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The Law of Attraction: How to Handle Negative Thoughts or Feelings

Updated on July 5, 2012

Do Negative Feelings Cause You To Attract More Negative In Your Life?

The law of attraction says that "like attracts like" and that you attract what you think about.

So does that mean that you attract bad things into your life if you have bad thoughts or bad feelings?

It could...

In this lens, we'll talk about how bad or negative feelings affect what you attract in your life, and how to change those negative feelings so that you only attract good things in your life!

What is the Law of Attraction?

The law of attraction is a universal law, also called spiritual laws or laws of nature.

Universal laws are unbreakable, unchangeable principles of life that have been around since Creation. They operate in all phases of our life and existence, for all human beings and all things, everywhere, all the time.

The law of attraction is just one universal law. Others include the law of cause and effect, the law of vibration, the law of abundance, the law of reciprocity, and more...

The most basic definition of the law of attraction is "like attracts like". Advocates of this law propose that thoughts have an energy which attract like energy.

In order to control this energy, you must:

1. Know what you want.

2. Ask the universe for it.

3. Feel and behave as if the object of your desire is on its way.

4. Be open to receiving it.

Sounds easy right? Not necessarily.

Unfortunately, most people spend most of their time thinking about what they don't want, instead of what they do want.

Based on the law of attraction, if you think about things you don't want, or if you think about the lack in your life, you will attract more lack and more of those things you don't want.

Do You Attract Bad Things Into Your Life?

Most people like the idea of creating their own life, but have a hard time accepting that they could have created the bad things in their life.

For example, if you lose your job, have a car accident, or are a victim of a crime, you may think "there's no way I attracted that; I didn't want to lose my job".

Well, you may not have wanted to lose your job, but according to the law of attraction, you could have had thoughts or feelings that created those circumstance in your life.

Think of it this way: let's say you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and you're grumpy from the minute you wake up. And things start going downhill right away. You squirt toothpaste all over the bathroom, you trip over the dog, you spill your coffee on your new suit, and you get stuck in traffic, and so on and so on...

According to the law of attraction, if you wake up grumpy, it's likely that you will find things in your day to make you grumpier and grumpier. Unless you change your thinking.

The good news is that you don't have to stay in a grumpy place just because you wake up grumpy. The next time you notice that you are grumpy or that you're having negative feelings about something, find a way to change those thoughts to positive thoughts.

Over 97% Of Your Thoughts Are Negative

Did you know that over 97% of your thoughts are negative? That's huge!

According to Pam Ragland of Have Anything, in the average adult 97.4% of your thoughts are self-limiting (or negative). Most of these negative thoughts are in your subconscious, so you may not even be aware of them.

Since 95% of what we do is by habit, and since so many of our thoughts are negative, can you see why it's so hard for most people to make changes?

Though Shifting to Remove Negative Thoughts

Most people use affirmations, meditation, visualizations or other exercises to remove negative thoughts so they can create new things in their life (that could be money, success, love, etc.).

Unfortunately, with 95% of our thoughts being negative, and most of these being in our subconscious, it can take many years to create change in our lives.

You need to be able to find the blocks that are holding you back so that you can create the success you want in your life.

Traditional coaches help clients change their habits through the use of repetitive visualizations and affirmations. While these are helpful, they can be very time consuming and can take many years to see any results.

Thought shifting is a new technique that can help you transform your life by removing your negative thoughts instantly.

What do Thought Shifters(TM) do? Thought shifters...

· Identify the root cause of your challenge, more effectively and quickly than anywhere on the planet (the closer to the root cause the more clearing takes place)

· Energetically Thought Shift(TM) the issue behind the scenes, eliminating the negative thoughts that are standing in your way. Thought shifters can clear issues faster and more effectively than anywhere else on the planet.

