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Law of Attraction

How to Focus Your Magical Magnifying Mind

Mindset is everything, or so it’s said. Regardless of the situation, how we approach it is what determines the outcome. Why is that? Can we really accomplish anything we want through our thoughts alone? Could one really make the argument that regardless of the obstacles our attitude is more important? 

Our mind is the seed from which our whole reality blossoms. It dictates everything we experience. Even objective reality becomes subjective when funneled through the magnifying lens of our minds. A great example of this is optical illusions. Both halves of the picture exist, but depending on which one we focus on, that is what we see. 

How we handle events in our life determines what kind of character traits we develop. In theory, you can be anyone you want to be, but you are who you are because you chose to be that way. If you are an introvert, it’s because you enjoy those quiet settings more. If you are a party animal, it’s because you feel most fulfilled in that environment. Even reading this article you may say, “wow that’s awesome! I can be anyone!” Or you may think, “so you’re telling it’s my fault my life is this way?!”

In truth, we may feel differently about this at different points in our life. I know I do. I believe some things do “happen to us”. For instance, the death of a loved one. Some things are unavoidable. However, it’s our response to these situations which creates the outcome, more so than the tangible event. A lot of times, these unfortunate events are important lessons for us to learn from. If we are able to keep our mind open. 

We get better, or we get bitter.

Think of the most recent “bump in the road” you had. How did you handle it? Did you think, “why does this have be happening right now?” Perhaps you were upset for a little, but felt better after you ate something. Or did it bother you like a pebble in your shoe for the rest of the day? Regardless of what it was, your thoughts created how “severe” the situation was for you.

Now think of the last crisis you had. How did you handle that one? Usually the events we deem as a “crisis” are the ones we fear a lot more. They may require us to do a lot more work to get back to normal or we predict they will last a long time.

What were your thoughts like during both of the experiences? Surely they weren’t too positive to begin with, but think about how quickly you were able to turn them around. With the little things, we tend to do this a lot faster. These problems can usually be solved easily, or we can tell from our physical discomfort that we are actually upset about something else. What tends to separate the small problems from the big ones, is how much mental energy we are putting into the situation.

Emotions are energy in motion. The more of our thoughts we put towards an event, the more energy we are feeding it. If we are smart about how we apply this, we can feed energy into the things we want and snuff out anything we don’t. 

If I want a specific outcome, I can feed energy into by thinking about it more. Making the outcome as detailed in my mind as it would be if it were reality. The more energy I put into it, the more certain I can be it will happen. I believe we can all look back at times in our life when this happened and we didn’t even know it. 

So, if I want something to not happen, I need to not think about it then, right? Yes, you could do that, but it might be harder than you think. Emotions are energy in motion. If you want something to not happen, it’s probably because you have an emotional attachment to it. Otherwise you wouldn’t care. Now, think back to high school physics class. An object in motion will stay in motion unless it is stopped by something else and that “something else” has to be strong enough to endure the kinetic energy of the moving object. However, it takes a lot less effort to redirect the energy.

This is why a lot of people find exercise to be therapeutic. You are moving the energy in your mind, into your body, and then releasing it through physical movement. The energy has to move somewhere. Why not out into the world?

Another way to redirect the energy is through something creative. If we enjoy art, playing music, dancing or any number of other creative activities, then the energy can be expressed through this medium. The energy doesn’t even have to be expressed in the same form. If we are sad, we don’t have to make something sad. It can be transmuted into whatever we want! Although, it may feel cathartic to express it in the same form.

Lastly, you can transmute your emotions by changing the way you are thinking. Take the same energy that is going into thinking negatively and think of a positive outcome! Think about how it could be a beneficial situation. Think about how it is actually working in your favor. All the energy we put into worrying creates an elaborate crisis in our head. Use that energy to create an elaborate delight, down to the last detail. A positive thought holds three times the energy of a negative one! So it’s going to turn out better than alright.

Now if the energy stays in your mind, it will eventually run itself out. Just like a jogger has to stop at some point. Although this method can leave us physically exhausted, even if we haven’t done anything. The brain can use up to 80% of the sugar in our body, so sitting there and stewing on something actually takes up a lot of your brain power. If you have any doubts, go ahead and be angry for a few hours. You’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

So how we direct the energy in our thoughts and our emotions is what allows us to create our reality. If we want something to be different, we have the power to change it. We can make the decision to achieve our dreams regardless of what obstacles come up. Oh, and obstacles WILL come up. But you have the power to push through them. You have an idea of the life you want to live and the person you want to be. Although, you probably don’t know everything required along the way to get there. Think of those obstacles as the experiences that are shaping you into that person. With each trial, you are becoming more like your future self.

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To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful! 

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Quantum Physics

Law (or theory?) of Attraction

One of the most popular things I have seen appear in recent years within metaphysical communities is what people call The Law of Attraction. There is a good chance you’ve heard of it even if you don’t know what it is. It became mainstream around 2006 with the release of a book called The Secret by Rhonda Byrne although many others have written about it. One of the older documentations of this is How to Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill from 1937. 

