Like many of you, I saw “The Secret”. Ok, I actually watched it several times. The movie has a very uplifting and positive message; a message that is full of hope and control in a seemingly chaotic world. “You can create whatever destiny you choose for yourself”. It’s an attractive premise and promise… but the wording is all wrong.
The Law of Attraction (LOA) is only that. It’s a law. It’s a universal law, to be more clear. This means simply that it is, it has always been, and it always will be. At its core, it is not something you can actively practice because there is nothing to practice. The LOA does, however, give us a base from which to create a practice where we use this law to benefit ourselves. We can do this by practicing deliberate manifestation/creation. Here, through the power of our thoughts and emotions, we can create whatever present and future moment we wish. The LOA is in action at all times, but most of the time we are not deliberately creating. Therefore much of our experience (for better or for worse) is the product of creation by default and at the complete mercy of however we feel at the time. No wonder life can seem to be “out of control”.
The basic rule when deliberately creating is to only envision what it is that you do want, and nothing more. What you want is whatever brings about feelings of joy, happiness, and completeness. In my personal practice, I take an additional step to request that I may only manifest it if no one is harmed in the process. “Ok, yeah, I got that, but how will I know what is actually good for me? I don’t want to deliberately ruin my life!” The answer to that is entirely based on your emotions… which requires you to be in touch with them. This is easier for some than others and can take some practice. You need to take personal inventory of how you feel and act accordingly. The equation turns out to be quite simple: good feeling= that’s right for you; bad feeling= that’s not right for you. Afterall, freedom ONLY exists in good feelings.
It may be very difficult to have a clear picture as to what does and does not make you happy. Many of us are conditioned in today’s society to like things that actually go against our best interest. The choice to stay with a partner who is cheating on you and making you feel terrible about yourself because they provide you material security is an example. Staying in a job you hate because the pay is good is another. Here material things come before ourselves, erode our self-concept, and attract more of what we dislike about our situations. Yet all the while society says “better to be in a loveless marriage than homeless” or “better to have a job you hate than none at all”. But ask yourself- if you were on your deathbed, would you wish you spent more time doing/ dealing with crap you hate? I’m not saying choosing your path of happiness is easy, but I do believe it’s worth it.
The final step of deliberate creation is to allow. Without allowing you cannot manifest. This does not only mean allowing what you desire into your reality but also allowing everything to be. It does not imply tolerance, as there is strain in tolerance, but rather an understanding that all exists as you created, and should you desire something greater, you must observe your present surroundings from a perspective of greatness. Is your house impossibly cluttered? Looking at it from the perspective of dismay will only attract more clutter. Accepting that it is that way due to your past thoughts and actions gives you the power to change those thoughts, those actions, and that clutter. Use the power for good 🙂
There are many tools you can use to help you deliberately manifest. One of my favorite tools is the use of vision boards… mainly because I like to think I’m crafty. When I decided to quit a job in Kansas and move back home to Connecticut (with no job or housing lined up for me) I used a vision board to manifest my outcome and it had amazing results. To spare this from being too long I’ll write about it in another post.
When it comes to deliberate manifestation there is a LOT to write about. We have only scratched the surface of this intriguing concept, although you should have a better understanding of its fundamentals:
- The law of attraction simply is and is not something you do.
- Deliberate manifestation is the active craft you must practice to make the LOA work in your favor.
- Allowing is what will bring your results home.
So what are you still doing here? If you’re unhappy with your current situation, stop being a passive clod of ailments and start deliberately manifesting (and allowing)!
Source: Hicks, Esther and Jerry. 2006. The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham. Hay House Inc.