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Law of Attraction?

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This is not one of my “Four Letter” posts but it was inspired and I felt compelled to post it here and now.

I have had a problem with the term Law of Attraction for a long time. For as long as I can remember actually and never knew quite why until now. I know that this is a very widely accepted term but it does not resonate with me.

I think it should be called Law of Alignment. Because saying we need to “attract” something implies we are separate from our good. Saying we need to “create” something implies it does not exist. It also implies that we are the creators and we are not.

All things already exist. The illusion of their absence has to do with our own perception or lack thereof. You must have the eyes to see that which you desire and claim.

We already have everything we desire and even far greater things; the lack or the having of them is in the seeing or not seeing of it. We are blind to the truth. The truth being all things already exist and in abundance for all.

When we feel GOOD we expand our VISION and SEE farther and broader and all those things we thought we didn’t have come clearly into focus and we see we had them all along. We take off our blinders and take in our good.

FINALLY

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Therefore I say unto you, Whatsoever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. ~Mark 11:24

 

If we research the etymology of the word prayer we see it is derived from the French word prier meaning request.

 

Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

The above scripture sums up prayer completely. First we are told to pray without ceasing, but surrounded by that command is “rejoice” and “give thanks” in all. We constantly and automatically pray without ceasing, we are constantly asking from the divine.

 

This is why in Psalms 141:3 we read “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.”
The author of this knew that all we think, say, and do shows up in our world and that we must be mindful of what words we allow to leave our lips. They also knew that we don’t pay much attention to what we say and therefore asks God to please protect us from our own ignorance.

 

The vast majority of the time we are oblivious to our prayers (requests). Our thoughts, words, and images are not vain; they are all requests to be answered. To pray is not limited to the act of getting our knees and asking for this or that, no prayer is to our cycle of creation what breathing is to being.

 

Just as breathing is an involuntary function of our body, prayer is in an involuntary function of our spiritual connection. We can alter the natural breathing process by holding our breath, or by speeding up and slowing our breathing. However, it much easier to let the natural process do what it does best.  The same is true for prayer. We can try to force our will, complain about what we do or do not have, or we can surrender to the divine flow.  This works to our advantage in breathing, but in prayer, not so much!

 

So how do we let prayer be as natural as breathing and still get what we want?  We follow the command given us in 1 Thessaloians 5:16-18; “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  When we live in a state of “joy” and “thanks” all of the things, experiences, people, which bring us joy and reasons to be thankful automatically show up.

 

“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. “So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” ~Matthew 6:7-8

 

Of course we are given free will. We can pray, meditate, write affirmations, visualize and on and on. Free will is one of our greatest gifts and teachers.  The Universe, God, whatever name you choose, knows what we have need of, this is the very power that created us, certainly it can sustain us as well.

 

Once we learn to trust without question, as the seed which becomes the rose, that God knows all we need for a rich, full, happy life then we can easily choose joy and the path of least resistance and watch with wonder as our life magically unfolds in ways we could never have imagined on our own. We will wonder why we ever tried going about it on our own and why we thought we knew better than our creator.

 

God invites us in Malachi 3:10 to “prove me now herewith, said the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

 

So how do we “prove” God and claim our blessings?  Let us do as we are instructed in Thessalonians, to rejoice and give thanks in everything. Let us ever keep a watch upon our mouth and see how our world changes. This is automatic prayer. This is what will change our world into the magical experience is was meant to be from the beginning.

 

LOVE

 

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NOTE:

God, religion, philosophy are all very personal. We each have our beliefs and this writing is not intended to influence or change anyone’s personal belief system. I subscribe to the philosophy that the Christian bible is a field guide for life; hence the quotes from the bible peppered throughout.

