Does the Law of Attraction have a role to play in the resolution of ecological and financial crises worldwide?
A friend pointed out to me: "I don't know if there will be some help from spiritual forces to help us make it through this time of human crisis, or if they are leaving us alone to see if we can make it from awakening after facing the truth. This environmental crisis is linked to our behavior, to our fragmented way of perceiving life and reality, and to our continuous demand of 'goods' from the Earth System as if it were something apart from us that will last forever.
He was scathing at those who point to the Law of Attraction as any sort of remedy to the current situations of crisis in the world economy and ecology (two sides of the same coin, as he says). But "two sides of the same coin" is the point here too. It's not that the Law of Attraction is "wrong," it's that it was not fully represented in the film, The Secret. Too often it has been dressed up to appeal to the lowest common denominator (lazy people who want something for nothing) and make some money, but really it's the timeless and universal principle of congruent intention.
Without congruent intention followed by focused action toward manifestation in the real world, the originator of a vision is dissociating both him/herself and the world itself from the mental/spiritual vision and its creation, therefore invalidating and disempowering it. He's saying he doesn't really want it; he's not really involved; he's abrogating responsibility; he's separating from Source in spiritual terms. But with congruent (non-conflicting) commitment at all levels - belief, feeling and action aligned - synchronicities will then be able to occur, so that support arrives in terms of both circumstances and personal assistance.
Synchronicities are a kind of magic - accidents which aren't really, as the context has been set up for them to occur. Not a magic wand then, but more like "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" because all the pieces when put together "magically" form a creation. They are attracted together because they have the same intention.
I think it's well-established information that to manifest an intent successfully - to achieve a goal - requires beliefs, feelings and behavior to be in alignment. Only then does the Law of Attraction have meaning, so the concept is pretty misleading unless it's used in the context of all the pieces being in place, which the "pop" version certainly didn't do. References to Law of Attraction in the various articles that have been included on Trans4mind are to a varying extent critical of the bland "mock up a Mercedes in the driveway" version..
But the idea of those who agree with each other - who are working on the same vibration if you like, who share a vision - being attracted to cooperate and support one another, is timeless observation and not recent American marketing. Not a scientific "law" but a workable principle, which is all we are dealing with in developmental psychology, including ways of understanding events and behavior such as Jung's synchronicities and archetypes, and many other helpful models such as those..
Fear and doubt is not the platform upon which to manifest a better world. It will attract more of the same. Neither are unrealistic optimism and rose-colored spectacles - we need to know about the issues my friend is pointing out! However: Love, compassion, service in action.... these are the crucial things that make a difference, that can save this world from decline and fall, and that can raise it in an ascension of consciousness. That is, our vision, feelings and behavior guided by non-judgmental, unconditional love.
Love is the key. If we start to express the spring of love within that is our true essence, our truth, our spark of divinity... and allow it to flow more... then all is revealed. Love becomes our guide in life, as well as our connection with and path back to Source..
Each of us can find that love within us; it is the purest aspect of our nature, the witnessing higher self, that views from above our habitual patterns of behavior and cultural conditioning. When we are silent and still and wordless, within and without, we become mindful of that viewpoint, which is our divinity. From that point of view we communicate, understand, have empathy, perceive what's needed and act on it..
Each of us can do our part, according to our means and talents - and that's no passive thing. It means making contact, taking risks, getting off our butts. Making it happen..
"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."~Edward Everett Hale
Peter Shepherd (co-editor of this magazine) is a psychologist and writer, who works particularly in the field of personal development and runs the web site, Trans4mind.comBorn in London in 1952, he spent most of his life in England before moving to France to be with his wife, Nicole. Trained both as a rational-emotive and transpersonal psychotherapist, Peter combines these techniques in his own system of transformational psychology, applied to personal growth rather than therapy. His book, Transforming the Mind, was the foundation of the web site, which over 10 years has expanded to become one of the top personal development portals on the Internet.
Peter is also the author of Daring to Be Yourself, which gives the reader the tools to turn their life around.