How can we practice desirelessness – one of the key injunctions on any serious spiritual path – when, for example, we are job-hunting? We need that job and the payment it will give! We desire with all our being to have that job!
Many new age advisers encourage one to use something known as the Law of Attraction, and advocate developing visualization skills. So we are advised to visualize/imagine the circumstances, situation we wish to have in our lives. This method almost never works, and if it does, it is most likely that the desired situation/circumstances were coming anyway.
We cannot attract to us what we do not have. We must first of all have those corresponding qualities. When we have those qualities, we activate the more valid law: Like attracts like. Thus, we must first change ourselves, so that what we need or want will come to us.
Patanjali (2nd century BC) taught what one could expect as the result of this practice: wealth comes whenever one needs it; all needs are met.
Happy changing! It keeps one young!