How to get the Law of Attraction working for you: Learn how to Lie.

Jul 26 08:51 2011 Victoria E. Stevens, JD, PhD Print This Article

This article explores one way to get the law of attraction working quickly. Learning how to lie to one's self is an important aspect of attracting the life you want. Believing the lie that one already has everything one wants is one of the best ways to activate the power of the subconscious mind.

I like to think of myself as a good person,Guest Posting an ethical person. But, I'm trying to learn how to lie.

Sounds weird, I know. My mother told me that it is a sin to lie. Psychologists tell us that an average person tells hundreds, if not thousands, of lies per week. I know you're thinking: I don't lie that much! However, psychologists are counting all of the lies, including the little ones. Everyone knows the classic example of a woman asking her man if she looks fat in a certain dress. Everyone also knows the correct answer (regardless of the "truth"). There are also those little 'meaningless' lies we tell our co-workers when we're having a bad day. They ask how we're doing and we say "great." Unless we like to complain, in which case we may exaggerate all of the horrible things that happened to us on the way to work, such as "I had to wait 10 minutes for a train to go by." Perhaps we only had to wait 8 minutes. It is much more fun, and makes the story much more exciting, to exaggerate the story just a little bit.

Then there are the results from the 'super achievers.' Turns out that some of the most successful people in society have one thing in common: the ability to bend the truth. When the high school basketball player says "I can hit 50 free throws in a row," that may be a lie. Everyone he knows may tell him he's lying. They may back that up with facts, such as his current free throw percentage or the record at their high school for the most free throws hit in a row. In short, they try to convince him that he's lying. If he doesn't have a great coach, his coach may even tell him that he's nuts. Either way, if this basketball player is going to be a "super achiever," he has to be able to believe in the truth of what he's saying, in spite of the evidence. The more likely our young basketball player is to be able to believe that he can hit 50 free throws in a row, perhaps considered a "lie" as he's never done it before, the more likely that he actually will be able to do it. He even needs to believe it as he watches his free throw shot bounce off of the rim. Only through his belief in the "lie" can he some day achieve it. Very few people can achieve something that they don't themselves believe is possible - who will put in an extra 30 minutes of free throw shooting after practice if it will not ever lead to anything?

The desire to be a super achiever sounds like a great reason to want to learn how to lie, but it's not my reason. I already am a super achiever (okay, that may be a lie). In order to have something in my life that I haven't had in my life previously, I first need to believe that I can have it. If you are a person to whom things come easily, and new things arrive regularly, than you already are in a state of hopeful expectation: you already believe that these new, great things will come to you. And, therefore, they do. But, sometimes, such a belief requires believing in what in the present moment, is a lie.

Some of us have let disappointment ruin our sense of hopeful expectation. We will not always achieve and receive everything that we think that we want to achieve and receive. Sometimes that is a good thing, sometimes it means that something better is on the way. The spiritual leader Joel Osteen talks about a disappointment he experienced when the building he wanted to buy for the Lakewood church was not made available to him. He talked about how disappointed he was, how he was sure that building was the best for his church. But, he also talks about how he picked himself up with faith and chose to believe that he didn't get that particular building because a better one was going to come along. His conscious mind did not believe it at first: he really had wanted that original building and his conscious mind already had decided that it was the one. But, nevertheless, he set his mind on believing that there was some other building out there that would be even better. I'm sure at the beginning, that thought felt like a lie. Just the week prior, he was believing he already had found the perfect building for his church. But, being a man who aspires to great faith, he started telling his conscious mind that something better was out there. Eventually, I expect through repetition and prayer, he not only convinced his conscious mind, but also, he convinced his subconscious mind. The next thing he knew, he was preaching to the folks at Lakewood in the former Compaq Center, the former home of the Houston Rockets. Turns out that not getting what he 'knew' he wanted was the best thing for him and his church. It's important to stay strong in faith that good things are coming in our futures, even when we experience great disappointment. It's important that we make ourselves believe that the 'bad' thing that happened actually is for our own good. Joel Osteen probably believes that it is God that rewards his faith, not the subconscious mind, and perhaps he's correct. I only know that a belief in God is not a requirement for the Law of Attraction to work (although, it probably doesn't hurt, either). The Law of Attraction tells us that what we believe in, with faith, we will achieve and experience in reality. Therefore, if we ever are to achieve something we have not yet achieved, we have to convince our subconscious mind that it will happen. I think the best way to do this is to convince our subconscious mind that it already has happened. How do we do this? We learn to 'lie' to our subconscious. See, the subconscious mind does not know the difference between what we are imagining in our minds verses what we are experiencing in reality. Neuroscience experiments designed to measure areas of activity in the brain have demonstrated that the exact same areas of the brain are activated when we experience an event as when we close our eyes and visualize the event in the first person. It turns out that the subconscious mind has the same experience first hand as it does during our visualization. This is great news because all we have to do to convince our subconscious mind that we have achieved something is visualize the experience. It is much easier for the subconscious mind to believe that we can again do what it thinks we have done already. As the subconscious mind is the seat of our faith, this is a powerful tool. If we have faith that we can achieve something, we have more energy to do the tasks necessary to make it happen. We also have our subconscious mind in a state of expectant anticipation, looking around for evidence of this and on the lookout for ways to make it happen.

