Monday, October 5, 2015

Book Review: Money and the Law of Attraction

Thank you for checking out my blog. To get things started again, I will be reviewing the book Money and the Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks. I hope you find this review helpful and informative.

The subtitle of this book is Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness. The book has five parts, with the first part talking about your thoughts and feelings. This first part can be very helpful, as it gets you to start monitoring and adjusting how you think. This part will you help you to focus on better-feeling thoughts. It will help you to think about what you want, not what you don't want. If you don't like the way things are right now and you focus on them, you will only get more of the same. You want to tell a different story, about the way you want things to be. The first part will teach you about vibration, and you want to get into vibration with the things you want, and the things you want must come to you. 

The second part is about attracting money. This will build on what you learned in the first part. You don't want to focus on the lack of money, because that is what you will continue to receive. You choose to think thoughts of abundance and prosperity, and that is what must come to you. You might hear a lot of people say, "It is what it is." But focusing on the way things are will only bring more of the same in the future. If you think about lack of money, if you are worried, that will only produce more of the same. Change your thoughts, change your feelings, change your relationship with money.

The third part is about physical well-being. The book says that when we focus on lack of the things we want, it causes aches and pains and sickness. When we are well, not many people pay attention to it. They only start paying attention to their bodies when they stop working properly. But paying attention to what is wrong with your body will only prolong it. We want to focus on wellness. The book says many times to choose better-feeling thoughts.

The fourth part touches on a few different subjects of body and mind. The book talks about how trying to push something away only draws it to you. You want to think about what you do want and feel the feelings of that. The book says that we can use our thoughts to control and shape our bodies. The book talks about how a lot of people don't believe thoughts are real or have any real power or influence. But the book says that our thoughts have much more power than we realize. Our minds have much more power than most people realize.

The fifth part talks about finding life's work that is enjoyable to us. You don't have to view work as something unpleasant you have to do. The book talks about the difference between the things you want to do and the things you have to do. Most people have put earning money in the category of things they have to do. That is why earning money is so hard. We want to get into alignment with who we are and what we want, once we do that the universe must deliver us the means to achieve our desires. 

The book says several times that we are action-oriented, that we believe we must do something in order for things to happen, and that our thoughts have no real influence at all. Instead, the book recommends choosing our thoughts carefully and getting into alignment with what we want. Then we will receive inspired ideas and take action on them. That is when the things we want come easily and effortlessly.

I strongly encourage anyone interested in the law of attraction and living a better life to read this book. I believe it will help and serve you a lot. Here is a link to Amazon to check out the book:

Disclaimer: Yes, the link is an affiliate link. But I sincerely believe the book can serve you well. Thank you.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Silver Spoons

"They were born with a silver spoon in their mouth."

Did you grow up hearing this statement or one like it? From your parents, friends, or teachers? From anyone? I did. I didn't even realize it for many years, but statements like that actually created beliefs that stuck in my mind, beliefs that came from someone else, not from me. Those beliefs actually limit our ability to draw wealth into our lives.

People seem to have developed the belief that life is somehow more noble or honorable if it's a struggle. Think about it. There is no one to blame. It's a mindset most probably aren't even aware they have, but you hear it in the way they talk and the things they say. Many times I've heard someone say, "So and so worked hard their whole life." And I hear respect and admiration in that person's voice. They might not realize it's there but I can hear it. So can you if you listen. On the other hand, someone they perceive to have an "easy" life, about that person people will say, "Oh, they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth." And you hear contempt in their voice. Again, there's no one to blame. They probably aren't even aware of the mindset they have, but you hear it in what they say. Now, how does mindset influence us? It influences us a lot.

I've heard people talking this way for as long as I can remember. I've heard, "So and so worked hard their whole life," and even as a child I heard the admiration and respect there. I've heard, "They were born with a silver spoon in their mouth," and I heard the contempt there, even before I had a conscious understanding of those words, on a deeper level I knew what it meant. So if we think about this, how does it make us feel? The people who say those things have the belief, consciously or not, that it's better, honorable, to struggle and to work hard. Those same people believe that it's contemptible to have what they perceive to be an easy life, to not have to work so hard. What does it mean when they say someone was born with a silver spoon in their mouth? It means they've always had lots of money, and the people who haven't always had money look on that with contempt.

