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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.

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.

Banishing Negative Thoughts

One of the most common suggestions I see regarding getting the most out of Law of Attraction, or simply in the pursuit of success is, banish your negative thoughts.  Getting rid of all negative thoughts seems to be a key component of achieving success using most any method. 

One big problem with this approach is, the moment you place your attention on the negative thoughts you want to be rid of, you’ve activated them in your experience.  Your unconscious, the part of you that is your soul, your being, operates on rules that are different from those that govern you conscious thinking mind.  In an attraction-based universe, giving your attention to something is activating it. 

You are a conduit through which energy flows into the manifested world.  Your attention is the guidance system that determines what is activated by the stream of energy that flows from deep within you.  It’s like a garden hose with water flowing through.  The water goes where you point the hose.  In this case, the energy goes, and activates, where you point your attention. 

It is for this reason that focusing your attention on negative thoughts and feelings will simply end up giving you more of something you don’t want. 

It may be helpful to consider what benefit negative thoughts provide.  This may seem counter-intuitive, but the results can be quite beneficial.  Negative thoughts and emotions are simply signals telling you that you are presently focused upon something you don’t prefer, or don’t like.  To change your experience all you need do is change where you’ve focused your attention. 

Beyond their function as signals for things you don’t like, negative thoughts and feelings serve another function.  They support the egoic sense of self.  Egoic, in the sense that author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle talks about it, refers to the conscious mental processes that have been invested with a sense of “self” or “I.”  It’s your identification with the conscious thinking mind’s activities, its conceptualized past and future, that can cause confusion. 

It’s a little like identifying with the garden hose in the analogy above.  Most people are so identified with the thoughts they think, the ideas they have of who they are, the roles they play that they make the mistake of believing the content of the mind is actually who they are.  In the form of the analogy above its equivalent to believing you are the inanimate hose and not the vitalizing water running through the hose.  The vitalizing force that flows is who you are, not the structure that exists to provide direction to that energy flow.  This is the nature of the relationship between your conscious thinking mind and your source, your Being. 

Your conscious thinking mind is a tool that gives form to the impulses and intuition rising from deep within you.  Ego is the conscious thinking mind that’s been infused with “self.”  This is literally the content of your mind to which you’ve become attached and to which you identify. 

It’s the past you remember and describe as yours, not just to others, but to yourself.  It’s the experiences you call you own, it’s the culture you identify with, the political and religious affiliations you align with, the roles you play, and it’s also the future you plan for and anticipate.  All this and more constitute the content of your ego.  Negative thoughts are just a part of the manifested world, and a natural part of your own ego.  When you can learn to use them rather than being used by them by trying to banish them, or avoid them, you’ll have taken a major step toward using them as the tool they are intended to be. 

Best wishes,

Dr. Ralph W.

Western ideas of abundance seem to be very narrowly defined.  We here in the West seem to think that successfully bringing abundance into our lives means the elimination of all we regard as negative. Just because you don’t personally prefer something doesn’t mean its existence diminishes your ability to achieve a successful life.  Many try to eliminate the negative from their lives believing if they have a negative thought they’ll somehow start manifesting that experience in their world.  Noticing a thought and obsessively focusing upon it are distinctly different.  Those who feel compelled to rid themselves of “negative” thoughts are often in the grips of fear of one form or another.  Fearing the potential negative consequences of “negative” thoughts, they become vigilant for their presence, presumably to do away with them before they can create something they don’t want.  This, however, is a path that often leads to disappointment.  In an inclusion-based universe, which is a fundamental concept upon which the Law of Attraction depends, the attention you give to not experiencing what you don’t want activates that in your experience and you begin to attract it to you.  Or in the language I suggested in a previous post, you begin to resonate with a vibration that is consistent with what your attention is focused upon.  And all of this seems to be in service of homogenizing the world so that only those things regarded as “positive” come to populate our experience. 

