“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”
― Henry David Thoreau
How many times have we heard this advice?
Whenever I hear this phrase, my heart lights up with happiness and inspiration. “Yes, I think, I want to do this!” And then within about five minutes, I think to myself, “I don’t know what this means or how to do this.” Cue the frowny face, and I get back to whatever I was doing at the time.
I think I may have found some addition information that adds meaning to this wonderful inspiration within the context of the real world. What is it?
Why, it’s the Law of Attraction!
Stay with me here…most of us either read the book The Secret or saw the movie. The simple premise is that you ask the universe for what you want, and it gets delivered to you. Simple as that.
Of course, I’ve been coveting a Subaru for some time now, but it hasn’t shown up yet. Why? Because asking for what you want is only the beginning. I recently came across more information about the Law of Attraction and why and how it can work.
Resources to explore below!
Here is the shortest possible explanation:
- First you have to imagine what you want – custom order and all.
- Then you have to ask why? How will getting this thing make me feel?
- Then you have to focus on the feeling (as if you already got your prize).
- Then you keep it in your heart like a treasured souvenir, revisit it daily and expect it to really happen.
OK, I know right now you are thinking, yeah, wishful thinking, that will totally work.
Here’s the theory behind it: when you create that feeling as if you already found your heart’s desire, the energy you create goes out into the world. If you can regularly conjure up that good feeling, and you have confidence in getting it back, then matching energy will return to you. It’s not too different from putting positive thoughts and works into the world, and hoping your good deeds will be returned. I think that is something many people can identify with.
Naturally, the things that light us up inside will correlate with our intuition. So if you decide to try and manifest a speed boat, but you are just doing it for a party trick, it probably won’t work. (Sorry)! I think I haven’t gotten my Subaru yet because I’m pretty darn happy with my Jeep at the moment.
This process asks us to suspend our dis-beliefs and toss aside the reasons our brain tells us it ain’t gonna happen. Just five minutes a day, indulge your un-jaded inner child who still sees wonder and promise in the world, and believe it! I found it makes my day so much happier to focus on the positive. Sure, crap still happens, but you don’t have to let it ruin your day, you can still find a silver lining most of the time. I like to laugh at myself when things fall apart and think, OK time to start again.
As I read more sources and takes on the Law of Attraction, I can actually find evidence of it working in my own life.
Exhibit A: I am a down to earth kind of person who has a strong work ethic and values a sense of humor. It probably is not a fluke that I married someone who also shares those traits. Those traits are just who we are, so we can’t fake being posh and glamorous, and so our essential selves put out matching energies, and they found each other. Er…we found each other. 🙂
Exhibit B: My husband has a killer work schedule, and I spent years resenting how much I had to do with the kids and the house. One day he invested in a side project that would take even more time and money away from us, but it was his dream. I couldn’t fault him for chasing his dream, could I? So I decided not to be mad any more. Just. Like. That. This is the man I married and this was his dream, and I wasn’t going to knock it (it wasn’t crazy). What happened? I got more happy and flexible and supportive and he responded with appreciation and happiness. Years of tension pretty much gone in a flash – not too shabby, hmmm?
Now let me take you full circle back to Thoreau. When I looked up the phrase, I didn’t know who said it, and I had never heard the full thing. Here’s what Thoreau actually said:
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.”
What the what?! Here I had been reading and contemplating the universe and energy and this phrase popped into my head and when I look it up it references the laws of the universe?! I thought my head was going to explode. Wow!
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one
John Lennon pretty much sums it up for me today.
Happy reading and dreaming…
The Law of Attraction just a warning, this is very woo-woo.
Jess Lively I have fallen down the rabbit hole with her podcasts. She does a nice job of explaining the science of emotions and energy.
Reality Transurfing A slightly different take on the Law of Attraction. The author has a strong science background.
The Secret the book that brought this idea to our attention.