What the law of attraction is.
Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher, once said: “Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” The idea that we attract what we put out has clearly been around since ancient times, and many credit Buddha with first introducing this notion to the world.
Working with this law to manifest your dreams may sound straightforward, but it actually involves careful intention, action, and a degree of surrender. That’s because even if we’re not conscious of it, we’re always “attracting” positivity or negativity based on the energy we’re putting out ourselves. “We are all like magnets, both reflecting and attracting what we hold in our thoughts,” explained in Theta Waves Manifestation.
Thinking positive thoughts is only the first step in attracting more prosperity. You also need to believe that brighter days are ahead and that whatever you’re trying to call in will come in its own time. You have to feel as though what you want is with you already. Then, let go of how you think things ‘should’ go, and trust the universe to work its magic, remaining open to whatever the universe thinks is best. That’s where an element of patience and surrender comes in.
As described in Theta Waves Manifestation, the law of attraction is “your attention creates your reality. The energy from your thoughts will find the best match for your manifestation request.”
What the law of attraction isn’t.
Positive thinking and belief alone won’t make your dreams come true. You need to put in the work, too! This means living in alignment with your goals and taking the necessary steps to bring them to life. For example, if your goal is to run a marathon in under four hours, you still need to put in the training and treat your body right in the months leading up to the race. From there, layering on some positive mantras and visualizations can further reinforce your goal with the universe.
Anyone prone to worry should also know that the law of attraction isn’t a punishment. When people first learn and start to practice this law, sometimes they get worried that if they have bad thoughts or low vibrations, they can somehow mess up their life.” Nobody is perfect, and we can use the law as “a mirror of our own mindset and self-worth” when we’re working through a challenging phase.
And always remember that at a certain point in manifestation, “it’s important to surrender and let the Universe take the wheel. “Opportunities, people, and resources can show up out of the blue, so be open to them.” Things may not play out how you imagined (in fact, they probably won’t) and that’s OK.
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