What Is The Law Of Attraction?

As I’ve come to understand it, the Law of Attraction is a universal law, meaning that it applies consistently to everyone and everything, without exception. The law itself says that “Like attracts like,” or more specifically, “Energetic vibrations that are alike attract each other.” Other ways to phrase this are, “You get what you vibrate,” and “What you focus on expands.”

According to the Law of Attraction, everything and everyone (including every thought, feeling, and belief) has a specific set of vibrational patterns. Some would say that everyone and everything IS a specific vibrational pattern, or everything is essentially made of energy, but however you say it, it’s not really as far out there as it sounds.

Most of us have come into a room where people are silently angry with each other, and we describe the feeling as “tension in the air.” Other times we may meet someone new and find that we quickly feel comfortable, easily find things to talk about, and generally just feel good around that other person. We might say that the person just has “good energy.” Both of these are common examples of recognizing or feeling energy.

Law of Attraction says that “like attracts like,” so that similar energies are drawn to each other. For example, if I’m angry day after day, I’ll find that I cross paths with a lot of angry people, and I may start to believe that almost everyone is angry – then I attract even more angry people into my experience.

If I’ve had a series of jobs where I felt like my boss was unfair, and I develop a generalized belief that “bosses are unfair,” I’ll find myself continuing to attract jobs where the bosses treat people unfairly, or I may stay in the same job, but have a series of bosses within that company who are unfair. Then I’ll feel justified in my belief that bosses are unfair, and continue to attract a stream of unfair bosses into my experience.

On the other hand, if I honestly believe that most people are kind at heart and will be friendly if I’m friendly to them (and that’s if I honestly do believe that, rather than just wish it were true or try to convince myself that I believe it), then I’ll consistently attract kind-hearted and friendly people into my experience wherever I go.

If I feel confident that my health is naturally excellent, then I’ll consistently be in excellent health. Not because I'm "lucky, but because my steady, unwavering vibration is, “I’m always healthy, and my body is resilient and strong.”

According to the Law of Attraction, these things are not a matter of luck, heredity, karma, fate, or any other pre-existing factor – they’re a matter of the consistent vibration or energy that I offer, which attracts the matching experience into my life.

You Get What You Think About???

There is one thing I would encourage you to be aware of. Sometimes I hear Law of Attraction described as “You get what you think about,” but I find that to be misleading. I can tell myself something, or try to “think” my way into a certain belief, but if my true feelings or my true underlying beliefs are stronger, I’ll actually be vibrating that stronger underlying feeling or belief, and I’ll get that experience instead.

For example, if I want to use Law of Attraction to improve my financial situation, I can use affirmations and tell myself, “I’m abundant, I’m wealthy, and I always have more money than I know what to do with,” but if my true underlying belief is, “I always struggle with money and just barely get by,” or “Other people can have lots of money, but I can’t,” or “People with lots of money are lazy and selfish,” or any of a hundred other scarcity-based beliefs about money, those beliefs are what I’ll actually be vibrating, and I’ll continue to struggle with a lack of money until I actually shift those beliefs.

The good news is that we can shift those vibrations, no matter what our situations and circumstances and beliefs have been, and no matter how long we’ve been vibrating (thinking, feeling, or believing) that way. Most of it is a matter of awareness and practice, and some of it is about releasing old beliefs, old fears, and other forms of resistance that we may have been carrying around for most of our lives. Keep reading, and I’ll share what I’ve learned about how to shift those vibrations.

The Power and the Promise of Law of Attraction

When we first become aware of Law of Attraction, many of us have two completely different responses to it – sometimes very close together. The first is to feel overwhelmed or defensive, and to think, “Does that mean every painful thing that’s ever happened in my life is my fault? Or at least my responsibility? How could that be? I would never create those things in my life!”

Abraham answers that question by saying that no one creates negative or painful things on purpose, but because of Law of Attraction, we’re always creating, even if we create unconsciously or by default. But they also assure us that anything we’ve created, we can release and re-create, beginning right here and right now.

The second response is to find the information exciting and empowering. “Does this mean that no matter what my experiences and beliefs have been, I can shift my vibration and change ANYTHING in my life? That I can have anything, be anything, or do anything I want and the universe will cooperate with me as long as my vibration matches what I want?” And the answer to that question is yes. Without exception.

The easiest way to begin is to focus on the positive things that are already in your experience, notice them and appreciate them, and pay attention to how you feel when you think about them. The more of your time and energy and appreciation you give to these things, the more they expand. If you experiment with this, you’ll see the results for yourself. This is what people are doing when they keep gratitude journals or participate in LOA discussion groups. They’re calling more of the positive into their lives by focusing on it – and it works.

The second thing to do is practice focusing on how you’d like things to be in your life, rather than on “what is.” Sometimes this means journaling or talking with others about a project you’re excited about, a dream you have, or a goal you’re moving toward, and how good it feels. Sometimes it means taking your focus off of negative or painful things in your life or in the world, and focusing your energy in more positive directions.

Abraham (and most of the other LOA teachers) offer a variety of tools and processes that help you get from where you are to where you’d like to be, on any topic, step by step. It takes practice, but as you change your vibration, you change your experience, every time. That’s the promise of the Law of Attraction.

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