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Do you know "the secret?" Oprah claims she does ... and so do millions of others around the world who are fascinated with the "law of attraction." It's a new year, and there's no better time than right now to take a long look at how this knowledge can enliven your life, love and sexuality.
In her bestselling book The Secret, author Ronda Byrne draws upon expert anecdotes and borrowed bits of quantum theory to suggest that the law of attraction (LoA, for short) enables us to have everything we want in life if we understand its rules. I'm not sure the law is quite as all-encompassing as Byrne implies, but I do trust that you can bring greater zest and promise to your love and sex life by taking its lessons to heart. I'll explain precisely how in a moment … but first we need to understand the LoA.
Years ago, I had a powerful dream, long before the LoA was part of popular culture. Although I could only recall a snippet when I awoke, its key message permanently altered my awareness. In my dream, a wise woman handed me a gift. "Here is the key to your life," she said. "Remember this: You will get what you appreciate."
The key to life?! Now, that's pretty darn intense for a dream. I was so struck by it that upon awakening I immediately wrote down the phrase. For a long time afterward I puzzled over what those words, "you get what you appreciate," could actually mean, and how to make use of them.
It was years before I could fully comprehend the true power of "appreciate" or had seen enough evidence of how the "law of appreciation" works to embrace it. I finally grasped that "appreciation" had nothing to do with casual admiration or even gratitude. Rather, to appreciate is to attend completely to an idea or a concept, and to sustain focus through one's thoughts, actions and senses.
Let me give you an example: Imagine that a friend constantly talks about how much she wishes she could meet the right partner, yet always finds fault with whomever she does meet. One might think that "relationship" is her focus — but it isn't. In fact, loneliness is her focus.
She "appreciates" loneliness and lack of love with every conversation, every rumination, every treatise on her failure to meet Mr. Right. Is it really just a coincidence that she keeps drawing more of the same? Or how about the friend who complains endlessly about trying to lose weight and just gets fatter. Could it be that she puts all her energy into attending to the presence of fat? Keep Reading ...
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