Law of Attraction
With so many people "practicing" the Law of Attraction with varied results, how do you ask the Universe for what you want? The answer to this question is quite simple, but before we get to that, let's start with a bit of background on this topic.
We live in an age of "instant" everything. Google, Amazon Prime, feedback from our social media profiles....the list of "instant" is endless. But when it comes to the big stuff, I mean the really big stuff, like happiness, success, money, a family, good health...well, there's no App for those things. So in the age of "instant", we turn to ideas such as the Law of Attraction, because we believe we can get instant results. A Google search for "law of attraction" returns 45,400,000 results. WOW!
In 2006, when "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne came onto the scene, the Law of Attraction became the new catch-phrase and "it-word". To date, that book has sold over 20 million copies and continues to attract newcomers. People from around the globe flocked to this way of co-creation with the Universe, with extremely varied results. While the idea is appealing...I mean, what better way to get what we want than by just sending out positive vibes & gratitude to the Universe and waiting for our desired thing to show up?
Still, people do their best to utilize this concept because it promises us something...even if that something is not tangible. We spend so much of our energy (effort) in the asking that we miss out on the act of creation itself. It's the modern-day idea of something outside of us rushing in to save us from our misery...the new Messiah. Unfortunately, most of us do not realize that there are more laws of the Universe that influence our lives, and the laws of the Universe are a bit more complicated.
While "The Secret" was a great primer, it over-simplified a lot of things that I feel are very important to understanding and working with the Universal laws. Many people get frustrated with trying to manifest their ideal reality. They try things like vision boards, affirmations, focusing on what they do want etc. only to find that they are still coming up short. Does the law of attraction even work? Yes, but it requires a deeper understanding and application of all of the universal laws together in order to truly make it work in your life.
The law of attraction is merely one of many universal laws. Recognizing and getting a brief understanding of the full circle of universal laws will make working with the “law of attraction” easier. There are seven Universal Laws or Principles by which everything in the Universe is governed. The Universe exists in perfect harmony by virtue of these Laws. Ancient mystical, esoteric and secret teachings dating back over 5,000 years from Ancient Egypt to Ancient Greece and to the Vedic tradition of Ancient India, all have as their common thread in these seven Spiritual Laws of the Universe. Once you understand, apply and align yourself with these Universal Laws, you will experience transformation in every area of your life beyond that which you have ever dared to imagine.
Of the seven Universal Laws, the first three are immutable, eternal Laws, meaning they are Absolute and can never be changed or transcended. They have always existed and will always exist. The other four laws are transitory, mutable Laws meaning that they can be transcended or at least "better used" to create your ideal reality. This is not to say that you should ignore these four Laws or attempt to defy them because even if you do they will still govern your existence. Your aim is to master each of the seven Universal Laws and only then learn to transcend the mutable ones.
The first Universal Law of Mentalism tells us that "The All is Mind - The Universe is Mental". That everything we see and experience in our physical world has its origin in the invisible, mental realm. It tells us that there is a single Universal Consciousness - the Universal Mind - from which all things manifest. All energy and matter at all levels is created by and is subordinate to the Omnipresent Universal Mind. Your mind is part of the Universal Mind - the same in kind with the only difference being one of degree. Your reality is a manifestation of your mind. This is true Mind Power. Remember that this is an immutable law and cannot be changed, ever.
The second Universal Law of Correspondence says, "As above, so below; as below, so above". This means that there is "harmony, agreement and correspondence" between the physical, mental and spiritual realms. There is no separation since everything in the Universe, including you, originates from the One Source. The same pattern is expressed on all planes of existence from the smallest electron to the largest star and vice versa. All is One. The Ancient Greek Temple of Apollo at Delphi was referring to this great Law of Correspondence in the inscription "Know thyself and thou shalt know all the mysteries of the gods and the Universe".
The third Universal Law of Vibration states that, "Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates"... "the whole universe is but a vibration". Science has confirmed that everything in the Universe, including you, is pure energy vibrating at different frequencies. The axiom that "like energy attracts like energy", upon which the Law of Attraction is based, has it's foundation in this Law. Everything that we experience with our five physical senses is conveyed through vibrations. The same applies to the mental realm. Your thoughts are vibrations. All your emotions are vibrations where "unconditional love" (in the sense of love for another) is the highest and most subtle of the emotional vibrations and "hate" is the densest and most base. You can learn to control your mental vibrations at will and this ability is instrumental in the art of co-creation with the law of attraction.
