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If You Think You Can (or not)...You're Right

Updated on July 11, 2011

It's not so secret after all

You'd have to be living under a rock not to have heard at least a snippet of something about this whole Law of Attraction thing. Or else, maybe you're completely off the grid and have no interaction with the world. Or maybe you live in the jungles of Brazil with some primitive indigenous tribe and don't have access to any kind of technology (in which case you won't be reading this missive because you have neither a computer or a means to connect to the internet.) Even if you don't believe it (LOA, that is) the fact remains that there are at least a gazillion books on the subject (not to mention movies, lectures, audios, etc.) making it one of the most talked-about topics of the past half decade or so. From Oprah to Larry Kind, Katie Couric and 60 Minutes, this so-called "secret" is anything but.

Rhonda Byrne may have had a lot to do with the spread of this craze, but she was not the first to come up with the concept (of how much what you think affects your world). The Buddha knew it. So did good ol' J.C. (that would be Jesus of Nazareth, aka "Jesus Christ"). So did Socrates and Einstein and Ralph Waldo Emerson. I could spend the next day and a half listing the names of those who came before Ms. Byrne. But that's not the point. The point is that the "secret" isn't a secret at all. Thoughts become things now, just as they always have. Mostly folks just didn't know it before that movie and subsequent other fodder hit the world-wide web.

Abraham, Martin and Mike

The Teachings of Abraham, as relayed by Esther and Jerry Hicks, have been around for the better part of 22 years. They were the first to write a book about the Law of Attraction. They were also the ones who chose to share what they were "knowing", albeit a bit timidly at first. Esther wasn't at all convinced that any of what was happening (at the beginning) was real. As she tells it, she wasn't into metaphysics or "new-age-anything"; she had "no opinions or beliefs whatsoever". She was simply living her happy little life without giving any thought to the whys or hows or whats.

This fact makes her offerings even more appealing to someone like Yours Truly. I'm not religious, nor do I believe in some bearded guy in the sky who controls each of us like little puppets on very long strings. I am a logical sort, but intuitive to the nth degree. A balanced mixture of Yin and Yang. An obstinate little Imp who prefers to make her own way without Guilt Trips or the Voices of Doom hindering my way. I've read (and listened to) many of Abraham's offerings, and happen to enjoy their sharp wit and humorous approach to living Life on Planet Earth. It's just fun stuff (to me). What they 'teach' is more of a jogging of memory (as in: stuff you already know but forgot) than it is a religious and/or spiritual sermon. Plus, they're funny. Perfectly suited to the irreverent tendencies of this Imp.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was another of those visionaries who knew that the words he spoke created visions of a life that would not include hatred, slavery and other atrocities. He was acutely aware of the power of his words, even though he also knew that they would likely lead to his demise. He brought an entire generation to its feet, paving the way for the next evolution of our species. His work is not yet done, but still he affects this evolution. I'd say we have a ways to go, but at the very least, we've made a bit of progress in such matters as public hangings and the like. (Yes, I know. It does still happen. And yes, I also know that slavery is not yet gone for good. But still...there has been progress.) Martin knew that thoughts become things. He knew that he could inspire people to use their words to create the lives they wanted. He knew that if he was brave enough to teach, there would be those who learned. He was right. On all counts.

And then there is the Mighty Mike (Dooley). He may not be as famous as Martin Luther King. He may not be as widespread as J.C. But what he offers is no less powerful. He is both brilliant and funny. He has a certain joie de vivre that oozes from his every pore. He is one of the funnest guys I know. His books, "Notes from the Universe" (to date I think there are 5 volumes), "Choose Them Wisely: Thoughts Become Things", and "Infinite Possibilities" are among the few that I re-read whenever I lose sight of my choices. He is what I call my "Gaily Guru". He is one of those people who has had an enormous impact on my own evolution. And, he's totally accessible. As in, if you have a question, he'll be happy to answer you. How can ya not like a guy like that?

Is it a matter of faith?

Regardless of your personal beliefs or religious preferences, it may just be a matter of semantics. Some people use "prayer". Others chant words they believe have power to influence Universal energy. Still others practice incantations, burning herbs and words on special linen paper or scratched into leaves. There are those who believe that they must sacrifice in this life in order to reach a place called heaven. Some believe in the "this is it" theory; you only get one shot and then there is Nothing.

