Not long ago, I didn’t believe in the law of attraction. I was the perfect prototype of a skeptic. Somewhere at the bottom of my heart I knew there could be something beyond our mainstream way of thinking, but I was not willing to waste my valuable time finding out what it was. Besides, I was afraid to be seen as ridiculous for talking about this subject.
I am an engineer with years of experience producing and maintaining big plants of more than 10,000 workers. Everything in my profession was planned according to studied rules, and we always tried to minimize the unpredictable. It worked. Our job was always satisfactory and went according to plan.
I grew up in a very strict environment. My father constantly emphasized the importance of staying within the bounds of science, because although science could be imperfect, it was the best information available. To climb the ladder of success and compete as a top industry executive I earned three Master’s degrees: one in Business Administration, one in Finance, and one in Marketing. It was an honor for my father to be present at all my graduations.
I remember when big companies called me to work for them. I said “No,” several times. On one occasion I was offered a good job in Houston, Texas earning about $4,000 a month, but I rejected it – just because I wanted to.
All of this suddenly changed when I stopped working after four and a half years in the industry because I thought I had already earned enough to retire. My friends and some relatives laughed at me because I was retiring so young. But now I understand that the Universe wanted to teach me a wonderful new way to be successful. That’s why I didn’t pay an expert copywriter to write this letter to you, because I want to communicate the essence of what really works without any marketing make-up.
Four years after I stopped working my life changed. Big companies would no longer accept me because of that long period of inactivity, so I had to accept poorly paid jobs just to survive. I went into deep debt, lost happiness, and began to appear older than my age. I would easily lose my temper, and any effort to improve my life just became worse.
At the point when I began to lose hope, I started reading books about the Law of Attraction. I was skeptical, but I had nothing left to lose.
After reading about 300 books on the subject, I was very confused about what was the first step, the second, and so forth. But ironically, the only way to prove whether this law worked was to follow the same scientific method I had always defended: understand the theory, put it into practice, and demonstrate whether it works.
So, despite the fact that I didn’t have a clear schema of how to do things, I decided to practice the law of attraction to get a brand new car. I couldn’t tell you whose method I used; I just combined everything I had read and did it my way. This is what I did:
First I envisioned a clear idea of what I wanted: a brand new car. I was going to get it in three months. Sometimes I think I just wanted to show that this law wouldn’t work. But as a good scientist, I had to stick to the rules.
I visualized my car every day, but according to the law of attraction you have to feel as if you already have it. In your mind it is true despite your current circumstances. You have to convince yourself it is already yours and enjoy it profoundly; this is the only way for it to work.
So I followed the scientific method. I relaxed three times a day: when I woke up, right after lunch, and before sleeping.
During these exercises I visualized peaceful places like parks, forests, landscapes, beaches, colorful birds, quiet skies, and so forth. I convinced myself these places were true. Sometimes I imagined Albert Einstein telling me, “Never forget, my best tool as a scientist has been imagination.” So little by little, I convinced my subconscious that what I was imagining was my truth, and I enjoyed it in my imagination. I imagined my happy face while driving the car.
Two months and 29 days passed by. I was deeper in debt, obtaining the same low income and still driving my old car. My credit card debt increased, partly because I often had to fix my car. “Aha!” I thought; I had finally demonstrated that the popular spiritual law of attraction doesn’t work.
However, the daily practice had affected my subconscious more deeply than I imagined, because I was combining arguments from several books. I had read in other books that self talk makes a difference. So besides my three daily exercises, I also constantly checked my inner dialogue, and if disempowering thoughts crossed my mind I rapidly changed them into empowering thoughts.
I became an expert in this, convincing myself that it was not really me who was complaining but my fearful ego. I also learned to easily transform feelings and thoughts of anger or anxiety into happiness. With practice this became natural.
Despite this new mindset, it seemed that the theory hadn’t worked…at least that’s what I thought. However, I had also learned through my reading about combining thankfulness and detachment. These three months I had practiced being thankful all the time, even if events were not unfolding as I expected. One night before the end of the three months, I decided to practice detachment one more time.
