Against the Odds with Louise Usher
Manifesting. Achieving. Inspiring
Shaking my head in disbelief I asked, “So, what, you just imagine you’re a certain weight and you are that weight?”
“You’ve not heard of ˆThe Secret? Where have you been hiding?” My client asked. She and I were at loggerheads now. Yet, basically she was pointing me to the book, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. For the first time in my life (which feels incredible now), alerting me to the fact that I am in control of my own destination by using my beliefs.
Of course, I immediately read The Secret within the next few days. Not understanding it, I frowned as I began to ponder what this might possibly be about.
As a child, it was always my responsibility to try and guess if I was loved or not. There were no hugs or kisses, no encouragement or telling me how amazing I am. When I cried, I was the subject of the jokes, “She will make a great actress!”
No. I was upset.
I needed love.
Positivity escaped my parents. I heard constant tales of, ‘we can’t afford this/who do you think we are Rothschild? /money doesn’t grow on trees’.
They definitely had a glass half empty approach.
Growing up in total fear of how hard life was, I was determined to be ok. Leaving school (and leaving behind my dream of becoming a dietitian after the advisor said, “There are so few jobs as a dietitian,”) I decided to train as a catering manager. Blinking good one I ended up too.
All the while, I was conscious of how hard I had to work to pay the bills. Working was all I thought about. For the entire duration of my twenties. I would never put my feet up – despite my body screaming at me to do just that. Christmas week I could easily clock up 90 hours. I was a good manager; an operations manager, aged only 27 and in control of 700 staff. Yet I was exhausted.
Suddenly hearing that life doesn’t need to be this way was so confusing for me. Realising there might be something in it, I tried to understand the law of attraction. I watched the DVD of The Secret and it gave me goosebumps and ‘aha’ moments.
It took a long time to reach this amazing place where I am now. So much so, that even writing this and reminding me of the person I used to be in the dark world is so bizarre.
More and more and more, I began to watch YouTube videos of those I now know and love; Wayne Dyer, Sonia Choquette, Abraham Hicks, Jack Canfield. I was amazed at what I began to learn. Could this be a real thing?
As a keen researcher, I checked and re-checked the evidence. Blood cells changing with words and thought – the microscope wasn’t lying – I could see this video unfolding into what I might only describe as a miracle.
Much effort went into not being angry with my parents. How could I not know this? How could anyone not?
Little by little, I began to find a new belief which was more than life changing. Setting intentions, visualizing and meditating – these were game changers for me. I also became part of the ˆˆ100-day reality challenge and I wrote my intentions on the group boards. At the time it seemed like a big ask, a big wish, but I took a deep breath and used faith. All the while going against everything I had been taught to believe as a child.
Wanting to travel, I stated on the 100-day challenge that I wanted to fly somewhere amazing every 6 weeks. Feeling those old thoughts of, ‘things like that are not for people like us’ creeping in, I tried to use the methods I had been learning and begin to trust the universe.
Within two weeks I had secured a new contract as a business consultant, with enough money written into the contract that I would definitely be able to afford my travels every six weeks. This contract didn’t mean endless hours of toil and going into work for long hours though.
One day per week, that was all.
One long and challenging day but one day nonetheless.
It was enough.
I was earning more within that one day than I used to earn in an entire two weeks in the past job. Loving my new life, I must be honest and tell you it was a little confusing as well as being totally exhilarating. I struggled with my relationship with my parents for not giving me this chance sooner, but I tried hard to be forgiving. Eventually I accepted they are different to me and that was simply how it was.
Friendship circles changed. It’s as clear as day for me to now see that this is a good thing. Around me now are people with clear beliefs of the law of attraction and all it has to offer. I love this!
My language is so different now, my life is unrecognisable.
One Christmas, after discovering the law of attraction and still not quite believing it, I was enjoying my neighbour’s company snuggled up on the sofa.
“What are you doing tomorrow?” she asked.
“Off to look at a car. It’s £20,000!” I replied, rolling my eyes. The rolling of the eyes demonstrated I wasn’t quite ‘there’ yet, but nevertheless I went and looked. For the first time ever stepping into a car showroom. It was stunning, just as The Secret showed. I sat in the car, felt the steering wheel, took photographs and put them as my profile picture.
For some reason I didn’t buy that car. I bought something more flash. Smaller. Same price pretty much. That was 7 years ago now. Yet still a smile appears across my face as I realise the magic in me as I go to collect the very same make and model car today. All affordable now and very practical for my life of travel and all.
The friend I told this to, that Christmas, has had to be lovingly waved goodbye. As a person not understanding of my wishes and dreams, things became a little nasty and without wanting to respond or allow that behaviour into my space, I needed to let go of her from my life.
Perhaps this was manifesting how I felt people might perceive the new ‘achieving’ me. It’s happened. You see, I do believe the law of attraction comes with a few struggles which again demonstrate the power of the mind.
Instant manifestations come in simple forms right now, I’m still working on the big stuff to show up instantly! But it comes. It just takes time.
Where I am at now is difficult to list without sounding like I’m bragging, but for me it’s important to show how someone just like me can turn life around.
I’m happy now.
I believe now.
More than just money and things, I love living knowing that our loved ones who have passed are having a great time in their new home. Peace of mind in knowing everything will be all right is simply priceless. Although I do believe the law of attraction knowledge comes with some considerable responsibility.
My job now is creating blogs and YouTube videos, helping others who were just like me to accept they can change things. I recognise it’s not always as easy for some when they are changing their mindset. Rubbing the genie’s lamp will only work if you allow it. My journey has had many blocks which needed unshifting. Now I help others to see the blocks that are there and show how to work around them to create their dream life. After all, to be able to be who we want to be is a total dream.
I have dug deep within to realise the life of hard work and toil, I was taught about as a child, isn’t necessary. For me, more and more travel is planned and my books are gaining popularity. I’ve written since a young age, it is ‘that thing’ I could do all day long, and it’s now my job.
The science world has not quite caught up with my beliefs yet, though my story of health-through-nutrition is quite amazing. I showed the doctors I didn’t need medication or surgery for my Crohn’s disease as they’d suggested I did.
We are on the way to being financially free, and this year sees a third retreat added to my portfolio in the beautiful Cornwall. I’m on my way to gaining a PhD in creative non-fiction writing and I continue to show others their worth through my writing
Life is exciting. I love being so happy. It’s been a journey; it still is a journey and I would say to those struggling with certain elements of the law of attraction, I understand. These things take time and effort. All in a good way. And good things do happen, sometimes your belief just sees you waiting a little while!