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Why the Law of Attraction Doesn’t Work For Most People  (And What You Can Do To Manifest Abundance and Your Heart’s True Desires)

Why the Law of Attraction Doesn’t Work For Most People  (And What You Can Do To Manifest Abundance and Your Heart’s True Desires)

Why the Law of Attraction doesn't work for most people

(and what you can do to manifest abundance and your heart’s true desires)

Why are most people not manifesting what they want?


If your life is not exactly as you’d love it to be and if you’ve been struggling to manifest your dreams, you are not alone. Look around. How many people do you know who have tried to use the Law of Attraction but don’t have the life they want? 

How many people do what they love every day?

How many are truly happy?

Probably not many. I’ve personally spoken to hundreds of people about why the Law of Attraction is not working for them.  I’ve taught thousands of people in our courses Spiritual Life Coach Certification.  And I can assure you that very few people understand the deeper workings of manifestation.  Even worse – most people have experienced negative side effects from attempting to make the Law of Attraction work for them. Their lives have actually become worse and they have a nagging feeling that they are not as far along the path as they should be. They are always wanting something they don’t have now and are rarely happy with their life the way it is, today.

Be warned:  The traditional Law of Attraction teachings (if taken literally) can screw up your life and leave you with nightmares from shattered and distorted dreams. People who apply the Law of Attraction in the wrong way have half-dreams and nothing to show for them. Their experiences are like the movie, The Fly in which a man is teleported in a machine with a stray fly. When he is re-materialized he has become half man, half fly. If you get these techniques wrong, they are worse than having done nothing. Disappointment is a heavy burden. Without the other secrets I’m going to share with you, the Law of Attraction can be harmful.

I had to learn this the hard way myself.
In my mid-twenties, I was trying to use the Law of Attraction to create my dream life – but I was depressed, lost, confused and broke. It simply wasn’t working and the harder I tried, the worse my life got.  After about 14 months of trying it, I found myself so distressed that I was laying in the middle of a field crying and hoping I’d die because my life was so miserable. In that deep pain, I realized that there must be something I was missing. And I was determined to find out what it was. I had no other choice.

Finally I discovered the secrets I’m about to share with you and my whole life changed. Within six months of applying these methods, I was living my dream life on the paradise island Kauai, Hawaii. I now live in stunning Sedona, Arizona with my wife and we have a beautiful home with amazing views, surrounded by world class trails in all directions. I spend my days doing what I love, and getting paid! My life has just gotten better and better.  I now feel so deeply blessed by life, that it is my mission to serve as many people as possible to create their real dream life – and to discover the tools that really work. I now help entrepreneurs and people who want to make a positive impact, to create the life they love as they serve the world.

It is my honor and joy to connect with you! You are amazing and you have limitless possibilities inside of you!

So let’s get started with you and with creating your dreams. To begin, we need to first review the common Law of Attraction knowledge, then we’ll explore a little history of the popular Law of Attraction teachings and where things may have gone wrong. We will then focus on the things that will turn it all around for you, so you can create a life you truly love. 

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What are the seven traditional Laws of Attraction?



The Law of Manifestation

The Law of Manifestation is the foundation of the Law of Attraction. This law tells us that what we hold in mind tends to manifest. If we hold in mind fear and imagine terrible things, our life will literally go in that direction. If we hold in mind beautiful thoughts, feelings and visualizations, our life will begin to flourish with opportunity, love and meaning. Our minds are powerful, and the Law of Manifestation is based on the power of the mind. Like attracts like, and so, the more we are embodying thoughts and feelings of joy, wealth, service and love, the more we will create and attract opportunities that bring even more joy, wealth, service and love into our lives.


The Law of Magnetism

The Law of Magnetism states that as we are, so we attract. In a sense, we are like walking magnets. If we are living in an elevated level of consciousness and awareness, beautiful experiences, people and things will be attracted to us. Love attracts love. Hate attracts hate. Like a magnet, like is attracted to like. The law tells us that it isn’t so much a “going out and getting,” but more of a “becoming and attracting like a magnet.”


The Law of Unwavering Desire

The Law of Unwavering Desire means that we hold within our heart and mind, that which we intend to manifest – with unwavering focus. I’m going to change the word “desire” here to “pure heart’s desire”, as desire originating from the ego mind is what can trip people up, as we’ll discuss shortly. If we’re going to focus on something with unwavering attention, we want to make sure it is true, good and pure. Otherwise, focusing on it and manifesting it can be a real problem. Therefore, as we’ll discuss more shortly, we must first learn how to be in touch with our heart’s true and pure desires. We must be surrendered to the highest good for all.  When you are free of doubt, fear and desperation, and in alignment with your pure heart’s desire, unwavering attention becomes natural.


The Law of Delicate Balance

The Law of Delicate Balance refers to the art of balancing the pure desire you wish to manifest, and being completely content, satisfied and at peace with your life right now. The irony is, that in order to manifest that which you desire, you must actually feel that you’ve already attained everything – that you’re completely free and full. Delicate balance can also refer to the balance of holding your pure vision and intention in your mind and heart, AND also taking inspired action in the world. If you only work on the subtle level of mind, and take no action, you will not be able to bring your manifestation to life. On the other hand, if you run around all the time acting and chasing after things, without using the power of your mind’s thoughts and feelings, you will similarly come up empty handed in the things you wish to manifest.

The Law of Harmony

The Law of Harmony tells us that maintaining a peaceful and harmonious state of being, is essential.  We must have a pure desire for our manifestation, and then ultimately, we must be loving and detached and completely let it go. We must reach a state of equanimity in which, it is ok if it manifests, and it’s ok if it doesn’t. Ultimately, you are surrendered to the highest good for all, and you rest in that peace. This brings the energy of harmony into your consciousness and life, and actually is a key element of manifestation.