This particular image was found on the web. I could not find anyone to get permission from. If it is yours please let me know and I will give you proper credit. Thanks

 

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“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” ~Acts 20:35

We are taught from a young age that it is better to give than to receive. It is written in thy bible in ACTS 20:35 by Paul. Paul states these are the words of Jesus Christ yet nowhere in the Bible does Jesus actually say these words. Jesus spoke in parables and this line is not a parable. I believe that, if Jesus did make this statement, there was much more that went along with it, a bigger piece of the puzzle that we don’t have.  In the books of Mark, Matthew, John, and probably others, Jesus is recorded as saying, “Ask and you shall receive”, “Ask believing and you shall receive”, “All things you ask in my name you shall receive”.  I am paraphrasing as the verbiage varies amongst bible versions but the meaning is the same. Nowhere in these statements is it said that we must give first to receive what we’ve prayed for. Nowhere does it say while we can ask for things its better if we don’t and we just give instead.

Am I saying we should not give? No, not in anyway. In fact we are constantly giving. We simply can do nothing but give. When we receive or accept anything, we are GIVING the giver the opportunity to give. Giving and receiving are different sides of the same coin. Read that again, when you receive you are at the same time GIVING. When you accept a gift from a friend you are giving them the opportunity to give, to be happy, to bring you joy. When you take a breath in you immediately give one back.  Receiving is giving.

It is very important to be aware of the fact that we are always giving. Giving goes beyond physical exchanges. Everything we think, say and do is an act of giving. When you say anything about anyone you are giving that energy to the person. When you think a thought about a person or thing or even yourself, you are giving that energy.  The person or situation may or may not be receptive to your words or thoughts; however, be sure that someone somewhere is receptive and that your thoughts and words will not return to you void.  The taking or receiving side of this is all we send out returns to us multiplied. What do you want to return to you? Think long and hard about that before you utter a word or think a thought that might be even slightly negative. Before we do so we should ask ourselves, “What am I sending to myself with these words or thoughts”? We ask this because we are sure to get our return. Nothing comes uninvited. If you have a difficult person in your life examine the thoughts you have about that person on a daily basis, the mental conversations you have with them.

On the flip side then giving must be receiving as well. When we give a breath we immediately take in another or we would cease to be.  In giving a gift to another we receive the joy of making them happy. When we give out positive thoughts, love, energy, forgiveness, or prayers to another, we receive the benefit as well. We simply cannot give without receiving the same measure and even greater as we read in Luke 6:38 “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Upon reading this the thought occurred to me that maybe Jesus did say that it is better to give than to receive, because in choosing what you give you also choose what you shall receive multiplied.

 “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”  ~2 Corinthians 9:7

The idea that giving is receiving is evident in our natural world. Leaves fall from trees and become food in the soil which feed the trees during the winter, each fruit contains within it countless seeds to multiply itself many times over, nature is in a constant state of giving and receiving. In order to continue and thrive nature must constantly give and receive of itself.

“There is a destiny which makes us brothers; none goes his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.” ~Edwin Markham

We must remain ever aware that everything we think, say, and do is a gift or curse that we are giving to the universe and to ourselves!  Give love, blessings, and joy and that is what you will receive.

THANK YOU

 

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“The whole law is fulfilled in one command, Love your neighbor as yourself.” ~Galatians 5:14

Other than holding ones opponent scoreless in tennis, love is primarily defined as affection, or adoration, for a person or thing. Love truly is so much broader and deeper in scope to be limited to a tennis score or human emotion. After all Paul said that love is the fulfilling of the law. Of all the laws, emotions, feelings, and powers in the universe, love is the strongest. Love exists between a mother and child, a husband and wife, families, communities. Love dissolves hate and is the light that dispels the darkness we call fear. But even more, love is the creative force behind all creation.

 

 

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

~1 Corinthians 13:13

 

Love is a feeling, an emotion, and a law, love is a power and a force, surely the greatest force of all. Love is also the basis of all creation. All that is created is created out of love. The violence in our world today would have most think otherwise. How can terrorism or murder be acts of love? This type of thinking comes from the limits of human understanding. In the realm of human thought the concepts of good and bad, right and wrong, yours and mine exist. From these thoughts stem a perception of separation from our source, from each other, and from our own self understanding and well-being. Until one rises above the realm of human thought they will always see these good and bad, right and wrong scenarios and thus they will continue to see and experience them. Acts of violence are a product of fear, the opposite of love, and come from the desire to attain what is loved.

