Do you know how many things look like mouse droppings that aren’t? Do you know how many places there are for a mouse to hide, rest or sleep that they don’t use? This past week I opened drawers, cabinets and closets with an expectant “tah-dah” (said out loud), but there was no mouse or the slightest evidence of a mouse in any of them.

It all began a week ago last Friday. I’m pretty peaceful when I’m in my house, but since I’d never seen a mouse in the house before, when I opened the linen closet and a tiny something on the floor, between the bottom shelf and the door, suddenly started running, I screamed like a girl, it squeaked like a mouse, and that was the beginning of my relationship with Henry Walter mouse.

I have to say that he wasn’t all that cute as he scurried along the baseboard, and it’s likely he was thinking the same thing about me as I chased after him. But when he reached a corner and apparently felt cornered, he stopped, turned around, sat up and looked at me, and I think I fell in love. I told him to sit there until I could find a basket to take him outside, but when I got back he was gone. His name came to me in this way: I began calling him Henry right away for no reason except it just felt right; but the next day for some reason I began calling him Walter and that felt right too. So I can only surmise that he was calling for both names and I was intuitively honoring his preferences.

Not knowing how to catch a mouse humanely (or even otherwise), I called one of the two very experienced “mouse whisperers” that I happen to know. She brought over a live-trap, baited it with peanut butter, and suggested I put it in the walk-in pantry in my kitchen (which I did). Long story short, twice the trap closed, and both times I assumed Henry was inside. So I took the trap outside to let him go back to the wilds where I was sure he’d rather be. But both times there was no Henry inside. The trap had likely closed with the vibration as one of the gigantic FedEx trucks that frequently drive through my neighborhood.

As of today there hasn’t been another closure of the trap, no peanut butter munched on, and nothing that has turned out to be mouse-droppings anywhere. Nothing moved in the pantry or anywhere else in the house. I spent several days worrying that Henry wasn’t eating or hydrating. I even considered leaving a tiny bowl of water in the pantry just in case. This is precisely why I don’t have a pet! Worrying about Henry wasn’t working for me.

A few days ago I called the second mouse whisperer to come over to see if he could figure out how Henry had left the house when I’d taped up the only spot in the linen closet that I’d thought could have been his entry point. But after a thorough check of the upstairs and the basement, he couldn’t figure out where Henry had gotten in, much less gotten out. I said “Maybe he magically left!” The mouse whisperer said, “Oh, he’s still here.” Then I said, “You know, I’ve never had a mouse in my house ever!” He replied, “Yeah I know. I’ve always thought that was so unfair.”

I knew he meant it as a joke, and though I laughed, I recalled to myself something Abraham-Hicks said: “There has never been an injustice anywhere in this physical time/space reality or anywhere else. The Law of Attraction amplifies the vibration that is within you.” I had no doubt that Henry and I were experiencing a vibrational rendezvous in our mutual physical time/space reality!

So this is the way I have decided to look at Henry Walter mouse. We are both spiritual beings living in different forms in this three-dimensional world, and we are both always in our perfect place. We are each guided by an Inner Energy, and the same Pure Positive Source Energy of Life is within us both. Our Source knows who we are, where we are, and what we need at all times. I’m sure that Henry never doubts that or resists his innate guidance, and I’ve decided not to doubt it either.

All I know for sure about Henry is that he’s likely more clever than I am. For all I know he might have dematerialized and rematerialized somewhere else! Today I am at peace with Henry, wherever he may be, knowing he’s being taken care, and knowing that I am too—and that works for me.

Why am I telling you mouse story? I believe it’s relevant in this way: Whether it’s a mouse in the house, a condition in the body, a situation with a family member, friend, neighbor, coworker, a less than abundant balance in our bank account, or anything else that’s not working in our life, it’s unhelpful for us to focus on that situation unless we want more of same because our focus will attract more of the same.

Abraham-Hicks reminds us, “That which you really, really want, you get. And, that which you really, really do not want, you get. The longer you focus upon something, the more powerful it becomes; and the stronger that your point of attraction is to it, the more evidence of it appears in your life experience.” Our thoughts attract what we experience as our life. Thoughts are things in our mind that become things we experience in the world. Our mind is a powerful projector!

