How to attract and manifest what you want & review of The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Your reality is so different from that of others. What may seem like the ideal lifestyle from the outside may be full of sad moments and hardships on the inside. But, have you thought about shifting your reality to include more of what you want in life?
If the past two years have taught me anything, it's that whatever signals I emit to the universe, it's exactly what I get back. I have been spending so much energy trying to fight illness and wallowing in self-pity, and that's exactly what I got back: more illness and more negativity.
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I started to shift my mindset after I read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.
Ok, I'll admit that the first few pages seemed like a load of motivational speaker BS. I'm not too fond of those kinds of books that claim to give you insight into the absolute secrets of the universe. I am skeptical. I don't exude positivity. But, I was surprised by the seemingly banal book.
The book claims to reveal the great mystery of the universe: the law of attraction.
Now, I know it sounds cliche. This law of attraction thing seems a bit nonsensical at times, but I found that it's really about a specific mindset. You can train your brain to think positively and welcome abundance.
Did you know that we are constantly emitting signals that the universe responds to? It’s like we’re all emitting unique radio signals. These are emitted out into the universe. Then, they match us up with anything on the same wavelength. As a result, we attract events, feelings, circumstances that make up our lives.
The basic idea behind the law of attraction goes something like this: your thoughts attract similar thoughts and events into your life. So, let's say you always think you're too poor to afford a vacation, you attract only lack - and therefore, you attract more poverty. If, however, you keep telling yourself that you have enough money and think about abundance, you attract that wealth by manifesting it.
It's like the universe is here to serve you. You create your own reality. Here's an interesting quote from the book that got me thinking:
"The Great Secret of Life is the law of attraction. The law of attraction can also be called the law of creation. In other words, life is not happening to you, you are creating it."
Therefore a huge part of life is to manifest the things you want. It's harder than it sounds. In all honesty, I haven't attracted too much wealth into my life by thinking I have wealth, but I have attracted more positive thoughts by shifting my mindset.
This book is not a magical solution to your problems. Manifesting is hard, and the law of attraction will not work if you don't BELIEVE and make an effort to change your mindset and lifestyle.
If you decide to read the book, make sure to take it with a grain of salt. It's full of success stories of people attracting everything they want in life. What I like is that it's written as a series of quotes and tips from successful manifesters. The author and other "co-authors" of the book share snippets of wisdom about how to attract what you want into your life through the law of attraction.
The signals you emit into the universe are made up of your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions. This is what you give to the universe. If you think negative thoughts, you attract more (at least that's what Rhonda claims).
You have the power to shape your experiences by paying attention to what you focus on. This is where your power comes from. If you are focused only on the negative aspects of your life, you will create and attract more of the same. As a result, your brain focuses on more and more negativity, and thus you create more in a vicious cycle.
One big secret the book teaches us is that to achieve a goal that you want, you have to believe that you've ALREADY ACHIEVED IT. Therefore, you need to visualize the end result. For example, if you want a big house, think about yourself sitting in the big house, working in the big house, and play pretend. Imagine you already live there until it actually happens.
I'm not sure you can truly have a big mansion without hard work and abundant finances, but I think you can use this book and the secrets of the law of attraction to at least change your mindset. Once you believe in using more positive thinking, you can begin to improve your mental health. Maybe that's when things can really start to change for the better. The Secret opened my eyes to something that I forgot to do: think big and believe in myself.
I am not going to share any more insights from the book, you'll have to read it to find out, but I recommend taking it slow. Read every line and try to practice what the book tells you to do. I'm not going to pretend like I've upgraded my life as a result, but I am learning to be more conscientious of what I'm thinking, what I want, and how I interact with the universe.