Buddha said “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” Job 3: 25 NIV of the Bible’s Old Testament, declares “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.” It seems that both Buddha and Job understood the eternal workings of the Law Of Attraction. However, unlike the enlightened Buddha, Job – like the majority of people today – suffered the dire consequences of not using this law to his advantage!
The Law Of Attraction at its very basic level states that everything is created by thought and that thought attracts to itself physical things, people, situations and circumstances. Your thoughts are attracting these things at this very moment! What the Buddha knew that Job didn’t was that the Law will attract positivity and goodness just as easily and readily as it will negativity and calamity. The choice and resulting outcomes are yours!
We do not just create and attract the material things that enter our lives; we also create the body we occupy, the personality we display and, ultimately, the person we are. And again, we do it all through our thoughts. Are you creating the life you desire and becoming the person you want to be or are you like Job – bringing upon yourself all manner of woes and misfortune because you are giving your attention to them? Perhaps you are even identifying yourself as a victim and refusing to acknowledge the Law at all?!
What is the history of the Law of Attraction?
The Law Of Attraction is not as big a Secret, as the hit movie would have you believe. It has been around since the dawn of time and is an unbending, ever-present Law of the Universe. You cannot escape it! There is a great body of evidence that suggests that mankind has known about, and utilized, the great Law for about 7,000 years. However, the teaching of universal truths did become clouded for many hundreds, if not thousands, of years by greedy, self-serving dogmatists that wished to maintain control of the masses. As the beginning of The Secret suggests, the fundamental concepts of the Law Of Attraction were actually banned at one point.
When was the Law Of Attraction Re-Discovered?
It was largely at the beginning of the 20th century that the general public started to become aware of this great law again due to the diligence, fortitude, integrity and grace of writers such as James Allen (1864-1912), Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) and Charles Haanel (1866-1949).
Wallace D. Wattles (1860 – 1911) was another pioneer of free thinking. In his great work The Science of Getting Rich Wattles states a great truth, “There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe. A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.” How revolutionary that statement was in 1910.
Ralph Waldo Trine (1866 – 1958) wrote in In Tune with the Infinite “The law of attraction works universally on every plane of action, and we attract whatever we desire or expect. If we desire one thing and expect another, we become like houses divided against themselves, which are quickly brought to desolation. Determine resolutely to expect only what you desire, then you will attract only what you wish for.”
Charles Haanel set out in a 24 part correspondence course, which is now condensed into one volume called “The Master Key System“, a complete guide to successfully using the Law Of Attraction.
Napoleon Hill revealed Andrew Carnegie’s great Secret to the world – that thoughts create things – when he wrote “Think & Grow Rich” in 1937 (although it had taken him 25 years to complete).
James Allen wrote his famous work in 1912 and in “As a Man Thinketh” he tells people that “mind is the master-weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and that, as they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness.”
Why are people not using The Law Of Attraction today?
Although the teachings have been around for thousands of years and they have been readily and easily available to the general public for almost a century, the great majority of people do not take the time to learn the workings of probably the most powerful physical law in the Universe.
Admittedly, the older texts that laid the foundation for what has become known as the New Thought movement use what we would now consider to be outdated language and references. There are, however, prominent lecturers and authors today who continue to spread the “Thoughts Become Things” message. A few of my favorites include:
- Tony Robbins – speaker, philanthropist, and author of 5 books, including Awaken the Giant Within.
- Mike Dooley –New York Times Bestselling author, speaker, and distributor of Notes from the Universe an inspirational email sent to over 750,000 subscribers
- Carl Harvey – motivational coach, copywriter and host of The Big Life
This list is obviously not inclusive (Jack Canfield, Joe Vitale, and John Assaraf also spring to mind), but I encourage you to acquaint yourself with these and other modern day Law Of Attraction teachers and find your own favorites. Study them, follow them, and engage with them. Most offer online courses and in-person conferences that you can attend for some personal interaction and attention.
If you are living at less than your desired level, you owe it to yourself to delve deeper and learn as much as you can about the Law Of Attraction. Find ways to eliminate your own inner resistance and limiting beliefs. Begin now to utilize this gift and create in your imagination the life you really want to live.When you truly understand the Law Of Attraction and begin to work with it for your personal advantage, I promise you, your life will change in fantastic, unexpected and unlimited ways. Start to use the Law Of Attraction today!