The Law of Right Action

The Law of Right Action guides us to appreciate that not all actions are created equal. Some actions spring forth from a lower state of consciousness – wanting, chasing after, stressing. These actions are not beneficial and lead to further consequences. And then higher actions spring from a place of inspiration, joy, lightness and freedom. These actions lead us to manifesting abundance and beauty in our life. These are the actions we need to take, to achieve real beneficial results with the Law of Attraction.

The Law of Universal Influence

The Law of Universal Influence means that there is a collective field of consciousness that we are all connected to. Some may refer to this universal web of interconnection as the Universe.  As we engage in manifestation, we are affecting and being affected by the greater universal influence of the collective. This is where the highest good for all comes in. When we intend for that which we attract into our lives to be in the highest good for all, we are blessing ourselves and all of life, by calling forth healing and goodness for all. This pulls us out of selfish ego-based reasons for manifestation, and brings us into a higher awareness of our connection to all of life.

Does the Law of Attraction work?

Now we come to explore, does the Law of Attraction work? So far, we’ve touched on the seven traditional Laws of Attraction. Each one is genuinely sacred and powerful when understood and applied correctly. So why do so many people get poor or negative results using the Law of Attraction? Where did we go wrong? To understand this, we must first understand the ineffective Law of Attraction teachings and where they come from.

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Where do ineffective Law of Attraction teachings come from?


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve either seen or heard of “The Secret,” a 2006 film produced by Prime Time Productions. While Abraham Hicks claims to be the first to create/describe the Law of Attraction teachings, The Secret film and book were where most people first heard about them.

As you know – the essence of the Law of Attraction is simple.

The basic idea is:

Everything you want may be attained by seeing, feeling & believing that you will receive the outcome, by consistently thinking about it, and by maintaining positive emotional states to “attract” it.

Or in simpler terms:

Ask — Believe — Receive.

These teachings are now so common in our community that many of us take them for granted. If you want a car, for example, you may think that you just need to imagine, feel and believe you have the car regularly – and stay happy overall – and the car will soon show up in your life for you to drive.  This sounds good in theory, but let us see what is really going on with this traditional teaching of the Law of Attraction. Let’s find out what is missing. Let’s discover how you can truly create the life and experiences your heart desires – even if you haven’t had success in the past.

To begin, let’s get real and be totally honest. Nearly everyone has had some occasional experiences of success with this traditional Law of Attraction method (Ask — Believe — Receive). However, we must ask ourselves, has this method consistently worked in a way that is reliable, guaranteed and free of hidden problems? And, have we seen it work successfully for others who have tried it? In short, is this the real deal, or are there other factors at play that may actually be even more powerful? 

This article shares the difference between the limited traditional methods and the deeper, more secret aspects of conscious creation that are rarely spoken of or understood.

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What really happens when people apply the traditional Law of Attraction methods?


The theory sounds great.  Ask — Believe — Receive. Unfortunately,  many people who have tried this method in their lives have either:

1. Had inconsistent success (and not been able to rely on the method or know what they did that made it work or not work).

2. Not manifested the things they wanted (and often ended up feeling disempowered, disappointed, depressed or in debt from what was meant to be an empowering process).

3. Manifested the things they wanted, only to realize they didn’t really want them! (and faced a whole array of unforeseen problems that actually made their life considerably worse than before).

4. Not been able to apply the methods because their mind was all over the place (and they have not been able to stay in a positive state).

In this article, you will discover the missing secrets in The Secret. You will learn what you can do to truly manifest abundance and your heart’s desires – consistently, with maturity, and with deep understanding. 

My aim is to supply you with all you will ever need to attain your heart’s true desires. This is for you to never again wonder what you are doing wrong and if your manifestation process is working or not. Once you uncover these eternal truths and master yourself, you can sit on the seat of a master creator.  You will have the ability to command the power of the Universe to yield to you whatever is pure and true in your heart. I have personally used these methods to manifest a profoundly beautiful, loving, abundant life in both Hawaii and Sedona, where I now write to you. Not only have I created physical wealth and its expressions, but more importantly, I have experienced spiritual wealth, loving relationships, health, energy, joy and the ability to make a significant contribution to the world. I owe my success in life to the application of these 3 secrets I’m about to share with you, and it is my joy to reveal them so you can go ahead and be all you were born to be.

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How to use the Law of Attraction (and the three Missing Secrets)



To begin, I want to acknowledge that the traditional Law of Attraction teachings are not wrong, they are just incomplete – and when used with the understanding of these three secrets, you will be able to create whatever you truly desire in life. The traditional methods are about 50% of the conscious creation puzzle. This article will give you the remaining 50% you were not told about, so you can apply it properly in your life.

These secrets are eager to be revealed.  They are available for all who are willing to see. I call them secrets because they are rarely disclosed by those who teach the Law of Attraction. You deserve to know what they are. So, if you are tired of not experiencing the life you want, let’s get to it and start filling in the gaps.

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Missing Secret 1:
Not all desires are the same…



This first secret was alluded to in the title of this article. In the traditional Law of Attraction teachings, it is stated that whatever you want you can have if you focus on having it enough, feel good about having it and generally stay in positive emotions. Unfortunately, the alarming problem with this teaching is the word “want.” Why? Because not everything we “want” is truly what we really, deeply and honestly desire on a soul level. In fact, most of the things we think we want will never bring us any real happiness and fulfillment at all.  Worse still, even if we do manifest our lower desires, they will materialize along with a disturbing progeny of unexpected complications, suffering, frustrations, depression and even bankruptcy in some cases.