Our desire to realize our vision, to live the successful life we imagine becomes a powerful and compelling force.  It can become easy to get attached to this image believing that our sense of safety, security, and success depend upon its achievement.  The perspective of our conscious thinking mind feeds us with information telling us we are separated from our goal, separated from the sense of salvation we expect to come from the achievement of our goals. 

When individual definitions of abundance rest upon a perspective that tells us we are separate from what we desire, we are given the opportunity to see such a perspective as a product of the mind-made self, the ego as the limitations of this perspective are apparent in the focus on exclusivity.  That is, seeking to exclude what is not wanted because it does not fit with a preconceived notion of abundance.  In essence, this is the ego’s actions of sifting and discriminating as it is compelled to do.  We can cross our own wires (emotionally and cognitively) by taking personally the presence of something we feel we didn’t choose and don’t prefer. 

In making an effort to see the things, people, and circumstances that populate our world from a broader perspective, we can appreciate that we each have different paths, different needs, and as a result have different likes and dislikes.  One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, if you will. 

When we can see that everything in our experience has value and function regardless of whether we personally prefer it or not, we can reduce our reactivity to circumstances we might otherwise think we “shouldn’t” have.  In so doing we regain our sense of personal power and help to maintain our outer alignment with our inner Source.

Best wishes, Dr. Ralph W.

P.S. A friend of mine suggested I should place a picture of myself on this site.  Does anyone have any comments about that?  If so, I invite you to leave them for me. In the mean time, I’ll try to find a picture that actually looks good.

Two Kinds of Consciousness

Understanding Law of Attraction and applying what you know to your life can sometimes be challenging.  I’ve visited many discussion groups at which many questions are posted regarding why the Law of Attraction didn’t work they way they wanted.  The frustration is palpable, and my interest here is to try to provide some information that could be useful to those who still find themselves struggling, or who just want to get a little bit more from their efforts. 

“Train your mind first,” I say to my students.  The greater clarity you posses, the faster and more powerful your results will be.  This is how I approach teaching, and it is a philosophy that is clearly present in this post.  Before you can really understand what affirmations and visualization can do for you in the deliberate creating process, it can be helpful to understand how these techniques operate, how they function. 

Since a full description of that entire process would be a post that is essentially the size of a book, I thought I’d start with one of the more fundamental concepts as a part of the foundation—Consciousness. 

It may be helpful for you to consider that there are two kinds of consciousness.  The first is your conscious thinking mind, the waking awareness you identify with and which is referred to in conversation by the personal pronouns “I,” “me,” “my,” or “mine.”  The other is typically regarded as your “unconscious.”  It’s in quotes to highlight a couple of points.  First, it’s unconscious relative to the waking awareness of your conscious thinking mind.  Second, because while we like to think of two kinds of consciousness, these seemingly different constructs, consciousness and unconsciousness, are really just discrete points along a single continuum of consciousness.  It’s easier for conversation sake to talk about them as discrete entities, but in the end that’s not entirely accurate. 

That your unconscious and conscious minds operate by different rules, however, lends support to the idea that they are discrete entities.  As I said above, talking about them as discrete entities makes them easier to talk about and easier to understand, but it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that they are both part of the same whole. 

The “Unconscious” Mind

One of the important rules governing the unconscious mind may be broadly described as “inclusion.” This simply means that what you’ve given your attention to is active in your experience for the time your attention is focused upon it.  Your unconscious is the well-spring of the energy that vitalizes everything in your experience, including your thoughts, mind, and body.  Equally, it vitalizes everything external to you while you’re focused upon it.  A project you’re working on, the road you’re on while you’re driving, the people you see on the street to which you give your attention.  All are activated in your experience while you are giving your attention to them. 