Neuroscience experiments also have shown us that we only see what we expect to see. There are way too many objects presented to our visual field to actually look at and identify consciously everything that our eyes pick up. For example, if someone does not believe in ghosts and finds themselves in a dark and creepy attic, when a flash of a white sheet or a shadow passes through his or her peripheral vision, the subconscious mind dismisses the object and the person does not even become consciously aware that the object was there. However, if our belief system is such that we believe in ghosts and we find ourselves in a creepy attic we may already have the expectation that something otherworldly will occur. In this state of anticipation, when a curtain billows in the breeze or a shadow appears in our periphery, our subconscious mind alerts our conscious mind of the presence of this object and we jump out of fear or awe of the image until we realize that it was just our imagination.

You may have watched The Secret, a movie that was released in 2006 or so. In that movie, a gentleman discusses how he uses the Law of Attraction to find parking spaces. I have heard many people scoff at such an idea. However, neuroscience also can explain a potential mechanism by which this can occur. For example, if I get myself worked up into a state of agitation as I drive into the city, thinking to myself "I'll never find a parking space: they are all taken. The city is so crowded." I will convince my subconscious mind that there are no parking spaces there. Then, as I drive around, looking for a space, my subconscious mind will work as a filter, blocking from my conscious view the space that is just out of our focus, perhaps down the alley we drive past. The subconscious mind is alert for alternatives to finding a space, perhaps directing the conscious mind to the expensive pay lots that the driver passes. The subconscious mind is an obedient servant: It will believe that there are no parking spaces out there because that is what the conscious mind directs. It will garner the limited resource of attention to the alternatives, as the conscious mind directed it not to look for spaces as they are not there. Now, take the same city and the same situation, but this time I say to myself "I will get a parking space. They may be limited, but I'll find one." In this situation, my subconscious mind is on the lookout for a parking space, it is not directing the conscious mind to see the pay lots because it is entirely focused on finding the space that it has been told is there. As I drive by the alley with a space 1/3 of the way down the street, my subconscious immediately alerts the conscious mind 'There! There's the space, turn right.' The conscious mind takes over, turns right and thinks "I knew that I'd find a space." Perhaps God or the Universe creates the space for us. Perhaps the space is there for each individual and it is only the individual who believes it is there who can see the space. Either way, the belief in the existence of the parking space is crucial to actually finding it there.

So, get your subconscious working for you. Learn how to visualize the life you want, as if it was already here. Generate the feeling you will have once you obtain it. Your subconscious mind will believe you already have obtained it and will look for evidence of this in your life. This activity will help you attract the life you want. Do you want a new car? Then spend quiet time, in your mind's eye, driving your favorite car around. Experience the feeling of driving around in your new car. Your subconscious will believe that you have a new car. This sense of faith will help you attract the new car into your reality.

That's one way in which the Law of Attraction works. So, learn how to lie.

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Victoria E. Stevens, JD, PhD
Victoria E. Stevens, JD, PhD

Victoria has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and currently works as a government attorney. She spends her free time gardening, doing yoga, meditating and writing articles as well as fiction. She enjoys writing about the law of attraction, meditation, science, healthy living and how to attract a happier life.

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