If you've heard of the popular book ‘The Secret’ then chances are you know a little bit about the 'Law of Attraction’. It's a belief that like attracts like. Basically, if you think and believe in positive ways, you will bring positive things into your life. By changing to a positive mindset and rejecting negative self talk, you can become successful in business, love, friendship, health...life! The basis of the law of attraction is the idea that everything in the universe is made of energy, and energy attracts similar energy. It is not about what you want or THINK you deserve, it is about the frequency or vibration you are living, thinking and feeling.
How Can You Apply the Law of Attraction to Health?
Thousands of years ago Plato stated: ‘If you want to heal the body, you must first heal the mind’. All this time later and he has been proven right. The mind-body connection is strongly supported by science, with many scientists agreeing that you create your physical condition through your thoughts. This is not to say that if you practice the law of attraction for health you don’t need to seek medical help! You do. Medical intervention is necessary in times of acute or severe illness. In last week’s blog we talked about how studies have revealed that stress and negativity impair the body’s immune response. This makes you more susceptible to disease/illness/infection and causes issues with healing and recovery. The law of attraction applied to health means that negativity makes us more susceptible to ill health. However, the good news is that we can create optimal health by using the power of positivity. The bottom line is that you can think yourself well (or ill!). Here are our suggestions on manifesting health.
Recognise Your Thoughts
Recognising the thoughts that negatively affect your life is the first step toward changing your experiences. If you are cranky, you will have negative thoughts and negative things will happen for you. Try to focus on feeling joy, love and health. Never think about the things you don’t want to have happen, e.g. telling yourself over and over again, ‘I am not going to get sick’, or ‘sickness will not happen’, is the same as focusing on the negative. Instead, tell yourself, ‘I am healthy, whole and complete’. If you think about, and imagine yourself being healthy, you're attracting vibrant good health.
When it comes to manifesting good health (or anything else you desire) clarity is Number 1. You must be clear in what you are asking for, or you will manifest things you don’t want! Clarify how you want to feel. Getting clear on how you want to feel, helps you begin to access that feeling. It is this feeling that will make the manifestation come into form. A way to do this is saying it aloud in an affirmation, e.g.
- ‘I am happy and healthy and full of love’
- ‘I am healthy, whole and complete’.
- ‘My wellness increases every day’
- ‘I AM living a long and healthy life’.
You can even get very specific:
- ‘My heart beats strong and healthy’
- ‘My immune system is in peak condition’
- ‘My kidneys work efficiently and easily all the time’
Think It, Feel It, Believe It!
Take your clear intentions and spend some time each day to feel what you desire. Say your affirmations in front of mirror or meditate on them. The more you feel the feeling of what you desire, the more you believe it is on the way. A tip here is not to focus on healing an ailment, this implies that you are broken and require fixing, instead see yourself already healthy and happy.
This is paramount. It is simple really, you can’t think positively if you are stressed! If you are susceptible to stress try exercising, yoga, meditation, breathing techniques or spending time with loved ones. When your stress levels decrease you will find it easier to visualise your health desires.
Appreciating what you already have instead of what you don’t is a powerful way to shift your thinking into the positive. Focusing on what is right in your body attracts more health. Those who are grateful for the amazing things their bodies can do feel better about themselves. Gratitude is linked to better health. Stop and think for a moment about this remarkable machine you inhabit. Not only can you sing, dance (however badly) and hug your loved ones, did you know that:
- Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents.
- Your bones are ounce for ounce stronger than steel.
- Your eye can distinguish about 10 million different colours.
- Your heartbeat changes and mimics the music you listen to!
So, next time you are focusing on pain or illness take out a pen and write down what is functioning perfectly in your body. At any given moment, your body is doing so many things the right way, so stop fixating on a problem. Take notice of what happens in your body as you write your list of appreciation.
To wrap up, the key to manifesting the healthy life that you desire is recognising and being honest about your thoughts and feelings. If they are negative, accept this, and turn your energy towards shifting them to the positive. Use your now positive thoughts to manifest a healthier and happier you!
Western Wellness Team
(Your friendly neighbourhood yogis)