amount of crime in the high-crime Washington, DC area. A team of scientists and researchers approached the project without bias and tested for every variable imaginable.
The results were clear: during the month of meditation, crime dropped by 25%, definitively and scientifically proving that the positive thoughts of a group of people can affect and change the behavior of ill-intentioned individuals.
In 1979, a study was conducted on 70-80 year old men to see the difference in remembering youth fondly and actually reliving youth. One group talked and reminisced about their younger days while the other group pretended to be young, surrounding themselves with TV shows, music and activities of their youth.
At the end of the experiment, those who imagined they were physically younger showed signs of de-aging. Blood pressure was lowered, arthritis was diminished and even eyesight and hearing in this control group improved. By simply imagining themselves younger, some physical aging was actually reversed. Their thoughts and imagination made this happen.
The most famous experiment that proves the power of thought was carried out by Dr. Masaru Emoto. He photographed frozen water crystals after thoughts of love and peace or hate and fear were projected onto them. Sometimes the intentions were spoken out loud, while other times the intentions were merely thought.
The results were always the same. Messages of hope, peace, love, joy and the like resulted in beautiful, symmetrical crystals, while messages of fear, hate, anger, sadness and the like resulted in disjointed and broken crystals. His experiments proved that our intentions can physically alter the world around us.
8 Exercises That Help You Attract What You Desire
Practice any and all of the exercises you want to. Try every exercise at least once. There are no hard and fast rules, so feel free to tweak these exercises and make them your own. These are aids to help you overcome any challenges you might face while attempting to work with the Law of Attraction.
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1. Vision Boards
Vision boards have become a really popular exercise for figuring out exactly what you want in your life. In their simplest form, these boards contain images and words that resonate with what you want to attract your way.
There are two great results from making vision boards. First, the act of spending time finding images and words and attaching them to a board is a personal commitment to your desires. It helps you clarify what you really want, visualize it and put energy toward making it real.
Secondly, the images serve as a great reminder of your desires. Each day, you can look at the board and remind yourself of what you’re trying to attract.
Creating a vision board is easy. Go through magazines or search the internet to find images that represent what you want to attract. It doesn’t matter if the images are metaphorical or literal. The important thing is that the images speak to you and connect with your desires. Attach the images to a board and place it in a prominent place where you will look at it everyday.
2. Sensory Visualization
Some people are blessed with a vivid imagination, which makes Step 1 really easy. For others who have a difficult time actually sensing and feeling their desires, this exercise is for you.
If you have trouble visualizing your desires, start small and work your way up. Close your eyes and visualize a piece of fruit. For some reason, an orange works best, but if you hate oranges, definitely choose something else. For the purposes of this example, we’ll imagine an orange. Follow this simple exercise:
- Close your eyes and see the fruit in your mind’s eye. Picture it as clearly as you can. See the imperfect, round shape; the bright, orange color; and the dimpled, waxy texture.
- Imagine holding the orange. How does it feel in your hands? See yourself examining it — rubbing it, bouncing it up and down in your hand. Feel its weight. Is it cold or room temperature?
- Imagine yourself smelling the orange. Use your memory to engage your sense of smell and see if you can smell the orange. Can you smell that familiar scent? Breathe in deeply and take in the smell.
- Imagine yourself gently tapping the orange on a surface near you. What does it sound like? Flick it with your thumb and pointer finger. Can you hear it? Keep trying until you hear it clearly.
- Peel the orange. Hear the sound of the peel ripping from the flesh. See the white rind on the back of the peel. See the shiny, wet pulp beginning to emerge. Smell the sweet, citrus smell getting much stronger.
- Finally, take a bite and feel the texture of the orange in your mouth. Feel the juice and the cold flesh on your tongue. Taste the sweet and satisfying flavor.
Try this exercise with anything, and once you’ve mastered it, Step 1 of the Law of Attraction techniques becomes much easier. Improve visualization by recording your voice reading the exercise out loud and then playing it back with your eyes closed and concentrating on the techniques.
3. Gratitude List
We talked about the importance of gratitude in Step 3, but we’re going to dive a little deeper here. Gratitude sets you up for success because it places you in the right mindset to receive it.
Expect that the universe is more likely to give you things if you’re already grateful for what it has provided to you. Giving an asked-for birthday gift to someone and barely receiving a thank you, you’d likely avoid providing a second gift. On the other hand, you’d get excited about giving a repeat gift to someone who enthusiastically expressed their appreciation for your gift. Imagine the universe in the same way.
Make a gratitude list to help with sourcing and expressing gratitude. Here are a couple ways to do this:
- Make a huge list of all the things you’re thankful for. Add to the list whenever you think of something else.
- Make a list every night (or every morning) of some things you appreciate in your life right now.
Imagine waking up every morning and reading a list of the great things in your life right now. It would definitely put you in a better mood and shift your perspective to find other things that make you happy. Like attracts like.
Mindfulness is the practice of self-awareness without judgement. When you are mindful, you aren’t just aware of what you’re feeling and thinking, you’re observing it without analyzing it.
- Mindfulness isn’t, “My hands are shaky because I’m afraid of this meeting. I shouldn’t be afraid. There’s nothing to fear.”
- Rather, mindfulness is, “I feel afraid of how others will think about me in this meeting. I feel afraid of embarrassing myself. My hands are shaking as a result of this fear.”
