Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Law of Attraction


It’s my birthday and the time of year when I re-evaluate my life. Where was I a year ago, and where do I want to be a year from now? It’s proved to be a pretty fascinating exercise, especially because I’ve been striving awfully hard to improve and grow and change—and do it in a way that satisfies me spiritually.

Many of my studies have taught me that you do not get if you do not ask. If I didn’t believe it before, I do now. Every year I’ve asked the Universe for pretty general things (health, happiness, enough money to pay the bills, etc.), but as I continued to follow my belief in the Law of Attraction, I learned to be more specific.

A year ago, I was living in a rental house that was old and needed a lot of work. It satisfied a need when I returned to Houston from Alaska and waited for my house in Anchorage to sell. It was quaint, charming, close to work and family, but it didn’t really feel like home. When I thought about where I wanted to be living in a year, I asked the Universe for what was most important to me: a home where I was really comfortable, with at least three bedrooms and two baths, a good-sized yard, new enough that I wouldn’t have to do a lot of upgrades (at least at first), and within my price range.

Two things happened. Two months later the rent where I was living was going up 50%, which I thought was too much for the place, considering the improvements I’d made to the property and paid for myself. Exactly one week later, as I was reconsidering my options, I had the chance to look at a coworker’s house the day after he put it on the market. I loved it. The price was perfect, the location was perfect, and thirty days later, I was moving into what turned out to be the perfect place for me.

I’m not sure anything could have convinced me more of the reality of the Law of Attraction (also known as the Law of Allowing or Equivalence of Form). I did nothing but ask; God answered, and he answered in a way that made me happy and fulfilled because I’d done my “inner work,” as we call it in my spiritual circles. For years I’d been honestly evaluating where I’d been, where I wanted to go, and what I’d done spiritually to move from one place to another. I based my request on that.

So what does all this have to do with writing? Well, that was another thing on last year’s list of what I wanted to bring into my life: to find a project about which I was passionate and begin to write it. I kept that in the back of my mind through the holidays, through buying my wonderful house, through moving and getting settled in…and then one day, about three months after I’d truly made the place my home, I realized that an idea I’d been toying with for years had  all the markings of a great book.

I started pre-writing that very day: character names, back stories, settings, a title, and now five months later, I’ve written the synopsis and 120 pages of the manuscript. For someone who was too broken to even leave the TV on a half-hour sitcom long enough to make it through the show, I’ve rediscovered the kind of focus it takes to write a long, involved, multi-faceted book. I’m as amazed as I am joyful.

So am I going to be paying attention to what I’ve accomplished in the last twelve months, and what I want to do in the next year? You bet. The Bible, Gandhi and proverbs from just about every civilization in the world teach the power of asking. They’ve been amazing teachers, and I’ve learned first-hand the value of their lessons. I’ve had just a trace of success, and I can’t let them down now!

~ Wendy ~

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