Ever since the movie “The Secret” entered the market-place, an entirely new industry sprang up around it regarding the Law of Attraction.
I’m a teacher of The Law, I’ve been studying it for the better part of 11 years. I’m also glad that The Secret brought some of these spiritual principles to the mainstream. It certainly helped open more people to these concepts, and it definitely made for great conversation and great learning as more and more people discovered these teachings.
However. I’m now seeing a down side.
Along with bringing more visibility to these principals, it’s also spawned a belief system that if you only think a “certain way” or if you just focus on “these right things” that everything in your life will suddenly shift and you will attract everything you could possibly want.
There’s a big problem with trying to think just the right things, or visualize just the right dreams. The problem is – we live in a physical world. You have to interact with physical things, and people, and you’ve had past experiences that mold who you are – and all of that comes into play when creating your present circumstances. As humans, we just do not have the ability to materialize what we want out of thin air – and no amount of visualization is going to change that.
I’m seeing more and more people become frustrated with these principles because some people teaching them are leaving out the most important pieces – the pieces that teach what the right actions are to accomplish your goals, and the pieces that support us in the human journey. We can have success – but sometimes, we need to learn. We are not all-knowing beings. We are never done learning – as we strive toward our goals, there are things we need to learn to help us achieve what we want.
You may want a successful business, but if you don’t know the steps to take to achieve that, you’ll need to learn them. You may want to be a massage therapist, you’ll need to go to school to learn to safely massage your clients. You may want to play the harp – you’ll need to learn the strings, the notes and how to read music.
Mark Silver, has a really great post on his blog about why we can’t visualize our way to success. His post is what inspired my thoughs here.
If you’ve tried visualizations, mantras, and affirmations and still you’re finding yourself stuck. It’s ok – all you need is a little help, maybe some guidance, and maybe some support. You can get where you want to go – and yes – it’s important to visualize your goals and have the right mind-set around them. But, you need to take action too, and sometimes, you need someone to show you the way.