Obsessions

“Luckily, I get to choose the thoughts I think.  Nothing is forced on me.  In any moment I am free to change my mind and choose again.  Here lies the beauty of training your mind in a systematic way.  Nothing is happening to  me that cannot be changed in an instant.  There are no accidents.  The power of decision is my own.  If I am having a bad day, I can change it.”  Gorgeous for God:  Awakening through A Course in Miracles, by Lisa Natoli

Our mind is in our control, but often we think our mind as a “mind” of its own.  We CAN choose the thoughts that we think.  If we are having a bad day, a low mood is coming from our low thoughts.  Thoughts come first; the mood, the feelings, come afterwards.

We need thought shifters when we are caught in feeling bad.  We can, by a force of sheer will, raise our thoughts to something better.  I often say, if caught in ruminations, “Let it rest lightly on my mind.”  And this assertion often does indeed make it so.

Distraction helps.  Put our mind on something else, other than the groove of the record we are playing over, and over, and still over.  Obsessions can be cruel taskmasters, and an obsessive-compulsive disorder does indeed cry out for professional help.  The others of us who are not caught by this disorder are able to quell the obsession by reading, praying, talking to friends and family.

Let our obsessions just drift away.  We don’t have to think about those things that “bother” us.  Obsessive thoughts that continue do, indeed, attract more like thoughts.  If there is something crying out for help, the Holy Spirit will alert us, when the time comes, to act.  And we will get very precise guidance about how to act—if we are listening.

There are no accidents.  There is a lesson in obsessive thought that God would have us learn.  Ask today for clarification.  Then wait patiently.

The Answer will come.  And soon.

Paradox of Letting Go of “Wanting”

“I have gained more desirable results (changes in attitude and behavior) in six months with the [Sedona] Method than all my wanting has achieved in a decade!  I always understood the concept of ‘oneness,’ with the universe, but recently, while I was releasing, it became fully animated in my life.  The realization is hard to explain.  Just knowing and feeling that everything is part of me, and I am a part of everything, is an unbelievable experience.”  Michael McGrath, quoted in the Hale Dwoskin’s The Sedona Method

Many of us who use the law of attraction to change our lives for the better know that “wanting” is not enough.  Wanting can actually thrust something desired away from us, because when we focus on “want,” we are saying we do not yet have.  We need instead to focus on a given desired good, and then release our minds and hearts from it.  Just be satisfied, whether it comes or not.  In the Sedona Method (mentioned in the quotation), this habit of mind is called “hootlessness.”  It is when we just cease to care whether or not something makes its way to us, and, paradoxically, we find that often the thing desired materializes. 

Our wanting “too” badly has caused the problem.  We have been focusing on lack, often without being aware of it, noticing that we want this thing and that we do not now have it. 

So let us give some thought to this paradox.  Let go, just release, the desired good from the mind and heart for a few days.  If we can succeed in thinking about other things, when we revisit our heart’s desire, we may see elements of its manifestation in our lives.  The manifestation may be a gift unsought, but something much, much better than what we had asked to have.

Positive Thinking & the Law of Attraction

“This man’s experience demonstrates a law which is stated succinctly in the dynamic and creative teachings of Jesus Christ.  ‘If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.’ (Mark 9:23).  As you train your mind to believe, defeat tendencies are reversed, and everything tends to move out of the area of the impossible into that of the possible.

“First, become a believer in God, not merely academically, but believe confidently in Him as your guide, and actually practice spiritual principles.  Second, believe in yourself, in people, and in life itself.  Have a sincere desire to serve God and mankind, and stop doubting, stop thinking negatively.”  Stay Alive All Your Life, by Norman Vincent Peale

Norman was a true believer in the tenets of Christianity.  But he developed his own interpretation, focusing particularly on positive thinking.

Positive thinking fits easily into the law of attraction.  And so, of course, does Jesus’ statement about belief: “all things are possible to him that believeth.”  When we combine thinking and feeling in an affirmative way, and we are able truly to believe that our prayer is good and true—then we are set to receive what we asked to receive.  If we doubt that we are asking in God’s will, the introduction of doubt will have nullified the law of attraction.

Get the negativity and the doubts out of mind and heart.

And the cosmic law of attraction will work as it is intended.  And what we ask for will not turn to ashes and dust.

Spiritual Requests

“What can you ask for?  You can ask for spiritual evolution and more light, for that is a general request that your soul will utilize to bring you many unexpected gifts.  (You will want to acknowledge these gifts when they come.)”  Living with Joy, by Sanaya Roman

We grow when we ask for spiritual evolution and more light (which is insight).  This in itself will smooth out our lives and give us peace.

Don’t fret if we have been focusing upon material goods, and the law doesn’t seem to be operating.  There is a higher law that gives us what we are ready for.  And ALL of us are ready for spiritual evolution and greater insight.

Intangible requests are more lasting and more satisfying.  And we are always ready for those.  Material goods would be ashes and dust at our feet if we don’t have the spiritual wherewithal to sustain our lives without greed.

Focus

“Whatever you pay attention to is what you create.”  Living with Joy, by Sanaya Roman

I hear a very serious warning for myself in this assertion from Sanaya. If I pay attention to worry, I will create more of it. If I pay attention to something else out there that concerns me, it will grow–be it a good or bad thing.

We are focusing when we pay attention. And focus invokes the law of attraction.

Better to distract the mind than create something that is adverse.

But there is a positive way to view this assertion as well. When we focus on those things we love, they too grow. And our lives get better. This is why I view the law of attraction as a way that God benefits those of a secular bent. He doesn’t demand anything of us except that we focus our minds on what is good.

