Today is Friday, May 24, 2013.
What if it's true? What if we actually are living magnets, and that we attract what we think about? What would you want to attract into your life?
Some of you will say, "Are you kidding? MONEY!"
But if you think that through, you realize that there are an awful lot of people with a lot of money who are not happy. They may have attracted money into their lives, but they have failed to attract love or happiness or security, for example. Maybe they haven't attracted good friends or good health.
I've heard some people say, "Beware of what you ask for. You may get it." I have a feeling that this is especially true when a person has asked for one particular thing, but has forgotten to ask for certain other things, as well. Life is just more complicated than we think. I heard about a woman who made a list of qualities that she wanted in a boyfriend, and she got what she wanted. Unfortunately, she failed to ask for someone who was trustworthy, and he cheated on her. There are a number of stories of people winning the lottery. Suddenly, they had a whole lot of money, but no more money sense than they had before their win, so, of course, they managed to spend themselves into a big, fat hole.
If we examine our motivations and are truly mindful, then we'll end up
with what we authentically want instead of something we hope will fill
the holes in our hearts. And, if we're mindful enough to follow our
honest motivations instead of giving into our false cravings, we can
avoid embarking on adventures that take us to hell and back. –Rob White
A friend of mine told me that the secret is to ask for qualities, rather than things or certain people. For example, rather than asking for someone who is tall, dark and handsome, wouldn't it be better to ask for someone who really loves you, someone whom you really enjoy being with? And rather than asking for a particular job, wouldn't it make more sense to ask for a job that is challenging, enjoyable, and that pays enough money that you can enjoy life without worrying about paying the bills? The idea is to frame our desires in broad strokes, and let Divine Spirit fill in the blanks, because, after all, Spirit knows more than we do.
There's more to it than asking, though. We have to put something out, first. All of Creation is essentially energy in various forms. We put out or manifest a certain frequency of energy, and people or things that have that same energy frequency will gravitate to us. It's important to realize that this happens whether we are aware of it or not. The idea is to become aware of what we are putting out, so that we will not attract that which we don't want or need.
"When you want to attract something into your life, make sure your actions don't contradict your desires. Think about what you have asked for, and make sure that your actions are mirroring what you expect to receive, and that they're not contradicting what you've asked for. Act as if you are receiving it. Do exactly what you would do if you were receiving it today, and take actions in your life to reflect that powerful expectation. Make room to receive your desires, and as you do, you are sending out that powerful signal of expectation." –Rhonda Byrne, The Secret
If you want to attract success in life, but you have a subconscious belief that you are not worthy of success, then you will fail. Then, when you fail, you say to yourself, "See, I knew it. I'm a failure," and you reinforce the programming that will continue to make you fail. Fortunately, you can change this programming. It takes a little effort and concentration, and it quite often takes some time, but it can be done.
“All things are created twice. There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things.” — Stephen Covey
I agree with Stephen Covey, except that I think the First Creation was the mechanism, itself, and we have God to thank for that. Because all that we are, body as well as Soul, comes from the Source of Creation, we have the potential for manifesting all the God qualities ourselves. The reason that we don't do this is that we are unaware of who we really are. And we are unaware, at a very deep level, of the Law of Cause and Effect. That's why we're here on Earth interfacing with a physical body, folks, to find out what happens when we create unconsciously, without awareness. The physical world is like a playground or sandbox for Soul. We have limited powers of creation because God knows the Souls who are here are not very good at it, yet. We are still unaware of how interconnected all of life is, and so we are unaware of how our thoughts, words, and actions affect our own lives, the lives of others, and the condition of the earth itself and all animal and plant life.
So... what do I want? I want to be surrounded by people who love me and care for my well-being. I want to have enough – in terms of money, food, shelter and clothing – to enjoy life without worrying about basic necessities, and I want the good health to be able to enjoy life to the fullest. I want to have the love of one special other with whom I can share life. I want to appreciate the love of God in my life, and to experience spiritual freedom.
Now, it remains for me to learn to act as though I have all these things. Except for the "one special other," I'm doing pretty well, actually. If I had a "one special other," I would ideally feel loved, cherished, and appreciated. I guess, in order to "act as if," I will need to learn to love, cherish, and appreciate myself and others. :-)