How Big Is Your Dream?

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A Vision without a task is just a dream.

A task without a vision is just a job.

A vision with a task can change the world.

Today we celebrate the life of a great man, a man whose dream changed the lives of millions of people and, indeed, the course of our entire world.

Martin Luther King’s message of freedom, peace and equality for all people is as pertinent today as it was 45 years ago.

But what I find even more important than his message is his ability to firmly hold onto his dream of equality even in the midst of oppressive segregation, prejudice and violence.

When exploring the Law of Attraction, we often talk about “contrast:” For instance, how do you hold onto a feeling of abundance when, in “reality” you are saddled with debt and wondering how you’re going to pay your rent?

Well, Martin Luther King is a brilliant example for us to emulate. He held onto his dream while living in the contrast. Even as he looked around with his eyes and saw a reality of violence and segregation and hatred and prejudice, deep in his heart, he knew that one day, his dream would become a reality. He knew that we would overcome, someday.

And Martin Luther King Jr. gave that dream to us. He gave us what Neale Donald Walsch calls the Grandest Version of the Greatest Vision he had ever seen.

And while he spoke some of the most eloquent words ever spoke, it was not his words that conveyed the dream: It was the feeling. He knew that this dream could be made real. He felt it. He believed it down to the very core of his being.

If you have not seen his “I have a dream” speech, click the play button below and watch it now. It is one of the most powerful and inspiring speeches ever. It will be well worth the 17-minutes you spend watching it.

But even as you’re listening to the words, go beneath them. See if you can sense the energy, the passion, the conviction with which he holds his dream. Because, remember, everything is energy, and we attract our dreams through a vibrational process.

Listen, especially near the end of his speech, how his voice takes on a vibrato that seems to sing the truth of his dream. He is there, living his dream, even as he stands in a reality that is, seemingly, a long way away from the dream.

So on this day, when we celebrate the life of one of our world’s biggest dreamers, I ask you, “What is your dream?”

What is the Grandest Version of the Greatest Vision you’ve ever had for your life?

Now do not fall into the trap of comparing your dream to Martin Luther King’s. Not all of us are meant to carry such dreams, and the weight of responsibility that comes with them.

But neither is anyone meant to give up their dreams. And that is what far too many people have done. They have given up their dreams because others have told them, throughout their lives, that they can’t have what they want. They have been told to “play it safe.” They have been shot down when they tried to soar. And they have learned that there is no sense in dreaming.

But on this day, when we remember and honor the grand dream of a brilliant dreamer, take some time to remember your big dreams.

On this day, when we pay tribute to Martin Luther King, one of the most skillful Deliberate Creators in recent history, remember that you are the creator of your life. You are dreaming your life into existence right now.

Vincent Van Gogh said,

“I dream of painting then I paint my dream.”

Martin Luther King dreamed of freedom for all people and then he began painting that dream.

What are you going to dream? What does your dream look like? What does it feel like?

Only when you know your dream, can you then begin painting it.

So start dreaming! Dream big. Dream bold.

And then begin living into that dream. Because dreams do come true. But for that to happen, you must take the first step. You must begin painting your dream, living your dream.

Only you can make your dream come true!

So begin today.

And, in case you have not heard, President elect Obama made a call to service on this day. If you want to answer that call, if you want to have a task to go with your vision of a better life and better world, here are two websites with information:

Martin Luther King Mobilization

USA Service

Of Fear, Black Widow Spiders and Personal Growth

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I admit it, I like spiders. They get a bad rap. Undeserved, I might add. Not only do they eat a lot of those pesky flies and other bugs, but they often provide great personal growth lessons.

At least they have for me. I’ve already written about the little jumping spider who taught me a lesson about gratitude. And then there was the little guy who sacrificed his beautiful web in order to teach me about where to build my creations.

And now there’s this spider lesson about fear. And while the event that catalyzed this post and the original article happened two years ago, the lesson is still important.

It all began one Saturday morning. My wife came out of the bathroom and said, quite calmly, “Ed, there’s a big black spider in the bathtub.” Since I was watching my daughter, Ella, at the time, I carried her in there to investigate.

I was a bit surprised that my wife did not call it a Brown Recluse. That’s our running joke. She grew up in Brown Recluse territory, and whenever she sees a brownish spider she says “Ed, I just saw a Brown Recluse. Go get it.” And every time she says it, I gently remind her that the Brown Recluse does not live in Northern California as I go to gather up the culprit and take it outside.

