With the release of The Secret followed by the outstanding response it has garnered, a lot of people have been speaking about the Law of Attraction. The problem is that not half of these people know what they are talking about. The Law of Attraction is not an enchantment or a potion that will wish all your problems away. There are things that need to be done if you want to experience its richness in your life.
The Law of Attraction – What It Really Is and What It Is Not
It is somewhat amazing to see how much talk there is about the Law of Attraction and how few people actually know about what it is. The Law of Attraction is not a spell that you use and things begin happening that way. It is not that you chant "like begets like‟ a thousand times a day and see things happening the way you want. If the Law of Attraction was so simple, we would have already witnessed the world as a much better place by now.
People explain the Law of Attraction in various ways. The commonest definition you will find will be something like this:-
“If you strongly believe that something should happen, it will certainly happen.”
A sentence couldn't be any simpler, but you will immediately realize that this raises more questions than it answers. The question of desires is the most important. Is it only what we desire and think about strongly that will happen? Or will things that we don‟t desire also happen if we somehow think strongly about them? Then there is also the question of internal conflict of thoughts. At times, there could be situations where we think equally in both ways. For example, we may think that a job could be ours or not. So how do we apply the Law of Attraction in such a case? Or what do we do when we are thinking strongly about something and someone else is thinking strongly about the exact opposite thing? What will happen in that case?
In order to be able to reply all these questions, it is important to first understand what the Law of Attraction really says.
Notwithstanding the various ways in which the Law of Attraction has been defined, we can break things down in the following four elements:-
- We must know exactly what we want.
- We must begin a thought process for it, and begin vociferously asking the universe to make it happen.
- We must then visualize a situation wherein we already have what we are hankering for, and we must live in that reality.
- At the same time, we must not attach ourselves to what might happen. We must only think about having it. There is no room for apprehension.
Can one really become rich by just thinking vividly about it? We need to understand the law better and learn how to implement it in order to get these answers.
Since the Law of Attraction is so strongly based in the thought process, we must first learn what our thought processes really are.
One of the main steps toward understanding the Law of Attraction to a greater degree is to understand what the word „thought‟ really means. Throughout the description of this law, you will find that it doesn't refer to thinking in the way that we do. We think that we exist, we are in a particular situation, there are certain people with and around us, there are things we are with and so on. Whatever we see becomes real for us, and that becomes a part of our thought. However, this is not the kind of thought process that the Law of Attraction talks about. This is known as objective thinking.
But, in order to see the implementation of the Law of Attraction in our lives, we have to first shun the concept of objective thinking. We have to adopt a higher level of thinking, which is subjective thinking.
Why do we think that our spouse is real? Because we can see them. But this is objective thinking.
With subjective thinking, things will be the other way round. We think our spouse is real and therefore we see them. Now, that is subjective thinking.
Your job isn't real. But because you believe so concretely that it is real, it becomes a reality for you.
Your situations are't real. However, your firm belief that they are happening makes them real for you.
This is the realm of subjective thinking. When you think subjectively, things are more or less like how you are seeing a dream. When we see a dream, how do we picture ourselves? Is our dream self the real us? No, we are the ones who are seeing the dream. We are just the frame of reference, the consciousness.
Whatever is happening in our dream is our perspective. That is how thinking works in the subjective world.
In this world, what we see is actually just a manifestation of our thoughts. Now, that doesn't mean those things aren't real.
What that means is that those things are present in our consciousness. Just as we might be able to alter things in our dreams, by applying the Law of Attraction, we could alter things in our "real" life as well.
We give a lot of focus to things that are irrelevant in our lives, so much so that they actually start ruling our existence. But there are ways in which we can stop them from toying with us.
To a large extent, we allow things and situations to rule over us. How many times in life do we tell, “This situation is beyond me! I cannot do anything about it.”? We do that a lot. Each time that we do that, we are yielding the control of our lives to the situations that are governing us. We do not think even one bit in the way that the Law of Attraction suggests us to do.
And what is that way?
Quite simply put, that way is to think as though we rule the circumstances. The fact is that these circumstances are much in our hands. It is up to us to create situations that are conducive for our development, and not the other way round.
Think about it. Is a financial problem bogging you down? Probably you have planned an endeavor but aren't able to do so because of paucity of funds. So what do you do? Most people will think that this going nowhere and they will bail themselves out. But a person who really believes subjectively will understand that the financial problem lies in the frame of reference and will not worry about it too much. On the other hand, such a person will try to think that he or she could make the situation conducive.
Sounds impractical? It isn't so impractical actually. If you begin to think strongly about having money, what will you do? The Law of Attraction tells you that you have to "visualize" it and actually behave as though you have the money. In that case, you will apply for a loan probably and when you do that, you will be very confident because you believe that the money will be yours. Your confidence will work to your advantage because your potential financiers will get the impression that you have the capability to earn and pay them back. They understand you are a person of merit.
This is what the believers in the Law of Attraction do. They make things conducive to them through an intense thought process. But their thought process is not of this objective world. They think as though they are the center of everything that's happening and that they can have full control over the situations they face.