Let me preface this post by saying this: I am not a spiritual person, I’m not religious, I don’t normally believe in this sort of stuff – because let’s face it, a concept as easy and simple as this seems, on the surface, ridiculous!! And that’s exactly what I thought before I saying to myself, “you know what, I might as well try this” – and that’s precisely why I’m writing this post. If you’re like me, and not spiritual in the slightest, please bear with me and approach this idea with an open mind. After all, you never know!
(I also just want to point out that I am in no way an expert on this – with this post, I’m merely scratching the surface of the law of attraction, and just giving a brief overview of what it is and how it works. If you’re interested in it there are so many videos about it on YouTube and lots of websites dedicated to the more religious aspect of it and the philosophy behind it, so you should definitely have a read/watch of them.)
The law of attraction, at its most basic level, states that what you think is what you get. To understand it at first I mirrored it to the concept of karma, but the law of attraction relates solely to your thoughts and mindset. If you’re positive, or think positive thoughts, you’ll attract positive things, feelings and people into your life – if you’re stuck with negative thoughts, you’ll only get negative experiences back.
I think, with an explanation as woolly and unhelpful as mine probably was, some examples are the best way to highlight the power of the mindset. If you’re under a metaphorical black cloud, feeling generally low and like you’ll never break out of this cycle of unhappiness, the only thing you’ll get back is more unhappiness – whereas if you visualise yourself as being happier, you’ll become more content with what you have in the present.
The law of attraction can be used in so many aspects of life – I’ve read accounts of people using it to develop positive relationships, to gain money, happiness, to lose weight…whatever you deeply want is attainable.
The most important thing with the law of attraction is to feel as though you have what you desire, and act accordingly. Then, in the present, you’ll feel so much more content and grateful because you think you have everything you need. And, in the end, the Universe will grant you what you desire anyway – maybe not instantly, but these things have a way of working themselves out.
It still sounds quite far-fetched I know; how can your thoughts determine the experiences you have?! I’ll give you another example, although this one is personal to me. Since I was young, I’ve struggled with a phobia of germs and vomit, and last year I was at a very low point. I was so sick (pun intended!) of feeling the need to wash my hands, keep clean and hygienic and so, I used the law of attraction to begin to visualise myself taking control of my fear.
Before I continue with that paragraph, let me just clarify – I am aware that if you’re struggling with anxiety, depression or another mental illness, using the law of attraction is going to be so much more of a challenge. I know. But if you can change one negative thought a day into a positive one, and do the same the next day, and the next, and the next, at the very least you’ll become more aware that this is only a period of depression, and it will pass. I’m going to leave some links to a few websites at the bottom, including one about the law of attraction and depression, because I feel like I’m not qualified to talk about some of the stuff here – as somebody who hasn’t suffered from depression, I can only take online articles, reports and videos for granted.
Back to my story – I’d say about a year and a half ago I began to picture myself as I used to be (my phobia has developed as I’ve grown up, but I’m planning on writing a post all about that in the near future): not worrying whether this headache is an oncoming illness, not washing my hands til they’re raw. The need to want to change was essential: the determination I had was a positive thought, in its most basic terms, and so I’ve since been rewarded with a positive experience – getting my fear under control.
I’m definitely going to write some more posts on the law of attraction because even for someone as sceptical as I am about this sort of stuff, I can’t deny it works! Whilst this post only skims the surface of the concept, there are whole other websites dedicated entirely to explaining it, how to manifest your desires into your life etc, so I’m going to put a few links here:
Negative emotions don’t obey the law of attraction – this is a really good article to summarise everything I’ve covered here, and it also has another example as to how negative feelings can still lead to positive experiences.