The Law of Attraction Explained

This is Part 1 of the Law of Attraction for Conscious People Series.

In this post I’ll explain how I see the Law of Attraction working in my life. This is not the official version, it’s the version that I see in motion in my own life.

Your experience may differ, so pay close attention to what is going on and the inspiration you get.

When I first heard about the Law of Attraction I had already read a lot of books on spirituality, consciousness, awareness and compassion, so the concept in and of itself wasn’t mind-blowing.

The logical side of my brain did moan and whine. It’s usually when your life sucks and when you most need it that you refuse to believe it.

I have witnessed the Law of Attraction in my own life. It’s amazing how well it works when you’re in alignment with what you really want.

How does it work?

You are constantly putting out intentions with your thoughts. Each and every thought is pulling something into your life. If you’re constantly worrying and stressing over the future, you’re thinking about all the bad stuff that might happen.

When you stop and observe yourself, you will find that you are unconsciously visualizing the worst possible scenarios, which is in turn making you feel bad and attracting more of those situations into your life. You’re essential telling the universe that you want more worry and stress.

To me, the Law of Attraction is very simple—where focus goes, energy flows.

How do you use it?

I will go into more depth in the last part of this series on how exactly you can apply the Law of Attraction into your life. You do not have to be 100% positive and try to push away your negative feelings. I see so many people lying to themselves.

Everyone experiences negativity in one way, shape or form. It’s not about pushing it away, it’s about embracing your fears and looking at how you can dissolve them. If you try to push your negative thoughts away, you will only create resistance, which will cause more of the same.

It’s like advanced goal setting, because you have to become clear of what you really want, set your goals, take action and maybe throw in some visualization. The more positive you are, the easier you will manifest what you want in your life.

It’s a catch 22. The happier you are, the happier you’ll be. Once you gain some momentum you’ll start to feel the true effortless nature of life. This has happened to me in short bursts and it’s always amazing to observe.

Why should you use it?

The Law of Attraction is constantly in motion, so why shouldn’t you learn to use it? It’s not a big undertaking. You do not have to schedule several hours for it every day. I keep it very simple in my life.

Instead of unconsciously creating your life, you can take responsibility and start consciously creating the life you truly want. It’s scary at first, because you have to get clear about what you really want. Most people have no clue what they want in life, yet they are disappointed because they aren’t getting what they want. Paradoxical.

You don’t believe in it

That’s completely fine. You’re going to miss out and probably come back to read this once you’ve realized that something is going on in your life and you don’t really understand what it is ;).

I thought about making this post more scientific and including “proof”, but I decided against it. If you resonate with what I have said, that’s cool and if you don’t that’s okay too.

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Comments

  1. That’s one of the main reasons why I decided to write this series. So many people believe that you are just supposed to visualize and it will come. You have to take action, because it is an essential variable, just like you said.

  2. @Henri: I think that Brett makes a great point about acting. But one thing I’ve noticed is that when you do make a point to focus your thoughts and use the law of attraction, you come up with ideas for taking action that are inspired.

    • Hey Srini! Yup that is how I think the Law of Attraction is. It’s not just the visualization and feeling good part, but a whole package of finding what you really need, making clear goals, taking action and all that.

  3. Tanner @ LifeDestiny.net says:

    @Brett,that people just sit around and do not take action. It is something around 90% of people who buy books or information never put the information they learn into action.

    @Srinivas, that is a huge point on the law of attraction and inspiration. I actually talk about using the Law of Attraction to find inspiration in my upcoming free eBook called The Inspiration Manifesto.

    @Henri, “Once you gain some momentum you’ll start to feel the true effortless nature of life,” since were talking about Law’s, that quote sort of explains the Law of Inertia. Once you get into motion and get momentum, whatever your doing basically becomes natural.

    • Hey Tanner, thanks for stopping by! Taking action is key. Don’t wait for anything to happen before you take action, because it doesn’t work that way. Take action first and then see what happens.

  4. I have to agree with all of you. You should learn about what you want and take action on that and then enjoy the results you’re given. If you aren’t getting the results you want, learn by doing and learning some more and doing some more to get the results out of life that you want.

    I believe you should figure out what you want and then take action and keep going with inspiration in order to achieve what you set out to. Everyone is different and has to learn what works for them.

