Abundance?

Nearly anyone who knows anything about law of attraction knows about abundance. You’ll undoubtedly have encountered many authors who comment about teaching you how to live an abundant life. Or you may have encountered those who will give you the “how to…” when it comes to abundance.

Now I’m not trying to suggest that I have any problem with abundance. That would seem silly given what this blog is about. But I do in fact have some problems with the way most people think about having abundance in their lives.

It seems to me that too many people think that having abundance in their lives means having just those things they prefer, the things that they enjoy or that make them happy. It occurs to me that before I go on to talk about being happy it could be helpful for me to say something yet again about abundance.

The idea of living in an abundant world does not mean only experiencing those things you find pleasant, enjoyable, supportive, and beneficial. To live in a truly abundant world means to live in a world with some things you don’t enjoy, don’t like, don’t find supportive or enjoyable. That’s not to say you would never find something you don’t find enjoyable and beneficial in your experience of abundance. But to limit your interpretation of abundance to include only those things you regard as positive is to miss out on the benefit that can be gained from learning how to benefit from that which you regard as “negative.”

As part of the overall abundance picture, that which we regard as “negative” are those things and circumstances that can ultimately help us shape our understanding of what we want. The experience of the so-called “negative” and the exclusion of these experiences from any vision of abundance is to miss the opportunity to sharpen you vision for a fulfilled and well-lived life.

Remember, your vision of what you regard as “negative” may not be shared with others. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. When you can learn to see the value in the seemingly “negative” you’ll know you are truly participating in the abundance of the world.

- Dr. Ralph Whetstine
www.applyingthelawofattraction.com

As a psychologist it’s sometimes hard for me not to look at what’s happening in society and think of how it impacts the lives of individuals and groups. I’m aware of how large-scale social trends can be reflected in our popular culture, particularly in the various forms of media–television shows, movies, news stories, and on the internet in a variety of ways.

In my interest to help others become more effective at getting what they desire in their lives, I’ve felt it important to begin a new category of posts on my blog devoted to commenting on the influence I see in these various media. My view is, if you want to be successful at applying the law of attraction and at having the kinds of experiences you associate with living a fulfilling life experience, it can be quite beneficial to see how the various media I’ve mentioned shape and influence how you view yourself and your world.

As you may have noticed from some of the other posts presented here, I take a somewhat different view of the topic of applying the law of attraction. I look at the recommendations made by other writers on the topic of law of attraction and see that the efforts to teach techniques like visualization, taking a stance in gratitude and appreciation, affirmations, and the like all reflect a single intent… to move you in the direction of Feeling a sense of connection between yourself and what you desire.

If that’s the case, I ask myself, if what so many authors are trying to do is to get you to feel a sense of connection between yourself and what you desire, then isn’t it a sense of separation or a perception of separation that is regarded as the barrier to the success you desire. And if that’s the case, if what you’re truly after in order to get the law of attraction to “work” for you, as so many authors describe it, is to break down the sense of separation that seems to defeat your efforts, then why not simply address the mindset that underlies the sense of separation. This would seem to make the process of affirmations, visualizations, and other tools all the more effective, at least as I understand it.

This brings me back to the reason for this post in the first place. That is, the influence of the media on your worldview and on your ability to realize the kind of outcomes you desire when applying the law of attraction.

If the media is continually sending you a message telling you there is a host of things out in the world to fear; that uncertainty represents a threat, or that some catastrophe is just around the corner, there is going to be a tendency to believe that message simply because of how often it’s presented. What’s more, from the stand point of law of attraction we already know that if you’re giving your attention to this kind of event, you’re all the more likely to experience it. You’ll “attract” it into your life, as is so often suggested.

What’s the antidote, you might ask? Since it’s not likely you’ll be able to stop the various media from throwing this “negative” information into the world for consumption, how can you change the game and get more of what you desire regardless of the message from the various media?

By enhancing your level of awareness. When you understand that your view of yourself and your world can be influence by the messages you consume, you can recognize that you can have a choice. You in essence empower your participation in what you’re doing through your awareness of how such a message could potentially impact you.

Knowing about law of attraction does not exempt you from the influence of negativity in your life regardless of where you find it. But you can become aware of how the images you’re exposed to come to influence how you see yourself and your world. It is with this influence in mind that I inaugurate this new category on my blog.

