There is a saying: ‘If you keep on doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve been getting.’ It is maxim particularly pertinent to those who are making efforts to change their lives for the better yet seem to be making little or no progress.
The ‘keep on doing’ refers not only to our actions but to our thinking, and especially to our imaginings. For our imagination, our daily habits of self-talk and dwelling on circumstances, is what eventually precipitates as reality into our lives.
Desires can best be achieved by imagining scenarios in which those desires are enjoyably lived in our mind’s eye. Our visualization and imaginary role-plays are what we radiate out into the universe. When we’re humming contentedly and daydreaming of pleasant things, this is what we are giving out. The Law of Attraction says what we give out we get back. As it states in the Christian Bible, “As ye give, so shall ye receive.” What we receive back might come in the way of a manifestation or in the shape of coincidences and opportunities which we have only to say “yes,” to and act upon, and they become manifest. They appear in our reality.
This being the case, and I believe it to be so, it behooves us to dwell on the enjoyable. If an unpleasant or upsetting thought arises, the advice is to say, “Next!” and turn our attention to something pleasant. That something we turn to could be something already extant in our material world, a pleasant memory, or an anticipated enjoyable happening. The important thing is that it vibrates within us as something we feel is pleasant and desirable.
There should be no intense wanting or craving here. Also, no aversion registered to things we don’t want in our lives. Simply acknowledging that a thought has arisen and then choosing to move on to another thought should be enough to keep us focusing on the things which will bring what we want, rather than what we don’t want, into our lives. The proviso is we need to be aware; we need to develop a habit of stopping every so often to monitor what we are feeling and thinking from time to time. The automatic habit of ‘coming back into awareness of the now moment, and what we are feeling at that moment needs to be established, if we are not to fall back into our old ways.
So how can we achieve this?
My suggestion – and it’s not an original thought on my part – is that you get into the habit of doing daily meditation; something that brings you into stillness and that awareness where you are able to wait for a thought to come up and then to dismiss it and go back to stillness. There are, of course, many meditational techniques. Find one that is right for you. When you have found it, practice it – and keep on practicing it every day of your life. The object here is to bring your mind under your control. And as you do this, you will be able to bring more and more of what you really want into your life. So if you don’t want to keep on getting what you’ve been getting, change your thinking. Change your thoughts, and you change your life.