Learning The Law of Attraction from Dr. Wayne Dyer
Beauty as an Idea
Life Lessons from the Father of Inspiration
Wayne Dyer says that, "When the student is ready, the teacher will come."
If that's true, I can only say that I wish I'd been ready for him and his ideas about the Law of Attraction much sooner than I was.
Although I'd long before got some idea about the power of dichotomies from Kurt Vonnegut, I didn't really appreciate contrast until I got a simple life lesson from Dr. Dyer.
Listening to one of his audiobooks as I walked home after work one evening, I got so excited I tried to practice pausing in the silence between words of The Lord's Prayer without walking into anything - or anyone.
Not being religious, I was relieved to discover that the words you used could be anything you liked, it was the gulf of silence between them that mattered.
This practice helped me relax into a clearer, deeper understanding of what's popularly known as the Law of Attraction that I never forgot.
Learning from Wayne Dyer about the Law of Attraction
For me, it's a core lesson in how we absorb life and how we recognize and build our values.
Absorbing the silence takes you to a new plateau of awareness in much the same way that meditation does. It draws contrast against the chattering, ever-evolving world and backs away from it.
It's a good place to start when you're ready to really appreciate the world, which is the key thing in starting practices that line you up with the Law of Attraction.
In Steven Pinker's consciousness-raising book, The Blank Slate, he makes a good case for an impressive kit full of templates and ready-to-launch learning modules with which we come into this world.
Unless something is seriously discombobulated, we learn to form ideas about color from associations and to recognize common objects from the slightest tracings. Think about how few lines in a sketch are needed to make us recognize a cat.
Sometimes, these pre-built templates are used by artists to create optical illusions, such as depth of field in a picture. The picture is flat, but we see distance and relationships.
We learn other automatic functions through experience, and our minds are phenomenal receptors and replicators of memes, those pesky phrases that stick in our thoughts that are so frequently used by advertisers.
No need to go too deeply into that stuff here, except to emphasize that, in every moment of our awareness, so much is already automated that learning to see the world with real awareness means commitment and intention.
When we can step into that space between words, as I learned from Wayne Dyer, it puts us on a fast track to appreciation and tuning in to the Law of Attraction. In active silence–not what we do in meditation by looking inward–we look outward with the same intensity and committed focus.
Here's the practice Wayne Dyer teaches
- Gather the Lord's Prayer, or whatever easily memorized set of phrases you like, in your mind.
- Now try saying it, even just in your mind if there are others around, but give the space between words the same emphasis as the words themselves.
- Give the silence equality.
- Start holding in those silent gaps.
This practice can be like a mental/spiritual workout. When we break free of the endless chatter, internal as well as external, running like a spring-fed stream in out minds in every waking moment, something impressive happens – we start sensing life as the physical creatures we are, not just thinkers and doers.
Off on a racing start to appreciation, we may discover a nuanced world we've been missing blossoming in front of us.
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