The law of attraction is nothing new. It has been around for quite a while, but it has had many different names. Some of those who have argued in favor of the law of attraction didn’t even bother to name it. You see, how we call it is completely irrelevant.
However, in the 20 century a great deal of effort was put into defining clearly what we call now the law of attraction. More than ever before we wanted factual, rock solid evidence. But before trying to apply the scientific method to the effects of the law of attraction, we needed a name.
The Law of Attraction During the 20 Century
The most famous attempts to define the law of attraction throughout the 20 century started with Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich (1937). But Napoleon Hill paid little attention to explaining what the law of attraction actually was, and more to how it worked. Later, Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking (1952) applied to everyday life the same ideas that were previously expressed by Napoleon Hill regarding entrepreneurship and wealth.
In the last half of the 20 and the beginning of the 21 century other important references to the law of attraction appeared through Jane Robert’s The Seth Material (1972) and Esther Hicks’ Ask and it is Given (2004). There were many other references to the law of attraction during this period of time, but in my opinion these were the most relevant until 2006 when Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret was published and released as a movie.
If The Secret wasn’t the first time people talked about the law of attraction, why it caused so much more upheaval than before? Well, it actually didn’t. All other previous references to the law of attraction caused their fair share of disruption. The only difference this occasion is that for the first time we had the means to share information around the globe immediately. Something that Napoleon Hill, Norman Vincent nor Jane Roberts had.
With The Secret, the law of attraction, for the first time, went viral. And as with most if this that become viral, it was also incredibly tergiversated.
Thoughts Become Reality
This is the biggest misconception about the law of attraction and is easy to understand why. The idea that we can control our reality and our physical circumstances with only our thoughts is heavily implied in The Secret.
Why? Because is easy to explain and more commercially oriented that the truth. And let’s not forget that The Secret book and movie are commercial products, with the end purpose of generate profit. This doesn’t mean such products has no value, but you must be as cautions about its claims as you would be with a salesman trying to sell you a vacuum cleaner.
The truth? Thoughts do not create reality; actions create reality. And what matter the most to us are not our thoughts, but our emotions, because emotions influence our actions. Of course our thoughts are important, but also are our emotional state and certainly our actions.
Only thoughts are emotions won’t get us far; actions without thoughts and emotions will get us to all the wrong places. But when we get to align our thoughts with our emotions so efficiently that they completely influence our actions, we are set for greatness.
“Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions; watch your actions, they become habits; watch your habits, they become character; watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
What create our reality are the actions and decisions we make and take. These actions are based upon our emotional state, and that’s the importance of taking care of our emotional vibration.
Our emotional vibration simply refers to how we feel. Why is this important? Because if our predominant emotional state is negative, our actions will be influenced by such emotions, and therefore, the results of such actions will be equally negative, or erratic in the best cases.
If the predominant emotion in our life is anger, our actions will be erratic and uncontrolled. If our predominant emotion is depression, our actions will lack the strength to create a meaningful result. If it is hopelessness, our actions will fall short to what our goals require and we will get mediocre results.
If our predominant emotions are positive, we will be more energetic, creative and sharper. The effects of positive emotions in professional performance are more than proved by standardized science. In the same way, our relationships will improve greatly when we approach others while holding a positive emotional state.
Our emotions become a compass that we can use to assess if our actions are aimed towards our chosen goals and dreams, or if we are walking in the wrong direction.
It is my personal opinion –though not an original idea– that this is the sole purpose of emotions, to serve as a guidance system. For more about this you can read Ring the Alarm.
The part of emotions in the creation of our reality and the influence of our actions is way deeper, but for the sake of the point I’m trying to make with this article, I’ll leave it here for now.
To summarize: thoughts do not create reality, thoughts influence emotions, which heavily influence our actions (or the lack of it) and our actions create our reality.
So, if you sit in your coach every night to think about how much you want that new BMW or a new romantic relationship or to be out of debt, and do nothing about it, the law of attraction wont work.
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