Treasure

“Treasure in the first sense is, first and foremost, something that you believe exists and have defined as being of value.  As this Treatise is not concerned with material treasure, we will not explore the dimensions of physical treasure except to say that the feelings that cause one to think that any physical thing is capable of being a treasure or being treasured are of the ego.  We will instead assume that you have moved beyond these ego concerns and explore the realm of internal treasures.”  – “ Course of Love.

We can realize that these material treasures are not bad; they just won’t satisfy for long.  They may give us a comfortable life, though, and that is not to be sneezed at.  If we seek the material at the exclusion of the immaterial, we will seek awry, especially if we do it all the time.  The ego would love to keep us busy gaining blessings in a material world, always seeking more – more – more, and never finding, for long, the satisfaction that we strive for.  We would work long and hard for the money to procure all of these material treasures, and then what would we have?  A barn full of treasure that might disappear in a puff of smoke.

Yes, the immaterial blessings are the best.  These are all elements of love, and Love, and these include harmony, peace, joyous living, happiness, calm, tranquility in a busy world.  If we are not careful, our striving for more will leave us no time to enjoy that more.  That is why being stress-free is so important.

Our treasures are best laid up in heaven, an idea straight out of the Bible.  And there we don’t find any corruption of our treasures.  They just last and last and last.

Love Is the Answer

“This getting what you want that drives your life is proven time and time again to not be what you want once you have achieved it.  Yet you think when this occurs that you have simply chosen the wrong thing and so choose another and another, not stopping to realize that you choose among illusions.  You are so surprised that you have not found happiness in what you seek!  You continue living life as a test, driving yourself to follow one accomplishment with another, sure that the next one or the next will be the one to do the trick.”  A Course of Love.

Many people believe that Jesus channeled A Course of Love as a continuation of A Course in Miracles.   The assertion in this quotation is a stern warning to those of us who practice the law of attraction.  If we are constantly asking for what we want, where is the danger here?  If we get it, it will not satisfy us!  We are on an endless loop of seeking and finding, but never feeling contented with what we have newly acquired.

Rhonda Byrne confronts this dilemma in The Power (sequel to The Secret), a treatise on the central place that love should hold in our lives.  Love does not egg us on constantly for more, more, more.  Love rests in intangible blessings that are eternal.   And these eternal blessings augment our material gain to give us a good life.

Not only do material treasures not satisfy us for long, but accomplishments on a career track don’t, either.   We are like Sisyphus, pushing that rock up the incline.  The rock falls repeatedly to the bottom of the incline, and we just push it up again.  Where is real life in this picture?

There is nothing wrong with attracting material treasures and career accomplishments to ourselves.  We just have to realize that the eternal truth is deeper than these secular offerings.  We will live well when we get our values in place.  And the deepest value is for a spiritual dimension to our sometimes mundane lives.

Most of us have loved deeply at some time in our lives.  And we remember that time as the time of happiness and fulfillment that had been missing heretofore.  We didn’t want the feeling ever to pass.  But, of course, it may have.

Inviting Love into our lives will carry benefits that right now, perhaps, we can only dream of.   Love is the greater healer, and the bottom line of the law of attraction.  Rhonda quotes great thinkers of the past who called the law of attraction, the law of love.

Love is the eternal truth.   If we think we are fresh out of love, we can attract it as well.  Just use Jesus’s injunction to ask, believe, and receive.  And the knowledge of genuine Love will come.  And with Love, a new life.

Ask / Seek / Knock

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”  – Matthew 7:7

These words from Jesus, found in the New Testament, were a godsend to me when I first started seeking in junior high school.  I latched upon them as if they were a lodestone.  And they were.  I was led to reading after reading that opened my mind and heart to new insight.  The way seemed much clearer when I reminded myself of these words.

These words are actually a restatement of the law of attraction as it relates to ultimate truths.  We are promised that we will find, when we seek, and this finding is attracted to us by the little willingness that we exhibit.  A Course in Miracles says that all that we need is a little willingness.  God is able to take that little willingness and expand it with Love.  And nothing is ever the same again.

We will be led from reading to reading, from insight to insight, from experience to experience—when we open our heart to receive.  Blessings will rain down upon our head.  We will know truths that we seemed to have no way of knowing, no rational way.  If we open our intuition, we will be led, ever so gently, to what we need to know to live a good life.

So:  Ask, seek, knock.  And be assured that what we are wanting will be opened to us.

Dreams and Happiness

“God’s will for me is perfect happiness.”  – A Course in Miracles

We often imagine that God might have a higher purpose than happiness for us, that He would have us sacrifice our happiness to something that might be a higher purpose.   A Course in Miracles calls this reasoning into question.