There is an enormous difference between your ego/mind-based set of  limited desires – and your heart’s pure, true desires. Your heart’s desires come from your soul and are divinely ordained. They are in alignment with the highest good for all, naturally. The energy between these two kinds of desires couldn’t be further apart – and most Law of Attraction teachings do not make any distinction between them. People may be blindly led to create lives that they end up hating, and they have experiences or relationships that they would be happier without.  Not all desires are made equal! Be careful what you ask for!

What happens when you try to manifest your mind/ego desires?

First, if you try to manifest limited desires of your mind, you will probably easily give up as soon as you encounter a problem or obstacle. You find yourself giving up because weak, superficial desires lack power and true motivation to withstand the challenges of life. Many people fail and end up feeling disempowered because in their heart of hearts they didn’t want these ego desires deeply enough to pursue them in all situations. Sadly, after abandoning the new car, new house or whatever their superficial desire was, most people just go away feeling weaker than before. They never take the time to get clear on what they truly desire. They remain stuck, and they feel even more lost than they were before.

The second common outcome, if you let the ego drive the car of your life, and if you are trying to manifest from your mind, is that upon arriving at your destination, you find yourself fraught with endless problems and dramas. Relationship issues, health problems, depression, addiction, financial problems – you name it. It is ironic that many of those involved in the movie The Secret ended up in nasty legal squabbling – rather than being in joy, bliss and abundance that the film claims to be about. Additionally, consider the many sad stories of those who win the lottery. Suddenly, they have all of this money, and there is the psychological overwhelm and ego temptations of what to do with it. Statistics tell us that within seven years of winning the lottery, 70% of people are broke and worse off than before.


It is essential that you only consciously ask and focus your attention on your heart’s pure desires or you will end up disempowered, fraught with unexpected problems, or both. Until you are clear about your pure desires, stay happy, relaxed and keep asking for guidance on what is the highest good for all. By having the inner intention, “I am surrendered to the highest good for all,” you will naturally bring into your awareness your heart’s pure desires. When your intent is pure and genuine, the knowing will come.

How do you know if your desire is pure? It will sit well with your whole being. You will feel relaxed and peaceful about it. Your mind, heart and body will feel at peace with the pure desire, and you, the soul, will be at ease.

On the contrary, if the desire is not pure and originating from ego, your conscience will bite you. It will not sit well in your mind and heart, and you may find yourself second guessing yourself a lot, and questioning your desire.

You know it’s pure when you can desire it, let it go completely and feel totally at peace.

What happens when you manifest your heart’s pure, true desires?

When you align with your true self, you naturally align with your heart’s pure desires. Manifestation from this place is more effortless, and the results of manifestation are like “icing on the cake” of an already overflowing state of peace and joy that you experience as your inner nature.

You are an eternal being of love, peace, purity, power and bliss. You already have everything right now. The purpose of spiritual evolution is simply to remove the blocks to that which you already are and to serve others from your heart. When you do so, manifestation becomes natural, as higher states of consciousness attract beautiful experiences and manifest abundance. 

As you open yourself to the truth about your eternal nature and meaning of life, and as you take time to be in silence, contemplation and meditation, you will connect with your heart’s true desires easily. 

Let’s do a little exercise to help you get in touch with this now.


Questions to discover your heart’s true desires:

Imagine you are in your highest state of consciousness. 

What would be the highest physical manifestation of your inner nature?


What is “the highest good for all” in terms of your life path?


At the end of your life, what would you love to be known for?

Which life situations would bring you joy, again and again and again?


What is the greatest level of heart-felt service you could do?


If you had never watched TV, or been exposed to any advertising and social brainwashing, what would you truly desire?

Write down whatever comes to you. And keep asking these questions until your heart feels fully engaged, warm and excited. When you smile from your soul and your heart is ablaze with love, you know you’ve discovered your heart’s true desires. Note: your heart’s true desires will always be related to sharing your gifts, serving others and making a difference. Money, abundance and love come as a consequence of you living your heart’s true desires. You can’t chase money and love! They are an automatic consequence of you connecting with your deeper, heart-felt desires and of your service to others.

Until you get to the level of inspiration I just described, keep asking these questions. Don’t bother trying to manifest things that are from your ego. It is a waste of time and energy. Have patience and you will hear your heart. And, keep focused on the other secrets you are learning here, and that I am about to share.

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Missing Secret 2:
What is your level of consciousness?


It’s myth-busting time! A huge myth in the new age movement is that everyone has a similar capacity to manifest things if they simply apply the traditional methods. If you look around, you can clearly see this is not true. Some people manifest seemingly effortlessly and others, despite all their hard work, never seem to manifest or change anything. 

The reason behind this discrepancy is that each individual has a distinct level of consciousness. According to Dr. David Hawkins, each of us is born with a calibratable level of consciousness. Dr. Hawkins created a log-rhythmic map of consciousness from 0 to 1000. The higher your level of consciousness = the more power you have. What this means for you is that the more power you have, the easier it is to attract and manifest things. This is the real secret to manifestation. It is not a technique but an existing state of being.

For example, someone whose level of consciousness is 50 (the level of apathy) simply does not have the power to feel good, to think positively and to attract new things. They simply are not able to apply the Law of Attraction fully even if they wanted to—no matter how easy it may sound to someone else.

 On the other side of the scale, someone with a level of consciousness 575 (level of ecstasy and siddhis) is living in a completely different world with entirely different possibilities. On this level, Hawkins teaches, it is as if there is a constant and endless flow of profound manifestations far greater and more amazing than anything mentioned in The Secret and other Law of Attraction teachings. On this level of consciousness, one is in touch with their deeper, true self, and already experiencing a state of inner peace and fullness. This level is a state before Enlightenment. And at this level of consciousness, life is nothing short of a series of constant miracles and synchronicities that happen spontaneously and automatically.

