The Law of Attraction is not what it seems

The two great principles that are said to determine what we make of our lives are the Law of Cause and Effect and the Law of Attraction. Some people have always known their significance, and now this knowledge is becoming known to many more. As the Buddha said,  ‘All that we are arises with our thoughts; with our thoughts we make our world.’

We have the power to think. That’s what makes us human. It’s also what puts us in charge of our lives. What we think about and the way we think determine how things work out for us. Life is like a mirror, reflecting our thoughts back to us as the circumstances of our lives.

But it’s not just a matter of playing with words or repeating affirmations parrot-fashion. The Law of Attraction works at all levels – conscious and subconscious, physical, mental and emotional – and to get the most from it you have to believe and feel with your whole being.

Of course, a positive attitude help you to live a healthier, longer life and be more successful at everything you do. When life is tough, pessimists lapse into in negative self-talk and limiting beliefs and quickly become demotivated. Not only does it lower their chances of success, it actually weakens the body’s natural defences.  Optimists, on the other hand, stay focussed, seek solutions and act quickly to put things right. They have the courage to try out new ideas and are more fun to be around.

But – and this is a big but – there are many misconceptions about positive thinking.  If you were to read some of the mass market books on the Law of Attraction, it sounds so easy. But it’s not. You could be forgiven for thinking that all you have to do is focus your thoughts on something you want and it will show up in your life. Then you’ll be happy.

There’s a downside. If you use this Law from a consciousness of selfishness or greed, you may get what you want, but you will also reap the effects of your intentions. You will attract the effects of selfishness, greed and uncaring (yours and other people’s) and like King Midas will not benefit from what you have.

The Law of Attraction only works to your advantage when you align your thoughts with the highest good for all – love, joy, prosperity and health, not just for yourself, but for everyone and all beings.

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©David Lawrence Preston, 24.1.2018

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Non-resistance is one of the greatest spiritual teachings. It is closely related to forgiveness. Yeshua bar Yehosef (later rechristened ‘Jesus’) alluded to it, but it is not unique to him – all the great religions teach the same.

According to one of the gospel writers[1], Yeshua said ‘You have heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you, don’t resist him who is evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.’ Obviously, he didn’t mean this literally – he knew how to use symbolism and metaphor to get his message across. He was simply telling his audience of poor and oppressed people, let it go; don’t meet evil with evil, instead – practise only good.

In saying this, he was reinforcing a passage in the Hebrew Scriptures[2]: “Do not say, ‘I will do unto others as they have done unto me; I will pay them back for what they have done.’”

Non-resistance is about replacing negative thoughts of judgement, blame and vengeance with loving thoughts of acceptance, harmony and peace, and then allowing our speech and actions to concur. Of course, this is not always easy to do, but it is the only way for peace of mind.

When we feel attacked, abused or insulted, we should let go and let higher forces handle it – which they will – through the natural Law of Cause and Effect. Others have to face up to their responsibilities and learn from them, just as we do. We need do nothing. Lessons will be learned. natural justice will be done.

In the greater scheme of things fighting evil with evil simply doesn’t work. As one of the greatest modern proponents of non-resistance, Mahatma Gandhi, put it,  – ‘An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.’ We all know revenge doesn’t change what happened and that anger merely clouds our judgment; it can lead to unwise actions which inadvertently sabotage our happiness and wellbeing.

I’m not saying it’s easy, but intuitively I think most people understand the sense of what I’m saying.

Some years ago I came across an idea which I’ve found very helpful in understanding and practising forgiveness and non-resistance. When we’re stressed, angry, fed up, facing tough challenges and finding it hard to see a way through,  we should ask ourselves not, ‘Why did this happen to me,’ but ‘Why did this happen for me?’

Why is this so valuable? Because everything that happens does so for a reason. We may not see it at the time, but it contributes to the fulfillment of our life’s purpose. If we respond wisely, it contributes to our spiritual growth. We live in a world of appearances. Sometimes the things we get angry about happen specifically for our benefit, but we can’t see it. This is the real meaning of ‘Turn the other cheek’ – allow life to happen, stay centred, look for the benefit, and know that everything that happens, happens for you.

©David Lawrence Preston, 21.7.2016

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[1] In the composite of Yeshua’s sayings known as the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5 38-39.

[2] Proverbs 24:29

The Universe is not run by blind forces

Science tells us that the Universe is not run by blind forces. It is regulated by fields of intelligent energy. We have difficulty grasping this concept because the world appears so fickle and our untrained minds, dominated by the five senses, cannot see beyond appearances.

Consider a waterfall. Water cascades and sends spray everywhere. It appears chaotic, but every drop moves according to laws of motion which can be observed and measured.  Similarly, the universe, which appears so turbulent to the casual observer, operates according to laws which are just as timeless and reliable, and work for our good. These laws have always existed, but we have not always been aware of them. For instance, there is no more electricity in the world today than ten thousand years ago, but it could not be harnessed until someone identified the laws by which it functions.

‘Spiritual means ‘non-physical’. 

‘Law’ implies a rule which is unchanging, unyielding and continuous, established and enforced by some power. Whatever is ‘law’ today was the same yesterday and will be forever. Humans are not responsible for carrying out the laws which govern the universe, and we can do nothing to change them in any way. But we can learn about them and apply them. And just as we understand many physical laws, many spiritual laws are already understood, and no doubt others – physical and spiritual – are waiting to be discovered.

Spiritual laws apply to all and can be counted on 100%. When we honour them, we grow in wisdom, love, creativity and personal power. When we think positively, we grow in mental strength; and when act lovingly and show kindness to others, we feel fulfilled.

©David Lawrence Preston, 30.5.2016

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