HJ: Any discussion of the Law of Attraction that does not also touch on the nature of belief is inherently incomplete, in that belief is at the root of our ability to attract to ourselves what we truly desire. You can apply the Law of Attraction all you want, with your most sincere efforts and intent, but at the end of the day, if you do not believe it will work or your beliefs in any way contradict what you are trying to create, you will be unknowingly sabotaging yourself the entire time. This is the unfortunate reason why many try to work with the law and then end up frustrated and skeptical. It is not for lack of effort or sincerity, but rather an incomplete picture of what is truly needed to create ones reality.
Belief is the fundamental structure which frames our experience of reality. Belief dictates what we allow ourselves to perceive and experience and therefore it can either work for or against us, especially in the context of using the Law of Attraction. If you truly wish to work with the Law of Attraction in any way, shape or form, it is suggested that you begin the process of self-examination of belief and begin to identify where you may be holding yourself back. Then you will need to replace whatever limiting beliefs you may hold with positive or rather, ‘life-affirming’ beliefs that more closely reflect your true divine nature. Often times this step alone is enough to begin manifesting effortlessly, as emotion, imagination, and thought automatically follow our beliefs.
By Ester and Jerry Hicks
Each and every component that makes up your life experience is drawn to you by the powerful Law of Attraction’s response to the thoughts you think and the story you tell about your life. Your money and financial assets; your body’s state of wellness, clarity, flexibility, size and shape; your work environment, how you are treated, work satisfaction and rewards – indeed, the very happiness of your life experience in general – is all happening because of the story that you tell. If you will let your dominant intention be to revise and improve the content of the story you tell every day of your life, it is our absolute promise to you that your life will become that ever-improving story. For by the powerful Law of Attraction, it must be!
Does Life Sometimes Seem To Be Unfair?
You have wanted more success and you have applied yourself well, doing everything that everyone said you should do, but the success you have been seeking has been slow to come. You tried very hard, especially at first, to learn all the right things, to be in the right places, to do the right things, to say the right things… but often things did not appear to be improving much at all.
Earlier in your life, when you were first dipping your toe into the idea of achieving success, you found satisfaction in satisfying the expectations of the others who were laying out the rules for success. The teachers, parents and mentors who surrounded you seemed confident and convincing as they laid out their rules for success: “Always be on time; always do your best; remember to work hard; always be honest; strive for greatness; go the extra mile; there’s no gain without pain; and, most important, never give up…”
But, over time, your finding satisfaction from gaining the approval of those who laid out those rules waned as their principles of success – no matter how hard you tried – did not yield you the promised results. And it was more disheartening still when you stood back to gain some perspective on the whole picture and realized that their principles were not, for the most part, bringing them real success either. And then, to make matters even worse, you began meeting others (who clearly were not following those rules) who were achieving success apart from the formula that you had been so diligent to learn and apply.
And so you found yourself asking: “What’s going on here? How can those who are working so hard be receiving so little, while those who seem to be working so little are achieving so much? My expensive education hasn’t paid off at all – and yet that multimillionaire dropped out of high school. My father worked hard every day of his life – and yet our family had to borrow the money to pay for his funeral… Why doesn’t my hard work pay off for me the way it was supposed to? Why do so few really get rich, while most of us struggle to barely get by? What am I missing? What do those financially successful people know that I don’t know?”
Is “Doing Your Best”Still Not Enough?
When you are doing everything you can think of, truly trying your best to do what you have been told is supposed to bring you success and success does not come, it is easy to feel defensive and eventually even angry at those who are displaying evidence of the success you desire. You even find yourself sometimes condemning their success simply because it is too painful to watch them living the success that continues to elude you.
When you come to the place of openly condemning the financial success that you crave, not only can that financial success never come to you, but you are also forfeiting your God-given rights to your health and happiness as well.
Many actually come to the incorrect conclusion that others in their physical environment have banded together in some sort of conspiracy to keep them from succeeding. For they believe, with all of their heart, that they have done everything possible to achieve success and the fact that it has not come must surely mean that there are some unfriendly forces at work that are depriving them of what they desire. But we want to assure you that nothing like that is at the heart of the absence of what you desire or of the presence of things you would like to remove from your experience. No one ever has or ever could have prevented your success – or provided it. Your success is all up to you. It is all in your control. Finally, once and for all time, your success can be in your deliberate and conscious control.
