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It’s All In The Mind Author:
…………………………………………………………………….2 Background and scope…………………………………………………...4 Introduction…………………………………………………………………5 Basic explanation of the idea……………………………………………..6 Some interesting occurrences……………………………………………9 Some real life claims………………………………………………………11 Criticisms……………………………………………………………………14 Arguments against criticisms……………………………………………..16 Concluding remarks………………………………………………………..19 References………………………………………………………………….20

ABSTRACT: Why do we pray? To appease the Almighty? To have what we want? Well yeah, most of the time the latter one. Because even agnostics pray, prayer is an involuntary reaction, everyone, no matter a believer or an atheist, has said in his mind at least once, “I wish it happened like this”, haven’t they? We pray even without knowing that we are doing so. Now, the success rate is a matter of debate. But definitely we set a substantial store on the power of prayer, that’s why mass prayers are conducted in churches and temples, and also on much less religious scales. Prayers are a form of thought, directed thought to put it in better words. We direct our thoughts; or rather push them in such a way so as to achieve something, in the same way we reach out with our arms to get something. Similarly, our thoughts too have the ability to influence matter without being in direct contact with our environment. How are prayers answered? It is based on the same principle of our mind affecting the outer environment. Let’s take an example, suppose you have a prayer, you are praying that someone near or dear to you is in the hospital (god forbid it happens) and you are praying for that person to heal fast, now if you tell that prayer to many people and tell them all to pray for that person to heal fast, then I can assure you that those prayers will be effective and that person is sure to have got better maybe very little, but still he would have. Now if you had just prayed for that person yourself the results would have been slow. Why? Because when the same thought is thought by many people it becomes just like that ball of thoughts which has more mass than that of a single thought and exerts gravity and thus is capable of affecting the outer world around us. the same can also be said of superstitions, when many people together think of something like suppose, breaking a mirror will bring you seven years of bad luck, that particular thought actually has mass, extremely little, nevertheless it has and so if many people have that same thought it forms like a ball of mass which has more mass and thus the superstition actually comes true, in the same way, if many people stop believing in it then it doesn't at all. The same can be said of our intuition, many a times you must have wondered how your intuition is right, and that too has the same principle of thoughts having mass. Hinduism defines soul as the individual Self, whereas self signifies the subject which perceives all objects. We generally take soul as an abstract concept, but it is not as abstract as we commonly think. In 1988, Noetic Science carried out experiments on the largest number of patients and concluded that the human soul weighs 1/3,000th of an ounce. The experiments were carried out by East German researchers who weighed more than 200 terminally ill patients just before and immediately after their deaths. In each case the weight loss was exactly the same – 1/3,000th of an ounce. Therefore, our soul, consequently our thoughts, does have the ability to affect the materialistic world more than we can perhaps even possibly imagine. Let’s think about it logically, how do we do a work? First we think about the work in our mind, then we think about all the necessary steps that should be taken to accomplish the job, then we set out to finish the task. We do not take any action without thinking about it, even if it is just

for a fraction of a second. So, logically, every action has its origin in our mind, our thoughts. And even while we are doing that work, we keep thinking about it. Therefore, it logically follows that our thoughts have a substantial role to play in all we do. So, it can be quite logical to think that our thoughts have the power to exert force in terms of worldly matters as well. Everything else we see and experience in this world is effect, and that includes our feelings. The cause is always our thoughts. The strength to do any work, evil or good, stems from our minds. So believe it or not, as the saying goes, it’s all in the mind!

BACKGROUND: The paper is the outcome of the little day to day experiences of the author and the co-author, gathered over time. Verification of literature through the daily life and realization of the power of mind over our day to day lives, the environment and the people around us served as a source of inspiration for writing this paper. Moreover, the uniqueness of the subject itself drew the authors towards the vast potential of the matter, and also an urge to share this amazing experience with people around us. SCOPE: This paper is an excellent presentation of the power of thoughts on our lives and people around us. It shows, along with some scientifically proven hypotheses that mind, that is our thoughts, have a huge role to play in whatever we do or whatever happens to us. It answers questions like, why do we pray, why do things happen to us, why do we sometime land up in situations we have feared all along, and especially how we can make this world a better place simply by the sheer force of our minds. This paper establishes the mind and our thoughts as a much more substantial and materialistic quantity than we normally think. It explains the reader that thoughts are not abstract; they have as much strength to do something as our average physical forces. It enlightens the reader with the power of thoughts, how to utilize it and become a stronger person from within.

