February 22, 2012

Guest Post: Law of Attraction in 3 Words

Pete Hughes’ succinct take on deliberate creation may not appeal to everyone, but his simple style (and pithy humor) may offer inspiration to some:

the law of attraction in three wordsIt is hard to surf the Internet these days without stumbling across something about ‘manifestation’ or ‘The Law of Attraction’. Since the release of the film The Secret, hundreds, if not thousands of would-be gurus have sprung up, most eager to help you part with your money in return for finally providing you with an explanation of this ‘secret’ which will transform your life once and for all.

Well, to save you all the trouble of searching, I will in this article sum up the Law of Attraction, completely for free, in just THREE WORDS, which you have probably heard many times before, since long before the phrases ‘manifestation’ and ‘Law of Attraction’ were widely used.

Before I reveal the three words, I will start with a little summary of manifestation and the Law of Attraction as proposed by many ‘enlightened’ teachers.

  • Decide clearly what it is you want.
  • Write it down or stick pictures on a vision board or tattoo it to the back of your eyelids or something.
  • Clearly visualise having that thing, preferably engaging all the 5 senses, on a daily basis.
  • Continue doing this until you feel right now how you would feel if you already had that thing.
  • Once you get the feeling, then your desire will manifest in your life.

But here is the big Catch 22:-

If you can get yourself to feel right now how you would feel if you had that thing in your life, then you will no longer desire that thing, because the only reason that we desire anything is because we think that it will bring us a feeling that is better than the feeling we currently find ourselves feeling.

So, according to the Law of Attraction, in order to manifest things that will make us feel great, we have to first get ourselves to feel great.

Hmmm, is this not just an incredibly long-winded and elaborate way of saying what many well-meaning but gruff uncles and P.E. teachers have been saying for years?

“Cheer up, Grumpy!”

That’s it! The Law of Attraction summed up in just three words. It is yours absolutely free. I do not want you to send me 9 monthly instalments of $35. I do not want you to spend $350 so that I can tell you these three words during a weekend at an expensive resort.

Here they are again:-

“Cheer up, Grumpy!”

written by Pete Hughes for happycow.org.uk

What do you think? Β Is that simple? Β Does this three word instruction work for you? Β Would you sum it up differently?

Would love to hear your thoughts!

  • Pete Hughes says:

    So many different ways to express the nonsense. πŸ™‚

  • Esra Aksoy says:

    Fantastic, I was feeling down and looking for something to read which makes me feel better. When I searched on your website for “feeling down” I found this article and really made me smile. I can relate my thinking to positive again, anyways there is no very big problem in the life. I am healthy, in love and be loved. Thanks to God for all, I have credit card debts and having difficulties to find a job, big deal πŸ™‚ I am fine and taking a deep breath and feeling better, and cheering up and I am not grumpy anymore.

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  • helen says:

    Funny isn’t it how (and i include myself in this) when someone says cheer up or you only have to feel happy, we all go “well I’m happy, don’t try to tell me I’m not happy, what do you think I’m depressed, I far from it” or words to that effect.
    Mostly I think it is because we have been feeling so ordinary for so long we no longer recogise what happy truly feels like.
    Oh we can have small periods of unrestrained joy & laughter but we somehow believe it isn’t possible to feel like that all the time. I think being told to ‘cheer up grumpy’ is a hoot! it made me smile when I read it and I realised that the good mood I thought I was already in could get even better.
    So I resolve to remind myself even when I think I feel happy to cheer up grumpy πŸ˜€

  • Dana Boyle says:

    You said it exactly the way I feel about it, not surprisingly.
    When people simplify Law of Attraction to “Cheer Up Grumpy” or any derivative therefrom, they are implying that you aren’t creating the life you want because you are not happy enough, vibing high enough, etc. I have to say that when that’s been said to me, my proverbial middle finger goes up too, just like you said, Laura said and Jeannette said.
    I had this particular experience in losing my two pregnancies – when some suggested to me that maybe I wasn’t manifesting my children because I was focusing on the wrong things or not being happy enough…one particular person even told me I needed to laugh more. WTF?
    I love Paul’s quote about if we had to be happy to manifest, we’d all have starved to death years ago. That’s GREAT!
    We all know that we are manifesting through contrast, and that contrast is just another delicious piece of the creation puzzle.
    For me, it turned out I WAS manifesting motherhood, and the only way there was to lose a couple of pregnancies to find out I have a blood disorder that would have otherwise never been discovered, maybe until I croaked.
    πŸ˜‰ We’re always manifesting our desires.

