The Law of Attraction and Manifestation sound like far-fetched ideas. Many people would be surprised to learn that some of their idols attribute their success to The Law of Attraction. For example UFC fighter Connor McGregor has claimed the Law of Attraction is “the most powerful thing in the world’ and has described how he has visualised every achievement in his career before it happened. So what is the Law of Attraction and how can you start putting it into practice?
The ideas behind the Law of Attraction can be found in religious teachings and ancient texts, although it was never referred to as that. It is a mindset that has probably always existed. Helena Blavatsky is often credited as being the first to write about its principles in a book in 1877. In 2006, a book called ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne, based on an earlier film of the same name, gained a lot of popularity. This brought the Law of Attraction to the attention of many more people.
Simply put, the Law of Attraction is about how what you think is what you attract into your life. It can be as broad as, thinking mostly positive thoughts will bring positivity to your life, whereas thinking negative thoughts will bring negativity. This seems almost logical and not too much of a reach to believe. Still, some people believe this philosophy goes a whole lot deeper and you can actually manifest specific circumstances and things into your life.
It sounds too good to be true but I will walk you through how this is achieved and you can judge for yourself. Unfortunately, there is no single agreed upon method. The Law of Attraction can be practised in unlimited ways. I have selected the practices I noticed most from my research, as well as the ones I use myself. If you would like to know more, I encourage you to do your own research as there are limitless sources on this topic and it makes for an interesting read.
Practicing gratitude is, in my opinion, one of the most important steps in manifestation. You must appreciate what you already have before asking the universe for more. Some people practice gratitude by keeping a gratitude journal, where each day they write say 5 things they are appreciative of in their life. I personally just like to think about it when I have a moment. It can be as small as being grateful for the weather or the avocado toast you had for breakfast, or as big as a promotion or a person in your life. Whether you intend to manifest something or not, gratitude is crucial because it puts things into perspective and can stop an unhealthy amount of wanting and dissatisfaction with your life.
One of the most effective tactics of attracting what you want is, arguably, visualising your goals. This is something you can do anywhere, before you go to bed or when you wake up or even on your daily commute. If it helps, close your eyes to feel more immersed in the visual. Then just picture yourself doing the thing you want or receiving what you want. The reason why this is one of the easiest techniques is because it is very similar to daydreaming, which most of us do anyway. What distinguishes visualisation from daydreaming is the mindset, since when you visualise you want to have a clear intention. Know exactly what you want and envision it as though it is happening in that moment. Visualisation in a way has the same effect of meditation and can reduce stress and give you a sense of clarity. Both these effects are ideal for success.
Speak It Into Existence
You have probably heard this phrase before, simply meaning to say something to make it happen. Can we somehow magically force things to happen by saying them out loud? Probably not. However, saying clear goals out loud with the belief you will achieve them can be beneficial. It gives you confidence for starters, but also repeatedly giving your goals this attention helps you to stay focused. You can say your goals aloud while alone or share them with people supportive of your success – you may even say it to the right person at the right time and things will align and fall into place. When you vocalise you are putting that idea out into the world and increasing the chances of it finding you, so you’ve got nothing to lose by trying it out. Alternatively, you can write your goals down. It’s important to use confident wording, as though it is certain it will happen. For example, by the end of the month I will have a new job. Writing your goals down also allows you to keep track of things you have tried to manifest and you can reflect upon them and see what you have achieved.
Reading or repeating affirmations is a valuable mindfulness technique that reinforces positive thinking. As I touched on before, radiating positivity is important if you want to live a positive life. If you struggle with self-deprecating thoughts or a lot of inward negative feelings, sometimes you accidentally project these on the people and opportunities around you. In comparison, positivity and optimism are far more attractive qualities. There are affirmations for literally everything and you can find them online or even come up with a few personal ones. One of my favourites I have always used when I get anxiety for going to back to school or work is ‘You have done it before and you can do it again.’ It acts as a reminder of my ability to get through difficult days. Pinterest is the perfect place to find a ton of affirmations if you’re unsure of where to start.
The last method I am going to mention is reflection. Not only do I think it is important to reflect on goals you have written down to see what you have manifested but i think reflection is crucial for realigning your thinking. Think back to a time you were happy and succeeding and ask yourself how you got to that point. Consider who and what was present in your life at that time. Remember how you felt and hold onto that as you try to attract it again. Reflecting on your past actions and mistakes can help prevent them reoccuring, as long as you acknowledge them and set yourself up to do better.
Hopefully, I have shed some light on what appears to be a very misunderstood topic. If you already practice the Law of Attraction, do you use any of these techniques? If not, can you see yourself trying them in the future to attract the life you want? I’d love to hear your thoughts!