With the surprising popularity over the past few years of the book and movie called “The Secret”, many people have heard about the Law of Attraction, but few have a real grasp of what it actually is and how it works. The basic principle underlying this phenomenon is that throughout the Universe like attracts like, meaning that all things which vibrate at the same level are attracted to each other. The way that this applies to you and me is that whatever we think and feel will be attracted into our lives according to the basic mantra that “energy flows where attention goes”. That seems quite simple so why is it that, since all of us want to be happy, healthy and wealthy, not everyone actually is? To find the answer to that question, let us assume for the moment that this truly is a Universal Law, and look into how it is supposed to be applied effectively in our lives.

One reason that we do not always get what we want is that the Law of Attraction does not discriminate between positive thoughts and negative ones – wherever your attention goes that’s where the energy flows, and that is what you will attract. For instance, if you are having difficulties with your work situation then much of your attention would focus on the fact that you do not want to have problems with your job, but in so doing your main point of attraction would be “problems with my job” and that is exactly what you will attract. The way to transform this is to consciously choose to focus your attention in a positive direction so that your point of attraction is in line with what you really want. In this instance you could center your attention on something like: “I can make my job enjoyable and fulfilling” and this would start creating the harmonious situation that you desire.

Once your thoughts are vibrating on this positive level the next step is to align your feelings and emotions with that same point of attraction. One can think good thoughts and repeat positive affirmations all day long, but if at the same time you are having feelings of fear and doubt, then you will not manifest what you desire. In fact, according to the Law of Attraction if you are stuck in negative feelings and emotions then you will attract that same kind of negative energy into your life. Have you ever had one of those mornings that from the moment you got out of bed you just didn’t feel right, and then everything seemed to go wrong for the entire day? If so then you have experienced the downside of the Law of Attraction in action. Your initial negative feeling was your point of attraction and that snowball of negativity got bigger and bigger as it rolled through the events of your day. The way to get out of that downward spiral is by making a conscious choice to use your free will and imagination to “change the energy”. You do this by choosing to focus on something that is positive and joyful so that you can experience the good feelings that flow from those happy thoughts.

Here is an example of how it is all supposed to work. If you desire to have a wonderful loving relationship then start by imagining what it would be like for that to happen in your life. Fill your mind with positive thoughts about the perfect relationship and then begin to feel the excitement that comes with the first blush of romantic love. Be constantly vigilant to avoid negative thoughts or feelings like “I don’t deserve this” or “this couldn’t happen for me”, and if they arise quickly banish them in favor of new ones filled with joy. The final step is to let go of your expectations of how your wishes will be fulfilled and trust in the process, by allowing the Law of Attraction to work its magic.

Now you have an idea of how to apply this law in your life, but is it really a law or is it just wishful thinking dressed up in a shiny New Age package? Despite the fact that here are numerous documented cases showing how the Law of Attraction has worked for many people,we this does not satisfy the skeptics who desire hard evidence. Finding scientific proof for this process will involve measuring the vibrations created by thoughts and feelings to see if they affect our reality.

Until we develop instruments that are sophisticated enough to measure these subtle vibrations, we will not know for certain how this « aw » works, but there is something that we do know for certain right now. We know that regardless of whether or not you believe in the Law of Attraction, you always have the choice -every minute of every day- to consciously think positive thoughts rather than be the victim of whatever comes into your mind. This marvelous gift of free will allows you to create your own perception of reality and to consciously put forth the type of energy that you choose to project. Think what a wonderful world this would be  if we all choose to send out thoughts and vibrations that reflected our highest good.

By Jerry Brownstein.