So you watched The Secret, thought it looked easy and went for it – only to find that nothing happened. You’re not alone. It’s a good movie in the sense that it has increased awareness about the law of attraction, but it lacks the real depth and detail you need to successfully manifest the things you want.
What is the Law of Attraction?
This is one of the fundamental laws governing how the universe works. Put simply, it states that what you think about the most is what you will attract into your life. Of course, there is much more to it than that, so we’ll go into a little more detail.
You’ve heard of the phrase “Good Vibes,” right? This means good vibrations, sending out the right signals, and feeling good.
Everything in the universe is vibrating. Even your kitchen counter or the paving slabs in your garden. They may look solid, and they certainly feel pretty solid, but if you analyse them under a microscope, at the atomic level you will see that everything inside them is in constant motion.
It’s the frequency of this vibration (at an energetic level) that we must match if we are to attract the things we want.
The Power of Feelings
How many times have you been thinking about someone, only to have them send you a message or call you? The last time I bought a new car, I decided what I wanted to get and noticed that all of a sudden I was seeing them everywhere. They were always there, but now I was aligned with them at an energetic level, I started noticing them.
Thought alone is not enough to cause someone to spontaneously contact you. There must be an underlying desire or emotion attached to the thought, one that’s powerful enough for the universe to respond. This can be subconscious, so you may not be aware of it, or it can be conscious thought or emotion.
And the real power in manifesting comes not just from what you are feeling, but from the intensity of that feeling or emotion. This, coupled with the thought and any associated imagery or visualisation, creates a much stronger and clearer signal for the universe to respond to.
Like Attracts Like
The universe will match whatever signal you send out because it assumes that’s what you want. That’s the Law, that’s how it works. Think of it as going to McDonald’s – if you ask for a cheeseburger that’s what they’ll give you. Not quite the same thing but you get my point!
Because the law of attraction is constantly working away in the background, it’s easy for us to keep ourselves stuck in the same place in life without having any idea why. The default setting is to provide us with more of whatever we’re sending out the strongest and clearest signals about.
That’s why it’s difficult to get out of debt when you’re constantly worrying about it. Your energy level (your ‘vibration’) is one of being in debt. You need to rise above that to a higher level of vibration that is more aligned with abundance, wealth and solvency. Easier said than done, I know, but trust me that is the only way to get out of any situation. To quote Albert Einstein:
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
When you’re dwelling on a problem, you’re sending out a message to the universe that this is what you are expecting more of. The universe doesn’t know the difference between something you do want and something you don’t – all it knows is the message you’re sending, i.e. what you’re thinking and feeling. It responds by sending you what it thinks you want, so if the message you’re sending is wrong, then you won’t get back what you truly want.
Size is Not Important
One really cool thing about the law of attraction, which can also be one of the most difficult things to get your head around, is that size is irrelevant. What I mean by that is that you could ask for one dollar, or you could ask for a million dollars. To the universe, these two requests are equal. What makes them ‘big’ or ‘small’ is our perception of what’s achievable, based on our current situation and our beliefs.
For example, to a billionaire, manifesting another million or so probably won’t be a big deal – something he might consider very easy. To someone on minimum wage, with credit card debts, who is struggling to make the rent each month – manifesting a million may seem unattainable. The truth is that it’s actually this mindset that prevents most people from manifesting what they want.
You must believe that it’s possible, even if you cannot see any way of making it happen.
Putting the Law of Attraction to Work
There are two parts, or roles, to the law of attraction. The universe has its part to play and you have yours. Your part is to set the intention by telling the universe what you want, and then take action when guided. The universe is then responsible for setting things in motion behind the scenes and aligning opportunities for you to act on.
If you don’t take action, you most likely won’t get what you asked for. You have to be ready to act when you are guided to. This guidance may come in the form of intuition or ‘gut feeling,’ or it may be strange coincidences that make you stop and think. Or, if you’re lucky, it will be very obvious opportunities like a job offer or a new client.
Faith vs Doubt
Faith is fundamental to successful manifestation. There’s very little point in asking for something if you don’t think it’s possible, so start with something small. If there’s a friend a haven’t heard from in a while, maybe ask for that person to get in touch. Or ask for an additional sum of money in the next month or two. Whatever it is, make it something you think is fairly easily achievable but that you may not immediately see a way of achieving without some help.
If you doubt it’s going to happen, or if you immediately start trying to think of ways to make it happen and get frustrated because you can’t, then it’s going to sabotage your efforts. This is where I came unstuck in the early days. I’d set my intention, then start thinking of how it might happen. If I couldn’t see a way, then doubt would set in and the whole exercise would come to nothing.
So, have faith. The universe can make a whole forest grow just as easily as a single blade of grass, so trust it to manifest whatever you have asked for. And remember, your part is to believe and to take action when necessary.
Visualise Your Manifestation
The other key ingredient is that, once you have set your intention, you must start acting and feeling as though it has already happened. This is what gives your intention power and really fuels the creative process. Thoughts (and feelings) become things. Remember that the mind does not know the difference between real life and fantasy. If you go there in the mind, you will go there in the body.
So, if you have set the intention to manifest a new car – perhaps something that you currently cannot afford, then you must trust the universe to find a way, and you must also start visualising yourself driving the car.
Anything you can do to make the visualisation process easier is well worth doing. If it’s a new car you’re after, then go and test drive that exact car. If it’s a new home, then go and take a look around one that’s as similar as possible. Live the dream and the dream will become reality.
So, that’s the basics of the Law of Attraction and how to use it to get just about anything you want. To recap, here’s how to set it in motion:
- Set your intention – ask for whatever it is you really want
- Believe that the universe will find a way of making this happen
- Be ready to take action, watch out for signs and guidance
- Don’t get in the way, keep your faith
- Imagine that you already have whatever you asked for – visualise it daily
Remember, the law of attraction is already at work in your life, 24/7 – now is the time to get it working in your favour.
Have some fun with this, and let me know in the comments below how you get on!