“Never wouldst thou have made a thing if though hadst not loved it.” ~Wisdom 11:24

 

We bring into our lives the things we focus most deeply upon and feel in our heart. In the bible, in the book of Wisdom, we learn from the above scripture that all we’ve created is made out of love. Many may deny this and claim that they certainly do not love of the unwanted things and experiences in their lives. It has to be understood that all things brought into our lives are our own doing through the power of love. This is the creative aspect of love. We are told in Romans 13:10 that “Love is the fulfilling of the law.” It is easy for one to assume their personal understanding of the definition of the word love when reading this scripture. Taking a closer look we can see that in this context love means focus. What we focus on we become one with. We can be very focused on things we do not want to experience but because we are focused on or loving those things we create them. Love is synonymous with focus in the creative process. This is how those things we call “unlovely” are created by love, they are focused upon so intently that the must be made manifest. When we strive to live in the present moment being aware of our thoughts and feelings, and become diligent about forgiving unwanted thoughts, we become the masters of our world. We align with our heart and become the embodiment of love in all forms.

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. ~Proverbs 4:23

the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. ~ 1 Samuel 16:7

 

Rarely do we think of love without thinking of or having an image of the heart. The heart is certainly the universal symbol for love. The Institute of Heart Math has measured the magnetic frequency of the human heart at several feet away from the individual. This magnetic frequency takes what we feel and brings it into our world. Our thoughts create images, which create feelings that radiate out from our heart. The heart is the center of love in our being. The heart sends out our frequency and brings back what matches. The fetal heart develops and beats before the brain develops. We can be kept alive if we are “brain dead” but without our heart we cease to exist.

Much of the Law of Attraction teaching today is focused primarily on the use of the mind. I am not against any of the processes today or any of the teachers and it is certainly not my intent to discourage anyone from following their own path of self-improvement. I am simply coming from my personal trials, failures, and experiences which have led me to certain discoveries of what has worked for me and may for you as well. Our words and thoughts create images in our minds which generate corresponding feelings in our hearts which radiate out from and return to us as our experience. We are told in the bible that God knows what we have need of and hears and answers us before we even ask. In my belief, God is within us not outside of us and is experiencing life through us, so of course this God would want us to have every good thing. If God hears us before we even ask is it not safe to assume that the images of the perfect unfolding of our desires are already within us, like the plant contained within the seed? The times I’ve noticed wonderful things rapidly showing up in my life are the times that I’ve been able to go into meditation and allow myself to get a very powerful feeling of love and gratitude in my heart center. I know that the love I feel during those meditations dissolve all blocks and resentment and the magnetic field sent out during that time is what brings all good things to me. It is the process of “proving” God that we read about in the book of Malachi.

Our center of creation is the heart, not the mind. What we feel in our heart we become. Buddha said that a man is what he thinks about all day long. He also said to believe nothing you read or hear not even from him, unless it agrees with you. I believe that a man is what he feels all day long. The danger in quotes is that not all of them are necessarily universal, eternal, or even true. Many quotes certainly contain wisdom but no one sentence sums up life to the point we no longer stop searching or creating. To ultimately find our truth we must go within ourselves. We must stop trying to live another’s truth or experience. We are here to live our own life, not another’s. We must LOVE our own life, our own path, and our own experiences. We must find and live from our own heart.

Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying. ~Emmerson

We should strive to love ourselves so deeply that we can only live our truth. When we live our truth we are living and experiencing all of the aspects of love and fulfilling the law. Our words and intentions must match. God is not mocked and has no room for hypocrisy. What you feel in your heart is what will manifest. The universe knows what is in your heart, no matter your words or actions; it is your heart that resonates who you truly are to the world. When we act in opposition of who we truly are we only fool and rob ourselves.

Love removes all barriers to our good. Let your heart be so filled with love that it radiates out from within you, uplifting all others, and bringing you every good thing that you Father knows you have need of.

Do whatever you can to get this feeling. We all have at least one thing that makes up happy, many of us have more than one, but we all have one. Keep a picture of a great memory or someone you love close to you and look at it often, think of something that makes you laugh so hard you cry and start laughing, think of anything that fills your heart with love and all good things will be added unto you. I dare you!

