Law of Attraction and the Importance of Specificity

Updated on July 7, 2020
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Shazwellyn has studied at degree level 5 health, social welfare and psychology.

Make a Wish

Many of you may have heard about the law of attraction and how Quantum physics tends to make nonsense of the earthly laws that we have become so familiar with. In fact, Professor Brian Cox stated that when it comes to Quantum physics, everything goes loopy and becomes unpredictable.

The theory around the law of attraction fundamentally suggests that like attracts like. In thought, deed, and feeling, it is believed that you are the creator of your life. You can manifest anything if you believe it and feel it as if it is already here. So, make a wish and watch your life unfold—but wait. Is this really what you want and are you doing this in a certain way? Will your wish really bring you what you are expecting?

The Universe responds to manifestation that is very specific in nature. What does this mean and how does this affect the law of attraction?

Rhonda Byrne: "Don't, No, and Can't"

The Universe doesn't understand negative instruction, it is up to you to make an affirmation to tell the energy force what you perceive as negative. Remember that one man's meat is another man's poison, so it is important that you define what is positive or negative for you.

With the Universe, you have to be literal—black and white—in how you communicate with it. Although Rhonda Byrne (The Secret) states that 'the Universe doesn't compute 'don't', 'no', and 'can't'', I have found a way that you programme the Universe as to what you really mean or want in terms of the law of attraction.

For example, I use a strategy that has helped me and others. When I think a negative thought, I say out loud (or in my head), with feeling from deep within the pit of my stomach: 'That was a negative thought and is, therefore, insignificant'. The Universe records this thought as an affirmation that the original thought didn't count.

Universal energy, therefore, now has a definition of what constitutes a negative thought and starts to build up a library of logs that are individual to you. Remember that the Universe is specific and is likely to focus on rules that are personal to you.

This is so you can become the best you can be so as you can live a joyous life, tailor made to your needs. It is, indeed, a design for life—your life!

The Law of Attraction: A Design for Life

Sending out mixed messages in the form of a variety of thoughts and feelings will produce mixed results, so be definite in your affirmations and you will have a definite return.

Look for the signposts. The Universe is a great communicator and will respond in symbols—this is what is meant by synchronicity. Gratitude is a form of communication that the Universe understands because it is a product of thought and feeling. Be grateful.

What goes around, comes around, this is what the law of attraction works on—if you are abundant, happy, loved. healthy and grateful then this is what you will receive. You create a design for life.

Synchronicity: A Real-Life Example From Personal Experience

Wanting to move house, and considering the law of attraction, I put out to the Universe my thoughts, goals, and gratitude for how wonderfully the Universe looks after me. I wasn't 100% sure of what I wanted, but asked for the following:

  • To sell my house.
  • A detached property.
  • Solar panels—I was looking into the idea of this (an example of attraction through action).
  • A property set out like my second house, some 12 years ago.
  • Side access to encompass a caravan.
  • Low-maintenance garden.
  • Property on same estate that I was already living on.
  • Solid walls—not dry wall—but plastered.
  • Garage.
  • Wanted to buy an additional house to rent out to generate an income.

House Sold

Spiritual Sanctuary
Spiritual Sanctuary

What Happened...

I sold my house to someone who turned it into a spiritual sanctuary. She claimed to be a medium and was told that this was the house for her, that I didn't have a choice in the matter because it was divine intervention from spirit that she was the one to buy. How could I argue with that?!

I took this as a signpost, particularly as only a day ago my buyer had pulled out and, apparently, my medium buyer was devastated that she didn't have the opportunity to buy my house in the first instance. That weekend, I had three potential buyers— after six months of no interest—one of which had put a note through my door offering the full market price, during the medium's visit.

  • My house had sold. The Universe knew how other's think and created a scenario of 'competition' to guide the medium in the house to purchase. This is synchronicity in action.

Sample picture of one of the bungalows for sale
Sample picture of one of the bungalows for sale

Ticking the Wish List

Looking at bungalow's on my estate, I put in an offer to two of them on the same road, a couple of months previously. It wasn't meant to be, the offers were too low, the competition was too high, and I was not willing to offer more money due to the work needed.

There was another bungalow—again on the same road—that was over priced and had been on the market for some time. There was no board outside, had little marketing and had been on the market for a number of months. I put in an very low offer and later upped it.

We were away at a festival and heard news that our offer was accepted for a quick sale. We hadn't sold our house at that point, so thought (at worse scenario), that it could be purchased as a 'buy to let' until I was able to move.

