In this article I am going to reveal a Law of Attraction meditation that actually works.
I am also going to separate the fact from the fiction. Because, you see, there have been a lot of lies and false information spread about the Law of Attraction.
The Law of Attraction can work. You just have to know how to do the Law of Attraction meditation properly (which is totally different to how most people do it). And you also need a dose of reality.
How the Law of Attraction Meditation Works, Supposedly
The law of attraction is a New Thought pseudoscience that states that we can attract things into our lives by focusing on them. People who use the Law of Attraction use cognitive exercises like thinking and visualizing certain things.
The idea is that thoughts have energy and when your thoughts have a specific energy you will attract a certain thing.
This is absolute rubbish. However, as I will reveal a little later, there is a way how to do Law of Attraction meditation that does work. Read on for more about that.
The idea that you can attract certain things into your life by focusing on them is absolute rubbish. There is no empirical evidence to substantiate this claim. But… there is an alternative that works.
Some people have referred to certain scientific studies to suggest that the Law of Attraction works . However, such studies have in truth been misread and misused.
How the Law of Attraction became the New Age movements biggest lie
There is actually quite a fascinating history behind the Law of Attraction. It starts with Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, the spiritual father of the New Thought movement.
Quimby suffered from tuberculosis and found that he was able to reduce his pain through moments of happiness. And so he stated that the mind had power over the body.
Then, Russian occultist Helena Blavatsky coined the term Law of Attraction when she stated that an attractive quality existed between elements of the spirits.
It wasn’t until the 1900s when the Law of Attraction started going bonkers. Essentially, self help authors took the idea and turned it into a marketing ploy that could sell a lot of books. Namely, Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich), Norman Vincent Pearl (The Power of Positive Thinking), Louise Hay (You Can Heal Your Life), and Rhonda Byrne (The Secret). They sold a lot of books by spreading a lot of misinformation.
Getting Past the Lies
And so, the Law of Attraction became a million dollar lie. And authors told everyone that they could manifest wealth by using the Law of Attraction. But sadly, it doesn’t work.
At least, it doesn’t work in the way that we have been told.
The Law of Attraction doesn’t work because you can’t manifest something just by thinking about it. The mind does not have direct control over reality.
However, the mind does control two very important things. Firstly, it controls our perception of reality. And secondly, it controls the way we behave in reality.
The good news is that you won’t need to magically manifest anything once you understand how to control your perception of reality and your own actions.
Why You Don’t Need the Law of Attraction
The bad news is that the Law of Attraction is a myth. The good news is that you won’t need the Law of Attraction once you understand how the mind works.
The truth is that you don’t need to manifest anything because everything you could ever want already exists in reality.
Take money, for instance. You can’t manifest money just by thinking about it. But you don’t need to because money is already everywhere.
Seriously, money is everywhere. Think about it. How many people have gone from poor to rich because they happened to have one good idea or they happened to spot a money making opportunity?
No, you don’t need to manifest anything. You just need to realize what is already in front of you, and then adapt your behavior. Then, you will see what you want, and you will act in a way that makes you get it.
Making the Law of Attraction Meditation Scientifically Valid
If you want to achieve things, you need to work within the confines of reality rather than whimsically wishing that everything would fall into your lap.
So how can you make the Law of Attraction work?
Firstly, remember that you don’t need to manifest anything. You just need to see what is already there and then act in a way that makes you get what you want.
In order to see what’s already there, you need to change your perception of reality. So how do you do that?
Changing your perception of reality so you see what you want
Instead of whimsically hoping to manifest things, we must learn to see what is right in front of us. Whether you want money or love, the opportunities are everywhere. You just need to see them. And for that, you’ll need to change your perception.
The mind actively creates our perception of reality, according to Alia Crum, an assistant professor of psychology and director of the Stanford Mind and Body Lab. And Jim Taylor Ph.D. states that perception of reality is based on knowledge, memory, emotion, and ways of thinking.
And if that is the case, then we must change our memories, emotions, manner of thinking, and beliefs, in such a way that they enable us to perceive what we want in the world. Because we cannot possibly get something until we see it.
You need to believe that what you want is out there for you. And I recommend you read Harvard Medical Professor John Sharp’s guide to doing that.
The best way to start to believe that what you want is there for you, is to remember all the opportunities you have had in life to get what you want. This will prove to your mind that the thing that you want is there waiting for you. More on this in the Law of Attraction Meditation below.
Changing your behaviour so you get what you want
Once we see that what we want is waiting for us, we need to change our actions. We need to act in a way that will get us what we want.
So, how do we do that?
Essentially what we want to do is change our behavior. Because we want to act like a person who is actually going to get the thing we want.
One of the fastest ways to change behaviors is by changing our memories of the past.
Most of your actions and behaviors are already massively influenced by memory. Ill give an example. Maybe you remember asking a girl out one time, being rejected, and feeling humiliated (this happened to me). And maybe since then you have found it incredibly difficult to ask anyone out (this used to be the case for me). This happens because every time you go to ask a girl out you remember being humiliated, your brain then presumes that you will be humiliated again, so you don’t bother asking the girl out. That’s just one example of the billion ways your memory changes your behaviour and your actions.
Change your memory of past events and you will change your behaviour. And this has been scientifically proven .
Thankfully the way the brain decides what actions to take is quite simple. We either believe an action will lead to punishment or reward.
Reframe your memories so that you remember all the ways that the way you would like to act now rewarded you in the past (this will make sense when we do the meditation below). Then your brain will associate the action with reward, and you will be motivated to act in that way.
Remember times when the action you want to take now led to reward in the past. If there are no such times, imagine them. False memories change our actions just like real memories do.
We’ve covered a lot in this guide. So before we get to the Law of Attraction meditation, here is a recap.
The Law of Attraction doesn’t work because the mind cannot magically manifest things.
You don’t need to manifest anything because everything you want is already available to you.
You need to change your perspective so that you see the opportunities to get the thing you want.
You change your perception by remembering past opportunities.
You need to act in a way that will get you what you want.
You change your actions by associating the action with a reward.
The Law of Attraction meditation that works
- Sit comfortably in a quiet room. Make sure there are no distractions. Sit with a straight but relaxed spine.
- Close your eyes and focus on your breath for a minimum of 25 breaths.
- Recall all the opportunities in the past when you could have got the thing you wanted. Now, this is important, do not remember what you did at that time. This step of the meditation is not about you. It’s about seeing the opportunities in your life. Remember all the opportunities, regardless of what happened.
- Decide on the way you need to behave now to get the thing you want.
- Remember all the times in your life when you acted that way and when you were rewarded for it. So for instance, maybe you need to be confident, so bring to mind all the times you’ve felt confident (even if they were in different situations)
- If you can’t think of any such times, imagine taking the action you want to take and being rewarded for it. Make sure you are associating the action with a reward.
This technique will train your mind to see the thing you want and then to get it.
And that is the version of the Law of Attraction meditation that will actually work, based on legitimate science.
1: Taylor, Travis S. (2010). The Science Behind the Law of Attraction. ISBN 978-1-4391-3339-2.
2: Jim Taylor Ph.D. Perception is not Reality, Psychology Today.
3: Psychologists Elke Geraerts of the University of St. Andrews and Maastricht University, Daniel Bernstein of Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the University of Washington, Harald Merckelbach, Christel Linders, and Linsey Raymaekers of Maastricht University, and Elizabeth F. Loftus of University of California, Irvine
Paul Harrison is a passionate meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
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