· Challenge any thinking that is no longer useful

· Install new intentions energetically (so they are immediately and effortlessly available to you)

· Provide you with the tools, support, and structure to accomplish more

Pam Ragland provides several levels of thought shifting. Level 2 is the first level where you can actually be shifted, and can eliminate 25-50% of your negative thoughts. Level 4 is called Quantum Thought Shifting (TM) and at this level 100% of your negative thoughts are eliminated leaving you free to create the life you truly want.

By eliminating your negative thoughts, you can achieve things you never thought possible! To learn more about thought shifting, please visit Pam Ragland's Have Anything site, or sign up for one of her free teleclasses at

Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem

I learned this powerful strategy from one of the Abraham-Hicks law of attraction books...

When you find yourself really worrying about a problem or situation, you need to find a way to change your thinking. Otherwise you might attract more of what you're worried about into your life.

It can be very difficult to shift your focus when it's something that's very important to you, or if the problem seems overwhelming.

Weight loss is a great example of this. When you feel fat, you can't get thin. Why? Well, when you feel fat, you tend to get down or depressed, then you may eat more or you may sleep more to combat the down feelings you're having. If you focus on feeling fat (the problem), chances are you'll attract more of that to you and gain even more weight.

On the other hand, if you focus on the solution (getting more exercise, eating healthier), you'll be motivated to take action and you'll attract the support and tools you need to achieve your goal.

So by shifting your focus from the problem to the solution, you will attract what you want into your life instead of what you don't want.

Flip the switch

One of my favorite ways to change negative feelings to positive feelings is to "flip the switch".

I learned this strategy from Dr. Robert Anthony's Know How to Be Rich program.

"Flip the switch" is a very simple, but very effective way to go from attracting what you don't want to attracting what you do want in your life.

The premise behind flip the switch is that when you find yourself in a bad mood or having a bad day, you need to find some way to turn off your negative feelings and turn your focus towards positive feelings.

You can do this in a number of ways, such as listening to your favorite music, going for a walk, watching a funny show, or reading an inspirational book.

According to Dr. Anthony, you only need 17 seconds to shift your focus from negative thoughts to positive thoughts. If you can hold a positive thought for 17 seconds, it will cancel out the negative thoughts you were feeling.

So to practice "flip the switch" find something in your life that you can focus on for at least 17 seconds to change your bad thoughts to good thoughts.

For me, good music can change my feelings from negative to positive in an instant. So my "flip the switch" strategy is to listen to some of my favorite songs when I'm feeling bad or having a bad day. I actually created a "flip the switch" playlist in my iTunes that I can turn on when I need to change my focus from bad to good.

What activity or thing can you do to flip your switch when you're having a bad day?

Using Affirmations to Change Your Focus

The law of attraction says that you attract what you think about. Unfortunately, when things aren't going so well in your life, it's hard to have positive thoughts.

Affirmations are a great way to change your focus from the negative to the positive.

Here are a few of my favorite affirmations. I hope you find them helpful. If you have your own favorite positive affirmations, please post them to the guestbook!

I am at peace with the Universe

I love and accept myself.

I am surrounded with loving, caring people in my life.

I am whole and perfect as God created me.

I have infinite worth and unlimited potential.

I attract positive people into my life.

The more grateful I am, the more reasons I find to be grateful.

I am successful in all that I do.

I am constantly adding to my income.

I always have enough money for all that I need.

I am rewarded for all the work I do.

I am attracting infinite wealth and unlimited abundance.

I have unlimited abundance.

Wealth is pouring into my life.

I am getting more productive every day.

I am organized, energetic and productive.

I accomplish more and more each day with ease.

I make efficient and effective use of my time.

I am highly productive and organized.

I am the perfect weight for me.

I have abundant energy, vitality and well-being.

I am healthy in all aspects of my being.

I am fit, healthy and full of energy.

I am at peace.

I am always in harmony with the Universe.

I am filled with the Love of the Universal Divine Truth.

I am a forgiving and loving person.

I am responsible for my own Spiritual Growth.

The more I love, the more that love is returned to me.

I know God has a purpose for me everyday. I will look for His guidance, and lean on His strength.

I am attracting divine people and healthy, loving relationships.

