Thanks to Oprah, many people are aware of the law attraction proposed in the movie “The Secret.” The reality to this law is that each moment is filled with many opportunities. The reason we are unaware of these opportunities is because we limit our perception to only those things we believe are possible. Thus attracting what we believe in. We literally manifest our reality, by seeking out those things we focus our attention on. We simultaneously block our blessings, because of lack of imagination, negative thinking and superstitions. These mental barriers limit our ability to see the vast number of opportunities or chances that are available to us at any given moment. There are infinites possibilities, but when we get stuck in our ways or a certain mindset we encapsulate ourselves in boxes.

It is our ability to focus our attention that gives substance to the walls of our boxes. This is how we generate our reality. Our brains are like targeting systems. When we give it instructions, it seeks out and locks on to what we tell it to with incredible accuracy. For instance, have you ever dreaded going to work for fear of the issues that may plague you? When you do get to work the issue immediately presents itself. Have you ever had a situation where you didn’t want to see somebody, only to run into them while trying to avoid them? Have you forgotten something while trying to tell yourself you will not forget it? What is occurring in these incidents? Would you like to know? I’ll tell you.

You are feeding your brain information on what to focus on throughout your day. How does this work? Simply. When you are driving to work in the morning thinking about that problem coworker, the bad customer, or tons of work, your mind focuses your attention on those things. When you are telling yourself you don’t want see a person, well guess what? Your mind is searching for that person. When you tell yourself you can’t remember something, your mind forgets that information. Remember our minds focus on whatever we instruct it to pay attention to.

This works great when it comes to something we enjoy doing or having in our lives. This sucks when we are worrying about those things that we don’t want. While you are worrying, you are not solving your issues and you’re giving your brain permission to focus your attention to that which you are worrying about. This constant worrying can have negative effect on your spirit, mind and body. It can trigger anxiety, depression or even worse, lead to physical illness.

This is why positive thinking is important. By thinking positive, you are focusing your attention on the solution to your problem. This instructs the mind to target on opportunities that comply with the favorable outcome you’ve presented. Affirmations are another good resource to use to keep you attention on a positive mindset. I have my affirmations written on index cards and posted on my bathroom mirror so that it is one of the first things I see when I wake up in the morning. This is how I set the tone for my day.

Another way to stay positive when you find yourself contemplating the worse is to flip a negative into a positive. Ask yourself what would it look like or how would it be if things worked out in a positive manner. By allowing yourself to think the impossible you begin to see outside your box you have defined as yourself. What will happen next is your mind will begin to focus your attention on events, people, place or things that correlate with the new set of instructions. It is at this moment that spiritual growth and conscious expansion begin to occur. You have given yourself permission to be more than what you believe yourself to be.

Roderick Watkins is a Certified Hypnotherapist and doctoral student in Metaphysics. His mission is to aid you in finding resolutions for conflicted parts of your being using spiritual resources. His blog is exclusive to Urban Thought Collective.

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