How the Law of Attraction Works For Me

There is a great deal of information out there about the Law of Attraction (aka "LOA"). Over the past few years since the movie, The Secret, came out, there have been a flood of books and articles that talk about how you can attract and manifest all your desires. However, there also seems to be a great deal of confusion about exactly how the Law of Attraction works.

Many people are under the impression that all you have to do is visualize something and *poof*, you'll get what you visualize. If that was the case, we'd all be lying around on our couches visualizing all day!

In my experience of using the Law of Attraction, I've learned that there is a process by which you manifest your desires:

1. Be clear about what you want - What is it exactly that you want? Imagine in detail what it is that you desire.

I believe that affirmations and visualization go hand in hand. As you're picturing in your mind what you want, affirm to yourself, "I claim _________ as mine." Make an intention.

In the book, Creative Visualization, Shakti Gawain offers a long list of affirmations you can use. Here are a few that I like:
  • Everything I need is coming to me easily and effortlessly.
  • Everything I need is already within me.
  • I am an open channel of creative energy.
  • The more I give, the more I receive, and the happier I feel.
2. Believe - In order to manifest your desires, you have to believe that it is true. Know without a doubt that it can happen. Get into that mode of positive knowing. Trust that circumstances will bring about what it is that you want.

If you believe in something, five minutes later you don't say something that contradicts that belief. I know people who want to be multi-millionaires, but then I'll often catch them saying things like, "I'm broke" or "I can't afford that". Keep in mind that "I am" are powerful words.

When using the Law of Attraction, you have to stay focused on what you want and don't say or do anything that contradicts what you want.

3. Feel it - If someone handed you a check for a million dollars right now, how would you feel? Ecstatic? Joyful? In order to attract abundance, you have align your vibrations with abundance. Act as if you already have what it is that you desire.

If you ever feel resistance or negative thoughts come to you, you can wipe out those vibes by repeating a positive affirmation over and over for a few minutes.

When I first started using the Law of Attraction, I had this fear that I wouldn't have enough money to pay my bills. However, I started saying an affirmation to myself whenever I would go into a store to buy something. As soon as I reached into my wallet and pulled out the money, I would affirm, "I am taken care of every day in every way."

Another thing I started doing is writing "Thank You!" on my bills. Being grateful puts you in a higher state of vibration.

Yosemite Waterfall4. Go with the flow - After you've set an intention of what you desire, simply go on your merry way with the expectation that an idea or opportunity will present itself that will help in achieving your desire.

When you go with the flow, you're not feeling needy or desperate. Feeling like you need something only stops the flow because you're sending out this idea that you don't feel as if it will come to you. This negative vibe starts to attract worry, doubts, and fears.

Going with the flow means that you are flexible. You may have a goal and a plan to achieve a goal, however, something else may come along that takes you in another (faster!) direction towards your goal.

For instance, let's say that I have a goal of visiting New York. My plan is to make the cross-country trip by renting a car and driving to New York. However, a friend calls me up and says, "Hey, you can borrow my jet and fly to New York." Would I take my friend's offer? Of course!!

One technique that has helped me stay in the flow is meditation.

5. Take action! - When you relax and go with the flow, you'll start to notice all kinds of opportunities that will help manifest your desires. When these ideas come to you, take action! There is a reason why these ideas flow to you.

The challenge I currently face is that I have big ideas - ideas that will require a team to carry out. What I've discovered is that I allow these big ideas to overwhelm me, which in turn cause me to freeze up and not take action. However, I'm learning to take one step at a time. I've created outlines and have written my ideas out on paper. I'm also learning to trust that the necessary resources will present themselves in due time.

6. Be a Giver - If it's money that you want, then give money away. If you want happiness and peace, provide happiness and peace to others. Remember that like attracts like. This is the essence of the Law of Attraction. Whatever you give away comes back to you tenfold.

As you can see, the Law of Attraction is a process that requires action on your part. If you have a tip you'd like to share or have a different way of using LOA, please leave a comment!

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Colette said...

Hey Maria! It is so amazing what happens when you let go and just allow what you want to come to you. This was a great post.

Maria Palma said...

Hi Colette!

Thanks for stopping by and reading ;) Glad you like the post!

"Allowing" was a concept that took me awhile to grasp. It is amazing what can happen when you just let go and allow things to just flow.

attract wealth said...

Excellent post Maria.

Amen to being a giver! All of the other steps are very important but when we move into action we need to think give. The Universe will handle how and when we receive our greater good; that's none of our business :)


Bill Perry said...

It's not absolutely necessary for there to be ACTION. Most discussion of LoA says that you can't just sit around and visualize.

I must disagree.

I have manifested plenty without taking action. I just think that the reason most people need action to manifest stuff is that they BELIEVE that's how it must be.

I got into a discussion once with my Religious Science minister. She told me "Manifestation isn't instantaneous?"

I simply asked "Why not?" and she quickly saw my point.

Kathy Hadley said...

Great post about your experience deliberately applying The Law of Attraction (LOA).

I found you on twitter from a post by studio747.

I believe the key to deliberately applying LOA is to be aware of how you are feeling now.

I love affirmations and many people find them very helpful. However, if someone says the words in a rote manner and their vibration is still worry, fear, hate, anger (any unwanted lower emotion) the affirmation words alond won't help them.

So, as you stated, the emotion behind it has to feel good to the person AND they have to believe it.

So, I agree with you that the best approach is to take smaller steps.

The actual steps to deliberately applying LOA thus creating may be different in the physical universe for different people. Different "tools" work for some & not others. Abraham-Hicks and many other authors have offered many "tools" like affirmations, vision boards, games, etc.

Whatever works for the person to know how they feel now and how they can feel just a little bit better and LOA takes off to give you more of that better stuff to make you feel better and then the better it gets the better it gets.

Sorry for the length of this but was inspired.

Thank you for your writing.
Kathy Hadley
Twitter @kathyhadley

Kathy Hadley said...

Bill Perry,

I agree with you on the "action" point.

I always tell people, IF action is required, you will be inspired, which I think is what she is saying here, too.

Abraham says "no amount of action will make up for being out of alignment with your desire."

However, if you truly believe it will take action, of courses it will. "YOU are always right."

Meaning the person is always "right" for them, even in their wrongness as we all create our own universes based on our beliefs, intention, attention and emotions. They may not be "right" for anyone else but they will attract everything to "prove" their "rightness".
They must. It is the LOA at work!
Kathy Hadley

Rob said...

I think the key here is how people define action.

Action, to me does not necessarily mean "doing" stuff. I agree that action is pointless if it is for the sake of trying to make something happen, but here is how I see action in the sense of it being necessary for manifestation.

If you bring about a positive result or intention that then presents itself to you due to you being in alignment with what you want then the action required is whatever you need to do to confirm and finalize that result. That could be a simple action of saying "Yes I accept".

The other kind of action is whatever you practice to be in alignment with your desires. Whatever it is you are acting, but that doesn't mean it needs to be a physical action to qualify as action.

Action is often viewed as having to muster up the energy to do stuff, but as I see it, staying awake and aware is action in itself.

Thanks for the discussion.

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