I wanted to attend more events, to meet more people, to learn more and to have an opportunity to ask more questions. Suddenly, I look at my schedule and find it filling up with speaking engagements and behind-the-scenes work at some of the largest conferences and at some exciting startup events. I'm very lucky to have the opportunities that I do, and look forward to sharing what I learn with you either in person, on the air, or through my writing.
I have to wonder, though, how all this works. I hear people talk about The Secret and The Law of Attraction. Is it true that we can tune the frequency of our own minds to that which we want to include in our lives, and whatever we wish for will magically appear?
It sounds unlikely. I've heard many people refer to The Secret as "sitting on the couch wishing for things to happen." But I think that's missing the point. No one is saying that there's no effort involved. You simply have to be making the correct effort. Otherwise, it's just like trying to open a door by pulling it when all you really need to do is push. You can spend your whole life exerting yourself, but you won't get results. When you perform the right action, you can put less energy into it and still get the results you want.
Author and blogger Tim Ferriss, who brought to us The 4-Hour Work Week and The 4-Hour Body, got the point even though he's publicly skeptical about the Law of Attraction. I think he's living it without realizing it. He talks about reorganizing your work efforts to maximize results with the minimum outlay of time and effort. He also discusses the need to believe in your success, not to allow doubts or negativity to derail your efforts. This is The Secret, people. It's not about sitting on the couch wishing for good things to fall into your lap. It's about focus, it's about maintaining positive energy and about letting nothing deflect you from your goals.
My own experience has been that when I think about my goals and clearly define them for myself, and when I keep my thoughts firmly fixed on my success, things begin to happen that I could not have predicted and cannot explain. Strangers contact me with opportunities to travel to places I've been wanting to visit, or with offers to put me in touch with people I've been wanting to meet. I believe this is The Law of Attraction at work. Sometimes opportunities come as a result of my simply putting out the request; this is the effort part of the process. When I visualize my success, I feel more confident in letting others know what I need. However, many of the opportunities that come my way are NOT answers to a specific request of mine, but seem to come at random. This can only be the result of some force in the Universe that responds to an energy change coming from me.
I feel silly saying these things, until I read Dean Radin's Entangled Minds, or Lynne McTaggart's The Intention Experiment, or The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot. Science is catching up with ancient mysticism and the principles of ritual magic, which uses the focus of a trained mind, aided by external symbols, to manifest change in the physical world. We may not fully understand how these things work, but we have documented that they DO work, and are beginning to grasp new techniques for using them. As I've said before, I don't understand how my computer works, but I know it does, and I know how to operate it. That's enough for me.