It’s important to understand that mindfulness isn’t about changing anything or trying to understand it. This is because the analytical and judgement aspects — our automatic reactions — are unhealthy and actually perpetuate the problem. It reinforces the connection in our brain between the action and the negative feeling. To release that connection, approach it without judgement. Let it be.
There’s a lot of scientific research behind the effects of mindfulness, and it’s well beyond the scope of this guide. What you should know is that mindfulness is proven to relieve things like anxiety and depression and has an incredibly beneficial effect on things like blood pressure, the immune system, heart rate and even cancer.
Mindfulness is an important part of the Law of Attraction because it takes self-awareness in the absence of judgement to get what you want.
For true awareness of what you want, also know your fears and the signals those fears are sending out to the universe. To change them, approach these fears and signals with love and compassion. The next exercise is for this purpose.
5. Loving Kindness Meditation
Approaching your fears and doubts with love and compassion is very difficult. Negative emotions are quite overpowering and limiting, and as a result, are hard to feel a lot of love for. Have patience with yourself and try out a loving kindness meditation.
Loving Kindness Meditation is a buddhist meditation that sends out compassion to yourself, others and the entire world. It is a great way to put your mind in a place that easily gives and receives loves.
Simply find the feeling of compassion within yourself and let it radiate to others. To perform this meditation, imagine the warmth and desire that stirs within you to help a small child or an injured animal and allow that you radiate from you.
This is a great Loving Kindness Meditation you can practice to help achieve the feeling of compassion.
6. Be Intentional
The majority of us walk around performing daily actions without intention. We get up, get ready for our day and go about our day not really thinking about our actions. Often, our distracted thoughts and feelings drift away from the action we’re performing.
To really work with the Law of Attraction, be intentional with your thoughts, feelings and actions. Intention focuses your brain activity and uses every available resource to help you perform an action. This type of disciplined focus will help you achieve faster and more accurate results when using the Law of Attraction.
To practice being intentional, simply focus on an everyday activity and set your intention on each action you perform on that task. At first, the practice will feel overwhelmingly tedious, but just keep practicing and watch how your focus shifts to the reality of the moment.
For example, do the dishes tonight with intention. Before you take any action, speak your intention out loud (or in your mind, if you’ve got company). Say,
- “I am going to make this dish clean again.”
- “I am picking up the dish.”
- “I am turning on the hot water.”
- “I am putting soap on the sponge.”
Don’t take any action without first announcing your intention to take that action. Again, it feels tedious at first, but soon, you’ll notice something incredible:
The simple act of washing a dish is really a series of several actions, movements and thoughts. When your intention is focused on the action, you’ll appreciate exactly how much movement is involved.
Normally, a person approaches such an action on autopilot, but stepping back, you’ll notice the entirety of the series of decisions and actions that make up your very, full day when you move with intention.
7. Try Affirmations
Affirmations work wonderfully for many people, who start out with the Law of Attraction. There are plenty of Law of Attraction affirmations that you can try out for yourself!
8. Free Your Body
Fling your inhibitions into the wind! Practice freeing your body and dance like nobody’s watching.
This final exercise can help you overcome inhibitions that make this final step feel really silly. Some people struggle with feelings of embarrassment and shame, even when alone. What’s the harm in acting out an imaginary scenario when no one is there to witness it? It still feels silly, doesn’t it?
We get used to thinking and caring about what people think about us. Even when we’re alone, we’re so conditioned to worry about our image that we often inhibit even our solitary actions.
So, practice freeing your body — dance like nobody’s watching. That’s all it takes to make this exercise work. Find a place where you can be alone and just let loose. Music or no music, let your body move however it wants to. Don’t think. Just do.
Frequently Asked Questions About The Law of Attraction
Can I really make anything happen with the Law of Attraction?
The Law of Attraction is just one of the laws that govern our universe. There are others, like the law of gravity, for example. You can’t defy the other laws of the universe, so don’t expect to. In that way, no, you can’t make just anything happen.
You’re also competing with other people’s intentions – both good and bad. So, be aware that if your desire is in direct conflict with someone else’s stronger desire, the universe will respond accordingly. The Law of Attraction does not give you full and total control of your life, it simply states that like will attract like. You can use this to your advantage by being intentional with your desires, but this isn’t magic.
I tried to manifest being rich, but I ended up losing money. What happened?
It’s hard to say what happened, but more than likely, you have fears that you aren’t addressing with compassion. Simply desiring riches doesn’t manifest money into your life. Ensure your fears and doubts aren’t speaking louder than your desires.
Also, have patience with the steps and persistence with your intentions. Working with the Law of Attraction is ongoing — it’s a continuous practice of patience, persistence and intention. It is not a “once and done” process.
Does the Law of Attraction mean that the bad things that happen to me are my fault?
We often associate blame and fault to negative situations. It is the burning desire in us to assign a reason for everything. It also reaffirms our fears, doubts and insecurities. The Law of Attraction doesn’t mean that you are solely responsible for every little thing that happens to you. It simply means that ‘like’ attracts ‘like.’
You are more likely to attract negative situations if fear, doubt and insecurity lead you to believe bad things are bound to happen. This doesn’t mean that bad things happen because of you. It simply means negative things happen and your negative feelings acted like a compass or magnet.
It is an oversimplification to think that every bad thing in the world happens because someone wasn’t positive or intentional. Wars, genocides and famines don’t happen just because someone wasn’t intentional with their thoughts.
Bad things will always happen, and we don’t know why. Often, we learn a lot from negative things. Think of the bad things as concealed, good teachings that ultimately make us stronger.
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