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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.

Transformaton in the News

Tomorrow evening there will be a program on the ABC television network called “Mind Games.”  I initially saw it advertised on another ABC program over this past weekend.  While the program was advertised as a part of a series ABC news is producing regarding “Happiness, Inc.,” this particular broadcast is to be about James Arthur Ray.  His arrest was something I wrote briefly about this past February.  His trial is about to begin and apparently the producers of this series feel his story is appropriate for their views. 

I’m not particularly interested in commenting on the apparent appropriateness or inappropriateness of their story.  Rather, I’m interested to see how the ideas, the concepts, and the modern-day process of seeking personal growth, insight, and spiritual emancipation are presented.  It’s not often that these ideas, the concepts of consciousness transformation, personal growth, and so on, make their way into the popular media.  While I believe the story will likely focus on Ray himself and the tragedies that brought him to his current circumstances, I remain interested to see how these ideas are treated.  As I also mentioned in a previous post, I continue to look for evidence of a shift in consciousness, and it appears to me this might be a good opportunity to get a glimpse.    

Ray, as you may recall, was one of the contributors to the popular movie, The Secret.  I stand by the sentiments I expressed in my previous post about Ray.  I believe that the tragedy of his circumstances underlies the importance of assessing one’s ability to undergo the sometimes stressful experiences that can accompany transformative work.   (For more see my post on the topic from February, 2010)

Despite my persistent interest in looking for evidence of consciousness transformation in our culture daily, I remain mindful of the tragedy that brought about these circumstances.  I maintain loving thoughts of support and warm regard for the families and friends of those who were hurt or died. 

Best wishes,

Dr. Ralph W.