The basis of the law of attraction is the belief that your mind can control your destiny beyond the obvious decisions we make. Scientists have seen the mind change the structure of atoms in water, so the notion that we have energy coming from us is more than just a hippy idea. If you've ever felt depressed, anxious or comforted in a stranger’s presence for no reason then you've experienced something of this energy.
If we can influence matter and each other, then why not try and influence yourself and your life? It’s just a matter of using your thoughts in a constructive way. There’s nothing new to do here, the trick is just to focus on thinking things that will nurture you and contribute to living the best possible life instead of longing for a life you cannot have.
When you are wishing for something, you are saying you don’t have it and these thoughts attract more energy into your life that will match your energy where you don’t have what you want. If you can use your mind to visualize what you want and use your imagination to experience this in detail, the energy you are sending out is having what you want and soon enough you will have what you desire.
Let’s take debt as a practical example. Your goal is to live debt free. But is having a goal enough? You might be doing all the things you think you should be doing to gear yourself towards financial freedom, but things are still not working for you. Actions are still very important if you’re going to rely on attracting what you want, because when we act we are also using our energy towards something. So there must be something missing if you’re still falling short of living your dreams.
Erin Pavlina's view on harnessing your mind’s ability to attract the things you want also stresses the importance of your actions being in line with your desires. Check out her post How to Become a Vibrational Match for your Desire. She explains the relation between your desires, your actions and your mind perfectly in the section Jump on Opportunities.
An interesting facet of attracting what you want according to Pavlina is making sure you really want what you are dreaming of. It’s worth doing some self-evaluation to determine if there is a reason why you aren't changing your thoughts and actions to accommodate the direction you want your life to take.
Is there some kind of pay-off to being over indebted? Having things you cannot afford, avoiding other issues in your life by worrying about your finances, nurturing the belief that you will never be good with money and many more factors can be keeping you from saving or paying back your debt.
If you’re sure this is not the case, let yourself daydream about your life after debt. Feel how it feels to live a better life with abundant wealth. Experience it and use the power of your imagination to make yourself open to receiving new things by creating space for them in your mind. If you can really dream it without second-guessing or yearning for it, you can live that dream.
Pavlina calls it getting your shopping cart ready for everything you are asking for from the universe. It’s good to want new things and act to get them, but if you’re not ready to receive them the universe will hold onto your goods until you are ready.
If you take just one thing from this, remember to keep dreaming and feeling yourself living the life you want. Let go of longing for what you cannot have and work on being a match for what you desire. According to the law of attraction, yearning only attracts more yearning and negativity more negativity. Use your imagination to be positive and active in attracting what you want.