Even Abraham Hicks, one of the main proponents of the Law of Attraction teachings, stated: “That which is like unto itself is drawn”. These words make sense in the context of the levels of consciousness. 

In essence, another way to redefine the Law of Attraction is to say that whatever state we have become is what we will attract.

What this effectively means, is that it isn’t so much “the method” we apply to manifest that is important. Rather, we attract that which we have actually become as conscious beings. 

To know that the Law of Attraction methods simply don’t work for everyone may come as a bit of a shock to some people – because we’ve been taught to believe that these methods will work for us all.  The sobering truth is that the real secret to the Law of Attraction is the level of consciousness of the person doing it. The higher your level of consciousness, the more power you have to manifest your heart’s desires.

How can you ascend in your level of consciousness?

There are three main elements that will support you in increasing your level of consciousness.

1. Be Humble

Realize that your ego is limited. It doesn’t know everything, and it isn’t always right. Once you accept that you are a student of life, and that being loving and kind is more important than being right or holding on to limiting beliefs, you open yourself to a higher awareness which raises your level of consciousness.

2. Surrender to God/The Divine

It’s important not to get caught up in words here as we talk about God. There is an energy that is infinitely powerful and pure, that has the power to burn through the clouds that shield us from our true power and liberate us from all our suffering, confusion and anxiety. This Being is here to remove the clouds in our life.  As you humbly choose to let go, to surrender the limited ego side of you to the Divine, to release old ideas, to forsake old resentments, negative habits and being right, you begin to open up to an enormous power. This power purifies your soul and raises your level of consciousness. Simply be humble and be aligned with this energy.  And watch as your life naturally improves. For guided meditations on connecting with the Divine, visit our meditation page.

3. Be loving to all of life

The ego-self is selfish and greedy.  As your consciousness ascends and as you come into your power, your life becomes aligned with service and loving others.  Transcending the ego’s wants and fulfilling your heart’s true desires will bring you more than the momentary joy of attaining. In fact, as you serve others from your heart, all of your own human needs and desires for love, wealth, and health will be fulfilled (even without wishing for or focusing on those specific outcomes).

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Missing Secret 3:
It’s the opposite of what you’d expect


We have arrived at the final hidden secret. 

This secret is subtle and even counter-intuitive.

Recall the basic Law of Attraction teaching, which guides you to  Ask — Believe — Receive or suggests that you can manifest whatever you think about most and believe you can have.

From my own experience, the magic moment when things appear in my reality, is after I do the opposite of trying to think about what I want, and instead try to believe that I already have it. Ironically, every time amazing things show up in my life, it is after I have done the following:

1. Gotten clear on my heart’s true desires.

2. Surrendered to the Divine and felt so full inside of myself that I honestly don’t need anything.

3. Let go of any desire to have the things I want completely.

At the point where I truly no longer want the thing I was thinking about, where I deeply, honestly and proudly feel complete and satisfied, it is at that moment that magic happens. Most often within one second to 24 hours, amazing things show up. This always comes as a strange surprise because I had just given up wanting it completely and had no interest in it.

I have received large sums of money, amazing opportunities, business partners, cars, and a very beautiful, sweet relationship with my now wife, who I wasn’t sure would even exist. 

So, the secret is again not about the wanting and trying, it is about the letting go, surrendering, and feeling truly full without having the desired attained. It is one thing to imagine you have a nice car and feel good because you are day-dreaming about the car – and quite another thing to honestly feel content, happy and full with your life now regardless of any objects, people or experiences. The secret is to feel the feelings of contentment and lightness for their own sake.  You can surrender to God, to the Divine – for its own sake, not to get anything. This is a deep and profound secret that ironically will create more magic than you can imagine – but you can’t do it if your motivation is to get stuff. Do it for its own sake. Really go deep and feel the power.

How to surrender and let go?

Once you’ve experienced yourself having attained whatever it is that your heart truly desires, imagine it in a bubble. Surrender that whole vision and possibility to the Divine. Allow it to float away and then let it go, totally and completely. Really let it go as if it doesn’t matter at all to you if it happens or not. Feel that if it is destined to happen, it will. If not, it won’t – and either way you have surrendered to the best possibility ever. It is all good. You are free. As you let go, feel how blessed you are already. Feel how your life is about service, and that whatever you can do to serve more, is great. You are surrendered to the highest good for all and aligned with the Divine. You are a humble servant of life and life itself is a wonderful gift. See and feel life as a cosmic entertainment. As you do this, you will feel a lightness and peace come over you. Breathe deep and allow yourself to relax. Be thankful for all of life and how rich you already are. You have already attained everything. Truly. You need nothing. You are complete. Smile on your world.

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The “Obvious” Bonus Secret


This article would not be complete without this bonus tip! One of the biggest complaints against the traditional Law of Attraction teachings is that you can simply sit on a chair all day, imagine you have a million dollars and the million dollars will show up in the mail. I think we all can tell how naive this approach is. It may be great for selling gimmicks, but useless in practice. Along with all the deeper and more subtle secrets we’ve shared – the final (and obvious) secret is: 


ACT NOW! Make it happen! The Law of Attraction simply will not work if you just sit on a chair and imagine things. 

You actually have to DO stuff! Once you’ve done all the inner work, you will start to have ideas, guidance, and opportunities arising. This is a sign that things are working. However, the next thing you need to do is ACT ON THE INSPIRATIONS you have received.

Make the phone call. Meet the person. Book the flight. Buy that website domain name. Post that article. Send the package. Whatever it is, just do it! And do it NOW, DO IT NOW, DO IT NOW!!!