Whatever I Can Desire, I Can Achieve
It is time for you to return to the true nature of your Being and to consciously live the success that the experiencing of your own life has helped you determine that you desire. And so, as you deliberately relax right now, breathing deeply and reading steadily, you will begin to gradually but surely remember how all success comes, for you already inherently understand it and so you will certainly feel resonance with these absolute truths as you read about them here.
The Eternal Laws of the Universe are consistent and reliable and steadily hold, always, the promise of expansion and joy. They are being presented to you here in a powerful rhythm of understanding that will start small within you and then expand with each page you read, until you reawaken into the knowledge of your purpose and your own personal power as you remember how to access the power of the Universe that creates worlds. If this time-space reality has within it the ability to inspire a desire within you, it is absolute that this time-space reality has the ability to yield you a full and satisfying manifestation of that same desire.
It is Law.
To Achieve Success Is My Natural Birthright
Most people naturally assume that if their life is not going the way they want it to go, something outside of themselves must be preventing the improvement, for no one would deliberately hold their own success away. But while pointing the blame at others may feel better than assuming responsibility for unwanted conditions, there is a very big negative repercussion to believing that something outside of you is the reason for your own lack of success: When you give the credit or the blame to another for your success or lack of it – you are powerless to make any change.
When you desire success, but – from your perspective – you are not currently experiencing it, at many deep levels of your Being you recognize that something is wrong. And as this strong feeling of personal discord magnifies your awareness that you are not getting what you want, it often sets into motion other counterproductive assumptions that evoke jealousy toward those who are having more success; resentment at a myriad of people you would like to blame for your lack of success; or even self-denigration, which is the most painful and counterproductive assumption of all. And we submit that this uncomfortable upheaval is not only normal, but it is the perfect response to your feeling a lack of success.
Your emotional discomfort is a powerful indicator that something is very wrong. You are meant to succeed and failure should feel bad to you. You are meant to be well and sickness should not be accepted. You are supposed to expand and stagnation is intolerable. Life is supposed to go well for you – and when it does not, there is something wrong.
But what is wrong is not that an injustice has occurred or that the gods of good fortune are not focusing on you or that someone else has received the success that should have been yours. What is wrong is that you are out of harmony with your own Being, with who-you-really-are, with what life has caused you to ask for, with what you have expanded to and with the ever-consistent Laws of the Universe. What is wrong is not something that is outside of you over which you have no control. What is wrong is within you – and you do have control. And taking control is not difficult to do once you understand the basis of who-you-are and the basics of the Law of Attraction and the value of your personal Emotional Guidance System that you were born with, which is always active, ever present and easy to understand.
Money Is Not the Root of Evil or of Happiness
This important subject of money and financial success is not the “root of all evil” as many have quoted – nor is it the path to happiness. However, because the subject of money touches most of you in one way or another hundreds or even thousands of times in every day, it is a large factor in your vibrational makeup and in your personal point of attraction. So when you are able to successfully control something that affects most of you all day, every day, you will have accomplished something rather significant. In other words, because such a high percentage of your thoughts in any given day reside around the topic of money or financial success, as soon as you are able to deliberately guide your thoughts, not only is it certain that your financial success must improve, but the evidence of that success will then prepare you for deliberate improvement in every aspect of your life experience.
If you are a student of Deliberate Creation, if you want to consciously create your own reality, if you desire control of your own life experience, if you want to fulfill your reason for being, then your understanding of these prevalent topics – money and the Law of Attraction – will serve you enormously well.
The above excerpt is taken from “Money and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health and Happiness” by Esther and Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham®). Published by Hay House and available at bookstores or www.hayhouse.com.
Esther and Jerry Hicks, the New York Times best-selling authors of Ask and It Is Given; Money, and the Law of Attraction; The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent and The Astonishing Power of Emotions, among other works, produce the Leading Edge Abraham-Hicks teachings on the art of allowing our natural Well-being to come forth. ©1997-2011 Abraham-Hicks Publications. More info www.abraham-hicks.com