Are you getting all you want out of life? Here's a little technique that, if you use it, will open a new world of intriguing and exciting opportunities. This technique is called "renaming your world." Renaming your world engages the "Law of Attraction" as an ally working for our success - instead of an opponent working against us.

"Will you consider with me the possibility of creating a new world?" Dr. Rebecca Beard inquires in her 1951 classic Everyman's Search. "Have we not come to a place where it is necessary to rename and remake our world? Has mankind any longer a choice?" she asks.

Dr. Beard practiced traditional medicine for nearly two decades until she realized the impact her patients' thoughts and emotions had upon their physical bodies which she felt were hugely responsible for many illnesses she treated. She left her practice and became a gifted speaker, writer, and teacher during the 1950's and 60's.

Before renaming our world we have to understand the power of our words. "We have bound ourselves by the chains of our own words," Beard wrote. "Think of the things that we say! Think of the beliefs under which we labor," so many of them standing in the way of our happiness, yet as real to us as the imaginary friends of our early childhood years.

"To claim something for yourself that you do not want seems to be the height of human folly," Beard says in chapter 10 of Everyman's Search and titled "Rename Your World."

"I have a little phrase," Beard tells her readers: "'Take a vacation from negation.' Try it for a day."

"It is when we speak words of disharmony, discord, the and resentment that the strength and vitality go out of us," Beard insisted. "We have not yet learned that it is unwise to claim things we do not want," and if we carefully listened to ourselves most of us would begin to realize we do this kind of claiming much of the time. We clearly, when we talk about what we don't want, are not renaming our world, not in the sense Rebecca Beard used the phrase.

"If you do not want the negative you must CLAIM the positive," she says. This is easier said than done, as we all realize, unless you're the exceptional person born to a perpetual sun-lit optimistic temperament.

What shuts us off from life? In Beard's view it is "our negative affirmations and beliefs."

The new thought teacher Florence Scovell-Shinn who, in the 1920's, wrote The Game of Life and How to Play It, started all counseling sessions with her clients not by asking them "What's wrong with you?" but "WHO's wrong with you?"

"Day by day you can rebuild your body," Beard says. "Every cell in your body except the sex and brain cells are replaced every year of your life. Why, then, are they always renewed in the same pattern? Because you do not change the pattern [of thinking]."

When we can visualize a change for which we can give thanks, a shift occurs in the way our world appears, and this shift includes the moods it feeds back to us day by day.

If we were given, just before retiring for sleep each night, a printout of every unspoken thought we directed at some person or situation during the day - and yes, ourselves all too often - I think we'd have to admit we had not spent the day renaming our world.

Fortunately, we are not equipped with a speaker system inside our heads that broadcasts to the people we come in contact with what we're really thinking about them. If that were the case, we'd probably make a more than ordinary effort to make sure we didn't think those thoughts in their presence - the self-preservation motive working to insure our safety.

Truly we are positioned in the center of a cosmic web of possibilities and each strand in that web is affected by our slightest mental or emotional acts - as well as our thoughts. It does make a difference what descriptive words we use to name, or better still, re-name our world, our business, our relationships. Perhaps we should give people the benefit of the doubt more often and look for what a college professor of mine called "the motive behind the motive."

We attract, not what we want, but what we feel is true. Feeling is the secret. By renaming our world we use our imagination to affect the world rather than react to it. "Somewhere, within your soul, there is a mood which, when found, means health, wealth and happiness to you," the popular lecturer Neville Goddard told his audiences in Los Angeles nearly a half century ago.

One way to rename our world is to ask these two questions: What am I thinking now? Would I be thinking it if I knew it was crystallizing in the world around me? Talk far more about the things you'd love to see materialize in your universe. Did you ever think about how much trouble you have to go through to be disappointed?

Our own moods, thoughts and feelings determine the scenery of our existence. They color our world. We do not have to wait for the uprising of new moods in ourselves by waiting on the world and all the people we know to change their "inexplicable" behavior. Try hard as we may, we'll never make sense out of all the nonsense around us, so let's try a better way to play - and enjoy - the game of life.

"The world will not change until we negotiate the change [we desire] within ourselves," Neville Goddard says. That change will not happen - not inside us, not outside us - until we set that change into motion by reframing - renaming - our world.

"By choosing a perspective [we] set into motion a feedback system which reinforces that perspective," Paul Chivington wrote in Seeing Through Your Illusions.

"When you have chosen a particular perspective on life, don't be surprised when it turns out to be just that way for you...the universe will rush into and greet you from that point of view."

So, try - if only for a day - to rename your world!

Author's Bio: 

James Clayton Napier worked as a TV news anchor, talk show host, and feature story reporter in Texas for thirteen years. James interviewed thousands of people during his career from the highest and mightiest to those whose lives were so quiet they might never have been noticed had he not decided to tell their stories. He has also taught TV news reporting and speech communication at three universities. Learn more about James' current projects at