Saturday, 5 November 2011

What is ‘The Law of Attraction’ and Does it Relate to Hypnosis?

The Law of Attraction has been popularised in recent years mainly by the film ‘The Secret’ (also see link bottom) and the writings of Abraham Hicks which have spawned many different books and articles on the topic. The size of some of the books produced make it seem as though it is a complicated subject, but I will explain in this post how essentially it is something quite basic and hardly a new concept at all, and also how it relates to Hypnotherapy.

The Law of Attraction is just one of the ‘Universal Laws’ which, depending where you read, there are multiple numbers of. There is no official number of Universal Laws but the Law of Attraction is certainly one constant, along with the Laws of Vibration, Cause and Effect, Gratitude, Love and finally Allowance. These laws are supposedly the principles of life that we all live under, much like gravity; a constant non-changing set of rules that if we use in the right way can be of huge benefit to our lives.

To comprehend fully the teachings of the Universal Laws it must be understood that everything in existence is simply energy in different forms, or to be more precise energy at different levels of vibrational frequency. A solid object for instance is simply a form of energy vibrating at a low frequency, so low that it looks and feels solid to us but it is nothing more than energy. Radio waves are just energy vibrating at a high frequency, so high we cannot sense them unless we have a mechanical device designed to do so. As humans we can only detect a small spectrum of the different energies that surround us, making it hard for us to fully explain everything that happens in our world. This is basically what the Law of Vibration talks about, everything is vibrational energy in one form or another and we as humans have our own vibrations that we transmit around us, as well as receiving vibrations from our environment.

The Law of Attraction goes onto say that we attract what we vibrate… if we walk around feeling depressed or angry we are broadcasting a negative vibration around us which attracts the same negative energies towards us. So if you are depressed you attract depressive influences into your life, be it people, circumstances etc, which then compounds your ill feelings making you feel more depressed and a negative cycle soon unfolds.

What the Law of Attraction instructs you to do is this:

  • Accept that the Law of Attraction works and cast away the doubt that will only get in the way of your ‘vibration’.
  • Find out what you actually want in your life that benefit you
  • Focus your vibration on the things you want, then visualize them as clearly as you can on a frequent basis.
  • Take action. Sitting around wont realise your goals, but doing something to fulfil your instincts will. Take the opportunities that come your way and notice the positive affect they have on you.

If you follow those rules you will be attracting positive influences into your life through positive thinking, by the positive vibrational energy you are emitting. By thinking positive and acting in a positive way you will attract more positive things into your life and a positive cycle will soon come about.

The Universal Laws teach that everything is connected as one in our universe, and similarly the laws are connected and no single law is more important than the other. They must be used together in unison if one is to fully get the best out of them, the Law of Attraction will not be anywhere near as effective in your life unless it is used alongside the Law of Love etc.

The Universal Laws are modern writings, but the actual process behind it certainly is not. What the Law of Attraction is saying is to find out what you want, focus and visualise upon it and will it into your life. This can be taken back to prehistoric times when cave paintings were made for this very reason, visualising animals, good crops, healthy family etc in hope that they come true, the same as prayer worldwide.

As a hypnotherapist this can easily be translated as a form of self-hypnosis. Taking into account the instructions for the Law of Attraction, on a daily basis you are suggesting to your subconscious mind your goals which is in itself a subliminal motivation towards achievement. You are also making the suggestion to think positively and actually be more outgoing – which if followed can only ever have a positive effect on your life, and certainly will attract good things into your environment. If you think happy you will ultimately end up happy, and what do happy people tend to attract? People who want to be happy!

Personally speaking I have no reason to doubt what is stated in the Universal Laws, but I can say that the mechanics behind it are of a very sound hypnotic rationale. In fact I like the idea of utilising the energy we produce and the energy that exists around us for our own good, and any practise that gets good results in assuming a positive, happy and healthy outlook on life is certainly worth exploring in a greater depth.

In a future post I will discuss the remaining Universal Laws in greater detail, and attempt to explain how they can be used in achieving life goals.  

To view the first 20 minutes of 'The Secret' follow this link:

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