Great article Neil! The biggest misconception about the law of attraction is people just think all you need to do is visualize and you will get what you want,we all have limiting beliefs which are chains holding us back from manifesting what we want,we’ve gotten these limiting beliefs when we were young from our parents,friends,relatives ,e.g if you’ve always been told by your parents “money doesnt grow on trees” and that becomes a deep rooted limiting belief ,its going to be hard to visualize and attract money into your life unless you get rid of the limiting beliefs, I discovered a method from a blog that showed me how to get rid of any limiting beliefs that you may have and started attracting what i wanted in just a few days ,here's the link if you want to learn how to do the same: instantlawofattraction.com/law-of-attraction-breakthrough/
Law of attraction practiced prior to the 1800s. If you are referring to arcane practices in Babylon and Biblical times that we have little knowledge of, I am aware and have looked at these. If there are some specific and relevant references I would be interested in hearing them. As you believe in a LOA, most of what you hear will be filtered through this lens. As I now do not, most of what I hear will be seen through that lens.
I stumbled on your page a couple weeks ago. I’ve been coping with post partum depression for the past few months. Although medication has absolutely helped take the edge off, ever since reading your words I’ve felt a consistent and steady rise in my feelings of happiness. The medication helped stabilize my depression, that’s true, but your words helped me tap into my joy. Joy I haven’t felt in years, possibly since I was a child myself.

This may feel a bit 'out there,’ but Dr. Doty writes that meditating with these phrases actually changes the physiology of our body.  When we do this type of heart-opening meditation, which helps us feel more calm, open and relaxed, the tone of our vagus nerve actually increases, and we activate the parasympathetic nervous system which, as Doty writes, “stimulates our rest-and-digest response.” This helps us be more focused,  calmer and boosts our immune system. It’s a stark contrast to how our body responds to stress, which decreases the vagus nerve tone and increases our blood pressure and heart rate. Do this meditation for fives minutes, too.

The hubs (then boyfriend) pulled me out of my tailspin one night. He sat me down and had me list all the characteristics and qualities of my dream work life. Number one, was being able to stop to watch Ellen every day. Number two, I wanted to help others, #priorities ?. The list went on and on from there. Everything was written out. From what my daily schedule would look like, to the things I did and didn’t like in past jobs. With a super clear vision of what I wanted, and didn’t want in a career, I decided to get back into my daily meditation and daily yoga practice.
4. ASK FOR ASSISTANCE. Ask your Angels, your Spirit Guides, and your Higher Self for assistance and pay attention to the signs. I know this seems crazy, but if you want something, you have to ask for it. Silly concept! If you don’t ask, your divine guidance can’t help you. They’re just hanging out, waiting for you to put them to work, so ask them for help!
The Law of Attraction is one of the better known universal laws. The theory behind the Law of Attraction is that we create our own realities. Not only do we attract things we want,  we also attract things we don't want. We attract the people in our lives, the stuff inside our homes, and the money in our bank accounts through our thoughts and feelings.
5. BE OPEN FOR SOMETHING BETTER. Always end with “This or something better for the highest good...” This is important because you don’t really know what the true divine plan is for you. You may get something even better than you could have imagined. Don’t be attached to the outcome. Release and surrender. You’ve asked. Now let it go. Trust that you’re being taken care of because you ARE!

Avoid pinning the idea to a specific person, a specific house, a specific job, etc. If you are looking to manifest a relationship, define the relationship not the person you think you would like to be in the relationship with. If you are looking for a new home define the home walk through it room by room in your mind, define the characteristics of the neighborhood or climate. Let the Universe identify who the person is or what place exactly meets the characteristics you have identified. Once you have completed your definition of your dream, you have placed your order with the Universe. Surrender to the process, trust in the universal wisdom. Certainly define your dream very specifically down to the details and let go, do not try to control the: who what where when and how your dream will materialize. Your job is to define the dream and fuel it, which brings us to step 2.
We could go back and forth for years about this since your beliefs are based on faith and mine are based on proven effectiveness. You have faith in a system that sometimes seems to work for you and when it doesn't you adapt your thinking to say, this is obviously good for me and that's why I'm attracting it. I would rather make my list of goals based on my values and principles and attain them in an inspired (by a more complete visualization method) in an action-based system where I am in control..
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