Struggling With a Naysayer?
Clients often ask, now that they’re turned on to the law of attraction, how to get a spouse or close friend to embrace deliberate creation too. After all, it’s easier to practice when those close to us are on board with what we’re up to, right?
Yeah, probably. But live and let live, huh? I usually suggest they not push it on anyone. Live the example and others will figure it out eventually.
The things is, now that the Secret’s not a secret, plenty of deliberate creators are experiencing backlash from those who aren’t on board. Joe Vitale wrote about this in a recent blog. The Manifest Life people, just for the humor factor, forwarded an angry letter from a non-believer who attacked Oprah for spreading evil (because she believes and shares the Secret).
Well, hey, Galileo was imprisoned for suggesting earth was not the center of the Universe and Louis Pasteur was ridiculed for believing in germs. So it’s not unusual we would take heat for an idea that scrambles people’s understanding of reality. Part of the package in walking the leading edge, I guess.
So what to do when the one you love thinks you’re off your rocker? I don’t have all the answers, but here’s what has worked for me:
- Don’t get defensive. They’re not attacking you, although it might sound that way. They’re just taking a while longer to get used to the idea of a round planet. Cut ’em some slack. We were in the dark once upon a time, too. ; )
- Find your common ground. Instead of focusing on the problem, look at what you agree on. For example, my guy (thinks he) understands the power of right thought. And I was quick to agree that inspired action is a critical part of successful manifesting. Common ground is good.
- Live and let live. Everyone gets to choose for themselves what to believe. Resisting your partners’ beliefs just makes them that more stuck. You say tomato, I say tomatoe – we can still get along.
- My favorite way for someone to see the light about the power of thought is to simply invite them to pay attention. Especially if I have no attachment to their realization, people usually see quite readily how their thoughts, expectations and beliefs come to fruition.
Last, a word about the power of thought and the role of action in creating what we want. Could I manifest a million dollars just by sitting in my chair thinking about it?
The answer is if I can imagine it, it can happen.
But it’s more likely I’d get tired of sitting in the chair after an hour or so, and go do something I enjoyed. Which is what would lead to my million if I maintained that desire. My LOA skeptic boyfriend would point to the “feel good” action as the reason I made a million bucks. I’d point to the thought (just to prove my point), and we’d both be right.
Bottom line is they’re a powerful combination: right thought and inspired action.