SENDING LOVE TO ALL

 

God, religion, philosophy are all very personal. We each have our beliefs and this writing is not intended to influence or change anyone’s personal belief system. I subscribe to the philosophy that the Christian bible is a field guide for life; hence the quotes from the bible peppered throughout.

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“Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.” ~ Genesis 1:3

“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God” ~ John 1:1

Our very existence started with a word. With the global expansion of the collective consciousness we are becoming more aware of just how powerful words are. This goes deeper than just the spoken word; the words we think are just as powerful. Thoughts create the same images as the spoken word. Our subconscious begins to work out the details of those words and thoughts in our lives.

“Oh what have I said, what have I done? Oh powerful human words.” ~Blake

Words are the ingredients we use to shape our realities. Many new thought leaders today understand this. There are countless classes, books, videos, on affirmations and a variety of ways to apply them. Ways such as writing them, singing them, pasting them all over your home and office, and even recording them in your voice and listening to them, or buying a subliminal tape with the words one feels will change their life.

Affirmations are considered a tool to change our thoughts and therefore our experience. There are different schools of thought on how they should be applied. They work for some people but not others. Most likely because they create a tug of war between your conscious and subconscious mind and your subconscious will always win, always. Most will resist the affirmations because they do not believe them to be true. Seriously, you are not going to take the time to write, speak, or sing affirmations for something you already have or are. The having or being it is its own affirmation.

This is a day in age where “manifesting” and “Law of Attraction” are the big buzz words yet many are frustrated reading articles, applying techniques, and ending up no better off than when they started. There are many great processes available but until we become self-aware and self-actualized we can’t really know what we truly want. We are using our powerful words in an attempt to create a life, or experience that we are not even sure we really want. We are looking at what others have and deciding from that what we think we want. This is why when many people do get what they want they are still not happy. One of the most used words in the arena of new thought is alignment. You must “align” with your desire. Truly, what we must align to is our own truth first. Only then can we know what we truly want and more powerfully use our words. Let us strive to know ourselves first.

“With all thy getting, get understanding” ~Proverbs 4:7

Why are words so powerful? From what we know at this point about words is that they form an image in our subconscious. Our subconscious jumps into action, being the faithful servant that it is, and begins to bring these images from the spiritual plane into our 3D reality. This is not instantaneous, thank God, so we can stop unwanted things by changing the direction of our words and thoughts and thus the images that they produce. But we must be aware of our words and thoughts to change that outcome.

“And the word became flesh” ~John 1:14

Though I’ve not been able to find a credible source to cite for this information, I’ve read that the National Science Foundation estimates that we have anywhere from 12,000 to 50,000 thoughts per day and that 95% of those thoughts are the same thoughts as the day before and the majority of them are negative. We truly are creatures of habit. If one attempts, for even 30 seconds, to calm the mind, it is evident that our thoughts are constantly running and seem to be their own entity beyond our control. Like wild horses that have not yet been corralled and “trained” they run free of our direction. Some of these recurring thoughts make life easier, like how to get home from work. How many times have we driven home from work, pulled up in the driveway, and then thought, “I don’t remember driving home.”

We must wonder what it is that makes us think the same thoughts speak the same words and have the same experiences over and over out of habit, especially if we are not happy with our lives. One reason we have the same thoughts is that we are not really paying attention to them, we are on autopilot. Have you ever found yourself engaging in an argument with someone in your mind? The words during that enactment are creating images that your mind will carry out. Now if you catch yourself, you can stop and reverse the process. However, there are scenes being constructed all day long that we are totally oblivious to and when they play out in our lives we cry, “why me?” For the most part we are not paying attention to our thoughts. Being present, conscious, and aware is the key to taking control of our life experiences. Another reason is that humans were blessed, or cursed, with a memory and thus spend a great deal of time going over the past which spurs the thinking the same thoughts, experiencing the same experiences and overshadows the present moment. Thoughts of guilt, shame, fear, and anxiety rewrite the daily experience of the thinker. One of the most important tools in this global self-discovery process will be the ability for everyone to give and experience complete and total forgiveness on all levels. Until we totally forgive we will continue to relive the same experiences.