As usual,

Best wishes,

Dr. Ralph

- Dr. Ralph Whetstine
www.applyingthelawofattraction.com

About the Break…

Prior to this post, the last entry was in October last year.  I took time away from writing for two primary reasons.  First, I began studying for my board examinations in psychology.  I found trying to transition from one world to another a bit difficult and I quickly realized that trying to maintain both was resulting

Secondly, I had begun running into some new information that was changing how I was viewing the Law of Attraction and related universal principles.  In my early contact with some of this new information I recognized that my own thinking, my own ideas about this topic was about to change.  Thus, I wanted to take the time to absorb the new information I was exposed to and begin to assimilate it into how I view Law of Attraction and what I’m thinking.  This has also led me to rethinking what I’m doing with this blog.

 

What you’ll see in the weeks and months to come will be a reflection of the changes I’ve been going through personally, and how those changes have impacted how I’m thinking about this information.  It is still my objective to make the information I share here be useful to others, and in that regard I remain open as always to receiving constructive and positive comments.

 

Best wishes,

 

Dr. Ralph

Unintended Consequences

I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who teaches classes in Tai Chi.  We were talking about the surprise some of his students experience when they come to the class and actually experience the energy in their bodies moving.  There is an inevitable expression of excitement and delight when they sense it.  My friend commented on one person in particular who, coming every week, and having the same experience each week of feeling the energy in her body, seems to become giddy with excitement. 

We both commented that we think this is exciting and delightful that she’s having this experience each time, but this was quickly followed by the realization that it would be nice if this kind of experience were more the norm rather than the exception, as it appears to be. While it’s rewarding to see someone having this kind of breakthrough, this person’s experience highlights the extent to which so many seem to feel disconnected from the source energy that vitalizes their life.

Critics of the self-help movement in general and Law of Attraction issues in specific, have commented that the kind of self-help message that has built up around Law of Attraction seems to be focused upon the acquisition of material wealth and objects in favor of providing real substance.  While I wouldn’t agree with the entire message the critics are presenting, I remain concerned over the focus on the acquisition of material wealth that seems to characterize so much of the Law of Attraction message.  It was this that struck me when I started to write my own book on the subject.  I recognized that many are engaging these principles without the recognition that utilizing spiritual principles to acquire wealth may have some unintended consequences.

Most people who want a new car aren’t anticipating spiritual emancipation or enlightenment to become part of their conversation for a new Toyota.  Yet it’s inevitable that continued engagement with these principles will lead to a spiritual awakening that many didn’t intend and aren’t expecting.  It’s for this reason that I continue writing my blog and will shortly add my book to the mix.  It’s not that I think the information going out about Law of Attraction is bad, I just think it’s not as exhaustive as it could be. 

While it’s clear to me that the Law of Attraction works in response to the actions of the individual, I question the wisdom of focusing upon the acquisition of material objects as the only measure of success.  When asked you’ll find that those who have achieved great wealth will report more frequently that they are more interested in their connections with others than in their ability to consume more and more.

This is not to dismiss the value of material comfort to those who are still seeking to have it.  Rather, it’s about considering the balance, regardless of where you happen to be along your journey.  At what point is it appropriate to consider striking a balance between continued growth and contentment in being?

Best wishes,

Dr. Ralph W.

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How a Tree Can Teach Us About Law of Attraction

It’s been my experience that there are few whose writing on the topic of Law of Attraction I find adequately detailed.  This is not, however, to suggest that I am questioning the truthfulness of their statements.  I just think there is a benefit to be gained by taking a more in-depth approach to understanding this law. 

As anyone who has read any of my blog will be able to tell you, I am firmly committed to training the mind first.  It strikes me that this approach is quite consistent with the principles of Universal Laws, and Law of Attraction in particular.  You train your mind to ease the creative process, to more easily gain access to the creative power you posses.  If you’re new to this blog, read my posts on Resonance vs. Attraction and then the Vibe & Quantum Physics in Law of Attraction.  These two posts may help to clarify some of what I have to say and give you some background on how I see things with respect to Universal Principles like Law of Attraction. 

Just to let you know, this is the first in a series of related topics that I will present over the coming weeks.  So if you feel a sense of incompleteness at the end of this brief article, do not worry.  There will be more to come.

In my desire to find greater depth and detail, I’ll ask a simple yet seemingly puzzling question: 

“What can we learn about Law of Attraction from examining a forest?”

