Do you believe in the Law of Attraction because there is a good amount of literature that proves the science behind it?
While yes, scientific explanations about manifestation are accessible, such as Dr. Tara Swart’s extensive research on “value tagging” and neuroplasticity, or understanding the Reticular Activating System’s role in goal-setting, there are still a lot of things about the Law of Attraction that are not solely based on research.
In this article, we’ll explore ancient sources of manifestation and how similar ideas can be found in almost all of humanity’s ancient religions and philosophies. By the end of this article, we’ll recommend vision book ideas you can make based on the spiritual and ancient origins of manifestation.
Ancient Sources of Manifestation
William Walker Atkinson is often credited for being the originator of the Law of Attraction. It was in 1906 when he released his book called, “Thought Vibration on the Law of Attraction in the Thought World.”
Atkinson set the foundations for modern teachings surrounding the Law of Attraction, and it is the principles in his book that set the tone for New Age Thought concepts of manifestation.
However, if we take a look at ancient religions and philosophies, we will discover that the concept of manifesting your reality through intention goes way back many hundreds of years before 1906.
The teachings presented in Rhonda Byrne’s famous book, “The Secret,” which put the Law of Attraction into modern mainstream consciousness, are merely a complication of many ancient teachings, 19th and 20th-century books, and modern philosophies that have been around since the beginning of time.
In this section, we’ll briefly talk about some of these ancient roots and how even certain religions talk about certain forms of manifestation.
Hermeticism is based on the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, whose works were said to be dated somewhere between the 2nd century C.E. and the first-century B.C.E.
It is believed that his philosophical system is the root of many religions and traditions. Hermeticism is known for this simple quote, “As above, so below; as below, so above.” It relates to modern Law of Attraction beliefs that there is a connection between the Universe and the individual.
“As above” is said to be the larger Universe, while “so below” is believed to be a person, and that the individual can influence the Universe and vice versa.
Hinduism is said to be the oldest religion and its teachings on the law of karma and dharma are similar to the concept of “like attracts like.” If you do good, good karma will occur; if you do bad, bad karma will happen to you.
The Bhagavad Gita, which is an ancient Hindu text, also reveals the importance of performing one’s duty, detailed action, and the power of focused intention, which is also similar to modern teachings of the Law of Attraction.
Mindful living is central in Buddhism and it’s related to modern Law of Attraction practices that teach us about meditation and mindfulness as perfect ways to visualize and set our intentions into the Universe.
Buddhism also places importance on cultivating a positive mental state and this can be done through meditation.
Prayer is a central practice in Judaism, and it’s not just about asking for certain outcomes but also includes expressing one’s thoughts and intentions. Prayer in Judaism may be similar to setting intentions.
The idea that we have the power to create our destiny is also a belief in Kabbalah, which is an ancient Hebrew text that teaches the power of the Hebrew language to manifest realities. Kabbalah expresses that everyone has the power to shape their life based on the beliefs and decisions they possess.
Taoism is an ancient Chinese philosophy that teaches the importance of living in harmony with the universe. Believers of Taoism are able to achieve this by putting emphasis on personal development, and kindness, generosity, and humility are the perfect examples of “Wu Wei,” or “effortless action.”
Taoism also teaches about being one with the natural flow of life and allowing things to unfold. This can be a form of trusting the Universe that all the positive things you want to attract are already yours so there’s no need to force anything or desperately trying to make things happen.
Manifestation can also relate to the Bible, such as the power of prayer and faith. It is found in Matthew 21:22, which states: “And whatever you ask for in prayer, you will receive if you have faith.”
Another Bible passage also talks about thoughts becoming who you are, which is found in Proverbs 23:7, which states: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
The first Bible passage is similar to setting your intentions into the Universe and believing it’s already yours, while the second passage is similar to the belief that whatever you think about yourself is true.
It is important to note that interpretations of the teachings of certain religions and philosophies may differ. However, it is clear that many of the Law of Attraction’s principles have plenty of similarities with the teachings of ancient beliefs, religions, and traditions.
Practical Applications of These Sources for Your Vision Book Ideas
In the process of making a vision board book, you can use the teachings and principles of these ancient sources to help you gain a better and more comprehensive understanding of manifestations and the Law of Attraction.
Here are some practical applications of ancient sources of manifestation for vision book ideas:
Practicing Mindfulness and Meditation
Create a meditation and mindfulness vision book using pictures and ideas of people doing yoga, practicing mindfulness, and guided meditation, and use this as a guide to remember the teachings of Buddhism in your Law of Attraction practice.
You can also create a vision book using images of religions, philosophies, and other spiritual practices to help you achieve spiritual growth. Do some research on what ancient sources of manifestation practices align with your values and beliefs and use these ideas for your vision board book.
The Power of the Tongue and Positive Affirmations
Judaism’s Kabbalah and the Bible mention using the power of words, so in your modern Law of Attraction practice, create positive affirmations that leverage the power of language to manifest your dreams and goals.
Prayer and Manifestation
Almost all ancient religions mention prayer, meditation, expressing your thoughts, setting intentions, and being in harmony with nature, the Creator, or the universe.
When creating your goals, your vision boards, and your affirmations, include prayer in your Law of Attraction practice. Don’t just ask what you want to have, but you should also include saying thanks for what you have in your life, expressing your thoughts, and releasing any negative thoughts in your mind.
Create a vision book using these teachings and principles and merge them with modern concepts of the Law of Attraction.
Learning and understanding ancient sources of manifestation can give you a comprehensive idea of how you can practice a more holistic method of creating the life that you want.
When making your vision book, you don’t have to start from scratch. You can use vision board kits, clipart books, or vision board magazines that are complete with images and words you can use on a vision board book or a regular dream board.
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The Law of Attraction teachings did not begin with its popularity in 2006 when The Secret first came out. Though it blew up in popularity because of the book and film by Rhonda Byrne, many people don’t know that manifestation and similar beliefs have long existed since the beginning of time.
Learning about these ancient sources will help you understand that creating your reality from your thoughts has always been a principle many civilizations and religions practice. By understanding this, you can have a better comprehension of how to apply these vision book ideas, such as merging both religion and modern Law of Attraction practices.
While some may say you can’t mix the two, such as being a Christian and a Law of Attraction practitioner, learning about these ancient sources will help you understand that yes, it is possible and yes, you can.