We cannot possibly keep track of every single thought we have. One way to become more aware of our thoughts it to realize that the images produced by our thoughts and words create feelings. Becoming more aware of how we feel will let us know what we are thinking either consciously or subconsciously. We might not know the exact words but we will know for certain if it’s positive or negative by the way we feel. Feelings are the barometer of the quality of our lives. Pay attention to them.

“Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” ~Matthew 4:4

What is the “Word of God?” It is creation. All creation was made by the word of God. We are made in that image and we too have the power of our word. The word was spoken, that word created an image, that image came into being. That is the power of the word.

“Life and death are in the power of the tongue.” ~Proverbs 18:21

We must claim responsibility for our choice of words and how they shape our lives and our experiences. Words thought, spoken, and written. The realization that we are the power in our world is the key to making a change in our lives. We can never have control over our lives if we blame everything on anything outside of ourselves.

“By your words you are justified and by your words you are condemned.” ~Matthew 12:37

The bible refers to the word as singular. One word, one powerful word spoken with intent and the thing is made. To crowd the mind with so many thoughts, sayings, wordy prayers do not make a clear image or give any concise direction.

It only takes one powerful word to make a change. One word that would encompass the entirety or our desire, one word to focus upon that would bring a powerful image, clear direction, and positive emotion. When we throw in the “I am this” or “I have that” then we engage the tug of war.

Think of a word as a seed. The acorn contains within it everything it needs to become and oak. It does not sit around wondering how it will do or be anything; it does not recite affirmations or look at other acorns to see what they have, it just naturally unfolds into its divine self.

“Cut these words and they would bleed; they are vascular and alive.” ~Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Words, like seeds, contain within them the unfoldment of their definition. If you desire more wealth just focus on that one word, wealth, and let it unfold within you. Plant that seed within you and let it grow out into your world and experience.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

~Phillipians 4:8

God created with just ONE word. I have yet to find anywhere in the bible that God or any character repeated their words, desires, or prayers or wrote them out several times. God said, “Let there be light” and there was light. One time is all that was needed.

What we are clearly instructed to do over and over is to forgive. We are told to forgive 70×7 if that is what it takes. This is because we relive things constantly in our minds. When a bad memory or anger comes up, we instantly stop and forgive. Doing this brings us into the present moment and changes the words and images that run through our minds. This is how we change what is on autopilot.  The process of forgiveness is not only about forgiving ourselves and others for past wrongs. It is about changing our internal dialogue and our world. To forgive means for evil we give good. We make the act of forgiveness be something saintly and wonderful but really forgiveness simply refusing to accept evil and choosing good. To change our world and experience we change our thoughts through forgiveness. When a negative thought comes up, we turn it around to positive. When a memory of a wrongdoing by someone enters our thoughts, we stop what we are doing and forgive, we send them love and let it go. Eventually the thought and the memory are replaced with love and no longer return. Refusal to forgive keeps one trapped in a private hell that will repeat into enternity.

 

“He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” ~ Matthew 5:45

 

If we feel we are not at the point where we can forgive, we can simply repeat the word LOVE, when a troubling thought, image, feeling, or memory surfaces. Words are seeds that contain the perfect unfoldment of their definition. To continually replace negativity in any form with love will change your world. Love will eventually become the dominate thought, feeling and activity in the life of those who choose to bring. Do not overthink or rationalize, just let the word do its work.

“Now is the appointed time, today is the day of salvation.” ~2 Corinthians 6:2

Bringing our attention to the present is the key to transforming our experience in life. Being present puts us in control of right here right now. If we look at the word present more closely we see two words, “pre” and “sent”.  Your word was pre-sent to you to create this moment. Choosing lovely, empowering, uplifiting words right now send their realities into each new moment. Every moment will be a joy and a blessing and we no longer will blame our circumstances, we will create them! That is the power of our WORD.

 

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NOTE:

God, religion, philosophy are all very personal. We each have our beliefs and this writing is not intended to influence or change anyone’s personal belief system. I subscribe to the philosophy that the Christian bible is a field guide for life; hence the quotes from the bible peppered throughout.

This particular image was found on the web. I could not find anyone to get permission from. If it is yours please let me know and I will give you proper credit. Thanks

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