But this morning, when Ella and I went to look in the tub, I could understand why Melissa had not called it a Brown Recluse. This spider was a deep shiny black. Now, while most spiders can bite, the only truly dangerous spider in our area is the black widow, a very distinctive, shiny black spider that I had never actually seen. So I’m usually pretty casual about spiders. But the color of this one caused me to act with a bit more caution. And it was good that I did. When I gathered up the critter in a Tupperware bowl, I could see, through the translucent plastic, the distinctive red hourglass on its belly.

Here was my first Black Widow Spider.

This was an exciting day for me. Unfortunately, Melissa did not share in my enthusiasm at this discovery. She promptly took Ella from my arms and commanded me to take the spider far away from the house. I must admit that I was pleased and a bit surprised that she did not insist that I immediately squash it.

Spiders Get A Bad Rap

Now I want to stop and put in a bit of a plug for spiders. They get a bad rap. They take the blame for a lot of stuff they don’t do: flea bites, tick bites, bed bug bites, even mosquito bites. You name it; spiders take the blame for it. Most spiders don’t bite humans, others only bite when confronted, and of those that do bite, there are only a handful that are truly dangerous to humans. (At least here in the US. There are a few countries that have some seriously dangerous spiders!) Even the bite of the supposedly deadly Black Widow is fatal in less than 1% of all instances.

And then there are the legends that have grown up around the infamous Brown Recluse. Over 60% of the medically diagnosed Brown Recluse bites occur in regions in which the spider does not live! How a spider that lives only in the South Central portion of the USA can be responsible for so many unexplained ailments here in California and elsewhere is beyond me.

Here’s a brief excerpt from a spider info site at the University of California to give you some perspective:

This website presents evidence for the lack of brown recluse spiders as part of the Californian spider fauna. Unfortunately, this contradicts what most Californians believe; beliefs that are born out of media-driven hyperbole and erroneous, anxiety-filled public hearsay which is further compounded by medical misdiagnoses.

This DOES Relate To Personal Growth!

At this point, you may be wondering what this has to do with personal growth. Fear not, I do have a point. And as the good Dr. Seuss would say, “This may not seem important I know. But it is, and that’s why I’m bothering telling you so.”

How do you feel about spiders? Do you cringe when you see one walking on your wall? Do you quiver at the thought of one crawling up your leg?

Where do those feelings come from? When you were a youngster, did someone in your family go into paroxysms of fear whenever a spider was spotted? Did you inherit that fear? And does that fear continue to control your relationship with these critters?

Ok, lets face it, a fear of spiders is not going to prevent you from living a successful, abundant, joyous life. But here’s the catch: What fears do you harbor that DO prevent you from living that life? What other fears have you inherited from your family and friends and the culture around you? And how do those fears hold you back from becoming the person you have the potential to be?

Fears Always Appear Larger

Your fear, because it is rooted in the past, always appears much larger than it really are. When we feel fear, we’re almost always reacting to the projection of something that was planted inside us long ago. Just as the shadow of a spider walking in front of a light appears huge and frightening, so too do our fears become magnified many times when we look at the projection. The reality of the spider, when viewed from a place of present-time awareness, is much less scary. So too do your fears become manageable when you shift your perception from the shadow to the source.

Fears thrive on the lies and exaggerations that are possible only in the dark, hidden places. As soon as you bring those fears out into the light you can begin to see them for what they really are. The trick, of course, is knowing how to pull those fears out into the light.

So here’s your assignment:

When you see a spider (or a snake or a mouse or you look down from a balcony or get onto a plane or fill in the blank) and you notice the dread that lives in the pit of your stomach, know that you have a great opportunity to practice shifting your perception.

So the next time you find yourself face to face with a spider (or whatever your fear is) rather than running away or calling for reinforcements, try to stop and breathe for a moment and become an explorer of your inner world. If you need to catch the spider and place it in a hermetically sealed container in order to breathe, that’s ok! And then see if you can observe that spider with the objectivity of a scientist.

This practice will serve you well the next time you find yourself confronted by a fear that really does hold you back from the life you want to live. When you feel yourself quaking as you prepare to give a presentation, when you watch your arms quivering as you walk into a job interview, when your mouth becomes drier than the Sahara desert as you share your portfolio with a gallery owner, whenever you notice yourself entering a place of fear, become a scientist, objectively exploring the phenomenon. Become a neutral observer of your own life. When you discover the source of your fear, you may be surprised to find that the reality is much less scary than the perception.

