In college, my Dad introduced me to the popular documentary and book “The Secret“, by Rhonda Byrne. It was 2006/2007 and “The Secret” had become a worldwide phenomenon. I remember my Dad taking its message seriously while I questioned its theory. Primarily based on “The Law of Attraction”, Byrne’s film and book suggest humans have the power to bring what they want into their lives and this power stems from the mind and its focus.
It is said, “The Law of Attraction can be understood by understanding that ‘like attracts like’. What this means is that whether we realize it or not, we are responsible for bringing both positive and negative influences into our lives. A key part of the Law of Attraction is understanding that where you place your focus can have an intense impact on what happens to you. If you spend your days wallowing in regrets about the past or fears of the future, you’ll likely see more negativity appearing, but if you look for the silver lining in every experience that you’ll soon start to see positivity surrounding you every day. Therefore, the Law of Attraction encourages you to see that you have the freedom to take control of how your futures develops, shaping it in the ways you choose.”
Even though I had questioned the theory at the time, looking back I was using it. I have always asked the universe and God to send me signs. Sometimes signs spark up so quickly, my husband thinks I am able to predict the future. In fact, I asked for a sign when I started dating my husband. I knew I had liked him and wanted to date him, but was skeptical after a few failed relationships. He had all the qualities I had been looking for, what I told myself existed, but had not found. To be sure while thinking of him in regards to moving forward, I asked for a sign while waiting for the elevator in my building one evening. Within seconds, he walked off that elevator. Just him. That was my sign. I did not believe it was a coincidence. I knew that was a purposeful moment, but who was driving the purpose? Back then, I am sure I believed it was God answering my prayers, however, today I think it has a lot to do with me and my intentions. I believe in God, but I also believe we have to work together and take it upon ourselves to make the magic happen.
Over the past couple of years I have spent a lot of time determining what I want out of life. Along the way I have kept positive and envisioned my future in ways I never have before. I am always taking steps to make my dreams come true, but along the way I ask for signs. As I practice mindfulness and focus clearly on my intentions I continue to receive signs I am on the right track.
I receive little signs and I receive big signs. For example, my husband and I spent last year exploring different churches, looking for one we felt fit. During our search our friends invited us for an early morning service at a church in our neighborhood. I drove past this church hundreds of times but never considered visiting because I thought it would be too “hokey”. I changed my tune and was willing to give it a try since our friends loved it so much. Unfortunately, we woke up later than expected and missed the service we were supposed to attend. We decided to go to a later service sans friends, but still were running very late. The parking lot and surrounding streets were a mess. Already five minutes past start time we were not sure we would be able to park anywhere nearby. Suddenly as we were about to pass by a car pulled out of a spot dead center in front of the church. There was a line of cars that appeared to be waiting, but they each went by, that spot was ours. We laughed, saying God really wanted to see us today, but it gave me an immediate feeling this was a place we belonged. We noticed a lot of those attending were similar to us, and really enjoyed the pastor and it was not at all “hokey” and in fact really authentic. The best part was the sermon was about taking opportunities that present themselves to you, and that they are there for a reason.
Beyond signs from church, when I decided to start my coaching business I had many people (many of which were just aquaintences) confirm my thoughts and feelings about my future. Literally telling me I should be a coach, when not knowing my interest.
I could go on and on about the signs ask for and receive. I believe they continue to arrive because I attract them through intention and am mindful in receiving.
It would have been wonderful to have better understood “The Secret” and Law of Attraction when I was younger, but I am fortunate for the knowledge now. I plan to use this power in all areas of life and create my future to match my vision as best possible.