Originally Posted by MiguelG
How exactly does LoA work? I've gone through the processes of visualization and creative thought (These are rough translations from the names in my language) and I can't seem to understand how to use them efficiently.
The thing that's sticking most to my mind is the fact that for one to become in tune with the universe to receive, one must act like they have already received it.
How does this exactly work in the real world? For example I manifest a new computer, but I can't really act like I have one, since I can do certain things with that computer that I can't with my current one.
Manisfesting relationships seems to be weird aswell. How can I act like I've already gone out on a date with someone? Acting like that towards someone would make them repel you, don't you think?
If you've ever had the experience of wanting to buy a new car or had a desire to remember something you forgot, then you know what the law of attraction is. How ?
Have you noticed that as soon as you've told yourself that you like a certain car and wonder what it would be like to have one, that EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK from then on, you keep seeing that type of car ?
Have you ever noticed that when trying to remember something you forgot, that it is more effective to tell yourself to "Relax, it will come back to you" than trying to FORCE yourself to remember?
The mechanism of "attraction" at work in both cases, but most especially in the answer to your question, is simply this: ACCEPTING, not wishing for, WHAT YOU WANT….
It is all about clarity of YOUR intent….stated IN THE PRESENT….and ACCEPTED IN THE PRESENT.
As stated in the 1st reference, "When one realizes that the whole problem of manifest results is more a matter of opening up the consciousness to see or include something which already exists in Fact, instead of trying to bring something that is not out into manifest form, then the matter will be much simpler."
The mechanism of "attraction" is simply this: ACCEPTING, not wishing for, WHAT YOU WANT….NOW. The only time you CAN state your intent (desire) IS now. And the only time you can receive your desire (or solution, or arrive at your destination, etc.) IS now, as well. So between the time you ASK and the time you RECEIVE is.......only NOW !
THERE IS NO OTHER TIME, BUT NOW ! There IS NO past. There is no FUTURE ! What we call past or future is just a different part of NOW, that is not divided at ANY point or time, whatsoever. ALL IS NOW ! because ALL IS ONE, which includes you asking AND you receiving....and all times in between.....NOW.
It’s very much like how a Tom-Tom or Garmin GPS system works in your automobile. You recognize that the GPS acts like a single system, right ? That’s because to IT, ALL the “points of reference” (i.e. places you CAN go) exist within the system…..NOW, no matter where YOU are in relation to ANY of them.
With some GPS models configured with 6 million or more “points of reference”, all YOU have to do is TELL THE GPS WHERE YOU WANT TO GO, so that the GPS can tell you HOW TO GET THERE !
Just as the GPS, in conjunction with orbiting satellites, all act as a single unit to convey your intention in this metaphor I described, SO DOES YOUR OWN MIND, but...with a crucial difference between the GPS metaphor and Reality. And that is......that YOUR MIND works in conjunction with an "operating system", which in Reality is.....the ENTIRETY OF CREATION, seen and unseen....operating AS ONE.....AT ONCE.....to do so.
We've been erroneously taught that FIRST we must ask, THEN we can receive. Why is that wrong ? Think about it.
The solutions we seek PRECEDE our need.....exactly like the availability of air precedes our need to breathe it.
If the answer (solution) were not ALREADY true, and truly within YOU.....you would not be ABLE to recognize (RE - cognize) the Truth of it AS the answer (solution) !!
"Perfection does not come from projecting our own ideas but from awakening to the knowledge that it is already the established order of things.".....as indicated in the 1st reference. Don't believe me?
2+2=4,....even BEFORE you compute it !! .....NOW, right ?
In the same way, ALL Principles of Life are True, Perfect, and Immutable....BEFORE you are even ABLE to know them or utilize them.....
When you understand that all the principles of Life are ALWAYS consistent with Truth, without variation, deviation, or attenuation for anybody, at any time, or any place, then you'll begin to see that the real test in Life, is to live KNOWING the difference....between TRUTH and belief, and that the consequences of your actions WILL occur just as certainly as 2+2=4, truthfully, invariably, perfectly......and unavoidably.
You accept what you want now because you are ALREADY CONNECTED to whatever the solution is, or wherever it is......NOW.
