Friday, September 21, 2007

Law of Attraction by Jeremy McDonald

This is a speech I gave at the People's Spiritualist Church in August of 2007

Currently the latest buzz word or book is called "The Secret" Let me just share with you that this is not that big of a secret since it has been around since the beginning of time. It was the Greek Philosopher Plato in 390 BC that said "Likes tend towards likes" (in other words likes attract) The Universal Law of Attraction is just that you attract and create your own reality based on your thoughts, emotions and intentions. In other words if you think everything is doom and gloom then that is exactly what will come into your life. However, if you think that things are always good and those things will grow and get better as you need them too then that will happen as well.

Buddha said: "What you have become is the result of what you have thought" in other words a positive mind set brings for a positive world and a negative mind set brings a negative world into your life. This is not ruled by your environment or by how much money you have etc. Purely on how you perceive things or what your paradigm of the world is.

So if your paradigm of the world is that everybody is always working against you and nothing you ever do will help you be successful. What do you do to change this? Most people would just say change your paradigm. However, changing our paradigm is most definitely a lot harder then just thinking positive instead of thinking negatively. Usually the negativity that is within us is caused by several years of hearing negative, being taught negative let's face it the world is full of cynics. Just once I would like to turn on the news and see something that is positive. How about telling that today at Tampa General Hospital there was 26 babies born today? Wouldn't that be a lot more refreshing then seeing the number of soldiers that were killed in Iraq since the war started. Am I saying to turn a blind eye to things of importance like a war? No I'm not saying that at all what I am saying is that the world is full of negativity so it is hard to escape it. It's hard to not think negative because we are bombarded with it everyday, every minute of everyday.

So… "The Secret" talk about the Universal Law of Attraction but it misses one very important Universal Law: The Universal Law of Action. Very few things in life fall into our lap as this movie/book suggests. What this message is really telling us is that our thoughts, emotions and intentions create our own reality. However, you can be as positive as you want about having a lot of money but if you don't go out and do the things necessary to get the money it will never come. They speak about the gentlemen that wrote the Chicken soup for the Soul books and how he took a dollar bill and wrote zero's at the end of it and manifested nearly $ 100,000.00 into his life. This is a true story and I have seen it many times just in a different setting with a different person. However, what they do not focus on very much in this story is this: He had to write the book first to get the money. You also have to work on the emotional aspects of your life to be able to think positively enough to create that positive world.

So what do we do first?

We start working on ourselves from within so we can see things with a clear mind. It's very hard to see things on that level if we can not have a control on our own emotions. When we are not in touch with our own emotions we are denying our truest self to show through. How do we look at ourselves and start to work on our selves. Well there are many ways actually and I strongly believe one of the strongest tools is to journal. This last year for me that's what I have done a lot of because it helps me get all the thoughts that are stored up there out on paper. Even if they never fall on human ears it has still been said and that is all that matters. Meditation and focusing on where you want to be and the goals you want to achieve are very important when you are working on becoming a more emotionally intelligent person. In some cases we might need outside help to help us to heal pains that we were not able to do on our own. A lot of the time the spirit is so broken by our past pain that it is almost impossible for us to do this on our own. Proverbs 17:22 states: " A joyful heart is a good medicine but a broken spirit dries up the bones."

In a biblical sense this is further proof that our positive thoughts not only attract good things but they help us to heal and have a healthier life. Psalm 36:9 "In thy light, we see light" so in other words if you see things in a positive way you are going to see the positive in situations instead of always dwelling on the negative. Matthew 7:8 "For every one who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door will be opened." Basically, what we ask for we get.

Recap: So the Universal Law of Attraction and Action are very important tools that we can use to manifest a wonderful enriching world around us. Buddha would refer to the heightened state in life or the end of emotional pain and suffering "Enlightenment" a 20th century psychologist named Abraham Maslow referred to this as Self Actualization. I am calling this level Synergy. This is the total state where you are at a level of emotional awareness that you are able to manifest a positive and enriching life for yourself but you are also able to maintain it.

This means not letting the simple things bother you and it means facing the hard emotional traumas in our life head on and not running from them. Each experience in our life is something that helps us grow as human beings. We are a constant evolving creatures and only with our experience can we grow and learn and have that heightened state of living.

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