The Law of Attraction
The basic idea of the law of attraction is that your thoughts determine your experience. You attract what you think about, whether or not you want it.
The law of attraction is not about blame or guilt — it’s just a simple reaction, a law of the universe that applies to everyone equally, regardless of whether you are a saint or a sinner. What you focus your attention on tends to increase.
The law of attraction is based, in part, on the idea that the universe is made up of vibrations being drawn to other vibrations that are most like themselves — in the same way that plucking a string on one violin will cause a string on a nearby violin tuned to the same note to also vibrate.
This metaphysical (more than physical) philosophy says that your power of thought affects the outer world in ways that go beyond the physical realm, and that you have the power to effect changes in your outer world not just through strenuous outer efforts, but also by shifting how you think.
For example, if you are wanting to lose weight or relieve yourself of your financial debts, the law of attraction would suggest that you not focus too much on the problems at hand — in these cases on the larger sizes and unpaid bills — but that you spend time visualizing what you would like your life to look like.
This way, you’re feeding the details of that vision with your thought energy, and if you do it right — so the testimonials say — you end up with the very house you visualized or the car you cut out from a magazine and pasted above your desk. Or even better, on spiritual levels you become happier, healthier, and more spiritually attuned, peaceful, and beneficial to the world.
What is better than a parlor-game kind of approach to metaphysics is to learn the useful principles from these manifestation theorists — such as the idea of focusing your attention on what is good — and to combine these principles with solid spiritual information, wisdom, virtues, and practices to really uplift your whole life in ways you may have never imagined.
Don’t just vision for an expensive new car, vision for a great, spiritually vibrant, divinely inspired life!
Two main steps help you benefit from these metaphysical laws:
Discover what the universal laws of attraction are.
Getting to know metaphysical laws is an interactive and ongoing process of personal evolution and exploration into new vistas of understanding. You can’t simply learn metaphysical laws by only reading books or taking courses, because universal laws are like life itself — big, flexible, and endless in their expressions.
Along with reading and hearing information about metaphysical laws, pay attention to how these laws manifest in your life. See whether you can find examples of when you’ve personally experienced these laws so that you can explore those events and develop a more personal and intuitive sense of how metaphysical laws work in action.
Apply the universal laws to your life.
This step sounds easy, right? After you discover a metaphysical rule or universal law, all you have to do is follow it. Yet how many people apply all the physical laws they already know in their own lives? People know, for example, how much money they earn, but what do they do anyway? Overspend.
Experiment with trying out different universal laws in your own life situations. For example, you may decide to stop thinking negative thoughts for a certain amount of time or to follow more austere rules of integrity, honesty, and faith. See if shifting to more positive thoughts and actions bring positive shifts to your outer life as well as your inner experience.
Okay, these laws of attraction are not as neat and well-documented as government laws. Wouldn’t things be easier if you could just read a list of clearly coded laws explaining exactly what kinds of punishments or benefits you’d receive for following each one? But, alas, all you have are the breadcrumbs that have been left by those who have explored these laws.
Here are a few of these laws for you to contemplate, consider, and explore. Let these aphorisms unfold in your own deep wise soul:
Everything comes from the universe and is delivered to you through people, circumstances, and events by the law of attraction.
Be careful how you think. Your life is shaped by your thoughts.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
Whether you think you can or can’t, either way you are right.
Life is a mirror of your consistent thoughts.
What you resist persists.
Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.
It is done unto you as you believe.
Imagination is everything.