Law of Attraction--the Missing Key
How the Law of Attraction Really Works
I first got interested in learning about how our thoughts influence our lives when I read Deepak Chopra's book . I was enthralled by so much of what Chopra explained, but I was most struck by the "Law of Least Effort", or the principal of easily fulfilling your desires. Chopra included this quote from Kafka: "you need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait. You need not even wait, just learn to become quiet, and still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet." Wow! I thought. All you have to do is just think the right way, and good things will just come to you! The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
That message was reinforced for me when I heard about on Oprah. I immediately bought the book, and the DVD. Again, the message that I got was, think positively, ask for what you want, and you will get it! The Secret
Unfortunately, although I thought about what I wanted A LOT, it didn't always come my way. What was I doing wrong? I now realize that one very key step was missing from most Law of Attraction literature that I read. That step is: ACT!!!
Law of Attraction: The Steps
Through the years, I have read a lot about the Law of Attraction and the steps you need to take to make it work. It was a learning and a building process for me. I first understood it to be like asking a genie to fulfill your wishes. You ask, and then you receive. Ask, receive. I then learned that you need to believe in what you are asking for. You need to believe that you are worthy of it. Ask, believe, receive. Then I learned that you need to really feel what it is that you are thinking about. Visualize it, feel what it is like to already have it. Try to maintain that feeling. Ask, believe, feel, receive.
But even when I did all of those things, I still often didn't get what I wanted. It wasn't until I connected with a life coach, Meadow Devor, that I understood that although these steps were an important part of the process, the Law of Attraction wouldn't work without my participation. In other words, I couldn't just sit around and hope my dreams would come true. I had to take steps of my own toward what I what I wanted.
Here is how I now understand the Steps of the Law of Attraction:
1. ASK: Be clear on what you want, and don't be afraid to ask for it.
2. BELIEVE: Believe that you are worthy and deserving of what you desire.
3. FEEL: Visualize your goal. See yourself with the career, on the vacation, or in the car. Experience the surroundings. Feel the emotions of accomplishing your goal. Try to maintain that feeling even when the visualization is done. Feel and act as if you already have whatever it is you are asking for.
*4. ACT: This is the missing step that is necessary for the Law of Attraction to work! You need to ask for and believe in and feel what you want to attract, but you must also take action to make your wishes come true. Once you take the first steps toward your goals, as long as the other steps are in line, then you will continue to attract more positive things toward you and toward your goals.
5. RECEIVE : When ideas come to you, or opportunities come your way, be ready to receive them and act upon them. When you reach your goals or good things shine upon you, enjoy them and accept them.
Real Life Law of Attraction
Let me give you a real life example of what I am talking about. For years, I used my thoughts to try and attract money. I asked. I tried to believe that money would just show up in the mailbox. I tried to feel what it would be like to already have lots of money. But the money just never materialized. Thinking about it, I had to realize, just wasn't enough.
It wasn't until I started taking real action toward an actual paycheck that the process became easy. First, I decided that I wanted to start teaching again and my thoughts turned to getting a position. I had no doubts in my ability, so I believed in myself and the goal. I could picture myself in the classroom, I could feel how inspiring it would be to be in that environment again. But I didn't just stop there---I took action. I obtained state and national clearances. I got my certificate active again. I called on some references. I went through the application process. And then, within just days of submitting my application, I started working again. From there the opportunities seemed to flow. I was doing what I loved. I was making money. And I was attracting good things toward me. It actually seemed easy, even though it involved work. The Law of Attraction was working, but I was working at it, too, and that is the key! You may ask for success as a writer, and believe in that goal, and you may try and feel what that success would be like. But if you never put a word on paper, how will you attract that dream?
At times, the Law of Attraction may seem to work effortlessly, when a wish is instantly fulfilled as if by magic. But that, I think, is a rare occurrence. I still believe that the Law of Attraction works, but it works best when you are willing to work, too. It is important to be clear about what you want, and to ask for it. You need to believe that you are worthy of what your desire. To attract that desire toward you, you should visualize it, and feel the emotions that come with it. Then, while in that frame of mind, you need to take steps toward your dream. It is then that doors will open and opportunities will come your way.
The Law of Attraction can work for you. You just need to follow the steps-- and that includes taking some of your own.