Near my home there is a forest preserve that I find myself strangely attracted to frequently.  It reminds me of the park near my home when I was a teen.  As a teen I would walk the trails sometimes for hours listening to the sounds trying to feel my sense of connectedness to my surroundings.  I think about that time and those experiences often, and I suppose that’s what attracts me to the nearby forest preserve. 

It is with these images in mind that I draw my inspiration for considering the forest, and in fact, a tree as an example of how the Law of Attraction works.  I like the mental image it presents.  I believe that mental images are ultimately much more valuable than words alone.  There’s a sort of direct appeal to the emotional level of our Being that I find is quite helpful in conveying these ideas.  So in this case, we’ll use the image of a tree and a forest to try to derive some depth of understanding of these principles.

Imagine if you will a mature tree, planted in the ground, grown to its adult size with a full growth of leaves.  The tree draws from the ground and the air what it needs for its survival.  As the leaves in the upper most reaches of the tree need more water, the roots respond by drawing it in.  There is a balance between the upper and lower most portions of the tree.  When need is identified, supply, “Source,” is tapped. 

In the spring when the bows of the tree have lied dormant for many weeks, the tree draws more of what it needs to bring forth the leaves that will cover it throughout the summer.  While we can say it is the water, the sap, and other elements of the tree’s biology that are thoroughly known that give us evidence of the cycle of life, we would miss the simple understanding of the attraction process in operation in the life of the tree.  The tree is a living thing, a constantly growing and developing thing, as is all life on the planet. 

If we are to know the Law of Attraction as a Law, then we must be able to see it in operation throughout the world in which we live.  The oak tree draws to it those things that make it an oak, as does the ash, the willow.  Each individual drawing to it what makes it unique.  Of course we may call this genetics, but this would be similar to saying our conscious thinking mind is the source of the energy that funds our existence rather than the provider of the code, the giver of direction that decides in what direction that energy is to flow.

We are like the tree in that we can live in balance, drawing to us just what we need.  And in a manner similar to the tree, this is what many people do.  They remain unconscious of their ability to take a more deliberate stance, a more declarative role in determining the kinds of experiences they have.  As a leaf years for additional water, additional sustenance, we call for more by identifying what we want.  But in a manner different from the tree, we often cut ourselves off from receiving what we desire by the thoughts we think.  We end up interfering with the natural flow of well-being that is constantly flowing to us by thinking things like, “can I trust this” or “I don’t deserve this” or “It’s not here yet.”

That natural flow of well-being is constantly coming to you just as it does in the tree.  When you start with this idea in mind, when you recognize that there is nothing that separates you from what you desire, and operate from that as the truth of your existence, the ability to manifest becomes much easier.  You’ll find that it won’t take nearly as much time or effort to realize your desires.

I believe this metaphor is one that can be quite useful.  I have other ideas centered on this idea and will be revisiting them in coming posts. 

Until then,

Best wishes,

Dr. Ralph W.

Since this site is about Law of Attraction and deliberate creating in daily life, I wanted to take an opportunity to highlight one of the ways I see Law of Attraction unfolding in some current events.  Before I get to that, however, I feel compelled to acknowledge the anniversary that prompted this post. 

I would like to extend my feelings of sympathy and condolence to everyone whose lives have been affected in any way, without exception.  I make this statement in this way because I don’t just want to acknowledge those whose lives were lost on this day, and the members of their families.  I want to acknowledge that the lives of those who were impacted by this event that day and beyond.  There are hundreds and thousands of people whose lives have been affected directly and indirectly since that day.  I simply wish to express my consideration for all those whose lives have in some way been touched by these events.

With that said, I wish to turn attention toward a somewhat less palatable topic.  But one that I believe illustrates the experience of Law of Attraction in daily life.

With the anniversary of the 9/11 events upon us, what seems to be in the news is in fact the news media itself.  Leading up to this date the news media has spent a good deal of time covering events of protest and intolerance.  The proposed Quran burning that has now, thankfully, been cancelled, and other protests around the country of a similar nature. 

With respect to the Quran burning events that had been proposed in Florida, motivated by whatever motivates the actions of local and national news media, a giant spotlight was shined upon this very small congregation and this one hateful act.  It’s possible to see the anger, hatred, and intolerance reflected in this proposed act.  As the media has shined an ever brighter light upon these events, it has also been possible to see the same feelings of anger and intolerance growing and expanding around the globe.  Prominent members of the political establishment in this country spoke out.  So many, in fact, that this unfortunate event, the Quran burning, is now cancelled. 

