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“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms — this knowledge, this feeling is at the centre of true religiousness.” - Albert Einstein.
The Spiral of Expansion
The universe as we perceive it, observe it and experience it is not all there is. This formless substance is pure energy – a vibrating, pulsating, resonating, magnetizing force. At the molecular level, it's constantly in motion. When addressing this wonderful idea, we have the choice of three different aspects which make up the one. In spiritual terms as god, higher power, spirit or the universe. In mental terms as infinite intelligence, universal mind, divine mind, formless substance. In scientific terms as energy or relativity or further more into quantum physics, where it is known as the field of all possibilities. The mental, the spiritual, and the scientific aspects of the laws of life - any or all of it is there, for this power - however we may conceive it - is the source of everything we desire. It is perpetually awaiting our recognition and will create, attract, and guide us to inspired action. It will magnetize and mould itself to whatever form we desire if we align ourselves with it through certain laws – called universal laws.
Newtonian physics, or the mechanistic model of life, has coloured our thinking, creative processes, and external structures, for a while now, making us believe in duality and separation as ultimate realities. But with the insights gained through quantum physics, alongside the wisdom of the great mystics, it is now known that this may be seen as more of an omni-action than mere interaction, a unified field out of which multiplicity arises – the one appearing as the many. As we dive deeper into the nature of reality, as described by cutting- edge quantum physics and mystics of every age, these ideas reveal themselves as a magnificent all-encompassing truth which in essence is the all that is. More than just giving us a larger framework in which to live in, this new model of life enables us to depend more on the invisible side of reality - primary causation – than the visible. We now know that the atom, once believed to be the building block of life, is not solid at all - it is 99.999% empty space. Hence, what we perceive with our senses, what we have built our whole world on, is based on 0.001% of reality. If that number represented our level of sight, we would be walking around blind – which turns out to be truer than most care to admit. So it would appear that everything is made up of nothing. But this nothing is quite full of something – vibrating with energy and information, it is the field of all that is - a field of creation, a field of opportunities and life. Within this field we are - like a wave upon the ocean - individual but inseparable. When we understand that we are not merely a person, but much more a state of consciousness without boundaries, we confront the reality that everything and everyone out there is actually an extension of that which is in here. This invisible realm of energy and information is where divine ideas exist - where the flower blooms even before it emerges from a seed. 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 nature of the eternal realm, whether we call it god, higher power, or the quantum field, is omnipresent, or in other words, everywhere-Present simultaneously. But as that idea of omnipresence breaks into space, it takes on progressive expressions of being everywhere present. Our history of movement may well be seen as an example of the application of these laws into what we call our experience of life. In this reality where the unfolding of the eternal idea of omnipresence is consequent and expanding, we are actually co-creators on the cutting edge of this field.
‘If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning – just as if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never have known it was dark. Dark would be without meaning’
- C. S. Lewis.
The First Cause
Co-creation is the divine idea behind all forms of existence. An idea which is uniquely expressed through each of us. This understanding of these fundamental archetypes, or building-blocks, of the quantum or spiritual realms are omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, infinity, and eternity. As we look around, we see unlimited forms of power, in people and objects, in an ever-expanding expression. Omniscience – all knowing, all intelligence - hence, for example, our ability to access almost any channel of knowledge we could ever need as an expression of this idea, as well as an expression of omnipotence and omnipresence. We could also look at the idea of infinity and realize that all expressions of space are relative expressions of this idea. We contemplate eternity and realize that all expressions of time are expressions of that as well. Once we have fully grasped these forms we furthermore come to the understanding that ideas such as love, peace, freedom, joy, prosperity, well-being and harmony are but expressions of these ideas, mixed and matched in an infinitely unique variety. In this unified field of expression, we are completely supported. Everything is conspiring to awaken us to our true identity and fulfillment of our great destiny. We can relax into this truth, lean on it, and from this deeper sense of peace naturally allow our life to unfold in ways that are truly beyond our imagination. When we realize the true nature of life and see that everything is already in this field within us, we drop the struggle. We discover that self-actualization and true fulfillment are not about adding anything, but about seeing our true self. Releasing everything, and allowing our life to unfold according to its perfect pattern.