And it will be ours.

Projection

“The world but demonstrates an ancient truth; you will believe that others do to you exactly what you think you did to them.”  A Course in Miracles, FIP ed.

The psychological truth here is projection. Projecting outward, we see others doing to us as we THINK we have done to them. And we can expand this thought to other worlds, a past life, the Other Side, earlier in this lifetime. Somehow we are implicating ourselves when we reason about what the outer world seems to be doing to us, or how the outer world seems to be doing us in.

Reflect on this quotation. It may not, on first glance, appear true, but if we look, we can find instances from the past in which we have attracted the same result that we are experiencing now. This is another way of stating the law of attraction, a particularly cogent way that will solve a lot of our problems.

We don’t have to have done any of these things: We just “think” we have. This affirms the power of the mind. And if our heart has gotten in the act, we are particularly caught by the circumstances.

Relax and let the truth of the situation invade your soul. Relax and let the forgiveness that we all need shower over us.

Listening to the Voice of Truth

“If you will lay aside the ego’s voice, however loudly it may seem to call; if you will not accept its petty gifts that give you nothing that you really want; if you will listen with an open mind, that has not told you what salvation is; then you will hear the mighty Voice of truth, quiet in power, strong in stillness, and completely certain in Its messages.”  A Course in Miracles, FIP ed.

We don’t need to use the ego when we are interested in invoking the power of attraction.  Gifts that come from the ego don’t satisfy for long.  We know from experience that we always want something more – and more – and more.  There seems to be no end to what will satisfy us.  And sometimes, even when we have it all, we are not satisfied—but unhappy.

The best way is to go within, to the Voice of truth, which is another name for the Holy Spirit.  Let us take our desires to Him, and see if what we want is honored by God.  We need to be quiet, “strong in stillness,” when we go within, or the Voice of truth will be drowned out by other, more raucous sounds.  Give our imagination free rein.  Imagine what God might be telling us, for He speaks in silence.

We will know with certainty whether or not a given request is in our best interests.  If we vacillate, chances are good that we are on the wrong track.  If no clear Answer arrives in our mind and heart, then perhaps the Answer is “Wait.”  If this happens, we do best to go about our day with the question on the back burner.

We will hear an Answer.  And when it comes, we will be certain of the gift for which we ought to ask.  Be sure to say a silent “thanks” when the Answer comes. 

Ask Our Heart

“You must have noticed an outstanding characteristic of every end that the ego has accepted as its own.  When you have achieved it, it has not satisfied you.  That is why the ego is forced to shift ceaselessly fro one goal to another, so that you will continue to hope it can yet offer you something.”  A Course in Miracles, FIP ed.

When we have too many goals all at once, it is a tipoff that we are struggling to find a place for ourselves in this world that MAY be ego-driven.  When we remain often dissatisfied, even when we have achieved goals that we wanted, goals that we attracted, something is wrong.  It is wise to ask our heart exactly what IS wrong.  We may be following paths that are not meant for us.

When we open to our heart, we are opening to the intuitive side of ourselves.  And this intuitive side knows what is best in a way that our mind does not.  Listen to the “whispers” that occur; be sure that what is being asked for in a goal is actually something worthy and good.

Don’t let the ego take over.  The ego does not mean us well.  And with the ego in the ascendancy, we will NEVER remain satisfied with what we achieve.

Prayer

“I am forced to the conclusion that many people go through the lip-service act of saying their prayers without the slightest belief that those prayers will be answered.  Consequently, they are not answered.”  The Magic of Believing, by Claude Bristol

Why is this quotation true?  It is because “belief” is such a necessary component of the law of attraction.  We discover a need in ourselves, we ask that the need be answered, but then we doubt.  And doubt is a killer of dreams.

Know that God is real.  I believe that He is a personal God Who answers prayers.  I do not believe that His answer is audible to us, but I do believe it occurs in the silence when we get quiet.  Often we will realize that we know how to solve the dilemma before us now.  Often we have this sense of knowing what to do next to rectify our situation.

I do not fully agree with Claude, that our prayers are not answered.  We may be experiencing a “wait” response from God, for He knows that if we don’t believe in a solution, nothing that happens in our lives would be evidential. 

Post a question in writing to the Maker of us all.  Listen in the silence for a response.  See if the Answer is not much more astute than our normal thinking.  We are reaching down into the subconscious, which is deep within, and God dwells in all of us deep within.  Be clear in the question, for if our thinking is muddled, we can’t expect to hear something profound. 

But the profound is there, just waiting for us to receive.  Let it come through.  Don’t, above all, doubt, but suspend disbelief.  And God will speak to us in the silence of a quiet mind.

Add Emotion to an Image

“The images in your mind draw to themselves all the proper emotional energy and power needed to fill them out as physical events.”  The Nature of Personal Reality (a Seth Book), by Jane Roberts

If we “image” in our minds, we are visualizing.  And we often do this in an unthinking way.

We need to be more mindful.  We know that what we visualize tends to come true, especially if we focus on it with intention and purpose.

We need to take thought for what we are attracting that is not what we want.  If we visualize something that we don’t want, then we can just say “cancel, cancel” in our minds—not having to speak aloud.

When we add emotion to this visualization, we draw power to ourselves to effect the physical event.  Emotions—feelings—are vitally important to the law of attraction, and what we feel, we often see in our outer world.

We create our physical world by the thoughts in our minds.  We are in a mass hallucination, joined with all others on our plane, and maybe those on the Other Side as well.  It behooves us to intentionally create that which we have an inner feeling is right for us. 

Then we are in league with God, the Higher Power, and our creations are right and good for ourselves.