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The Law of Attraction

May 13th, 2011

The Eighteenth Century Jewish master, Tzemech Tzedek, was once asked to pray for a seriously ill child. He said to the family, “Tracht gut vet zain gut,” a Yiddish phrase which means “Think good, and it will be good.” The child recovered. The Rabbi asked the family when the child began to turn around. They told him it was the minute they began to think positive thoughts. Stories such as this appear in many spiritual traditions. Jesus described it as “your faith has made you well.” It is also described as the Law of Attraction.

Attraction clearly operates in the world. The ability of the human brain to create, reframe, expand perspectives, and imagine possibilities is phenomenal and undeniable. But how far does the Law of Attraction go? Does it mean that you have a right to all the wealth, health and happiness you desire? What does it mean when you don’t get what you want?

The Law of Attraction is not necessarily about getting what you want. Most of the time, you don’t even know what you really want. Lesson 24 in A Course In Miracles says, “I do not perceive my own best interests.” You think you want wealth but once you get it, it doesn’t smell as sweet as you imagined. The green backs aren’t as green as you hoped. One of the blocks to the Law of Attraction is the insatiable thought that the grass is greener on some other side. The grass isn’t greener on the other side. There is no other side. The grass is green where you water it, and you can water your thoughts in every moment, wherever you are, with mindfulness and perspective.

The Law of Attraction is not about getting what you think you want. It’s not even about getting what you have convinced yourself that you need. Desire is so often built around a false understanding of who you are. There was a Snicker’s commercial recently with four young guys on a road trip. When one gets hungry he turns into Aretha Franklin and another turns into Liza Minnelli. Their friend says, “Eat something. Every time you get hungry, you turn into a diva.” The commercial ends with the slogan, “You’re not you when you’re hungry.” The Law of Attraction is not about feeding the ego’s misleading desires. It’s not even about desire. Often, you’re like a hamster on a wheel chasing your tail; and then wondering why you’re coughing up fur balls.

The Law of Attraction is not necessarily about want or need. It is about attracting “like” to “like”. The more you grow to understand yourself, the more you understand what you are attracting into your life. It becomes clear what is serving you, and filling your life with joy. You seek more of that by BEING more of that, and it finds you because it IS you. What you want, what you need and who you are become one. It’s a different sort of knowing. You have to believe it to see it, but once you do it snowballs. Walls turn into doors, hurdles turn into spring boards and crises turn into opportunities. You are at ease with everything that happens and you turn ordinary moments into occasions for incredible joy.

The Law of Attraction is never a substitute for taking personal responsibility. The Law of Attraction can become an excuse for laziness if it’s not partnered with action and can easily become narcissistic if it’s not coupled with the Golden Rule. When you are truly living out of your authentic or highest self, you know that your wellbeing is intimately related to the wellbeing of others. The Law of Attraction is about being whole, which is more than the fortunes of any one individual. You may have been blessed with optimum health, but as long as others are suffering there is more to be done. You may have been blessed with great wealth but as long as others are living in poverty there is more to be done. As long as people are suffering and you can do something about it, there is more to do. And you can ALWAYS do SOMETHING.

Part of the secret to the Law of Attraction is to make sure that you are manifesting for others what you deeply desire for yourself. If you want more friends, then be a friend to others. If you want more money, then be generous to others. If you want more praise, then give more praise to others. The effect of the Law of Attraction is multiplied by the power of many intentions working together for the good of the whole.

Remove some fear and claim your true essence as a person of worth and power. In short get out of your own way. The Law of Attraction invites you to trust people and trust processes. Under the right circumstances, people can and do claim their destiny. The circumstances ARE right for a global partnership manifesting the common good. The Law of Attraction collaborates with the highest possibility when you surrender preconceived outcomes, forge a powerful intention, live with integrity and take inspired action. Then you will fly, others will soar alongside you and incredible things will happen in the world. The Law of Attraction is transformative. It is an irresistible force for love that is calling you to play your part. You need to believe it to see it.

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  1. Great post, Ian! You have a rare gift of being able to communicate this nexus between the deep and the lofty with real language instead of jargon.

  2. Vani says:

    this is so very true.. it took me really long time to accept and then practice this law however every single time I have practiced, and practiced with sincerity I have had the most positive results..

  3. Good article about some problems I´ve had around “the secret”, one thing I discovered in life is that what you do for  others you also do for yourself and what you do against others you do against yourself. Without that insight the “law of attraction” doesn´t work for me. Thank you for your insightful article.

    Michael, Sweden  

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