Law Of Attraction In Action ~ What To Do When Someone Steals From You

by on January 25, 2013

The Law Of Attraction is a two-edged sword … especially when someone steals something from you.

This goddess was very miffed this morning when she went out to say goodbye to Husband Muffin, and the scrumptious  cherub who usually guards her front door was GONE!


I mean, who would do such a thing??

I was soooo annoyed, and a little violated, and immediately began wishing hell and damnation on the head of whoever dared to upset my feng shui and leave my portal barren and beauty-less.

I confess I spent more than a few minutes relishing a vision of said cherub falling on the foot of said felon and causing excruciating pain and possibly (hopefully) even the loss of a toenail.

But here’s where the Law of Attraction gets to be a two-edge sword.

If one lives by the premise that one is utterly and completely responsible for every single thing that happens to one, then one has to admit that one attracts both the good and the bad.

Easy-peasy to believe when it’s good.

Not so much when it’s bad.

And while the purloining of my dimple-cheeked cherub wasn’t ‘bad’ in the grand scheme of things – it still seemed a daft thing to manifest and I was irked with myself.

I realized that underneath the irritation of having something taken without my consent,  for the first time in my new nest, I felt vulnerable. I’d immediately heaped torrents of less-than-flattering judgement on my fellow apartment dwellers (I mean, what kind of person steals a statue?!) but then I also felt a twinge of guilt because it was outside in a public passageway, so wasn’t I inviting trouble?

But what you dwell upon you get more of, and this goddess was certainly not going to go down that road for very long.

I did exactly what I coach my clients through …

First, I acknowledged what is by venting a little on Facebook.

Then, I played with scenarios in my mind, reframing the whole event to something that felt better.

“If you don’t like something, change it.If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” ~ Maya Angelou

I began imagining that whoever took the cherub did so because it was so happy and beautiful and they didn’t have anything like that at home to lift their vibe. Maybe it would take center stage in their living room and they’d realize that life can be better and never steal anything again.

Maybe they didn’t have the money to buy anything so frivolously beautiful, but desperately needed it.

“When you change how you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~ Wayne Dyer

Slowly, I began to simmer down.

I acknowledged that part of the reason that I’d got my knickers in a knot about this whole situation was that, despite a whole lot of down-sizing and de-cluttering, I was obviously still regrettably attached to my stuff.

So I focused on letting the cherub go and even subliminally offered the pedestal to the thief as well … you know, so the cherub would have something nice to stand on.

Then, I took what Abraham Hicks calls inspired action.

I went out into the hallway, swept it clean, shook out the mat and re-prettied the area with a birdbath I had in the storeroom.

I decided I’d donate the pedestal next time I went to Goodwill.

Went inside feeling calm and goddess-y again, and rather liking the hallway’s new look.

Fast forward past lunch and a call with Good Vibe University coaches …..

I grabbed my keys to go get the mail,opened the front door,
and there he was!!

The cherub was back on his pedestal, totally unscathed from his adventure.

Cherub at the Door

Whoot! *lots of happy bouncing*

Now, I have a sneaky suspicion it was a slightly sozzled prank by the young men next door, probably in retaliation for me pulling a ‘Mary Poppins’ on them last week and asking them NOT to leave cigarette stubs strewn all over the hall way! But since I’m not going to ask them, I’ll probably never know for certain.

However, I’m very glad that I didn’t call the office and report it, or go pounding on doors like a mad woman (as I briefly contemplated doing at the height of my temper).

“No matter how bad things are, you can always make them worse.” ~ Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

(Ain’t that the truth?!)

So here’s my lesson in this particular episode of  the Law of Attraction in action …

  1. Stuff is just stuff, but if I’m particularly attached to it, it’s best not to leave it outside.
  2. However, if I am very attached to my stuff, I’m in fact creating huge resistance to losing it, and we all know that what you resist persists.
  3. By releasing the need for stuff, ie getting rid of the stuff I don’t need, or use, or (heaven forbid!) have saved for ‘a rainy day’, I can create a vacuum for what I really want to flow in.
  4. I can trust that the Universe has my back and if I do ‘lose’ something, there’s a lesson in there somewhere.


