Have you ever been befuddled as to how some manage to barely exist, whereas others make life-changing discoveries count the atoms in water, build nuclear bombs and get whatever the hell they want? What you term ‘lucky’, some others believe for it to be a SECRET. A book written by Rhonda Byrne - The Secret has caused many to believe that the Universe is constantly conspiring to work for you through the law of attraction.
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The law of attraction changes one’s outlook towards life
Prachi Storewala, read the book ‘The Secret’ and her perspective took a 360-degree turn. Not overnight though, but in significant ways. “The law of attraction has changed my outlook towards life and helped me be more positive. At times when I would otherwise have given up, it made me change my path and kindled a hope that there is more to life.”
Everyone has their own ways of practising this law but for Prachi, it was on paper. “I would write down my wishes, but here’s the catch. I’d write it in a way that made me believe I’d already received what I was asking for,” she says. Did it work, we ask. “Yes.”
She recounts a one-off incident where she wanted a phone but couldn’t find a way around it. She repeated the practice of writing this down on paper, and what came next threw her off-guard. “My dad came to me the next day and told me he was looking to buy me a phone and what’s more is that the price was way lower than the original.” While the law worked in her favour for materialistic things, it’s even been true to its word when it’s come to her fighting the odds.
The real secret to the law of attraction is waiting patiently for what you ask for, she says. “That’s the true key.”
Reciting re-affirming thoughts every day is the key to success
Trisha Ghia’s dreams of studying in Canada came to a halt with the onset of the pandemic. Though she wished to believe otherwise, her mind was filled with doubts about whether she would make it to her dream college. After two years of wishing and wanting and finally coming to a point where things seemed they would work out, the lockdown was imposed. “I was discouraged, but being a firm believer in positive thinking and having a father who indulges in the same, I kept telling myself things would work out.”
Every morning had Trisha waking up and saying to herself that she would get to her dream college in Canada, and she would achieve everything she’d planned. “Prior to Canada, my bucket list place was London, and I had a huge picture of it in front of my bed. This would make me believe I was already on the way to achieving my goals.”
She says what you preach is what you get, as The Secret says it too. “The journey to your dream is never easy. There will be roadblocks along the way, and the road may split into two at times. Believe in the end goal and move along.”
Trisha was given an option on deferring her intake from May to September or studying in India for a year and Canada in the next provided the situation of Covid eased. “I was confused. I didn’t know what was the right call to make. But I went ahead and decided to not defer my admission. One day, to everyone’s surprise, the borders opened and I took the risk and here I am,” she says from her flat in Canada.
“What you preach is what you get. If you stay positive you’ll attract positive things. The starting point for me was my father. He constantly discouraged the use of negative words. The book is not enough to tell you the law exists, you have to practise it to know it works.”
“A number of students were sent back at the port of entry. I wasn’t. You reach out to the Universe for something and it responds.”
The law of attraction is not just wishful thinking
“The law of attraction is the ability to believe in YOURSELF, put that belief into motion and get the world to give you what you need.” Sean Andrade has had an interest in technology and a flair for creativity and says his journey has been filled with magic moments where the law has worked for him.
Knowing what you want, thinking about it day and night, processing it in your head and eventually setting out to do it, is what he says is the way. While Sean has been a big believer of the book ‘The Secret’, what pushed him to be convinced of a certain higher-order in the universe was reading about Steve Jobs.
“The legend had the law working for him to such an extent, he not only managed to get what he set out to achieve but could influence others to do things they’d never done before!” While Sean’s wishes and asks from the universe have majorly involved the latest gadgets and technology, he recounts something that changed him.
“As a kid, I would stammer. This was when I decided to take the law, use it, and change the game. I told myself I could do this,” says Sean who is now an educator for content production and communication. “Wishful thinking does not serve any purpose. You have to take things into your hands.”