We are meant to live out our dreams, as Rhonda Byrne (author of The Secret) makes so evident in her book, The Hero.  And the living out of our dreams, what we know as our dreams, from deep inside, is what makes for our happiness.  We do attract that happiness by following the best and deepest calling that we know.  And turning within opens up the challenges, prepares us to shoot for the stars.

As Rhonda and others makes clear in The Hero, we actually must do what Joseph Campbell, the writer on mythology, made the capstone of his life’s work:  Follow your bliss.  This bliss is a synonym for one’s happiness, and there is simply no grander way to plan a life.  The powers of the Universe kick in, God Himself, and we are shortly presented with life choices that will make all the difference.  The law of attraction brings dream, bliss, and remarkable opportunity together.

We are well on our way to the life that we have attracted by our dreams.

And we are joyous.

Power

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”  – Ephesians 3:20

The power that works in us is love from our depths, the love of God from our depths—where God abides.  And what we give, we receive.  First we have to give, even though we may not be sure that we know how to give.

We do know how to give love, even if we aren’t sure that we know.  When love bubbles up from our inner depths, it is there because God put it there.  Did we have to be taught?  No; learning was unnecessary, for what we know is innate.  And when we give that innate love, we receive it in return.

Love does indeed attract all that we really want—for is not love the great blessing?  Material things will work when the law of attraction is carried out, when we focus on those things.  But we often move from one material thing to another, with only minimal, non-lasting, satisfaction.  When we give love, we not only get the material objects, but also the non-material.  And these non-material, ethereal blessings, have lasting power.  We are contented in a way that fleeting happiness based on the material can never give.  When we have love, joy, harmony, peace—then we have the real message of the law of attraction.

God could not create a universe(s) that would be based on anything but love, for if His creatures did not love, they would turn to self-destruction.  Of course, this is exactly what we often find in the world we have today.  Yet there is more good than bad.  God has preserved us from ourselves, for sooner or later, we realize that the positive blessings really do bless.  But, unfortunately, we hear that love is the answer so much that we turn a blind eye to it, but it really IS the answer.

So:  the message of love is already known deep within ourselves.  That is why we can give before we receive.  And in the giving, attraction is set up; like attracts like.   More loving things come to us, and they build on themselves.  Love attracts love, especially the intangible blessings.

We are, at last, home free in a heaven on earth.

Knowing

“You will live in a different reality, a different life.  And people will look at you and say, ‘What do you do different from me?’ Well, the only thing that is different is that you work with The Secret.”  – Marie Diamond

My supervisor once asked me, as I was busily and cheerily doing my job, “Do you lead a charmed life, or what?”

This charmed life is what we will live if we understand that we can receive, when we pray, believing.  If we can’t get ourselves on the wave length of believing, it is clear that we are on the wrong track, though this is something not often recognized by adherents to the law of attraction.  If we imagine something, or more precisely, “try” to imagine something, and it just won’t come to us, then we are definitely not going to be able to attract it.  It is wrong for us.

We need to rely on our intuition, and by this I mean our link to God within.  His guidance will tell us if we imagining what will hurt us or will help us.  Intuition, coming from the non-verbal, will clue us into how best to proceed.  If believing just won’t come, despite affirmations, then we need to revisit the issue of what we want.  We may be asking for something that would hurt us.

Wanting is not enough.  Believing that leads to knowing, is.

Satisfaction

“The thoughts of your ego-mind were ruled by the nature of the body.  To exist as creatures whose only thoughts are of survival of the body is to exist in a lower order.  The laws of the body have thus subjected you to conditions that invited the ego-mind to turn its attention to existence in this lower order.  It is only you who can recognize and invite the higher order or subject yourself to its conditions.  It is only your attention to the existence of this higher order that will reveal its laws to you.  These are the laws of God or the laws of love.”  – “Treatise on the Art of Thought,” A Course of Love.

Many adherents to the law of attraction actually call this the “law of love.”  And here we find spirituality encouraging the same.  Rhonda Byrne, who popularized the law of attraction in our culture and indeed in the world, has herself called this great divine law the “law of love.”  She asserts that when she used the law of attraction to draw material things to herself, it worked, but her blessings really increased when she began to be grateful for the very air that she breathes.  A remarkable testimony.

If we focus on material things alone, we are abiding in a lower order.  We will draw material things to ourselves, but after a while any given material treasure will fail us, and we will want more and more, trying to satisfy an itch.

The law of love asks us to focus on intangible things—the harmony, peace, serenity, peace that love actually gives us.   All great religious teachings have focused on this bounty, a bounty that does not rust and does not need to be stored in barns.

Let us enlarge our understanding of what treasure really is.  Let us use the law of attraction for what will last, what will give us eternal satisfaction.