  • James John says:

    I have been listening to Abraham lately saying to sum everything up: Get Happy! With fun Abraham says that people want a summary and think do they really have to read all the Abraham Books, so Abraham says: Get Happy! That’s 2 words not 3,haha. I would like to share something that is very applicable to the last Good Vibe update. Listening to Abraham yesterday they were saying you can ask for 100 things and not give your attention to any of them again but find other things that make you feel good when you think about them and all 100 wanted things will manifest. I hope that blesses you all as it did me.

  • Carole says:

    “JUST BE GRATEFUL” is all I need. Everyday I try and be grateful for anything, the blue sky, the palm trees, the dog running, everyday things. It reminds me that I really have everything I need!!

  • Susann says:

    I LOVE this from Kim:
    I like what my friend and amazing tarot reader, Ly De Angeles says – β€˜Fix it or F*ck it! Do one or the other and get on with the show!
    Oh, man, I am SO stealing that! Best. Advice. Ever.

  • jennifer says:

    i most certainly agree with the article… it is the ‘feeling’ that means everything. short story (and, though its not one that left me with the best vibe, it really does prove a point): recently got back from a trip to disney world with the family, and while there, went on a ‘flight simulater to mars” (of all places!!! – yes, i don’t like heights and feel that my feet were meant to stay firmly on terra firma lol… the ride (which i didn’t know what it was until it was too late to turn back) involved all the senses necessary to have the audience ‘feel’ they were really on a launch pad, inside a ship, and forced back into their seats while the pod shot out into space. the point being: the effects were amazing, the video, sensations (tactile), sounds, etc… done well. i ‘felt’ the real thing (didn’t enjoy it one bit, but the twenty minutes or so that it took me to come back down to earth once it was all over and done with proves just how important a role ‘feelings’ play in everything we do in life.

  • Kim Falconer says:

    PS I think the most important thing Peter said was ‘ . . .the only reason that we desire anything is because we think that it will bring us a feeling that is better than the feeling we currently find ourselves feeling.’

  • Kim Falconer says:

    Love this Jeannette. All the comments add so much too. When I think of Frank’s input, my three words are – ‘Energy follows thought’. Period. Much like Mike Dooley’s ‘Thoughts become things’.
    They describe manifestation, deliberate or unconscious.
    Becoming more deliberate is in the ‘cheer up’ category. I like what my friend and amazing tarot reader, Ly De Angeles says – ‘Fix it or F*ck it! Do one or the other and get on with the show!
    lol The humor of this post delights me. Thank you, Jeannette!

  • law of attraction says:

    I love this three word summary. The fun of life is experiencing the process toward manifestation of our desires. Feeling the objects of our expected manifestation is more real and important than the actual, physical manifestation. It can be likened to a kid anticipating Disney World for the first time. The feelings leading to the event are the best part!

  • More and more I believe this to be true.
    Be happy.
    Do what makes you happy.
    Feel good.
    Trust your gut.
    Follow inspired action.
    Have fun.

  • Juanita says:

    I thought that was funny! ” cheer up Grumpy ” I have to say it put a smile on my face

  • Stacey - Soul Intelligence says:

    Re: “So, according to the Law of Attraction, in order to manifest things that will make us feel great, we have to first get ourselves to feel great.”
    Sometimes you can’t get ‘there’ from where you are.
    I agree with Monica and Janette, sometimes “cheering up” is a stretch from where you may find yourself currently– so it’s necessary to move up the vibrational (emotional) scale incrementally.
    You may need to reach for feelings of relief (i.e. peace, contentment or acceptance), before you can feel good, better or great.

