Archive for September, 2010

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.