The Law of Attraction: Act As If

The Law of Attraction: Act As If
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When I was in college, a friend of mine recommended that I read the book The Secret. It was then that I first heard about the law of attraction. At the time, the idea of thoughts becoming things wasn’t so remote to me, because in the past, everything I had achieved had started in my mind with a single thought.

However, I decided I wanted to know even more about the law of attraction. It was then that I started to follow some teachers including Mike Dooley, Louise Hay, and Esther Hicks, to name a few. I learned that focusing on positive thoughts can bring positive experiences, also known as manifestations.

One of the main lessons I gained by reading The Secret was that in order to manifest our deepest desires, we have to act as if they have already come true. “Acting as if” is about believing in something that doesn’t currently exist. This can look like different things in different situations. For example, if you want to manifest more money, you can think about your bank account being full. Going out for a coffee shouldn’t be a problem because you believe that the universe is always providing for you, and that you can afford it. Or if you want to be healthier, you start doing things healthy people do. This is the trickiest part for many, and some consider it to be a waste of time. This is because they don’t believe in the power of their thoughts.

If you have been reading my blogs for a while, by now you know I am all about taking action and motivating others to pursue their dreams. However, I do believe that in order to make our dreams happen, we need more than just action. We also need a good dose of hope, visualization, and positive thoughts. In my case, it’s about 50% doing and 50% positive thinking/visualization. This percentage can vary. Sometimes it’s 80%-20%, or 70%-30%. Regardless, I always make sure to include positive thinking and visualization as part of my routine.

Let me tell you about my very first manifestation story. It all started with a university raffle. I chose to participate, as among the prizes were a scholarship to study abroad, textbooks, and other educational stuff. The day before the event, I remember saying to myself, “I am going to wear something nice, because when they say my name, and as I walk to claim my prize, all eyes will be on me.” So the day of the raffle came, and I wore my best clothes. The event took place in the auditorium, and everybody was there. They had the names of the participants written on small papers, and when they were about to draw the first winner, I could already hear in my mind “Our first winner is Jessica Araus.” And guess whose name they called? Mine! The moment I chose to wear something special for this occasion was the moment I acted as if.

Wear your best clothes

This story might sound silly, or you might think it was just pure coincidence. But for me, it was the result of the thoughts I put in my mind. There have been other manifestation stories in my life, but this was the very first one that I experienced shortly after reading The Secret, and I wanted to share it with you. I hope it will serve you as a reminder that thoughts become things.

Just think about it. How many good things have you manifested when you have had negative thoughts? When you are worried or stressed, do you feel connected to the source/universe? I am guessing the answer is no. We ask ourselves many times, what I am doing wrong? instead of asking what’s going well?

When we worry about money, we are sending the sign of lack to the universe. We worry that there is not enough abundance for everyone, and by consequence, that becomes our limiting belief.

“Problem talk creates problems, solution talk creates solutions.” – Steve de Shazer

The days I don’t worry about money are the days I wake up to a bunch of orders in my webshop. When I think of lack, I attract more lack. When I think of disease, I attract more disease. Worrying takes us away from our vision. It creates a low vibration around us. Whether you choose to focus on the positive or focus on the negative, the energy invested is exactly the same. So why not choose the positive?

The creative process is the same. When you believe 100% in what you’re doing, you’ll be in sync with the universe, and you will manifest your dreams sooner. I believe that this blog can inspire thousands of people. And even if it only inspires a few for now, that’s a win for me.

As some of you might know, I’m in the process of writing a book. This led me to think that, one day my book will be so successful that the press will want to interview me. This has caused me to rehearse what I am going to say, and to improve my spoken English (since this isn’t as good as my writing) so when the time to be interviewed about my book comes, I am not ashamed of my English. I’m also recording videos of myself so I can be more confident on camera. This my friends, is what I call acting as if. Even if there is no book contract yet, even if I just started outlining, and the book would take years to be completed, I’m already sending the right signs to the universe. And the universe is always watching who is doing his homework, and who is having fun!

So I hope you will join me in this journey as we go on crafting a life that we love, and manifesting our dreams.

“Thoughts Become Things…Choose the Good Ones” – Mike Dooley

So what about you? Have you also acted as if? Do you have a manifestation story you would like to share? Feel free to do so in the comments below.


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Author: Jessica Araus

I am passionate about a multitude of things: personal development, traveling, writing, teaching and spirituality, just to name a few. I am an English and Spanish teacher, and I run an online clothing shop. My enthusiasm for personal development is the reason I’ve created this blog.

8 Replies to “The Law of Attraction: Act As If

  1. I thought id just skim through the whole blog but actually ended up reading the whole article. Truly love the rationale behind Act As If. Claiming it before it even become yours. Im glad i stumbled into this thread 😊

  2. Love this post and I totally agree. I have struggled with it though. Acting as if I were already healthy has led me to push my body in ways that weren’t yet sustainable. Having said that, continuously telling myself the story of how I am getting better and better has definitely helped me feel better and I am in a much better place now physically. I just need to keep reminding myself that the acting as if can be small. Just enough to get yourself to feel you’re moving in the direction of it. Much love and let’s keep acting. ❤️

    1. Yes, acting as if when having a physical ailment can be challenging, as the pain is difficult to ignore. But we can pretend to act as if everything is getting better, little by little. Doing smalls acts like you said. Eventually you will be able to feel it part of your truth. I’m happy to hear you are in a much better place now. <3 Sending you all the love and healing vibes my friend. Let's keep vibrating high.

  3. Our brain is definitely powerful. I believe that good things happen once you start believing.
    Totally out of topic but somewhat relevant.. the only reason why superstitious beliefs are become real is because of our brain and we are already acting as if we are cursed or in bad luck.

    1. Thanks for your insights Phoebe. I love what you said “Good things happen once you start believing,” beautiful. I totally agree with you. The law of attraction can also bring negative experiences, if we put all our attention on the negative.

  4. Jess, this is the first time I read one of your articles. Thanks for reminding me the importance of “acting if”. This morning I felt a bit down and was acting if as things weren’t good in my life and what happened next? Yeap! Got more of the same… reading your article was a wake up call . Thanks for taking the time to share your lessons! You might want to read a book by an extraordinary Aussie woman who is the biggest “manifester” I know. Her name is Denise Duffield Thomas and her book is called “Lucky Bitch” BTw, she’s an ex B schooler. Look her up on FB, she’s all about money manifesting.

    1. Thanks for your comment Jennifer. I am glad this post served as a wake up call and reminder to you. 🙂 I am definitely going to check Denise out. Her book and background are very appealing to me. Thanks for the recommendation!! <3 Love, Jessica.

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