I've noticed that many people are talking about working with the "Law of Attraction" and some are frustrated with their results. I'd like to share a story with you to illustrate one of the reasons that it might not be working for you.

I began using the "Law of Attraction" as a child. I'd use it on little things in the beginning and then around the age of twelve I decided to try it out on something big - a new bike. (OK, that was BIG to me back then!) I had never owned one but decided it would be a fun thing to have. So with everything I had, I visualized my new bike sitting in our driveway waiting to be ridden. My parents had been ignoring my repeated requests for a new bike. My mother was convinced it would be too dangerous. “Girls don't ride bikes” she touted! I was however determined that I was going to be a girl who rode a bike. Looking back on this I'm remembering that it was only a few years later that I actually bought my first Honda motorcycle. Girls don't ride bikes indeed! Mum didn't have a say at that point.

Back to my bike story, plan ‘B’ was to put the "Law of Attraction" to work. I was excited. This would be the first time I'd been able to manifest something BIG for myself. My insides were jumping for joy at the thought of this new bike being delivered to my home. I could hardly wait. I stopped asking my parents and went to work visualizing the outcome that I wanted.

You can imagine my delight when one day, shortly thereafter, I came home from school to find my father unloading my new bike from his station wagon! As I watched this event unfold, I could feel the excitement brewing from my core to my face where there I planted an enormous smile. As my insides jumped for joy, I silently declared to myself "It worked! I can manifest anything I want! Yippee!”

But wait... there was something about this scene that prevented me from running, jumping and skipping up to my dad with my share delight. What was it? Instinctively I knew something was "off" with this picture. My dad wasn't looking at me as a father would who had bought a surprise gift. I stood and watched as my joy began to turn to anxiety. What was wrong here? The picture looked so perfect and yet there was a looming feeling that was putting my joy on hold. And there in an instant, the source of my anxiety announced itself.

I grabbed my breath as my younger brother stepped out from behind the car and said, "How do you like MY new bike?" "His new bike?" my mind screamed. How is this possible? Where did I go wrong? Anger welled up my spine. I stomped my foot and tearfully exclaimed, "It's not fair! That's MY bike".

This was a powerful lesson on the "Law of Attraction". When I was twelve I did receive what I asked for but it didn't come to me in the way I wanted. I visualized the bike just fine, but had not extended my vision to incorporate all that the bike would give me. I saw the bike but I didn't feel the bike. I had seen the bike, but I wasn't on it! I didn't ride the bike in my mind nor did I see how the bike was going to change my life. I didn't see and feel the freedom in owning a bike. Although I was visualizing what I wanted, it was both incomplete and unclear.

It was a few more years before I began to understand how to truly utilize the "Law of Attraction" to create my world. Once I understood, I used this knowledge to change my life. I helped myself heal from a progressive physical condition, create success in multiple businesses, create a healthy lifestyle, and live a life that brings me joy and abundance on a daily basis.

The "Law of Attraction" is always working - whether we intend it to or not. We attract what we focus on and feel. We are constantly creating our lives with every thought and every action. Understanding this law allows us an infinite ability to create the life that we want, rather than have life "happen" to us. When we are in the process of consciously creating what we want - that which truly nurtures and supports our aliveness - then we are at our most peaceful, joyful and abundant. We all have the ability to create life in a way that truly sustains us.

Author's Bio: 

Written by Tracia Larimer, she helps clients understand their money psychology so that they can reduce stress and thrive. She can be reached at http://www.MoneyAttitudes.com or 503-746-8303. Permission to reprint with full attribution © 2013 Tracia Larimer