Earlier today, I read a post on Ana Spoke’s blog called “The Best Way To Predict Your Future.” It gave me chills, because although she doesn’t outright say it, Ana’s discussion alludes to a concept called “The Law Of Attraction.”
In plain terms, the law of attraction is simply “like attracts like.” A person’s thoughts influences his or her reality. If you have positive thoughts, you will attract positive experiences. I first heard about this concept from a borrowed copy of “The Secret,” but the book was so hokey, that I couldn’t bring myself to actually spend money on it. However, on some level, I agree with the premise.
Now, before you roll your eyes at me and call me a new age hippie (or worse), you should know that I’m a trained engineer. I have a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. I worked in the automotive industry for over twelve years. I love data and often clung to it like a lifeline.
But the universe is filled with mysteries. Things exist that we can’t measure or explain yet.
The first law of thermodynamics is that energy can’t be created or destroyed, only transformed. I grew up in a Hindu/Buddhist household. My father taught me one fundamental thing: thoughts are a form of energy. So if energy can’t be created or destroyed, then where do our thoughts go once we have them? Personally, I believe that they are transformed into our reality.
Now, I’m not claiming that I’m a genie who can just think, blink, and make things materialize out of thin air. (But let me try…. I just won a million dollars. Wait for it…. Wait for it…. Nothing. Damn.) But I do think that our thoughts influence what we experience in life.
Words are powerful. When we write something down on paper (or computer screen), we are sending our thoughts and feelings out into the universe, which responds accordingly. I’ve actually experienced this myself quite often during my career. Just this past weekend, I changed my LinkedIn profile to say “Freelance Writer.” Two days later, the e-mail from Scary Mommy arrived saying that they wanted to publish my essay. Coincidence? Maybe. But what if it isn’t?
So, just for the hell of it, I’m going to write down my goals in bold writing. I know these may seem lofty, but I’m of the mindset that if I’m going to do this, I should GO BIG OR GO HOME!!!!
- I will write an award-winning young adult fantasy series based on Indian mythology. (Replace Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief with Shivani Roy and the Demon King of Lanka)
- I will sell over 1 million copies of my books.
- I will generate enough income from writing alone to support my family and to start a foundation to help inner city kids get access to a good education.
- I will be a New York Times best-selling author before the age of 50 years old. (I’m 41 years old as I write this note.)
Okay, Universe. There’s my request. I promise to work my ass off to achieve these goals and to have faith that everything I need will fall into place as I need it.
We shall see…..