Some people call it hogwash. They fail to see or understand the very subtle shifts that occur every single time our emotions align with our thoughts, either in a negative way or positive. They don't see the connection between what they are manifesting in their life, and what goes on in their inner world. It's a hard pill to swallow, especially if your life has been filled with struggle or hardship. It's not easy to admit that we create our own reality. The good news is, we also co-create with others (and with Spirit) so we can release part of the blame if we are left believing that through no fault of our own life has left us wanting.
Think back through your life and see if you can identify times when you were in the best mood. When you felt as if you could conquer the world and nothing could stop you. However fleeting that moment was, what events immediately followed that state of bliss? Did you perhaps find the perfect parking space at the mall, or miss all the red lights on your way to work? Did you get the job you were seeking, or did the person of your dreams suddenly call out of the blue? Perhaps during that time you were inspired to start a business and the ideas simply flowed unrestrained from your mind as you drew up a business plan to launch your dreams.
Conversely, think back on a time when you were depressed, or in a negative state where, for the life of you, you couldn't come up with a single reason to be happy. Now try and walk through the events that followed. Did negativity follow you everywhere? Did you hit every red light on your way to an important business meeting because not only were all the lights red, but you spilled coffee on your jacket and had to change before leaving home using up precious time? And then when you got there you found out the client you were trying to woo, backed out of the multimillion dollar deal?
The late author, Lynn Grabhorn, was the first proponent I found who presented this idea that positive thinking is not enough. There must be the energy of emotion behind the thoughts. In her book, Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting, she says,
“We are electromagnetic beings, attracting events, people, places and things to us by the vibrations we emit. Those vibrations, either high and fast from positive valve open happy feelings, or low and slow from negative bummer feelings, flow out from us every minute of every day to find their matching frequency and magnetize them back to us.”
Grabhorn had quite a following, because her humor and groundedness, in addition to her insight into what some may call the metaphysics of the new energy movement, made her appealing to not only the New Age community, but people from all walks of life just looking for a way to create success.
It might be said that Grabhorn is an example of why her law-of-attraction philosophy doesn't work, since in her later years her writing became darker, and there seems to be a mystery surrounding her death. ( See this link for more one blogger's view about this.) But this is where the co-creation part comes in. Certain aspects of our lives appear to be somewhat out of our control (at least in the short term) since we all have access to free-will. We can't control the choices of others, and until we learn to surround ourselves with the type of energy we want to attract, we will be subject to taking on the vibrations of others, positive or negative. The choices we all make every day effect the lives of those around us.
Many famous people from the New Age movement speak about the Law of Attraction. Perhaps the most famous is Esther Hicks who channels a being named Abraham. A sample of Abraham's wisdom,
"As you begin to feel freer regarding the expenditure of time and money, doors will open, people will come to assist you, refreshing and productive ideas will occur to you, and circumstances and events will unfold. As you change the way you feel, you access the Energy that creates worlds. It is there for your ready access at all times."
Abraham also had this to say, however: "Law of Attraction is Universal, and every person is affected by it. And it is always true that what I think and what I feel and what I get are always a match, and there is not a person on the planet that did not know that when they were born, and there is not a person on the planet that would not benefit by knowing it. But many, many, many are not yet asking and therefore are not yet ready for the answer. And so, we would say that — although everyone wants this information — everyone is not necessarily ready for it. We would not spend any time trying to convince anybody of anything because if they're not asking, your answers are just irritating. — Abraham
Excerpted from the workshop in San Diego, CA on Saturday, February 7th, 1998
Deepak Chopra has talked and written at length about it. In an interview on the Oprah Winfrey show he spoke about the complexity of the law of attraction:
The law of attraction also pulls on everything; it attracts to you many things at once, not just one thing. The obstacles you meet are part of the whole picture. For that reason, this law can't be used as a wish magnet, even though it would be wonderful if it could. I think it's more useful to use another spiritual law, the law of reflection. This law states that the whole situation around you is you. "I am what I see. What I see is me." Once you see it is only you reflecting yourself back, what happens? You become more self-aware. As self-awareness expands, you become much clearer and focused on what you truly want. Then and only then can the law of attraction work for you reliably.
We are not talking about blaming yourself. Many people fear being blamed, which is why it's so easy to project on others. Those around you block your way, keep you from being happy and throw up obstacles to your getting ahead. Such an attitude keeps you stuck because if you are waiting for someone else to change in order to make you happy, you will wait forever. The only change that will make your reflection different is inner change. I mean inner change that is very specific and conscious.
Dr. Wayne Dyer is another modern day philosopher who has written extensively about the concept, but calls it The power of Intention: (Visit his website here.)
Dyer has another term for the concept behind the Law of Attraction. He calls it the Power of Intention. His philosophy is pure and simple, “The law of attraction is this: You don’t attract what you want. You attract what you are.”
The movie The Secret, (visit the official website here) is probably the most famous film surrounding this concept. Until the advent of the internet, this idea that we create our own reality was privy to only a few, and perhaps those who happened on the concept by chance by simply stringing together events from their own life which seemed to prove it. but like the well known proponents of this law are trying to teach us, if you change your mind you can change the world.
In the beginning of trying this law out, it will be in the simple every day events that you can observe this law at work. If you pay attention it will soon become clear how your thoughts, combined with the emotional energy behind them, set the stage for future events. It's as if the universe truly is a magnet for emotion. And because it's unbiased it doesn't return to us what it thinks will be best for us, it returns to us more of what it sees us focusing on energetically. The more acutely aware we become of this process, the more opportunity we will have to align ourselves with only those thoughts and feelings that tell this magnetic universe what we desire, and what we intend to manifest during our lifetime.
It's not easy in the beginning to change the way we think and feel, especially if we have a habit of seeing the glass half empty (to use an overused cliche'.) Or if we have taken on the victim mentality where we believe that all our woes are the fault of someone else. Learning to catch yourself in the moment when a negative thought is surfacing, bringing with it that feeling of anger, anxiety, frustration or fear, and then gently guiding your mind to not suppress it, but transmute it into something positive, really will change your life.
Soon you will discover that not only the little things in your life are working out better, but you will begin to notice that your deepest passions and dreams are coming clearly into focus, and the steps required to fulfill those dreams are now tangible, concrete, touchable concepts with a beginning, middle and end. Manifesting our deepest desires, is just a few thoughts and feelings away.