It doesn't really matter what words you use or what tenets you practice. Because, in the end, we're all talking about the same thing: a connection to The Power. I've had my share of debates with hard-core Christians and Buddhists and Pagans and all manner of religious fanatics. During those debates, I learned that most people were incapable of coming up with their own "sayings". Rather, they would quote the Bible or whatever tome they happened to memorize, and were incapable of arguing any point without citing said tome. It became quite clear to me that they were more comfortable letting "God" run the show; they had no desire to call their own shots. While I do not condemn them for their beliefs, I prefer to live my life my way, without being told I am going to "burn in hell for eternity". To each his own, I say. Just leave me out of it, thankyouverymuch.

It took me a long time to stop arguing about it. Now, as I have the advantage of hindsight, I can see that the reason I was so ripe for those kinds of arguments was because I was so focused on the differences. I was judging. I was a self-professed "recovering Catholic". I suppose that, in itself, speaks volumes for the manner in which I chose my path. I find it amusing (now). But there was a time when I would argue til I was purple, not understanding that by virtue of my "pushing against" I was strengthening the opponent's stance. Go figure.

Things are a whole lot different now. I have no doubt that those changes have everything to do with my having come to terms with my own Self. I do not need to convince, cajole or otherwise intrude on anyone else's beliefs. Nor do I find any kind of joy in such behaviors. I have finally come to my own Truth: that my thoughts become the things of my world. I create this world (mine) by how I choose those thoughts. I am the Master of my Universe, the Captain of my Soul. There is no other way for me to live as there is no one who lives in my skin. Knowing this, all the way to my Core, and believing in the freedom we are all born to, I have made peace with everyone else's beliefs.

I also understand...nay, I know...that just because I believe that thoughts become things does not make it so for you or anyone else. If you happen to believe that you can stand on the ocean's edge and command the waters to part, it is quite likely true (for you). One way or the other, I don't much care so long as your beliefs do not infringe on mine. This, my friend, is what true acceptance is all about. Not tolerance. Not ignorance. True acceptance. Live and let live. Drop your weapons and focus on your garden. Walk in your own Truth. Then watch how much your world becomes the Dream you have held for all those years.

Not kidding.

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    • camsolivia profile imageAUTHOR

      Camille Olivia Strate 

      7 years ago from Planet Earth

      Dearest D., I'm going to offer up some tidbits, in the event that you care to shift just a little bit. You said "...but I have to continue to explain that I have not intent or desire to change one's religious beliefs...just to get them to stop judging others..."

      First of all, you don't HAVE TO explain anything. If you truly mean that "everyone should be allowed...", then you must find a way to sidestep any of those conversations. PERIOD. Because whether you know it or not, you are NOT allowing...you are arguing your "case" for your beliefs, just as they are. In short, you are inviting the "fight". If you would just leave it be, you will find those conversations (and/or unpleasant interactions) will disappear ENTIRELY.

      Also, while you say you wish for others to stop judging, you are, in fact, judging as well. Hard as it may seem to swallow, merely by defending (or "having to" explain) your stance is, in itself, a form of judgement. You might be best served to just walk away. Because it all boils down to this: you could no more change my mind and/or beliefs than I could yours. So why bother? Just let 'em be. If they want to judge, let 'em. It's really no skin off your nose...and you'll be much happier when you stop pushing back.

      Just sayin'.

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      d.william 

      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Excellent article. Very profound, and exactly what i feel as well. My rants about organized religions probably sound like i am trying to change the beliefs of others, but i have to continue to explain that i have no intent or desire to change one's religious beliefs, just to get them to stop judging others by their personal (or religious) standards. Most people who become self aware after many years of inner turmoil; and fighting to get rid of the bonds of the brain washings of their childhood religions, end up with a greater inner peace and serenity than those who still cling to their 'taught' beliefs. And that is my bottom line - we should never have been put in that position in the first place. It is really difficult to overcome that ingrained indoctrination we endure as a child, without much introspect, soul searching, and guilt. I, like you, are in the place in my life that everyone should be allowed to find on their own, not by reciting religious hooplah.

    • camsolivia profile imageAUTHOR

      Camille Olivia Strate 

      7 years ago from Planet Earth

      Amen, Dan! Thank you (again!) for your loveliness! Hugs, Bello.

    • danfresnourban profile image

      danfresnourban 

      7 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Einstein said it best when he said "I do not believe in a god that concerns himself with the actions of man, but rather a god that reveals himself in the harmony of the universe" There is a power, lets all find it for ourselves.

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