One of the best ways to avoid being a spiritual junkie is to practice what you preach. Don’t just read books and listen to concepts that make you feel good. Put them into action and prove that they really work for you.
Have you ever known someone who goes on and on about how they would never do a certain thing or how they believe a certain philosophy, yet the minute circumstances come to challenge their pronouncement, they do the opposite? Yes, that’s an annoying person. Don’t be that person.
So how can you create your own Law of Attraction success stories? The next time you read a book, do what the author does. So often we read about what worked for a particular self-help guru, yet we never put those practices in place to see if they will work for us. And don’t get me wrong, if they don’t work for you, you might want to adjust your beliefs, or at least learn more about the subject to see if there is key information that you are missing.
If you want to find some exercises for you to test your beliefs in the Law of Attraction and other metaphysical concepts, pick up a copy of Pam Grout’s E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality. In the book, Grout writes: “Instead of making a grand argument, the same grand argument you’ve read about in all the other books about changing reality, this book has nine easy-to-try experiments that offer real-time proof.”
This book is not one that you simply read; you have to interact with it. Grout challenges you to nine easy experiments that will show you that your thoughts and expectations do, in fact, create your reality. What you expect to see, you will see. If you want to change what you see, you’ve got to change your expectations.
Have you ever met someone with a certain type of car that you never noticed before, and then suddenly, you see that particular type of car all the time? That’s an example of how your awareness and focus on a particular thing can affect how often that thing is drawn into your life.
If you’re going to test whether certain concepts work for you whether you do so through E-Squared or simply start saying affirmations rather than reading about them, keep the following tips in mind.
Persistence counts. You can’t explore whether a philosophy works in a day. Everything takes time. You have to make a regular practice of something whether it’s prayer, meditation or visualization to see whether it makes a lasting effect on your life.
Give it a season. Just as you should be consistent, you should allow time for results. Mother Nature organizes change according to season. That’s about three months. In order to gauge the effect of something as important as a spiritual practice, take a page from Mother Nature, at the very least.
Chronicle your experience. A lot goes on in life every day. It’s easy to forget some of the details, and when you’re looking for evidence of changes in your life, you may overlook something. Spiritual change often takes place subtly and under the surface — at first. By keeping track of the big — and small — changes in your life, you can better gauge your success and ensure that you’re living the life you proclaim to believe in.