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I recently read both The Secret and the more recently written, The Power by Rhonda Byrne. I haven't seen the Secret movie though. The Secret was quite painful to read actually, it was full of quotes and vague paragraphs, when I finished reading it, I felt like I didn't get much out of it. Probably because it had so many different contributors. In The Power, it was much easier to read as it was solely written by Rhonda Byrne. It flowed well and it was very invigorating and powerful.
I must admit, I had preconceived notions about the book, and judgment towards the concept of what I thought was “visualizing your way to what you want”, and felt that the whole premise of it was selfish and greedy. I was actually hesitant to read it until recently.
However, something changed my mind and I did end up reading both books (it helps that my sister lent them to me). What I got from the books is, I would say, life changing. Or at least perspective changing. It has been very helpful for me, and it has only been a few days since I've read the book.
In the book, Rhonda basically says that if you think positive things (and truly truly think positive things), positive things will happen to you. If you are on a train wreck of negativity, then more negative things will happen to you. It's the Law of Attraction at work, the universe is responding to your thoughts and feelings. Like attracts Like. It is something that has been discussed and mentioned in the texts of history throughout the years. She says that some people seem to have very difficult lives, they struggle with debt, they struggle with their relationships, and they struggle from day to day.
Basically, if you think about how you dread opening your credit card bills, how you dread being in debt, how you feel you're so poor and how are you ever going to survive, these negative thoughts will come back to you and perpetuate the negative aspects of money in your life. If you feel that you don't have any money, and you never have any money, you really won't have any money. If you think about positive things, and have a good relationship with money, the relationship with money will strengthen and more money will come to you in some form or other.
The book basically says that there are no coincidences, and that all things happen for a reason, everything is a sign or a response to your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Have you ever had a bad day, something happens to you (like you get a flat tire) and then you feel awful about it, you're late for work, and then more and more bad things happen to you? Likewise, when you have a good day, you are happy, radiant, positive. You think about how grateful you are to be living and enjoying life- a sequence of good things happen to you, you feel like you are on a roll. This is apparently the Law of Attraction in action.
I have a personal example to share. Last month, I was having a “bad relationship with money” month. I had my annual huge car insurance payment ($1600 thank-you-very-much), I was going back to school in September, dropping to part-time work, waiting for renovations to be finished so we can finally rent out the basement, and anxious about how things would turn out. I think I had to even skip out on paying myself (and you guys know how much I value paying yourself automatically!) during that pay day because I needed to use that money to pay off the credit card bills. It didn't feel very good. Thankfully I got through it somehow and began to have a love-love relationship with money again. I was determined to get some scholarships to cover some of my tuition and began actively applying. I was positive that I would get some form of scholarship.
Then a few weeks ago, I got an email from the university saying that I got a $5000 scholarship from the faculty of graduate studies. I had to re-read that email a couple of times, as I was in disbelief. I was in disbelief because I hadn't applied for any scholarships at this point, and they just gave me that money without me doing anything for it. I might have gotten it because of my GPA going into the program, or perhaps from a recommendation from a professor, I don't know. All I know is that it felt great! I am determined to get more award money through applying to cover my tuition for the entire program ($10,000).
I know it sounds quite ridiculous and hard to believe, but to me, I feel that it doesn't hurt to think this way. So why not? Why not change your perspective from one of despair and loss of hope to one of positivity and radiance? It can only be good for you, there is no harm in doing so.
I admit that I can be a very negative person, I always tend to see the “glass half empty” side of the situation. I used to feel that the universe was conspiring against me (LOL), but now, I am trying to think positive, open my heart, and love life! It really changes your perspective on things, you become more patient, more positive, and people are more attracted to your positive energy.
Readers, have you had weird “coincidences” when you thought positively or negatively? What are your thoughts on the Law of Attraction? Have you read the book? What do you think about it?
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