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Dontcha love google? I typed in my search box: who said Law of Attraction first?
And I got the answer on Wikipedia! I also ordered the book by Atkinson listed
below because I’ve got an Amazon.com habit that won’t quit. :) So you will
probably see some quotes out of that coming up in the next couple of weeks.
I’ve got two Thich Nhat Hanh books on the way also and you know I’ll be quoting
him, too! In the meantime, enjoy and my gratitude to google, Wikipedia, all the new
and old thought thinkers which includes all of us, I think :) and as always the Universe
for answering! Love, Bethie

The idea behind the Law of Attraction is not new. The concept can be found
in Hinduism and, due to the influence of Hinduism on Theosophy, it is mentioned
in early Theosophical texts, as well. In 1877, the term “Law of Attraction” was used
by Helena Blavatsky in her first book on esoteric mysteries, Isis Unveiled: Secrets
of the Ancient Wisdom Tradition. In 1902, a principle similar to the law of attraction,
but not named by that phrase, was mentioned in As a Man Thinketh by James
Allen (1864 – 1912). The title derives from the ancient Jewish Book of Proverbs,
chapter 23, verse 7: “As [a man] thinketh in his heart, so he is.”

In 1906, William Walker Atkinson (1862 – 1932) used the phrase in his New Thought
Movement book, Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World.
Atkinson was the editor of New Thought magazine, a student of Hinduism, and the
author of more than 100 books on an assortment on religious, spiritual, and occult
topics. The following year, Elizabeth Towne, the editor of The Nautilus Magazine, a
Journal of New Thought, published Bruce MacLelland’s book Prosperity Through
Thought Force, in which he summarized the principle, stating “You are what you
think, not what you think you are.” The phrase “Law of Attraction” appeared in the
writings of the Theosophical authors William Quan Judge in 1915, and Annie Besant
in 1919.

By the mid 1900s and continuing into the early 2000s, various authors addressed
the topic under a range of terminology, such as positive thinking, “mental science”,
“pragmatic Christianity”, “New Thought”, “practical metaphysics”, Science of Mind” /
“Religious Science” and Divine Science. Among the mid 20th century authors
who used the term were Sri K. Parvathi Kumar (1942) and Alice Bailey (1942),
as well as Florence Scovel Shinn (1925).

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We don’t want you to ask for the security that comes from
physical promises from physical humans.

We want your security to come to you from your knowing.
We want your awareness of security to be that you know the
laws of the universe work, you know how to focus, you know
that this positive focus that you offer will always bring you good things.

Don’t try to see so far down the road. Just see what is, and look for the
good things, don’t demand that promises be made that give you security.

This is the thing that makes the difference between someone who can
stand where they are, in an attitude of belief and trust, some call it faith,
but some don’t like the word faith, because faith feels like be happy
even though you have no evidence of being happy.

We want you to acknowledge to yourself that you have much evidence
that supports the power of positive thought.

So just chill out.

Don’t try to figure it all out at once. The mantra we want you to offer over
the next few days is:

“I’ll figure it out as I go”…
“Look how well I’m doing”…
“The Universe adores me”…
“The Universe is yielding to me”…
“There is not a reason for me to worry”…
“When I worry it’s patterns of old thought
that has nothing to do with my current reality.”

You’re doing extremely well!

~Abraham-Hicks
San Diego 1-12-2008

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In Memory of George Carlin

Weather forecast for tonight: dark. Continued dark overnight, with widely
scattered light by morning.

I’m not concerned about all hell breaking loose, but that a PART of hell
will break loose… it’ll be much harder to detect.

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.

~George Carlin 1937-2008

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Affirm: I forgive myself and I set myself free.

Heavy dependence upon anything outside myself is addiction.
I can be addicted to drugs and alcohol, to sex and tobacco; and
I can also be addicted to blaming people or judging people, to
illness, to debt, to being a victim, to being rejected. Yet, I can move
beyond these things. Being addicted is giving up my power to a
substance or a habit. I can always take my power back.

This is the moment I take my power back!

I choose to develop the positive habit of knowing that life is here
for me. I am willing to forgive myself and move on. I have an eternal
spirit that has always been with me, and it is here with me now.
I relax and let go, and I remember to breathe as I release old habits
and practice positive new ones.

Copyright 1994 by Louise L. Hay. “Meditations to Heal Your Life”

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The Fountain

Don’t say, don’t say there is no water
to solace the dryness at our hearts.
I have seen

the fountain springing out of the rock wall
and you drinking there. And I too
before your eyes

found footholds and climbed
to drink the cool water.

The woman of that place, shading her eyes,
frowned as she watched—-but not because
she grudged the water,

only because she was waiting
to see we drank our fill and were
refreshed.

Don’t say, don’t say there is no water.
That fountain is there among its scalloped
green and gray stones,

it is still there and always there
with its quiet song and strange power
to spring in us,
up and out through the rock.

~Denise Levertov

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Can you imagine how wonderful it would be if you
could live your life without ever being criticized by
anyone? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to feel totally at
ease, totally comfortable? You would get up in the
morning, and you would know you were going to
have a wonderful day, because everybody would
love you and nobody would criticize you or put you
down. You would feel just great.

You know what?

You can give this to yourself. You can make the
experience of living with you the most wonderful
experience imaginable. You can wake up in the
morning so thrilled to find yourself and feel the joy
of spending another day with you.

The above was written by Louise Hay in Heart
Thoughts: A Treasury of Inner Wisdom. There are
many beautiful expressions in that book. My friend
Reggie recently commented how one of Louise Hay’s
writings could be turned into an eft script.

This delicious idea of using eft to neutralize old beliefs and
install new beliefs. If I took the above writing and turned
it into an eft script, it might read like this:

I imagine how wonderful my life can be free of self criticism.

I am willing to release self-criticism one thought at a time.

I am willing to treat myself with compassion, respect and kindness.

I am open to knowing what it can feel like to be at ease
and totally comfortable with myself.

I can imagine the possibility that today is going to be a wonderful
day and my encounters with others will feel infused with mutual love
and respect for each other.

I am willing to make the experience of living with myself the most
wonderful experience imaginable.

I am willing to wake up in the morning so thrilled to feel the joy of spending
another day with my favorite person: me.

And finally:

eyebrow point: I am willing…
side of the eye: I am willing….
under the eye: I am willing….
under the nose: I am willing….
under the chin: I am willing….
collar bone: I am willing….
side of the body: I am willing….
top of the head: I am so willing!

Love, Bethie

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Up and out too early,
I caught the earth before she’d brushed her teeth.
It’s something we are not supposed to see,
the earth in last night’s panties,
sleep crusting the corners of her eyes. Caught
like a hostess who’s mis-timed the arrival of guests,
silver unpolished, carpets unswept.
Embarrassed, she shrugs mountains
as if to say,
What did you expect?
I was up far too late. The oceans were monsters,
refusing to calm down. The volcanoes
threw supper everywhere. This was supposed
to get easier as I got older,
but the forests never listen to me anymore,
only to their friends, and the cities,
I worry about the cities,
up all night doing god knows what.
It was easier in the old days,
just me and the cosmic soup,
I never wondered what to make for dinner.
Then, I could sleep.

~Margo Solod
Some Very Soft Days

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