Friday, January 18, 2008

What Is Law of Attraction?

What is law of attraction?

Michelle and I were reflecting on this question yesterday and it donned on us that, although we've been in the personal development world for several years and are typically dialoguing with people who are interested in and at least somewhat familiar with the concept of law of attraction, the vast majority of people have no idea what the heck law of attraction is.

So today's entry is my attempt at answering the question in a straight forward, simple way ... let's call it law of attraction for newbies. :-)

At its simplest, law of attraction states that you attract into your experience whatever you think about -- like attracts like.

So the premise is that wherever you place the majority of your thought attention, with emotion, that is what you will draw more of into your life.

Since most people spend the majority of their time thinking about things that they don't want, they generally attract a lot of what they do not want. That's because most people spend the bulk of their time rehashing things that have happened in the past (like why people don't like me, or a divorce, or that idiot who cut me off on the freeway) or worrying about things that might happen tomorrow (what if ...).

I've heard it said that we average about 60,000 thoughts per day. The problem for most of us is that it's the same 60,000 thoughts each day.

The law of attraction works whether we're aware of it or not (just like, say the law of gravity works all of the time). The opportunity is to become aware of the law and to learn to use it deliberately by consciously monitoring our thoughts and placing attention and focus on what we do want.

Now that in itself can be a very elusive thing. What I've described is a very simplistic definition of what law of attraction is and how it works.

There are nuances to learning to work with it effectively. One of the key ones is matching frequencies of vibration, which is a topic I've blogged about quite a lot in the past. Essentially, we and everything around us are energy. Like energy, which can be measured as a vibrational frequency, attracts like energy.

Law of attraction is not a new concept; it's been around for a very, very long time. For a broad historical overview of the concept and its use, go to wikipedia and search the term "law of attraction". You will find good basic information and links to other resources.

One of the books I've read that really keeps law of attraction very simple and provides simple, practical exercises and advice on how to use it is written by Michael Losier. The book is titled Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don't. Michael has been a guest on Oprah, and Michelle and I have seen Michael speak several times. If you're looking for a practical introduction to law of attraction, it's well worth the read.

So there it is ... that's my attempt at answering the question "what is law of attraction?" How'd I do?

To learn more about what is law of attraction and how to use it deliberately in your life, visit my website at Thanks for reading.

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