The Law of Attraction doesn’t work. It’s a flawed premise–one that confuses people into believing that positive thinking alone will help them manifest their desires. I’ve met many positive thinkers who make vision boards and practice daily affirmations who are still trapped in debt or unable to reach their goals.

It’s not that the Law of Attraction is entirely without merit… It’s just missing a few key components. The idea that thoughts become things is misleading. If that were the case, life would look a lot different.

The truth is, you’re not going to change your life and start manifesting limitless abundance simply by practicing positive thinking. Fear not, there is a way to make the Law of Attraction work for you… It just isn’t what you think.

How I Attract Abundance and Dream Opportunities Without a Vision Board…

When I first started teaching people about who they really are, all I had was a boombox and a message. My meager following quickly grew into an appearance on Oprah and invitations to speak at renowned spiritual and personal development events. None of this happened because I practiced positive thinking. It happened because I did the energetic work to allow abundance and recognition to flow into my life.

I’m sure you’re wondering what that means, and I’m going to tell you. But first, I’ll tell you a different version of the story.

I could’ve held onto the energy of playing small. It would’ve been easy to coast through life with my boombox thinking that I’m just an average man with no connections or opportunities to realize my dreams of reaching more people.

Choosing to conquer limiting energies isn’t easy. It requires stepping out of your comfort zone and asking questions with answers you won’t always like. But it’s worth it if you truly want to grow as a person and free yourself from perpetuating cycles of fear, lack and scarcity.

Life Can Only Give You What You Have the Capacity to Receive

If underneath all of the mantras, vision boards and tapping rituals you’re still holding on to emotional density, you’re basically trying to fill a space that’s already full. Energetic density is a build up of repressed emotions, experiences and pain that you never fully allowed yourself to feel and process. Density gets stuck in your energy body and creates vibrational blockages that make receiving impossible.

When you give yourself permission to clear away the density, your energy shifts. Have you ever truly forgiven someone or something that happened in your past? How liberating did that feel? Through forgiveness and letting go of victimhood, you can access empowerment.

An empowered individual takes responsibility for their own reality and circumstances. There are no excuses. There’s only following through with the consistent action required to transcend and expand to where you want to be.

In doing this, you’re removing two obstacles that have kept you from abundance in the past:

  1. Your density
  2. Victimhood and co-dependency

Thoughts Don’t Create Things… Vibration Attracts Like Vibration

If you’re riddled with unworthiness, you can’t move into vibrational alignment with what you physically want to experience.

Unworthiness shows up in sneaky ways. You might not consciously believe that you’re unworthy of love, money or a fulfilling career. It’s your subconscious beliefs and your vibrational density that have power over your reality. If you’re not attracting what you consciously want, you have deep inner work to do.

Shame, fear and scarcity are energies that perpetuate themselves, creating what feels like a never-ending cycle of struggle. Contentment, peace and purpose are extremely elevated vibrational states that magnetically draw opportunities toward you. The bottom line is this: if you can’t be a vibrational match to what you want, then you can’t have it.

The Only Way to Truly Change Your Energy

Give yourself permission to feel whatever arises. Stop trying to hide from your fear and sadness. Let yourself go back and try to remember the core wounding that caused you to carry a vibrational burden up until this point. Bring it into the light of your consciousness so that you can truly let it go.

Most importantly,

Start to connect with who you are beyond your ego. @PanacheDesai (Click to Tweet!)

The irony of this whole thing is that when you realize you already have everything you need within you, your desires for fame, money, the perfect relationship etc. fall away.  You discover that the treasure you’ve been seeking can’t be conceptualized because it’s a way of being.

When you deepen your connection to Source and you authentically open your heart, everything you ever wanted floods in. Materialism ceases to be the point. Your primary objective shifts in ways that cannot be foretold because the gift you are here to share with the world is completely unique. You are here to share something meaningful and when you align with that purpose, the universe grants you the tools necessary to help you share your gift.

What you and I and everyone else is seeking in this life is far greater than what any of us can put on a vision board, let alone put into words. Let your energy expand and guide you toward the true satisfaction your soul seeks.

Panache Desai is a highly sought-after speaker featured regularly in print, online and broadcast media, Panache appeared with Oprah Winfrey on the Emmy® Award-winning series Super Soul Sunday and was featured on their season finale Soul 2 Soul: Asking Life’s Big Questions. He is on the faculty at Omega Institute, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and a recent featured speaker at the United Nations Enlightenment Society, I CAN DO IT!, Celebrate Your Life, The Sun Valley Wellness Festival and in the Huffington Post. Panache has collaborated with internationally-recognized spiritual teachers including Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith, Elizabeth Lesser, Brian Weiss, MD, Ram Dass, Alan Cohen, and James Redfield, to name just a few. Panache is also the author of DISCOVERING YOUR SOUL SIGNATURE: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion, and Joy which has been translated into 10 languages, touching lives and empowering readers around the globe. Learn more about Panache on his website or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTubePinterest, and Google+.

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