Be aligned on all levels – spiritually, mentally, emotionally AND physically. Act now and make it happen. Your action is an essential part of the process. 

If you add this last step, you now have all the tools you could ever need to create a truly happy, loving, remarkable, fulfilled and beautiful life. All of these steps combined have allowed me to create the life I love, doing what I love and serving the world.

May your days be full of inner peace, smiles and laughter as you become who you were born to be. Bless the world with your life. Surrender to the highest good for all and live the miracle.


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1. Ask yourself the questions in this article to discover your heart’s true desires (so you avoid attracting things that cause you problems and make sure you’re attracting only your heart’s true, pure desires).

2. Focus most of your energy on ascending in your level of consciousness. Sign up above for your Advanced Manifestation Meditation (plus two surprise bonus meditations).

3. Apply the traditional Law of Attraction method of experiencing yourself in the now having attained your heart’s true desires. See it and feel it. Fully immerse yourself in the desired outcome. It is a done deal and you have already attained this for a long time and it is normal. Get to this level of familiarity with your visions.

4. Let go of all attachment to your desires, goals and visions. Surrender to the Divine. Be aligned with whatever is in the highest good for all. Be free.

5. Whenever you get ideas related to your heart’s true desires – act! Don’t just sit around waiting. If you have ideas, make them happen!

7. Repeat the process with higher levels of humility and surrender to the Divine.

8. Invest time, money and energy in your awakening and freedom. Seek to raise your level of consciousness. The more you invest in yourself, the more you’ll get back. Make sure your whole life is aligned with your values, so that you bring all of your power on board and really ground in your heart’s true desires.


You are amazing. You are powerful. You can create the life you love.

Have the best day ever.

With love,

Michael Mackintosh

Kauai, Hawaii and Sedona, Arizona

p.s. As each of us manifests our highest good, we create a beautiful world. As you raise your own level of consciousness, all of life is uplifted.

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The Ocean

The Ocean

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The Ocean saved me in a way,

that I needed to be saved.

She brought me into the consciousness of eternity

of forever

As the waves wash against the shore, every moment of the past


And the moment of now is what is real

As I dive deep into the Ocean in my mind

There is Silence,


The waves on the surface of life, the noise and situations, continue

Yet, deep down below the surface, is Silence.

That is, in the Silence of your inner being,

there is Peace.

Dive down below the waves, the thoughts, the movement

And come into the Stillness, beneath it all.

Here, there is Peace.


the Self rests


I am one with God

in perfect yoga


With the Beloved

the Ocean of Love.

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Oceans of love.

A blessing for you: May you find the courage to live your life in this moment, right now. May you let the past be the past, and release anxieties about the future. Take a deep breath… and be… here… now.

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In this audio, you will discover

  • How to break free into a better life with more success, money, and happiness starting where you are now
  • How to feel good about your current situation and find the gift in the pain and suffering
  • Discover the two best ways to look after yourself while you’re going through a stressful time
  • How to use the amazing power of your subconscious mind
  • Plus bonus methods that you’ll learn on the audio

How To Get Out Of A Stressful Situation And Get More Money

by Michael Mackintosh | Awakened Academy


No matter what you’re going through, you can turn it around.

First of all, it’s important to not feel bad about feeling bad as that only makes it worse. Krishnamuri said, “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society”. This means that if you’re feeling stressed out about your situation, it’s an appropriate response to the situation you are in. It’s ok to feel stressed and anxious when you don’t have the means to meet your basic needs.  You may feel worried about paying bills, buying food, eating enough and having a life that matters. The good news is you can turn this all around using the methods in this article.

I was nearly evicted and turned it around

I’ve been on the edge more than I’d like to admit. I understand what it feels like to have no money and feel confused, lost, worried about not paying rent and getting kicked out. On top of that, not eating enough food leads us to not think properly which only makes it worse. However, I have to admit that it’s been these situations that have forced me to change myself and my life and break free. I remember one time that I had no money and was worried I’d be evicted. By using the methods below I figured out not only how to pay my rent on time, but more importantly, I figured out a way to get out of the low income trap I was in that lead me to the situation. That situation forced me to make more money overall and be free from worry. So the pain of loss ended up being a blessing that helped make me wealthier.


Here are Top 6 Methods to Turn it All Around


1. There is benefit in everything.

This situation is a GIFT in disguise. Life gives us what we need in the moment (even if it’s not what we want). There really is a secret benefit in this situation and it’s helping you get to the next level. Instead of thinking it’s a problem you shouldn’t have, start asking yourself.





When you flip the situation around and start seeing it as a blessing in disguise, and a gift, you can start to relax.


I am in the perfect place at the perfect time.

I can benefit from this. This situation is making me better.

Make note of any ideas that come into your mind after asking these questions. Keep asking them until you get some new ideas that will support you.


2. I am surrendered to the highest good for all.

I can’t tell you how much this mantra has made a difference in my life. When you truly surrender to whatever is the highest good in life, you come out of ego and go into a new state of power and freedom. The ego thinks it knows what’s best and has a plan about what it wants to happen in life. But the ego is limited, narcissistic and has no idea about millions of awesome things outside of its little window that it looks through into the world. In fact, there are so many possibilities, it’s mind-blowing.

When you truly are surrendered to whatever is the greatest benefit for you and others, you come into a zone of power where the magic happens and new opportunities open up.

It was after I truly surrendered to the highest good that I received money and ideas to pay my bills and get out of a dire financial situation. That money and those ideas were NOT the things I was normally thinking about. If I’d stayed in the confines of my ego I would have remained trapped, broke and unable to see a way out.

The key here is to deeply surrender. This means to let go and release control and be open to stand in a ray of power, like a beam of light where you surrender your life, your mind, your body and your wealth to doing, thinking and using your money on the things that are truly the highest good for all. This means you will act in NEW ways and open to new ideas.

