In this article, we’re going to briefly depart from our inquiry into the nature of our true Self and take a deeper look at the Law of Attraction. For persons who are unfamiliar with the subject, the law is basically summed up as follows: “We bring about what we think about.” One well-known case is related in the Bible, through the account of Job, who suffered tremendously: “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.” That to which we give our attention–whether favorable or unfavorable–becomes real. If you doubt this can be true, please read the passages from various books in the photos above and also contemplate the quotes from various teachers and authors below. For this article, we’re going out on a limb…way out.
Socrates (470 – 399 BC) was no slouch when it came to philosophy. He was also an idealist, which basically means that he believed that everything is a concept in mind. Think opposite of a materialist; a person who believes in a world made of matter. Before scoffing at the idea that matter doesn’t exist in the “concrete-real” way that most persons assume, please contemplate the following question: “Do you believe that you actually come into contact with matter?” If so, you might want to think again. All that we experience directly are our perceptions–basically sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell, which are modulations of thought. Beyond these, we are only assuming that a correlative and fundamental world made of matter actually exists. Quantum physics has yet not discovered the tiniest bits of matter; and it never will.
A few quotes may help us understand how the Law of Attraction really works, beginning with Socrates: “To be is to do.” Mahatma Gandhi pointed to the same understanding through his famous quote: “Be the change you desire to see in the world.” Bob Proctor, who has been studying the Law of Attraction for almost sixty years, says: “If you can see it in the mind, you’re going to hold it in the hand.” Mike Dooley, who is a noted speaker and author about the Law of Attraction, states it this way: “Thoughts become things.” Neville Goddard, who lectured extensively throughout the United States and authored many books about deliberate creation, stated that to create effectively we must “assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled.” Andrew Carnegie, who was once one of the wealthiest men in the world, stated the premise the following way: “Any idea that is held in the mind, that is emphasized, that is either feared or revered will begin at once to clothe itself in the most convenient and appropriate form available.”
If all of this sounds like lunacy, trust me, I hear you. At one time, I would have definitely agreed. However, if we engage in even a little self-inquiry, we can come to realize that we are neither the body nor the mind. In other words, you’re not the person you have assumed. Through time spent in stillness (the Bible stated: “Be still and know that I am God“), we can directly experience a deeper dimension of Self; one in which we recognize that we are the witness of sensations, images, feelings, and thoughts. All of these arise and subside; we, however, are the eternal, unchanging witness (Universal Consciousness) of all that appears. Persons (aka body-minds) are appearances in consciousness that are known by Awareness. Our true nature is Awareness–Spirit. Just for the record, the source of consciousness due to biological functions has never been found in the body (coined The Hard Problem of Consciousness by David Chalmers) …and it never will be. Why? Because the body is rendered by the mind.
We are co-creators–not persons. How do we create? We create by imagining what we desire to manifest, and we do so by believing that what we desire is ours already. This world is not made of matter; it is made of mind. This explains why Nikola Tesla stated the following: “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration; “and why James Jean, noted astrophysicicst and author of The Mysterious Universe, stated “The stream of knowledge is heading towards a non-mechanical reality; the Universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter… we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter.”
As much as it might seem that we are the doers and the personal knowers of the world, we are not. Those effects are produced by Maya (Sanskrit term, meaning illusion). There is One Knower and One Doer: God, or “That” which is manifesting through a multiplicity and diversity of beings. With regard to our waking dreams (which the majority of persons assume to be reality), if we hold onto our visions long enough–and imbue them with feeling–they will manifest. Just know that they’ll be made out of “mind stuff.” For more on this subject of consciousness, you might be interested in this Ted talk by David Chalmers, and/or this presentation about quantum physics by Lothar Schafer.
Dare to dream (and care for one another).
With heartfelt regards,
Copyright © – 2020–R. Arthur Russell
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