The law of attraction is a very popular topic these days. More people are beginning to realize that there is a strong connection between what thoughts and feelings they have and what actually manifests in their day to day life and experiences. To my delight more people are realizing and coming to the understanding that prosperity and abundance begin in the mind first. The thoughts and what we hold in our minds do make their way into the realm of physical manifestation. This is why it is so vitally important to be aware of our thoughts. Our thoughts determine our feelings and what we ‘feel’ determines what experiences and circumstances life brings to us. Life will bring us positive situations or negative ones based on what we think and feel. It is as simple as that and can be no other way.
Most of us fluctuate like the tides upon the shores. Sometimes we drift in the positive flow and find that what we desire and need have a way of coming to us a course in miracles . Other times we seem to be filled with thoughts and feelings of a negative nature and so-called ‘bad’ or ‘negative’ things happen to us. Nothing really happens to us. Everything is attracted to us based on whether our thoughts and feelings be positive or negative. I know I may sound a bit redundant and repetitive here, but it is so vital that we comprehend this concept if we want to attract happiness and prosperity in our lives.
We are learning that we are not puppets to some grand being or force who dictates our lives a course in miracles workbook lessons . We are the puppet masters and we pull our own strings. What this means is that we can control our thoughts and feelings to a great degree. This might sound like very radical thinking to those who believe that we are pawns on some big cosmic chess board and we are moved wherever destiny wants us to be moved. Such people often easily fall into the ‘victim poor me’ mode and mentality when so-called bad things happen. They blame God, life, or destiny for their sad unhappy lots and these will be the first people to say something like “if it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all.”
I have nothing but compassion and sympathy for such people for I have been where they are. I know what it is like to live a miserable life where frustrations and struggle and lack are the norm. I know what it is like to be broke most of the time and to barely get by. I very well remember when a lucky day would be if I could afford a taco-bell bean burrito for less than a buck and maybe I could buy two if I were really lucky. And when life was really good I could even afford a coke. I use the word ‘afford’ because I figured out if I was ever going to have anything decent I had to stop my constant use of negative expressions like, I can’t afford. I don’t have. Maybe some day. I will. I would like to go to Europe etc. They are all negative statements which guarantee that we can want to go to Europe until the cows come home and still never go. Maybe is one of the worst words we can use when it comes to attracting prosperity and abundance.
For years I constantly used such negative phrases which only reinforced my negative thoughts which reinforced my basic belief that the universe did not consider me worthy of prosperity and abundance. After doing some soul searching and much inner work, I discovered that my basic outlook on life was a combination of negative beliefs as well as some very positive ones. It almost felt as if I were two completely different people at times. At a young age I would constantly read the Bible and memorize the positive thinking verses in the New Testament. Some of my favorites were ” ask and ye shall receive,” “I have come that you have life and have life abundantly.” And the verses go on.
I was reading Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill, The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent peale, As A Man Thinketh by James Allen and How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie along with my academic studies while in college. When I was thirteen I prayed to God everyday to find me a nice foster home and a college to attend. These prayers were positive thoughts that were backed up by positive expectations. I would also give gratitude for my wishes being granted and visualize them as being granted. It never occurred to me that I would not get away from a horrible home and that I would not go to college. That was the faith that Jesus said causes the mountain to fall into the sea if we have enough faith.
Then as though a completely different person took over, I’d drift into a negative spiral and it seems that all I could do would be to dwell on what I did not have. The more I dwelled on the ‘have nots’ the more lack infiltrated my life. So yes, I have been there and still deal with the positive and negative feelings and thoughts that I have at different times. I am by no means a saint or an expert when it comes to manifesting hopes and dreams. But like anything we can achieve results with practice and I have gotten better at it with much practice.
With many magical positive experiences and many depressing negative thoughts and feelings under my belt so to speak, in time I began to realize that I could choose to have positive or negative thoughts and feelings. I found that the more emphasis I gave on the one versus the other, the more experiences I would have, be they positive or negative.
Becoming accustomed to the see saw ride of the positive and negative, I decided that I needed to tilt the see saw so that it moved more in the positive direction on a constant consistent basis. There is nothing that we cannot achieve and accomplish if we set our minds strongly on the task and goal. This includes evaluating our mind sets and beliefs and becoming willing to challenge and then dismiss and toss those beliefs which do not serve us. Old habits may not die overnight but die they do if we are determined and work diligently on cultivating new thoughts of a positive nature. These new thoughts and beliefs can become reinforced through creative visualizations and positive affirmations which we can write down, speak out loud, chant or even sing. Repetition creates momentum which stirs and moves the creative energies of the universe to direct the wind currents of positive change in our direction.