Life Lessons for Mastering the Law of Attraction: 7 Essential Ingredients for Living a Prosperous Life

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Life Lessons for Mastering the Law of Attraction teaches you what you need to know about living the Law of Attraction and how to create your own personal success through its concepts.

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Overview

Life Lessons for Mastering the Law of Attraction teaches you what you need to know about living the Law of Attraction and how to create your own personal success through its concepts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623610777
  • Publisher: Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 368,885
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Biography

While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told Shareguide.com. "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

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Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

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Introduction

Did you know that the Law of Attraction works perfectly every time? It's a perfect match for wherever your focus is being held—whether knowingly or unknowingly. Focus on having a positive new attitude, and watch your mood lift and your actions match your desires. Think about your lousy day as you're drifting off to sleep at night, and your day may revisit you through your dreams, or your bad experiences could persist the next day, too.

The Law of Attraction is universal and ultra-powerful. It is like a magnet that is always at work. Basically, the Law of Attraction states that 'like attracts like.' In other words, wherever your attention goes, energy flows, and you attract more of that into your life—whether it is wanted or unwanted. In order to achieve the things that are truly desired, a positive frame of mind must be present.

Many begin practicing the Law of Attraction by making it a game—focusing on, or always finding a close parking space. When those things continuously show up (and they will), move on to bigger things. Just remember to keep it positive and keep your mind open to receive the things that are being requested.

Simply recognize where you are, where you want to be, and how you want to feel once you get there. Look at the positive future and forget the present reality—especially if it is less than ideal.

Like a conductor for a symphony, you can learn to orchestrate exactly what is desired for the ultimate life experience.

It is possible to be all, have all, and live all that is desired. It is possible to create the perfect situation for you, as the stories in this book reflect—personalstories of ­people from all walks of life who have successfully used the Law of Attraction to overcome challenges, struggles, and adversity, and to make their dreams come true.

The stories are organized within 7 Essential Ingredients for Mastering the Law of Attraction. They are intended to provide inspiration to you for achieving your own dreams, along with practical, concrete steps you can take right away to deliberately apply the Law of Attraction in your life.

The Law of Attraction does not impose limitations or make you conform, so don't limit yourself with your thoughts and beliefs. Revel in the freedom to pursue whatever your heart desires and be conscious that the Law of Attraction is always at work. It's simply your job to make it work in your favor. Dream on and dream big!

Essential Ingredient #1

Here's how it works mind, all the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.

Napoleon Hill

All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.
Napoleon Hill 

Reprinted by permission of Off the Mark and Mark Parisi. ©1998 Mark Parisi.


Life Lesson #1

Let Your Passion Be Your Guide

We do not know who we are
until we see what we can do.
Martha Grimes

Letting In the Slim

Believe in yourself, and you will be unstoppable.
Emily Guay

'Whoa,' my friend said after seeing me for the first time in four months. 'You are never going to be able to take off the weight you've put on, not with being in menopause.'

I cringed. I usually gain a few pounds each winter, but this year I was over and above. I was unhappy with myself and my body, and afraid she was right. At the same time, I was determined to get back to my 'normal' self, if possible.

For decades, I had watched family and friends struggle with their weight, going up and down like yo-yos, so I was not about to diet. I didn't know what to do—until I heard an Abraham-Hicks tape. Abraham said, 'You cannot attract thin when you are feeling fat. Your work is to Let In the Slim.'

Wow! What a fabulous idea, I thought. And, yes, I am definitely feeling fat. Right then and there I created a clear statement of what I wanted to attract. I choose to be the perfect weight and shape for my body by the end of three months. I now release any and all excess weight and Let In the Slim.

I repeat this intention before each meal and yoga practice. I rehearse feeling slim, walking slim, standing slim, and dressing to perfection in clothes that make me feel beautiful. I feel what it is like to be my perfect weight and shape.

I wake up at 5:30 am and go for a two-and-one-half-mile walk in Central Park. Each day, I walk a bit longer, enjoying the smell of magnolia, apple, and cherry trees. I bask in the intense colors and scents, the raucous birdsong, and the changing reflection of light dappling merrily on the lakes and reservoir—the burgeoning sights and sounds of an abundant spring. I feel abundant here, as if I am in the center of a Monet painting, marveling at the explosion of green and blue, of frosted pink, and the myriad shades of purple and yellow all blending together, yet separate and distinct. I feel joyful, full of life and love.

I revel in the uninhibited, joyous antics of children—hearing their laughter, watching their intense focus on what is happening in the moment, while participating in their Letting In. I feel focused and abundant and happy on these walks. I feel good. I am Letting In the Slim. My fear is fading, and so are the feelings of fat.

Subtle changes are taking place in my body and in my eating habits. I eat healthily, but I also continue to enjoy culinary pleasures like wine and gelato, albeit smaller portions, savoring every mouthful. I play with a suggestion from one of the British World War II ministries to the public on rationing: 'Butter your bread thinly and eat butter side down to the tongue for more flavor.' Eureka! It works with everything I eat. And, of course, I reiterate before and after each meal that I am Letting In the Slim.

I want to have fun exercising so I create a ten-minute wake-up routine: abdominal exercises on the exercise ball, amped up with dance music. It is a blast and gets me feeling even better about myself and my trimmer body. I am now slimmer, trimmer, and healthier—I feel good. I am cooking!

Last week, I had occasion to wear an outfit I could not get into months earlier; it is now loose, and I look fabulous in it. On the day I wore it, a good-looking Frenchman unabashedly flirted with me, telling me I was very beautiful, and I Let It In.