INTRODUCTION: To understand if the mind drives us throughout this world, we must first examine the philosophy of law of attraction and how it relates to scientific research and common sense. The universe and everything in its existence is composed of energy and vibration, this is also the process of law of attraction. Here we focus on drawing into our lives what we desire most through the power of our minds, i.e., through our thoughts and through allowing this desire or object into our life. What we see in the normal scenario is that people tend to create their lives by default, they take what comes to them for granted and do not question if their attitude is responsible for them receiving whatever they get. This paper ventures to find out the effect of our thoughts on the events and occurrences we invite into our life, evaluate real life occurrences which to the normal eye strike as miracles and try to appreciate its relevance of implementation. True, that there are criticisms against the idea as well, and arguments against the criticisms too. But the foremost aim of the paper is to make the reader aware of the power of mind and thoughts and to acquaint people with the idea itself.

BASIC EXPLANATION OF THE IDEA: The elementary concept of the idea we are describing is basically, “like attracts like”, that is the law of attraction. To elaborate a bit more, the things which happen to us in our lives, are intimately related to our approach towards it. To put it in a very simple way, if we think good thoughts, we will make good things happen to us; while on the other hand, thinking of bad stuff will do us no good. Ask, believe, and receive – just three simple steps to create whatever we want. Ask is easy, receive is easy. But sometimes the second step, believe, can be difficult for people. However, there’s an easy way to believe; MAKE BELIEVE in your mind everyday! When you make believe, it makes you believe! The law of attraction is the law of creation, and it allows each person to create the life they want. Every person has their own unique circumstances to overcome, but every single person has the opportunity to achieve anything and change everything. The law of attraction is the focus of drawing into our life what we desire most, through our thoughts and through allowing this desire or object into our life. The main theory behind the law of attraction is we create our own reality. We create both the things that we want and do not want in our lives. Creating a process of not worrying about how that desire will show up in our life is a big part of the law of attraction. When the worry or concern becomes the main focus, this stops the creating and allowing process, this is called a vibration. Creating a vibration of worry or concern on how what you are asking for will show up, is really saying that you do not deserve what you are declaring or you do not believe that it will show up. When our beliefs are limited, we attract limited desires and compromise the well-being of our lives. On the flip-side when we believe that anything is possible and with focus and believe, drawing anything into our life is possible. Now, how do we create our desires simply through thoughts? Here, the formulation of law of attraction states that, there is an all-encompassing substance, known as the Original Substance, or the Formless Substance, which is composed of thoughts. When we think of a particular thing, we exert a thought. And this thought effects the Original Substance, and from this Substance we create the thing we desire. There is no limit of supply of Formless Stuff, or Original Substance. The universe is made of this stuff, but it was not at all used in making the universe. The spaces in, through, and between the forms of visible universe are permeated and filled with the Original Substance; with the Formless Stuff; with the raw material of all things. Ten thousand times as much as has been made might still be made, and even then we should not have exhausted the supply of universal raw material. The first step towards achieving what you want is to convey the idea of your wants to the Formless Substance. In order to do so it becomes necessary to relate yourself to the Formless Intelligence in a harmonious way. To secure this harmonious relation is a matter of primary and vital importance. The whole process of mental adjustment and atonement can be summed up in one word gratitude. First we believe that there is one Intelligent Substance from which all things proceed; second, we believe that this Substance gives us everything we desire; and third, we relate ourselves to it by a feeling of deep and profound gratitude. After receiving a gift from the Original Substance, we cut the wires which connect us to the Substance by failing to make acknowledgement. Gratitude alone can prevent you from falling into the error of thinking of the supply as limited and to that would be fatal to your hopes. A sense of gratitude keeps our mind away from negative thoughts and fixed on superior

