Contributor: Law of attraction fan Joelle B. of Fort McMurray, Alberta
The first time I read The Secret, I was on top of the world. Everything in my life started going amazingly well as I applied what I was learning through what I was reading. My dreams were coming so close to me that I could nearly taste their sweetness.
Over time, though, something changed: I fell off the Secret wagon.
After that, life as I knew it turned around on me and things were going back to the way they were. Some aspects did get better because some of my thoughts had changed towards life, but still, it wasn’t an abundant life, and it most certainly wasn’t the life I dream of and desire for myself.
After a year of letting my spiritual books sit on my shelf and collect dust, I went on a trip to Toronto to visit old friends. I thought I would take The Secret with me to have something to do on the plane or elsewhere during the trip. I started reading it and fell in love with it all over again, remembering how amazing life was when I was applying these teachings to my life. Well, on my way back to Alberta I came across the book The Magic in an airport bookstore. I thought about buying it, but even though I never did, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So the next day I went to the local bookstore and hoped it would be there, and there it was sitting in all its glory looking at me, pretty much screaming “Buy me! Buy me!” So I purchased the book.
Upon reading it my whole life changed again, as I started to be thankful for everything in my life as I had before. It has been over a month of writing every morning what I’m grateful for and being grateful throughout my day and my life is so much different in so many good ways than it was a month ago.
An example: I had just caught a bug that was going around, and I thought to myself “I can’t put my attention on my illness, because the truth in life is perfect health, and that’s what I need to focus on.” I directed all my energy to feeling completely healthy right here and now, and I gave thanks to my perfect health, and how healthy I feel.
As soon as I did that, the stuffiness in my nose went from “stuffed turkey” to totally clear–instantly! Immediately I felt ten times better.
It’s spirituality for the rest of us.
Eckhart Tolle is awesome. So are Byron Katie and all those Buddhist monks we hear about. Why, then, doesn’t their advice immediately solve all our most pressing spiritual problems?
Why are their results so difficult to replicate?
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