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Law of Attraction--the Missing Key

Updated on August 12, 2012

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 The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. 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!

That message was reinforced for me when I heard about The Secret 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!

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.

Meadow Devor, Life Coach


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    • g-girl11 profile image

      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Red Elf, Glad you agree! Thank you for reading and I hope things keep falling into place for you.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      I agree - it's easy to overlook that all important action step. When I follow ALL the steps properly, things really do fall into place quite magically.

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      Mandy M S 5 years ago

      Very interesting! I wrote a hub about how in 2008 I made a list of 10 important things I wanted, prayed for them, and over time have received them all. Gifts. It wasn't like it all fell in my lap, I did work for it, but until I determined what I really wanted and started concentrating on it daily, nothing happened. Brilliant!

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Wow, thank you, Garifalia! That is a big compliment--my writing is definitely from the heart (and not from my wallet!) I believe in what I write about, such as the need to take action for what we want. That point is often missing in a lot of the Law of Attraction literature. Thanks for reading!

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      Garifalia 5 years ago

      g-girl11, you're my kind of gal. You know after a while, when things don't pick up so and start to spiral downwards, I start thinking that the writings of those people are wishful thinking or gimmicks to make bucks. It's exciting to read from other writers the kind of things that keep my spirits high. "faith without works is dead." ---there's a Greek saying that has a meaning along this line: 'God said "I'll give you a hand my child, but you've got to move your hands a bit too!"

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      That's great Lady Summerset! I love your fun pun with the word

      "but(t)"! That's funny! And true..when we get over those "buts", we realize that we need to work for what we want, but the work is easier when we work the law of attraction, too. Thanks for reading and for the comment.

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      Lady Summerset 5 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey


      I like your illustration of what we call "faith without works is dead." It's prompted me to put my "but(t)" in gear! LOL!

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Thank you free2writ3! Hope it helps you when using the Law of Attraction.

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      Free2writ3 5 years ago from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

      Interesting hub and really great tips.