level of thinking which is vital according to the law of attraction. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best; therefore it tends to become the best; it takes the form or character of the best, and will receive the best. Also, faith is born of gratitude. Everyone has a desire, isn’t it? Then why isn’t everyone on this earth getting what they want? As simple as that, having just the desire or intention is not enough. Then what is it that we need? It is thinking in a certain way. It is not enough that you should have a wish to travel, see things, live more, etc. Everybody has those desires too. If you were going to send a wireless message to a friend, you would not just send the letters of the alphabet and let him construct the message for himself; nor would you take words at random from the dictionary, you would send a coherent sentence; one which meant something. When you try to impress your wants upon the Substance, remember that it must be done by a coherent statement; you must know what you want, and be definite. You can never get rich or start the creative power into action, by sending out unformed longings and vague desires. All you need is to know what you want and to want it badly enough so that it will stay in your thoughts. Something more is necessary, however, than merely to see the picture clearly. If that is all you do, you are only a dreamer, and will have little or no power for accomplishment. You must have the purpose to realize it and behind this purpose must be an invincible and unwavering faith that the thing is already yours; that it is “at hand” and you have only to take possession of it. Your part is to intelligently formulate your desire for the things which make for a larger life and to get these desires arrange into a coherent whole; and then to impress the Whole Desire upon the Formless Substance, which is the power and the will to bring you what you want. The answer to prayer is not according to your faith while you are talking, but according to your faith while you are working. Man must not only think but his personal action must supplement his thought. By thought you can cause the gold in the hearts of the mountains to be impelled towards you; but it will not mine itself, refine itself, coin itself into money and come rolling along the roads seeking its way into your pockets. Under the impelling power men’s affairs will be so ordered that someone will be led to mine the gold for you; other men’s business transactions will be so directed that the gold will be brought towards you and you must so arrange your own business affairs that you may be able to receive it when it comes to you. Your thoughts make all things, animate and inanimate, work to bring you what you want; but your personal activity must be such that you can rightly receive what you want when it reaches you. Also, you can advance only by being larger than your present place and no man is larger than his present place who leaves undone any of the work pertaining to that place. The world is advanced only by those who more than fill their present places. If no man quite filled his present place you can see that there must a going backward in everything. Those who don’t quite fill their present places are dead weight upon society. No society could advance if every man was smaller than his place. In the animal world, evolution is caused by excess of life. When an organism has more life than can be expressed in the functions of its own plane, it develops the organs of a higher plane, and a new species is originated.

There never would have been new species had there not been organisms which m or e than filled t heir places. The law is exactly the same for you; your getting rich depends upon your applying this principle to your own affairs.

It is really not the number of things you do, but the EFFICIENCY of each separate action that counts.

By continuous contemplation you will get the picture of what you want, even to the smallest details, so firmly fixed upon your mind, and so completely transferred to the mind of Formless Substance, that in your working hours you need only to mentally refer to the picture to stimulate your faith and purpose, and cause your best effort to be put forth. Contemplate your picture in your leisure hours until your consciousness is so full of it t hat you can gr asp it inst ant ly. You wi ll becom e s o enthused with its bright promises that the mere thought of it will call forth the strongest energies of your whole being.

It has been seen scientifically that our thoughts have frequencies, and they can even be measured with the use of apparatus. Now, let us think along the lines of the theory of resonance that we all studied in Physics. The basic theory of resonance says that whenever the frequency of two vibrating bodies match with each other, the vibration takes place more vigorously and the amplitude of the vibration rises to a great extent. If we think of ourselves as electromagnetic beings, emitting a frequency, only those things that are on the same frequency as the ones that we are emitting can come into your experience. Every single person, event and circumstance in our day is telling us what frequency we are on. If your day is not going well, that means that you simply are not emitting the frequency required to attract the desirable. We can think of ourselves as a radio and our mind as the tuning knob. What do we do when we want to turn on to our favourite FM station, radio Mirchi? We keep turning the knob till we are able to tune in to the frequency of that FM radio station. Similarly, if we want a specific thing, we have to think along the lines of that, emit the frequency required, only then we can receive. If your day is not going well, stop and deliberately change your frequency. If your day is going swimmingly, keep doing what you are doing.

