I stumbled across the law of expansion accidentally more than 20 years ago, when I was working with a client to improve her financial situation.

My client had a problem with debt and never had any money left over for the things that were important to her. At first I worked with her on a purely practical level by creating a budget and allocating money toward debt reduction but this didn’t work. Then, one day I asked the magical question, What makes you feel prosperous?

She rearranged her budget so that there was some money for things that made her feel good. Her first choice was to buy flowers on a regular basis. These flowers became the first thing she saw when she opened her front door and they made her feel good. Once a month we added in a new item. This is important because your intention is to expand what you allow into your life. She started carrying $50 in her wallet, previously she never had any money. She did up one piece of furniture at a time, bought curtains for one window and the changes that occurred in her life as a result of this were incredible. Within one year her income trebled and she still worked for the same employer. This happened because she said, she no longer felt deprived.

The law of contraction gives just the opposite result. If you are like most people when you feel afraid, you contract. See if any of these examples apply to you:

Whenever you don’t have enough money you cut back this could be a personal or business situation
If you have a problem you withdraw into yourself and cut yourself off from people
When you have been let down by someone you decide not to trust again
If you have been hurt you decide not to open yourself emotionally like that again
If you have a debt problem you avoid your creditors
You avoid confrontation
When you have a problem you become paralysed and do nothing
You bury your head in the sand

The law of expansion draws what you want to you. The law of contraction takes you away from what you want. However, it’s easy to misinterpret.

Many years ago, when I experienced constant financial problems I would go out and spend, thinking I was invoking a universal law, but when the credit card bill came in I worried about how I would pay it. On the other hand there are many entrepreneurs who have found themselves in difficult financial situations and gotten themselves out of trouble by expanding. Buying a company that has a strong cash flow is a common business solution. Tony Robbins’ business was about to go under and he decided to expand instead and completely turned it around.

You may wonder what the difference is between the two, and it all comes down to how you feel. If you have financial problems and you spend responsibly and feel good as a result of this choice, then you invoke the law of expansion. If you spend and you worry about how you are going to pay for it, you invoke the law of contraction and that is because you can only manifest from a place of feeling good. For many, many years now I have always given more whenever money has gotten a little tight. It’s my way of invoking the law of expansion.

If you meditate or go on a retreat in order to connect with your spirit, this invokes the law of expansion. If you withdraw in order to avoid conflict, or a problem, you invoke the law of contraction.

To get this law working for you start adding things into your life that make you feel good, then at least once a month, add in something else. These items don’t have to cost money. I love books and I used to spend a lot of money on books, I now buy my personal development books, because these I like to refer to, and I treasure them. Most (not all) fiction and biographies I borrow from the library. If you love beauty you can go for a walk in a beautiful area. If you love eating out but don’t have enough money to do it as often as you like go out for coffee and desert. You can find a college that teaches massage and have a massage from a student, in my area this costs $35 which is about half the normal fee.

Look for ways to bring more of what makes you happy into your life on a daily basis and you will find that manifesting the bigger things in life becomes quite easy.

Author's Bio: 

Anne Hartley runs a life coach training school in Sydney. She has trained coaches now working in Australia, New Zealand, Maldives and England. She is the author of several best-selling books.