Dissatisfaction in the lives of most people emerges, not because of their inability to achieve their dreams but because they dreamt less and have achieved it. One of the greatest fears of humankind lies in “Dreaming Big”. What is stopping us? Is it the fear of failure? or Our comfort in being mediocre?
Well, you might have your excuses, but the universe does not. You cannot hurl the responsibility of your failures on the universe because it functions on the principles of an in-discriminatory law, The Law of Attraction.
According to this law, human brains function like magnets, constantly radiating signals, out for the universe to receive them. Our one positive thought is equivalent to one positive vibration that goes out into the universe, resonates with the already existing positive signal there and returns to us. Hence, you are the product of what you have thought till today.
This law helps us to materialize our thoughts into reality, providing us with the ability to attract anything in our lives that we have been focusing on till today. To have a simplistic understanding of The Law of Attraction, let’s trace it back to its origin.
The Roots of This Law are Grounded in History
This law is not a fabrication rather a principle on which the universe functions. It has been operating as an omnipresent law since the foundation of the universe as conjectured by many scholars. Hundreds of years ago, The Law of Attraction was first taught to humans by the immortal Buddha. His teachings are stated in the Buddhist scripture, Dhammapada which asserts that “All that we are is the result of what we have thought”. The traces of this law are even detected in the Christian biblical canon, The New Testament: Book of Matthew (7:7) which states “Ask and it will be given to you”.
The law can be drawn back to 391BC where a Greek philosopher, Plato propagated an idea that affirms “like tends towards like” which is synonymous to the basic principle of The Law of Attraction. Even Shakespeare, one of the greatest writers of the 17th century believed in the existence of this law, substantiated by his saying, “Nothing is unless our thinking makes it so”. Ranging from some historic personalities like Emerson, Newton, Beethoven to the modern advocates like Oprah Winfrey, Jim Carrey and Denzel Washington, acknowledged the application and the authenticity of The Law of Attraction.
Literature That Deals With The Law of Attraction
Helena Blavatsky, a Russian occultist for the first time mentioned the term ‘Law of Attraction’ in her book published in 1877. Though the first official articulator of this law was a Californian author, Prentice Mulford who played a crucial role in the advancement of the New Thought Movement. This movement was further propagated by William Atinkson’s Thought Vibration published in 1906 which proclaimed ‘Thought’ to be one of the greatest manifestations of energy.
Published in 1910, Wallace Delois Wattles’s ‘The Science of Getting Rich‘ guides towards a life of prosperity by explaining how creation and not competition is the key to attract wealth. Napoleon Hill, popularly known as the godfather of personal development, popularized The Law of Attraction with the release of his two consecutive books, “The Law of Success in 16 Lessons” published in 1928 and 1937 publicized “Think and Grow Rich”. American inspirational speakers, Jerry and Esther Hicks channelized the teachings of Abraham, communicated to them by the ‘non-physical beings’ in their book “The law of attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham”.
Finally, with the screening of the world-famous documentary The Secret on 23rd March 2006 followed by the release of Rhonda Byrne’s book, The Secret, The Law of Attraction became a subject of discussion among the common masses.
It Is Science, Not Magic
This law is not an incantation that you need to recite and your wishes will be granted. Rather, it is science, a formula that you have to work with to make it functional.
A 1976 research conducted on 70-80-year-old people proves that human thoughts influence their ageing process. The people who volunteered were divided into two groups. One which recollected the memories of their youth by conversing about it while the other which pretended to be in their youth by surrounding themselves with popular music, magazines and T.V. shows. The result was fascinating as the latter group exhibited visible signs of de-ageing like glowing skin, reduced joint pain, regulated blood pressure and maintained sugar level.
In the summer of 1993, a group of 4000 people volunteered to meditate on peace and love to decrease the crime rate in Washington D.C. The entire event was covered by a team of scientists and researchers who approached the project without any prejudices and tested every variable possible. By the end of the month, the crime rate dropped by 25% determining that the positive energy of a large group can cure the nature of ill-intentioned humans.
Doctor Masaru Emoto in his famous Water experiment, photographed the frozen water crystals after projecting them with the thoughts of love and hate. At some times the ideas were spoken aloud while at others they were merely thought. The results were unbelievable, the positive projections generated elegant, symmetrical patterns whereas the negative ones led to the appearance of disorganized broken crystals.
Neurologists working at the Wellcome Trust Center for neuroimaging at the Institute of Neurology in London had discovered that a positive perception towards the future leads to a positive reality of it. Though psychology poses some contradictions to The Law of Attraction, at the foundational level it does believe in ‘affirmations’ which to some extent are analogous to the principles of this law that helps in trauma recovery, treatment from depression and maintenance of physical health.
The Fundamental Principles of Applying The Law of Attraction in Real Life
According to the Resonance Theory of Consciousness given by Tam Hunt and Jonathan Schooler Jonathan from the University of California in Santa Barbara, all things are constantly vibrating and attracting things of the same frequency through the phenomenon of spontaneous self-organization. Which is to say that unconsciously this law has always been functioning in your life, providing you with everything, you ever thought of. Your consciousness has been syncing up things for you and organizing them according to your thoughts.
So, now that you are conscious of the functioning of this law, organize the things according to your desires.
The first thing you need to get started is to examine how your brain interacts with the universe. Ask yourself, if you believe that the things around are influenced by your thinking or they just happen to you. In Psychology, this inquisition is called ” Internal vs External Locus of Control”. The people who believe that they possess the power to control the things around fall under the category of ‘Internal Locus’ whereas those who believe that the things are governed by outer forces belong to the ‘External Locus’.
For those believing in ‘Internal Locus’, it is easy to follow this law but the people who believe in the ‘External Locus’, start with the smallest thing you desire. Maybe ice cream.
Follow the next three steps and get what you want
DECIDE: The First crucial step is to figure out the things you want in your life. Make a list of your short term and long term goals.
BELIEVE: In this step, you ought to “Fake it to make it”. Read the list that you made in the first step and believe that you already possess those things. Visualize the things you desire, imagine their shape, smell, taste or how you would feel after achieving it. Remember believing is the key, you don’t achieve if you do not believe.
Doing this, does not mean that you shun your community, sit in a room, keep visualising and things will come to you. No. The only change you have to make is in your thoughts. Work as hard as you earlier did, or even harder but with a belief that you already possess the desired.
RECEIVE: Once you are done with the above two steps, be ready to receive the bounties.
Remember, that you are a social being, constantly interacting with the things around and your actions do not occur in an abstract space. Remember that while following your intentions, you are also competing with other people’s intentions. Hence, if your thoughts are in direct conflict with others, things might take a longer course for you. But, certainly, they will happen. So, put on your seat belts, decide the journey you desire to head-on, believe in yourself and as Emerson said, let nature conspire to grant your wishes.
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