SOME INTERESTING OCCURRENCES:

Masaru Emoto’s water experiment: Dr. Masaru Emoto, a water scientist has published several volumes of his book “Messages from Water” in which he claims to show how the shape of water molecules can be changed by way of thinking, prayer and outlook. Masaru put distilled water in different containers and labeled them under different taglines, eg, “Love and Gratitude”, “thank You” and so on. Then he observed the water crystals under microscope when they freeze and noticed that the shape of the water molecules were different in each case.

You make me sick

Thank you.

. Love and Gratitude No one knows the reason why it happens, but it does. The aesthetic improvement of the water molecules with the improvement in our thought is quite visible here. Our body is 70% water. If thoughts can do this to a molecule, imagine what it can do to our body.

Equally relevant here is the Rice experiment by Emoto again. Emoto took three glass beakers, and rice in them and covered them with water. And every day for a month, he said “thank you” to one beaker, “you’re and idiot” to the second, and the third one he completely ignored. After a month, the rice in the first beaker began to ferment, giving a nice aroma. The rice in the second beaker had turned black. And the third one, which was completely ignored, had begun to rot. Therefore, words, and thoughts do have the power to cause a physical change in this world. In 1988, Noetic Science carried out experiments on the largest number of patients and concluded that the human soul weighs 1/3,000th of an ounce. The experiments were carried out by East German researchers who weighed more than 200 terminally ill patients just before and immediately after their deaths. In each case the weight loss was exactly the same – 1/3,000th of an ounce.

That means our soul, consequently our thoughts have mass and therefore it can exert gravity. Therefore we can actually attract anything towards us by thinking strongly enough about it.

SOME REAL LIFE CLAIMS: . Simone from Wales says: “After buying into a franchise which turned out to be a nightmare, no work whatsoever, only heaps of debt due to ongoing costs, I had to revoke monthly payments to get out of the contract. I then received legal demands for 1806 pounds. Apart from the 1000 pounds I had in savings, I still needed to find 806 pounds. I could not see how this could materialize as I was maxed out on credit cards and had reached my overdraft limit. But nevertheless I recited positive affirmations every day, kept telling myself nothing is impossible, ask, believe, receive etc. Anyway having been off work sick, I have an insurance policy to cover my mortgage re-payments so I submitted a claim. I was then informed that my policy would not pay out the amount I was insured for as this was greater than my mortgage payments and as such I had been over insured for years, after being given wrong advice by my bank and that a refund would be calculated. Can you imagine my shock when I rang them and was told that a refund had been processed? When I asked how much the refund was I was told it was for 806 pounds! I could not believe it! THE EXACT amount that I needed!!!!! “

My Own Daily Reminder -SFB (The Philippines) “When you open my cell phone, the first word that you will see pop-up on my greeting screen is "BELIEVE". I have had that word tacked up onto my computer screen, my vanity mirror, and my journal - almost anywhere that I can see it. However, I have never really taken what that word means to heart. This afternoon, I know what it is like to believe. Each morning, I had been waking up and dreading going to work - the company I work for has a very stressful environment, and being there takes a lot out of me. Despite this, I would tell myself and really feel that I was excited to go to work, that it was going to be a good day, that only good things were coming my way. Doing this helped me. I would get through my days tired, but still able to laugh and feel less stressed. I also developed a more compassionate view of the people in our office that made our lives hard. I started seeing them not as monsters, but as people who hurt inside like we do. I was happy with this result - it made me feel more serene and calm and less stressed. It also started making me more productive at work, as I no longer let the tense atmosphere affect me. But I was in for a little surprise. The Universe wanted to show me just how this process works. :-) Each Christmas season, Starbucks gives out daily planners to its loyal customers. The planners are usually covered in real leather and are quite striking and stylish. To get one, you have to fill up a small card with 24 stickers - each sticker represents one cup of coffee bought in Starbucks. In our country, a cup of Starbucks coffee costs an average of Philippine Peso 150.00 - about the cost of one lunch and transportation to and from work. In a country where wages aren't that high, this is quite a luxury, and although I get

