Thanks to Pink Pyjamas for this good question:
What do you do when what you ask for doesn't seem to come? What if, when in the "vortex" you feel the greatness: asking, thanking, appreciating...but then 2 weeks, 3 months, 1 year and you're still in the same place. Why is this? Am I using the law incorrectly? Any answers here would be very much appreciated.
Abraham says that if we're not manifesting what we want, there can be only one reason: we're not yet lined up with it. It's not that the Universe is sluggish, or we're in the wrong place at the wrong time, or that we asked from the wrong motivation or with bad grammar.
A desire is a desire and always automatically elicits its object by a deftly multi-tasking and non-judgmental Universe.
So, step one is the "asking," which we can't help but do. Step two is the Universe's immediate response, placing the object of our desire in our "vibrational escrow," and step three (where things can possibly go awry) is our lining up with that desire so that it can pop into physical manifestation.
So we need concern ourselves only with that delightful (slight hint of sarcasm) step three.
From Abraham we learn that a common cause for people not rendezvousing with their desires is their habit to pay attention to what-is. "I really want a partner but I can't seem to find a decent person to date," or "I really want a good job but all my previous jobs have been nightmares," or "I want to be healthy, but let me tell you about all my gall-danged ailments."
Most people give equal attention, at best, to what they want and the lack of it, and under those conditions, what they want can't come to them. Their vibration is too much of a mixed bag. They can't reach what they desire from a place of regularly noticing that it's not yet here.
Abraham has called their teachings the "Science of Deliberate Creation," and that means choosing deliberate thoughts about what we want and what we like. I enjoy using my handy-dandy clicker-counter purposely throughout the day to interject thoughts of my goals and desires into my cranium (and vibration). Each time I deliberately think a thought about what I want -- or ANY good-feeling thought for that matter --I add weight to the side of an imaginary scales that, when adequately heavy, will significantly outweigh the other side (of lack) and tip in my favor. Then my desire comes to fruition.
You would not be able to use the Law of Attraction incorrectly any more than you could use the Law of Gravity incorrectly. Those laws are ever at work, doing whatever it is that laws are meant to do and acting upon us in ways that we may like or we may not like. (Gravity is appreciated, for instance, in keeping us from floating off into outer space, but it's no friend of someone who climbs a tree and then tumbles out of it.)
The Law of Attraction is, during our every waking moment, responding to our vibration, which is composed of the accumulation of our thoughts. Law of Attraction is appreciated when it responds to our positive thoughts and brings us our desires; it is less appreciated when it responds to our negative thoughts and brings us, well, life's potholes and pimples.
It's all up to us. Each good-feeling thought moves us one step towards our desires. Each bad-feeling thought (resentment, anger, frustration, envy, fear, you-name-it) takes up in the direction we would prefer not to go.
Now we know the formula. Now we can practice. Now we can thrive.
My rather low-tech clicker counter