I remember that it was a Wednesday, and I was going to bed around 10 pm. Usually I went to bed no later than 8 pm because I had to start working at 6 am and the place was not nearby. To be honest, that night I felt a little sad; I was deep in debt with my old car and my low income.
Even worse, my last hope in life, the law of attraction, seemed not to be working. I call it my last hope because at the beginning it was just an experiment for me. However, after almost three months (2 months and 29 days) my subconscious had begun to view it as hope, my only hope.
That night I was just going to sleep, willing to practice my exercise gratefully when the phone rang. I got mad. I was getting to bed late and something that never happened was happening now; it occurred to somebody to call me too late. It was my oldest sister.
“Come on!” I said in my mind, exasperated. My sister and I did not have the best relationship. When I was a kid she often treated me badly and would become upset with me because she said my mom spoiled me a lot. Besides, she was broke most of the time, and my first thought was that she was calling to ask for money or some kind of help.
What could I do for her with my low income, deep debt, old car and my last hope not working? But despite all this, I tried to be polite.
“Hi little kid.”
“Why do you call me little kid?”
“Remember, you are the youngest brother in the family.”
“Okay, anyway, what can I do for you, sister?”
“Do you remember that old property you advised me to buy years ago? And I almost died doing the impossible to pay for it.”
“Come on,” I thought, “she wants me to give her some money to pay the lawyer to arrange the property papers.”
“Aha, what’s up, sister?”
“Well, I sold it.”
“Yes, I sold it, for ten times what I paid some years ago, thanks to your good advice. And now…”
“Now what; please tell me; remember, I wake up very early in the morning and you call me at this time of the night.”
“I know, little kid, but I thought this gift is worth it.”
“What gift?” I said.
“I am going to give you a new brand car as a gift, you know. I got plenty of money now to do that, and I never thought about it before, but for one reason or another I feel a strong feeling to give you a Chevrolet Optra LS with full equipment, brand new this year. And I am really convinced that you can’t reject it.”
My jaw dropped to the floor. Here she was, my oldest sister, the one who had always given me grief. I absolutely never expected something like this from her. She was broke all the time. She always called me to borrow money or to ask for some kind of help. She was divorced and never got married again, and having two teenagers – one in high school and another in the first year of college – was not easy.
Here I was in the 89th day of my 90-day exercise, and see what was happening? The Universe was fulfilling my dream through a person from whom I never expected anything!
“Good night, little kid. I am going to deposit the money tomorrow in your bank account, so don’t forget to check it out. You don’t want me to do everything and go to buy it and drive it to your home, right?”
“Of course not; have a good night sister.”
As soon as we hung up, I practiced my exercise and went to sleep. I didn’t give too much importance to the incident. The next day at work was very hard. I was immersed in my job and completely forgot the conversation with my sister. It was already dark when I got home, and as soon as I got in the phone rang.
“Little kid, I deposited the money in your bank account. Did you check it out? By the way, I deposited an extra $500 just in case you need something else.”
My phone is on the desk beside my computer, so I quickly turned my PC on and checked my balance online. She HAD deposited the money, and I thanked her from the deepest part of my heart fifty times; I remember it perfectly.
Soon after, I called my friend Charles who works for a Toyota car dealer. He knew about my financial situation so his first reaction was, “Lito, I am not in the mood for jokes right now.” “It is true,” I replied, “my sister gave me the money; an old debt, you know.”
Right after lunch the next day, he called me. He had gotten me a $500 discount because I was going to pay cash. Can you picture that; a man with low income, an old car and deep debt was going to pay cash for a brand new car with full equipment?
Throughout the three-month exercise, I had been thinking every day how wonderful it would be if I could have an extra $1000 just to invest in an Internet business. The Universe gave me that too: the extra $500 that my sister deposited and the $500 discount from Charles. I didn’t ask for it deliberately as I did with the car. But I believe the Universe gave it to me because I was thinking about that $1000 dollars every day, feeling really good about it and practicing detachment.