This, I believe, is a good example of law of attraction in action. 

Are you confused?

One thing that strikes me is the extent to which so many believe that Law of Attraction is only operative in attraction the things one wants in their life.  But for it to function as a law, we need to understand that the attraction process is equally capable of attracting some of the things we may not want as well.

In this case, the high-intensity light that was placed on the hateful motivations of a small congregation blossomed into a phenomenon the influence of which reached around the globe.  What you focus upon expands.    It grows and becomes bigger.  This is the Law of Attraction operating. 

Equally, however, responding to the contrast, the bad feelings that were elicited at the thought of this hateful act, many were motivated to intervene, and the event is ended. 

This is a very good example of this process operating on a large scale. 

It is easy to find justification for anger at extremists regardless of their religious, or political affiliations.  The challenge it seems to me for a society that wants to call itself enlightened is to determine how far down the path toward crisis do we go before we chose to take a stand for living differently.  How long might we indulge the whims of our ego in allowing ourselves to be swept up with wave upon wave of reactivity before we chose to stop participating in our world through a defensive and reactive style? 

As a deliberate creator it makes little sense to willingly create more hurt and pain, for yourself or anyone else.  If you feel angry, frustrated, fearful, or uncertain, that’s understandable.  We can’t divorce ourselves from the qualities that serve to define us as human.  We can, however, look at how they function in our lives and recognize that we possess the power to make the changes we desire.  These experiences are also data coming to us from our world telling us what we are focused upon is not in harmony with our inner, more expansive, unlimited, and true Self. 

Being a deliberate creator means taking responsibility for everything that is legitimately yours to be responsible for.  In so doing you find access to your own power, the creative power that has always been a part of your makeup and is who you truly are.  Rather than joining the reactivity and anger fostered by this one man and his small congregation, it was possible to feel the pinch of disconnect with our source awareness of these proposed events were invoking and then chose not to be obsessively focused upon what we don’t like in disbelief over it ever having occurred.

Rather than giving this tiny congregation any more attention over its hate-mongering ways, a position that even the media is now coming to recognize, allow yourself to focus upon the outcome you desire.  That so many feel so much negative emotion over these events it is perhaps a signal that it’s time to give ourselves permission to begin focusing on the positive experiences we’d like instead. 

As always, best wishes

Dr. Ralph W.

Those familiar with the Law of Attraction for some time will have heard the statement:

“Abundance is the natural state of affairs in the universe”

Why do you suppose that so many people don’t seem to have connected with that message?  It seems like a perfectly simple message to me.  As you sit there reading this right now, are you able to see that this is in fact the case?  Do you sense an ability to connect with the abundance that’s all around you just as you’re there considering these words?  Consider something important, a point I made in a post of mine once before titled: Abundance Does Not Equal Positive Experience Only.  Abundance is not just defined by experiencing only the things you prefer.  A truly abundant world includes things you don’t prefer as well.  But quite naturally, you want to experience more of what you prefer.  And in a world that is abundant, in fact, in a universe that is abundant, it’s reasonable to ask why there aren’t more people experiencing the kind of fulfillment they desire.

Many would say the conditions that surround them presently are the determinants of their perception of abundance.  This is quite understandable, but also reflects a perception of one’s circumstances that isn’t consistent with being a deliberate creator of your life.  This perspective, operating from the view that the circumstances around you determine your experience of happiness and fulfillment, is more in alignment with a victim mentality.  It removes you from the loop of responsibility by leading you to believe that the circumstances that surround you are more powerful than you at determining your connection to your Source. 

“Be in the world, but not of the world” is the counsel offered by the sages of old.  The significance of this can be found in recognizing that we are all bodies that are in the world in some way.  Being “of” the world means that we find ourselves at the mercy of the circumstances that surround us.  What we feel, the thoughts we have, are perceived as caused by others.  The statement, “you made me mad” for instance, is a good example of this stance.  The statement, “I didn’t have a choice” is another example.  Each of these statements is a description of what it means to live your life in a reactive fashion.  There’s no reason to live this way.  We don’t have to live at the mercy of the circumstances that surround us.  Yet these statements also reflect well-established habits of seeing the world.  People don’t go around intentionally choosing to feel worse.  The things we do that make us feel worse are typically the product of habits of thought and behavior of which we’re largely unaware. 