And just so that you don’t think I’m asking you do something that I’m not, I have a confession to make. Before Ella was born, I would not voluntarily pick up a spider in my hand. While I “logically” knew that it could not hurt me, the ferocious look (and some of them do look quite fearsome if you get up close) and the spider fears I inherited from both of my parents caused me to exercise caution.

But after Ella was born I made a conscious decision to do whatever I could to keep my fears out of her. So now, when I see a spider, and Ella is with me, I’ll just reach over and grab it with my hand. (I do grab a container to relocate those Wolf Spiders: Their bites aren’t that dangerous, but apparently can be quite painful).

I feel the fear as I’m doing it. It’s alive within me as I reach out. But my desire to give Ella the option to choose her path without the weight of my fears is enough to help me push through that fear and grab that little creature.

Remember, courage is not the absence of fear, it is feeling the fear and doing it anyway!

ANGER: Awakening New Growth Encountering Resistance

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It sure seems like there’s a lot more anger around lately. The cover story of the most recent Utne Reader asked “Why are we all so angry?

Wikipedia has entries for, among others, Anger, Anger Management, Rage, Road Rage, Air Rage, Computer Rage, and even Wrap Rage, which is defined as “heightened levels of anger, frustration and violence resulting from the inability to open hard-to-remove packaging.”

Come on; raise your hand if you’ve ever wanted to take a bazooka to the 12 inches of bulletproof plastic wrap surrounding a tiny flash drive!

The topic of anger has also come up at the last two drop-in Law of Attraction groups, so I’ve been pondering it a bit lately.

Anger often gets labeled bad or lower or negative. Even the Law of Attraction emotional scale has labeled the lower half of the emotional scale “negative.” But as I explored earlier in a post about Redefining the Law of Attraction Emotional Scale, I don’t believe there are any bad or negative emotions. Those “lower” emotions serve a valuable purpose: They point out our resistance.

And anger is one of the most powerful expressions of resistance which is actually a good thing!

Anger is filled with energy and movement. Harnessing that energy can help propel you to the next level. But first you must acknowledge the anger, recognize it for what it is and accept the opportunity that comes with it.

So recently, when I have felt anger bubbling up from the depths I have begun to think of anger as:

Awakening
New
Growth
Encountering
Resistance.

When I approach anger with that attitude, it immediately softens my perspective and allows me to open up to the opportunities that the anger is bringing.

Instead of saying, “This is bad. I need to get out of this anger.” I can ask powerful, forward focused questions such as, “What is the new growth that is awakening in me?” or “How am I resisting that growth.” and “What can I do right now to release my resistance and allow this growth to blossom?”

These questions lead the way through the anger to personal growth and movement.

Anytime we label something as “bad” we immediately give it more power and cause it to become more entrenched and secure.

So the next time you feel anger starting to bubble up to the surface, don’t push it back down.

Instead, remind yourself that it is Awakening New Growth Encountering Resistance and see what you can do to open up and allow that new growth to come through.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, stories or insights about anger. Use the comment form below to join the conversation.

Negative Thoughts Are Not ONLY In Your Head

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As I pulled up in front of the office this morning I caught a line from the Counting Crows’ song, Round Here, “She says ‘Shhh I know it’s only in my head'”

I wanted to shout into the radio, “IT’S NOT ONLY IN YOUR HEAD!”

And of course the intensity of my reaction made me realize that I needed to hear that! But I also thought I would share it with you.

So often we get caught up in the futile act of chasing self-defeating thoughts around our head. If you’ve ever tried to turn off a “negative” thought you know how difficult it can be.

A slightly better approach is to replace that negative thought. But even then, a deeply embedded thought may take days or weeks or possibly even years to completely replace.

That’s because it’s not only in your head!

You heard me right. Thoughts do not live just in your head or your brain or your mind. Thoughts are alive and they live in your emotions. They live in your body. They live in the very essence of your life force.

The thoughts that you are aware of are just the tip of the iceburg. They are the little bit that you can see. The rest of the thought, for most people, lies hidden from view.

And that’s why understanding that a negative thought is not only in your head can be extremely helpful. When you understand that, then you can begin transforming those thoughts on many different levels.

Adam Kayce wrote a post yesterday that got me thinking more about how we solve our personal development “problems.”

He brilliantly connected these two quotes:

The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown. — Carl Jung

The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. — Albert Einstein

When you attempt to “turn off” a negative thought or even replace it with a more empowering thought, you are doing exactly what Einstein tells us can’t be done.

Do you want to change a thought? Then change your feeling. Change the state of your physical body. Change your energy.