I don’t know why, but detachment is key. Please understand I am no guru, and I am telling you about my experience not as a guru, but as an ordinary guy sharing what the law of attraction has done for me and can do for you. Since that time, miracles haven’t stopped in my life.
The first time I put the law of attraction into practice I was picking things up from here and there, combining different tools and theories, re-reading many books, and sometimes becoming exhausted during the process. I did this because I wanted to prove the law scientifically.
By this time, I had read many books and experienced many things, so after I got my car I decided to create my own manual about the law of attraction.
I prepared 10 chapters to refresh the theory in my mind. Then I prepared 1-3 exercises at the end of each chapter in order to put the theory into practice right away. Now, instead of consulting many books all the time, I had a step-by-step manual with simple exercises at the end of each chapter. It was time to prove whether my manual worked according to the scientific method.
At this point I determined to clear my debts using my manual. I had never maxed out my credit cards because I had good credit before, and my credit limit was high. Even so, my credit card debt was more than 10 grand. For me, that was really a lot.
Because my manual has 10 chapters and exercises at the end of each chapter, I decided to practice 6 cycles of 10 days over 2 months. The manual is comprehensive and step-by-step, so if it worked, it would now be very easy to practice the law of attraction.
I was ready to start out on Saturday, but the Friday before I was going to start they fired me. “Come on, man,” I thought, “I am going to practice a 60-day exercise to clear my debt, and now I am apparently without any income at all.” My way of thinking had changed a lot – I thought “apparently” no income. I was not a period guy anymore.
I knew that if I practiced the exercises anyway and really felt it, I was going to feel great because you have to believe that what you are visualizing is already yours. That’s the part I love most about the law of attraction. As soon as you convince your subconscious that what you are imagining is real, somehow your mind accepts it, and you feel great even though your eyes see different apparent circumstances.
During the fifth day practicing my manual, my friend Frank called me.
“Lito, I got some good customers and I have no time to take care of them. I trust you can help me with that.”
“But Frank, you know, I know almost nothing about sales.”
“No problem, I know my customers very well, and I am going to tell you exactly how to treat them and what to tell them, even your gestures.”
I visited these guys as Frank instructed me, but I didn’t see a clear signal that they were going to buy anything. I didn’t want to complain, though, because I didn’t have enough experience with sales to judge what was really happening. Nobody knows enough to be a pessimist.
Finally, one of these customers bought more than expected, and the next week after I finished my sixth cycle of exercises, I got a big commission. It was enough to pay for about 95% of my debt, food, gas, and other bills. Two months later I got the final part of my commission and could pay the debt completely. Lo and behold, the manual worked!
The interesting part about this example is that when I finished the 60-day exercise I thought my manual didn’t work. I also thought that maybe I was seeking too much attention because I dared to prove my manual in 60 days, while my first successful exercise combined the 90-day techniques of very well know gurus.
Happily, the week after I finished the 60-day exercise, the Universe showed me that I had learned the lesson. That is very important to me. It doesn’t matter that I am living proof that the law of attraction works; I am always a ‘learn-it-all’ because that is better than being a ‘know-it-all.’
I gave my manual a name I feel is very appropriate because this is the way it has worked for me: A Complete Guide to Making Universal Laws Work for You.
I have practiced the principles and exercises in my manual, and in return reaped the following:
- A better income. On one occasion, I made almost $5,000 in a couple of days. For me, that’s a lot. In my last job, before I started to experiment with the law of attraction, I made only about $150 a week.
- The laptop I always wanted.
- Attendance at very expensive seminars for free.
- Fully sponsored travel.
- A free copy of the movie The Secret.
I don’t have enough space to tell you so many wonderful stories. But one really wonderful story for me is that you are reading this letter right now.
I have practiced the principles and exercises in my manual in order to attract many people so that I can share these principles and exercises with them. I love it!
My manual has become very popular among some modern gurus: Joe Vitale, John Harricharan, Patric Chan, and Terri Levine (among others) have all offered my manual to their respective subscriber lists. You can read their testimonials in my home page. http://tenpowersbook.com/