Choosing to be a deliberate creator of your life means closely examining these circumstances, however.  And that can sometimes feel a bit confronting.  The idea of being “in” the world can be a perspective that can help.  This subtle shift in words points one’s attention inward, toward your source.  The idea of being in the world and not of it then means we’re able to stand with certainty against the uncertain circumstances that surround us.  Our well-being and sense of security and strength are grounded within and we can therefore choose what we will accept as an influence.  We give ourselves behavioral options in this way as well.  Free from needing to react to external forces, we can maintain the kind of mental clarity that supports the creation of our vision, the abundant life we desire. 

By standing in your understanding that the abundance you desire is present within you now and always, you need not depend upon the ebb and flow of external circumstances to determine your state of wealth.  You can help yourself along your path to an abundant life by taking the time to practice a simple 2 part exercise.  My first “how to” for this site, here we go. 

When I teach these skills in person, I always start with this kind of skill, an awareness skill.  The reason for this is, while the Law of Attraction will operate in your life regardless of whether you’re aware of its existence or not, the deliberate part of being a deliberate creator lies in controlling your attention.  What follows is essentially a simple process for learning to take control of your attention in the context of what can frequently be emotionally painful moments that can drain you of energy.  It’s all fine that when you’re feeling good, you can more easily find positive feeling thoughts and focus on them.  The challenge for many lies in what to do when they’re in the grip of feeling lousy, feeling out of sorts, or even upset.  This is the time when having some kind of skill available can make it possible to break the stream of these negative thoughts and feelings. 

One easy example starts with what I’ve already suggested.  That we can easily find ourselves caught in the mindset that we need to defend ourselves against our thoughts or the circumstances we believe are associated with them.  The process of getting out of these sometimes difficult and sticky mindsets seems somewhat counterintuitive…, you go into it, and you approach it.  Here is the exercise:

To begin the process of taking yourself out of this mindset, there are two exercises I can recommend.  First, think of something you find yourself particularly frustrated by.  It doesn’t matter what it is, but ideally it would be something you experience with some frequency.  Here are some examples of statements associated with what I’m thinking of:

“I’m always the last person to get picked”

“Nobody ever does things they way they should”

“I’m never able to get my way”

“I’m never going to be able to realize my dreams”

“With the world being the way it is, I’m never going to get what I really want.”

“Something happened in my past that shouldn’t have happened and I resent it.  As a result I’ll never be able to get what I want.”

“You made me mad.”

“What else could I do.”

Work with these statements to fit with your own experience.  Once you’ve settled on something, a thought or mindset, start to notice how you feel while you’re thinking it.  Chances are good that you’ll experience either a mostly negative reaction or a slightly inflated sense of ego gratification associated with feeling justified that “This (whatever it is) should/shouldn’t have happened” 

The response you’re having, that is, the emotional experience, is your body’s response to the thoughts you’re thinking. When you think thoughts like this, you’ll often elicit negative emotion. 

Try to notice how often you operate from these thoughts. 

You might start with something simple like try to notice how often in an hour you operate from a thought that’s similar to one of these.  Then take some time to really consider what this reaction is about.  Is this reaction helping you achieve your goals?  Is it draining energy you could use for other things?  If someone has said something to you that you feel offended by, are you actually diminished by their remarks?  Or is it your ego that is caught by these remarks leaving you feeling like you must defend your position?  (to get a clearer picture of the difference between your ego and your unconscious and still center, see my post on the Two Kinds of Consciousness)

As you sit there thinking about these issues, try to notice how these thoughts are associated with the emotions.  As I said above, you emotions are only your body’s reaction to the thoughts you’re thinking. This is a way of stating this experience I’ve borrowed from author and spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle. 

Now for the second part of the exercise. 

Now that you’ve allowed yourself to experience these feelings, start reaching for their opposite.  This will be the good feeling thoughts that are often the opposite of all these negative feelings.  Feel the peace of letting this happen.  If you notice any resistance don’t try to push it away, just be with it for a moment, then start reaching for the next better feeling thought. 