The Universe works in your favour in the smallest of ways
The Universe conspires in ways you cannot think or feel or touch, says Twisha - an advertising professional. It all starts in your head. With her mantra of ‘affirm, affirm and re-affirm’, she’s wanted to constantly ace at what she does. “The law of attraction starts where I wake up today and goes to where I want to wake up someday - a house by the beach.”
Twisha’s first experience with The Secret and its law was on an unexpected day. A sweaty, sultry July morning in Delhi. “I was running extremely late for an all too important presentation. The road was bustling with traffic, the meeting spot was away, and all in all, I was screwed.” That’s when Twisha decided to give it a try. She visualised herself giving the presentation, and focused her energies on it.
“Magic was what followed. Green lights all the way! Starting with the traffic easing out, to the building lift being ajar to everything just working in my favour.”
The law of attraction can seem like a heavy term and alienate people. “But, in fact,” says Twisha “it is not a complex anything. It’s another word for being hopeful. Especially with the year that’s gone by where things seemed hazy and cloudy, the law has been something like a lighthouse, shedding its beacon of light on the possibility of better times. It has just kept me going.”
The law of attraction is the key to being focused
For Neeraj Baidya, the magic moment of experiencing the law of attraction is right now. The pandemic has been the time the law unfurled itself and presented to Neeraj ways to get better. “Projects began pouring in for work, and while you may consider this usual, it isn’t. At a time of a global pandemic where the world went into recession, I seemed to attract the best.”
For Neeraj, the law does not work like an ATM - ask and it will respond. It functions rather like a watchdog, helping him stay focused on everything that matters. It helps him remain in touch with himself, improve his mental health, and let his productivity hit the roof. “Life is good. The law of attraction has changed me for the better.”
The law of attraction - a saviour during the pandemic
“Thoughts become reality and the law of attraction has manifested itself in my life and worked in my favour”, says Shivani Javeri, an illustrator who loves working on herself. “But,” she warns “the law can backfire too. If there are negative thoughts clouding your mind, you will find yourself attracting these.”
Scripting, vision boarding, are some of the ways Shivani calls out to the Universe to work its magic. The law of attraction is not the only thing at play, according to her. “There are numerous laws that intertwine and affect one’s life. I have always wished for A LOT. And guess what? I’ve got it.”
Speaking of the pandemic, Shivani says it was the most testing and trying time of her life. “The law helped me affirm and re-affirm. I have enjoyed seeing the process unfold. The more tests life has, the more fun it gets.”
At a time when the economy went into a slump, people were losing jobs left, right and centre, but Shivani thrived. “My magic moment was when after a night when I performed a gratitude ritual, the next day I received a huge sum of money into my account.”
“Luck?” she asks “No. The money was owed to me by someone, but I had totally forgotten about it. Either way, it was like the Universe sending me a surprise for being grateful to it - a byproduct of happiness.”
The Universe will start to work in your favour
Have you heard of the Universe ever taking you to places, improving your relationships, governing your life? The law of attraction has done exactly this for Deesha. “I prefer to call it the law of love. I believe in miracles every day, and when I wake up, I list down the things I’m grateful for. Anything I can touch, smell, feel, taste. It has been more than 10 years since I’ve had this magic wand, and it only has gotten better.”
“In the movie Om Shaanti Om, there is a dialogue: "kisi cheez ko agar dil se chaho, to poori kaynat use tum se milane me lag jati hai" ("When you really desire something from the heart and soul, all the universe conspires for you to achieve it"). Bollywood has been telling us about this law, books have been written about it, it is in our very cells, and when I read The Secret, I became a believer.”
For those who are novices, the law states that affirmation should be followed by thinking those very thoughts, taking steps in the right direction and then (the most important) not worrying about the final result. During the pandemic, Deesha began following these steps. “I am an online tutor, and my goal was to attract clients. I put out applications, I released the thoughts into the Universe and did not get bogged down by them. What followed was the Universe granting me my wishes.”
When Deesha is stuck and can’t seem to find a solution, she opens The Secret to a random page and out pops the solution.
You just have to believe, and the Universe will respond.