Does the Law of Attraction require you to take action in order to manifest your desire? Or do you just need to get yourself into alignment with it and wait for it to arrive?
I posted an update on my Facebook page about this. I said that you need to be doing something every day to maintain enthusiasm for the goal.
And then I came across this post at Melody Fletcher's Deliberate Receiving blog.
Was it the Universe trying to tell me something? Or was it just me going out and looking for interesting stuff?
That's a debate for another day.
Her article is pretty long article but it's worth reading it so that you can form your own opinion.
This is a small part of what she had to say. (It has been edited).
To put it simply: Taking action, the right kind of action, can actually help you get into alignment with what you want.
Action is a tool
Here’s the basic idea: When you believe that a specific action will lead to you getting what you want, taking that action can help to foster the belief that you WILL get what you want, that you are in the process of getting it, and therefore actually result in you getting what you want.
Key Number 1: Focus on Feeling Good NOT on Making Something Happen
When you’re taking action to make something happen, your main goal is to force the thing you want to come to you. When you’re using action as a tool to get into alignment, your main goal is to feel better. This approach is imperative to making this method work for you. When you focus on feeling good, it changes which actions you’re willing to take.
You believe that exercise will help you to lose weight, but torturing yourself at the gym doesn’t feel good. So, you’ll want to find some way to move and get your heart rate up (or whatever), but you won’t want to engage in any form of exercise that doesn’t feel good. That really narrows the options, especially if you’ve been taught that physical fitness is an exercise in humiliation and pain (Thank you, old school P.E. teachers!).
Key Number 2: Work Within Your Beliefs or Shift Them (and then work within them)
As you look for actions that truly feel good to you, you’ll almost certainly bump up against connected, limiting beliefs. In the above example, the connected belief is that exercise is generally not an enjoyable experience. In this case, you’ve come to a stalemate: You want to move your bodacious body, but doing so fills you with dread.
A fear based action approach would involve you just ignoring the second belief (that exercise sucks), and forcing yourself to do it anyway. I call this the “Tough Titties” approach. You know it doesn’t feel good, but you’re willing to do it anyway to get the rewards. This is also known as “No Pain, No Gain” and is responsible for more suffering than pretty much any other belief.
Key Number 3: Don’t Go Too Fast and Pay Attention
Once you find the solution you’re looking for, in this case, a form of exercise that feels good, is fun and still meets your criteria for weight loss (elevated heart rate, for example), you could then begin to actually engage in that action on a regular basis. As long as doing so makes you feel good, in other words, as long as taking that action helps you to believe that what you want is coming to you, keep it up. But as soon as some bad emotions sneak in, pay attention and back off a bit. You see, you may have a whole lot of negative beliefs about exercise, or weight loss, or ideas connected to weight loss.
Because, while you can use action to help you align your beliefs, you can’t use action to obliterate them. Action is not the solution. It’s a tool, a mechanism, that helps you to do the energy work – and THAT is to keep aligning with the frequency of what you want, as evidenced by the way you feel. You can’t just use action to replace or get around the real work. Sorry, but no cigar.
When Napoleon Hill and other teachers recommend that you make a plan and take some action towards it every day, they are not telling you to go out and make it all happen. They are not telling you to get involved in the HOW. They are advising that you use action as a tool to help you feel better about your goal.
It all comes down to how you feel. It all comes down to alignment. It all comes down to energy. Whether you use visualization, vision boards, meditation, crystals, various jungle plants, or action to help you align with what you want, the main goal must always be the alignment. As long as you keep that in mind, as long as you make the energy part of this your highest priority, you will get what you want.
My take on this
Melody is saying that action is not supposed to bring about your goal. It just helps to align you with your goal.
She uses weight loss as an example. I can relate to that. I could stand to lose the odd pound, (or 20).
Say I set a goal to lose 20lbs.
Where I live I am surrounded by country parks. I love to go and walk in them. I could happily walk all day long.
Let's say I walk ten miles every day and I start to lose some weight.
According to this theory, the weight loss doesn't come from the walking. It is due to being in alignment with the goal.
If I could maintain that alignment, I wouldn't need to do the walking. I could just sit at home and still lose the weight.
That doesn't work for me. I agree with the part about feeling good. But I'm more inclined to believe that being in alignment leads you to take the right actions.
You have to be out there doing stuff so that you can notice what is the right thing to do. Be in motion before you can be guided in the right direction.
Do you think that Bill Gates wrote a little bit of code to get himself into alignment and Microsoft just popped into existence?
I know that some of these big business leaders use vision boards and begin their days by listing what they are grateful for.
But they also work their butts off!
I keep an open mind on most things. I would love to believe that I could sit in my meditation room and everything I want would arrive at my door.
But I don't.
Melody is right. It does make me feel better to be taking action.
What do you think?
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I don't actually have a meditation room. I'm not that showbiz.