How Thoughts Create Things (On Law of Attraction)

October 20, 2016

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I’m stuffed to the brim.
I’ve listened to as many law of attraction teachings as possible over 8 years, and I don’t want even one more morsel inside my brain! No matter how many teachers I turn to, I was having a difficult time grasping how thoughts create things.

So, let me see if I can untangle this web for me (and you).
When you teach others, you learn that thing better yourself.

First things first.
We have to be open-minded enough to listen to the idea that thoughts do indeed create things. Not everyone is open to this idea, to keep a beginner’s mind, nor was I until after years and years of reading & learning.

That part of the job is up to you.
I’m sure you’ve done plenty of reading on law of attraction, intention, visualization, neuroplasticity, yogic teachings and the sort by now.

Here are a few quotes to refresh your memory.
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”
– Buddha

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
– Mark 11:24

“If you want it and expect it, it will be yours very soon.”
– Abraham-Hicks

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“I visualized where I wanted to be, what kind of player I wanted to become. I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and I focused on getting there.”
– Michael Jordan

“Change your thoughts if you wish to change your circumstances. Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them. You will want to change them when you realize that each thought creates according to its own nature. Remember that the law works at all times and that you are always demonstrating according to the kind of thoughts you habitually entertain. Therefore, start now to think only those thoughts that will bring you health and happiness.”
– Paramahansa Yogananda

How thoughts create things
Let’s divide the brain into two parts.

Subconscious Mind
For simplicity, we will use these terms interchangeably.
Subconscious Mind = Brain = Automatic Thoughts = Negative Thoughts.

Subconscious produces automatic thoughts.

Do you ever find yourself in the shower and halfway through, become alert and realize you had been mumbling and replaying an event the whole time? That’s the automatic brain in action. Thoughts & images replay without us trying. And it’s very easy to get lost in that dream-like state. These usually happen when we’re showering, driving, washing dishes, or some type of mundane activity.

And automatic thoughts are mostly negative.
Brain has a negativity bias, we all know this by now.

I don’t know what that percentage is, and it probably differs from person to person depending on their awareness. Let’s assume our automatic thoughts are 90% negative & 10% positive for most of us.

Automatic negative thoughts are creating crappy things for us. You know how athletes visualize hitting the winning shot? Well, this is the exact opposite. Our automatic thoughts are visualizing bad things happening.

Conscious Mind
For simplicity,
Conscious Mind = Mind = Intentional Thoughts

Mind is where we do something purposefully.

For example, I don’t automatically write a blog post.
Instead, I have to make up my conscious mind to do so, turn on some music, log onto my website, click “new post”, and manually type using my fingers. I intentionally use energy units from the conscious mind to do all these tasks.

With our Mind, we can intentionally think positive or negative thoughts. We have a choice.

For example, some people use both conscious & subconscious minds to think negative. Those are the truly miserable, dark cloud around them all the time people. They also tend to be the most ignorant and least educated folks. If no one ever teaches you that you can think positively, how will you know? We rarely learn this from our family or school. You kinda have to stumble onto it somehow.

We can look at our own life to see how good we’re doing at our conscious intentional thinking. My guess is that some things are working for you but many things could use improvement.

The Goal
The goal is to use good thoughts to feel good to create good things.

“Thoughts are the language of the brain and the mind, and feelings are the language of the body.”
– Dr. Joe Dispenza

“Let your feelings be your guide.”
– Abraham-Hicks

Thinking positive thoughts is what need to do.
Positive feelings tell us we’re doing it right.
Positive things are what we manifest as a result.

We use emotions as an indicator of how we’re doing.
If we’re headed in the right direction, we will feel good.
If going the wrong way, we will feel bad.
We always know which way we’re headed by the way we feel, like Abraham-Hicks says. That’s our inner GPS.

It’s like there’s a floating island in the sky.
On that island exists all the things we want. You can grab your new car, mate, job, better health while you’re visiting. We get to that island using a hot air balloon, which is powered by positive feelings. We get positive feelings by thinking enough positive thoughts with our mind so that the body also starts releasing feel good chemicals.

We usually do this by accident.
It’s like a blind person throwing enough darts until he hits a bulls-eye. Thus we have some good things in our lives (a good job, a good mate, or good house), and a lot that could use improvement.

The goal though is to do it deliberately and intentionally to create more good in more areas of our lives. In health, wealth, and relationships.

FEELINGS ARE WHERE IT’S AT.

It’s not enough just to think positive thoughts, we must do it long enough & vivid enough to manifest positive feelings in the body. That is the mistake I had been doing all this time. I was thinking positive thoughts but rarely to the point of evoking positive feelings. It’s not Think and Grow Rich. It should be Think and Feel Rich.

“Step three is the most important step, Sara, and it’s the step that most people miss altogether. Step three is this: Once you have identified what it is that you do want, you must make that feel real. You must talk about why you want it, describe what it would be like to have it, explain it, pretend it, or remember another time like it – but keep thinking about it until you find that feeling place. Continue to talk to yourself about what it is that you do want until you feel good.”
– Solomon in Sara Book 1, by Esther Hicks

It’s not easy, it’s very hard
The other catch to this task is that we have to be deliberately quiet to accomplish it.

This task requires tremendous discipline to keep our mind focused on good and be comfortable in quiet solitude. Especially difficult for a person like me, who is constantly multitasking and listening to audio.

Meaning, it’s not possible to do this while consuming the news, game of thrones, gossip shows, sports & political talk shows where they’re yelling, podcasts, blogs, books, gchatting, youtube clips, gossiping with family, friends, & coworkers.

It’s also important to note that listening to hours and hours of Abraham-Hicks on youtube will not do the trick. Trust me, I’ve tried & have listened for thousands of hours. It’s like watching cooking shows over and over, hoping it’ll result in an omelette in our kitchen. I’ve tried that too! ;)

No, at some point, you’ll have to head down to the fridge, crack open a few eggs and do the work yourself.

That’s the error law of attraction teachers make when teaching. They make it sound easy when it’s one of the hardest things ever.

To think enough positive thoughts to evoke positive feelings can be as difficult as hitting a hole-in-one in golf. With enough practice, it may become like hitting a 3-pointer in basketball. Eventually, it should be like a layup or brushing our teeth. Easy & automatic.

That requires a certain amount of practice & patience.
It’s no different than learning to cook, play the guitar, or getting a black belt in jiu jitsu.

But unlike playing the guitar, law of attraction isn’t optional. Whether we want to or not, things are being created by thoughts. We might as well get good at this then.

Repetition
The good news is that the more we consciously think positive thoughts, eventually those seeds will land on good soil in our subconscious mind, sprout and grow, and our automatic thoughts will become good as well.

That is when both parts of the brain are working at full power and we get massive results. Instead of having one foot on the gas pedal and the other on the brake, now we’re zooming on full accelerator. I imagine the truly great folks are operating at this level (Oprah, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos).

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
– Henry David Thoreau

The Task
So, I need to sit quietly (the hardest part).
Turn off all gadgets, gizmos, and shows. Try and think one positive thought. About any topic.

Once I get a hold of that positive thought, hold onto it with all my might. Then try to magnify that as much as possible with additional positive thoughts. Until I get that tingling positive feeling in the body (joy, excitement, hype). Then I need to keep doing that as long as possible, as long as it’s fun. Daily.

This will keep me humming at a high enough vibration, high enough altitude in my hot air balloon, to manifest the things I really want in life.