It may mean getting a new job. It may mean moving to a new home. It may mean doing a spiritual practice, calling someone, working on a project, doing a talk or all kinds of things. But to be surrendered means to be willing to choose differently and act in new ways. It feels liberating and rejuvenating.


3. Eat properly so you can feel better and act rationally.

I get it. When you’re stressed and anxious (and don’t have extra time or money) food can become the last thing on the list. But if we don’t eat right, we can’t think clearly or act effectively. We become irrational, over-emotional and can cause ourselves a lot of problems. I made this mistake many times and would just spin out with low blood sugar and wonder why nothing changed. One day I decided to go to the store and invest in food to fuel my thinking and creativity. I couldn’t believe how much better I felt once I had enough to eat and my blood sugar levels stabilized! It was like going from living in a dilapidated factory trying to write down my ideas on a blackboard in the dark, to entering into a beautiful, clean, well-lit creative studio with everything I could need to create million dollar plans and them implement them.

We need fuel to function properly. Eat well. Ideally, foods that don’t give you a blood sugar crash (avoid white sugars and refined carbs etc.).

When you’ve drank enough water and eaten well, you’ll feel much more capable to change things in your life.


4. Get Plenty of R&R: Rest and Relaxation

 When we’re stressed we can feel like there is no time for rest and relaxation. But being in a panic and running around like a headless chicken is not a good idea. In fact, when we look back on all that frantic thinking and spinning, it’s pretty obvious that it’s more of a problem than a solution. To get inspired ideas and to act effectively, we need to relax and rest well. All athletes know that if they don’t eat right and get adequate rest, they won’t be able to perform at their highest potential. To avoid rest is not smart, it’s self-sabotage.

How can you get better rest?

Here are some ideas.

Go to sleep earlier.
Have baths with sea salts and essential oils
Do meditation or yoga
Read a book

The more you feel relaxed and peaceful, the better everything is.


5. The power of vision & your subconscious mind

The previous steps are all designed to help you feel better and open your genius mind up to new ideas. Once you have an idea of what you want, you can then use the power of your mind to create change.

For example, if you want more money and time, you can simply use this method to find the next steps to make it happen.

  • Imagine yourself with what you want and feel good about it (eg. more money and the ability to pay bills, feeling contented).

You can do this while you’re in the bath or while you’re dozing off to sleep feeling peaceful. The important thing here is to feel good about this vision. See it as a fun game, something you do just for fun to make you feel better. If you don’t feel good about your vision, then stop. Change the vision or your attitude towards it until you do feel good about it. The key thing is to imagine this new reality as if it’s happening now, in the present and feel happy, content and strong about it.

  • Don’t worry about HOW to do it.

Your subconscious mind is a manifesting machine. When you hold a vision in your mind with feeling, it gives an order to your subconscious mind to make it so. This means a deeper part of you will begin working towards achieving that vision, it will scan the entire, vast resources of all your experiences, connections, possibilities and tune into a situation you have no idea about to bring forth ideas that will support the unfoldment of that desire.

  • Listen for ideas and notice clues

The more you surrender to the highest good for all and hold the vision of what you want, the more ideas and subtle insights will emerge in your conscious mind. Take note! You may find yourself looking online for new jobs, you may feel compelled to offer a free talk, to reach out to an old friend or go into a shop.  Follow the guidance, you never know how these ideas may lead you to something else, which lead to something else and then all of a sudden you’ve figured it all out and got what you wanted. Life is a bizarre adventure and our journey doesn’t go in a straight line. It’s wiggly, wobbly and weird. Once you accept this, you can go with the new ideas more easily and trust in the process.


6. Take action on your ideas now

Once you have clear ideas on what to do, take action NOW. Don’t wait around. Make the call. Go for the job interview. Advertise your work. Get the client. Do what is needed. To make a change, we need a shift in mindset and in action. But not action in the sense of just running around like a headless chicken. Act from a place of inspiration and power. Try new things, explore new opportunities.

Once you know what you want, take action, and keep moving towards you goal. It’s actually quite fun when you get on board and take command of your life.

Also, the more you eat well, take baths, go for walks, rest and renew in these types of ways, the more you’ll get ideas and guidance to make sure you’re on the right track with your actions.

What will happen if you do this?

Once you do this, you will feel better right now and begin to feel hope and even excitement. You’ll tap into the magic of life, and embrace your own inner power. You’ll begin to notice new opportunities in your life and sooner or later, find yourself in a NEW situation and look back on this time with a smile.

Things are getting better for you!

Enjoy the process.

16 Ways to Get Better Sleep Starting Tonight

16 Ways to Get Better Sleep Starting Tonight

Getting a good nights rest is one of the most important things we can do for our wellbeing. Sadly, almost half of adults now complain of trouble sleeping, and it’s getting worse.

The good news is you can start getting better sleep tonight by learning and applying these 16 tips for better rest. I’m creating a 30-day course on how to sleep better, but in the meantime, I wanted to make sure you got these 16 tips to sleep better now.

How to get the most from this essential information
Listen below and take notes. Then take action and apply what you learn.

16 Ways to get better sleep starting tonight

by Michael Mackintosh | Awakened Academy

ALSO – you can listen to the sleep meditation below to help you fall asleep. Thousands of people listen to this meditation.