When we hear these things growing up, our young, unguarded, unaware minds simply take these outsides beliefs as our own. When people talk about someone with respect, saying they worked hard their whole life, we may not consciously think it, but it's usually the respect we desire. That's something we want. When we hear the contempt of someone born into wealth, that's something we don't want. Here's what it comes down to: We make an unconscious decision that we should struggle through life and that gets us respect. We don't consciously think it, but unconsciously we reach the conclusion that if we work hard and struggle for money we will have respect. At the same time, we make the unconscious decision to push wealth away, because we don't want someone to speak about us with contempt, and we've accepted the unconscious belief that having a lot of money will make other people look on us with contempt.

There is no one to blame, not the people who gave us this belief, not ourselves. But we need to question our beliefs, to think, to ask ourselves, do I really believe this? Personally I've discovered that I got most of my beliefs from other people. Since I've became more aware, I've looked at my beliefs and found that most of them came from someone else. Now I look more deeply. I ask myself, why do I believe this? Where did it come from? When did it start? Now, I question just about everything.

"Someone else may have been responsible for making us who we are. We are responsible for changing."
            -Bob Proctor

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

You Don't Have to Know How

One of the parts I really loved about The Secret, one of the parts I kept coming back and watching, was the part when they said you don't have to know how something is going to come about. Jack Canfield said that we don't go for what we really want because we can't see how it's going to manifest. I didn't realize I was living that way but I was. We don't go for or even hope for the things we really want, because we can't see how they're going to come about, so we don't even try.

A lot of people probably go for the things they can afford, not the things they really want. Since I watched The Secret almost a year ago, I've gotten things that I once thought I couldn't have. I didn't know how I was going to get them. I just knew I would get them, and the "how" took care of itself.

I needed to buy a car of my own to drive to work. I had been using a relative's car. When I went to the car dealership, I started looking at cars I thought I could afford. This was before I saw The Secret. I ended up buying a car that I had for almost a year. When people asked me if I liked my brand new car, I said it was okay. I didn't tell them that I had only bought the car because I needed it. The car was a necessity, not the car that I wanted.

Several months after I watched The Secret, I took the car in to get routine maintenance. They said that the car was still like brand new. A day or two after that, I got a letter from the dealership that said due to high trade-in rates and low interest, it was a good time to trade-in my good used car and get a new one. I could tell this was a form letter, a lot of owners would have gotten one, but it seemed especially significant to me. Around this same time, I got my income tax refund so I had more money in the bank than usual.

After watching The Secret and reading the books I had learned that the universe will give us hints or intuitions about the things we need to do to make our dreams into reality. I was feeling a strong urge to go to the dealership and at least hear what they had to say. The urge grew stronger and I felt a certainty that I would come home with the car I really wanted in the first place. I don't know where that certainty came from. I didn't know if it was even possible to afford the car I wanted even with a good trade-in. But I went to the dealership anyway.

After a test drive, the salesman said he would get back to me with some numbers and we could take it from there. After a little negotiating, I came home with the car I really wanted in the first place. I had been visualizing owning the car I really wanted without knowing how I would be able to get it, but I never gave up on the idea. Then, all in the same short period of time, I was told my year-old car was still like brand new, I got my income tax refund, and the dealership sent me a letter telling me it was a great time to trade in my used car. With all these things in place, I was feeling a powerful urge to go to the dealership and see what would happen. I came home with the car I really wanted in the first place.

Now, when people ask me if I like my car, I tell them I love it. It used to be that I just drove my car to get to where I needed to be. Now I enjoy driving. It makes a huge difference to be driving the car you really want.

The Secret is a great place to start. Watch it and read the books. They will tell you to see yourself having the things you desire. Decide what you want. Decide where you want to go. Decide that you will get there. And the way will be shown to you. The path will be made clear.   

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Dare to Dream

The dreamers are the saviors of the world.
     -James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

As we're growing up, it seems that we're being taught two conflicting beliefs about dreams. Different people, always with good intentions, tell us different things. Some people will tell us to follow our dreams no matter what, to be whatever we want to be. Other people tell us to get our heads out of the clouds, to live in reality.

