Guest contributor: Law of attraction believer Kristen of kristensjourney.org
One year ago, I was sleeping in the living room of a friend’s cramped, one-bedroom apartment. These were my life circumstances at the time:
- I had just been through an emotionally devastating break up;
- I was trying to “catch up” on bills and fix my credit report; and
- I was planning a visit to see my children in Pennsylvania, all while stressing over how and when I would be able to afford living on my own again, when things would start to look up in my life, and how I could be with my kids again.
Obviously, things had been better.
Although things seemed to be such a wreck in my life, though, I was grateful to my friend Krista for taking me in and helping me out in my time of need.
During this time (May of 2011), while working a contract assignment at a medical device company in Boulder, Colorado, I met my friend Carrie. She and I connected right away, and we never ran out of things to talk about. We spent almost every break together talking about spirituality, metaphysics, and pretty much everything else under the sun.
One day in June, while we were on break, she told me about a movie called The Secret. At that time, I knew of the law of attraction, but I really didn’t know that much about it or how it worked. I actually owned the book The Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks, but I had only read part of it.
Within a week of this conversation, though, I had the movie in my possession. I watched it, re-watched it, and re-watched it again. I did some research. I started to buy (and read) related books, two of which were Blissology: The Art & Science of Happiness by Andy Baggott and The Law of Forgiveness: Tap in to the Positive Power of Forgiveness and Attract Good Things to Your Life by Connie Domino. (I am mentioning these books because they provided great inspiration and insight at the beginning of my journey.)
Since then, I have seen all kinds of miracles taking place in my life. I have struggled with chronic depression from the age of thirteen, and since my awakening to the law of attraction, this depression has greatly diminished. I have started to see the world in a different light; for instance, I am more grateful for small things now, like being able to sit on the balcony and read a book on a sunny day, or for getting a parking spot right in front of the store, or for being able to buy small things for myself that were not in my budget previously–the list goes on and on.
Here’s just one of the other ways the law of attraction helped me: In September, a bit of a housing crisis arose. Krista was in the process of buying a home and had expected to close on the house before her lease expired. Then she learned that she would not be able to move until the end of October (at the absolute earliest), due to delays with the bank, paperwork, etc. She had already used one extension on her lease, and was not granted another, and so, our move-out date was set for October 15th.
On learning this, Krista was extremely upset. She began to panic. I felt bad for her being so stressed out, especially since of course the becoming homeless was a possibility, yet, unlike her, I wasn’t shaken by the difficulty; I just knew that everything would work out for Krista, and for myself as well.
At that time, I was still on contract with the company in Boulder, and I knew that my contract would be complete at the end of December, yet I firmly believed I would be able to line up another job before the contract would end and I would be able to support myself.
Krista started to look at sublets while I began my search for a new apartment. I looked at two wonderful apartments, each having things I was specifically looking for, but I ran into some issues with the rental offices since I was in the midst of repairing my credit. I had called at least a dozen other complexes, but they didn’t have anything available when I needed it. I even looked at one unit that I was very interested in, but I had to check out another property that same afternoon, so I did not leave a deposit. It was rented to a couple within an hour of my viewing. Time was running out.
So, one evening, to help me deal with the situation, I went home and put together a digital vision board, which became my new desktop wallpaper. While I was hunting for images to add to this collage, I thought of what I wanted in an apartment. First and foremost on the list: a wood-burning fireplace. So I did an image search on Google for apartments with wood-burning fireplaces. One image popped up that really caught my attention, and I thought to myself, “That’s perfect!” I took the image of the living room with the fireplace and added it to my vision board.
A few days later, while I was continuing my apartment search online in the southwest part of Denver, I brought up a property that I had not yet contacted. I began to look routinely look through the photos of the exterior, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom … and then I saw the living room. I actually felt myself gasp. It was the same picture I had added to my vision board! I immediately called the property manager and inquired about availability, and told him what I was looking for. He informed me that they did, indeed, have a one-bedroom unit with a fireplace available. I couldn’t believe it! I went to view it the next day, fell in love with it, and gave him the deposit. On October 15, 2011, I moved into that apartment. Meanwhile, Krista found a short-term sublet, and moved into her new home at the end of October.
On a side note: I was able to manifest the perfect sofa and several other items of furniture for my apartment. When I say, “perfect,” I mean I knew EXACTLY the style, color, price range, etc., and that is just what I got!
Fast-forward to December: My contract in Boulder was due to end on the 30th of that month. A bit of concern rose within me regarding the situation, and yet, somehow I still “knew” I’d find a new job … and I did. A technical recruiter contacted me about a contract-to-hire position South of Denver. The pay was excellent, it was an industry I was interested in, and the commute was less than half the mileage of my 42-mile drive to Boulder. I interviewed on Friday, December 16th. My first day on the job was Tuesday, December 20th. There was almost no time wasted, and I had my new job in place before Christmas! What a wonderful present that was!
Wonderful things have taken place in many areas of my life since becoming aware of my thoughts and feelings, and I am ever so grateful for every little thing that has manifested! This is an ongoing journey and learning experience that I am so glad to have shared with you.
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