The wish list ticked:

  • Detached
  • Potential rear access for caravan (the other bungalows didn't have this)
  • Low maintenance garden
  • Property on same estate
  • Plastered solid walls
  • Garage

A bargain... something for nothing!
A bargain... something for nothing!

Syncronicity in Lessons Learned: Gratitude Is Love

We had a viewing on our house on the following Monday and had sold it. By the Thursday, the sale had fallen through on a technicality. By Sunday, the house had sold to the medium.

I may add that the medium lives a chaotic and confusing life because her thoughts and actions are chaotic and confused—but that is another story and one that I, somehow, have attracted into my life as my personal emotional trainer.

Her example tells a story of the law of attraction in action through vagueness of thought, feeling, deed and, more importantly, gratitude. However, we all are perfect in our present state, including my purchaser. As we are all walk though life, I am grateful for her input into my development. More importantly, I am grateful that she bought my house!

However, the transaction was full of chaos and confusion—as you would expect from one that gives out chaotic and confused messages to the Universe—with the purchaser squeezing more from the sale than we had agreed.

This is not a complaint. I suppose that if I was honest, this was an example of my own past dealings, so was a lesson for me and a reason for why I attracted this person in my life. I am grateful.

  • Synchronicity in learning. We attract what we put out. We clear what is retrospective past behaviour and, hopefully, learn by it.
  • Gratitude is a form of communication that the Universe understands because it is expressed through thought and feeling. It is an expression of love.

The law of attraction brought Nick to me. He manifested my dream into reality!  I am grateful. 'God want's you to be joyful because he works through you and wants to feel the joy too!' Wallace Wattles, The Science Of Getting Rich'
The law of attraction brought Nick to me. He manifested my dream into reality! I am grateful. 'God want's you to be joyful because he works through you and wants to feel the joy too!' Wallace Wattles, The Science Of Getting Rich'

The Law of Attraction Has a Way of Bringing Forth Better Options for You If You Look for Clues

Within a month of moving in, I came across a landscape gardener from a friend who had had some work done. Impressed with the results he produced, I asked him for a quote and, at the same time asked a builder for a quote on an extension (I originally wanted a conservatory but circumstances had drawn me to a fine example of an extension from a neighbour which had changed my mind).

  • Synchronicity—the Universe will offer you better options through an opening of examples and opportunities. This highlights signposting through synchronicity.

The builder couldn't do the work until a further four months, so I surrendered to this. In the meantime, the landscaping would be done so as I could get access around the back of the bungalow for my caravan.

A chance remark and it turned out that my landscaper had a HND in building, did extensions, matched the price (although he didn't know my quote from the other builder) and could start all the works, including the landscaping, within the week.

Surrender, Be Grateful, and Allow the Energy to Flow

This is how the Universe operates. You surrender, be grateful for what is, and the law of attraction brings together and fulfills everyone's wishes. A smooth pathway is created for all and everything is right. It is synchronicity in action.

  • I am happy and grateful to Universe in bringing me the perfect man for the job. I paid attention to the signpost and this created perfect synchronicity.

Signposting to Perfect Universal Syncronicity!

It was during this time that I stumbled upon a property to purchase as a buy to let locally. Amazingly, it was laid out like a house that I used to live in some 12 years ago. It also had solar panels hitched on the roof and was low maintenance. It looks like my wish list was now completed by the Universe in a way that I could not have possibly known. As far as I know, there are only two properties in the area I live with these type of solar panels—thermal solar panels—so what are the chances of one coming my way?!

Of course my offer was accepted and a lovely family will be moving into it very soon. They are a product of another wish list for which I am grateful to how the Universe magically manifested them to me. Again the timing and set of circumstances were perfect for all—they were signposted to me and I was signposted to them, making synchronicity and the law of attraction perfectly balanced.

Thoughts, Feelings, Love, and Be Specific!

The Universe has fulfilled my wish list, without a doubt. However, I cannot help but laugh, for I was not, it seems, specific enough. Remember, the Universe requires clear, specific intention, and although I had asked for solar panels, I didn't count on them being THERMAL solar panels which differ from the electrical type. The lesson to learn: be specific in what you wish for!

Just as I write this, someone has turned up a tune on the radio—I have to tell you this because it is relevant to now—it's called 'Wishful Thinking.' It seems there are signposts all around.

My life has become magical since I have been aware of the law of attraction. I have been empowered as the creator of my joyous life! Through synchronicity, with a sense of humour at times, this life has been born of love.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2012 shazwellyn


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      3 years ago

      The weirdest thing happened to me today. It's amazing what the universe delivers when you are open to giving and receiving.