    • If you aren’t getting the results you want then you have to recalibrate. Exactly! So many people think they want lots of money, a nice car or whatever society has put in our hands. When you really dig deep you discover that you don’t really want any of those things.

  5. I’ve had some pretty interesting situations with the law of attraction. It continues to blow me away. Great post

  6. Hi henri, have you ever read any Robert Anton Wilson? He has a philosophy that say reality is what you can get away with meaning that whatever you believe should be yours will come to you.

    • I have bumped into Robert Anton Wilson a few times, but I’ve never read his stuff more in-depth. I will have to check him out, sounds interesting.

  7. Ben Lumley says:

    I agree with everyone and think the problem with the Law of Attraction is that, as people have already said before me, people have to act in order to see the benefit of it.

    People don’t like to have to actually do anything too dynamic in order to bring about change, yet they’re willing for others to do it for them. It’s all part of taking responsibility for what you want to achieve in life – you only get out what you put in

    • Well put, Ben. If you want the Law of Attraction to work you have to be willing to commit and respond to what is brought your way. You are constantly getting clues and hints on which direction to go in, but if you aren’t listening and ready to go, what is the point?

      • Ben Lumley says:

        Sadly it’s something I see a lot of working with young people in schools in the UK. The get the ideas behind improving themselves and making a difference but they’re not always willing to put in the work to make a change

  8. P E OBrien says:

    Henri,
    I can recall the first time I saw The Secret (2008), and I knew I had found what I had been living my entire life, albeit not consciously. However, my first manifestation after seeing The Secret; was wanting the book version and within a week the opportunity to obtain the book at no cost (since money was an obstacle at the time). At that very moment, I confirmed consciously for the first time in my life, I do manifest all in my life. I had been taught that I am responsible for all that happens in my life; after loosing my way for sometime, I am thrilled to say I found my way back and living what I know to be true. The laws of attraction are real. I could continue on with hundreds of examples I have manifested, through my life, although not in the mind set of the law I firmly believe it was my faith in myself to live and have what I most wanted (in retrospect).

    • It’s funny how it happens, especially on smaller items that we do not have a huge emotional attachment to. It sounds like you’re rocking and I’m glad to hear it :)

  9. It is amazing what energy can do, especially focused energy. I am a strong believer in this process.
    “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” -Buddha

  10. Great to see you tackle the Law of Attraction. I myself am still somewhat skeptical about the whole thing, that universe just gives you what you visualize and believe in…

    However, there are a couple things that do make sense to me:
    – Visualizing does impact the unconscious mind, and unconscious mind guides our actions more than we think.
    – By “programming” the unconscious mind this way will cause us to naturally make choices and take steps that bring us closer to our goals.

    • There are a lot of scientific explanations we could go into. For example, scientists have known for a while that the observer can change the observed, so we definitely have the power.

      You’ve also probably heard about how powerful your beliefs (programming) can be. This is often demonstrated by hypnotists. So programming, visualizing, taking action and changing your beliefs will definitely change your life.

      Whether you want to call it the Law of Attraction or something else is not important, use whatever term makes you happy and brings you the life you want, because that’s what is important, right?

      Thanks for the awesome comment, Sami!

      • I think my main problem was with the “sensationalist” appearance of The Secret; how it made it all seem so easy and “obvious.” It has also been criticized quite a bit of some clever tricks in how language is used in that film/book to manipulate the audience.

        I prefer a more scientific approach to the whole matter :-)

        • I agree! I tend to just listen to my feelings and see how it feels and if it really works, but science to back it up and confirm is awesome.

  11. Nadia - Happy Lotus says:

    Hi Henri,

    I agree with everything that you wrote. Years ago, when I first learned of LOA (this was long before “The Secret”), I created a goal book of all the things that I wanted in my life. Within five years, I had achieved every single thing in that goal book.

    Usually I create a new goal book every two years or whenever everything in there has been accomplished or experienced. My goal book usually is just a notebook with images/pictures of things I wish to be or experience. It always works without fail.

    And I loved how you wrote that if you are happy, you draw more happiness to yourself. That is so true. We draw whatever we feel. And even though you did not include scientific proof, it does exist…yay!

    I look forward to the rest of this series!

    Keep Smiling! :)

    • Heya Nadia,

      It’s pretty impressive how much you can enhance your goals by writing them down. Almost like you tell your brain to do this stuff and it believes you, just because you wrote it down, you made it permanent ;)

      Cheers!

