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.