If you practice this you’ll eventually develop a degree of mastery with this skill.  You’ll be able to use it even when things are going “not so good.”  Though this process you’re intentionally tapping into your abundant Source.  As your skill grows with moving through resistance toward abundance, you’ll eventually begin feeling a pervading sense of peace.  The abundance you desire in your outer life is dependent upon your connection to the abundance you can tap in your inner life. 

When you can really operate from an awareness, a rock solid knowing that Abundance is the natural state of affairs in the universe, you’ll truly be able to realize the rich and abundant life you desire.

Best wishes,

Dr. Ralph W.

I was recently asked a question about applying Law of Attraction in one’s daily life.  Knowing what specific challenges people are facing is, of course, helpful when you’re trying to provide equally specific responses.  But I found the request interesting enough to offer a sort of over-arching view of what I’m doing at this site and the products I’m in the process of creating.

My intention now, as always, is to provide high-quality information that can make a difference in the lives of people who are attracted to what I’m presenting.  I’ve not yet produced any “how to” kinds of posts for this blog because I’m following my own educational philosophy of attempting to appeal to the intellect, or the mind first.  This approach is influenced by what I’ve observed in this and other societies.  Consider the following example:

In the 1920s the sale of alcohol was prohibited in the United States as a result of the temperance movement that started in the middle 19th century.  Those supporting the temperance movement believed excessive use of alcohol caused damage to the physical and psychological health of citizens across the country.  They vowed to eliminate this menacing influence from the nation’s landscape by legislating social change in the form of prohibition. During its existence, this law actually failed to accomplish its goal.  Speakeasy clubs flourished, and people continued to drink, albeit, “underground” as opposed to openly. The tide of alcohol consumption was not stopped.  The repeal of this law occurred on December 5, 1933, not only failing to change the hearts and minds of those it was intended to influence, but also fueling a rise in organized crime during the same era. 

What I see as significant to this story is, that a group of people tried to foster change in the hearts and minds of people by instituting a change at the social level.  That this approach ultimately failed is, in my opinion, significant.  What this tells me is that social changes that are not supported in the hearts and minds of individual citizens are not likely to succeed.  Even if they do, it is quite likely to have occurred only with a tremendous amount of effort.  And even then, there is evidence to suggest that these changes cannot be sustained.  What is more often the case in these circumstances is the products of these initiatives are more disruptive than beneficial. 

So you may be asking what this has to do with applying the Law of Attraction in your daily life.  And this is the heart of my argument for why I’ve taken the approach I have.  It occurs to me that before I offer any suggestions regarding “how to” as in 3-steps to this or 5-steps to that, if you undertake to do these tasks without understanding how and why these techniques work, you could be placing the achievement of your desired outcomes in jeopardy.  It simply isn’t enough, in my estimation, to offer another book on techniques for applying Law of Attraction to your life accompanied by a host of platitudes regarding positive thinking and the like without offering some in-depth ideas about how and why these techniques are supposed to work. 

Think of it like this…, if achieving the success you desire were as easy as simply applying some “how to” techniques, whether they have anything to do with Law of Attraction or not, many more people would be achieving at higher levels than we currently see.  The Law of Attraction has been around for a long time, it’s enjoyed a renaissance in popularity largely due to the successful promotional efforts of a number of authors.  And, of course, let’s not forget the Oprah effect. The challenges that appear to stand in so many people’s way, particularly as they relate to deliberately applying Universal Principles in their lives like Law of Attraction, seem to be associated with understanding how the Law of Attraction is supposed to operate in their experience. 

As I’ve said in other posts, these are spiritual principles.  Deliberate application in your life for any purpose will begin to move you in the direction of a spiritual awakening.  To get the greatest benefit in the shortest amount of time using Universal Principles means going through some adjustment in the way you see yourself in relationship to your world, others, and to the outcomes you desire.   These shifts, however, sometimes require confronting aspects of your own character you may not wish to see, or deal with.  This motivation is quite natural and, of course, understandable but also inevitable if you’re intent upon deliberately applying these principles in your life. 

For my part, I want people to be successful.  I’ve been reading and writing about Law of Attraction for more than 20 years, and have a long and abiding interest in human potential and what’s possible for the human species which extends back in my personal history more than 30 years.  That more than 90% of the world’s population has faith in some sort of divine being, or ultimate power suggests to me that there is something psychologically compelling and significantly beneficial to embracing a spiritual aspect to one’s existence. 