I can't speak for everyone's experience, but when I look back on my life, it seems like when I was especially young adults would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. But as I got closer and then into the teenage years, adults stopped asking what I wanted to be. Instead they started telling me what to do, and what they said to do was get a job. No one was telling me to follow my dreams anymore. As I got older, the focus seemed to shift from doing what I wanted and doing what I loved to just doing what it took to survive, to live in reality.

But since I watched The Secret and I've been reading the books, I've learned something about "reality." This idea they call reality is actually very subjective. A lot of people, again with the best of intentions, will try to destroy your dreams in the name of being realistic. But here's the thing. Here's what they don't understand: You create the reality you want to live in. You can't create someone else's reality, but you can create your own. 

We  have way more power and control than we realize. Reality is ours to create. This is hard for a lot of people to accept, because it goes against everything we've ever been taught. Most of us are taught that we have no control at all, that circumstances and events just happen to us for no reason. Not too long ago I believed the same thing, so I'm not trying to judge or embarrass anyone. But I've since changed my beliefs. I now believe that we have the power to create the life we want. When someone tells you to wake up and live in reality, they're telling you to live in their reality. They hear about your dreams and since your dreams don't fit into the way they see the world, they tell you your dreams won't ever come true. But that's the world they live in. It doesn't have to be the world you live in.

I would say follow your dreams. Find what you love and then do it. I've read in more than one place that successful people are doing what they love. I've read that no one can be successful in a job they don't like. I believe that to be true. 

I want to end this post with another quote, this one from Jack Canfield's The Success Principles. I wish someone would've told me this a long time ago:

"No" is a word on your path to "Yes." Don't give up too soon. Not even if well-meaning parents, relatives, friends, and colleagues tell you to get "a real job." Your dreams are your real job.
     -Joyce Spizer

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Give Me a Job

I hate job interviews so much. They make me so nervous I get sick to my stomach. I've had a full-time job for over two years, but before that I had to go through about thirty job interviews. I didn't have a good work record or a college degree. 

I hated the "Tell me about yourself question." You probably know that's the one they always start with. I never knew how to answer that question. I was always worried about being able to give the right answers. I was always worried about not being good enough. I felt like I had always had to prove I was good enough to do the job, even when I knew I wasn't. Now I understand that what I should've been asking is if the job was good enough for me.

This whole idea of job interviews and dressing up and answering questions comes from the belief that we need a job, that we can't survive without one and that we need the support of someone else. It creates a feeling of dependency in people, before they even reach an age where they can get a job. 

I'm not suggesting that you should immediately quit your job. I still have my job, but I have been studying self-development a lot and I know that my days at my job are numbered. When you have a job, you're working for someone else, doing what they want you to do. You're scheduling your entire life around a job that you might not even like. 

But when you watch The Secret, when you start listening to people like Bob Proctor and Joe Vitale, you start to become aware that you can break free. The job you have begins to lose its power over you. It loses its power because you start to know and to understand that the only power that job ever had was the power you gave it in the first place. You can just as easily decide to take it back.

But it's not going to happen overnight. I haven't stopped studying since I first watched The Secret. And in a relatively short time I believe I won't need my job anymore. The same can be true for you. If you're not happy with your job, you can start to do something about it right now. Start by studying and learning. You will soon know that you don't have to stay in that job you don't like. You learn that you have the power to create the life you want.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Go Beyond The Secret

Thank you for returning to my blog. For this post, I want to talk about going beyond The Secret. Watching that movie was a huge turning point in my life. I watched it over and over, and once I became more familiar with it, I would skip to and watch only the parts that spoke deeply to me.

I was skeptical at first, especially about some parts of the movie that seemed too miraculous to be true. But I realized that the more I watched The Secret and the more I examined my own feelings and beliefs, all my doubts started to fade away. I wanted to learn more. I started doing internet searches of the people on The Secret who I felt a strong connection with. For me, those people were Bob Proctor, Joe Vitale, and Jack Canfield.

One of the first books I read as I started this brand new journey was Jack Canfield's The Success Principles. That's an excellent book to read. I didn't stop there. I read Joe Vitale's The Attractor Factor Second Edition. I also read his book Attract Money Now, which is available to download and read on your computer absolutely free here

Then I found a video that is amazing and life-changing starring Bob Proctor, called The Science of Getting Rich, watch it on YouTube here. On that video, Bob Proctor mentions two books, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and As a Man Thinketh by James Allen. I've read both of those books. Also on this video, Bob Proctor talks about the power of repetition. One of the things he says is, "It's the repetition of the right information that will alter what's going on inside."

