If you haven’t heard of the Law of Attraction before, it basically states that “like attracts like.” In other words, the energy you put out into the universe must come back to you in some form. So, if you have angry, tense energy, you’ll probably find that relationships, jobs, and everything else in life resist you. On the opposite spectrum, having open, kind energy allows the universe to bring you situations that help further your growth and make you more fulfilled.
History of the Law of Attraction
“Believe in what you want so much that it has no choice but to materialize.” – Unknown
While many people believe that the Law of Attraction stems from New Age theories, it actually dates to the early 19th century. A man named Phineas Quimby suffered from tuberculosis, and upon recovering, he began to study the concept of “mind over body.” Medical treatments for his condition didn’t work, so he believed that he cured himself of the disease through mental power alone.
While he never used the words “law of attraction,” he did write this in his book titled The Quimby Manuscripts:
“… the trouble is in the mind, for the body is only the house for the mind to dwell in, and we put a value on it according to its worth. Therefore if your mind has been deceived by some invisible enemy into a belief, you have put it into the form of a disease, with or without your knowledge. By my theory or truth, I come in contact with your enemy and restore you to your health and happiness. This I do partly mentally and partly by talking till I correct the wrong impressions and establish the Truth, and the Truth is the cure.”
However, the law of attraction really only became a popular concept around 1887. Prentice Mulford, a huge advocate for the New Thought movement, wrote an essay called “The Law of Success” in which he discussed the Law of Attraction extensively. Many thought leaders followed in his footsteps and wrote books about this newfound way of thinking. In 2006, the Law of Attraction really took off with the release of the film The Secret, which aimed to show the power of our thoughts and how we can shape them to get what we want in life.
So, how can you make the Law of Attraction (LOA) work in your life? It turns out that actor Jim Carrey believes in this concept, so we will go over some of his advice below.
Jim Carrey’s thoughts on the Law of Attraction:
While the Law of Attraction doesn’t have much science behind it yet, Dr. Srini Pillay, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, writes this about the LOA:
“Recent brain imaging studies are rapidly showing that the brain does in fact conform its function to the ‘Law of Attraction’…Anxious people make other people anxious, and fearful people make other people afraid. Similar principles apply to happiness and expected reward, when our brains will light up, centers that correspond to these emotional states in others (do as well)… ‘contagious actions,’ ‘contagious feelings,’ ‘intention-action’ connections and ‘attention-action’ connections all support the ‘law of attraction.”
Dr. Pillay concludes, “Underlying all of these ideas is the notion of connection – we are connected within and without …The depth of our feelings and actions is a critical variable in ‘attracting’ what we want to our lives.”
To break it down for you a bit, here’s what Jim Carrey has to say about LOA:
“You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.” – Jim Carrey
What does this mean, exactly? Well, if you think about it, everything in life requires work. We can’t just wish upon a star and hope that our dreams fall into our lap. We have to put in the effort to bring those dreams into reality.
You must take action toward your dreams, or else they’ll remain a distant desire. To bridge that gap between desire and reality, you must create actionable steps. Start off by creating small goals that will bring you closer to what you want, and then once you’ve gotten those out of the way, tackle the bigger goals.
No one builds an empire in one day; it takes hard work, dedication, and most of all, patience.
“Our intention is everything. Nothing happens on this planet without it.” – Jim Carrey
Most people don’t even realize this since they live in a constant state of disconnection and apathy. However, we do have the power to create what we wish to see in life; we just need to reclaim that power. Society likes to put us in boxes and tear us down for the sake of controlling us; you might need to deprogram yourself from these limiting beliefs and teach yourself a new operating system, one of endless potential.
If you want something in life, put all your energy into manifesting it. Remain open to the possibilities that await you and start saying “yes” to life.” Once you remove any mental blockages, you’ll start seeing your dreams unfold before you.
“You can ask the Universe for it.” – Jim Carrey
Most people don’t ever ask for what they want in life, but we all need some help achieving our dreams. Rely on the power of the universe and the people in your life for guidance and support. You must make your intentions firm and clear for the universe to hear you and grant your wishes. The universe doesn’t respond to weak energy; it requires a calm, yet assertive energy so it knows what to give you.
Don’t hesitate to speak aloud or write down what you want. How in the world can you receive it without first bringing the idea into existence?
“As far as I can tell, it’s just about letting the Universe know what you want, and working toward it, while letting go of how it comes to pass.” – Jim Carrey
Of course, nothing in life happens the way we want it to. It might take 15 years or six months for you to achieve your dreams, but either way, you won’t get to the mountaintop unless you keep on climbing. Many people give up on their dreams because they put too much emphasis on how their story unfolds instead of just going with the flow.
As long as you keep on working toward your dreams and take the necessary steps in the right direction, the universe will reward your persistence eventually. Everything good in life takes time; don’t give up just because you don’t see the finish line yet.
“I believe in manifestation,” says Carrey. “I believe in putting a rocket of desire out into the Universe. And you get it when you believe it.”
If you don’t have the life you’ve envisioned for yourself, try to look a little deeper. Do you really believe in yourself and the life you want? Do you believe you can tackle any obstacles that stand in your way? A lot of the success of the Law of Attraction hinges on removing limiting beliefs.