    • Wow, Nadia, that sounds awesome! I might try that….image and pictures would work for me. Thanks!
      Karen

  12. Love it Henri! I can totally attest to the power of setting your intentions into clear motion by consciously thinking about them. Some of these things are even proven by studies, like the one with the college students who wrote down their goals vs. those who didn’t.

    Can’t wait to read the next few parts! :)

    • Intentions are pretty powerful and like I said to Nadia, it’s amazing how they become stronger once written down. I appreciate you stopping by, Nathalie :)

  13. It’s still hasn’t been scientifically proven so it should still be called the Theory of Attraction.
    Also, I think it may be the wrong way around. Perhaps it is us who are attracted to the good results through our actions.

    • The Law of Attraction itself has not been proven, but many things that could be components of it have. There are so many things we do not know and scientists mostly have no clue what they are doing, so I rely on my own feelings and go from there.

      You have a good point, Gordie. You never know. I am after results. If things work then that is enough for me and that is why I stress that everyone should experiment and find what works for them.

      • Hey Henri,
        To tell you the truth, I’m the pragmatist of pragmatists. If it works do it. So, I’m in complete agreement with you there.

  14. I have read quite a bit of the sadly missed, late (and in my opinion) great Robert Anton Wilson and he talks about and element of our psychology that states ” The thinker thinks, The Prover proves”. This is my daily reminder to me that what I think, I feel and in turn what I feel is what I am – I do not always meet my positive aspirations – some things in life are too big to brush under the carpet of positivity therefore my parting nugget to add to the flow here is it’s not what happens in life , it’s how you handle it.

    L8R’s

  15. I like this simple, clear way of looking at it. Kind of vibes with what I already feel. It’s too simple to tie yourself into knots about… the catch is if you’re not in the zone, it’ll take some time and effort to get into it… but the map there isn’t exactly hidden.

    Andrew

  16. Kole McRae says:

    You might hate me for this…

    I’m not going to tell you (the secret) is some magic cure all like Oprah and other celebrities. I can on the other hand, tell you some logical reasons as to why it works.

    – Confidence

    When you focus on a single thing that you desire, money for example, a few things happen. The first and most apparent will be the placebo effect. You instantly have confidence in what you do and start to actively feel better. This can easily lead to job promotions and bonuses. Your first instinct is to blame this on the “The Law of Attraction!”

    – Paranoia

    Something seemingly random such as buying a lottery ticket and winning a few dollars will be blamed on this magical law. The balance of good and bad luck in anyone’s life is about 50/50 so every time something positive happens you’ll assume it’s the book. When in reality it’s just a change in perception. You are no longer focusing on the negative and are instead focusing on the positive.

    – Focus

    For “The Law of Attraction” to work you have to focus on a single goal, such as money. As soon as you start doing this money will magically fill your bank. This isn’t true of course, in reality you’re hard work and dedication will fill them. Most people don’t realize that they have never really focused on a single goal. When you do this you tend to succeed. That’s why most self help books recommend you choose one goal and focus on how to get that, then set another one. These micro goals will end with you succeeding in your major goal.

    – The Subconscious Mind

    When focusing on this one simple goal your subconscious mind goes into overdrive. You’ll start to dream about ways to accomplish the goal and in the back of your mind always be figuring out ways to get what you want. You might even subconsciously do things in your life to achieve it, such as randomly talking to people you normally wouldn’t or even subtly changing the style of clothes you wear.

    “The Secret” DOES work, but it’s not because of some magical law. The secret works because it makes you use basic goal setting and focusing techniques that experts have recommended for years.

    • Hate you? Not at all! I agree with most of what you’re saying and I think a lot of the arguments for and against the law of attraction are mere semantics. We are all talking about virtually the same things, but use them in different ways.

  17. Awesome post Henri!
    Yes, from my experience I have seen that what I choose to focus on expands. Thoughts manifest into reality because at the core it really is just an energy thing.

  18. Hi Henri, The law of attraction can really be true in the Universe. This is because of the law of cause and effect. But of course, there are still many things beyond the Universe. Examples of these are grace and forgiveness: two unmerited things men can basically received. Though, the law of attraction, by its principles can be a good theory to signify blessings and curses.

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