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5 Common Mistakes with the Law of Attraction

Updated on July 21, 2013

Mastering The Art of Manifesting

The Law of Attraction is about clearly defining and stating what you want. The Universe then conspires to help you manifest it. Why this works is based on certain Universal Laws of Creation. As simple as it is, there's also more to it than waving your hand and saying..."Open sesame!"

In this lens we will take a look at the five most common mistakes people make when working with the Law of Attraction and how to avoid making them.

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Then find additional resources, links, lenses and books that will help you achieve mastery when using the Law of Attraction, including some of the other Universal Laws of Creation.

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The Secret
The Secret

Ronda Byrnes, an Australian, invited a couple dozen of "positive thought" leaders to share their secrets about the Law of Attraction. This is the result.


Mistake #1: Don't Reinvent The Wheel

The universe already has in place those forces that create and manifest. We do not have to do the creating.

In one of my posts on my blog Science of Energy Healing someone asked me how to manifest work, abundance and relationships. My answer was: we don't. There are natural forces in the universe that create for us. How do they create? It's a mystery that no one has really figured out yet. How do those forces know what to create? By our intentions, conscious or otherwise.

Ponder this for a second: How does an apple seed become an apple tree? I mean really think about that. That tiny, small, black piece of matter can turn into an entire tree! Isn't that amazing? The seed doesn't hold a tree inside of it that inflates when water hits it. It holds the intention, which in the case of an apple seed are the blueprints for a tree. Natural Universal Laws then act upon that intent to create the tree. Once you really get this point, life is much easier. You just have to get to clear intent about what you want and let the Universe do the rest. Getting to clear intent can be a full time job, however.

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Transformation: The Emergence of the Crystalline System
Transformation: The Emergence of the Crystalline System

Working with the Law of Attraction is more than just repeating what you want over and over. Learn about the three phases of transformation that make manifesting easy.


Mistake #2: Don't Ask For A Guarantee

Some people want validation from the universe that the intention will happen before they commit to it. You don't need a guarantee. It's already built into the system. If you want it, you'll get it.

Is there a catch? Yes, it's in the phrase "if you want it." Are you committed to your intention? If you aren't, the Universe sure isn't going to be either. You show your commitment to your intentions two ways:

  1. Internally, when you point your vehicle (body) toward the intention and never waver toward the destination no matter what comes up. A friend of mine calls it "becoming fierce in the heart." I call it spiritual resolve.
  2. Externally by taking an action that reflects your commitment. Simple intend to lose weight, so you walk for 20 minutes every day. If you're the apple seed, you fall to the earth so you have a medium to grow in.

Mistake #3: Don't Get Fixated On The Form

The Universe will create a form that best reflects your intention in right timing to your soul's purpose.

So many times, people tell me they are disappointed with the whole "Law of Attraction" concept. That what they intended didn't happen. When I listen to them, I discover it DID happen but they just didn't like the form!

Some people teaching Law of Attraction might not agree with me on this one. They would perhaps tell you to picture every small detail of what you want. What I've observed is that people rarely know what they want or why they want it. They start out wanting a Lamborghini and when it's manifested, they discover what they really wanted was to look good in front of their family because they had a self-worth issue. Fixating on the form will not heal the self-worth issue.

When I want to get to clear intention, I start with the form of what I think I want, then ask myself the question: What is the quality of this form that I want? Most of the time it boils down to one of the eleven Universal Needs (stay tuned for the lens on Universal Needs!).

Mistake #4: Don't Hold Your Intention With Your Mental Energy

Release your intention so it can be acted on by the Universal forces that create and manifest.

When people hold their intention with their mind they are holding it with psychic energy, wanting to will the intention into form. This goes back to mistake number one where the person doesn't trust that the universe will actually manifest for them.

Make no mistake: Psychic energy CAN "will" things into form. I know some people who are good at this, but it takes tremendous amounts of energy AND it creates negative karma for the person because they are forcing something into place. Anything forced is in wrong timing.

