To “apply” the law of attraction to bring about different or more attractive circumstances in our lives, we must first understand how it works. The movie The Secret has made the awareness of the law of attraction more widespread. But many don’t fully understand it properly because in The Secret, it is depicted quite simply. Some might even say that it simplifies the law too much.
The main theme of the film is that we are creators, either consciously or unconsciously. Most of the time we create our lives on an unconscious level, by replaying old programs, thoughts and beliefs which don’t serve us.
For example, we often complain about our circumstances, attracting emotional attachment to them through our strong emotions and words, trying to push them away. But in fact we only instil them into our experience by giving them more attention and power.
When we start to associate these events with who we are, we run these programs for our whole lifetime, believing that life is our self-imposed identity.
When we become more conscious, and learn to apply the law of attraction for a better life, we can take more charge of what we want and create better outcomes. How do we do this?
Applying the law of attraction for increased prosperity, health and happiness can take some time. After all, you’ve been manifesting your current circumstances for many years. You can’t turn it all around overnight.
Start by becoming conscious of the words you speak, the thoughts you think and the emotions you are feeling on a daily basis. Whet events do you talk about and think about? How do you feel about yourself? These are important signs which point towards where your life is going. If all you do is complain all day, how is this creating a better life?
The first step is to become more conscious of your thinking. Thoughts really do become things. It may take several years to see evidence of this, but it all starts with your thinking.
As Henry Ford said “Whether a man thinks he can or he can’t, he’s right”.
How do you become more conscious of your thinking habits? Notice them. You can learn meditation too, to help quieten down your inner chatter. You mind talks to itself on a near constant basis. Meditation allows you to watch the mind without entering into the identity of the ‘talker’.
Listen also to yourself when you talk. What do you talk about and in particular when do you talk with passion or emotion about a certain topic? Noticing your self talk and what you say out loud will help you see where you’re giving your attention, what you give value to and how you think about feel about the circumstances of your life.
Quit complaining! Complaining can become a habit which gives credit to the idea of continually suffering. It’s a learned behaviour which can stem from gaining attention from a parent from childhood. The problem is complaining sends a signal to the unconscious mind of strong emotion. This is addictive. The more you complain though, the more things you attract to complain about. Whenever you give a strong emotion to something you don’t want, trying to push is away, you give more attention to it and it grows in your experience.
Start a gratitude journal in place of your complaining. Gratitude is generally what we ultimately want in life. Without gratitude, the mind can’t long sustain a level of happiness without wanting more and seeking more. Gratitude is the opposite of complaining. We are grateful usually only for short periods of time. When you focus on something it grows. So focus on the things you’re already grateful for and develop this as a daily habit.
Visualisation is another tool for manifesting the life you ultimately want. We often unconsciously visualise arguments with our partners or bosses. We use visualisation to create the things we don’t want, much like complaining.
To use visualisation effectively we must first get very clear on what we want from life. What circumstances and situations do you want to attract? How do you feel when you imagine it. Put energy into living these experiences in your mind, and you will ‘teach’ your unconscious mind to focus on those things and bring them into your life.
Affirmations are another tool to help you create more of what you want in life. Much like complaining and visualisation, we often use affirmations to affirm the things we don’t really want. “I never catch a break”. “I’m no good at this” and so on.
To use affirmations positively, we need to pronounce that which we want to draw into our experience and keep telling ourselves that message.
In order to make change in our lives, we must change. We must become better versions of ourselves to attract those things we say we want and we must believe that we deserve it too. You can’t think positively on the surface while secretly feeling terrible on the inside and expect a magnificent change. You must take on your whole self and revamp your whole thought processes, beliefs and attitudes if you want lasting change.
The Secret film may have you believe that you can simply think a few nice thoughts and manifest miracles in your sleep. But what The Secret is saying is not so simple. It’s far deeper and more engrained in your thinking and belief systems. To make huge changes in your outer life, you need to look within and examine your inner mind.
Becoming more conscious is the first step on this journey.