So often we feel defensive when we hear that we’re responsible for our life. But unless we realize that’s true without exception, we’ll feel victimized by a world of conditions, situations and happenings that we don’t like. “Change your thinking, change your life” isn’t about blaming our self for our “stinking thinking.” It’s a recognition of our power to think and create, and our freedom to change our thinking and change what we create.

Everything that happens in our life is our creation, and once we own it all, we realize that we are free to change it all. If some aspect of our life isn’t working as we’d like it to, it’s important for us to first own it as ours, and then just as important for us to move our focus off the situation so that we’re able to focus on thoughts that do work for us—thoughts that cause us to feel good and to create good experiences in our life. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Your empowerment is a self-assigned experience. You find it one good feeling thought at a time. One good feeling thought at a time. One good feeling thought at a time.”

I have admit that the first thought that came to my mind when Henry came into my life was, “What on earth have I been thinking to attract a mouse into my house!?” When nothing came to mind, I pondered it some more, and then some more, until it finally occurred me that wondering what my thinking was, wasn’t changing my present thinking so that I could create a situation that worked better for me. As we’ve said before, “analysis is paralysis.” It keeps our thoughts bouncing around inside our box of already thought thoughts and prevents us from moving forward in a new way outside that box.

Truly, the only answer to “How on Earth could this have happened?” is we thought something that attracted it. And, the only answer to “How can attract what I do want?” is for us to get our focus off the current situation and start focusing only on what we do want. In The Way of the Heart we read, “As you have attracted to yourselves certain persons, places, things, objects, above all thoughts, beliefs and perceptions, you have dropped them like little pebbles into the still clear pool of your vast eternal awareness. What you experience are the effects or ripples, of those pebbles. They literally join with the other ripples you have created, and as these ripples move out and touch one another and come back to you, this is the field of creation that makes up your physical three-dimensional reality.”

How many times have we said, “I’m so done with that (whatever ‘that’ was), it’s just not working for me,” only to pick up where we left off in our thinking before making our “I’m so done with that” declaration? As we focus on the same thoughts that likely attracted whatever isn’t working, the stronger our point of attraction is to it and the more evidence of it appears in our life experience. Peace Pilgrim wrote, “If you realized how powerful your thought are, you would never think a neg thought.” If something isn’t working, the more we think about and talk about how it’s not working, the more energy we give to it and to the perpetuation of more of it.

We don’t need to analyze old thoughts. We don’t need to rehash, or regret, unpleasant occurrences. If we’re beating our self up, or blaming others or anything outside us for whatever is going on in our life that we don’t like, the question is this: “How’s that working for you? How is that causing you to feel? What are you attracting still?” Abraham-Hicks reminds us that we feel what we feel, and we get what we feel because how we feel is caused by the vibration our thoughts are emitting. If the vibration doesn’t feel good within us, it’s not going to attract anything good to us

Brazilian philanthropist and spiritual medium, Chico Xavier, wrote: “If we are not well with our inner self, we’ll be bad everywhere.” If we’re not well with our inner self, aligned in our mind with who we truly are and feeling the good that’s there, we’re not going to feel it anywhere. If we focus long enough on what’s not working in a specific situation, we’ll likely find that even things that were working in our life don’t seem to be working as well. But as Ernest Holmes put it “It’s still working. It’s working by not working.”

We never lose our creative power. It’s always working and, depending on what we choose to focus on, we can create plenty of situations that work for us or plenty of situations that don’t. A momentary change in our thinking that feels good is a good start, but we have remain well within our inner being, focused on the good feeling that life is working for us, so that our changed thinking can gain momentum, and positive change is able to get a foothold in our life.

I read this wonderful statement not too long ago “I finally found my rhythm when I realized that even the steps backward were part of the dance.” It’s important for us to accept every aspect of our life as our creation (the good, the bad, and even the ugly). It’s all part of the dance. It’s the contrast that allows us to experience our power to create and our power to choose to change our mind.

We read in The Way of Knowing, “There is only God, you are That. God extends creation without ceasing. You will, therefore, always continue to exist as the One who creates experience. This is why there is only one question worth asking: What do I truly want?” If we can remind our self, no matter what’s going on in our life, that we did that—that we are the Powerful One creating our life as we go along—we can look at a mouse in the house or anything else that appears in our life that we’d rather disappear, as evidence of our power to create and attract, and attract and create. Then there will be only one question worth asking our self, especially when something unwanted comes along: “What do I truly want now?”