Reminding yourself of your intention or staying focused on what you want is different from this point. When psychic energy/will is brought into play is usually when there is an energy of desperation attached to the intention...I HAVE TO HAVE THIS TO MAKE ME OKAY. Affirm that you are okay right now and also when you manifest whatever you are intending, so that the body relaxes its stance and its psychic energetic attachment to the outcome.

Some people who are using this energetic stance of psychic control don't have an issue about trusting a Universal Law for manifesting but about the timing of the manifesting. For those who are time sensitive, just add that component into your intention and then let it go.

Regardless of the reason, I find that the psychic energy attached to the intention constricts the creation energy channels, limiting the power of the Universe to manifest.

Mistake #5: Don't Forget to Receive Your Intention When It Comes!

Don't bother creating an intention, if you don't receive it when it manifests. By practicing appreciation for all things big and small that even slightly resembles your intention, you create the right energetic stance for receiving.

We live in a society that fosters giving over receiving. You can't truly have one without the other. For someone to be able to give, someone else has to receive. It's the same with manifesting. Open and receive from the Universe, with a grateful heart.

Some people block receiving for the simple reason that they will have to assimilate energy and therefore change somehow.

And that's the true Secret of the Universe. All manifesting comes with evolution of consciousness or personal and spiritual growth.

You can't have one without the other.

What's Your Favorite Law Of Attraction Book?

I'm counting on you to share your own favorite book on the Law of Attraction. It might be the breakthrough for someone else!

The Secret
The Secret

Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it.In this book, you'll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life -- money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world. You'll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that's within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life. The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers -- men and women who have used it to achieve health, wealth, and happiness. By applying the knowledge of The Secret, they bring to light compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible.

Money, and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness
Money, and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness

This Leading Edge work by Esther and Jerry Hicks, who present the teachings of the Non-Physical consciousness Abraham, explains that the two subjects most chronically affected by the powerful Law of Attraction are financial and physical well-being. This book will shine a spotlight on each of the most significant aspects of your life experience and then guide you to the conscious creative control of every aspect of your life, and also goes right to the heart of what most of you are probably troubled by: money and physical health. Not having enough money or not having good health puts you in the perfect position for creating more of that which you do not have. This book has been written to deliberately align you with the most powerful law in the universe—the Law of Attraction—so that you can make it work specifically for you. Money, and the Law of Attraction is formatted in five, vibrant essays: Part I – Processing of Pivoting and Positive Aspects Part II – Attracting Money and Manifesting Abundance Part III – Maintaining Your Physical Well-Being Part IV – Perspectives of Health, Weight, and Mind Part V – Careers, as Profitable Sources of Pleasure Also included is a free CD (excerpted from a live Abraham-Hicks workshop) that features the Art of Allowing your physical and financial well-being to come through.

Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century (Think and Grow Rich Series)
Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century (Think and Grow Rich Series)

The bestselling success book of all time is updated and revised with contemporary ideas and examples. Think and Grow Rich has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself. The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill's thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don't
Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don't

This self-help book offers an easy-to-follow, step-by-step inspirational program that leads readers through the process of figuring out what they want, why they don't have it yet, and what they need to do to get it and the life they've always desired.

Jack Canfield's Key to Living the Law of Attraction: A Simple Guide to Creating the Life of Your Dreams
Jack Canfield's Key to Living the Law of Attraction: A Simple Guide to Creating the Life of Your Dreams

Long before co-creating the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Jack Canfield was already teaching the ancient principles of the Law of Attraction. Canfield has been consciously living in harmony with this universal law for more than thirty years, and his personal success is a testament to its power. Now, in Jack Canfield's Key to Living the Law of Attraction, he shares his knowledge and experience with you and offers you his proven tools and techniques for applying the Law of Attraction in your own life.This book is a simple 'how to' guide for using the Law of Attraction to create the life you desire. Within these pages, Canfield clearly explains not only what you need to know, but what you need to do in order to attract what you want in your life. Jack Canfield's Key to Living the Law of Attraction addresses the important issues of clarity, purpose, and action. This thought-provoking guide will take you step by step through the processes of defining your dreams, goals, and desires. Along the way, you will gain a greater understanding of yourself—a sense of who you really are and why you are here. Your journey begins right here, right now. You can change your life, increase your awareness, and empower yourself to create an amazing future—one that is filled with love, joy, and abundance.This book is your key.

Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want
Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want

Are you ready to transform your current thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions?  Are you ready to shatter the illusion that it's not "spiritual" to want a fit body or financial wealth? Are you ready to create outrageous results in every single area of your life? You're in the right place. Harmonic Wealth will propel you to where you want to go. This practical, results-based book will help you to push beyond your self-imposed limitations and show you how to get past all the reasons you think you can't have what you want. Struggling to know what you want? That doesn't mean you're not perfect, it just means you're ready for a shift. And that's exactly why you picked up this book. The result of more than twenty years of study and practical application by World Thought Leader and featured expert for The Secret, James Ray's Harmonic Wealth is based on extensive study of ancient wisdom traditions, cutting-edge findings in quantum physics and other scientific fields, not to mention years of hands-on, hard-won experience. Let this sought-after teacher show you what he's discovered about the secrets of attracting more than you've ever thought possible.  Learn how to:Heighten your creativity, intelligence, intuition, and mental functioning. Deepen your personal relationships and ramp up your ability to attract the people you want in your life. Achieve financial freedom. Maximize your health and energy, and amplify your physical strength. Free yourself from unconscious limitations.Vanquish the fears that have kept you stuck, kept you from knowing and owning that you deserve the best. If you've been having trouble with the Law of Attraction, you'll quickly learn the missing keys. Harmonic Wealth will reveal the formula for success in the Five Pillars: financial, relational, mental, physical, and spiritual. You'll see why having anything less than success in all of Five Pillars will never bring you true wealth, and you'll learn how to go 3 for 3 . . . how to have your thoughts, feelings, and actions working together in complete alignment. With these factors firing together, you'll create everything you desire and deserve. Harmonic Wealth encourages you to get real and get creative about how to achieve your goals . . . and then walks you step by step through the blueprint for their attainment. Stop playing it safe. Stop living in fear. Start living in harmony right now, and know that everything you want is within your reach.

Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More
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      5 years ago

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      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      I read something recently in As a Man Thinketh. Paraphrased : we do not get what we wish for, we attract what we are. It hit me like a deep truth.

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful lens! I am always working on attracting happiness and positive thoughts and actions. This has defiantly been a manifestation of that intention. Thanks!

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      8 years ago

      My life is definitely manifesting just the way I want, with God's permission :)

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      8 years ago

      Hey love your lens, especially the 5 common mistakes. Here are some more tips on being wealthy and thelaw of attraction.

      It's taken from The Prosperity Blueprint.

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      WildwindE LM 

      9 years ago

      Thanks - I love people of like minds!

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      jalynn lm 

      9 years ago

      Very appreciative of your words and your lens. Thank you.

      It must be a gift, for I was in need.

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      9 years ago

      I’ve learned to be careful what I say, for all words have power. Some great ideas here....I often get fixated on the form...then I find out I didn’t really want a Mustang anyway, I really want a Santa Fe, well no, I really want a reliable, affordable car. You see what I mean. Lensrolling this to my Words of Power lens.

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      angee lm 

      10 years ago

      I make mistake #5 all the time: "Don't bother creating an intention, if you don't receive it when it manifests."

      I need to get used to things manifesting in ways which are different from what I expect. :-)

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      10 years ago

      Ah, the receiving part. I think that is a big one people forget. This is a very important lens. We aren't used to this. I am trying to figure out how EFT works in, maybe we will talk some day! *****

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      10 years ago

      Motivational topic, well done! Welcome to Law of Attraction group

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      10 years ago

      I am working on a number of things like my health, money, energy level etc.


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