The unconscious part of you is source energy, your Being.  It is the “God” part of you or your soul; whatever you want to call it doesn’t matter.  It is simply the source of all the energy in your experience.  This level is without time, without limit, it is pure potential.  The information in the form of inspiration or intuition coming from it is not structured in the way we think of it until it gets to the level of your conscious thinking mind.  It is at that level, the level of the conscious thinking mind that the impulse or intuition is given form, as in a thought form.  The form the impulse or intuition takes is consistent with the conditioning the conscious thinking mind has been subjected to.  In my case, part of my history of conditioning has been my education in psychology, my wife’s is in social work and computers, and so on.

The Conscious Thinking Mind

The conscious thinking mind is the creator of forms.  It is what gives form and structure to the impulses arising from deep within.  The important rules that govern the conscious thinking mind have to do with what it does.  It discriminates, differentiates, selects, categorizes, identifies, labels, among other things.  It’s discriminating and distinguishing characteristics are reflective of its structure.  The conscious thinking mind is compelled by its structure to carry out its discriminating activities. 

Preferences are selected at the level of the conscious thinking mind.  We identify what we like and dislike at this level and the conscious thinking mind operates to help us select a path toward what we like and away from what we don’t.  It separates; it distinguishing likes from dislikes.  Its structural imperative is also fulfilled in the more basic distinction of, “I am this and not that.”  In this manner it is possible to see our identification with the content of our conscious thinking mind.  In this way we can also identify ourselves as separate from or different from others.

The “others” that are referred to above become important when the conscious thinking mind is transformed into ego through our desire to seek a sense of self in the conscious thinking mind.  In short, you can say that we Identify with the conscious thinking mind as though this is who we are, as though it is the source energy.  Through identifying with the conscious thinking mind, now the ego, we are immediately confined and confounded by the limitations of the conscious thinking mind. We are subjected to its rules and its influences, particularly the influence of feeling separated from our source and from one another and the world around us.  When we are present to the sense of separation, the feeling experience is one of negative emotion accompanied by negative thought. 

This is not Evil, as some have suggested, but merely the product of identifying with a mind-made sense of self that must act in accordance with the rules that govern it.  The conscious thinking mind, the ego, separates, classifies, and distinguishes, all because these are the functions it was intended to do.  We can free ourselves of the emotional turmoil associated with this condition by remembering we are not our ego, we are the source energy, the Being that flows forth from deep within and vitalizes the world of forms. 

There are many implications of this kind of understanding for those interested in being deliberate creators.  I’ll go into this in more detail in another post.  For now, I invite any comments or questions.  I like hearing from others with whom I’m sharing this journey.

Best wishes,

Dr. Ralph  W.

Personally, I see the benefits of knowing the Law of Attraction in my life daily.  After more than 20 years of reading, studying, and writing about it, these principles are a well-integrated part of how I see the world.  In other words, you could say I operate from my understanding of universal principles and they’ve become a habitual way of seeing the world for me.

It’s not just about getting more money, a new job, a big house, or a new car for me.  While these things are great, and I appreciate the benefit items such as these provides as much as anyone else, I’m even more grateful for the peace of mind, the personal tranquility, and the refuge from uncertainty my knowledge of these principles provides.

Through my years of studying universal principles I’ve become increasingly sensitive to the appearance of these concepts in the popular culture, on television, in movies, books, in the paper.  What I’ve noticed is that except on rare occasions, you’re not likely to see any direct mention of Law of Attraction in most of our popular media, particularly on television.  That doesn’t mean that evidence of its presence in the popular culture doesn’t exist.  To me, it means that you have to look for the sometimes not so obvious manifestation of these concepts in the popular culture.  It means that maybe what you find when you look is evidence of the change in consciousness. 

The evidence I see could consist of a little less pessimism and a little more optimism; evidence of looking toward solutions rather than being captivated by problems.  Statements that reflect a sense of the abundance of our world regardless of the circumstances one might be personally facing. 

Finding evidence of a shift in our collective consciousness that signals a movement in the direction of an awareness of the abundance within and without can be a tall order, particularly when the media, and especially news programming seems so doggedly intent upon reporting “what is.”  “Tell it like it is,” “reported as it happened,” are the statements that reflect the modern culture’s credo. 