I promise you that I have not mentioned these books because I'm getting compensated for it. I mention these books and the video because they have helped me and I believe they can help you. Also, I have learned that what Bob Proctor says is true. If we want to change our life, we have to absorb this information over and over again. If we stop, we're going to slip back into our old ways of thinking. I was 31 when I first watched The Secret. I had spent the last 30 years thinking a certain way. You don't turn that around overnight. 

I have read every book I mentioned at least twice. I watched Bob Proctor's The Science of Getting Rich many times. I would watch 10 or 15 minutes at a time, and then pick up later where I left off. I didn't even realize it, but my thoughts and beliefs had started to change. One of the things I like to do is look at luxury homes online, the prices can be hundreds of thousands of dollars, some of them millions. I used to look at them as a dream, a fantasy. But after I got into this new way of thinking, after reading the books over and over, I started to look at those homes and could actually see myself living there. The price no longer mattered. That's what repetition of this information can do. It changes the way you think and feel.

A lot of what Bob Proctor, Jack Canfield, and Joe Vitale teach goes against everything we've ever learned. It takes time to really accept, believe, and internalize their teachings. But I believe that's when true change occurs. When people try to change their life, a lot of them think they need to relocate, to find a different job, or change something on the outside. But that's not going to really change anything. If you want to change your life, truly and permanently change your life, you must do it not from the outside, but from the inside. 

Get into these books, watch the videos, invest and listen to the audio programs. If you're worried about money and earning more money is your goal, be assured that when you learn this new way of thinking, you know that the money you give for the books and programs will come back to you many times over.

I believe repetition changes our thoughts and beliefs. Repetition eventually eliminates all doubts as well. If you truly want to change, read the books over and over. Watch the videos over and over. Find the people who inspire you and listen to them.

I always wish you the best.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Welcome to my blog. First of all, who am I? My name is Jake Shirley. Right now, I have a full-time job that I don't like very much. I'm not making the kind of money I want to make. I don't have the kind of free time I would like to have. I had a dream for my life, but I put that dream aside because everyone was telling me to get a job. Does any of that sound familiar? Maybe you are going through the same things. Maybe your life hasn't become what you imagined it to be.

Less than a year ago, I felt trapped. I hated my job. I wanted to quit, but I had bills to pay. I wasn't driving the car that I wanted. I was driving the car that I could afford. Worst of all, I had no hope. I was afraid I would have the same job for the next 30 or 40 years, and that thought scared me to death. I had no hope because I couldn't see a way out. I couldn't see how anything could change.

But things did start to change. I still have the same job, but I am now driving the car I wanted in the first place. I am taking the first steps to reaching my dream, and I believe I will reach my dream. The future is bright and filled with hope and excitement. What was it that changed? I watched a movie that was released in 2006, almost 10 years ago now. That movie was The Secret. Before you put your guard up, let me assure you that I am not getting compensated, financially or otherwise, for talking about The Secret. I am talking about it because it helped me. It inspired me. It changed my life and gave me hope when I thought all hope was lost. If you are feeling trapped, let me take a quote from The Secret and tell you that whatever your circumstances are right now, that is only your current reality. Your current reality can change.

I have been studying this for almost a year, so I am not the most experienced teacher. But what I can do is point you in the direction of books and videos that have transformed my life and are still transforming my life. The people who teach this new way of thinking tell us that no matter where you come from, no matter what you're doing right now, no what your thoughts or beliefs are, it all can change and it can change dramatically. Thought is everything. It all comes down to how you think. Bob Proctor, one of the people on The Secret, tells us that we become what we think about. I would add to that, you will become what you believe yourself to be. If you believe you will have the same job for the rest of your life, that's what you will have. But you can make a decision to change that belief. Joe Vitale, also on The Secret, says at the very beginning that you can have, do, or be anything you want. Whatever you believe in and ask for, life will give to you.

For the time being, I plan to post every Wednesday. My next post will talk about going beyond The Secret. I will always be open to suggestions, comments, and questions. Feel free to leave any kind of comment you wish. The feedback of my vital readers will shape this blog into what it is meant to be.

Thank you very much.