I’m trying this game out, beginning today! I just paid $1000 towards my student loans.
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To truly experience the benefits of positive thinking, you have to practice it all the time. Watching (& re-watching!) inspirational films like The Secret is a great way to keep positive thoughts in the front of your mind. Last weekend, Kelly & I watched Esther & Jerry Hicks: Law of Attraction:
Discover how the power of positive thinking applies to common, real-life situations as Esther and Jerry Hicks look at the commanding law of attraction and the teachings of Abraham, the collective consciousness channeled through Esther.
It took me some time to accept the idea that Esther was channeling “Abraham”, but if you can get past that bit there is much to be learned!
1. Wouldn’t it be nice if…
If you’re having trouble figuring out how to make a situation better, try playing the “wouldn’t it be nice if…” game. When I’m bored or depressed, I can always imagine better circumstances. Once you start visualizing what would make you feel better, you actually do start feeling better.
2. Stop caring about what others think!
According to Abraham, this is the most important thing you can do when trying to achieve joy. The only responsibility you have is to match your emotional state to the person you want to become. If you want to be wealthy, you can get there by feeling like a wealthy person. (“Act as if.” “Fake it til you make it.”) When you start worrying about what other people think about what you want, then you dilute your desire. If you feel guilty about what you want, you’re worrying about what other people think. All that matters is how YOU feel. Don’t compare yourself to others. Remove fear from your decision-making. If you worry about being judged, or looking stupid, you’ll never take the leap towards your true joy!
3. Teaching is about soothing disbelief
One of the most striking conversations in the film is between Abraham & a man who does motivational speaking. The man wants to know how he can teach, motivate, inspire & heal all at once. As a teacher myself, I often wonder what my students want from me, & how I can best help them. Abraham explains that all there is to teaching is soothing disbelief. A teacher must simply help her student believe that he is capable. A teacher must inspire a reduction of resistance in her student, by helping him remove anything in the way of believing he already has what he wants.
When teaching web design & development, I often have students who are so intimidated by code that they convince themselves they just can’t understand it. Changing this mindset is what teaching is all about.
Abraham continues with some practical tips on how to have the right attitude as a teacher. Before approaching your students, believe that they will summon from you what they want to hear. Think of yourself as a catalyst to open them up to receiving. Believe that you’re ready for them & they are ready for you. Above all, teach for the fun of it!
4. Practice the art of allowing
The art of allowing is this: you gain control of your reality by letting go of control. Decide what you want, then leave it up to the universe to figure out how to get it to you. Let go of your plans, stop working towards goals, & allow the universe to bring you the things you desire & deserve.
5. Follow your impulses!
Part of the art of allowing is following your impulses. The universe constantly gives you feedback on your proximity to joy. When you feel bad, you are far from joy. When you start feeling excitement & passion, you are much closer to joy. You were born with intuition. Use it! Whenever you get a feeling that you should do something out of the ordinary, indulge yourself! You will be surprised at what joy can come from it. Trust yourself!
6. I’m doing everything right
Abraham says that most people walk around life beating a drum, saying over & over to themselves “What am I doing wrong? What am I doing wrong? What am I doing wrong?” Not surprisingly, those people have a whole lot of wrong in their lives. The other day I came up with a trick to combat this negative thought pattern: consciously walk around saying “I’m dong everything right! I’m doing everything right!” Before you know it, you will start to FEEL like you are doing everything right! That mindset is enough to change the course of your entire life.
The first thing I had to do was give up intoxicating substances, because they interfere with my ability to find joy. How can you find joy when you’re taking depressants? Without clouded emotions, I don’t need to have such a restrictive diet. I don’t need to weigh myself, & I certainly don’t need to count calories!
The most important thing I learned is that there is a time delay when using the law of attraction. Even if it seems like it isn’t working, just keep thinking positive thoughts & searching for your joy! Keep believing the things you want to be your reality, & they will come to you.
I have had eating issues for TWENTY YEARS, & now I am over them. I have so much free time to manifest things like winning the lottery!
If you are unhappy or trying to manifest change in your life, the simplest thing you can do is start searching for joy in every moment. I’ve found walking is the most joyful thing I can do lately, because it leads me to adventure, friends, & delicious vegan food everywhere!
What you want you already have. Start believing it!
Here’s something I don’t like talking about: money. I grew up in a wealthy suburb of Chicago, went to a private high school and attended college paid for by my parents. I have always felt extreme guilt for being born into a cushioned lifestyle.