Look at those quotes and feel the power they give you to change yourself:

First, let go of this idea that negative thoughts are “problems.” They are not problems. They are opportunities to transform your life! You can’t solve them. And you don’t want to solve them. But you can outgrow them.

You can evolve through them to the next level of your personal growth!

And once you understand that your negative thoughts are not problems, it becomes much easier to follow Einstein’s advice and move to a different level.

So the next time you hear the Counting Crows, or anyone, telling you “It’s only in your head,” you can just smile and calmly say, “No it’s not.”

A Great Week For Both – And

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I realize we live in a world that’s filled with a lot of either/ors:  You can either be rich or spiritual. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. You can either be successful or have fun. You can either work or play.

So it’s always wonderful to see examples of Both/And.

This week, the juxtaposition of two seemingly contradictory events is, for me, a great example of the growing power of Both/And.

Today, and for the next three Thursdays, XM radio is broadcasting the meeting between Oprah, Esther and Jerry Hicks, AND the non-physical entity, Abraham, the “source” for many of the Law of Attraction teachings.

And tomorrow we’ll get to witness and take part in what is going to be one of the biggest online book launches ever with the release of Mark Joyner’s new book, Simpleology: The Simple Science of Getting What You Want.

On the one side we’re being encouraged to think, feel and vibrate our way into the manifestation of our desires. And on the other side we’re being encouraged to get our butts in gear and act our way into the creation of what we want.

And I find myself standing smack-dab in the middle saying “Yes!”

They don’t negate each other or cancel each other out. It’s BOTH/AND.

Go ahead and think, feel and vibrate your way into alignment with what you want, and then get your butt in gear and go out and make it happen!

Why You Will Never See A Rant Category At Evolving Times

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Rants are popular these days. You see them on many blogs. In fact some blogs are devoted entirely to the eloquent expression of irksome events, people, and things.

I understand the appeal of rants, both from the ranter’s perspective as well as that of the reader. There certainly is much to rant about in this modern world. And there have definitely been moments when the temptation to rant here on Evolving Times has been quite strong.

But as a student of the Law of Attraction and one who chooses to be the Deliberate Creator of my life, I recognize the power of thoughts and especially words. Because I accept the basic premise of the Law of Attraction – that what you focus on expands in your life – I am, understandably very careful about what I focus on, and even more selective about which topics I choose to address here.

Now please don’t hear this as judgment or advice. I am not suggesting that rants are bad and that everyone should stop their ranting. There have most definitely been times in my life when a good rant was the only thing that allowed me to maintain my sanity!

Sometimes you really do just need to get it out of your system.

In the mid 1980s, my family found itself in a bit of a crisis and we were presented with the choice of exploding into our separate and disconnected directions or to enter family therapy. Amazingly enough, we all agreed to go into therapy and spent the next 10-months having weekly sessions together.

One of the most important discoveries we made was that we all had mastered the art of “stewing and fretting” as we named it. Instead of expressing and communicating what was bothering us, those things were stuffed back inside where they proceeded to ferment. Not the healthiest way to live, I can assure you!

Our therapy sessions gave us the opportunity to communicate and occasionally rant in a safe space. And this was, literally, a family-saving experience.

It seems to me that the blogosphere is providing this opportunity, which otherwise might be unavailable, for people to express what would otherwise get stuffed back inside to ferment.

So I absolutely do recognize the importance of rants. And, at the same time, I choose to deliberately focus on and share positive, uplifting material.

Another way of expressing the basic concept of the Law of Attraction is “where attention goes, energy flows.” I want my energy and time flowing in the direction of continuous, positive change in my life and in the world. So I choose to focus my attention on those aspects of my life that are already positive and on my vision of an even more positive future.

And when I notice contrast in my life – some situation or condition that I would choose to change – I focus on the change I want to bring into my life and how to achieve it, rather than focusing on the existing condition that I want to change.

And if, on occasion, I feel the need to rant – which most definitely still do – I’ll go to the ocean or the mountains or the redwoods and share my rant with the vast, healing presence of the Earth so that I can release it from my space and shift my focus onto the change I want to bring into my life.

So if you’re looking for rants, you’re in the wrong place. But I have a feeling you won’t have to look very far to find some darn good ones out there on the blogosphere.

Law Of Attraction Carnival #13 – The LoA And Physical Health

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Welcome to the 13th edition of The Law of Attraction Carnival. This may be the best edition yet! We’ve got great entries on all aspects of the LoA as well as a few superb articles on this month’s topic – The Law of Attraction and Physical Health.

