Doing thought work can be truly exciting. Because when you become more intentional about what you give your attention to and the thoughts you choose, then you are able to manifest more easily and more deliberately.

That’s what you want, right?

“So, whatever you are currently giving your attention to is an activated thought. But when you turn your attention away from a thought, it becomes dormant, or no longer active. The only way to consciously deactivate a thought is to activate another. In other words, the only way to deliberately withdraw your attention from one thought is to give your attention to another.” —Abraham

This may sound super obvious. And yet I’m noticing an opportunity for many of us to truly be guided by this and follow the advice.

If you want to withdraw your attention from a thought that is causing you to feel negative emotion, then give your attention to another thought.

Allow the thought causing you negative emotion to become dormant as you activate a different thought, a better-feeling thought, a good-feeling thought.

Sometimes someone will say, But the situation is still there that I’m sad about or angry about or worried about.

Yes, but when you take your attention from the situation, it is no longer active in your vibration. Because if you’re not thinking about the situation and feeling the situation, then it’s not part of your vibrational mix.

So that’s the important first part.

And then the equally important second part is that when whatever is causing you to be upset is no longer part of your vibrational mix—because you are no longer thinking about it and feeling low vibe, then—and only then—can the situation change.

Continuing to think about the situation in a way that causes you to continue feeling negative emotion, only means the situation will continue.

“Anything you give your attention to becomes bigger. So the harder you push against what you do not want, the more specific or the harder you push against it, the more vibration is activated within you about it and the less likely it is to go away.” —Abraham

It is so important to remember this core LoA tenet: “What you think about activates a vibration within you.” —Abraham

The reason this is so important is it that vibration within you to which Law of Attraction is responding.

  • When you offer a vibration of anger, you get circumstances and conditions of the same frequency.
  • When you offer a vibration of optimism, you get circumstances and conditions of the same frequency.

“When you give thought to something, you begin the attraction process of the essence of that subject into your own life experience. Once you have activated a thought vibration within yourself by giving your attention to the subject, the progression of expansion occurs.” —Abraham

What you think about activates a vibration within you, and it is always your choice what you think. No one else can think your thoughts. You can choose to think about the situation that causes you to feel angry or you can choose to think about something that causes you to feel appreciation.

“I always have the freedom to choose my thoughts.” —Louise Hay

We all have this choice. However, we simply don’t always exercise this freedom to choose our thoughts in a way that serves us.

When you don’t exercise the freedom to choose your thoughts, you receive a very mixed bag of manifestations and can never be a truly deliberate creator.

“When you withdraw your attention from those things that are not pleasing, and you put your attention upon those things that are pleasing, those pleasing things begin to become more abundant; and those not pleasing things become more rare. Until, eventually, those not-pleasing things cannot be part of your experience because you will have eliminated your attraction factor from your vibration. What you think and what you get always matches.” —Abraham

This is why you want to do this thought work and withdraw your attention from things that are not pleasing and put your attention on things that are pleasing to you.

Law of Attraction will make your thoughts “true”—meaning your reality—whether they serve you are not. I know you want the pleasing things to become more abundant and the not pleasing things to become more rare.

“The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives.” —Louise Hay

I love that sentiment, and I particularly love the simple emphasis on the thoughts we choose to think.

You have a choice about the thoughts you choose to think.

Up until now, you may not have exercised this choice with much discernment. Before my obsession with all things Law of Attraction, I certainly didn’t.

Here’s what would happen: An initial thought would pop into my head about something that caused me to feel negative emotion, let’s say worry. And then that thought was followed by another low vibe thought and another.

I didn’t manage my mind at the point the first thought caused me to feel negative emotion.

I didn’t understand the momentum that happens, with like thoughts being drawn to each other. Meaning that initial thought of worry attracted another worry thought and then another. And pretty soon I was a mile down the road on that worry train of thought.

“There is a momentum factor caused by the Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction says: That which is like itself is drawn. So whatever thought you have activated by your attention to it is getting bigger. But we want you to realize that the gathering of momentum is a gradual thing. And so, rather than trying to turn that thought around, considering focusing upon another thought.” —Abraham

I encourage you to recognize the power of your thoughts to create your reality and to realize your thoughts have momentum.

Which is why it’s important to be intentional about what you give your attention.

“The most valuable skill or talent you could ever develop is that of directing your thoughts toward what you want.” —Abraham

How can you develop this most valuable skill? How do you withdraw your attention from a thought?

“So, if it’s something that you want, give it more attention. If it’s something that you don’t want, give it less attention. How do you give something less attention? By giving something else attention. And start with it all at the earlier, subtle stages. And stop asking yourself to pull your attention away from something with strong momentum.” —Abraham

Don’t be tempted to overcomplicate this.

  • If it’s something you want that feels good, give it your attention.
  • If it’s something you don’t want that feels bad, give it less attention. Or no attention at all!

“Deactivate things you don’t want by withdrawing your attention. Just look away.” —Abraham

If the situation at work is causing you to feel anger, why spend the entire evening talking about it with your spouse? If thinking about your bills is causing you to feel worry, why lay awake in bed at night thinking about your bills?

What I’m really asking is why are you giving our attention to things that cause you to feel negative emotion?

Have no doubt: When you think a thought that creates negative emotion in you, you are mis-creating. You are headed in the direction of something that will not please you.

“When you come to realize that the way you feel is a product only of what you choose to give your attention to, then you begin to realize that under any and all conditions, you can feel good.” —Abraham

Here’s a very simple course of action: “Give your attention to what makes you feel good, thereby releasing your attention for what makes you feel bad.” —Abraham

Thoughts become things. It’s time to be more intentional about which thoughts you activate—and which ones you don’t—so you can create the reality you want.

“Every thought we think is creating our future.” —Louise Hay