the law of attraction

In deep thoughts, inspiration, learning, stories by Jay Clouse

Over the past year, I’ve been putting more and more stock into the idea of the Law of Attraction. From Wikipedia:

…the law of attraction is the belief that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts people can bring positive or negative experiences into their life.

The belief is based on the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from “pure energy”, and that through the process of “like energy attracting like energy” a person can improve their own health, wealth and personal relationships.

It seems kind of cheesy — and there was definitely a time I would’ve written this off as new wavey mumbo jumbo. There is no scientific backing here — it’s been called pseudoscience (also from Wikipedia).

But I can’t help but think that the more I spent time and energy thinking positively about things I want or events I want to happen, the more they seem to do so.

In You Are A Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero, she calls this idea “Universal Intelligence.” For some, this is their concept of “God” (but we won’t go down that path).

I think of it like the crowded airport shuttle I was riding in Wednesday evening.

All around me, I could hear pretty loud, conflicting conversations. Just sitting there and listening to the “noise” around me was pretty distracting — I couldn’t really pick up on any one conversation, it was all just jumbled over itself.

But if I focused my attention on one person or two people who were talking to each other, I could suddenly totally pick up their specific voices and ignore the rest of the noise.

I think this is much the same way the Law of Attraction works. There is infinite noise, choices, opportunities, and paths all around us all of the time. But when we choose a direction we want to go, an area we want to focus on, we suddenly hone in on that specific path.

I’d love to hear your thoughts/experiences here — I know affirmations are popular with some and not with others. As with all things, I think it comes down to what works for you. But it doesn’t feel like randomness to me.


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