Oh, yes, but there is more! There is so much more. Not only am I now Letting In the Slim, I am also Letting In more success and more money, new friends, and mentors to ease my way. An experiment that started as a fun way to lose weight has become a lifestyle, a pathway to joy and self-love as I allow myself to thrive and deliberately create the life I love. Letting In the Slim has opened the door to Letting In the Love.

Patricia Daniels

Take a moment to think about who you are and who you wish to become. See yourself one year from today. If you could have anything you want and no possible way to fail, what would it be? What do you most want for yourself? When you look back on this period of your life, what do you want to remember? What experiences do you wish to have? What accomplishments?

Begin by getting a special journal or notebook, one that is beautiful and feels good to you. This will be your Prosperity Journal, which you will use as you read each story and go through the exercises in this book.

©2008. Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jeanna Gabellini, and Eva Gregory.  All rights reserved. Reprinted from Life Lessons for Mastering the Law of Attraction by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jeanna Gabellini, and Eva Gregory. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xiii
Here's How It Works
Let Your Passion Be Your Guide     3
Letting In the Slim   Patricia Daniels     4
What You Think and What You Feel Are Always a Match     13
Take Advantage of Opportunities   Ruben Gonzalez     14
Releasing the "How" So the Dream Can Unfold     23
Friends in France   Sonia Choquette     24
The Power of Your State of Mind     31
Allow, and Prosperity Follows   Eva Gregory     32
The Power of Intention, Not Attachment     40
What Is Your Brown Rice?   Kristy Iris     41
Defining Moments
You're Never Stuck!     49
From Rags to Faith and, Finally, to Riches!   Idelisa Cintron     50
Breakthroughs Don't Have to Be Hard     57
Kisses for Mr. Castle   Terri Elders, LCSW     58
Where You Currently Stand Is Perfect     67
The Day I Ran Out of Money   Amy Scott Grant     68
You Are Always at Choice     78
A Gradual Awakening   Allison Sodha     79
Call In Your Team     85
From a Bomb Shelter to the Beach House   Jim Bunch     86
Transforming Thoughts
Don't Take It Personally     97
Attracting Harmony in Your Life   Randy Gage     98
Where Thought Goes, Energy Flows     106
I Love My Hair   Catherine Ripley Greene, D.C.     107
Seeing the Glass Half-Full     117
The Healing Power of Intention   Kathleen Carroll     118
Letting Go to Let It Flow     121
There Is Enough Money for Everyone   Carol Tuttle     122
Empower Yourself for Success     131
Until You Value Yourself ... Don't Expect Anyone Else To   Dr. John F. Demartini     132
Inspired Actions
First Things First     141
The Journey of the Wanderin' Berrys   Licia Berry     142
The Time Is Now     149
Free Hugs   Christine Brooks     150
Stop, Look, and Listen     158
Prosperity Starts at the Kitchen Table   Jan Stringer     159
Relax Awhile and Allow     165
Goofing Off to Get Ahead   Jeannette Maw     166
Trust "The" Voice     173
How Two Dozen Eggs Hatched My Real-Estate Career   Holleay Parcker     174
Baby Steps Lead to Avalanches
The Power of a Single Step     185
A Poor Village Boy's Journey to the American Dream   Rene Godefroy     186
The Power of Being 100 Percent Responsible     196
Success in the Face of Adversity   Charles Marcus     197
Pay It Forward and Create Miracles     204
Dave's Legacy: The Miracle of Giving   Barb Gau, MSW, LCSW     205
How to Make Fear Your Ally     211
Somebody Give Me a Hand   Jeanna Gabellini     212
Close Your Eyes and Dream     218
Flash of Inspiration   Jillian Coleman Wheeler     219
Your Full Potential
Live Life Fully     229
Radical Sabbatical   Betty Healey, M.Ed.     230
One Giant Leap for the Life You Love     237
It's Never Too Late to Pursue Your Destiny   Patrick Snow     238
If You Want It, You Can Have It     244
Transforming Thoughts   Wanda Peyton     245
You've Got It All     253
List for It   Hayley Foster     254
Your Wealth Depends on You     263
Shake That Money Tree   Jan Henrikson     264
Acts of Faith
The Secret to Making It B-I-G     273
What Is the Best Use of a Life Given This Much Good Fortune?   Dave Ellis     274
Givers Always Gain     282
The Greatest Money-Making Secret in History   Joe Vitale     283
Your Intuition Knows     292
The Valentine's Day Cruise   Maureen O'Shaughnessy     293
Putting Actions to Your Intentions     299
My Dream House   Noelle Nelson     300
Inner Guidance Is Always with You     308
A Leap of Faith!   Sharon Wilson     309
A Final Word     317
More Chicken Soup?     318
Supporting Others     319
Who Is Jack Canfield?     321
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?     322
Who Is Jeanna Gabellini?     323
Who Is Eva Gregory?     324
Contributors     325
Permissions (continued)     329

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    Inspiring, easy fun read

    This book has wonderful stories,insights, and tips regarding the Law of Attraction. I had been following the authors online for awhile so trusted that their content would be both fun and informative. I was right. Turns out I had met in person at least one of the people who wrote a chapter in this book! That was a nice surprise. There were a wide variety of stories, so something to grab every single reader's interest. This book was motivational as well as a great reminder of the wonderful things that happen when we open our life to attracting what our heart truly desires.

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