Attracting Morrissey (A story and some lessons)

MorrisseyA few weeks back I watched a documentary on Morrissey, the solo recording artist and former front man of The Smiths.  I have been a fan of his work since I first became aware of it many years ago.  After watching this documentary I immediately knew that I wanted to see Morrissey in concert before he quits touring, and perhaps even to meet him.  Later the same day, I was having lunch with some friends from a former job, and I was talking about how I had decided that I wanted to see Morrissey in concert.  They were not really familiar with his music, so after lunch I played one of his songs off of YouTube on my phone.  While I was trying to play this song, the phone rang and I answered it.  It was my wife calling.  Guess what she was calling about!  She was calling to tell me that Morrissey was going to be in Atlanta and she wanted to know if she should buy us tickets.  I said “Yes” and after hanging up I looked at my friends and told them that they had just witnessed the law of attraction at work.  My wife had no idea that I wanted to see Morrissey, or that I had watched a documentary earlier in the day.  We had not spoken about anything related to music in months, and nothing concerning Morrissey or The Smiths in probably a year or more.

So, is it just a coincidence that she happened to look and see if Morrissey was touring on the same day that I (hours away from her) had decided that I wanted to see him?  That’s how most people look at it, but if you are on this email list, I hope that you realize that this is actually the law of attraction at work.  I love these little attractions that seem to fall in your lap almost immediately.  They are great belief builders, and they are fun to talk about.  But, I also want to talk about HOW this was attracted so quickly.

So, what made this intention different than others that didn’t materialize immediately?  There are a couple of differences.  First, I didn’t have time to worry about how to make this happen.  I never even thought about looking to see if he was touring, or give any consideration to how this was going to come about.  In short, I stayed out of the way and let the Universe take control.  Second, I was detached from it.  I didn’t have any emotional attachment to it, other than enjoying the thought of it actually happening.  Third, I knew that it was something that could happen, but not necessary the way that it happened.  I knew that going to a Morrissey concert wouldn’t be difficult.  It was an intention that was completely within my range of confident belief.  And lastly, I felt very positive about it.  I was talking to others about it, and having a good time.  I got a few nuggets from the documentary that were inspiring to me, and I was thinking about these things throughout the day.  Overall I was in a good mood.

To summarize:  1) decide what you want; 2) stay out of the way; 3) emotionally detach; 4) believe that it can happen easily, and 5) have fun and stay positive.

Sending the wrong message?

I received an email yesterday from Sally. Sally poses an interesting question, and I would like to share my response with all of you.

Sally’s email:

Hello...this feels a little strange but I have just recently gotten into loa 
(about 1 month). I too have read a lot of material with instructions so I was 
wondering if I try different ways of manifesting the same thing is it still gonna 
work or am I sending the message I don't trust what I previously put out there. 
Any help is appreciated.


My response:

First of all, any “method” or “technique” is only a means to an end.  The end is the proper frame of mind to attract what you want into your life.  So, I want to be clear that I don’t think that there is any one magic formula.  There are many ways to the proper frame of mind, just as there are a number of ways to be happy, to relax, etc.

But to answer your question, I don’t think it’s beneficial to try a lot different ways to manifest the same thing.  For me this relates back to the frame of mind I just spoke about.  When you are trying lots of things, you ARE sending a message of mistrust to some degree.  You are also sending other messages.  First, you are sending the message that the Universe (or God) is something to be manipulated or cajoled into providing something. This puts you into opposition with the Universe.  Instead, you should be seeing the Universe as a benevolent providing power that will provide everything you need and desire.  Using multiple methods and techniques also sends the message that you are ready to receive.  Think about it, if you keep asking, it means that you don’t have it, and that the Universe hasn’t heard you.  When you were a child you didn’t use a bunch of ways to tell Santa what you wanted for Christmas, you just asked for it, and you let it go.  We should be the same way now when we ask for what we want.  The Universe heard you the first time.  Just be clear about what it is that you want, and then let it go.  You have placed your order.

Don’t get me wrong, methods and techniques are good, and they serve a purpose.  I stand by all of the methods I have written about.  I look at methods and techniques as a way to increase the level of your thoughts, feelings, beliefs and expectations.   The methods I give are also beneficial to get people started on the right track with getting clear about what they want and why they want it, so that it is easier to claim it now and experience it now.   But, all of these methods are just means to an end, and with time, it is my intention that people should be able to move past most of them and dwell in a place of allowing and trusting.