Doubt is really "accepting" an ALTERNATIVE outcome, WHILE HOPING that it doesn't happen.
Using the GPS metaphor, again, doubt is like telling yourself where you want to go.....BUT INPUTTING A DESTINATION INTO THE GPS OTHER THAN THE ONE YOU SAY YOU REALLY WANT. Where do YOU think the "system" will take you......perfectly ? To the ALTERNATE destination YOU inputted, right ? Not to the solution you really wanted, BUT didn't INPUT. Do you see ?
No different than how your OWN mind operates, in conjunction with the entirety of Creation WORKING AS ONE....PERFECTLY !....to take YOU to the "alternate" destination (solution) you TOLD YOURSELF about with doubt.... instead of the outcome you wanted !
THAT'S WHY you clearly state what you WANT TO HAPPEN (clarity), not what you HOPE DOESN'T HAPPEN (doubt).
THAT IS THE secret (law of attraction) ! .....ACCEPTING THAT WHAT YOU DESIRE IS ALREADY TRULY YOURS !!
.....EXACTLY LIKE 2+2=4 EVEN BEFORE YOU COMPUTE IT !
or...exactly like the availability of air (prayer answered) precedes our need to breathe it (prayer request).....or we would not even be able to breath (pray) at all !!
Does the law of attraction really work?
YES !!!...... PERFECTLY ! as based on YOUR CLEARLY STATED and FIRMLY ACCEPTED INTENT (input) .
You do NOT need to wish for the perfect solution, because it ALREADY IS TRUE ! Do NOT wish.....KNOW !
The law of attraction is really only 4 steps (again, think of the GPS):
1. CLEARLY ACCEPTING that what you want (i.e. where you want to go) already exists (RIGHT NOW !) BEFORE you experience it (i.e. “arrive”)
2. CLEARLY STATING TO YOURSELF what you want (where you want to be).
3.CLEARLY INPUTTING what you want into the very mechanism whose SOLE purpose is to RECEIVE and ACT UPON YOUR CLEAR INPUT.....your OWN MIND.
4.“LETTING” (not begging or forcing !) the system “TELL YOU HOW TO GET THERE” or “bring IT to YOU”.
NOTHING ABOUT THIS PROCESS involves ANY wishing or pleading or hoping, whatsoever.
IT IS ALL ABOUT KNOWING and ACCEPTING...BEFOREHAND, not about wishing or doubting !
And as indicated in the 2nd reference, "In the last analysis there is but one treatment given for anything that is desired. That treatment consists in convincing the mind that the thing desired is already accomplished...." It goes on to say, "Treatment is not for the purpose of making things happen; it is to provide, within ourselves, an avenue through which they may happen. Treatment opens up the avenues of thought, expands the consciousness, and lets Reality through; it clarifies the mentality, removes the obstructions of thought and lets in the Light. We already live in a Perfect Universe, but It needs to be mentally seen before It can become a part of our experience." Creation PERFECTLY KNOWS
where you are, IN RELATION to the destination, or the solution, or the job....which EXISTS RIGHT THIS MOMENT
, whether you are focused on it or not. (Consider all those cars you "suddenly" keep seeing, or how you "out of the blue" remember something you forgot) CREATION is One
....and YOU are inseparably one with EVERYTHING in It. There are NO gaps or separations between you and ANYTHING in Creaton. All (including you) is ONE ! That's how YOU are someone else's solution, desire, or destination....ALREADY....do you see?
This includes all the "points of action" required to manifest you AS
the solution, desire, or destination.
Not "to" you....."as" you.
Because….the destination, or the solution, or the desire is NOT
attracted TO you.
The destination, or the solution, or the desire IS YOU...EXPERIENCING IT
YOU ARE the VERY experience OF the destination, or the solution, or the desire…..NOW !!
ALL YOU NEED TO DO is accept that it's yours....NOW.....and "let" ALL OF CREATION create the experience OF you becoming your desire.
Finally, as your desire is being transformed into your "experience of it", continually nurture your desire with expectant, loving thoughts of the good you will receive by LIVING YOUR THANKS...before and after you receive it....(see the excellent narrative in the 3rd source, especially the last line in Chapter 13!)
Hope this helps !!
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