Part Three in this series based on William Walker Atkinson’s book, The Law of The New Thought, is based on one of my favorite topics in New Thought – The Law of Attraction.
According to Atkinson, the Law of Attraction is based on a “law of Nature whereby an atom attracts to itself that which is needed for its development.” Through our mental attitude, we draw things to us corresponding in kind to our predominant thoughts and desires. This law holds true except in cases where other mental influences are at work counteracting the power of your thought. An example provided in the book is a situation where two men were earnestly wishing for the same thing but the one with the stronger thought force would gain that object.
Atkinson points out that it is not always best to wish for a special thing because what you desire may not be the best thing for you in your current stage of development. A better plan would be to hold the thought of ultimate success. It’s best to leave the details to the workings of the Law and take advantage of the things that occur.
Another aspect of the Law of Attraction is attracting the right people into our lives that will be interested in the same things that we desire and this can be useful in reaching our goals. This is because our thoughts will attract and repel people by the character of the thoughts we hold.
Remember that the Law attracts what you focus your thoughts on, whether they are negative or positive. Atkinson warns that fear is one of the greatest attracting forces of the mind. He describes fear as “a sort of confident expectation of evil to come, the expectation varying in degree with the amount of Fear.”
Your thoughts do not necessarily create instantaneous results. Rather “things will fall into line as they are needed.” The Law will not do the work for you, but “it places tools and materials right at hand.” You may feel that you are not going anywhere or that you are taking a round-about way to your goal, but trust in the Law and you will get there.
There are two different manifestations of the Law of Attraction:
- The thing you Fear attracts as much as the thing for which you hope.
- One gets very much what he looks for. For example, a man who expects to be kicked and knocked around, generally has his expectations realized. Just as a man who demands respect, will generally get that too.
Since the Law of Attraction is always in operation, you are making use of it constantly. This is happening whether you are conscious of it or not.
Do your thoughts correspond with fear or love? Are your thoughts in alignment with your desires in life?
For Part I – go here.
For Part II – go here.