“The law of attraction works universally on every plane of action, and we attract whatever we desire or expect. If we desire one thing and expect another, we become like houses divided against themselves, which are quickly brought to desolation. Determine resolutely to expect only what you desire, then you will attract only what you wish for.”
- Ralph Trine.
When we reach for an effective and lasting change in our thought patterns, we find that positive thinking as a pattern will as such be the dominant brain wave pattern, when we experience a state of joy, happiness, and peace of mind. Simple enough, when we are happy our mind sends positive vibrations that eventually attract more of the things that make us happy so that we very quickly find ourselves creating a momentum which in turn changes our state of mind and therefore our reality. However, with all that said we very quickly discover that the act of monitoring our infinite thoughts day in day out in an attempt to change every single one of them from the negative form to a positive one can be a very exhausting process, if not impossible. Fortunately, there is a simpler way of altering the way we think. There are methods which have proven to deliver highly effective results in a short period of time, with minimal effort as well as long lasting effects.
“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.”
Intricacies of REALITY
When we address the creative laws of the universe that govern our existence we usually talk of the laws of physics, the laws of chemistry, and the laws of mathematics, but are seldom reminded of the laws that govern the mental and the spiritual realms. Furthermore, even though we may relate to them in some manner we are quite untrained when it comes to putting them into use. The recurrent assumption is that since it is not easily perceptible it may or may not be real in the sense of immediate evidence. But this assumption is a misconception, built upon years of neglect to claim the presence of what is there for the taking. This infinite power exists and its responsiveness is the proof of its magnificence. Once we choose to align ourselves with it, we begin to experience the results in our immediate reality. This responsiveness we commonly term miracles or manifestations. The laws work for everyone alike exactly as the law of gravity does, consistently and steadily. Furthermore, we all use them whether we choose to or not, however mostly subconsciously and therefore without purpose of intention towards our desires. By aligning to this force and putting it to use on a conscious level we achieve the desired results and experience the joyful state of being we so desire. The re-establishment of this connection, the alignment with this magnificent power, this creative force of the universe follows from within through the channel of our subconscious minds in other words, through our thoughts and emotions. Combined with an understanding that we are not a person in the traditional sense, but a field of energy and information in the larger quantum field - like a wave upon the ocean, never separate - we begin to see a bold new picture of how reality works. We release the struggle of manifesting, creating a deeper sense of inner harmony and outer order, and are now able to re- activate the laws of the universe in powerful ways. In this unified field, we are completely supported. Everything is conspiring to awaken us to our true identity and fulfill our great destiny. We can relax into this truth, lean on it, and from this deeper sense of peace, allow our life to unfold in ways that are truly beyond our imagination.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
―Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
MIND over MATTER
Our real self is an eternally perfect being, whereas our physical self is a relative, finite expression, made in the image and likeness of our ego. It is the part of us that is born, gets a name, and will eventually die. When we are more identified with the changeless, infinite part of us, we stay rooted in our core as our external world continues to change form and reveal our ever-expanding good. The invisible realm of energy and information is where divine ideas exist, where the butterfly lives before it emerges through the caterpillar. Where the perfect idea of you is before you are born, and where the perfect idea behind everything, known and unknown, resides — waiting to be discovered. The first step in developing this new awareness is understanding the reality-creating mechanisms of consciousness. How the experiences of the senses are an expression of mental and spiritual activity, not a reality in themselves. We must re-train ourselves to remember that all the good we could ever want, all the joy, peace, love, freedom, fulfillment, creativity, and inspiration, is happening right here and now, within us and all around us. We then come to the understanding that heaven, paradise or nirvana as described by a variety of spiritual leaders throughout history, these are all a state of consciousness where duality has dissolved and the essential peace and harmony of our being is realized. This is not in the future, it is here now, waiting to emerge when the conditions are right. Likewise, hell is a state of mind, the ultimate sense of feeling separate from our essential nature or god. Because of these myths, fantasies, and false concepts about the way life works, we are often in a state of anticipating something in the future - good or bad. From this state, activating the laws at hand, we find ourselves either running right into the bad we expect or forever waiting for the hoped-for good to happen.
“What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”
—Hans Urs von Balthasar, Prayer.
Your higher SELF
When you come to the implementation of the law of attraction - or any manifestation technique for that matter - your desire manifests at the level of your current self-image, including your limited perceptions, fears, and past traumas – which can cause you to create things that perpetuate your old problems rather than improve them. Therefore, your task at hand should be first and foremost about becoming - or more accurately revealing - more of who you already are. In other words, unleashing your infinite, often imprisoned, potential. Once this is achieved there is never a danger of attracting the wrong thing, because rather than trying to attract something you may perceive as missing - which is a reaction to a limited self- image - the alignment you have reached creates the inner conditions that cause your next evolutionary stage to unfold organically, bringing with it everything needed for its fulfilment. Now, only that which supports your highest potential can show up. Furthermore, you will have reached the state of consciousness to fully enjoy your heart’s desires. This will begin to shift your focus from the external effects to the source within you, and will re-activate your innate wisdom to bring you the insights and opportunities necessary to grow to the next level. As this happens, you will find moments of utter inner peace and bursts of inspiration which will guide and direct you on your path of self realization and well-being. All of which and in spite of having to do with the conditions at hand - in fact, even when things may not look so good, you will be able to feel good anyway, because you are becoming more rooted in the changeless, infinite nature of your real being than in the world of constantly changing forms. When you realize this true nature of life and see that everything is already in this field within you, you drop the struggle and let things to naturally evolve in perfect harmony.
“Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends.”
The self, when truly understood, is already perfect. Just as any seed of a flower contains the flower in itself in all its magnificence, the self has everything it needs to fulfill its higher purpose. When the inner conditions are right, it naturally emerges, bigger, better, and more abundantly than we can imagine. Unfortunately, the vast majority of what we are taught directs us away from our self. The obsessive drive to improve ourselves not only takes us further from true fulfillment, and covers up our original perfection, it ingrains many of us with a sense that we are more broken than when we have begun. The very act of trying to improve ourselves often carries with it a seed of inadequacy that can grow into a larger feeling of lack, requiring greater attempts at self-improvement. We need only look to nature for clues about how we are really meant to grow - does the Seed of Flower have to improve itself in order to become a flower? Does the caterpillar have to improve itself to become a butterfly?
The lack of awareness, or repression, of this authentic self is at the root of the ingrained discontent most of us feel. We have been born into a belief that our fate is determined by external conditions. In fact, the opposite is true. Like the flower, we already have the perfect blue-print and mechanics within us to fulfil our greatest potential. All that we need to do is create the right conditions and that potential will emerge organically. The basic principle is as follows: When we tap into the seed of divinity within us, and cultivate the conditions for its growth, no matter what limitations appear out there, the destiny for which we were born will emerge as naturally as the seed blooms into a flower. But whereas the seed is indigenous because its successful emergence is determined by external conditions, humans are endogenous, because our unfolding is determined by internal conditions. This is a great truth that can set us free to realize that no matter what side of the tracks we were born on, no matter what the current conditions are out there, and no matter what race, colour, or creed we are, when we create the right inner conditions, the greatness already within us will unfold.
‘We are what we think. We become what we believe. Our life is what we visualize. Our life is what we say it is’.
- Barbara Berger.
But that is not how most of us were raised. We were raised to believe we are victims of external conditions, and that our external conditions, to a greater or lesser extent, determine how high we will grow and how far we will go. Most of the tools we are using to grow ourselves, our businesses, our families, and our organizations to the next level are artefacts of an old evolutionary paradigm based in duality, scarcity, and a Newtonian model of cause and effect - all of which have been shattered by discoveries in the fields of quantum physics, cutting-edge brain science, and mind-body medicine. Even many sincere spiritual teachings of the new age when not combined with an understanding of this law, often lead to just spiritual materialism - causing the same stress, struggle, fear, and failure that so many of us suffer from. We are brought up with a material concept of the world, believing the concept of an inner world and an outer world which are somehow separated. But this is an optical illusion - or delusion. In other words - everything we feel, see, taste, touch, as well as every relationship we have happens first in our consciousness. This is a liberating realization because it puts the full determining factor of our experience squarely on us, rather than anything or anyone out there. This is a position of ultimate empowerment as we learn to re-emerge into the role of the authors and authorities of our life. Clearly the fact that our waking world feels real does not make it true. Our eyes do not actually see, nor do our fingers feel. Our mind does! We do not see because we have eyes, we have eyes because seeing is a quality of our consciousness. As we come into this new awareness, another realization emerges – all power resides in consciousness, hence in us. With this in mind we may find that even while practising spiritual principles, we will - at first at least - fall back into this pattern of thought, making us believe there are still outer forces which determine, to some extent, who we can become and what we can achieve. These beliefs we harbour in us were given to us along our journey by authority in our immediate environment - as we were growing up, during our formative years - such as our parents, family members, teachers and so on. Later to be reinforced in a wider spread manner through governments, communities and institutions around us. All of which leads us to a whole belief system that has us waiting for things to change externally in order for us to live the life of our dreams.
‘Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real’.
- Deepak Chopra.
We are constantly convinced there is always some external excuse for why we cannot do or be what we most deeply desire. But the truth be said, despite appearances to the contrary, is that nothing and nobody out there has any power over us. We may go through the experience of powerlessness but that is solely because we first believe we are powerless. These false beliefs as we come to see them as such are deep ingrained in our subconscious, and play a key role on all levels of our existence. Therefore our main purpose should be to emerge beyond them in order to evolve into our destiny. We are already who we are seeking. We already have it all. But most of our potential is invisible, waiting to be activated by our attention and intention. Suffice to say, as long as we are overly focused more on what we can see, touch, hear, and feel, we are cutting ourselves off from the vast majority of our potential, and making ourselves a prisoner of external conditions and the vicissitudes of human living.
The latest discoveries in Epi-Genetics has even begun to prove this scientifically. Whereas we used to believe that our genes controlled us, we now know that it is the environment that our cells are in, that determines whether or not a gene is turned on or off. Furthermore, this environment is determined not merely by what we put into our body, but by our emotional and mental state. This has been further proven through the science of Psycho-Neuro-Immunology, where research has shown how every thought and emotion creates the corresponding neuro-chemicals that impact the body – creating the inner environment for the cells. So it is ultimately our state of consciousness that determines our genetic disposition, not our genes, …not germs, and not heredity. To follow this line of thought and into the realms of the science of quantum physics and the observer effect we now hold the belief that we are not merely a body, but a field of energy, and what we expect and pay attention to determines what we draw out of the field into our experience.