Lately I’ve received questions that made me realize I need to write a few articles that teach more of the basics in the law of attraction. Volume one of this series is my answer to this question:
Q: “I know my attitude dictates how I react to my circumstances, but I don’t see how my attitude could possibly be creating my circumstances. What is the law of attraction, really?”
A: I am convinced that the law of attraction is like gravity, thermodynamics, or Newton’s laws of motion; it is a law. Just like gravity doesn’t care whether you believe in it or not, attraction is also impersonal. Ignorance of a law does not remove the effect of that law either. For example, before gravity was commonly understood everyone was still affected by it. Laws are as dependable as they are impersonal. Each law acts according to the same principles every time, without exception. “Good” people can struggle with loneliness, sadness, or a myriad of trials and even tragedies and that suffering does not mean that God doesn’t love them or that they are being punished. Struggling does not indicate that you are not a loving person. It just means that you have misused the law. Probably the misuse was due only to ignorance or a misunderstanding, and was not intentional. I have found that most of the time misunderstandings and misapplications are not applied consciously, but on a subconscious level. In fact most of the beliefs that hold us hostage are created before we are even able to process the validity of the beliefs. The existance of electricity will not hurt you, but a misapplication of electrical currents could kill you, even if you are an optimistic, kind, or loving person.
I’m not going to pretend to know exactly what the law of attraction is or how it works. I believe there are few, if any, who really do. I also don’t understand how planes fly, how cell phones work, or even what electricity is, or how it works. That doesn’t stop me from using these miracles to improve my life.
My understanding is that somehow in an intelligent, magical universe, we are all connected to each other, and to every thing. Our energy, spirit, life force, qi, or whatever else you want to call it, is creative. That (spiritual) part of me is the real me. My thoughts, my body, my feelings, and everything I’m experiencing is not me, but is a constant mirror of my energy level.
Because absolutely everything in the universe vibrates, it is highly likely that energy communicates and creates through vibration as well. We know what we are vibrating by observing our surroundings; that annoying guy at the office? He reflects and brings out energy that is already in you. If he were to leave, your energy would still be there, so you would find or create a new person or thing to create those feelings of annoyance that represent your energy. If your energy changes though, that guy can keep doing his thing and it will not charge any kind of negative emotion in you. This is more or less what it means when we say to look inside to solve your problems, and that trying to solve problems by working on your surroundings will be an endless hamster wheel of exhausting effort. You are trying to solve a problem by managing the effects of the cause, not by stopping the cause. More on this later.
I believe that every truly great teacher, from Buddha to Muhammad to Christ, focused primarily on helping people see that we create our own reality. It is a humbling thought to realize that we are responsible for everything we experience. This does not mean that you should beat yourself up for creating misery– as Joe Vitale says, you are not to blame for what you are experiencing, but you are responsible. Maybe when you consciously and intentionally create misery for yourself you can consider blaming yourself. Of course we know when you create struggle or even misery, it is not intentional, it is happening on a subconscious level. It is happening beyond your conscious awareness. Read the end of this article to understand this idea better, because everyone is always making the best choice they can based on the level of evolution they are at when the choice is made. The trick is learning to access and change the energy that is creating what you don’t want.
tomorrow we’ll look at the question:
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