I love getting emails asking questions, and emails sharing your success stories about the law of attraction.  My email address can be found in any of my books, or by joining my mailing list.  Please feel free to contact me.  

God Bless.

Become a Passerby

In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus says “become passersby”.  When I first read this saying, I was intrigued, yet somewhat confused.  Why would Jesus implore us to be a passersby?  After thinking on this subject during the death of my mother, I had a eureka moment.  There is no way that I can do justice to the profundity of Jesus’ statement, but I want to share a couple of points.

A passerby is someone who is here, but who knows that they are just passing through.  The passerby isn’t stuck here, and isn’t caught up in the drama and politics of everyday life.  The passerby belongs to a different place.  His/her home is somewhere else.  The passerby is aloof.  The passerby is respectful of local customs but doesn’t get tangled up in them.  A passerby isn’t offended easily, because they are just passing through.

I am here to tell you that you are passersby, but you may not realize it.  You are born and you start this journey of life, and you pass away and you move into a new reality.  This life…what you are now experiencing…is temporary.  You are just a passerby.  Your true home is elsewhere, and beyond this reality.  You come from somewhere else to this place and you leave this place to move on to someplace else.

So, you may ask, “what good is it being a passerby?”  Well, in terms of the law of attraction, it is very beneficial.  By viewing yourself as, and behaving like a passerby, we shift our focus from the material realm to the spiritual realm.  Being focused on the spiritual increases your powers of attraction.  In Matthew 6:33 Jesus says: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  What things?  Food, clothing, shelter, ANYTHING you require.  In Psalms 37 it also says, “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.”  Trust that God (the Universe, source energy, whatever you choose to call it) will both provide for you, and give you the desires of your heart.  Turn your attention to the spiritual realm and receive it all.

As we become detached from the material realm, as we begin to see that it is transitory.  Being detached is a powerful way of living and will remove blocks to your attractive process.  When you are detached the things you want come to you quickly because you aren’t needy or too emotionally involved in the outcome.  As I have written about before, neediness is a major block to the attraction process.  Passersby aren’t emotionally tied up in things, they are detached.

This is just a very short look at this concept of becoming a passerby and how it can benefit you.  I hope to return to this idea in the future and take a more in-depth look at it.  Until then, try to realize the true nature of your existence as something transitory and try to approach this life as a passerby.

Simone’s Story

If you have been following me for any amount of time, you should know that I love sharing emails from readers.  I feel that hearing stories from other people about how the law of attraction is working for them helps to build everyone’s level of belief and trust.  In this spirit, I give you Simone’s story…

Dear James,

Thank you for your book.

It came to me in the right time.

I just signed up for your newsletter,hope to get you to those 1000 subscribers,
 and may God bless you!

I am sharing my experience with the book The 30 day attraction experiment.

I had previously read a couple of books about the law of attraction, and about 
2 months ago I read your book.

I took about a couple of hours and wrote down this big list of all things I am 
grateful for, and a big list of things I want.

The first manifestation happened within 72 hours of me making my wish list...
I was shocked: I received a check that I had left as a deposit 2 years ago, for 
renting an apartment. A complete miracle.

Then about a week later, I was asked to do a photo session (My dream is to run 
a photography business, but I have a low pay full time job).

I teach photography to small groups and help to run a photo group that is almost 
7 years old. 

From those manifestations on, little things happen to prove this works. It is still 
a struggle, but I am dedicating more time to the positive thinking. 

I believe I deserve success and my time has come...I just need an extra help from 
the Universe to make it happen.

Just wanted to share my beginning into this new fabulous world.

God Bless!


A new year

Today marks the one year anniversary of starting my attraction experiment.  My experiment wasn’t so much about “trying” or “using” the law of attraction.  The law is always at work, and there is no way for us not to use it.  My experiment was about letting go and trusting the law to provide.  It was also about putting what I desired in writing so that I would be cognizant of the manifestation of these desires.  In my book, I documented the first 30 days of this experiment.  However, this experiment has continued and has become more of a way of life.

