The Law of Attraction: What is it?

The Law of Attraction. What is it? Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t. Maybe you are a beginner and want to learn more or maybe you are a pro living this law each day. Maybe you are somewhere in between or on the complete opposite end of the spectrum and said, “huh?” when you’ve seen or heard these words. This is the first question I ask and explore with the clients who choose to work with me as a life coach. You see, I believe this law is essential and that whether you believe it or not, it is always at work.

The term Law of Attraction was first introduced in print in 1877 and grew out of the New Thought movement. “Simply put the Law of Attraction says that you will attract into your life whatever you focus on…like attracts like.” Think of a magnet. We all have a childhood memory of playing with magnets and being amazed by how strongly one magnet held to another magnet. Let’s face it, even as adults we still play this game. Magnets can attract other magnets from a distance through what’s called the magnetic field.  The Law of Attraction works in a similar way.

the Law of Attraction says that you will attract into your life whatever you focus on…like attracts like.

As far back as I can remember, I always thought there was something more than meets the eye about my existence, a missing link. Something other than religion that could provide answers. I spent many years studying the behaviors and emotions of others and of myself in a variety of ways to gain answers. As a mental health therapist, my training focused on such techniques as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I was drawn to these techniques not only because of the proven efficacy but also because of the principles these techniques follow. But, there still seemed to be something missing. Then sometime around 2006 or 2007, a friend of mine introduced me to the movie “The Secret.” This movie was released in 2006 and was produced as a documentary with a series of interviews presenting the Law of Attraction.

A-ha! My interest was my peaked. Then not too long afterward I traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico with fellow therapists for a continuing education conference. The perspective on things like mental health treatment is very different on the west coast versus the east coast. I was impressed and inspired by the presentations. And to my surprise, I was again introduced to the Law of Attraction. It was at this conference I bought my first book on the subject of the Law of Attraction titled Jack Canfield’s Key to Living the Law of Attraction. I was awestruck. Finally, I was onto something. I was hooked.


Reading this book was the beginning of my journey to learning about the Law of Attraction. I had found the missing link. The link that would enhance the wonderful techniques I had spent so much time studying, practicing, and teaching. This was the link that became a guide to gaining awareness, insight, and growth for not only my clients but also for me. Understanding the Law of Attraction became and is still the key to living a more fulfilling and abundant life.


In the photo: Your thoughts have the power to direct your energy. Photo Credit: Stockpic/Ed Gregory

In Ask and it is Given, by Esther and Jerry Hicks it states, “The Law of Attraction says: That which is like unto itself is drawn. And so, you might see the powerful Law of Attraction as a sort of Universal Manager that sees to it that all thoughts that match one another line up.” Your thoughts are very powerful, and although your thoughts may seem intangible, they are in fact measurable. Your thoughts have the power to direct your energy. The strength of that energy is based on the content of your thoughts and feelings.

Thoughts are extremely important, but I must also bring your attention to emotions. Your emotions can be thought of as your own personal GPS (Global Positioning System). Being a mental health therapist I have always known emotions are essential. That’s what brings clients into my office. We spend much time evaluating our feelings. Before I knew about the Law of Attraction I studied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This was my first learning experience about the connection between thoughts and feelings. The basic formula I use is Situation-Thoughts-Feelings. There are differing views about whether the thought or feeling comes first. I personally don’t spend much time contemplating this. What I learned and was emphasized when I started implementing the Law of Attraction was that if your thought is negative then your feeling will be negative vice versa. The additional tenet is that Law of Attraction says wherever your attention is focused is what you attract.

By understanding and becoming aware of your emotions, you learn to then use your emotions as your internal GPS and become a deliberate creator. You start to make conscious decisions about what you are feeling and thinking thereby deliberately attracting what it is that you want. You focus your attention on that which is joyful instead of worry. Because you learn that “worrying is using your imagination to create something you do not want,” Hicks writes. When your focus is on worry, worrying thoughts, and worrying feelings, your internal GPS is telling you you are off course. Like my old GPS for my car that I swear had an anxiety attack every time I went off course. She would repeat, “REROUTE, REROUTE, REROUTE!”

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Now that you know the basics about the Law of Attraction, start having some fun! Hicks claims, “Within 17 seconds of focusing on something, a matching vibration becomes activated.” That’s all you need to get started, 17 seconds. Here are a few ways to get started:

  1. Rampage of Appreciation from Ester and Jerry Hicks Ask and it is Given: simply direct your thoughts to those of appreciation. Scan your surroundings for that which you appreciate and that which feels good to you. For example, “I appreciate the smell of the flowers.” “I appreciate that my favorite show is on TV.” “I appreciate the color of this room.”
  2. On a piece of paper write down 3-5 things you want to attract. I have done this activity several times. Since I’m silly I chose a purple monkey, the letters CP in that order, and unfortunately I forget what the third one was but I did attract those two. The purple monkey was a definite shock!
  3. Law of Attraction journal: purchase a journal and keep track or a log of evidence of the Law of Attraction in your life no matter the size and even track those that are close to a match.

We are all deliberate creators and the Law of Attraction is working whether you believe it or not. Why not start attracting what you want. It’s much more fun attracting what you want!


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  1. Frank healy

    Danielle wow all that time years ago that we were working together I didn’t know you were reading some of the same books that I was it is incredible what directing your thoughts and emotions can do and I included an interview with someone who killed her self of Crohn’s disease in my book the Ultimate Guide to healing your past

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