With all of that said, I see knowing these principles as an important first step to successfully living the day-to-day of your life in harmony with Universal Principles like Law of Attraction.  In answer to the interest in a guide to Daily Living, then, it is coming.  I’m working as quickly as I can to get out the content I create.  My first eBook on this topic is currently 70+ pages and is near completion. I’ll let everyone know when it’s finished.  Information on daily and practical application of Law of Attraction to your life will certainly be part of the picture.  But this is also something I encourage anyone interested in asking questions about to send questions to me.  Responding to specific questions is always easier than trying to anticipate the needs of people I’ve never met face-to-face. 

As I mentioned above, I am the only person creating content for this site presently, and I’m working as quickly as I can. In that regard I’d like to mention how appreciative I am of everyone’s patients.  I continue to write while also seeing clients and trying to keep pace with putting out a new post approximately once per week. 

I have some “how to” ideas on lists that I’m continuing to develop.  As always, my commitment is to making sure the information I present is the best quality I can produce. 

 Best wishes,

 Dr. Ralph W.

The Thieves of Abundance

Living in a big city, or, more accurately, near a big city, one is inevitably informed of crime that occurs.  I live just outside Chicago, the third largest city by population in the United States.  Crime statistics about burglaries, robberies, and the like are available to me any time I want to watch the evening news.  But the would-be robbers and pick-pockets that inhabit the streets are not the thieves for which I have the greatest concern. 

The greatest thieves of our abundance we experience are the messages, the ideas that suggest there is lack.  But this is just part of the picture.  A reasonable question might be, “what do we do with our knowledge of the world when considering abundance?”  Attention quite naturally turns toward oil as a leading example of this issue.  It’s not only the fuel for our vehicles; it’s the fuel of the economic engine across the globe.  It’s hard to ignore the reports that tell us supplies are on the decline.  Scientists and political leaders debate the veracity of one report versus another, seemingly to produce more and more fear about the potential end.  Fear, too, seems to be part of the global economic engine. 

I see the reports, too, and find myself experiencing reactions to the messages.  But I also seek to continue living the life I choose. This includes continuing to be a consumer of news and information programming I enjoy.  As an avid consumer of news programming, I see the messages that are broadcast out to millions.  Unlike some others who proclaim that it’s patently undesirable to watch news programming if your desire is to live a spiritually awakened life, I embrace news and information programming.  I see it as one of the ways I’m able to see the unfolding of a new consciousness within our social fabric. 

I recognize that what I react to, particularly the things I don’t like I am in some way participating in, but I also understand the value of contrast.  I recognize that I am not the content of my thoughts and emotions, and my reaction to a news story doesn’t need to become a force that shapes my destiny.  Yet this could easily become the case, I could find myself easily becoming trapped in a state of reaction if I were not able to accept what is so about the world.  I can accept what is so about the world without needing to like it.  This is a distinction I make frequently with my clients: Acceptance does not equal Approval.  

The distinction between acceptance and approval is a discipline primarily for the conscious thinking mind.  It helps me to recognize that there are many things in the world of which I’m not going to approve.  It doesn’t help me, or anyone else, to live in a state of reactivity to the conditions such as they are.  In the same way, however, just because I’m capable of accepting things as they are doesn’t mean I sit back and do nothing to change myself or the world in which I live.  Nor does it mean I need to consider myself a door-mat for the actions of others who may view my approach as evidence of weakness. 

It is, in fact, a stance that produces a great deal of peace.  Not identifying with the content of my thoughts and emotions, I am not compelled to defend them should someone express disagreement.  The operative word here being, “compelled.”  I have the option of defending any position I desire, which is a benefit that comes from not identifying with the content of my mind-made self, the ego. 

It is in this way that I am also able to take a stand for abundance.  Notice I didn’t say something like “against….” The abundance that never diminishes is the reservoir of unending energy that is your Source, you Being, that transcendent stillness deep within.  The circumstances of the outer world will come and go, and identifying with your Source within means you will maintain your connection to the still point within despite the ebb and flow of the world around you. 

The thieves of our abundance lie in identification with the world of forms, believing these to be real.  This is the seat of uncertainty and insecurity that the ego responds to as threats.  When we feel uncertain, when we feel our abundance (in the outer world) is threatened, the ego’s tendency is to contract, retreat, and defend.  In the process we can easily get caught up in the content of the conscious thinking mind, believing it to be real, and in the process we pinch closed the flow of energy from our source.  This is what makes it—whatever the “it” is—feel “bad.” 