Before I started my experiment, I sat down and I wrote out my goals for the coming year.  Some were big in my mind, and some where small.  I didn’t go into my experiment with a mindset of thinking “I want to manifest X, Y and Z in the next 30 days.”  I simply put out there all my goals for the coming year.  Amazingly, over half of those desires were manifested in the first 30 days.  The thing that stood out to me was that I attracted both large and small things in equal measure.

Looking back, the key was staying present.  I tried as much as possible in these 30 days to stay in the present moment.  I tried to leave the future to the law, and the past to the past.  I didn’t realize it until months later, but I believe that this was a powerful way of letting go.  This has become a powerful tool of mine, and I will share more about this in the coming weeks and months.

As I said earlier, my experiment didn’t stop.  I have continued to attract the things from the list I created at the beginning of the year, and new intentions I developed during the year.  A few weeks ago I found my original list of yearly goals.  I was shocked to see that I had attracted every single thing on the list…except for one thing, which I realized early on in the year that I truly didn’t desire.

One of the big goals on my list that I have since attracted was to make $20,000 more than what I currently made at the time.  As I write this today, I made EXACTLY this amount of money in 2013.  I had no idea where this increase would come from, after putting this out into the Universe, I pretty much forgot about this intention.  However, God was working on it all along, and delivered in a perfect way.

2013 has been the best year ever for me.  I have grown as a person, I have met some great people (many of whom are on this list), and I have felt better than I ever have.  I am so grateful for this, but I want to make 2014 even better.

Yesterday I sat down and wrote out a list of things I want to see happen in 2014.

Here are a few of the things on my list that pertains to me as an author:


  • I want to finish my LOA weight loss book and program with Michelle Bybel
  • I want to start a podcast on the law of attraction with Mark Anthony
  • I want to create and begin offering a 30-day attraction experiment coaching program to help people in their own experiments
  • I want to have 1000 people on my mailing list
  • I want to write at least 4 new ebooks
  • I want to be a part of a LOA mastermind group
  • I want to publish an illustrated LOA children’s book
  • I want to publish a print book


Here are some general things that I want to see happen this year:


  • I want to buy a rental property with no money down
  • I want a new vehicle for my wife
  • I want to receive $3,000 a month in passive income
  • I want to provide all of our own meat for the entire year from hunting or raising the animals myself
  • I want to have a garden that produces enough food to provide a few meals a week
  • I want to preserve all of the harvest from our trees and grapevines
  • I want to add quail and citrus trees to our small farm
  • I want to own a Fender Jaguar guitar
  • I want to record a YouTube music video


This is only part of what I want.  I will also continue to add to this list.  I am sharing this because I want to give everyone a peak behind the curtain so to speak to see what I am looking to attract.  I also want to try this differently this year by putting want I want out there for all to see, so that I can provide updates on what I have attracted.

I want to encourage you to decide what you want this year and put it in writing.  Let’s see what we can attract in the next 30 days.

With gratitude,


Do you believe in Santa?

During this time of year where we celebrate giving and the birth of a special child, we can benefit by being more childlike ourselves.  My friend Mark is writing a book on Santa Claus and the law of attraction.  To not give too much away, our relationship with God (the Universe, etc.) should be more like a child’s relationship to Santa Claus.

Bear with me…

The child simply asks Santa for what he/she wants.  Santa is a magical being who has the power to give any gift.  Children aren’t worried about HOW Santa is going to go about getting the item they want.  Children TRUST that Santa knows their desires and will deliver.  Santa is bound by financial constraints, supply and demand, or any other such barrier.  Santa is magical and he has the power to make Christmas dreams come true.  The catch is:  YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE.

Imagine if we approached God in this way.  Imagine if we could believe in the power to have any and all of our desires manifested by the limitless and magical power of the universe.  If you could do this, what do you think you could manifest in your life?

I wish you all happy holidays.  It is my Christmas wish that health and prosperity find you this season, and that like a kid on Christmas, your desires are realized.

Not what she expected

I received an interesting and funny email this week from Vicki.  Vicki and I have communicated through email for a couple of months and she sent me a great example of how we manifest things in ways we don’t expect when we aren’t clear:

Hi James!


I’ve been meaning to send you this picture for a while.


