We’ve all heard the phrases ‘law of attraction,’ ‘manifesting your dreams,’ and the ‘power of positive thinking’ at some point in our lives, but what do they actually mean? Even further, are these concepts real? Do they work? As far-fetched as thinking your dreams into reality may sound, I am a ﬁrm believer that this is indeed possible. And anecdotally speaking, the majority of my friends who have achieved overwhelming success in their lives believe in it too. That can’t just be a coincidence, can it? All of these phrases basically mean the same thing.
They can all be boiled down to one similar idea, which is the theory that putting the energy out there for something to happen can actually make it happen. In other words, you have the capability to make your dreams and goals actually materialise. I don’t know if there is anything more powerful or inspiring than the realisation that your destiny is in your own control. I fully understand that there are factors outside of you that will always impact your path. However, I also believe that it’s not what happens to you, but how you react to what happens to you that carves your path in your world. And that is where energy comes into play.
The scientist and architect Buckminster Fuller once said something along the lines of 99.9 per cent of science lies beyond our ﬁve senses. Knowing how large the universe is and how little we are, this makes complete sense. It also makes sense when you put that together with the discovery that some of the cells that make up our bodies consist of particles that have existed for over a billion years — and the rest of us is made up of pure energy. As Plato once said, ‘likes tend towards like,’ meaning similar things attract other similar things. And in this vein of thought, energy attracts similar energy. So it makes complete sense that we have the capability to attract what our energy goes into. While this still may sound like theory to some, there have been scientiﬁc studies that back this up.
“As far-Fetched as thinking your dreams into reality may sound, I am a firm believer that this is indeed possible"
The Wellcome Trust Centre of Neuroimaging at the Institute of Neurology found that those who visualised a more positive future were more likely able to bring it into reality. And in my own experience, this has absolutely been the case. In fact, I credit much of my success to positively visualising my goals. While there are many ways to do this, I have always had a preference for visualisation boards. Creating a board forces me to assess and focus on what’s important to me, what it is I want to achieve and to have a literal visual of it happening. Having something physical to reference is also a great way to check back with my goals when I feel like I’m in a slump or not getting anywhere, or to reassess my goals when I am doing well. Another habit is making constant notes on my phone.
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We’ve all heard the phrases ‘law of attraction,’ ‘manifesting your dreams,’ and the ‘power of positive thinking’ at some point in our lives, but what do they actually mean? Even further, are these concepts actually real? Do they work? As far-fetched as thinking your dreams into reality may sound, I am a firm believer that this is indeed possible. And anecdotally speaking, the majority of my friends who have achieved overwhelming success in their lives believe in it too. That can’t just be a coincidence, can it?
Whenever something comes to mind that I’d like to achieve, I write it down and then come back and reread it as time goes on. There is nothing more satisfying or encouraging than going back to read a note and realising that it has actually manifested. Both of these habits not only help keep me focused on my goals, but they also help keep me liable for my actions. After all, just wanting something isn’t enough to make it happen. Taking action, both through big picture moves and small, consistent steps is what will get you there.
When it’s written out, it sounds so straightforward. In a way, manifesting your goals really is that simple. But trust me, I get that it’s not always that easy in practice. Some goals will have more challenges and take longer to manifest. You will have tough days or weeks - years even. It’s not always easy to stay on your path. And sometimes goals may not manifest in the exact way you expect them to. But if you stay consistent, practice gratitude, and use your energy positively, good things are inevitable.
From the June 2019 issue of Harper's Bazaar Arabia