You know that cliche/quote that says if you love something, let it go?

This goddess would amend that a little …

If you love something, let it go. Or at least be ok with it leaving.


What do you think of this, angel heart?

Have you had something taken from you? How did you handle it? And what were the consequences of that choice?
Would a different reaction have changed the outcome?

I’d love to hear your experiences/thoughts/confessions on this topic.

Till next time we meet, remember this …

“We cannot change the cards we’re dealt, just how we play the hand.” ~ Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture




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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Jackie January 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I’m glad you shared this here because I was having a hard time hearing you this morning for some reason. I love the way you turned that situation around. It made me realize that I have a need to do the same with some things I no longer have in my possession.


Jacqueline Gates January 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm

It’s a fun exercise, Jackie, but I have to confess, I didn’t expect it to unfold the way it did, or as quickly as it did.

All the best with your ‘lost stuff’ work.


jessamina Longislandgoddess January 25, 2013 at 6:12 pm

I too had a precious material item “dissapear”.
It was a gorgeous outdoor living room set..yep, the WHOLE set.
I remember standing outside on my patio, spinning around in a circle in disbelief.
My husband was furious, screaming about the injustice of it all.
I stopped spinning, and decided, right then….and stated aloud,
“If I am the type of person who believes that something good can just ‘come from out of nowhere’..that this outdoor living set, could just “dissapear”..I must be willing to believe that it will reappear as well.. I will hold the frequency of this possiblity.”
And six months did! We got it back! (longer story)


Jacqueline Gates January 25, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Isn’t it luscious when that happens?
Well done on holding on to your truth, goddess.


Suzanne January 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Many years ago, I had a beautiful apple green jade pendant disappear from my jewelry box. I was heartbroken and searched high and low for it to no avail. A few weeks later I went into my local bank to make a deposit and saw my pendant on the neck of my boyfriend’s sister, a teller at the bank. I was furious but said nothing to her. I did however tell my boyfriend. The pendant magically showed up on my night table a week later. I have to admit I did not use good thoughts to get it back. I don’t know how I would handle this situation today, so have I really grown? I don’t know.


Jeannette January 26, 2013 at 9:57 am

You know what I love most, Jacqui? That you weren’t turning your vibe around to get your cherub back, but rather just to feel better. Such powerful vibration management you showed!!

Thanks for sharing the inspiring story with us. 🙂


Cassie January 26, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Great story and fabulous lessons! Thanks for sharing!


Purnima@seo services January 27, 2013 at 9:10 am

Impelling share Jacqueline .
The way you dealt with the lost stuff situation is remarkably inspiring . I am terribly bad at coping with such situations specially when I am too attached to some stuff . I have learned a lot .


Jacqueline Gates January 29, 2013 at 6:39 pm

We all get ‘too attached’ to our stuff, Purnima, but we don’t notice till something goes missing. That’s why decluttering is so very powerful. When you voluntarily get rid of stuff, you open up a vacuum for loveliness to flow in without having to go through the angst.


Gillian January 29, 2013 at 7:39 am

Is this the law of attraction at work or what? Amazing story!!! It is mind-boggling how when you stop to think about the why’s and why not’s, the law of attraction is ever present.


Jacqueline Gates January 29, 2013 at 6:37 pm

You’re so right, Gillian. It’s never that the Law of Attraction isn’t working … it’s just that we’re not working it!


Karlon February 6, 2013 at 2:13 am

Hi Jacqueline, I am not sure whether I can call this a result of Law of Attraction or not. Maybe it was just a prank like you said. But yes I too agree that accepting something wrong and letting it go does help you to calm down. I do this always, whenever something bad happens, I convince myself with the thought that something good is on its way.


Sarah Park February 10, 2013 at 5:34 am

Thanks for sharing the lessons you learned. Truly inspiring.


James April 2, 2013 at 6:31 am

Great story and fabulous lessons! Thanks for sharing!


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