The following is an e-mail interview I did with Sennaya Swamy at http://www.egyptiancode.com/
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Jeane Watier took time to share her insightful thoughts about meditation and the Law of Attraction in this new e-mail interview. To read more about Jeane, visit her blog at jeanewatier.wordpress.com.
For those who aren’t familiar with your blog, where can they find it and what is it about?
My blog can be found at jeanewatier.wordpress.com. I write about the Law of Attraction, as I understand it and apply it in my life.
Some people are facing a lot of negativity in their life, how do they protect themselves?
This question points at an underlying belief that is rampant in our society today. That is: negativity is a given, and we have to push against or even fight against that which is not wanted. But there is another way to look at life and the things that we as individuals or society as a whole face. The Law of Attraction (LOA) is a Universal law that is at work in our lives, whether we know about it or believe in it or not. The process has been described by well-known teachers as: “like attracts like,” “thoughts become things,” or “you get what you think about whether you want it or not.” That alone should be enough to convince us that if we continue to focus on the negative aspects of our lives, we will only attract more of what we don’t want. But I’ve found that while I wholeheartedly believe in LOA, trying to drag my thoughts away from something that is loud, frightening or annoying and in my face, or painful and in my body, is easier said than done. Finding something to distract myself—finding relief in a thought or an activity—does work, and applied consistently it will produce positive results over time. However, something even more serious is happening in our society and your question shines the spotlight on it. It seems that more and more people are living in fear, wanting to protect themselves against what is “out there,” threatening not only their happiness, but their very existence. Some cower in their living rooms barely able to tear themselves away from the steady stream of negative news that is coming at them via television. Others join forces to fight against whatever they deem to be a threat. But either way, whether in essence or in action, they are all looking directly at what they don’t want and shouting “no” at it. And isn’t it interesting that with so many people against things like terrorism, aids, cancer, you name it, that these things are as prevalent as ever? The solution, I believe, comes not in pushing against the unwanted; it comes in embracing the good that abounds. We are vibrational beings, made up essentially of energy and connected with the Source of all energy some call God. This Universal Source of energy is constantly flowing, and all that flows from it is good—there is no source of evil or sickness or lack of any kind, just as there is no source of darkness. But we create the illusion of darkness by denying the light. The amount of attention being put on what is wrong in our world today causes it to be blown way out of proportion. If people could take their eyes off “what is” for just a moment and look for the good that is all around them, they would begin to see and experience more and more of it. We all have that choice.
For those who are new to meditation, how can they get started?
Meditation is an effective way to take our minds off “what is.” If we can stop that negative chatter—even for a few minutes at a time—we will benefit immensely. Two things that I have found helpful are: don’t meditate to make something happen, and don’t be too hard on yourself, especially at first, if you can’t shut off the stream of thoughts.
1. Let meditation be a source of connection to your higher self, the Universe, God. Do it for the pleasure and comfort of finding that inner peace. Let it be “your time”—a time when nothing else matters, a time when you get to feel pampered, loved, and tended to by All That Is. Keep it simple and pure with no underlying motives. Don’t do it to become more worthy, more spiritual. Don’t do it with a specific desire or goal in mind.
2. We’re programmed to think incessantly. We are constantly bombarded with noise in our outer world; it’s no wonder our inner world is filled with chatter. It will take time and practice to quiet this noise. Just be an observer at first. Imagine yourself seated, just watching the stream of thoughts without judgment. By doing this you separate yourself from the thought. In your mind make a statement like, “I can choose to release those thoughts.” (or a similar statement that gives you a feeling of power). At that point, consciously relax your physical body. Starting with your jaw—let it relax completely and then feel the relaxation settle over the rest of your body. As you do this, “feel” the thoughts fall away as you continue to focus on relaxation. I like to imagine myself weightless, floating away from the stream of thoughts I’ve just visualized, gradually increasing the distance each time I do it. This may only last a few seconds before a thought seems to steal your attention, but don’t get frustrated. With practice you can increase the “time away” from your thoughts.
How can one use the law of attraction to get what they want in their life?
A proper understanding of the Law of Attraction (LOA) is essential. For example: getting LOA to “work” for us can be a self-defeating thought. People often ask the question, “Why is it working for that person and not for me?” It helps to know that the Law of Attraction is at work at all times—it’s a Universal manager matching up things with similar vibrations. Just like the law of gravity, once you understand the principle behind it, you can begin working with it to your benefit.
1. Observe your thoughts (or better stated, pay attention to how your thoughts feel). If a thought doesn’t feel good, it is in opposition to what you really want. But don’t get too caught up here. I’ve found that maintaining a general desire to feel good is more effective than a deliberate effort to control your thoughts on a certain subject.
2. Balance is important. Contrast causes us to have desires; it’s inevitable. But it’s easy to get out of balance when we focus on the desire. When you want something so badly that you equate the having of it with joy (ie: if only I had that in my life, then I’d be happy, or if it wasn’t for that unwanted thing, I’d be happy), you set yourself up to fail. As Abraham-Hicks says, “You have to make peace with what is.” Find something (anything) positive about “what is” and appreciate it. Use deliberate techniques like meditation to take your mind off the negative.
3. Take small steps. Look for relief, rather than results. Use positive affirmations, but tailor them to you; keep them realistic (something your mind can accept as truth. ie: Instead of saying, “I have all the money I want,” say, “I have everything I need right now, in this moment.”)
4. Define what you want. Reduce your desire to it’s essence. Is it really the money you want or is it the joy, freedom, prestige, accomplishment, fulfillment, entitlement, etc. that you think having money would give you. It can be easier to think general thoughts of freedom than specific thoughts of money (because those tend to be accompanied by thoughts of when and how).
5. Be specific if it feels good (imagine yourself in your new car or with your new partner). But realize that your desire has been building over time and the vibrational match to what you’ve been asking for may be different (and definitely better) than what you think you want in the moment. Allow your greatest good. The Universe knows better than you do what you want. Trust that your desire will be fulfilled, and let the Universe surprise and delight you!