Working the law of attraction isn’t wishing, or even ‘working out how’
How do you apply your favorite spiritual teachings when faced with practical life challenges? And just Who is the Person you think you are? The real you is enlightened and aware, yet it doesn’t need to remain hidden inside the synthetic person that the world and you mistakenly think you are!
I’m sometimes forwarded teachings like the one, below from Rhonda Byrne. I find that, while not overtly spiritual (especially when taken out of context), these teachings can reveal kernels of truth. Sometimes even real thought provokers.
For instance, read what does not seem to be the real message in this one, and you’ll have the answer to how to precipitate something into your world from imagination:
Do you know that as you try and work out “how” your desire will come about, you are actually pushing your desire away from you? As you try and work out “how” you can make your desire happen, you are sending a huge message to the Universe that you do not have your desire. And if you’re not emanating the exact frequency of having your desire within you, how can the Universe possibly find your signal to deliver your desire?
May the joy be with you,
I confess, the over-simplification of Truth in the ‘new genre’ born out of The Secret teachings leaves me a bit disappointed. As a student of the Mystery Teachings, I realize that ‘revealing’ partial Truth is not better than no Truth at all, and can even be harmful if incorrectly interpreted and applied. Enough thought has been pushed and provoked by The Secret to create a new mainstream of philosophy on, not so much the Truth or Mystery School Teachings, but a mainstream version of spirituality, a way of ‘getting more’.
I was intrigued by that email message, and began re-reading one of my first metaphysical/self-help books, a dog-eared copy of The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace D. Wattles. It’s the one that Byrne popularized, as one of her stash of ‘secret teachings’ that, as her story goes, were held back because they supposedly threaten the ‘powers that be.’
While Wattles’ book is not spiritual, new-thought/ancient wisdom, it is a highly practical manual on personal development. And studying classic works on law of attraction, from a foundation steeped in Truth, can evoke responses from the Teacher within.
When I read these books that seem to be on ‘getting’, I start with the idea of looking for the gems inside. I ask the higher mind to inform me. This is the Mind that can look beyond ‘getting’ to something else: ‘precipitating’, as a spiritual alchemist. Reading anything from the clarity of higher thought can show you something new. It’s my favorite way to read a book, even one I’ve read a time or two before.
Wattle’s little book, unlike the Secret or much current metaphysical work, doesn’t just allude to the magic of visualizing what you desire. It actually promotes, among other uniquely practical methods of mind, simply working at what you already do now, but in a certain way, while also holding to your plan for something more. I am paraphrasing something that can better be understood by reading (in part).
Here is the gist, but not the whole of Wattles’ thought:
There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made… A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by that thought. … In order to do this, man must pass from the competitive to the creative mind… [and] come into harmony with [it] by entertaining …gratitude [while] contemplating… in thanksgiving that the reality is being given to him. …
Wattle further teaches that:
… man must be active; … he must do, every day, all that can be done that day, taking care to do each act in a successful manner. He must give… a use value in excess of the cash value he receives… that the impression of Increase will be communicated to all with whom he comes in contact…
What is also missing from some writings on law of attraction
So, do you have to just spend your spare time sitting around, visualizing what you want with gratitude, so you can receive? I look to the example of Jesus the Christ, the great Master, for the answer. He said simply, ‘Ask and you will receive’. He spent time in the desert or the garden fasting and praying, but he also acted on faith.
In spite of the single-mindedness of the mainstream idea of law of attraction as being as simple as, ‘visualize until you receive’, there is more you can – and should – do if your life is to change for the better.
The other element to the working of the law of attraction
Do not dismiss the ideas that come, they are not what Byrne was trying to say about working out how you will get what you desire. Instead, it is acting on inspiration after your time of quiet, of asking to be shown. Then get busy putting practical plans into play. Then the Infinite or formless substance can work with you, as you work.