I received an email from a woman who's been unemployed for over a year. She said she's been applying all the principles of manifesting and trying to use the law of attraction to attract a new job, but no job. This is a frustrating experience, but the woman said she's only applying for jobs that are similar in compensation to her previous job. This is limited thinking. If you put out limited thinking, you're going to get limited thinking in return.
This is a crappy economy, but it doesn't mean the law of attraction can't work for you. When I finished school, I remember my dad said, "Send out 100 resumes." I said, "But there aren't 100 teaching jobs out there in this whole state." But he explained that if I put the energy out there to one and all, I'd receive a job. And he was right! I received two job offers that summer.
When I moved to a different state, however, the situation wasn't as positive, and teaching jobs were very difficult to come by. So I wrote for our city's newspaper and waitressed at my sister's restaurant at night. Within a year, I had the teaching job I'd always wanted.
On summers off, if I couldn't find a job, I'd create one. One summer, I baked cookies for local coffee shops. I printed out business cards that read The Cookie Lady, received approval from the health department, and baked up boxes of cookies for area coffee shops to try. Within a week, I had contracts with three coffee shops. Another summer, I tutored students and did freelance writing. One summer I assisted a real estate magazine editor.
Ask a teacher about summer jobs, and you'll get a lot of funny stories. One of my friends had the grand job of gluing bows on bras at a local factory. Another teacher friend of mine sewed costumes for pets. Where there's a will, there's a way. Put the energy out there and it will come back to you.
The law of attraction works like karma. Whatever you put out -- in thought, act or deed -- comes back to you threefold. If you're always complaining, gossiping and whining, guess what you're going to receive? If you believe the economy will keep you from making more money, you're sending out a literal instruction to the universe that reads: I'm not ready to receive.
If you want a job, a relationship, a new health regimen, take actions in that direction. And throughout, don't forget to give abundantly and with confidence in little and small ways. Soon, you'll be receiving that job or relationship of your dreams.
Here's what 20th century mystic Flower Newhouse had to say about the law of attraction:
"Supply is related to giving. We give something -- labor, time, unselfish love, or moral assistance -- and the great law of compensation repays us with the Good we have earned and we must give more of ourselves to the world's need. To master unemployment, we should examine ourselves to see where in the past we have worked grudgingly. Steadiness of work shall be ours to the degree that we give service willingly and in love of God."
And since today is the feast day of St. Therese the Little Flower, it's fitting to mention that we can give back in small ways such as a smile to a stranger, returning a cart we find left in the parking lot, calling a friend who's having a tough week and just listening, giving a nice waitperson an extra tip. Be creative and discover the small and large ways you can give to the circle of abundance. Before you know it, you'll be receiving not only a job but a better appreciation for your life.