The Practical, Non-Metaphysical Side of Law of Attraction
This is post 14 in Connie Ragens 30 Days Blog Challenge.
Its a guest post written by Geoff Hoff:
I was very excited when I saw the movie, The Secret. It had a lot I agreed with and there was much new information in it to ponder. However, there were two things that didn’t ring true:
1) they talked very little about actually doing things – as they used to say in religious circles, ya gotta be in motion, God can’t steer a parked car. And …
2) the special effect in the movie representing the energetic waves emanating from the person’s thoughts that brings the magic of the Universe in to play seemed really silly.
Phoowie on that, and all it’s ancestors and progeny, I say. I think the Law of Attraction is much simpler and more direct than that
Our minds are great filtering devices. We have so much input that we’d go crazy very quickly if our minds didn’t filter out what wasn’t needed or currently relevant. When you’re in a room with lots of people, lots of conversations, you can focus in on just one of them. The others seem to disappear into a soft, only slightly distracting buzz. That doesn’t mean those other conversations don’t exist, it just means you aren’t aware of them, you’ve filtered them out.
When you focus both consciously and unconsciously on something, you are training your mind to notice that something rather than some other thing. When you train your mind to notice that, it filters out things in your environment that aren’t that, and makes obvious the opportunities that are that or will bring that. They seem to appear like magic. They were already there, trust me, you just didn’t notice them.
Now I say “consciously AND unconsciously”, and this is important. As an example that most people can relate to, if we were to concentrate on having money, visualize having money, get emotionally excited about having money, say affirmations about having money, without first acknowledging what’s already there in our subconscious mind about money, (telling the truth about what we believe rather than trying to change or fix what we believe) we’re just painting over the rust and the rust is what will “manifest”. More specifically, it is that rust that you are still noticing, so you’ll move toward more of that.
It is easy to notice the thoughts that don’t support achieving what you desire, those thoughts we call negative, those thoughts we usually try to repress and resist. (Remember, that which you resist persists! What you focus on expands.) Don’t resist those thoughts. Notice them. They’re there, so tell the truth about that. You can even play with them. “Hey, thanks, what a great thought. You’re such a genius. Now. What do I want to think?”
Acknowledge them and accept them as part of who you are. Once you do this, you are in control, not the thought. When it comes up again, (and it will) do it again. (“Hello, again! Haven’t heard from you in a while. How’s the wife and kids?”) Then choose to reframe it
What’s “reframe”? Stop for a brief moment to acknowledge fully what’s there, then suggest a new thought. It is said that “fear” and “excitement” elicit the same physical sensations, that it is only what we choose to call the feeling that makes it one or the other. When fear comes up, thank it for being there and decide to reframe it as excitement. Another example, if you often find yourself thinking “I can’t”, when you notice it come up again, say “Cool. You can’t. Gotcha, dude!” then reframe it into, “How can I?”
It’s okay to giggle a little at the thought before you reframe it, by the way.
Once you get into the habit of acknowledging what is already there and reframing it, surround yourself with images, words, people and things that support the new way of thinking.
Do use the word “attract” if you must. (I do.) Do use the word “manifest”. (I do.) Use the word “affirmation”. But know that you, yourself, have the responsibility for and control over the result of your mind’s focus, not the Universe. It is not waves emanating out from your head thing. It’s you focusing without restraint upon what’s possible. Train your mind to acknowledge and release the old patterns, the “rust”, and train it to really focus on what you desire as if you already have it, and you will (magically? Hrmph) begin to move toward that goal. (Notice I said move. You have to move. You have to take action.) You will, indeed, have attracted it
This is taking control of the power of the Law of Attraction without all the magic and spiritual mumbo-jumbo.
~Geoff Hoff is a writer of both fiction and opinion pieces and of how-to guides on the process of writing. He has studied alternate thought and human potential most of his life. Two of his websites are: