This is Part 5 in this series on the snarkiest (and most common) ways we misinterpret the Law of Attraction.
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Click here for #2.
Click here for #3.
Click here for #4.
#5 – “I’ve been doing this for two weeks now and nothing’s happened…”
Maharishi Mahesh, the yogi who founded Transcendental Meditation, likened meditation practice to the process of dying cloth in the villages in India. The white cloth gets dipped into barrels of dye. Then it is hung to dry. Then it gets dipped in the barrels again. It keeps going through this process until it becomes the intended deep color.
He said that meditation is the same process. You have to keep “dipping” in to the meditation, and bringing a little bit more of that experience into the world with you. You go back into meditation, and bring more of that peace and knowingness out into your world. Each experience of meditation takes you deeper – until you are able to live more from the meditation place than the frantic place of the material world.
It is the same with the ideas in the Law of Attraction, as well as any other consciousness work.
Many people see a program like The Secret, or they read a book about the Law of Attraction, and they decide to change their thoughts. When they don’t see an immediate difference, they doubt it “works.” Or they just let their excitement drift away.
I have been one of those people. (Some days, I still am.)
This is all okay. This stuff takes time. It’s a process. It’s not about the endings anyway. It’s what you learn and who you become along the way.
And besides, it has taken you a long time to create these old thought patterns and beliefs – so it might take some time to change their direction and creative power.
Let’s do some math:
Scientists estimate that the human brain thinks about 70,000 thoughts a day.
If you multiply that by 365 days in a year, that’s 25,550,000 thoughts. (I did that in my head.)
That, by the way, is twenty-five million, five hundred and fifty thousand thoughts.
Now, I want you to take your age and multiply it by twenty-five million, five hundred and fifty thousand.
The resulting number is the approximate number of thoughts you’ve had in your mind so far in your life.
For example, if you’re 35, then you’ve had 894,250,000 thoughts. That’s over 894 MILLION thoughts. Most of them unconscious.
So, now, let’s say you decide in your 35th year, that you’re going to add, “I am peaceful and prosperous in every moment” to the mix.
This can be likened (to use the words of a colorful ex-military man to whom I once had the pleasure of living next door) to “farting at a hurricane.”
In other words, it might take longer than two weeks.
But again, it’s okay! It gets even more okay the more you work with it. The goal becomes more about not letting all those old tapes run the show, and about experiencing the actual feeling of knowing it is so. When you get that level of peace, the outcome doesn’t matter, detachment happens, and manifestation does too.
In the meantime, if you’ve spent your whole life going down a well-worn negative path, getting nervous about the same things, feeling mistrustful of the same situations, doubting your ability to make money, criticizing your creativity, being angry at the world at large, or feeling unworthy – then most likely, it’s going to take more than two weeks, or even one year to create major changes.
You will create some changes though. You will see some openings and opportunities come your way. And it’ll be up to you to recognize them for the manifestations they are, rather than dismissing them as a fluke. This all requires awareness and consciousness and commitment. And the more you focus on the good stuff – even the tiniest openings – the more you’ll keep creating and noticing more good stuff.
Most of the people who vehemently insist that the Law of Attraction is a load of hooey have never even tried it at all, much less put it into any form of practice.
Most of the people who are into the Law of Attraction have experienced the changes that come from taking it seriously – even if they only quit complaining or simply begin a gratitude journal. Most of them will say that it took some time to begin seeing the shifts.
Give it time. Keep holding the images in your mind. Keep watching your thoughts and your language. If nothing else, you will be a happier person with happier thoughts. The other option is to give up and never know for sure if it’s possible to consciously create your life!