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The Law of Attraction and The Principle of Recognition

What we attract into our lives and what we recognize as opportunities are two different things.

“Attraction” refers to what comes to us as a by-product of what we ask for and focus on.

“Recognition” refers to our ability to see the evidence of what we attract.

This distinction is humorously illustrated by Chris Gardner’s son in The Pursuit of Happyness:

There was a man who was drowning, and a boat came, and the man on the boat said “Do you need help?” and the man said “God will save me”. Then another boat came and he tried to help him, but he said “God will save me”, then he drowned and went to Heaven. Then the man told God, “God, why didn’t you save me?” and God said “I sent you two boats, you dummy!”

The man asked and it was given, but he failed to recognize the opportunities in front of him because they didn’t fit his preconceived notions of how The Universe would deliver the goods.

There is never an instance of failure as far as the law of attraction is concerned. We always get the essence of what we predominantly focus on. The only “failures” are the moments in which we overlook a blessing or underestimate an opportunity because we were uncompromisingly wedded to the idea that our desire would manifest in a very particular way.

I define “Failure” as a perceptual phenomenon created by the temporary inability to recognize existing elements of harmony, abundance, and wholeness in one’s experience.

Conversely, “Success” or “Fulfillment” is the logical outworking of one’s ability to “connect the dots” in rich, meaningful, and satisfying ways.

We have the power to successfully create new realities through our thoughts, but we have to be open-minded and know what to look for in order to recognize those blessings when they show up.

That’s my two cents for the day, but don’t surprised if I revisit this topic in my next post.

Do you have any thoughts you’d like to add?

T.K. Coleman

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  1. My first thought was … I hope the year isn’t up … I get up every morning to read your daily thoughts … may he write everyday forever…

    I know that’s not what you were asking for but I did think it! Thank you for your excellent expressions.

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