As described by many authors, artists, and composers going through the process of creativity where they experience a sudden tapping into this dimension of their being, through which they can see the whole painting already done, or sense the whole book already written, or literally hear the completed piece of music playing. In this state of being we find ourselves as channels of creation taking divine dictation.
“Are you looking for me? I am in the next seat. My shoulder is against yours. You will not find me in the stupas, not in Indian shrine rooms, nor in synagogues, nor in cathedrals: not in masses, nor kirtans; not in legs winding around your own neck, nor in eating nothing but vegetables. When you really look for me, you will see me instantly — you will find me in the tiniest house of time. Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath.”
Most of us float along with the experiences of life. When everything is flowing smoothly as we expect it to be, we are happy. If we end up in bad situations, we throw a temper tantrum and complain about how unlucky we are at life. Being the passive observers, we assume the role of a victim when something happens to us which we actually had better avoided. The knowledge of the law of attraction helps us to wake up to the fact that everything that is happening in our lives is only the result of what we are constantly feeling and thinking. This fact can liberate us from the position of a passive observer to a proactive one. The law of attraction tells us that we can consciously choose our life experiences and that by thinking and feeling positively, we can change our realities for the better. The means to put it into practice is through the power of focus - as we shift our focus from the negative to the positive, we start to change the experiences in and around us which in turn completely change our life. Fact is, this power to create change exists for us all. Furthermore, we all use it without even knowing so, without exception.
‘All that we are is - the result of what we have thought, What we think, we become.'
The law of attraction began at the beginning of time. evidence to this theory has been found in relics of many ancient cultures and old civilizations throughout history. The existence of the law was recorded on the Emerald Tablet dated 3000 BC - with the inscription – “as within so without”. The ideas that make up the law of attraction can be also found in writings of all faith-based religions throughout the centuries, to this day. The Bible is filled with stories of individuals applying the law of attraction to tremendous effect, only they did not call it that. Abraham, Moses, King Solomon, Paul, even Job - they all used it. So did Mohammed. As did Buddha, waiting by the stream for enlightenment to come, knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that it would. The law of attraction is the farthest thing from new age. It is timeless, and its application is as ancient as the origins of humanity. The law of attraction is in agreement with religion because it recognizes a force that is at once part of us and greater than us, and from which all things flow. That source energy has many different names, but whichever one we choose to call it, the concept is the same. In essence, it is merely in our role to express a desire and then to trust this greater power to guide us there, and in doing so allowing god’s will to be done. It is the very core of faith - and it is precisely what the law of attraction teaches. There is nothing in the law of attraction that defies or negates any religious teachings. For instance - “Ask and Ye shall Receive” said Jesus, and so does the law of attraction. The law of attraction preaches acceptance – It teaches us how to become vibrationally aligned with the idea of receiving that which we have asked for. Once we have asked for whatever it is we wish to receive, the universe has already begun the process of delivering it to us. The difference between this concept and religious doctrine is really just a matter of semantics. If the word 'ask' is replaced with the word 'pray' and the word 'universe' with the word 'god' we realize we have literally summarized what pretty much every great world religion has to say on the subject. Welcoming god’s love into our heart is the same as the practice of allowing in the law of attraction. Resistance is resistance, whether we are resisting god or resisting our own deservedness of being happy and fulfilled. Trust is trust, whether we are trusting god or trusting that whatever we ask for, we are given - if only we are ready to receive it.
