How Thinking About Your Thoughts Can Impact Your Life
During this time of planetary uncertainty, it’s tricky to maintain a flow of positive thoughts. With the epidemic of negativity and fear infecting appearing in every direction, trusting you will attract what you need and keep your business thriving is a struggle, even for the most expert Law of Attraction believer. Plus, it’s one thing to rely on the LoA to manifest small things like parking spaces, quite another when your livelihood, employees’ paychecks and shop’s survival literally depends on it.
The Law of Attraction
In case you are not familiar with the term – the Law of Attraction is based on the Universal Law of energy stating that the essence of your thoughts brings positive or negative experiences into your life. It espouses that shifting the message of your thoughts can improve health, finances, relationships, and life in general. It reminds a metaphysical truth that like attracts like.
Applying this Law in your business is just as important as using any other success tool. Perhaps even more so. It is not about wishing and hoping, it’s about being. To quote Wayne Dyer, “Manifesting is not about attracting what you want. Manifesting is an awareness and an understanding that you attract what you are.”That means that the manifestation process follows the unalterable universal order of how things work: be, do, have, with the be part setting the stage for taking action with the ultimate result of having. The being part consists of what you believe about yourself, others, and the world. It is the honest belief of what you deserve, what you can allow yourself to envision receiving.
The term Law of Attraction has a long history. It first appeared in print back in 1877 in a book by the Russian occultist Helena Blavatsky. She described an attraction power that exists between elements of spirits. It was discussed at length by others, ultimately creating the metaphysical movement called New Thought. In the 20th century, there was a surge of interest in the subject. Several books were written about the power of thought, with two of the best-selling books of all time: Think and Grow Rich (1937) by Napoleon Hill and The Power of Positive Thinking (1952) by Norman Vincent Peale. You Can Heal Your Life (1984) by Louise Hay and the Abraham-Hicks material is based primarily around the Law of Attraction. In 2006, the concept gained wide exposure with the film The Secret which a year later was developed into a book of the same title. They gained extensive media coverage, inspiring a generation of seekers eagerly practicing it. This coined a new term: Manifestation. In 2010 a film sequel followed called The Power, explained that the Law of Attraction is really the Law of Love.
Many of these New Thought concepts were rooted in ideas that came from various philosophical and religious traditions. In particular, it was inspired by Hermeticism (300 B.C.), a philosophy from the ancient Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth that explained alchemy and magic. It was also influenced by Transcendentalism, Hinduism as well as some verses from the Bible (“…whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.” – Mark 11:24). The commonality in each is the idea of mind over matter, spirit over physicality, teaching that anything is possible.
The Law of Attraction explains that your habitual, characteristic, and predominant mental attitude is responsible for attracting all conditions, environments, and life experiences. The practice combines reframing negative thoughts and words into positives, along with stating affirmations and using creative visualization techniques. The goal is to replace limiting or self-destructive thoughts with more empowered possibility thinking, trusting you can manifest what you desire.
A key component of this technique is to involve the power of emotions, to experience and believe that the desired changes have already occurred. This combination helps you achieve resonance with this energetic law. It’s important to state affirmations using present tense words. Writing them down in a journal adds more sensory power to what you are requesting. Adding an addendum at the end of an affirmation – I ask that this or something better be received – opens the door to manifest what you deserve which you may not even be aware of.
Is imperative to keep your manifestational thoughts directly “about you,” or as general as possible, never to manipulate others. Here is the difference: “I deserve to attract new customers that appreciate and purchase my merchandise effortlessly,” versus affirming that “Susie Jones is coming in today and will make a thousand-dollar book purchase and tell all her friends about my shop.”
The Universe is a “yes machine,” agreeing with the often-subconscious inner fabric of your beliefs, thoughts and expectations. In other words, what shows up is a reflection of your true, yet often denied intent. You might be following all the laws of LoA, phrasing affirmations correctly, writing them down, feeling them, creating vision boards and more, but you will end up getting a perfect match of what your thoughts are actually sending out. So, notice the results you are getting. How do they relate with what you really believe, think, fear, feel, and expect? Be honest with yourself. If you desire one thing yet subconsciously expect another, this inner duality will manifest the stronger of the two thoughts: usually with the expectation as the winner. In other words, even with all positive thinking, if a deeper part of you expects things to go wrong, they will. Noticing what manifests gives clear clues as to what your inner thoughts were actually requesting.
The Law of Attraction is a powerful tool to help reflect your hidden beliefs by noticing, not suppressing, what does come to mind. Identify and acknowledge the negative thoughts that arise but choose to not give them power by believing they are true. A good way to quell negative thoughts is this: “thank you for sharing, negative thoughts, but I know you are not the truth!”. Use those spontaneous thoughts as springboards to help you discover why you are thinking that way, what’s being triggered. This allows space for negativity to not be suppressed which can be the cause of other problems manifesting.
Be Your Best Self
The best way to practice the Law of Attraction is by mindfully choosing to be a little better than you’ve been each day, taking positive intuition-led action, cleaning up all areas of your life, and coming from love. Doing this will help you truly believe you are worthy of life’s good, and life will deliver. It’s the law. Know that anything is possible. Nothing is too big or small to request to the intelligent, responsive Universe of energy. Challenges are simply bigger opportunities. Time to let go, trust, and deserve.