Whether you have been perusing the self-help or personal development sections of the bookstore, been around people invested in personal success, or socialize in spiritual circles, the Secret, otherwise known as the Law of Attraction, is a big topic and has been for years. Some of us know a lot about it, some a little; for some of us it works and for some it “doesn’t”; either way, this article will explore this theory and will touch on some key factors not often shared about it.
What Is It?
For simplicity’s sake, I’m going to use the abbreviation LOA throughout the article when I’m speaking about the Secret or the Law of Attraction. Simply put, the LOA is a universal law that states every person has the ability to attract things into their life with their thoughts and intentions. If someone is thinking and believing negative things all the time, they will attract negative things into their experience. If someone is thinking positive things all the time, they will attract that into their experience. In theory, someone could also use the LOA to attract situations, experiences, and material objects into their lives.
Made most popular by books like The Secret and Ask & It Is Given, the LOA has grabbed the attention of many, and for good reason. It can work very well, and even when viewed scientifically, there is some interesting stuff to back it up. When you note the fact that everything is energy and that our thoughts and consciousness do impact and create reality, as quantum physics has shown, making the leap that we can attract what we want isn’t such a stretch.
Without going into huge detail, the methods are rather simple. One uses their thoughts and intentions to attract things they want. You can use affirmations, vision boards, words, and so on to set out what you are looking to obtain and you go from there. In more day-to-day applications, one might watch what they say and avoid speaking negatively or indulging in self-deprecating thoughts and instead replace them with more positive and affirming statements and attitudes.
The theory behind some of these affirmations and vision boards is that the more you say something or see something, the more it imposes itself into your subconscious, where it begins to create the reality.
Some claim these methods work well, and others not at all, but few explore the reasons why this might be the case. As a result, the whole idea of LOA has become something of a cliché.
What We’re Rarely Told About the LOA
lights_of_ideasI’ve personally seen some interesting results when I have practiced the LOA. Some of my friends would say that the LOA failed at times for me and other times it succeeded, but the way I see it is, it was successful every time. Why do I see it this way? Because I believe there are other factors involved in the LOA that we often don’t realize because we get too caught up in creating from our minds and ego desires. Simply put, we are missing the bigger picture.
Right away I can hear people asking, “How do we know which desires are ego-based and which are not?” We will get to that shortly. Drawing from personal experience, I have used the LOA and was able to attract what I wanted into my life, but there were other times it didn’t come into being. Why? Simply because there is a larger factor at play —YOU have a say in determining whether or not a specific reality might play out for you. But when we are engaged in mental and ego desires, we often don’t see the perfect reason for why we didn’t bring about what “we” wanted.
Each of us is on our own unique journey and we, in some way, have a path we are on for our own individual growth and experience. At a deeper level, often called a soul level, we are choosing aspects of our journey so we can learn what we set out to learn in each lifetime here. So how could this interact with the LOA?
In a simple example, let’s say you wanted to attract a certain experience into your life, like becoming really rich, but you, at the soul beyond the mind, had a journey set out for yourself where you would learn to detach from money and realize that money does not define who you are or your level of success in life. Then, no matter how hard you might try to attract this into your life, you would notice it not playing out simply because there is a bigger lesson you are trying to learn. You can’t use your mental creative powers to dictate your life as intensely as your own bigger picture that your true self sees.
Think about it: How many times have you had a situation happen in life that you didn’t like at the beginning, only to find out a few days, weeks, months, or years later that you grew and learned so much from it? Guess what? You attracted this experience, but in a way you might not have understood. It’s not as though you sat there and said, “Oh yay, let’s have this ‘crap’ come into my life!” Rather, at a deeper energetic level, you knew you could grow from it.
Another Personal Anecdote
Before creating CE I worked in finance for a short period of time. I was using the LOA to attract money into my life so I could one day impact the world and become rich within a certain company. I had several deals on the table that were all on the edge of closing and making me a very large sum of money, but suddenly they all fell through. At the time it was frustrating that this would happen, but my soul and life had a very different path. I ended up leaving finance shortly after, as my personal journey was unfolding quickly. CE got started and became what I do full-time. Now, I have the money I require to live and am able to do projects that impact the world, but it’s all coming through a very different avenue than in my past.
What did I take from this? Why did I not attract the money even though it was for the “higher good?” Simply because there was A LOT I needed to learn first, and looking back at it all, it’s very clear why none of it played out that way. I learned so much about my perception of money and my own internal belief systems and self-worth. It wasn’t that the LOA did not or does not work, but rather that I was looking to create something specific and I just needed to learn a few things first. After all, it all came into place eventually, but through different avenues. If I didn’t take the signs and hints and change my life path, I would have potentially missed out on my journey with CE.
A Few Other Key Notes
When we are using the LOA, we are often very attached to a certain outcome. Again, this can often be a great time for us to inadvertently create a whole different experience simply so we can move beyond the attachments that we create at the mind level. It’s the LOA working in ways our minds often don’t want to admit.
Another key thing to realize is that when we are detached, looking to do something aligned with our path, having a strong belief in what we wish to create often makes a big difference. Too often, we try to use the LOA without fully committing to or believing in it, and therefore aren’t really tapping into our true creative ability.
The bottom line is, we are energy beings living in an energy based world. Of course the LOA will have an impact on our reality; it’s just about seeing the bigger picture, removing doubt, and operating from the clearest state of intention as possible.