Of course telling the truth is important, and I’m not advocating for lying or being dishonest as a virtue.  But goals require vision and commitment.  To achieve them requires adopting a vision for the future that is more compelling than the signals coming back from our environment that sometimes tell us that our cause is hopeless, foolish, or impossible.  Sometimes you have to look for something other than “what is” to realize your vision. 

This is also the essence of being a deliberate creator; actively taking steps in your lives that are consistent with what you know about universal principles like Law of Attraction.  This knowledge, knowing universal principles is as much about a disciplined way of living your life as it is about “using” Law of Attraction to realize your material dreams. 

It is for this reason that I see knowing and applying what you know about universal principles as a call to transform your consciousness.  To live each moment with the richness and vitality this knowledge can impart to you now, not just in those moments after you’ve acquired the new car, new house, or new job when you’re standing with your desires fulfilled.  This is the evidence I continue to seek. 

I continue to look each day for evidence of the shift in consciousness I know must accompany knowledge and application of these principles.  Looking for it leads me to seeking and finding the best in others. 

Best wishes,

Dr. Ralph W.

The “Vibe” part of the law of attraction conversation is both central to understanding how it works and the one aspect of this principle most criticized by skeptics and nay-Sayers.  Most authors I’ve read regarding the law of attraction offer a somewhat complicated description of quantum physics as an explanation for understanding the importance of “vibe” in the attraction process.  I think this effort has produced some good results, but often times, unless you understand quantum physics, having the knowledge doesn’t do much to prove helpful.

While I applaud the effort and the results of the quantum physics arguments in law of attraction, I believe their practical application in the lives of everyday people is questionable.  My question is this,

“What benefit is intended by offering a description of the quantum physics of vibration?”

If the idea is to make this and other universal principles more accessible and useful to more people, then perhaps cutting past the quantum physics, at least in the short term, can be more beneficial. 

At its heart the introduction of the quantum physics conversation can be understood as a device used to help your conscious mind grab hold of certain concepts that are useful in deliberately creating your life.  The quantum physics conversation is intended as a way to transform your consciousness helping you think in terms of the universal principles, like law of attraction. 

The transformation in consciousness implied is different from the kind of consciousness we typically associate with our waking hours.  The rational, selective processes distinguishing between who we are and who we are not; sifting through the data of our daily experience looking for that which we prefer versus that we dislike.  This is the consciousness of our identity, our ego, or sense of self, our personality.  This is what we are typically referring to when we’re talking about our mind.      

The education of our mind is what our process of education is all about.  But what we typically don’t realize is the extent to which our educational process is also training non-conscious levels of our experience such as our intuition.  The kind of intuition that informs a mechanic of what might be causing that strange sound coming from your car, or when your doctor offers several labels in response to a description of symptoms. 

Our education provides a context assisting in the formation of concepts out of an otherwise undifferentiated mass of data.  Our success as a species has been dependent upon our ability to effectively educate our minds.  The result has been the development of technologies that transform our interaction with the world and each other.  The changes brought by this process have been increasing in speed and intensity creating pressure to adapt to an ever-changing and sometimes uncertain world. 

The pressure created is forcing a new type of consciousness transformation.  Not a throw-back to an earlier stage in human development, as some have suggested, leaving behind the benefits reflected in our current state of mental development.  What is implied, and what many believe is occurring, is the development of a new and inclusive consciousness that embraces the best of the previous mental models in a new model that is more inclusive, conscientious of our connection with our environment [social, economic, and otherwise], and with one another.  

Thus, I see learning law of attraction and other universal principles as something more than just a technique to get a new job, more money, a better relationship, or whatever else.  I see its presence at this time in our human history as a reflection of our collective need for consciousness transformation, a reflection of our readiness to find a new level of existence to which we are evolving. 

