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      I was clearing my inbox and found this article from

      StevePavlina.com. It think its an interesting article on how to

      focus on our goals, it’s long, but I think worth the read:

      “Applying the Law of Attraction

      Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he

      has will be taken from him.

      – Mark 4:25

      The Law of Attraction states that we attract into our lives that

      which aligns with our dominant thoughts. For example, think thoughts

      that align with poverty, and you’ll be poor. Consistently think

      thoughts of wealth, and you’ll attract financial abundance.

      Many people believe that their conditions give rise to their

      thoughts. For example, you may think about being alone because you

      are alone. But the Law of Attraction suggests the opposite is also

      true — your thoughts create your conditions as well. This implies

      you can actually create different conditions by consistently holding

      thoughts that no longer reinforce your current reality but which

      instead align with the new reality you wish to create. For example,

      to attract a new relationship, you would begin thinking the thoughts

      and feeling the feelings you’d have if the relationship were already

      part of your present reality.

      The quote above is from one of Jesus’ parables, and it can be

      interpreted as a description of the Law of Attraction. Whatever you

      believe you already have, you’ll attract more of. Whatever you

      believe is scarce in your life, you’ll eventually lose. The phrasing

      of the quote also suggests some kind of third-party action at work.

      Your results are either “given” to you or “taken” from you as a

      result of universal law.

      The line Jesus spoke immediately preceding this quote is: “With the

      measure you use it, it will be measured to you — and even more.” The

      Law of Attraction isn’t an all or nothing endeavor. If you use it to

      a magnificent degree, you’ll get magnificent results. If you use it

      weakly, you’ll get weak results.

      I’ve noticed a fairly consistent pattern with those who successfully

      manifest major life changes with the Law of Attraction. These people

      do not merely dabble. They go over the top in shifting their thoughts

      away from what they don’t want, away from what they’re already

      getting, and onto what they want to create. Such people are able to

      hold these intentions because they immediately begin turning their

      new thoughts into habits. This ensures they successfully hold their

      intentions long enough to dissolve the old thought patterns.

      On the other hand, those who fail to get results with the Law of

      Attraction also follow a consistent pattern. They never turn their

      intentions into habitual thought patterns. After they create positive

      intentions for their desires, they still spend most of their time

      thinking about what they don’t want or about what they’re already

      getting. So in accordance with Jesus’ quote, these people are

      just “given more” of the same, and nothing really changes.

      If you focus on what you already have, you’ll continue to get exactly

      that. But you can manifest major changes in your life by learning to

      focus your thoughts on your desires instead of your pre-existing

      circumstances.

      If you’re already delighted and fulfilled by your present

      circumstances, that’s wonderful. Focus on them all you want. Feel

      grateful for them. Allow yourself to attract more of the same because

      it’s all good.

      However, if you find yourself experiencing circumstances you’d like

      to change, then you must — absolutely must — begin to withdraw your

      attention from those circumstances and get yourself thinking about

      what you want.

      What gives you the ability to do this is the power of conscious

      choice. Regardless of your present circumstances, you have the

      ability to choose what you think about. It’s too easy to get sucked

      into the pattern of dwelling what you’re already getting, so you need

      to take steps to ensure that you’re able to stay focused on your

      desires. In other words you must turn your new mode of thinking into

      a habit. If you fail to do that, your efforts with the Law of

      Attraction will be in vain.

      Once you form a new intention, I suggest you alter your physical

      environment in such a way that it’s impossible for you not to think

      about the intention several times each day. Post the intention on

      your walls, use it as your computer’s background wallpaper or screen

      saver, or post sticky notes all around your house. Literally stick

      your intention right in front of your face, so you can’t help but

      notice it.

      For your most important intentions, I recommend you create an

      intention shrine in your home and/or office. Select a specific

      physical location, and fill it with symbolic representations of your

      desire. For example, in 2005 I assembled a wealth shrine in the

      corner of my home office to represent my intention to manifest

      greater financial abundance. I used an old printer stand for the base

      of the shrine. On top of it I placed a fountain, representing the

      flow of wealth; two “lucky bamboo” plants, representing good fortune

      and growth, a small turtle statue, representing stability; two

      candles, representing energy; a mirror, representing multiplicity;

      and a small crossbow replica, representing clear aim and focus. The

      total area used by the shrine is only 1.5 feet by 2 feet, and setting

      it up was easy.

      Every time I enter my home office, I see my wealth shrine. It’s only

      2 feet from my desk chair, so I can’t help but notice it. Right now

      as I type this, the shrine’s fountain is running, and the candles are

      burning. The shrine is very low maintenance, but I must occasionally

      tend to it by watering the plants, adding water to the fountain, and

      lighting and replacing the candles, so it’s always refreshing itself

      in my mind. To anyone else it simply looks like a collection of

      interesting decorations, but to me it’s a symbolic representation of

      my intention to live in the flow of abundance. Even when I don’t

      think about it consciously, I know my subconscious mind is always

      getting the message.

      Erin was initially amused when I first created this wealth shrine,

      figuring it was just another of my wacky experiments. At least this

      one seemed relatively harmless. However, after my income increased by

      a factor of 20 over the following year, she began to take the idea

      more seriously. Eventually she created her own wealth shrine, and

      since then her income has doubled as well. Once we shifting our

      thinking to a mindset of financial abundance, our reality gradually

      changed to reflect it. As part of our original intent to experience

      this change “for the highest good of all,” we’re freely sharing these

      ideas so you can benefit from the same process.

      I’m not suggesting the shrine itself has any magical power. The

      benefit of an intention shrine is that it serves as a constant

      physical reminder of your desires, helping you permanently shift your

      thoughts towards what you want. A shrine helps to amplify your

      intentions. By using symbolic representations that hold meaning for

      you, you bypass left-brained resistance and deliver your intention

      straight to your subconscious. Whenever you catch a glimpse of your

      shrine, even if you don’t consciously notice it, it will reinforce

      your intention in your thoughts.

      Whenever you form a new intention, take the time to make it a part of

      your physical reality. Don’t waste time vainly trying to hold your

      desire as pure thought. Make it real and give it form immediately, so

      that on some level, you’re proclaiming that you already have what you

      desire. Then in accordance with Jesus’ statement, you will be given

      more, and your intention will soon begin to manifest. “

      Catherine

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