By Tim Rickson (Email:[email protected])
Actor Andy Gatenby is a rising film star, currently on set filming for his latest role in the British action-thriller film ‘Renegades’, and believes that his good fortune has been obtained by his strong beliefs in the ‘Law of Attraction.
In the ‘New Thought’ philosophy, the ‘Law of Attraction is a pseudoscience based on the belief that positive or negative thoughts bring positive or negative experiences into a person’s life.
The belief is based on the idea that people are made from pure energy and that there is a process of energy attracting energy, where a person can improve their health and the situations they find themselves in by positive thoughts.
The 34-year-old from Portsmouth has tested this theory every day since discovering it for the first time a few years ago.
Back in 2014, Andy was forced to reevaluate everything he ever knew when his career as an undefeated professional boxer, on the cusp of an English title shot, was instantly ripped away from him after failing a medical exam due to an eye injury.
When he was made to hang up his gloves for good, the talented puncher immediately switched his focus to beginning a brand-new career in acting to help deal with the devastation of his life’s purpose – becoming a boxing champion – being cruelly taken from him.
He spiraled into depression immediately after receiving the life-changing news, but noticed the worrying signs early on and used his ‘Law of Attraction’ beliefs to succeed in changing his mindset.
The married father of two now believes that his ‘new fight’, as it calls it, is to land bigger and better roles in film and TV, which has been working wonders for him so far.
He has attended acting workshops, worked hard to progress his new profession, soaked up all the good advice received from co-stars, such as EastEnders and The Bill actor, Billy Murray, and spends every day thinking positive thoughts in the belief that the good vibes projected outwards will bounce back towards him.
His most recent role was in the British thriller film, ‘Nemesis’, and he’s back on set again already, working on his next film, ‘Renegades’, alongside Hollywood star, Danny Trejo.
Here, the talented actor talks about how the law of attraction works for him:
What does the philosophy behind the law of attraction mean to you?
“For me, the law of attraction is about what you project to the universe. The thoughts that you think turn into feelings, feelings are vibrations; they project outwards and attract the same vibrations back to you.
“The law of attraction doesn’t know if your vibrations are good or bad, they just understand what frequency they are. So, if somebody is constantly in a negative state of mind, as in ‘Oh, nothing ever good happens to me’, or ‘I’m never going to be successful, then that’s the thoughts they’re thinking and the vibrations they’re projecting, and so they are attracting more of the same vibrations back to them. Some people are often in negative situations in their life because of this mindset.
“On the other hand, if you always have positive thoughts, the vibrations sent out to the universe will be matched accordingly. I always try to stay positive in any situation and think of what could go right instead of wrong. Because of this, I attract more things that go right instead of wrong.
“I’ve been called lucky by a lot of people for various things that have happened in my life, like when I got picked to be on BBC 2’s ‘Ultimate Hell Week’ with Freddie Flintoff, where I reached the final, but it always makes me laugh because it’s not luck, it’s what I’m manifesting and working hard for.”
Do you have any examples of it working for you?
“An example of the law of attraction working for me would be in my latest acting role. I heard there was going to be a new action film called ‘Renegades’ being made by Shogun Films, and as soon as I read the film synopsis, I knew I wanted to be involved.
“Early on in the film’s development, I started to strongly believe that I was going I will be cast. I actually even started acting like I had already been cast and started preparing for the role by taking up stunt training with a stunt team called Movieworks International.
“I knew not only that I was going to be cast in the film, but that it was going to be an action role for me. The film started to fill up quite quickly and the lineup was strong, such as American actors Lee Majors and Danny Trejo; Lock Stock’s Nick Moran; Eastenders’ Billy Murray… the list goes on.
“I didn’t lose faith at any point and even when I knew production was just a few weeks away from starting, I just kept telling myself that it was all on track and that they’re working on a new role just for me, so I’m going to hear any day now.
“I kept training, kept an unwavering faith that I was going to be cast, then bang! Two weeks before production started, I received a message from the film’s producer, Jonathan Sothcott, telling me to check my emails, stating ‘We’ve got a role for you, and I think you’re going to like it!’”
Have you done much research or reading into the pseudoscience of positive thought and is there anyone in particular that you look up to on the subject?
“My whole life I’ve always had the same mindset – the glass is always half full, not half empty.
“I’ve always looked on the bright side and tried to find the good in any situation. It was actually only a few years ago that I had even heard of the law of attraction.
“Somebody one day started to explain it to me and straight away I thought ‘I do all of them things anyway’, but I didn’t realise they were all connected.
“I’d always thought before this point that I was just a really lucky person because I had the right attitude, but looking back, I realise I had subconsciously manifested all of the good things that ever happened to me and luck wasn’t anything to do with it at all.
“There are loads of videos on YouTube that explain the law of attraction really well. I’ve watched a lot of them and always find them inspiring.”
What advice would you offer to someone looking to adopt this same positive mindset?
“If I could offer anyone advice on how to adopt a positive mindset it would be to, firstly, limit the time you spend with negative people. They will suck the life out of you and have a problem for every solution.
“It’s hard to maintain a positive mindset when you’re surrounded by people with negative mentalities because that will project back onto you.
“Secondly, some people say they want to do things or change things, but they don’t actually believe it. The law of attraction understands the frequency of vibrations you feel and project, so if you say something but you don’t believe it with all your heart then it won’t work. You will not project what you’re saying. Remember, thoughts turn into feelings; feelings are vibrations, the universe picks up the frequency of those vibrations – good or bad – and then you attract more of the same. Positive mindset equals a positive life.”
What is your next goal where you wish to use this method to visualise and then create it?
“My goal is to continue to grow and become better than I was yesterday. I want to star in huge feature films and become a household name in British acting, so I will continue to keep using my positive mindset and law of attraction to help me achieve this goal.
“If you don’t want to learn, then no one can help you. If you want something bad enough, then no one can stop you.”
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