paid a bit more than the average worker, this is a bit much for someone who has a family like me. I have tried for three years to get the stickers required, but each year I stop about midway when I start computing the cost! This year, when they started the annual promo, I got a card and wondered if I could fill it up with the required stickers. I had worked my way into getting 18 stickers onto the card - no mean feat considering that I started collecting the stickers the day the promo started, or almost two months ago! I had scrimped and saved to get at least two stickers a week - sometimes three if I had a little extra left over. I wanted to get that planner before Christmas - my gift to myself. With only five days left till Christmas, I wasn't sure that I could fill up the card. I was beginning to think this was going to be one of those years when I'd just watch other people lug the Starbucks planner around and wish I had one. This morning, as I was taking a shower and just enjoying the water splashing on my face, I told myself I was getting that Starbucks planner TODAY. I didn't really know how since I still had 6 stickers to fill up. When I got up from my desk to get my coffee after lunch, I told my staff I was going to get my Starbucks planner. All the while I was thinking: "Now, how is that possible? I can't afford to buy 6 cups of coffee today." As I stood in line, I kept staring at the planner displayed on the counter. I could feel the leather cover between my fingers and I could imagine writing on its sepia colored pages. All of a sudden I heard the barista ask the girls ahead of me if they wanted to give me their stickers, since they already had their planners and didn't want their stickers anymore. The girls said YES. I almost jumped - I had three free stickers, plus the one for the coffee I was getting made four, which meant that I only needed two more to get the planner. At that point, I was already sooooo thankful and I expressed my thanks to the three young girls who graciously gave me their stickers. (They were my three magi -- only in female form, don't you think?) But that wasn't the end of it. It so happened that as part of Starbucks Manila's 10th year anniversary, they were giving away double stickers between the hours of 12:30 noon and 2:30 p.m. till December 25. It was 1:00 p.m. so I was getting double stickers!!!! That meant I was getting SIX stickers in all - the number I needed to get my planner!!!!! I walked out of the shop with my planner in the brown Starbucks bag, still in shock, but convinced that I had tapped into the Secret.. even if it was just for a short moment. I instantly knew why I kept the word BELIEVE tacked in all those places. The Law of attraction had been trying to get to me all these years through that word - I just wasn't really listening. I have my planner on my desk now. The leather cover feels just as it did when I was imagining how it would feel when I touched it. I have told my co-workers how I got it - I told them I simply believed I was going to get it and I did. This planner will be with me all through next year. It will be my daily reminder to BELIEVE.”

CRITICISMS: The Law of Attraction has been roundly criticized from all quarters. The most common criticism is of The Law of Attraction’s assertion that victims are always to blame for whatever happens to them. Whether it's a rape victim, a tsunami victim, or a heart attack victim, The Law of Attraction teaches that they brought it upon themselves with their own negative thoughts. This idea is, of course, profoundly offensive in many ways. Doctors attack The Law of Attraction for teaching that positive thinking is an adequate substitute for medical care in cases of serious illness: Wish for it hard enough, and your cancer tumors will melt away. Religious leaders criticize The Law of Attraction for its ethical claims that victims are always to blame, and for promoting the attitude that anyone can be just like a god by wishing hard enough. Some claims in The Law of Attraction are simply factually wrong, and so fall apart under their own weight when scrutinized. Specifically, The Law of Attraction claims that quantum physics supports and explains it. At its most superficial, this claim sounds reasonable to the uncritical layperson because attraction sounds like magnetism which is a real scientific thing, and any mention of the term quantum physics sounds scientific enough to be acceptable at face value. Who's qualified to argue against quantum physics? The Law of Attraction says that thoughts have energy, and similar energies are attracted to each other. That's their quantum physics. In fact, scientifically speaking, that statement is completely meaningless at every level, and at no level does it have anything whatsoever to do with real quantum physics. In fact, the closest analog I can find in science is that like charges repel one another, they do not attract. But we're talking about "thought energy" here, so we've already left the realm of real science and are in the world of metaphysics. Since metaphysics is a philosophical invention with no connection to real physics, either quantum or classical, you can pretty much say whatever you want and there is no scientific way to respond to it. Thus, The Law of Attraction’s claim to have roots in quantum physics is childish and meaningless, yet it succeeds because it appeals to the uncritical layperson's tendency to accept scientific sounding terminology at face value. Most people criticize the lack of falsifiability and testability of the claims of The Law of Attraction. Critics have asserted that the evidence provided is usually anecdotal and that, because of the self selecting nature of the positive reports, as well as the subjective nature of any results, these reports are susceptible to confirmation bias and selection bias. It is also immeasurable and the likelihood that thoughts can affect anything outside is the head is questionable. The Law of Attraction is not an exact science, it is pseudoscience. The various so called experiments and personal claims. It uses in its support are not reproducible. Moreover the theory is of such nature that it is impossible to question its effectiveness. Now let us come to Masaru Emoto’s experiment