The fourth Universal Law of Polarity tells us that "Everything is dual, everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree". It is also one of the mutable or transcendable Universal Laws. It means that there are two sides to everything. Things that appear as opposites are in fact only two extremes of the same thing. For instance, heat and cold may appear to be opposites at first glance, but in truth they are simply varying degrees of the same thing. The same applies to love and hate, peace and war, positive and negative, good and evil, yes and no, light and darkness, energy and matter. You can transform your thoughts from hate to love or from fear to courage by consciously raising (changing) your vibrations. This is what is called in the ancient Hermetic Teachings the Art of Polarization. This dualistic principle of polarity does not exist in the spiritual realm where All is One. As it says in the Bhagavad-Gita, "God is Above the Opposites".
The fifth Universal Law of Rhythm tells us that "Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates." Another mutable law, it means that the pendulum swings in everything. This principle can be seen in the waves of the ocean, the rise and fall of empires, in business cycles, in the swaying of your thoughts from being positive to negative and in your personal successes and failures. In accordance with this Law, when anything reaches a point of culmination then the backward swing begins almost unnoticeably until such time that any forward movement has been totally reversed, then the forward movement begins again and the process is repeated.
To transcend the swing of the pendulum, you must become aware of the subtle start of the backward movement in any of your endeavours. When you feel the Law start to draw you back, it is important that you do not become fearful or discouraged. Instead, knowing that you are one with the Omnipotent Universal Mind for which nothing is impossible, keep your thoughts focused on your outcome. Even if your efforts meet with failure, find comfort that by virtue of this very same Law, the upward motion must start again. In time, your perseverance will be rewarded as the backward movements become less negative relative to your previous backward swings and you raise yourself higher.
The sixth Universal Law of Cause & Effect says that "Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause." In accordance with this Law, every effect you see in your outside or physical world has a very specific cause which has its origin in your inner or mental world. This is a core element of the law of attraction. Every one of your thoughts, words or actions sets a specific effect in motion which will come to materialize over time. To become the master of your destiny, you must master your mind for everything in your reality is a mental creation. Know that there is nothing like chance or luck. They are simply terms used by humanity in ignorance of this Law.
The seventh Universal Law of Gender states "Gender is in everything; everything has its masculine and feminine principles". This mutable Universal Law is evident throughout creation in the so-called opposite sexes found not only in human beings but also in plants, minerals, electrons and magnetic poles to name but a few. Everything and everyone contains both masculine and feminine elements. Among the outward expressions of feminine qualities are love, patience, intuition and gentleness and of masculine qualities are energy, self reliance, logic and intellect. Know that within every woman lie all the latent qualities of a man, and within every man those of a woman. This is true not only of the Physical Plane, but of the Mental and even the Spiritual Planes. On the Physical Plane, the Principle manifests as the sexes, male/female. No creation, physical, mental or spiritual, is possible without this Principle. An understanding of its laws will throw light on many a subject that has perplexed the minds of men.
So where does the Law of Attraction fit into the equation and how can you work with it? The Law of Attraction is a basic Law of the Universe which runs throughout all of the seven Universal Laws discussed here. Attempting to "work" with this law without a complete understanding of the 7 Universal Laws mentioned above is like trying to put together a puzzle with only 10 pieces of the 1000 piece puzzle. It is impossible. Our "instant" mentality is a doing us a disservice to our spiritual selves in this way. The only path to enlightenment, which encompasses all of our desires of health, happiness, love, etc. is through understanding ourselves. This is the inner journey taken by all who have reached this state of awareness. There are no shortcuts along the road, which is what the Law of Attraction has become. But once you align to your inner self (the Soul) and become the Master of your thoughts, words, deeds, and vibration as a whole, you will understand that the Law of Attraction is quite simple.
Abraham Hicks talks about this as "being in your vortex", which can sound a lot like a destination you have to arrive at. In essence, she is stating that you become so in love with WHO you really are that you begin to see that everything is already given to you. Once you change your perception from a place of lacking something to having it already waiting for you, you will see the Law of Attraction working in your life. This is how you shift your vibration to match what you desire. The very word "want" indicates that you are lacking something, of which, the Universe, matching your vibration, creates the very lack you put out, in effect not ever fulfilling your desires. But when you can see your desires as already done, meaning, you have created the exact life you desire inside your Mind, you are free to let go of the "how" and be sure that your desired outcome is being created for you. The key is to let go and let the Universe create it for you. After all, It's been doing this a lot longer than you and knows the best way in which it should arrive for you. Let go of your need to control how it arrives and once it manifests, you will see that the only effort needed by you was to Know Thyself, Love Thyself, and then co-create your life with that Divine law of Mentalism.