So what is the Law of Attraction (LOA)? How does it work? Why should I care?

The principle behind the LOA is the idea that your mind creates your reality to the Nth degree, and I don’t just mean your perceptions of how the world works. In theory, if all an individual’s limiting beliefs about themselves, how the universe worked, what was possible and impossible, etc., were removed, then they could create anything they wanted with the power of thought alone. Sounds crazy I know, but that’s because there is a limiting belief in the way. 

A lot goes into the science behind LOA, so I’ll start with something most people would be familiar with; a psychological phenomena called Self-fulfilling Prophecy. In 1948, psychologist Robert K. Merton developed a theory about how our expectations will influence a situation through our actions. If I am preparing to take a test in a subject I struggle in, it’s likely my inner monologue is saying “I’ve never really done well in this class, I’d be lucky just to get a passing grade.” My belief about how likely I am to pass the test will influence my ability to take the test. I may forget things. I may not sleep well and have low energy. I may be so disheartened I don’t study. Strong believers in LOA may even suggest I would manifest a more difficult test! The first thing I want to highlight here is our belief systems directly influence our actions. 

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” -Henry Ford

Here is the tricky part about belief systems. Pretty much every limiting belief we have stems from our childhood or early adolescence. When we are very young, our brains absorb information with zero filtering of the information and that information becomes the basis of our belief system. If growing up I observed my parents always worrying about money, it is very likely I will worry about money as an adult even if I have a seven figure income. These beliefs branch out to every area of our lives and our thinking. If you had a lot of problems growing up, it may seem like you got screwed over, but don’t go blaming others just yet.

The good news is we can change these belief systems.

The second part of LOA deals with neurology, particularly neuroplasticity. Our brains are composed of billions of neurons which communicate with one another by sending electrical signals. These neural pathways will either grow or shrink depending on how often it is used to send a signal. Oftentimes this process is dictated by our environment, however humans are special in that we can choose our thoughts. LOA highlights our ability to change our neural pathways by consciously choosing what we think about.

It is no small order to choose your thoughts every moment of the day. The cool thing though is that with neuroplasticity, it becomes easier. In the beginning, most of us will struggle. We may even fall back into old patterns of playing the victim or entertaining negative outcomes. It may be down right hard to look for positive things to think about. However, every time we choose the thoughts we want we are telling our brain “I like this, give me more of this”. The neural pathway for positive thinking becomes stronger. What starts as a conscious thought we chose, gradually becomes a working part of our subconscious thinking. 

Now for the seemingly unrelated part of LOA and what many believe is the crux of manifestation, quantum physics! There are a few important theories that work within LOA and I will do my best for belief explanations but check out the hyperlinks if you’re confused. 

The first is quantum entanglement. Entanglement theory suggests that every particle in the universe is linked to one another. If there is an influence on one particle, the same influence will affect the other particle. Also, it isn’t a one to one link, nor is it linear per se. So particle one may affect particle two which then affects particle three which changes the state of particle six, so on and so on. You’re probably wondering what starts off this chain reaction, which leads us to the next theory, the observer effect.

The observer effect states the functioning of a particle will change based on an observer. Many experiments have tested this theory, the most famous being the double-slit experiment, and essentially what they discovered is subatomic particles can switch between acting like a particle and acting like a wavelength based on the observation of consciousness. The ironic part of this is with no conscious observer, then we have no idea what is happening otherwise.

In comes Heisenberg’s Uncertainty principle. This principle is a bunch of complicated mathematical equations that show we can’t predict the velocity and the position of a subatomic particle at the same time. This principle may seem unimportant compared to the other two when talking about LOA but in many ways, it connects them to each other. The particle can move anywhere, anytime, anyway, and the only time they seem to stop is when consciousness is watching them.

In LOA we are using our thoughts to observe the outcomes we want to happen which influences how these particles act. Entanglement is then causing those particles to affect others in a similar way. After prolonged exposure, we reach the conclusion which people commonly refer to as manifestation.

Manifestation
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When you combine these ideas from psychology, neurology and quantum physics, as well as many first hand reports from highly successful people, it becomes pretty clear your thinking is having an impact. Many people feel as if they don’t have much control in their life and things just “happen” to them. One of the philosophies around LOA is recognizing that you create a lot more of the situations you encounter than you think. Arguably ALL of the situations. There is a saying, “If everyone you encounter is an asshole, then maybe you’re the asshole.” 

Whether you want to believe things will appear out of thin air, or you just have to work hard enough to achieve them, it all comes back to your thinking. People who become obsessed with a sport or project and spend all their time working on it are still thinking about it all the time. It would be impossible to play basketball everyday and not think about basketball. Likewise, if you think about basketball nonstop, you’re probably gonna shoot a lot of hoops.

I am very much a pragmatist. Is it realistic for me to sit around watching TV thinking about earning a million dollars while not working? In my mind, no, and that could be a limiting belief I have. For me, I like to do both. I use my thoughts to guide my actions. This way, regardless of what is going on, I got my bases covered. I will end with one of my favorite quotes: 

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

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May your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!