Dr Emoto’s procedures indicate that his samples are frozen at -25C and his ice crystals are formed at 5C. according to ice water geometry, these temperatures should produce mostly column crystals rather than plate crystals, yet not one of his photos show a column crystal. This indicates the possibility that Emoto excluded non-supportive data from his publication.

ARGUMENTS AGAINST CRITICISM: Critics say, Law of Attraction advocates will tell you that all you have to do is think positively and the stuff you want will just come to you. Obviously this is wrong, since things like money, cars and houses don't just appear out of thin air." Now, No one with a true understanding of the Law of Attraction has ever claimed that if you just think a positive thought, a house with a million dollars on the kitchen table and a Ferrari in the driveway will just drop out of the sky right in front of you. This is usually a quote used by people trying to claim that the Law of Attraction is a scam. But the quote isn't true. That isn't how the Law of Attraction works at all. The Law of Attraction doesn't just literally drop stuff in your lap. It brings you meetings with just the right people at the right time, brilliant ideas and coincidences. It's your job to pay attention to those ideas, follow your hunches and recognize the coincidences. For example, you'd like to manifest a house. The Law of Attraction gives you an insight to drive through a certain neighborhood that you don't normally drive through. You see a house with a For Sale sign in the yard. The house looks perfect, except you're pretty sure it's completely out of your price range. You decide to stop and knock on the door anyway. It turns out the owners are a lovely couple who are moving to Australia in a month. You and they really hit it off and they decide to offer you rent-to-own terms that you can afford. They really want you to live there. So, you get the perfect house at a price you're able to pay, under circumstances that you never could've predicted. Did it drop right into your lap? Well, not literally, no. But if you paid attention and followed the insights and impulses the Universe was delivering to you, it could've seemed almost as easy as if it had. THIS is how the Law of Attraction brings you things. It finds whatever you're looking for that is also looking for you and brings you together through a series of perfect events, insights and hunches. Some people think about the Law of Attraction, "You have to control every thought you think. If you think a 'negative' thought, or have a fear of something, you automatically create that. So watch every thought you think!" While it's true that every thought has the power to create, there are two big reasons why you don't have to be afraid of your thoughts. First, one little thought doesn't have all that much power. The power comes from thinking the same thought over and over again, until it's a belief. The more you think a thought and believe it, the more it affects your vibration and it's this vibration that attracts your manifestations. The Law of Attraction responds to your vibration, not the words you've said or thought (although notice that your words and thoughts can affect your vibration).

