Professor Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire and a CSICOP fellow (the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the paranormal), wanted to find the answers to questions we often have about luck: can we create our own luck?
In my opinion, professor Wiseman’s research highlighted some fascinating facts. While he would describe himself as a sceptic (regarding psychic matters), his study demonstrates that by taking a different attitude people who previously had been unlucky in life began to create the world they wanted—they could become lucky.
I believe that by taking that positive attitude, the participants gave their dreams a new energy and vigour. In other words, by thinking that they were more lucky, they expected to be luckier and that expectation had an energy which created their luck. This chain reaction is known as the Law of Attraction: what we focus on occurs. Yet there is nothing new about the Law of Attraction, cosmic ordering or manifesting. Many ancient texts such as the Bible state, “As you reap so shall ye sow.” Buddha said, “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” In Hinduism, one of the main concepts is the law of karma: what you give out, you get back. And if you live and think positively a better life will flow your way.
In recent times, we have seen a flurry of books on cosmic ordering and the Law of Attraction, yet would you believe this trend emerged in the early twentieth century? Dale Carnegie in his 1936 book How to Win Friends and Influence People promoted the idea that if you wanted to get on in life then you should think positively, because your actions and thoughts created your reality. He believed that when you saw the good in people, suddenly everyone would be on your side and help you achieve your goals.
In this worldwide best-seller, he cited a number of case studies in which employers had a high turnover of staff and also believed their workers were lazy. Yet after the bosses adjusted their thinking and treated their staff better, suddenly they became the perfect employees.
James Allen, in his 1902 book As Man Thinketh, states, “Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul that have been restored and brought to light in this age, none is more gladdening or fruitful of divine promise and confidence than this—that you are the master of your thought, the moulder of your character, and the maker and shaper of your condition, environment and destiny."
The main message here is what you focus on you create, so if you focus on making money or attracting love into your life, that is what will flow your way. However, if your thoughts are more inclined towards, “nothing good ever happens to me,” or “I am unlucky in love/ money/ work/ friends,” this negativity is what you will attract.
The problem is that for the vast majority of people, it’s very difficult to keep their thoughts 100 percent positive all the time, especially if their past thought process has been the absolute opposite. Most people put in their cosmic order or write down their list of wants and happily send it off to the universe but at some point begin to think, “I bet I don’t get it.” or, “But if I get the acting job/new man, after a while they may reject me or I will make a mistake.”
In other words, doubts creep in and send a completely different message to the universe. As Stuart Wilde puts it in The Trick to Money is Having Some: “now think about the Universal Law. It reflects to you exactly and precisely what you put out. If your thought forms say, ‘I haven’t got a clue about what I want,’ the Universal Law is going to say, ‘Listen, mate, if you haven’t a clue, neither have I.’”
Cosmic Energy is the powerful universal force that is all around you, it connects you to your environment, people, animals and, like an unseen pulsing web, creates and controls your reality. By drawing in this Cosmic Energy, you give your desire power and strength. You make it more real and concrete, and create intensity and focus. graham James, master magician, once said, “All magic is finding the right tools to aid your own focus.”