For a Buddhist the ultimate purpose of life is liberation through purification of the mind. In order to achieve this state of mind one learns to practice detachment instead of attachment. However, this could be fully achieved only by renunciation of everything existential and eventually becoming a monk. Ordinary people still expect earthly pleasure, and rightfully so. In The Dhammapada- which is a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form, known as the Buddhist scriptures - first and second verses says that - “All that we are, is the result of, what we have thought” and goes on to explain the misery that results from negative thoughts, as well as the joy that follows positive thoughts. The Dhammapada also states that a “trained mind brings health and happiness.” Throughout Buddhism, the power of mind is emphasised. Accordingly, one can achieve good Karma by having wholesome thoughts or positive thoughts all the time. Loving Kindness Meditation in Buddhism, if practised continuously with devotion, would definitely bring marvelous results in changing the character for the better. Loving Kindness Meditation starts with wishing kindness and compassion to one's own self, then one would spread the net of loving kindness to all, including people one does not like, gradually. This auto-suggestive messaging method as applied during the law of attraction practice could be regarded as an extension of the same concept of loving kindness on one’s own self.
In Jewish religion, the law of attraction is a popular idea that states that a person’s attitude attracts matching . Pessimism attracts misfortune, while optimism attracts good fortune. The power of attitude to change the flow of a person’s life is a tacit assumption of much of the Torah Literature – the central reference of the religious Judaic tradition - particularly in that most influential source of common wisdom, Psalms - “One who trusts in god, kindness surrounds him!” and, “Fortunate is the man, who puts his trust in god!” The sages of the Talmud – which is the collection of writings comprising the central text of rabbinic Judaism - similarly appear to take this law for granted. For example, in dismissing as useless superstition a folk-omen to determine whether one’s journey will meet with success or doom, the sages advise: “But do not do it.” Why not? “Because perhaps the omen will be negative, the person will worry, and his fortune will go sour.” The Zohar – the foundational work in the literature of Jewish mystical thought known as - the Kabbalah - describes this optimism effect in cosmic terms. The lower world is always ready to receive and is called a precious stone. The upper world only gives it according to its state. If its state is of a bright countenance from below, in the same manner it is shone upon from above. But if it is in sadness, it is correspondingly given judgement. Similarly, it is written: “Serve god with joy” — because human joy draws another, spiritual joy! Thus, just as the lower world is crowned, so it draws from above. It is, in essence, a super-rational conviction, one that has proven itself more powerful than any other idea in human history - that life is good, because its maker is good, hence, our task in life is to prove it so.
In Islam one finds a path of personal growth and spiritual development, ultimately culminating in awakening to the divine presence of god. A very important idea in Islam, is optimism and the application of positive thinking. Based upon the teachings of the prophet Muhammad, this path of personal development is known as Al-tariquah, and is also referred to in Arabic as Tazkiyyat an-nafs, or purification of the self, and in English as Sufism. The prophet taught that the means to such purification is a way known as complete surrender- through spiritual surrender, a human being will ultimately become purified of the source of negativity, fear and anger, that source being the ego. According to the teachings of the law of attraction “our life is a mirror of our thoughts”, thus, we are the ones who are responsible for what happens to us, whether it is good or bad. One cannot deny the fact that it does to a great extent ring true and can actually relate to one of the beautiful Hadith Qudusi– the collections of the reports claiming to quote what the prophet Muhammad said verbatim on any matter - wherein Allah says: “I am as my servant expects me to be”. Replacing what the law of attraction calls The universal power with Allah, we find what it says is somewhat conforming with what Allah commands. In other words, that we supplicate with conviction and without having any doubts that our prayers are answered. The practice of gratefulness and gratitude are as well an integral part of the teachings of Islam. One should feel grateful for the good things in one’s life and busy one’s heart and mind with feeling joyous for the great things one already has instead of feeling sorry for those one does not have. The law of attraction says that by so doing, one is inviting more good events into one’s life. Again avoiding the absolute control of human power alluded to here, this more or less conforms with what Allah says in the Quran – the central religious text of Islam - “And when your Lord warned: If you are grateful, I shall increase my favours upon you …” - Qur’an (14:7).
