It’s been said that hate isn’t the opposite of love, apathy is. When you think about it, that makes a lot of sense. What is apathy? The answer is in that old joke, “What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy? I don’t know and I don’t really care.” People often express apathy by saying, “I don’t care one way or the other.” Whether we love something or hate it, we care about it. We have strong emotions attached to it. When we are apathetic about something, we are neutral. We have no emotional attachment to the thing. Love and hate may be of opposite emotional polarities, but they are simply two sides of the same coin. If an emotion can have an opposite, then apathy (not caring) is the opposite of both love and hate (caring strongly).
We understand that one of the basic concepts of the Law of Attraction is that we attract what we think about with feeling. Our emotions mirror our thoughts, and whatever we are thinking and feeling, we are going to draw more of it to us. Even if it is exactly what we do NOT want, it is what we are going to get because we are thinking about it with feeling. If we are thinking of and excited about getting out of debt, we are in fact attracting more debt. If we are thinking of and excited about losing weight, we are in fact attracting more weight.
Got that part down, right? Sure you do, that’s usually one of the first things we are told when we are first exposed to the Law of Attraction. But ask yourself this question:
Do I hate misery more than I love happiness?
Chew on that for a bit. A couple of similar questions are: Do I hate poverty more than I love prosperity? Do I hate disease more than I love health?
Hatred is just as strong an emotion as love, and when it comes to the Law of Attraction, just as effective. Hating one thing will draw it to you just as quickly as loving its opposite will.
You’ve heard it said, “Never say never.” How did this expression come to be? Because people noticed that whenever a person said, “I’ll never do that!” that was usually exactly the thing they ended up doing. You have probably witnessed this in your own life. You probably know someone who has said over and over, “I’ll never _______,” only to end up doing whatever was in their particular blank. Why? Because if they felt the need to state, not once but many times, that they would never do that thing, then they probably felt a good deal of emotion about it. It was probably on their mind a great deal. In thinking about that thing, even in a negative context, and feeling strongly about it, and emphatically stating over and over that they would never do it, they were in fact attracting into their lives circumstances that would set them up to do it.
This is why we need to put all of our mental energy to the things we DO want, while we smother the thoughts of what we do not want in apathy. Give no thought or feeling to disease, poverty, sadness, loneliness, lack or want. Do not feel one way or the other about them. Fill your mind only with thoughts of health, wealth, joy, love, plenty and abundance. Get excited about these images. When thoughts of what you don’t want enter your mind, immediately replace them with images of what you do want. Get excited about them. Get your emotions involved. Then release them and go on with your work, so that through your preparation you’ll be ready to receive them.