My guilt manifested into debt. After college, I let my personal finances become a complete mess. I didn’t budget, I didn’t make enough money to pay for my apartment, & I used credit cards to pay for everything. I took out loans to pay for grad school. Finally! A financial situation to match what I felt I deserved!
Whenever cornered by my father about money, I would mumble something like “don’t worry, everything’s fine!” I wouldn’t dare tell him the truth, because it would make me feel ungrateful & idiotic.
Yesterday, I swallowed my pride & asked for help. I printed out my balances & asked my dad what I could do to improve the situation. Graciously, generously, & without biting my head off, he helped me come up with a plan to tackle my debt.
Now that I have come clean to him, I can come clean online. I firmly believe in financial transparency & took a stab at it with my weekly financial hygiene routine. But until I could see simple numbers like at Oh No My Money, my debt wasn’t going anywhere.
Here is where I currently stand as of July 18, 2010:
Here is where I am one year from now:
This is a visualization exercise to help me picture exactly how much money I want to attract into my life. My debt is paid, my savings overflowing, & I have plenty of income to support experiences like travel to Europe. I’m not yet trying to figure out HOW I’m going to get this money. All that’s important is that I know exactly how much I want & what it feels like to have it.
Now I can print this visualization out & make it happen! Money is such a touchy subject, but it doesn’t have to be! There is enough wealth for everyone! What are your thoughts on financial transparency? Yay or nay?
I’ve watched the film The Secret several times since my friend Jessie suggested it a couple months ago. The Secret is all about the law of attraction, & how to make practical use of it. The law of attraction states that what we think about directly influences what happens in our lives. Think about debt, heartache, & pain, & that’s what you attract into your life. Think about love, happiness, & joy, & it will flow into your life effortlessly.
Learning about the law of attraction has completely transformed me. Back in April I was struggling with some mild depression, & changing my thought patterns from negative to positive made all the difference in the world!
Here are my favorite concepts from The Secret. My hope is that they might get you excited about thinking positively too! Whenever I find myself in a negative mood, it’s helpful to remember that I am the creator of my reality, & that I choose absolutely everything that is in my life. We all have the power to have whatever we desire, why not take advantage of it?
- Ask. Believe. Receive. These are the simple instructions for implementing the law of attraction in your life. Figure out what you want (which is the hard part!), & then ask for it. Asking publicly online is one of the best ways to get the things you need. Ask on Facebook, ask on Twitter, ask on your blog. Your social network will surprise you! Next, just believe you have what you want! Act as if it’s already yours. Begin to FEEL like everything you want is already yours. Then, you receive. By asking for what you want & believing it is already yours, the universe has no choice but to bring you what you want!
- When you visualize, you materialize. Picture exactly what it will be like to have what you want. Visualize it over & over.
- Thoughts become things. You have the power to manifest real, physical, things. By constantly envisioning your deepest desires coming true, you are signaling to the universe that you are ready to make those things real.
- Make a habit of using the law of attraction. This can be difficult at first, but is essential for success. Picture your day in segments, & before each one, quickly visualize how you want that segment to play out. I have trouble remembering to do it sometimes, but when I do, it definitely works!
- Whatever you think about & thank about, you bring about. Being thankful & full of gratitude is essential. First, being grateful for what you already have is the quickest way to change a negative mood around. Second, having a constant feeling of gratitude in your mind primes you for receiving more.
- Trust inspired thought. The universe likes quick decision-making. Trust your intuition & act swiftly & you will be rewarded :]
- Paint it. The law of attraction makes a lovely complement to creativity. Creating artwork that physically visualizes what you want generates an artifact that you can look at again & again whenever you need a reminder.
- Life is meant to be abundant in every way. Asking for what you want is not selfish, & you deserve to have everything you wish. There is enough for everyone! When you get what you want, you become a happier person. Being happy & positive is the best way to help & inspire others.
What do you think about the law of attraction? Has it helped you in your life? If you haven’t yet, give it a shot & let me know what you think.
Lifestreaming and the law of attraction have been mixing it up really well lately. First, lifestreaming is a rad tool for gratitude. And it is a perfect way to implement the three steps to creating your own reality: asking, believing & receiving. The hardest part is figuring out what you want! I talk about some recent successes & rename this site for the millionth time: Jessica Mullen’s Lifestream of Attraction.
Trying something new! The plan: record videos about things/concepts/experiences I want in my life and act as if I already have them. Then! In the private video diaries you see the whole story: what really worked, what didn’t… Here’s to using a lifestream as a vision board for creating your own reality!
Log in to watch a private video diary about making a living as a lifestreamer [Duration: 00:04:58 | recorded: 5.31.10].