Is the Law of Attraction Replacing God?
By Gunnar Jensen
Here in the beginning of 2007 the law of attraction, which means that we attract what we concentrate our minds about, is a hot topic. The film "The Secret" has been watched by many people all over the world, and many coaches tell their clients to apply this law properly to their lives. Why is this law of attraction so interesting? Well, if this law really exists, obviously it is a means of receiving good (or bad) things in our lives. Ultimately it makes us creators in our own universal existence. Imagine the impact this has upon our religious beliefs: Instead of asking God for help, we imagine what we want, believe that it will manifest in this way, and then it will be like that. Is this really the case?
Obviously, we can't want and expect our parents to live forever; and then they will live forever, so there must be things that we can't control (at least not completely). Does this eliminate the law of attraction then? Personally, I don't think so. To me it is very possible that we live in a universe that is governed by rules from some great intelligence (God or guiding principle or whatever we prefer to call it), but we have the possibility to act individually within a certain predefined frame.
If you want to make a plan for a new city you will certainly determine the position of the railroads, the main streets (and maybe also the smaller streets), the major buildings (train station, public buildings, etc.); but you would not plan the looks of each individual house in the streets (how could you?). There will be plenty of room for individual wishes and creativity in designing these houses. In the same way, it is very logical that whoever or whatever created our universe (including us, the human beings) designed the overall rules and frames but left room for us to act individually. If not we would have no free will at all.
So it might very well be the case that we have a lot of influence upon our own lives, that to a large extend we can create it ourselves. Of course, we are still subject to universal (or divine) laws, but we might certainly be able to affect our own earthly lives much more than we ever thought.
Some wise men claim that the whole universe (including our own bodies) is one big illusion in our minds. This is, of course, a possibility not to be ruled out; and if that is the case, then why use any effort trying to improve the illusion? Wouldn't it be better to get rid of the illusion instead? This is a very logical argument; and provided that we can get rid of the illusion quickly and live in eternal peace afterwards, it might be a waste of time trying to improve our experience of the illusion. But if it is not that immediate, and if we don't know how to free ourselves from the illusion, then why not live a better illusion?
About the Author
Gunnar Jensen has been working for almost 30 years in the IT-industry (mostly in sales). In 2005 (by the age of 51) he quit his job to finish his first book WHAT IF ...? An inspirational book about the existential questions in life and Award-Winning Finalist in the New Age: Non-Fiction of the Best Books 2006 Book Awards. http://www.gunnar-jensen.com & http://www.gunnarjensen.blogspot.com/
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