The abundance you wish to experience in the outer world is within you first.  It is never in limited supply, and doesn’t depend upon tankers for its delivery.  The outward manifestation of abundance may change with passing time, but the inward will always be there, always be constant, and completely reliable.  The laws of the universe including the Law of Attraction will always operate regardless of the changes in our outer conditions.  There are really no thieves in the world that would ever be able to steal your abundance.

Best wishes,

Dr. Ralph W.

Developing a New Intuition

If you have read more than a couple of my posts at this site you may have noticed that the nature of what I present here, at least thus far, has a sort of instructional quality to it. Perhaps this is in part due to the fact that I’m a teacher. That inclination combined with a desire to present information I think is important, and what’s more, useful, to understanding how to apply Law of Attraction in your life, I believe motivate my approach.

As I’ve said elsewhere, much to the dismay of my students, my approach to teaching is informed by this simply philosophy: “educate your mind first” all things you experience follow from your thoughts and the results you desire will come faster and with greater power if you understand the benefit of carefully cultivating thoughts first.

There is no doubt great benefit to be gained by providing “how to” steps on realizing your dreams through deliberately applying Law of Attraction in your life. But as I’ve said elsewhere, if you don’t understand what the techniques associated with law of attraction are supposed to produce and why, then it’s possible you’ll create more confusion than clarity should the techniques you apply produce outcomes you didn’t intend or anticipate. Without understanding how the techniques are supposed to work, you can easily energize habits of thought and behavior that are more associated with outcomes you may wish to avoid.

Universal principles like Law of Attraction draw attention toward seeing the Universe as conscious and creative, capable of organizing itself into coherent and often dynamic patterns from the smallest particles to the grand expanses of the visible universe. This perspective is, for the most part, inconsistent with the Western worldview that is steeped in scientific materialism. More than just realizing the outcomes you desire, the deliberate application of Universal Principles initiates process of personal growth and development that have implications for changing your consciousness. It begins to open you to a new way of seeing the world and your relationship to it. In this way, I suggest it is like developing a new intuition.

In his book, The God Particle, Nobel Prize winning physicist Leon Lederman comments on the challenge facing physics students who want to begin a journey into the world of quantum physics.  There is a need for these students to develop a new intuition. After having spent years studying classical physics, the would-be student of quantum physics must commit the next 2 or more years to the development of what Lederman calls a new intuition, an intuition that is capable of managing the subtle and sometimes strange worlds encountered by the physicists working in quantum physics.

Such is also the departure of those interested in really understanding Law of Attraction. It represents a different worldview, one that is foreign to those whose views have been influenced by Newtonian physics.
Take, for example, the idea that you and the object of your desire are one. If the object of your desire is a new car, for instance, than how could you be one with your new car if it’s not shown up in your driveway?
An understandable question, to be sure, but it’s a question that reflects a commitment to the Western worldview. What you can see with your eyes is ultimately real. And the mind that makes such perceptions, this is the ultimate arbiter of what is “real.” Yet our affirmations and visualization practices seek to defeat this perception, this sense of separateness.

Since you cannot ingest the vehicle and become one with it in the same way you would with food, breaking it down through the biological processes of your body’s chemistry, the oneness must exists at another level, the level of your emotions. It is the essence of how you feel that is where the oneness between yourself and the object of your desire exists. Coming to a conscious realization of this process and then applying it sporadically to achieve a goal is likely to help you realize some results, but they’re not likely to be as consistent or as powerful as they could be.

Developing a new intuition that supports the consistent manifestation of your desires implies seeing the world from a different perspective on a fairly consistent basis. You’ll come to notice an overriding rhythm and ease to your daily life as well as a sense of peace you may have only sensed in fleeting moments. It is with this in mind that I continue to emphasize the importance of educating your mind first that can lead to a new intuition that can lead to the realization of the wonderfully abundant life that is your birthright.

Best wishes to your continued success,

Dr. Ralph W.
Before you go…
In upcoming weeks you will be seeing a series of posts that reflect some of my personal experiences with Law of Attraction. Some before I was acquainted with the term Law of Attraction, and some after. This will follow with one of the first “how to” posts I’ve created. As always, I encourage your comments and questions.
Best wishes,
Dr. Ralph W.