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Nothing Is More Important Than Feeling Good

When you feel bad about something, chances are you are in the process of attracting something you don't want or you are resisting something that you do want.

Whether you understand the effect of your emotions or not, your negative feelings are attracting more negative in your life, so it's important that you understand the role that your feelings play in the law of attraction, and how to change those feelings.

When you are feeling bad about something, it's easy to think more bad thoughts and to attract more bad into your life (or at the very least, to repel the good things you want in your life).

On the flip side, if you are feeling good about something it's natural to have another good thought and another good thought and so on. When you're having good feelings and thoughts you'll notice that the circumstances in your life start and continue to improve.

Therefore, it's important to recognize your feelings and to actively look for good thoughts when you are feeling bad.

In the law of attraction, nothing is more important than feeling good...

Positive Thinking Is A Powerful Tool

Have you ever met someone who was so positive about life, you wish you felt that way as well? You can. Positive thinking is a powerful tool. Our minds control all of our thought processes and can be the catalyst for living a happy and positive existence or live life with a doom and gloom attitude.

Here are several ways to not only improve your mindset, but your life as well.

* If you are faced with a negative thought, change it to a positive one. Remember the movie, “Pollyanna?” Her father taught her the “glad game.” She encouraged the town to find things to be glad about. Eventually, they did and were happier than ever before.

* Surround your life with positive people. Go to events which bring you joy or have special meaning. Invoke positive memories whenever you can.

* There is a saying, “It’s the simple things in life that make me happy.” Find those simple pleasures, no matter how small or insignificant they may be. They are yours to enjoy.

* Laughter is the best medicine, especially for a heavy heart. Be around people who make you laugh; it’s quite contagious.

* Love yourself; nurture the inner you; love others, and most of all be kind. Greet the doorman in the morning, or give a hug to someone who needs it most.

* Help someone less fortunate than yourself. Volunteer your time at a nursing home or hospital. When you give, you receive ten-fold.

Remember, what you do affects others. If you are negative, people will shy away from you. However if you are positive, you will be surrounded by people who wish to be in your company all the time. Congratulate yourself on jobs well done! Positive thinking breeds positive results.

Begin your day in a positive manner. Nothing is worse then getting up in a grumpy mood. It not only sets the tone for the days’ events, but impacts your family as well. Place flowers around your home; open the curtains and let the sun shine in. Also, add more light to your home if needed. Light has a direct effect on one’s mood.

Changing the way in which you view life can make all the difference. Try not to think about the negative aspects, but focus on the positive blessings in your life. Turn off the bad news, and channel your thoughts in the direction of goodness. It may be cliché, but take time out to smell the roses. Give thanks for all you have; and be generous to those who have nothing.

Higher Awareness - Spiritual Growth Programs

Learning about the law of attraction is great, but it won't work for you unless you actually practice what you learn.

I've probably read hundreds of articles, books and ebooks on the law of attraction, but they were all missing what I really needed to implement the law of attraction - action steps.

A couple of years ago I stumbled across a website called Higher Awareness, which is filled with tools to help you not only learn about the law of attraction, but to help you implement what you learn.

Higher Awareness isn't just about the law of attraction though. They have over 40 workbooks, email programs, and checklists to help you create and implement a personal development plan just for you.

Some of the topics covered on the Higher Awareness site include:

* Manage your time

* Manifest more money, prosperity and abundance

* Build healthier relationships

* Find your life purpose

* Develop your spirituality

* Or create your own self development plan after completing a needs analysis to determine what you need to focus on right now.

Some of the tools they use to help you create and implement your life plan include:

1. Workbooks

2. Email programs

3. Smart questions (this one's my favorite!)

4. Journal writing

5. Meditation techniques

6. Quotes and tips

7. Resource lists

8. Calendars, and more

This is one of the most helpful, powerful websites I've ever come across. I can't tell you how important it is to actually use the information you learn about positive thinking and the law of attraction, and this site provides you with all the tools you need to do it!

