I am a big fan of Abraham-Hicks, which, if you don’t know, is a popular spiritual teacher and expert on the Law of Attraction. I was introduced to the Law of Attraction a long time ago when I discovered the “Conversation with God” book series. A few years later, my enthusiasm for the topic was reinvigorated when “The Secret” came out.
Basically, the Law of Attraction is the study of how our thoughts create. All thought is creative. There are many useful aphorisms that pertain to this:
- What you think about, you bring about.
- Whatever the mind of man can conceive, and believe, it can achieve.
- If you believe it, you can achieve it.
- Thoughts become things.
Related to this is the notion that our feelings are indicators of the vibrational content of our thoughts, whether be it positive or negative. In other words, feelings tell us if our thoughts are bringing us what we want… or what we don’t want. Basically, the better you feel, the more you are attracting things you desire. The worse you feel, the more you are attracting what you don’t want.
I have examined my own life enough to see how true this is. It seems that whenever I am feeling bad, my internal monologue is spitting out something negative. It might be (very often is) me judging myself (I discussed this topic yesterday). Whenever I notice myself in a weird or unpleasant mood, there’s usually a corresponding stream of thought going on that is fearful, worried, or distrusting.
Try it out, see what I mean. The next time you notice yourself in a funk, or otherwise upset, check in with yourself. What are you focusing on? What is your mind thinking? And how does that make you feel?
Abraham-Hicks talks a lot about aligning our thoughts to what feels good. This is how we align with our true selves. Joyful, happy thoughts, thoughts of empowerment and creation… those are thoughts that are consistent with our higher natures. On the other hand, thoughts of fear, worry, despair, etc, are not.
Pretty simple idea, yet simple ideas aren’t always common practice. In this society, we often see other people behaving in ways that don’t serve them. Being out of whack at times just seems to be part of the human experience. Yet it doesn’t have to be.
The trick is to start to pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. Feeling is the indicator of whether you are on track or not. Personally, I work every day to focus on what feels good: to think thoughts of peace, of empowerment, of joy, of love, and of lightness. When I notice myself getting into a strange or unpleasant mood, I aim to do something to redirect that focus. This usually works to give me a little bit of relief, which is an indicator that I am swinging the dial back in the right direction.
I believe strongly in the importance of being “in alignment” because I know so intimately what it is like NOT to be. I know what it is like to go for years trying really hard to make something work that just doesn’t, and I know the feelings of frustration, anger, and disappointment that arise from barking up the wrong tree, of doing things the hard way, and basically going against what feels best for me. This SUCKS. No thanks, I think I’ll pass on that way of living.
Life experience has taught me that there is nothing more important than attending to my own happiness. This might sound selfish, but think about it this way: if I am happy, that means I have more to give others. More joy, more positivity. Being authentically happy generally makes you a more generous person. Or, as I heard it put, “if you are on an airplane that is going down, you gotta put your own oxygen mask on first, because you won’t be able to help anyone else if you’re unconscious!”