Physical health and the Law of Attraction is a topic that causes some people to get defensive. If we are creating our reality – as the Law of Attraction posits – that means we are creating our state of physical well-being, or lack thereof.

I have observed that even more than with the topic of money and finance, the are of physical health and the idea that we are in control of our state of health, holds a deep charge for many people.

If we accept the premise of the LoA it means that we must accept every illness, injury and disease that finds its way into our body originated in our thoughts, feelings and vibrational offering.

This can be quite uncomfortable. However, if we can get past the discomfort and begin to take responsibility for our physical health, the results can be truly dramatic.

Take a look at these featured entries for some insightful thoughts about the Law of Attraction and physical health, and watch for more entries on this topic in the future.

Featured Entries:

Let’s begin the Featured Entries section with 3 Keys to Better Health with the Law of Attraction by Aaron Potts at Today Is That Day. Aaron has this to say: “So, if everything is energy, and we can control the vibration of our energy, then we can use the Law of Attraction to bring into our existence only the vibrations that we wish to have – including those that are consistent with vibrant, long-term health.”

Next up is long-time Law of Attraction Carnival contributor Raymond David Salas of Zen Chill with How to Heal Yourself. Raymond reminds us that the key to healing ourselves is “allowing your well-being (which is already present) to express itself.”

Next is Drew Rozell a newcomer to the carnival, but certainly no newcomer to the Law of Attraction! Drew asks: “Why is feeling important? When we live life without feeling fully, we are stuck in the reaction mode responsible for addictive behavior. The old adage is true: “What you resist persists.” In other words, when we fail to feel fully, the energy pattern associated with the feeling stays stuck in the body.”

And finally we have Vicki Link with Healing through the Law of Attraction. Vicki points out that “The present moment is the accumulation of every thought, perception, desire, and belief you’ve had, but it does NOT have to determine your future experiences. The next moment is undecided and filled with every possibility. Your future can be whatsoever you desire it to be, if you hold an intent & belief which are congruent with that vision.”

If you would like your entry to be considered for a Featured Entry spot, you must submit an article that focuses on the Carnival topic. The next edition will focus on the movie, The Secret. For more details visit the Law of Attraction Homepage.

And now on to the rest of our entries for this edition of the Law of Attraction Carnival. Enjoy!

Deliberate Creation

Susan Velez presents Focus On Success Even Through Adversity posted at The Secret To Life.

Alan presents Stinking Thinking – Change your thoughts, change your life posted at Made to Be Great.

Law of Attraction

Nneka presents Waiting On The World To Change posted at Balanced Life Center.

Alan presents Do we reject money? – Keys to Unlock your Inner Potential posted at Made to Be Great.

Ophelia Nicholson presents Law of Attraction: Can I Have Fries, Coke and a Bentley With THAT?! posted at Law of Attraction|Breathing Prosperity |Cross the Wealth Gap Today!.

Lyn Perry presents The Law of Attraction posted at Thought Renewal

Karen Lynch presents The Power of Possibility posted at LivethePower, saying, “Start believing in your possibilities”

Bart Pair presents The Law of Attraction: Taking a Step Backward to Move Forward | 10,000 Thoughts posted at 10,000 Thoughts, saying, “An interesting take on using the Law of Attraction”

Aaron M. Potts presents Law of Attraction Naysayers and Rampant Capitalism posted at Today is that DAy.

Tristan presents Synergy Institute for Personal Development posted at The Synergy Institute, saying, “This is the most comprehensive article on vision boards on the internet and it relates the power of focus to the law of attraction.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of law of attraction using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Attraction Plus Non-Attachment Equals A Sure Thing

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I had an experience this morning that reminded me of the power of the Law of Attraction when combined with non-attachment.

For several months, we’ve needed a replacement registration card for one of our cars. And because neither my wife nor I really wanted to deal with it – can you say “swept under the rug?” – it came down to a fairly last minute, must-do task that could no longer be handled gracefully via the mail and which fell not-so-gracefully into my lap and.

If you’ve ever been to a California DMV office you know that the wait can be as long as one hour or more. So I was not thrilled at the prospect of spending much of my morning handling this.

Fortunately, before I had done any serious pre-paving with that thought and feeling, I caught myself and shifted. I was basing my perception of what would happen on my experience of what has happened in the past.

In reality, though, there is no connection between what has happened and what can happen other than the connection I create! As the Deliberate Creator of my life I choose to bring my past experience with me into the present. Or not.