  • Frank…I totally agree with you (not surprising). The “cheer up Grumpy” thing didn’t work for me at all. There is SO much more to it and I think it goes back to the issue many people had with The secret…think long and hard enough and you can manifest whatever you want. Plus “cheep up” implies that you are unhappy or disappointed to begin with. So, without wanting to sound “grumpy” myself…lol. Here is my offering of LOA in 10 words or less:
    Imagine what if, then fuhgetaboutit.
    Poof…it’s yours!

  • Janette says:

    Love this example of paradox – I agree with everyone, all at the same time lol!!!! (classic Libran heheh)
    I have two favourite pithy LOA go-to statements which I use ON MYSELF (coz nobody else’s vibe is my business, really):
    F*ck It
    Feel better
    Note the subtle distinction between “feel better” which I can do any time, any place; and “feel good” which – if it’s a stretch right now – can become a great stick for my own back.

  • Monica says:

    Ok, now, I admit that I have just skimmed everything here, but I think many of us agree that “cheer up grumpy” is not very helpful, especially if you are stuck at the bottom of the emotional scale and feeling lost. COL is constantly reminding me that “feeling better” is all you need, which I totally agree with. But when you are really lost, even “better” can be hard to define, so my offering is to
    “find relief.”
    Relief will get you where you want to go, even when it doesn’t look anything like feeling good.

  • MissyB says:

    Funny how we can all read the same article in a totally different way…

  • Pete’s quote chaps my hide. So, I’m gonna throw in a couple of wrenches here:
    Wrench Numero Uno —
    “If manifestation required being happy, you would all have starved to death long ago.” ~Paul
    Manifestation is what we’re always doing. We’re none-stop manifesting beings. We can’t help it. It’s who we are, being Source Energy and all that…
    But we were taught to believe in a world of lack and scarcity and to defend what we have in order to get more of what we want.
    I think the point is that most of us don’t want to live like that anymore.
    That’s what “getting happy” is all about. And, yes, it brings really good stuff (and more of it, if that’s what you want).
    But “getting happy” is not about manifestation, per se. It’s about deliberate and intentional manifestation.
    When I’m all happy and connected to who I really am, this is all ridiculously obvious. It is nice, however, to be reminded from time to time when I am not so much in that space.
    Wrench Deux:
    When my P.E. teacher told me to cheer up, he didn’t say that for me, he said that for himself because he didn’t want to be around a mopey kid. Fair enough. But telling someone to just cheer up RARELY works!
    There is a reason why Abraham and Esther went to all the trouble of drawing out a very complex Emotional Guidance Scale.
    The point is that we are vibrational beings and if I’m cranky (maybe like right now…), then saying “cheer up” will produce a result that my well-mannered raising does not permit me to put in writing, but it might involve a single finger raised in salute. In other words, it’s irritating.
    But I UNDERSTAND why that happens so consistently thanks to the EGS. If I start at cranky, I might have to go through disappointment then boredom then contentment then positive expectation before I get to cheery. It’s a step-by-step process otherwise the “vibrational rubber-band” will snap me back in place if I try to jump up the scale too fast.
    Bonus Wrench:
    It is ASTONISHING the amount of free stuff available in all sorts of places where this information is available. My website is one of those. But I’m not the only one. There are countless blogs (like this very one!), recordings, introductory workshops, pay-what-you-want events, etc., where all this information is available. So money is just a lovely straw man here.
    If you think you will learn more by buying something (a book, a session, a workshop, etc.), you just might, and that could very well be useful. But on this blog alone, everything you need to know about how Law of Attraction (or, as Paul calls it: “the single organizing principle of the Universe”) works is found in these posts. It’s all here courtesy of Jeannette and the many commenters who bring their amplified insight and awareness into the delicious mix.

  • MissyB says:

    Oh I do love a bit of Happy Cow. Some of the stuff over on their website is great…and some doesn’t resonate with me. But this article did.

