Human consciousness has been rocked in the last few years with two radical ideas: the Law of Attraction (or manifestation) and the Power of Now. About a week ago, a gal named Mia started a discussion on Facebook called “The Secret” vs. “The Power of Now.” She’s wondering if the two concepts support or oppose each other. 73 comments later, it looks like she’s not the only one who’s a little confused. So let’s have a look at these two ideas that are changing how we think about reality these days.

The Law of Attraction – LOA

Simple, but not easy. That’s how I sometimes think of the LOA. Most of us were born at a time when the might of thousands of years told us that we humans were essentially meaningless specks in a mechanical universe. Oh sure, there was a God somewhere in Heaven, but here on Earth, our power to form and shape our lives had a lot to do with our luck, the family we were born into, or being in the right place at the right time. It had absolutely zero to do with our thoughts.

Then comes the movie that first inspired and then disappointed a lot of folks. The Secret said, “Hey, guess what? YOU have all the power and it’s all about your thoughts!” Woohoo! Free at last! well, maybe. So a bunch of us started trying to think positive thoughts so we could manifest goodies. Most of us found it wasn’t as easy as it sounded. There seemed to be a few pieces of the puzzle missing…

Puzzle Pieces

Expect and it is given.

Here’s the thing: if you’ve spent a couple or more decades expecting life to be punctuated by periodic poop-to-the-fan blasts, or if you say ‘yeah, yeah, I’m saying affirmations twice a day,’ while the rest of the time you believe, think and talk about how you’re ‘controlled’ by external forces (think: parents, spouses, money, job, kids, health problems), then the truth is, you’re not ‘working’ the LOA at all. No matter how much your conscious mind affirms, if your unconscious mind expects mediocrity, failure or disease, that’s what you can, well, expect to get.

The truth is that the LOA isn’t about superficial positive thinking. It’s about a way of life, a deeply integrated belief and expectation that YOU have full and total command of your reality. And if you’ve just heard about this, and you’re more than 7 years old, guess what? It’s going to take some practice and brain re-wiring before you start getting your LOA groove on.

(Gr)attitude

Gotta be thankful for what’s right in front of you. It’s been said in so many ways now that it’s getting redundant. But until YOU get redundant with appreciation for the goodies you’ve got now – no matter how big or small – you’re keeping the door closed to more of the good stuff.

Action

Taking action toward your dreams is part of the puzzle. When you act in alignment with what you want to manifest, you make yourself something to be attracted to. What does this mean in ‘real life’? Let’s say you want to lose weight. A great action to take would be to exercise a little, eat a little better and generally behave like someone whose got a healthy weight. If you don’t change some of the behaviors and actions that got you overweight in the first place, you’re not making the full shift toward becoming a vibe-match to less weight.

PON – The Power of Now

How does the LOA relate to the other big idea of our time – Eckhart Tolle’s coined, “Power of Now”? Let’s look at the puzzle pieces and find out.

  • Expectation. Tricky concept this, since expectations are sometimes unconscious. But here’s the thing, when you shift your focus from what you want in the future and turn it toward what you’re experiencing right now, all of a sudden, expectations – good or bad – take a back seat. You free yourself from vibrating from a place of want, which is the exact vibration that will keep you from getting what you want, because they’re not a vibrational match.
  • Gratitude. When you bring your focus to the moment, you’re not worrying about the future or regretting things from the past. In this mental space, you can much more easily   find things to feel good (or at least neutral) about. And when you do that, you raise your vibration to be more attractive to more good experiences.
  • Action. When you ‘act as if’ what you’re wanting already is – in every moment – (yeah, I’m talking about pretending), again, you make yourself more attractive to those very things you want.

Okay, your turn! Do you think the LOA and the PON are two parts of one picture? What other ‘puzzle pieces’ are missing here? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.

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