In this case, I chose not to.

When I caught myself attracting from a place of frustration and irritation, I immediately stopped and got perfectly clear about what I wanted to happen. I envisioned myself arriving at the DMV office just as the doors were opening and moving quickly and efficiently through the process of acquiring a replacement registration.

I could clearly see and feel this unfolding.

Now I have learned that even when you pre-pave with the clearest intentions and vision and feeling, it is still wise to be unattached to the outcome. So, to ensure that no matter how long I needed to wait at the DMV, I decided to bring my laptop with me. This way, even if I had to wait an hour, I could happily sit there writing all about my experience!

And as strange as it sounds, when I pulled into the DMV parking lot, I was actually looking forward to waiting for a while and getting some writing done. Apparently, though, it was not meant to be.

When I walked into the DMV just a couple of minutes after 9:00, there was no one waiting in line at the triage desk. I’ve never seen that before. I waited about 30-seconds while the two employees behind the desk finished a conversation.

In the next 45-seconds I had the form I needed to fill out and my number, G043. Before I could even find a place to fill out the form, the recorded voice announced, “Now serving number G43 at window number 7.”

“This can’t be happening.” I thought to myself. But when I looked up on the screen that listed the latest numbers called, sure enough, G043 was there right next to the #7 window. I literally had to triple check my ticket to make sure that I was not hallucinating.

It was interesting to notice the reaction of the woman at window number 7 when she realized that I did not have my form filled out and she was going to have to wait for me! Unless I’m wrong, she got a bit annoyed. Maybe I imagined it, but I could have sworn that she started tapping her fingers on her desk.

Once I had filled out the form, the process of getting the replacement registration was quick and efficient. I thanked Miss Window #7, wished her a lovely day and was out the door.

All told, my trip to the DMV had lasted less than 7-minutes.

That has to be a world record!

And here’s the point of all this. When you combine a clear, specific intention with clear vision and strong positive feelings you stand a good chance of quickly manifesting that intention.

However, when you add non-attachment to that equation you exponentially increase the likelihood that intention will quickly manifest in your life.

So begin to consider how you can create non-attachment by preparing in advance. For example if you are pre-paving a traffic-free commute home from work, set the intention, see the vision, feel the feeling, AND bring some inspiring CDs to listen to, or your list of phone calls to make, or a voice recorder so you can “write” while you’re driving.

If your funds are a bit tight this month and you’re attracting enough money to pay your rent on time, go ahead and set the intention, see the money coming in, feel the relief and peace and joy when you get those checks, AND call your landlord to let him know that you might be a few days late with the rent.

By preparing in advance for any outcome, you can more easily enter the space of non-attachment which frees up a vast amount of your energy to attract you desired outcome.

I would love to hear the ideas that you have for preparing in advance and creating a state of non-attachment. What intentions are you currently working on and how can you empower them even more by becoming unattached to the outcome?

Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Another Look At Why The Law Of Attraction Might Not Work

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I’ve written before about What You Can Do When The Law Of Attraction Doesn’t Work.

I just came across another take on the subject from Steve Pavlina. He says that The #1 Mistake People Make When Using The Law of Attraction is a lack of focused energy.

He suggests that there are two distinct components to intentions: Content and Energy. And he offers this equation:

Great content + no energy = an intention that won’t manifest anything but frustration.

Remember that the Law of Attraction works based on your energy. If your intentions are clear and focused but lack energy they are going to take a long time to manifest, if they ever do.

How do you generate positive, focused energy for your intention? One of the most effective methods for increasing your intention energy is to imagine that you have already manifested your intention. As you imagine yourself driving your new Highlander Hybrid or sitting on the deck of your vacation home overlooking a pristine bay in Kauai, let the feelings of the vision come alive. How does it FEEL to be sipping a margarita on that deck? How does it feel to know that you are carpooling all those kids to soccer and supporting sustainable technology?

The more you feel your intention, the more energy you have to fuel the content. And more energy translates into increased manifestational efficiency and speed.

So the next time you think the Law of Attraction is not working for you, stop and spend some time generating more energy.

Is Darren Rowse Going Personal Developmenty On Us?

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Darren Rowse has this entry over at Problogger, What A Buddhist Monk Taught Me About Blogging.

Sounds like something I would write.

One of the things I like about Darren and why I read almost all of his entries is his (usually reading between the lines) holistic approach to blogging. It’s nice to see that out in the open with this entry.

Thanks Darren for being a great resource!

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