Completely Relaxed For Deep Sleep

by Michael Mackintosh | Awakened Academy

You can find out more meditations here:

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Knowing Your Inner Self

Knowing Your Inner Self

A written meditation on Knowing Your Inner Self

Know yourself
your inner self
Most of us spend our whole lives avoiding ourselves
It’s written into our culture:
Don’t look within
Don’t spend time alone
Don’t just be in silence
This is the brainwashing we get
What if we’re missing out
on the most precious connection and relationship
of all time?
The relationship with ourselves…
The real reason
for the epidemic of depression, anxiety and various illnesses
is actually a lack of self awareness
self realization
connection to one’s own self
When we are disconnected from our core,
from who we are
a myriad of all types of dis-ease emerge
Disease is just that – dis-ease
Lack of ease in ourselves
due to lack of self awareness
If I think, “I am this body,”
I’m going to suffer
I’ll be tense
This body is perishable
It’s made of organic material
that will eventually die and decay
If I think this body is “me”
then of course I will feel depressed, anxious and sad
If I realize the real, “me”, though
I will feel free
The real “me”
is the one who looks through these eyes
listens through these ears
and operates this body
Without the real “me”
the being of consciousness
the being of light
this body has no life
It is only when I, the soul, enter this body in the womb
that it starts to move
It is I, the soul, that gives life to matter
And so,
When I can know and feel myself
beyond this lump of flesh and bones
I am free
I am easy
I am happy
I am light.
It’s as simple as this.
Go within and find the real you.
The you that does not die.
The you that is eternally loving and peaceful.
This is the real you.
This is the you worth getting to know.
You’re always with you, after all.
Many blessings.



Getting to know yourself, your inner self, is time well spent. It’s the most loving thing you can do for yourself. Let go of the cultural brainwashing to do, do, do, and take some time to just be, be, be.

Courageously go against the grain, and give yourself the space to explore within. Ask yourself questions. Explore your inner nature. Meditate and contemplate your deeper existence. And if you need help, try taking our free meditation course. The first lesson is about you, the soul, and realizing yourself.

You’ve got this. It’s your birthright and destiny to feel deeply connected and safe in yourself.

It’s one of the most loving things you can do, for you.



Take 5 minutes to simply breathe
Watch the breath go in and out
And focus your attention on a point of light
in the center of your forehead
between your eyes
This is “me”
I, the soul, am peaceful.
Contemplate and hold the awareness of your presence in the center of your forehead
And allow waves of peace to wash over you
As you deeply relax your entire body
This is you
You, the soul.

4 Powerful Ways to take advantage of Mercury Retrograde

4 Powerful Ways to take advantage of Mercury Retrograde

If you already know about Mercury Retrograde, you know it can be a frustrating time of year where all your communication seems to go awry and none of your plans seems to quite work out right. It’s just when things start falling apart when you decided to check – and YES, it IS Mercury Retrograde again!

Maybe you’re having cell phone problems, your computer can start doing weird things, people just don’t ‘get you’ and communication challenges arise like crazy.

The good news it that if we embrace this time, then we can use it as a powerful opportunity for growth, tidying up old messes and re-assessing what’s really important –  and what’s not so we can move forward with newfound clarity and power.

But if we ignore this time – we’re probably going to have a frustrating few weeks!

I never used to believe in Mercury Retrograde until I finally discovered that during these times the same communication issues would arise over and over again. After a while I got the message and now instead of fighting against it – I embrace Mercury Retrograde to support me in my life.

What is Mercury Retrograde?


Mercury, being the planet closest to the Sun has an orbit that’s much shorter than Earth’s – speeding past our planet three to four times in each year.

When Mercury is retrograde, the other planets in our solar system seem to be travelling backward through the zodiac. This actually an illusion. To understand it, imagine driving down the highway near a train track seeing a train high speed train whooshes past you. Now imagine being in the train looking back at the car on the road. If you were in the train it would appear the car was moving or receding backward – but this is an optical illusion just like mercury retrograde.

Mercury Retrograde Dates from 2015 to 2020



January 21 – February 11, 2015 in air Aquarius

May 18 – June 11, 2015 in air Gemini

September 17 – October 9, 2015 in air Libra


January 5 – January 25, 2016 starts in Aquarius, ends in earth Capricorn

April 28 – May 22, 2016 in earth sign Taurus

August 30 – September 22, 2016 in earth sign Virgo

December 19 2016 – January 8, 2017 in earth Capricorn to late degree fire Sagittarius


December 19, 2016 to January 8, 2017 earth Capricorn, ends in late fire Sagittarius

April 9 – May 3, 2017 earth sign Taurus, ends in late degree fire Aries

August 12 – September 5, 2017 fire sign Leo – early earth Virgo, ends in late degree fire Leo

December 3 – December 22, 2017 in fire Sagittarius


March 22 – April 15, 2018 in fire sign Aries

July 26 – August 18, 2018 in fire sign Leo

November 16 – December 6, 2018 in fire Sagittarius, ends in late degree water Scorpio


March 5 – 28, 2019 in water Pisces

July 7 – 31, 2019 starts in fire Leo, ends in water Cancer

October 31 – November 20, 2019 in water Scorpio


February 18 – March 9, 2020 in water Pisces, ends in late air Aquarius

June 17 – July 12, 2020 in water Cancer

October 13 – November 3, 2020 in water Scorpio, ending in late air Libra


4 Ways to take advantage of Mercury Retrograde


Notice recurring themes and tidy up old messes!

Most of us have done things that are unresolved and messy. Now’s the time to tidy them up and fix them.

This means tidying up our relationships, work, business, finances and of course, our homes.

What patterns and themes keep coming up over and over again for you to look at?

Mercury Retrograde is the perfect time to slow down and face yourself and your life.

For the next few weeks take the time to go back and have a good look at various themes that are coming up once again for review.  This could be relationship, money, health or career issues. What is most pressing for you?

We know that we’ve been here before, but like a cycle something’s different about it this time. What is your life trying to tell you? It may be your career is leading you to a different direction, a new business endeavor, an opportunity to travel, finding another house, switching who you spend your money with and buying new things or changing your relationships.

