Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi (1869 – 1948), is attributed with the following well-known quote: You must be the change you wish to see in the world. The expression–or similar versions of it–has become common, almost to the point of being trite. However, just because we may see it on coffee mugs, T-shirts, and plaques doesn’t mean that we should overlook the wisdom it contains. In this article, we’ll be looking at how it relates to the Law of Attraction.
“What,” you may ask, “can this possibly have to do with attracting a better life?” In short, a great deal. Those of us who’ve been studying the Law of Attraction are already aware of the importance of our Point of Attraction. We realize that it is from here–now–that we attract according to our habitually thinking and feeling. If we’re feeling down or depressed, we’ll attract (or definitely notice) more situations and circumstances about which to feel sad. Conversely, the same holds true if we’re thinking good thoughts and feeling fine. This is expressed through another familiar saying from the Bible (Galatians 6:7 KJV): As ye sow, so shall ye reap. When we habitually sow goodness, we will reap more goodness.
When we become the change that we wish to see we are actually aligning ourselves with a fundamental law of the universe. This law operates by reflecting back to us our inner state of being. If we desire to see a more loving world, we must first be more loving. If we desire to see more prosperity in the world, we must first be more prosperous–and live that prosperity in our thinking and acting. The same holds true for other virtuous qualities –such as patience, kindness, and compassion–that we desire to experience in the world. Many of us may wonder, however, how our thoughts and actions could possibly make such a difference.
This will make more sense when we understand (or better yet know) Oneness. Imagine if you will that there is nothing and nowhere outside of One. And–contrary to a common misconception–humankind does not stand separate and distinct, apart from One. Because it can’t! All is intimately connected. When we realize that we are included in Oneness–and that there is only Oneness–we may understand that all of our actions must have an effect upon the whole. How could they not? Therefore, when we lie, cheat, or steal, we literally create a world in which we will experience more lying, cheating, and stealing. Our thoughts and actions are occurring within Oneness…because there is nothing beyond the whole! Conversely, if we think and demonstrate love, patience, and kindness, we are improving the quality of the whole for everyone.
Conceptually, this may be understood more easily if we imagine people smoking within a closed room; at some point they’re going to inhale that smoke again, for it will return to them. By finding a way to serve goodness to others, we’ll also attract like goodness to ourselves. We must; for our world is a closed system much like the closed room beyond which nothing else exists. The good we create–the smoke in the analogy–must come back.
My suggestion to everyone who desires to create a better life, is to live Gandhi’s quote for a week. For seven days, practice it by deliberately expressing the highest ideal of the world we desire–to everyone, in all of our interactions. If it is more love we desire, we must be more loving. If it is more patience, kindness, and sincerity we desire, we must be more patient, kind, and sincere. And when the week has passed, I further suggest adopting this manner of being for the rest of our life. All of us will benefit by doing so.
Dare to dream.
With heartfelt regards,
Copyright © – 2016 – R. Arthur Russell
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