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Law of Attraction Repealed

The Law of Attraction is hereby repealed

Since the appearance of the movie and book “The Secret”, it seems that almost every success guru and life coach has jumped on the bandwagon rolling along under the banner of the “The Law of Attraction”.  The doctrine they loudly proclaim is that you need only create thoughts and emotions that are aligned with the conditions or possessions that you want to come into your life, and you become a kind of human magnet which then magically attracts those physical objects to you just as a real magnet attracts iron.  For anyone who is anything less than satisfied with his current financial or social situation, it can be very seductive, appearing to be a dream come true.  Like having Aladdin’s magic lamp, every wish is fulfilled by an invisible but omnipotent genie. However, a closer examination of the Law of Attraction from a spiritual perspective reveals that it is fundamentally flawed, and will not deliver as promised for most of the people who subscribe to and apply its principles.

The Law of Attraction is predicated upon a belief in separation and materialism.  There are conditions or  material objects, separate from us, that we need to attract and possess in order for us to feel happy, complete and fulfilled.  Accepting this belief causes us to establish conditions or reasons that stand between us and our happiness.  These conditions or reasons then must be fulfilled before we give ourselves permission to be happy and satisfied.  Further, if they are not fulfilled, we expect and even feel justified in being unhappy, instead of experiencing the unconditional and unreasonable happiness that is our true nature and the core of our being, regardless of what we get, have or do. 

We need to understand that the real Laws of how the Universe works are the Laws of Intention and the Law of Projection (which can also be termed as the Law of Reflection).  The Law of Attraction is focused upon finding happiness through the acquisition of material wealth, possessions and conditions.  The Power of Intention and Law of Projection is focused on being the happiness that you already are and enjoying the abundance that follows effortlessly from that realization.  One must be very clear about this point.  Abundance is not “wealth” in terms of some predetermined quantity of money or possessions.  Abundance is a state of mind.  Abundance simply is the ability and opportunity to do what you want to do when you want to do it.  Wealth is measured by some external standard-a million dollars, a billion dollars.  Abundance is measured by internal satisfaction and self-perceived quality of life. There are many things that you may want to do that require money or a specific material object, but there are also many more things that can be done without the need personally to possess the money or object that would facilitate its fulfillment.   So it’s important not to let thoughts of limitation, as in not having enough money at the moment to do something, handicap the intentions that one sets toward the “heart’s desire”.

You don’t get what you deserve or attract, you get what you project.  As human beings, we have potential access to every possible “slide” in the universe that we can put into the “projector” that is our consciousness.  We habitually use the same ones we’ve been reinforced to use and only dimly understand, if at all, that there are countless others.  Our  awareness, and the power of choice that ensues from that awareness are the keys to manifestation.  Thoughts are the slides or blueprints, being present in the joy of the moment is the builder, the energy that condenses spirit into manifestation on the material plane.  This presence is the awakened consciousness of a mind that has transcended normal, thought and emotion dominated mental processing.  It is consistently shifting attention away from its chronic attachment to thoughts and onto the here and now.

Eternal vigilance is not only the price of freedom, it is also the price of liberation and abundance.  Vigilance means not getting lost in thought, but being fully present, in full acceptance and gratitude of and for the miracle of this moment.  It is having thoughts without them having you, the fulfillment of the dictum “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all else shall be added unto you.”

The Law of Projection works perfectly.  If it’s not working, it’s not because there’s a problem with the Law.  Something is being done wrong, even if one doesn’t believe that to be the case.   What you envision is what you create,  The Universe always mirrors back whatever you are transmitting…perfectly!!  The Law of Projection does not recognize negatives like the ego does.  If you are “trying” to manifest out of a sense of lack, that is, to relieve anxiety, seek pleasure, or self-validate, you are drained of your power to manifest effectively and effortlessly.  If in your dreams and plans you are feeling tension and effort, and a feeling of uncertainty and insecurity, then you are still attached. Effort and struggle turn off the power of manifestation.  However, if you set intentions without attachment then there’s nothing that needs to be figured out.  All of the details necessary to bring about the manifestation are subordinate to the intention when it is clear and pure, will appear naturally, effortlessly and with perfect timing.

One well-known channeled entity advises people to become aware of the general feeling tone they have in any given moment. and to deliberately shift that feeling tone every time they feel bad to one of feeling good.  This doesn’t mean, as most people interpret it, to substitute positive thoughts for negative thoughts, because by doing so you continue to allow yourself to become the effect of your thoughts.  Rather, it means becoming present and realizing the joy of who and what you truly are.

Many success gurus have become rich by promising that others can become rich, taking advantage of the masses of unhappy people who are always short of money and who are willing to spend what little money they have on the promise or hope that they, too, can be as rich and successful as their chosen mentors.  The many techniques as presented in the movie and book “The Secret”, which are designed to activate the Law of Attraction, are actually tools being utilized in service of the ego rather than helping people liberate themselves from conditionality of ego domination.  That’s why most people using those techniques continue to pursue the accumulation of wealth, never realizing that their real goal is on obtaining the one thing money can't ever buy.  Money is just a means for getting what we desire.  It is not and should not be a goal in and of itself.  Don’t “visualize” getting money.  Visualize what you want to get with the money.  The sentiment “there’s nothing like the feeling of money in the bank”, with the implication that having money in the bank or elsewhere in your possession brings a sense of happiness and security, is a fallacy.  If the unhappiness you are experiencing is the effect of your not having money in the bank, then you’ll be just as unhappy when you do have money.  It’s a question of conditional versus unconditional happiness, cause and effect. Money is a by-product of enthusiastic service.  You need to give up the idea that happiness is found by getting something, having something or doing something other than what you have, get or do now, whether it’s money, sex, a new job or any other external condition.  For example, Millions of people are ecstatic about getting jobs that a short time later they are desperate to get the hell out of.

There are many spiritual teachers who minimize or outright condemn money, possessions and wealth.  They are as misguided as the “success” teachers who focus on money, possessions and wealth and pay only lip service to spiritual transformation.  Just because money should not be established as a goal, however, does not mean that one cannot obtain or possess money, and possess what may seem to be large amounts of it. There is no intrinsic spirituality in poverty, nor is there any intrinsic evil in wealth.  Extolling the virtues of poverty or denouncing the evils of wealth do nothing for either personal or global transformation.  Many “spiritual” people are constantly worried because they do not have enough money to pay the bills.  They condemn wealth and the wealthy, and justify their state of lack and the state of anxiety it causes by saying that “money is not important because I’m ‘spiritual’”.  Jesus did not say “blessed are the poor”.  He said “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven”.  He was not implying that there were any “blessings” in poverty.  What he was saying was that those who are not attached to materialism, who lived with integrity and with spiritual simplicity, would dwell in the “Kingdom of Heaven”, that is, in a state of spiritual fulfillment and material abundance.