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      7 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you Chris O. Good to see you are on the ball with the spelling. You should be good at manifesting all things good :)

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      Chris O 

      7 years ago

      Great read! So glad I read your way of handling negative thoughts that can come out of nowhere. I hope this works for me. Keep spreading the hope & love :)

      Just a side comment (feel free to delete) definite is spelt definite, sorry it was kinda bugging me while reading this awesome post.

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      7 years ago from Great Britain

      With an attitude of gratitude, I thank you. My life is magical, abundant and I am eternal youth... everyone will say 'Wow, we can tell that you are happy!" They ask what my secret is and we both know, don't we. Rhonda Byrne... what a star you are! Thank you, thank you, thank you x

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      7 years ago

      Hello, wonderful hub. This happens to be my field, and I can say you did a terrific job. One simple trick to counter the negative is to eliminate the words, can't, illness, debt, etc from your vocab. In doing so with intent, it becomes habit forming to speak in a more "now" sense which can only bring about abundance. So for example, instead of going within to express gratitude that your "illness" be cured or that you are thankful to have sufficient money for your "bills", just rephrase to eliminate both words and your message will remain the same without the negative connotations.

      I look forward to reading more from you.

      Voted up!



    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Hi Redelf. Try not to focus on 'losing weight' but on your ideal weight. When you see someone who is your ideal weight, then admire them and see yourself as the same.

      In 'The Secret', Rhonda Byrne explains this very issue. She says that if you focus on 'losing weight', as the universe doesn't understand negatives (ie the losing part), you will then receive what you don't want. This is because of your belief system. Her example: A belief 'you gain weight after pregnancy', she believed this and, therefore, gained weight. When she turned her thought to her perfect weight, she lost the baby pounds and maintained her ideal weight.

      You have to truly believe in your affirmation with thought and feeling. Take a look at the Secret DVD and listen to the audio book. It changed my life.

      I hope this makes sense.

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      8 years ago from Canada

      shaz, you give me hope. I have been struggling with some decisions, and now I know my first step is being very clear in writing down exactly what I want first of all. Looking back, I can see that I have been slowly and unknowingly putting this into practice. For a couple of years I have been wishing to lose weight, and for my kids to get their diabetes under control. We are all now on the same diet, and all doing very well. A step in the right direction. Onward!

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      Suzanne Sheffield 

      8 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      OMG, this hub is amazing! I am actually a licensed real estate counselor and, if you read any of my hubs, know about my coincidences. But this hub ties it in with the real estate.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Well, Lady E... it seems that you are 'attracting' this information... you are not responding to the universe, the universe is responding to you! Attraction grows where attention flows!

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      8 years ago from London, UK

      This was very interesting and useful to read. I have noticed recently that there is so much to the Law of attraction.

      Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Yes, Scribenet... and we all know 'all cats have asperger's syndrome' (see hubs), don't we? You will find this task EASY! lol

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      Maggie Griess 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love the hint that the universe has Aspergers. For me that is a great "thought" when visualizing what I want. Thank you!

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Nell - Glad you decided to jump down the rabbit hole after me. It is an amazing thing to find scientific evidence to support the law of attraction.

      I am so happy and grateful to share the love and have such wonderful people to connect with.

      Blessings x

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      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Green Lotus... my life is truly magical in every single way - from the smallest 'coincidences' (for example, I was looking on ebay for a micra car - just tententatively - then just after I had looked - this was just yesterday - on driving 5 miles up the road, saw 7 micras on the journey... this is what is meant by 'life isn't happening to you, life is responding to you' - Rhonda Byrne) to the bigger ones (for example, the syncronicity in my bungalow purchases).


      Thanks for visiting :)

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, shaz, I am so glad you sorted it all out, and yes I totally understand! thanks to you, I actually went and bought myself Down the rabbit hole, what the bleep! I have watched the first film and am halfway through the second disc! wow! I love quantum physics and did know quite a bit, but there was so much more, and I haven't finished it yet! thanks for reminding me about it from your other hub, great stuff! glad its working out for you! rated up! cheers nell

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      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I love hearing real life stories the Law of Attraction in action! Thanks also for the great tip on being conscious of your own negative thoughts and sending out the "delete" notice :) Cheers!

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      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Np Savanahl - we can all live a magical abundant life. Bless you

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      8 years ago

      Great Hub! Very powerful information and example of how the law works. Thanks for sharing.


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