I must have been emitting some negative juju today as the universe has returned the negative vibe by crippling my first post. I was writing spontaneously, sort of, with my only guideline being a few notes I scribbled down on the back of an envelope while sitting on the bus. I typed them in, hit post, and only half made it through, leaving me to start over again.
I didn’t feel like going to work this morning and I didn’t want the route I was given, so perhaps this technical turbulence was really my own doing. I suppose I earned this, going out into the world with tired eyes, a slightly irritated demeanor, my posture lacking confidence after a restless sleep. I did this. I created the technical problem. Or so says The Secret.
I will start over, some of the original zeal gone, but at least it’s been replaced with a new invigoration, or should I say frustration? According to The Secret, if I use the positive spin, things will work out in my favour. Invigorated it is.
I haven’t actually read The Secret, nor do I ever intend to. People are all in a frenzy over it, all deep and spiritual and enlightened because they’ve read it. Oprah is the biggest cheerleader of all, which just makes more people jump on the bandwagon. And then, in a conversation somewhere — on the street, at work, or say, the bus at 6:21 a.m. — people talk about it. Oh, how they like to talk about it. How amazing it is, how it’s transformed their life, how everyone just has to read it. They are stupefied, all of them, to learn that I haven’t read it. Not a single page.
If you’re not already familiar with The Secret, the basic premise is this: You get what you give. Aka the Law of Attraction. That is, what you give out is what you will attract. Now I’m sure the book delves much further into the complexities and details of this principle, but for me, not much else needs to be said. It does have some merit, however. The book (or did the film come first?) uses psychology, quantum physics, philosophy, and medicine to re-describe the Law of Attraction and how to put it into place in your own life.
The Law of Attraction, as I understand it, is like this: You realize your desires and ask the universe for it. You then focus your mind, your actions, your words, on attaining said desires. Remain open — open to all possibilities and open to receiving your desires — and they will come to you. The less-flaky version: You get what you give.
If you’re looking for love, but you focus on your lack thereof, you feel sorry for yourself, and carry yourself through your day like someone who is alone and unloved, then it just won’t happen. That guy that comes into the your workplace everyday for two weeks straight might not get the nerve to ask for your phone number if you lack the confidence to make eye contact, if you don’t smile, if you’re not exuding the kind of warmth and love that you wish to receive. You want him to notice you? Tell yourself you’re beautiful and worthy of love, stand tall, smile, and enjoy being yourself. Bet he’ll ask for your number.
Ta da! The “secret” is revealed. If you present negativity to the world, then you will find yourself surrounded by negativity. If you think, act, and speak positively, then other positive influences, people, and situations will be attracted to you. It’s about energy — the energy you put off and the energy that is attracted in return.
Did I need a book to tell me that? Not so much. Some people do, I suppose. Which is fine.
Aside from today, I aim to stay positive and present myself to the universe as I want to be seen. I’ve had my share of miserable years, and at some point I decided I’d had enough. And people respond to it — positive people gravitate to me. They feel comfortable, welcome, and appreciated. So much so, they sit next to me on the bus and tell me all about The Secret.