A great deal has been said of The Secret in the media the last few years. The book has been a best-seller, the movie was a viral sensation, its author has made several interviews and the subject of The Secret has been the topic of conversation on many installments of Oprah's Live Your Best Life series.
The entire philosophy of The Secret can basically been summed up in the phrase, "What you dwell on inwardly, you manifest outwardly." This philosophy is not entirely unknown to magical practitioners but the Secret and its new wave of adherents have reaffirmed the value of this truth.
That being said, there is one truth that many of us are forgetting. That is, the Law of Attraction is not the only spiritual law that governs our universe. It is but one of a body of spiritual laws that we, as humans, must understand and practice before we can live our best life.
Some of these Laws include, but are not limited to, the following:
The Law of Free Will: This law states that every person has freedom of choice, therefore, not making a choice is actually a choice.
When attempting to use the Law of Attraction, it is important to remember that you are choosing to improve your own life by being responsible for your own thoughts, words, and deeds; and not those of others. For example, you are having a conflict with a neighbor. It is natural for you to wish for that neighbor to just go away, or move; you may even fantasize about this occurring and focus your thoughts on moving this person out of your life. However, you neighbor is likely to be having the exact same thoughts!
The problem here is that each of you are attempting to influence the others' free will, creating even more conflict. In these instances it is best to focus your thoughts, words, and deeds on creating peace for yourself rather than turmoil for your neighbor.
The Law of Cause and Effect: Also known as the law of Karma, this law states that everything proceeds from something and is succeeded by something.
It is important to remember that the Law of Attraction is powerful, but thought alone cannot bring about lasting changes. Thought must be reinforced with actions. Often our thoughts will manifest opportunities for us to manifest our desires, but we must be open to recognizing opportunities when they present themselves to us.
The law of attraction states that like attract like, therefore if you want love, be loving; if you desire money, spend money. Be that which you desire to attract the same to you! Don't dream it, Be it!
The Law of Responsibility: Ultimately, you are responsible for the state of your life right now.
Blaming someone, or something, outside of yourself for the state of your life right now does not change your life for the better. If you are unhappy for something lacking in your life, it is not because God didn't give it to you it is because you didn't make it happen for yourself!
While it is true that the manner in which we are raised, the manner in which people treat us (or how we allow others to treat us) can have an affect on our personality, emotional outlook, etc... ultimately our lives will take shape according to our own choices. Sometimes we may feel that we didn't have a choice in a matter, such as being the victim of abuse, or being born with a disability. However, we must recognize that every conflict carries an opportunity for you to learn a needed lesson and for you to grow as a human being.
The state of your life right now is a direct result of your past choices; and the state of your life tomorrow will be a result of the choices you make today. It is up to you to create the life that you desire.
The Law of Omnipresence: This law states that all realities co-exist. Thus a thing is unborn, alive and dead at the same moment.
Because all realities exists at once, you are closer to your desires than you think you are. There is more than enough abundance in the universe for everyone, and there is nothing wrong with wanting more than you have right now.
The Law of Extremes: This law states that, because all realities co-exist (see law of omnipresence), a thing is and is not at the same moment; therefore if we carry opposites to their extremes they are alike. For example, one cannot see in extreme light nor total darkness.
It is very important to be certain that you really want that which you are attempting to manifest in your life. A desire which has manifested and taken to its extreme can often result in a return to the cause of the original desire. For example, loneliness can often be painful for some individuals, especially taken to its extreme; however it is possible to love someone so much that it hurts, and that pain can often have tragic consequences for all.
Additionally, people are are living in the depths of poverty are often unhappy because they have nothing; while at the same time there are some very wealthy people who find that while their wealth allows for their needs to be met, they are also very unhappy because there are things that their wealthy cannot bring them.
When considering that which we desire, it is extremely important for us to ask ourselves, do I truly want (insert desire), or do I want what said desire brings me? For example, do I want a husband because I'm ready for a relationship, or do I want a husband for the security that I believe marriage will bring me?