  • Parul Bhargava says:

    Jeannette, FABULOUS Abe video and fits in purrrrfectly! πŸ˜€

  • Karen says:

    oh my…. how did my ‘before coffee in the morning’ picture get on here as my avatar? teehee

  • Karen says:

    Cheer up grumpy!
    whoohoooo that sums it up nicely.

  • Thanks, Parul.
    Hey, I think I got my version (after listening to Abe’s Get Happy again):
    Chill Out, Sweetie.
    hee hee
    I like that one!!

  • Parul, that video is perfectly placed here, isn’t it!? lol
    I was also thinking of Abraham’s Get Happy:
    And did you guys see today’s TUT note? Sort of related:
    It may seem a bit backwards for some, but the first step one might take towards rearranging the present circumstances of their life is to stop dwelling upon the present circumstances of their life.
    The Universe

  • Laughing now as I realize in posting my criticism of use of the word grumpy that I sound a little grumpy. lol

  • Anonymous, I swiped your comment off Steve’s facebook page (thanks for sharing, Steve!) because I liked it so much.
    “Feel good,” “get happy,” “feel better” – much agreed that those words reflect Pete’s point without putting a spotlight on the opposite vibe (grumpy).
    It might not be as funny, but definitely a better vibe for me personally. πŸ™‚
    Cate, I wonder if that’s why you liked Butterfly’s words better, too?

  • Parul Bhargava says:

    This reminds of a video posted by Christine Jenkins’ in GVU, featuring Bob Newhart. In this he’s a therapist and offers two words as therapy, “STOP IT!” πŸ˜€
    I found the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYLMTvxOaeE

  • anonymous says:

    I don’t agree with this guy… He’s assuming that everyone just needs to cheer up… assuming that everyone is just depressed. It’s not about cheering up, collecting stuff, and achieving desires; it’s about gratitude and creating the best possible version of your life by making every moment matter.
    To have to ‘cheer up’, implies a predisposition to not be in good cheer at this moment, which, in turn, creates the next moment.
    He is right in saying that a lot of opportunistic ‘gurus’ are making money from “The Secret” rather than just spreading the word. I think the intention of the writer can be put in a more positive way with two simple words: Feel Good.

  • Cate F-N says:

    Like Butterflywoman’s three much better. But thanks for the try.

  • Niky, I appreciate your take on this. I completely agree that if we didn’t understand WHY it was so effective to just get happy, we wouldn’t be able to embrace that wisdom nearly as well.
    Well said!
    And Anonymous – glad you got a chuckle from it! πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    Hahahaha…that’s funny. Not as fun as really going through a process of manifesting…but pretty funny.

  • Niky says:

    Very cool Post…… I completely agree…..its supposed to be simple.
    And its all about being happy.
    My take on this is that if Abraham would have just told all of us humans to just be happy to get the life you want , we would NOT have believed them. So there were many books and audio tapes created to make the truth believable to us complex beings. The truth being ” its all about being happy now”
    The long explanation of motivating us to be happy by focussing and not giving up on our desires seems to have worked its magic.
    But once you have heard the message many times it becomes evident that the only thing thats being said and explained in different ways is as simple as ” get Happy”

  • I agree, Parul, there’s something very appealing about three words that instruct us to focus on feeling better.
    But I personally might like those words better if someone wasn’t calling me Grumpy in the process. lol

  • Parul Bhargava says:

    “Cheer up, Grumpy!” I love it!!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  • Ooh, very nice, Butterfly! Love the surrender inclusion. That’s such a key part of it!

  • My three-word-summary of LOA, which works infallably:
    Intend and surrender.

  • Well, if you’re not an experienced and wise head, my friend, I don’t know who is.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us – it’s good to see you here again!

  • Peregrine John says:

    Eh. Philosophically lacking, but definitely an amusing take on it. You could certainly take the 3 words as a useful approach to correcting vibrations. However… it’s not the heart of the thing, it’s one facet of its inception.
    What would I say? Oh, lordy. I’m not much good with words, and certainly not with that level of pithiness. I would say… Well, I’d probably say an article or three. Three words, on the other hand, is a bit compressed for my skills. I leave it to more experienced and wise heads!

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