It’s been interesting to see the comments online and various reports about the Law of Attraction. As if it’s new thinking or something.
Back in the early 1990s I learnt about the ‘RAS’, the reticular activation system from a doctor in psychosomatic medicine. Works pretty much on the same principle.
What you think about you are drawn towards… Your mind is like a magnet… What goes around comes around… You reap what you sow… Do any of these sound familiar?
If you are a woman wanting to have a baby, everywhere you look there are pregnant women, or women with pushers or young children, aren’t there?
If you’re a guy shopping for your first car, the make and model (or colour) that you’re interested in seems to be everywhere doesn’t it?
What about when you were learning to drive and told to look out for that xxx… did you hit it? Or come very close to hitting it?
Being focused on something means that we are aware of when that something is around us or passing us, or we are passing it. We become more alert – our radar is active and draws our attention to what we might ordinarily pass by in other circumstances. Our subconscious kicks in and is seeking out opportunities for the very thing for which we crave or seek, whether that thing be good for us or not.
What we think about – both negative and positive – can affect the way we live our lives and what happens to us in our lives. There’s nothing magic about it at all. But some have learnt to better harness this wonderful ability we all have. Both Dale Carnegie and Napoleon Hill wrote about this law many years ago. And heaps of others since. As each generation grows up, they rediscover this law.
What does the bible tell us about it?
Matt 7:7 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (NLT)
Luke 11:10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (NLT)
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (NIV)
Gal 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. (NIV)
In the first two above we’re encouraged to ask God for what we want. That doesn’t mean we will get everything we ask for – not everything we ask for is good for us, but if we are sincere within and what we ask for is in His will, we will get it. Some prefer to make it happen in their own right, rather than waiting on God, and this often means we go through challenges in life that aren’t necessarily good to go through (think about Abraham and Sarah when trying to have a son of their own – see Genesis chapters 16-25).
And if we are persistent and keep working towards a certain goal we will most likely achieve it, if we don’t undermine ourselves. Many think that overnight successes are ‘lucky’ but the reality is they’ve spent years working towards a goal to achieve it – although the general public aren’t aware of those people till they’ve ‘made it’! So how focussed are you on your goals or are you easily distracted?
By the way, has it occurred to you that your goals or desires within may be related to the very reason God has placed you on this earth?
Pay it forward… is another saying – giving to others without expectation invariably means that later down the track, when you have need something will be given back to you. Luke 6:38 backs this up and when you think about it, so does Gal 6:7. Basically God views our actions and responds accordingly. Kind of makes you want to start giving daily doesn’t it? And that doesn’t mean money necessarily – giving of yourself is a very important part in this law of attraction to work!
For more thoughts on a Christian view of the Law of Attraction, why not visit Three Sticks – Personal Development for Christians which has an excellent post on this topic.