In observing the results of those deliberately using universal principles to improve the quality of their lives I’ve noticed a change occurring in their consciousness.  My conclusion based on these observations is that you cannot deliberately use these principles to bring things into your life without also inviting a transformation in your consciousness; essentially moving yourself in the direction of a spiritual awakening. 

Deliberate use of universal principles draws your attention to your source, and seeking to create and experience more abundance in your life is a direct reflection of your connection to your source, the wellspring of the abundance you wish to experience in your outer life.  The greater the abundance in your outer life means the greater the strength of your connection to your abundant source within. 

 Your conscious mind is a conduit through which your source flows and is given form on its way into the world.  Recognizing that the conscious mind operates by rules that are different than your unconscious is an important first step to transforming your conscious thinking mind making it a better conduit through which energy flows, rather than a place where the energy stops.

Best wishes,

Dr. Ralph W.

How it works

How it works

Have you felt frustrated trying to use the law of attraction?

Hearing about these principles that are supposed to help you get anything you want is exciting.  Then you try it, and your results are less than you expected. 

Has this been your experience?  It was mine when I first learned about the law of attraction.  I didn’t know what the heck was going on.  Here I thought I was going to be able to get whatever result I wanted, only to find there was still something missing. 

I felt frustrated.  I set it aside for a while thinking it just doesn’t work, or at least doesn’t work the way I had been told it would.

For me it’s always been the case that I want to know why things work.  I want to understand the principles.  I’ve always felt that doing this I’d be prepared to meet any challenge, any situation I might face.  After all, we never know what’s going to be happening next, and I for one, wanted to be sure I’d be able to keep moving in the direction of my goals, knowing that circumstances weren’t going to stop me. 

It took a long time before I really understood how to use these principles to achieve my desires consistently.  When I started I thought my lack of success, the lack of consistency I experience was because I either didn’t understand something, or the law just doesn’t work the way I was told. 

Sometimes it’s the simple things we miss, the simple ideas that make the biggest difference.  I had seen the law of attraction and abundance spoken of so many times and never really took the next step in my understanding.  I’d even had success in the past using the law without realizing all I what I was doing. 

Now what I was doing seems clearer to me, and I’m finally able to speak about what how this is working, the simple wins that illustrate the way this works. 

I can’t count how many times I went forth in my day proclaiming my intention to think positive thoughts, be grateful, and generate a felt sense of connection with the outcome I desired.  Terrific strategies to be sure, but ultimately I found they weren’t enough.  Deciding that failure wouldn’t stop me was also helpful, but again it wasn’t, by itself enough to get consistent results. 

“We cannot manifest what we want, we can only manifest what we already are” says Eckhard Tolle, the spiritual teacher and author.  This simple statement opened my eyes to a new way of seeing what I’d been doing, how I understood the law of attraction. 

As I said before, it’s something the simplest things that make the biggest difference.

At the level of our being, the limitless self within, there is no time and no lack.  All things exist as pure potential.  That which I want, the success I desire, I must see as already existing, because at the level of my being it already does.  The things I interpret as mistakes, failures, short comings, are nothing of the sort.  My own mind interprets them as such because my mental apparatus, my ego, needs them to continue existing.

It almost seems like I’m saying we don’t need the ego, or at least we don’t need to have a strong ego, doesn’t it? 

In one sense I would have to say, yes.  But we have one nonetheless, so we have to learn to live with it, or better yet, work with it. 

Consider this…, you already are the things and situations you want.  There is nothing separating you from your desire other than your mind’s insistence that it hasn’t happened yet.  Imagine what you desire and realize that it already is, it already exists.  From there, all you need do is allow yourself to follow your inspiration to take action.  This becomes easier when the chatter of your mind isn’t clouding your vision, and cutting you off from the source of your inspiration. 

In this way, learning about the mental mechanisms that so frequently separates us from what we desire can be very useful, although ultimately not necessary.  If that seems a bit confusing, don’t worry.  It gets easier as you go along.  I’ll tell you how in my next post.