Higher Awareness - An Adventure in Self Discovery

The Law of Attraction on YouTube

Use a Vision Board to Create Positive Thoughts

A vision board is a great tool for activating the law of attraction by keeping your goals and dreams in front of you at all times.

It's also a great way to keep your thoughts positive, or to change negative thoughts to positive thoughts.

Basically, a vision board is a visual representation of your goals. It is a collage of the things you want in your life.

Vision boards are created by using poster board or foam board and adding picture that you have cut out from magazines or that you have printed from the internet.

You can also draw or write on your vision board. The point is to create a visual image of what you want in your life.

The goal of the vision board is to charge your emotions by selecting pictures and words that have a lot of meaning to you. By bringing emotion to your goals, you'll start manifesting your dreams and goals into your life.

Another option to the vision board is to use mind movies, which combine pictures, affirmations and music to charge your emotions even more.


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Do you believe in the law of attraction? Do you use it? Does it work? What law of attraction tools do you use? Post your thoughts here!

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      Léa Rivé 

      2 years ago

      Very useful tips on practising LOA in this post. I have been practising for over a year, it works well so far, but I'm still looking for ways to improve on it. Awesome! Thanks!

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      4 years ago

      Very interesting spiritual growth programs and very much enjoyed the video, too. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for the Affirmations's list.

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      5 years ago from Philippines

      Another great lens to read about The Law of Attraction. This is the kind of article that I put my time on. Keep writing my friend. :)

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      5 years ago

      Very very informative and actually inspiring! Keep up the good work! and may the universe serve you well :) Happy Living.

    • DawnRae64 profile image


      5 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Nice lens. I already use a "vision board" (i call mine wish board) and this is familiar information. But i like how you've laid it out.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for such good tips....I really liked the affirmative sentences and using spiritual techniques to remove the negativity from life...As I was searching for some spiritual methods, I came across a spiritual master, Dada Bhagwan who said that through self realization all these negatives can be conquered very easily and you can also keep a watch over them . Here is the reference, I hope it will help you.......

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      Gloria Freeman 

      5 years ago from Alabama USA

      At time I do have a hard time keeping negative thoughts at bay. Great lens I enjoyed reading it.

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      caretakerray lm 

      6 years ago

      Thanx for a very through introduction to a misunderstood subject. The law of attraction is a very basic concept and not the mysterious magic bullet to success.

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      6 years ago

      I do believe in the law of attraction. I have used it with limited results as I find it difficult to overcome negative vibes from others. A good guide that emphasizes the importance of raising your vibrations is the book: Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins (recommended by Wayne Dyer). The book tells you why and how to raise your vibrations.

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      6 years ago

      Great and very informative lens. It's always been the best thing to stay positive at all times. Looking forward on your next lenses.

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      6 years ago

      Very nice, informative and positive lens!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      nice topic!

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      Zut Moon 

      6 years ago

      Hey You are famous ... This was such a Great Lens I featured you in my lens The Dangers of Non-Communication, Problem Avoidance and Suppressed Emotions

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      7 years ago

      I love your lens... I just featured it on my LOA lens and I appreciate your contribution. I think it is important to address what to do with the negative thoughts because I think that get scary to some. Thanks again... Shelly

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      8 years ago

      wow I love your lens this is great and amazing.. positive thinking in definitely a great tool in using the law of attraction. I'm trying to understand how law of attraction works and this site has helped me. I also found great info from this site thanks for sharing this.

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      8 years ago

      Hey love your lens. Thanks for reminding us how many negative things enter our lives everyday. Here are some more thoughts on wealth and the law of attraction.

      It's taken from the Prosperity Blueprint.

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      8 years ago

      Excellent overview of the Law of Attraction. It's all about taking one small step to feel better in the moment. Every moment. 5*

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      10 years ago

      Awesome lens! I found this lens highly informational. I am so grateful for learning these universal laws. It has made such a positive impact on my life. I love the flip switch... it really works! Five stars and thank you for sharing. I am going to lensroll this to some of my lens.


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