When I was 9 years old, my family was sitting on the front bench in Sacrament Meeting. My Mom, probably occupied with a baby, asked me to tell her what page the opening hymn was on. I looked up and couldn’t see it. “I don’t know. It’s too far away,” I replied. Stunned, she looked at me and with the impending-doom voice said, “Tomorrow we are going to get you glasses.” Needless to say, I was blind as a burrowing mole. How long had my vision impairment been going on, I cannot say. I only remember the day I received the glasses as the day that I discovered the world. The grass had millions of blades! It wasn’t just a large green smudge. Did you know the street is made of hundreds of little rocks? My older brother had freckles. My sheets had tiny flowers on them. Gingham was actually little squares! Books could be held far away and read. Oh, the joy! The rapture! I had no idea how beautiful the world was. I had no idea what I was missing.
So, it is when we come across new ideas. They enter our lives like a new pair of glasses and help us see the world in a new way. Our world hasn’t changed a bit, but the way we perceive it has. Recently, I saw some of an Oprah show concerning the book and movie called, “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne. I have not seen the film, but I picked up the book and started reading about the law of attraction. Basically, it discusses focusing our thoughts to create what we want in our lives. We must believe that we will receive and that the Universe (God) wants to give it to us. Our thoughts have the power to create, as all things are/were created spiritually before they are/were created physically. “You can have what you want—if you know how to form the mold for it in your own thoughts. There is no dream that may not come true, if you but learn to use the Creative Force working through you.” Robert Collier
I have been desperately looking for a wonderful, unique house for nine months. I have reviewed hundreds of houses online and probably walked through and around close to 100. The lease is almost up on our rental and my family has no where to move because nothing has felt like home. Last week, I decided to give the law of attraction a try in this case. I prayed, I believed, and just “knew” that I would find my house. I talked like I had already found it and thanked Heavenly Father for all the blessings he had given me, including my new and wonderful house. That day I saw a new listing and drove by. It was the house. I scheduled a walk through for that afternoon and fell in love with it. It had everything I wanted from my need list and almost everything I wanted from my want list. “YES! The Secret works! My thoughts brought me my new house after months and months of work.” I called my sister and told her I found my new house. I felt so grateful and happy. I scheduled a showing the next day so my husband could go see our new house too. That whole morning I fretted. Would he like it? “He’s going to hate it,” I would think. I kept telling him all the wonderful things about the house, but inside I kept repeating all the things he would find wrong. I stewed, I vexed, I knitted a fine scarf of worry. As we walked through the house, my husband was silent. This was not like him. He has opinions about everything and is very bold about sharing them. At the end of the tour the realtor asked him his opinion. “I don’t like it,” he said. “I had a bad feeling about it when we were walking up on the front porch.”
I will spare you nice readers the crying scene that followed. Needless to say, the law of attraction works. I had found a great house and had lost it in a space of 24 hours due to my own thoughts. All the bad vibes I sent out came back and invaded my husband’s brain. I hadn’t even realized what I was doing. What power we have! President Benson said, “You will be held accountable for your thoughts, because when your life is completed in mortality, it will be the sum of your thoughts. That one suggestion has been a great blessing to me all my life, and it has helped me on many occasions to avoid improper thoughts, because I realize that when my life is over I will be the product of my thoughts.”
The gospel asks us to let virtue garnish our thoughts unceasingly. I always thought that statement was for my own benefit and salvation. It never occurred to me that having virtuous thoughts could also benefit the world and others. Like my glasses when I was nine years old, this idea helped me see my life a little clearer.
Do you have any thoughts on the topic?”¦(hee, hee)”¦
Do you control your own thoughts? If so, how?
Do you believe in the laws of attraction?
Any stories you would be willing to share?
Do you believe that Heavenly Father wants to give us the things that we ask for whether they will affect us in the long run for good or ill?