Second, we have this amazing thing called time. There is a time buffer between offering a vibration and receiving a manifestation. And while many of us often curse this time buffer in our impatience to receive the things we want, it is incredibly useful. Things don't happen immediately for a reason. You have time to notice if you're harboring any conflicting beliefs or are offering a vibration that doesn't really serve you. For example, if you're driving down the street and have a random thought "I hope I don't get in an accident", you might remember reading somewhere that the Universe and your subconscious don't understand negative statements, and you just put "I hope I get in an accident" out there. So, obviously you'd better suck that thought right back in, or else you'll have an accident. Wrong. If you have the thought "I hope I don't get in an accident" but you don't harbor an underlying belief that driving is dangerous and there's a very good chance that you'll get in an accident, your vibration is not going to even begin to match you up with an accident. If your underlying belief is "I'm safe", you'll be safe. If, however, you do harbor such a belief, formed by many, many thoughts about how you're a victim, how easy it is to get into accidents, how driving is dangerous, reading lots of news stories about how people get in accidents all the time, talking about those stories, etc., that one little thought has just given you an indication that you have an underlying belief. Do you think these thoughts often and easily? Then you might want to do something about that (or buckle up). The point is, that even though your thoughts help to form your vibration, which creates your reality, it is the vibration behind the thought you have to pay attention to. A random thought that means nothing to you isn't going to create a thing. But a thought that you believe and think over and over again, a thought you give lots of attention to, will affect your vibration and that will create. The fact that your thoughts are instrumental in creating the environment around you and the consequences is also to a great extent scientifically true. This can be explained by the function of Reticular Activating System of our brain. There’s a section in our brain called the Reticular Activating System (RAS) which is responsible for supplying integrated response to outside stimuli. That is, whenever we see someone crying, we feel sad; whenever we people laughing, we feel happy. Why does it seem when you are depressed that everyone around you is depressed as well? It’s you who is the reason behind it. When you are sad, then people looking at you respond to this sadness, therefore they too seem unhappy to you. Therefore, a sad person himself is responsible for the impending sadness around him.

CONCLUDING REMARK: THINK OF THE UNIVERSE AS A CIRCLE and that you are in the middle of it. Imagine that the vibrations of your consciousness move outward from you - like waves - and then return back to you as experiences and events. Our BETA - beliefs, emotions, thoughts, and actions - are the vibrations that are moving out from us - the center of our circle - and then coming back. They are the literal mechanism of creation. Until you are aware - consciously aware - of your beliefs, emotions, thoughts, and actions, your ability to shape your experience can be limited. The good news is that it is very easy to become aware. You simply observe yourself for nothing is hidden - unless you believe it is hidden. Two people can be standing right next to each other and experience a completely different reality depending on their beliefs, emotions, and thoughts. A belief is like a blueprint. It is the plan or pattern to which all the materials needed to flesh it out are drawn. The architect is you. All vibrations are self-perpetuating. Your beliefs are self-perpetuating. An optimist will see the positive and create those circumstances, while a pessimist will naturally vibrate with a critical viewpoint and see the negative in every situation. Two people can be standing right next to each other and experience a completely different reality depending on their beliefs, emotions, and thoughts. This is the great power that each of us has been given. How are you using it? The universe is impartial. It does not tell you what to believe, think, or feel. If you have a negative thought or feeling, you have the choice to give yourself a positive alternative. In this age of transformation, many people are espousing the idea that we create our reality just with our thoughts. While this idea is valid, we also have to recognize that as human beings we are a package deal of beliefs, emotions, thoughts and actions. If the goal of many people is to grow, expand, and express their unique potential, it inevitably compels us to work holistically integrating all the aspects together to rediscover wholeness once again. Although it may seem a contradiction - the higher we reach in consciousness, the more we may encounter unresolved issues, feelings, or thoughts. Things come up to be healed - to reestablish wholeness. Does it serve us to deny that which we truly feel or think? If we affirm something with a smile, but do not fully feel that it is possible, then the outward result will be mixed. Covering up feelings with positive thoughts may not get to the root of the issue. In fact, it may just build up a stronger charge, which may show up later in a more dramatic form.

Here is a conscious, holistic approach to changing your outer reality by observing and changing your inner reality. These questions are an easy way to first examine what you are putting out into the universe, and then giving yourself a positive alternative. It never harmed anyone to think positively and avoid negative thoughts as much as possible. One may be skeptic to the core idea Law of Attraction professes. But let us say for the non-believer are not the motivations provided by law of attraction a great boost towards achieving our goals? Therefore let us say this paper is written to acquaint the reader with a possibility of an ever extending horizon, whose implementation is totally up to the way an individual thinks. Because that’s what we say, IT’S ALL IN THE MIND.

REFERENCES: “The Science of Getting Rich” written by Wallace D. Wattles “The Secret” written by Rhonda Byrne “The Power” written by Rhonda Byrne http://thesecret.tv/stories/ http://www.netplaces.com/law-of-attraction/what-critics-say/criticism-countercriticism-and-claims.htm http://lawofattractionsinglesblog.com/tag/survey-questions/ https://www.facebook.com/beyondthemagicpill?ref=stream…...

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