You may recall that I wanted to attract a kitten but was ambivalent. On Nov 4 I wrote this:


“I was also trying recently to attract a kitten.. I know this is dumb because I could go to a shelter and get a kitten, but was going to wait until after my trip next week, and am also very ambivalent because, while I think my cat really wants a playmate I am not sure at all he wants to share the house and am not sure I want another litter box. So I was just hoping a kitten would fall onto my porch.  LOL.. but it happened before….”


While I was in Florida the town put down the white stripes on our recently paved roads. Leaves left some nice imprints on the white, such as this:





However, in front of my house was this!






It looks just like a kitty cat! My kitten appeared just not how I expected!



Vicki was ambivalent about the cat.  She did not have a clear picture of the cat she wished to manifest.  She hoped that a cat would show up at her house, and she got exactly what she asked for!  She got  a cat at her house, one that doesn’t have to share the house with her cat, and one that doesn’t need a litter box.  She didn’t have a clear picture of the cat, and she got a fuzzy, shadowy cat.

I hope you enjoyed Vicki’s story as much as I did.  We can all learn from her feline manifestation.

Let’s get thankful

file1891289773588As a person that preaches gratitude, I would be a hypocrite if I didn’t post something about being thankful during this time of year.  Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time to give thanks for all of our blessings, but do we really do this?  Sure, some families say something that they are thankful for before their Thanksgiving meal.  But, is that really enough?  NO, it’s not.

You have so much to be thankful for.  No matter where you are in life, there are things that you can be thankful for.  If you are reading this, you should be thankful that your eyes work, that you can read, and that YOU ARE ALIVE.  When is the last time that you stopped and gave thanks and expressed gratitude for these blessings?

Gratitude is an extremely powerful positive force.  Feeling grateful (thankful) raises you emotionally to a place of openness and acceptance.  This emotional high is a real catalyst in the attraction process.

I have a technique that is very simple, yet profound.  All you need to do is think about and express gratitude for everything in your life for which you can be grateful.  When you really think about everything you are grateful for, you can get overwhelmed by how blessed you truly are.  EVERYONE has an endless supply of things for which to be grateful.  Here is an example of things for which I might express gratitude:

I am grateful that I have two legs that are functional.  I am grateful that I have shoes on my feet.  I am grateful that I have clothing to wear.  I am grateful that my clothing is clean and appropriate.  I am grateful that I am alive.  I am grateful that I am able to breathe without mechanical assistance.  I am grateful that I have no major medical issues.  I am grateful that I am able to write and understand these words.  I am grateful to be living in this day and age.  I am grateful that I have a home.  I am grateful that my home has electricity.  I am grateful that there is food in my home.  I am grateful that there are no holes in my floor or walls.  I am grateful that I have air conditioning. I am grateful to have a family that is there for me.  I am grateful that my children are healthy.  I am grateful that I have transportation.

As you can see, this can go on and on.  Also, note that it is focused on simple things that we take for granted.  We are all truly blessed, because there are people who don’t have the things that you have.  No matter where you are in this life, you have an endless supply of things for which to be grateful.

The list above would be only a fraction of what I express gratitude for in a gratitude giving session.  I recommend that you attempt to express gratitude for at least 10 minutes a day.  I feel that is it most powerful when it is done for 10 minutes straight, instead of breaking it up.  By the end of these ten minutes you will be swimming in positive emotions.  A great time to complete this exercise is during your daily commute, or while eating lunch alone.

Let’s get thankful!

This technique is just one of many in The Attraction Blueprint: A Step-by-Step Guide to Manifesting your Desires

Every thought is a prayer

I had an epiphany last week during a phone coaching session that I feel I need to share with everyone. I was speaking with Jenny (she has been mentioned on this site couple of times) about the process of asking for what you want. We were speaking about the process of prayer. At one point in the conversation Jenny said something remarkable. She said, “It seems like you are saying that every thought is a prayer.”

Jenny is 100% correct. Your every thought is a prayer. We can’t help but be in communication with God (the Universe, etc.) constantly. Everything we think about is a vibrational request to God for the object of our thoughts. There is no magic formula. There is no secret incantation. Every thought is a prayer, and a request.

So what does this mean?