Christianity is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. In one of his famous sermons Jesus directed his followers to ask for what they want with the faith and belief that they already had it. In fact, he said anything that you ask for in a spirit of faith and belief you would get. According to the law of attraction, anything we give our energized thoughts to - and by energized it is specifically meant to describe emotionalized thoughts, thoughts mixed with strong emotions like excitement, love, fear, anxiety - these will super-charge thought energy and set the law of attraction in motion. A clear example of this can be seen in Job 3:25, when he says: “Because a dreadful thing I have dreaded; it has come upon me. And what I have been scared of comes to me.” The premise upon which the law of attraction is based on, is - a request with a promise - and is to be found dozens of times throughout the Bible. The King James version of the Bible says in Matthew 21:22 - “And all things, whatsoever, ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” The law of attraction says that anything you think about long enough and with enough emotion, you will attract to you. In other words, ask and it is given. The law of attraction also touches on the idea that if our vibrational state, or our internal energy, raises to a new, higher level, then the world around us will magically change to fit that vibration. Conversely, if we operate on a lower vibrational frequency, our surroundings will match that as well. In a scripture from the Bible - Titus (1:15) explains: “To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and unbelieving, is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.” A person with a pure heart can be in the same geographical location as another with a defiled frame of thought. The pure will see and experience nothing but purity, and in the exact same physical environment, the defiled will see and experience nothing but misery.
“The law of attraction will certainly and unerringly bring to you the conditions, environment and experiences in life, corresponding with your habitual, characteristic, predominant mental attitude.”
- Charles Haanel.
A Field of Infinite Possibilities
Some of us use it unconsciously but do not know how it works. This law actually works through our thought patterns. When we think of something, vibrations are sent from the mind to the outside world and these vibrations act as a magnet that attracts what thoughts we have. The universe and the law of attraction are simply responding to our thought patterns - real or imagined, current or remembered. Whatever evidence we see around us is nothing more than the manifestational indicator of our thought. Therefore, there is no such thing as an unchangeable condition. However, in order to deliberately be able to benefit from this given universal power it requires an understanding of its basic traits, with the emphasis on the practice of our guidance system represented by our emotions, and a willingness to deliberately focus upon - things that make us feel good. The law responds to our thought, not to our current reality. The law of attraction says that that which is like unto itself, is drawn. In other words, that which we think, in any moment, attracts unto itself other thoughts that are like it. When we withdraw our attention from those things which are not pleasing, and we put our attention upon those things which are pleasing, those pleasing things begin to become more abundant, while those none pleasing things become rarer, until eventually, those none pleasing things cannot be part of our experience because we will have eliminated the attraction factor from our vibration - hence, what we think and what we get always matches. That is why whenever we are thinking about a subject that is not pleasant, more unpleasant thoughts regarding that subject are quickly drawn. We find ourselves, in very short order, literally creating more of the undesired incidents. When we change the thought, our reality must follow suit. If things are going very well for us right now, then focusing upon what is happening now will cause the well-being to continue, but if there are things that are happening now that are not pleasing, we must find a way of taking our attention away from those unwanted things. We have the ability to focus our thoughts — about ourselves, about our body, and about the things that matter to us – in order to move in a different direction from what is happening right now. We also have the ability to imagine things that are coming or to remember things that have happened before, with the deliberate intent of finding good-feeling things to think and speak about. In other words, we can quickly change our patterns of thought, and therefore our vibration, and eventually find alignment with which we desire. For instance, when we would maintain a thought pattern of a childhood friend throughout the day, the brain will send out vibrations and attract things about that friend, eventually, we may be contacted by this friend or somebody may mention something about that particular friend. Another example reveals yet another aspect of the law: If we proceed with the thought pattern of - I do not wish to spill this drink on my new shirt - we very quickly realize that the law ignores the 'not' part of the thought. In fact, it only and at all times responds to the key words and acts. So that the rephrasing of the above thought pattern into - My shirt remains clean - will eventually bring about the requested result. Therefore, in accordance with this understanding we now are aware of the importance of - thinking in a positive form pattern as a precursor for getting the desired results.
Positive Mental Attitude – known as PMA - is the philosophy of having an optimistic disposition in every situation in one’s life attracts positive changes and increases achievement. Adherents employ a state of mind that continues to seek, find and execute ways to win, or find a desirable outcome, regardless of the circumstances. It opposes negativity, defeatism and hopelessness. Optimism and hope are vital to the development of a positive mental attitude.