Whatever it is, your past is coming back into your awareness, but in a different way for you to review. Instead of reacting and making hasty decisions, this time we have to slow down and take our time to discuss things within ourselves and other people before making any decisions or changes.


Back up your stuff!

Mercury Retrograde is probably most renowned for creating havoc with communications technology. Now’s a good time to back up your computer, phone and anything else you need. I remember someone told me to do this once mercury retrograde – but I ignored them and the next day my harddrive crashed. Another retrograde my debit cards stopped working, and of course the cell phone has had it’s fair share of weirdness during this time. So back stuff up and relax.


Avoid making serious decisions

Mercury Retrograde  is a time of reflection, not a time for decisions and launching projects.

That’s why during this time we are advised to avoid making long term commitments, starting new projects, signing contracts and jumping into things without really thinking them through (and waiting until mercury retrograde is over).

If things can wait after the retrograde, then put them off. Take this time to review, discuss and plan more and avoid doing something that may change the course of your life.

If a decision has to be made during the retrograde, have a Plan B ready if anything comes up after the retrograde or even much later.

An exception to the above is if it involves someone from your past: for example it’s not advised to jump into a new relationship during a retrograde, but if it is with someone who re-enters your life, it could prove to be promising.  Likewise, signing a contract to start a new job is not ideal, however if you had a previous relationship with your new employer in some capacity before, this is perfectly acceptable.

Just keep in mind, agreements made during a retrograde likely will need to be renegotiated down the road. Stay open to that possibility and it will prevent you from being disappointed if it happens.

So what can you do?

Here’s the things that can be useful.

Open the door to the past to reconnect with people who you have unresolved stuff with and have those hard conversations and heal old wounds. It’s time to connect and communicate.

Correct past mistakes and come to terms with things that didn’t work out. Maybe you have a job application that was rejected, a house that you didn’t get, a relationship that went sour. If there’s is nothing you can do – then just finally close the lid and say goodbye. Truly let it go. If you can make things better – then make them better.

Make the most of what the Mercury Retrograde may bring to you. You may have to postpone a plan for something better. Observe, see what happens and learn. Then ask yourself:  if there’s no more tomorrow, what would you be doing differently today?

Have fun!


Tidy up and purify your home!

This is a big one. The space you live in is a result of your past actions. All the stuff you have is from the past. Some of it is relevant now and in the future – but a lot of our stuff is just dead energy that’s keeping us trapped in the past. If you really want to evolve yourself and shift into a new level of being – then do a house clearing.

Below is a special audio, extracted from one of our programs for you that will help you upgrade your home and make some remarkable upgrades to your life.



Creating a Sanctuary - Making Your Home Into a Heaven

by Michael Mackintosh & Arielle Hecht | Awakened Academy

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How to deal with Terrorism and tragic news stories and not get trapped in fear?

How to deal with Terrorism and tragic news stories and not get trapped in fear?

We’re living in a world that is full of tragic stories and shock and horror news reports.


If we’re not careful, we can easily get trapped in fear, anger and resentment and lose our peace – even if our own life is OK. If we’re not conscious, we can blindly get lured by the intensity of stories crafted from chaos, pain, and suffering.


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In this audio you will discover:

  • How can we deal with these events without getting tripped up in it all?
  • How can we find harmony and joy amid this bombardment of negativity?
  • What is really going on with the news?
  • Why do terrorists put on acts of terrorism?
  • What are the intentions of terrorist groups?
  • What are the intentions of the news groups who cover the stories?
  • What is the best way to respond?
  • And what about all the things that are NOT covered in the news that are essential?


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Is Facebook using YOU or are YOU using Facebook (What they don’t want you to know)

Is Facebook using YOU or are YOU using Facebook (What they don’t want you to know)

The Facebook Factory


Is Facebook using you or are you using Facebook?


Imagine going onto facebook – you see the red notifications – post updates and you see what others are doing. It all seems quite nice and friendly. It appears that Facebook is providing YOU with this wonderful platform to connect with friends and keep in touch.


But is that what is really going on?


Or is it the exact opposite truth?


Social media is smoke and mirrors – it masquerades as a valuable service to us – but its motives are not transparent nor is our relationship with them.


“In their now classic study of traditional media, Manufacturing Consent, Herman and Chomsky explain the basic business model of newspapers as being the production of an audience for advertising. Their analysis suggests the counterintuitive notion that publishers’ main product is not the newspaper, which they sell to their readers, but the production of an audience of readers, which they sell to advertisers. In short, the readership is their product.”


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Big Corp Social Ranking, Customized News & Advertising Company



Facebook is a big corporate company like many others. It is made up of office buildings, cubicles and corporate hierarchy etc, like other big corporations.


Hanging out at Facebook is like spending many hours a day on a computer in a cubicle – yet unpaid.


It’s like working in a factory for free!


Except we do it in our spare time, working virtually.


The difference between Facebook and traditional media is that on Facebook, there is no readership in general, but there is an algorithmic labour and production within the Facebook Factory which allows them to profile and sell each user as a different product.


The readership (YOU) are the product and the audience is the advertiser.


I am an advertiser on Facebook because there are people there who want what I have.


Just because your friends are on crackbook in the factory staring at their screens sending emojis – it doesn’t mean you have to join them in their unpaid toil for big business.


In fact , would it be better if you went to the factory to join all the other people wasting their time, or would it be better to call your friends who are in hypnotic trance in the factory and tell them:


“Hey! It’s a great day here! How about come up for the day, we can go for a swim or a hike or hang out and talk, do meditation, or just be fully present with each other etc.”


What is better?


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