The Law Of Attraction and discouragement seem like polar opposites, yet overcoming discouragement is one of the continual battles we fight when pursuing goodness in our lives.
I wish I could say that once we start down the spiritual path with the Law Of Attraction that unpleasant feelings, like discouragement, completely disappear...but since we are all human, that just will not happen.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, present your
requests to God. (Philippians 4:6 ~ NIV)
Fear and impatience play the biggest roles in our feelings of discouragement.
When we do not see financial wealth manifesting as quickly as we think it should, our impatience triggers the fear that the Law Of Attraction will never work.
It becomes a continuous loop in our conscious thinking that "God is not even listening to me"..."This will never come to pass"..."I'm going to get stuck with the bill on Life."
All this does is drain our vitality, and block our subconscious mind from providing a solution to our path to riches.
Since, with the Law Of Attraction, like attracts like, we find ourselves caught in a negative spiral of flooded emotions that increase our fear.
Tiffany Hunt, who attends my Unity Church, said, "For years, I thought there was something wrong with me because I could not manifest the things I wanted most in Life. I did not understand that feeling discouraged came with the territory with the Law Of Attraction.
I thought everyone was floating on some kind of spiritual bandwidth that I would never experience. All that time, I was telling myself negative things. My faith in the Law Of Attraction working for me was at zero.
The words I really told myself were cancelling out the ones I was repeating as affirmations.
I finally realized that discouragement was the road to Faith. Once that happened, things got much better. It was hard. I hope this helps someone, out there. I do not want anyone to waste the years that I did by not accepting that things will get tough, befor they get a lot better.
When God/The Universe is shaking things up, that have been entrenched for years, it's going to be a real bumpy road. Don't compound things by telling yourself you will never 'Get It.'
The Law Of Attraction and discouragement run a parallel track."
Many times, feelings of discouragement with the Law Of Attraction stem from unrealistic expectations.
Two of the biggest ones are: (1) Confusing dreaming with purposeful expectancy that requires taking action, and (2) Thinking that your road to financial wealth is going to come in the form of an instant jackpot...like purchasing a winning PowerBall ticket, receiving a surprise inheritance, or bag loads of cash suddenly appearing in your checking account.
This is NOT how the Law Of Attraction works.
Rhonda Byrne, in her explosively successful book, The Secret, says bluntly that your path to riches will come in the form of an idea, an event, or an important person coming into your life...NOT a money drop...and this instance is when action must be taken.
Dwelling on "Why isn't the Law of Attraction working for me?" ...or, continually praying to make things happen "right now" will only cause you more mental suffering.
In order for the Law Of Attraction to work in your favor, you must take intentional steps to stay grounded in the most positive frame of mind you can muster.
The best way I have found to get out of discouragement with the Law Of Attraction is to ask God for His help.
God wishes for us to be rich and have abundance in all areas of our lives. He will provide creative ideas, solutions, and right choices.
All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. (Genesis 13:15 ~ NIV)
You cannot move from these feelings unless you take action when God nudges you. Complaining, walking around despondent, isolating from others, medicating pain through addictive activities all continue to keep you mired in negativity.
I once heard author Kevin Gerald make a distinct connection with forming good thought habits to stay out of negative feelings. His premise was, if you are not making positive changes, then negative changes are making you.
We are continually changing throughout the day. We do not stay the same. We either grow forward, or we lose ground.
Gratitude And Forgiveness Can Solve Much
Giving gratitude for everything we have is one of the key components to changing your outlook on a situation. I know this works best for me.
When you are giving thanks to God or The Universe for even the smallest blessings in your life at the moment, it has a dramatic effect on your fears.
I am not saying it will take you out of depression immediately, but regular and consistent practice will help you evolve to more productive thought patterns.
The other key I have found to help me when I am mired in discouragement is to look for an unforgiveness that I may be withholding.
I once heard Marianne Williamson say on a CD that if you are having a blockage in one area, it means you are withholding forgiveness in another.
It is not pleasant, but you have to ask God to help you find this area to be healed. In all my cases, the search has not lasted too long. I knew where I was holding back, and hanging on to feeling like a victim.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (James 1:22 ~ NIV)
Each moment of each day God allows us to start anew.
He gives us a clean slate from His judgement. He wants us to prosper in the most abundant way possible, but He wants us to lean on Him and take right actions to receive our highest desires.
Our right actions center on honoring Him by being the best person we can be in all circumstances. We do this by becoming a blessing to others in our words and behavior.
We honor God and The Universe when we demonstrate gratefulness for what we have, and forgive those who have betrayed us along the way.
It is not an easy task when you begin...I can tell you that first hand. But, it will make a tremendous difference when you renew your thinking in this way.
The Law Of Attraction and discouragement occurs from time to time, but it is part of your journey to acquire the riches promised to you.
God gives you the tools and the opportunities to overcome this.
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