The point in spreading the word about the Law of Attraction–at least for me–is to help improve the quality of our lives. This is not something that can be done for someone else; as the process is unique for every individual. It involves personal transformation, which–by its very nature–must occur from within. Such change begins with the very thoughts we habitually entertain. While this may seem like hard work, it’s actually good news; for it means that we–not a force external to ourselves–may govern the quality of our lives. There’s even better news: Such change does not require years; it may occur within minutes.
How can we improve the quality of our lives? Through a change in consciousness. When we change the way we think, we literally–not wishfully–change our lives. For many people, the greatest obstacle in creating a better life is their attachment to negative thought patterns related to painful memories, or deep emotional scars. Their interior dialogue might play similar to this: She did this to me, and I’m never going to forget it! He cheated me in business, and now I’m going to get even by hating him forever! They’ll rue the day they ever messed with me! Such thoughts–unless deliberately challenged and re-framed within our mind–may repeat for a lifetime. Individuals may mistakenly believe they are inflicting revenge. The truth, of course, is that they are only harming themselves.
Buddha, who was no slouch in the wisdom department, expressed this so well through the following teaching: Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. Please contemplate this logically with me for a few moments. Does holding anger benefit us in any way? Is any part of our body, mind, or spirit immune to the negative effects of anger, hatred, or revenge? But what, we may ask, is the alternative?
The answer: To change the way we think! And who benefits? All of us. When we figuratively drop the hot coal we’ve been holding–either through repetitive stories or vehement outbursts–the inner transformation begins immediately. Our mind knows, our body knows, and most of all our soul knows. We may drop the hot coal about the person who lied to us; drop the hot coal about the driver who cuts us off in traffic; drop the hot coal about a duplicitous business partner. By doing so, we create a space for the solution, which is love–for ourselves, for others, for all. There is nothing to be lost. And everything to be gained. Through this practice, we become active–and conscious–participants in creating a better life.
An old expression offers additional wisdom in this regard: It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. The logic: Darkness doesn’t disappear by focusing on darkness. Pain doesn’t disappear by focusing on pain. Wrong doesn’t disappear by focusing on wrong. Anger doesn’t disappear by focusing on anger. Our wisest action is to light a candle, which really means to turn away from darkness (our negative emotions) and engage the power of love. It’s in us to give. And when we do, we create the the good life…together.
Dare to dream.
With heartfelt regards,
Copyright © – 2016 – R. Arthur Russell
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