We create our own lives through our thoughts and emotions, even when we aren’t aware of it.

Do you dream of traveling to far away places, but never actually plan that trip because you think you can’t afford it?

What if I told you there’s a technique that will allow you to attain your journey?

I married young and established a “middle-class” family similar to the one I grew up in. We never flew anywhere – just too expensive.

I never harbored anything more than a fanciful wish to go to Europe. (That was something only rich people could do).

Years later, I had divorced and remarried. My new husband started talking about going to England.

I had a small IRA from a previous job that had grown to around $5,000. I earmarked the amount as our travel fund and began to think that we might actually make the trip if we used that money.

For the first time, I started to really dream, plan, and visualize.

The Trip Becomes Reality

In May of 1999 we finally spent two wonderful weeks in England and had a fabulous time. Somehow, we never touched that IRA account and didn’t put anything on a credit card that wasn’t paid in full when billed.

Since then, we’ve been back to England twice and last year went to Italy for 2 weeks. We have experienced a couple of Caribbean cruises as well, interspersed with many trips throughout the U.S. How did we do it?

The reason for this marvelous travel is the Law of Attraction. This law is as real and immutable as the Law of Gravity.

We create our own lives through our thoughts and emotions, even when we aren’t aware of it.

You may have read or heard statements like, “you create your own reality” or “thoughts are things”.

You see, we are all marvelous creators. We create our own lives through our thoughts and emotions, even when we aren’t aware of it.

Mike Dooley of Totally Unique Thoughts always ends his daily inspirational emails called “Notes From The Universe” with the phrase, “thoughts become things….. choose the good ones”.

There are 3 steps to achieving your dreams:

  • 1. Ask (your job)
  • 2. Answer (The Universe’s job)
  • 3. Receive (your job)

Here’s how it works: Whether you are aware of it or not, you are “asking” all the time. Every time you think about something you would like to have, do or be, the Universe receives this thought as a request.

The second step – the answer – is handled automatically by the Universe. Here’s the kicker: the Universe never says “no”. Every request is granted.

However, the part that gives a lot of us some trouble is the third step – receiving or letting in our desires. If you’re in a negative place, you block the receiving of your request.

Practice Awareness

The first step in learning to consciously apply the Law of Attraction is to monitor your emotions.

Rather than the onerous task of trying to watch your every thought, just notice how you feel. If you’re feeling good, you are “allowing” – you’re in a receiving mode.

But if you notice that you’re feeling a little off, or maybe in a bad mood, try to reach for a better thought – even just a little better – and you should feel your emotions respond positively.

Other ways to put yourself into a receiving mode might be to take just a few moments for simple meditation – or pet your cat or dog – or play with a child.

The second step is to break the bad habit that has been imposed upon us by this time/space continuum we’ve chosen to enter – forget about the “HOW’S”. Just set your intention, try to stay in a happy place and let the Universe handle the details.

You’ll soon find all sorts of wonderful ideas, opportunities and serendipitous coincidences coming your way. Easier said than done…but with a little attention to our thoughts, we can break negative habits.

Even though I am retired and my husband is only a year or two from retirement, I know that we will continue to travel and do things that logic or common sense would tell us we can’t possibly afford to do.

I’m not worrying about how we’re going to do this on a fixed income – I just know that it will come to pass. You see, the secret is to just ask and then get out of the way.

Just believe and when doubts or worries threaten to creep in, replace those thoughts with thoughts that feel better.

The Final Coincidence

To give you one more example, when we went to Boston with friends last April, we stayed in a very nice 2-bedroom loft, ate in many fine restaurants and even went on a whale watch up on the Cape.

When I found myself worrying about the amount we were spending, I just told myself, “there’s always enough”. When we got home, the credit card tickets totaled around $1800 – and that didn’t even include the lodging and airfare that had been paid before we left.

The next day, we had a letter from our mortgage company saying our escrow account had an overage. Enclosed was a check for $1889.

Ready to try it? Be prepared for miracles. If you’re new to this concept, go to The Secret.

After you’ve watched the video, pick up a copy of Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks. What can you lose?

You’ll be surprised by the wonderful things, places, people or coincidences you can attract.

Editor’s note: For alternative perspectives on The Law of Attraction visit articles on Alternet and Salon.

Chestelle Samford lives in beautiful Austin, TX and has 3 grown children and one granddaughter. Retired over a year now, Chestelle was previously a computer trainer in the mortgage industry. She has previously published articles in the Austin American Statesman and a short “True Story” in Budget Travel.

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