This means that it is important that we keep our thoughts in check. We all have limiting beliefs and it is a good practice to identify and work to replace these beliefs. Think about it this way: each time we think about these beliefs, we are sending a request to God. Are these limiting beliefs really what you want to attract into your life? If not, then make a decision today to work on replacing them.

It is also important to decide what we want. Indecision seems to be our normal course of thinking. We often send mixed and contradictory signals to God, and we never seem to receive what we really want. We have to decide exactly what we want, and we have to stick with this. Subsequent contradictory thoughts (prayers) cancel out our previous requests. This happens quite often because we rarely stop and determine what it is that we really want. So, if you don’t do anything else today, stop and determine what it is that you want in at least one area of your life. Truly knowing what you want is an empowering feeling, and it is the first step to receiving.

Even though your every thought is a prayer, there is definitely still a place for more traditional forms of prayer. The purposeful one-on-one communication with God that prayer represents is a more intense form of prayer. It is more intense because it shows that you have faith. You have faith that God has the power to grant you what you desire. It also shows that you are trying to get out of the way and turn it over to God. Letting go is very important, and turning things over to God is one powerful method of letting go.

Remember that your every thought is a prayer. This one idea is a great tool to help you inspect your daily thoughts and hopefully improve your communication with God.

The Man in the Leather Jacket

Today I am happy to be sharing a guest blog post from D/C Russ.  I recently read one of his books and was blown away by it. D/C is out there living by faith and blazing his own trail. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

The Man in the Leather Jacket

The sadness felt good. I was sure not to move a muscle. I didn’t want to disturb the feeling. Let it come. It strengthened me. Made me whole.

“Why do people run from this feeling,” I thought…

I rolled with it. Cream playing in the background made me feel like I was in a white room with black curtains.

I was really focusing on the latter. I didn’t want to lose the feeling. It reminds me of the good old days.

The leather jacket turns me into what some people say I’m not. I become a different person. So I wear it with pride. Only I know this facet of me is real. It’s a part of me that I choose to allow. Not refuse…

People get themselves in trouble trying to be someone they’re not. Just be who you are, as many people as you want.

People aren’t designed to fit in a box. If they were, I suppose they’d work in cubicles. Some people do.

“Why,” I asked myself…

“I’ll never know. Fear, maybe…?”


Shit, I missed my exit.

Wait, that’s a good thing.

I’ll just keep going. Where? I don’t know.

I felt a strange, warm sensation sweep over me behind a curtain of cigar smoke.

Chills ran up my spine when I realized that navigating the Universe is much like navigating the mind.

You have a destination in mind. You think you know how to get there…

But your fallibility leads you in a slightly different direction.

So enjoy the ride. Enjoy the uncertainty. Enjoy the darkness and the lack of clarity.

Because there will never be a moment quite like that. Creativity spawns from these moments like a demon from hell.

A demon that adds a richness to life. I’m reminded of a saying from a distant old friend I never met in this life: “‘Tis nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

What did he say? Nothing.

That means nothing. That includes sadness and demons of solitude and darkness.

To fear is to run. To accept is to embrace.

You weren’t put here just to giggle.

You were put here to experience. To have an emotional journey. A rollercoaster of feelings.

You’re sad? Good, it was supposed to happen.

So how do you plan to respond, comrade?

Not sure? Then just feel. Just allow it to come in.

(Just then, a gleam caught my eye.)

“Sure, Universe, I’ll take a moment to see the vista…”

I turned around, kicking open the door and hurling out of the car, only to stand there as still as a rock, puffing the last few moments of the cigar. Radio still bellowing out a muffled tune off in the distance.

I must’ve scared the hell out of the cute couple in their late teens who came to catch the view for the sake of romance.

But it’s good for them. Maybe my aura rubbed off on them. Maybe they caught a glimpse of life for the man in the leather jacket driving the 1980 black diesel Mercedes.

“Just maybe they caught a taste…”

Put yourself in another man’s jacket and take on his persona. You might find something you like there.

After all, you’re not just one person. You’re many. And no one says you can’t experience being any person you’d like.

Just like no one’s stopping you from doing anything you want.

You can do anything you want. You can be any one you want.

Be them all.

Sit and choose, pick and lose. The mind’s eye is what perceives.

Allow yourself to wear it. His writing…his style…his jacket.

That’s all for now…

I need to hang up my jacket.

D/C Russ