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The 12 Universal Laws Explained

Updated on September 3, 2017

The Universal Laws and Why They Matter

The laws of physics allow us to understand the natural world. Why an apple falls to the ground when it's thrown in the air, how forces interact with one another, and even how the materials of the universe itself are held together in a way that is conducive to life on our little blue planet. Whether you hold a degree in physics or not, the laws of physics affect your ability to operate in everyday life. Even if you don't believe in the law of gravity, you will fall out of an airplane if you choose to go skydiving. Even if you don't believe in inertia, your coffee will slosh out of its mug if you come to a sudden stop. Just as the laws of physics affect you regardless of your belief in them, the subtler laws that govern the universe (perhaps in ways that science will one day be capable of explaining just as easily as gravity and inertia!) still have a powerful effect on your daily life. Learning how the universal laws work will empower you and enable you to take control of your life in new and meaningful ways.

  • The Law of Attraction
  • The Law of Rhythm
  • The Law of Vibration
  • The Law of Polarity
  • The Law of Cause and Effect
  • The Law of Correspondence
  • The Law of Resistance
  • The Law of Action
  • The Law of Oneness
  • The Law of Detachment
  • The Law of Allowing
  • The Law of Abundance

The Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction is the star attraction when it comes to the universal laws. Even if you've never heard of the others, chances are, you've heard of the Law of Attraction! There's good reason for that. The Law of Attraction, put simply, is the "action point" for every other universal law. We live in a universe of energy, and every thought you think and every feeling you feel projects a vibration out into the universe that is matched by the universe. While the Law of Attraction involves a significant amount of interplay with the other universal laws, in the simplest, most basic terms possible, mastering the law of attraction is about mastering your thoughts so that you can master your reality in turn. If you project joy, you will attract more joyful things and experience. Project worry and you will attract more to worry about. Project anger and you will attract more to be angry about, and so on.

The Law of Rhythm

Because everything vibrates, and those vibrations become attuned to certain rhythms or patterns, we can observe the natural and spiritual universe through the Law of Rhythm. The Law of Rhythm holds that all things have seasons and cycles of development, from the ebbing and flowing of the tide to the changing of the seasons and the life cycle of human beings.

The Law of Vibration

The Law of Vibration holds that everything in this universe--the planets, the solar system, you, me, the paperclip underneath your desk--vibrates. We are part of a universe in motion. This is a key law to understand when it comes to mastering the Law of Attraction. Understand that everything vibrates on a given frequency and you will be aware of the frequency you are putting out into the universe!

The Law of Polarity

According to the Law of Polarity, everything in the universe exists along a spectrum. At each point on the spectrum, there is a corresponding opposite point on the other end of the spectrum. Light finds polarity in darkness. Joy finds polarity in pain. Weakness finds polarity in strength. Opposing energies can be used to move your life forward. If you wish to transform your life, identify the polar opposite of whatever negative thing you are experiencing and energetically transform that thing into its opposite. This simple yet effective practice is known as mentalism, and we have the alchemists to thank for popularizing its use in modern society!

The Law of Cause and Effect

The Law of Cause and Effect is perhaps one of the most straightforward universal laws. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Don't like the things in your life? The Law of Cause and Effect will help you retrace your steps, so to speak, and realize that every outcome has a starting point. This is not to say that you are to blame for every negative thing in your life. Far from it! But understanding how the choices you make affect the outcomes you live with goes a long way toward helping you become spiritually empowered.

The Law of Correspondence

The Law of Correspondence can be rephrased as the famous alchemical principle, "As above, so below, as within, so without." This universal law states that all spiritual principles have a corresponding spiritual element. Light and darkness are an easily recognizable example of this. Understanding the correspondence between the physical and ethereal worlds will help you to pick up more on the symbolism in the physical world around you. Often, our guides communicate to us through these symbols, and understanding the Law of Correspondence will help you become more conscious.

The Law of Resistance

The Law of Resistance holds that when you are in resistance to something, energy cannot flow freely through your life. Contrary to popular belief, resistance does not automatically attract whatever you are in resistance to. And thank goodness for that! However, being in resistance to something does mean that you are energetically focused on what you don't want, which makes it much harder to manifest what you do want.

The Law of Action

The Law of Action is one of those universal laws most of us tend to conveniently gloss over. Certainly, it's not as seductive as the Law of Attraction! Think it, get it has a certain fundamental appeal, but the Law of Attraction and the Law of Vibration cannot be properly understood without the Law of Action. This is a simple yet powerful law. Put simply, the Law of Action says that in order to manifest your desires, you must take some action in order to create a path those things may take to flow to you. Trying to manifest millions of dollars without any financial path through which that money might reasonably come is the epitome of what happens when you ignore the Law of Action. If wealth is what you want to attract, then start taking meaningful action that will create a natural flow of money into your life. Start a business or another professional enterprise, publish a book (it's easier than you think!), or take some other productive step toward financial success and you will be far more open energetically to receive abundance in your life! You'll also have a much easier time getting over the mental hurdle of "I don't deserve this" when it comes to manifesting.

Another example of the Law of Action at work would be taking a class or venturing outside your social circle in order to attract new love. If you never leave your house, there are far fewer avenues the universe can use to send your soulmate your way!

The Law of Oneness

The Law of Oneness says that all things and people in the universe come from the same source. While this might sound a bit new agey, it's an incredibly important law to master. When you understand that everyone--from the wealthiest celebrity to the poorest child in the poorest nation--comes from the same source, you understand that how you see others is how you see yourself, and vice versa. When you understand the Law of Oneness, you understand that you can do no harm to another person without doing harm to yourself. You understand that when you are kind to yourself, you are able to be kind to others. Imagine if we lived in a world where everyone understood the Law of Oneness!

The Law of Detachment

The Law of Detachment is not a fun law. Now that we've gotten that moment of brutal honesty out of the way, we can talk about how important the Law of Detachment is to living a fulfilled life! Misunderstanding the Law of Detachment is by far the main reason people have trouble manifesting their desires and putting the other universal laws to work. While manifestation takes a certain degree of intent and involvement, there comes a point when you have to step back, take a deep breath and say, "Everything that needs to be in place for this to come to pass is already in place. I let it be and what happens happens." This is not an easy law to put into practice, but it will get easier with time! Once you have done everything you know you can, it's time to let the Law of Detachment work.

When we fail to let the Law of Detachment do its work, we try to micromanage the universe. Attachment is often mistaken for control. When you are attached to something, you are incapable of allowing energy to flow through it in a way that allows the universe to work for your highest good. Ironically--and infuriatingly, if you're a natural-born control freak like me!--we can only manifest at our highest potential when we give up attachment.

The Law of Allowing

The Law of Allowing is another difficult law to wrap your head around, but once you do, it's one of the most freeing! The Law of Allowing means that things will be what they're going to be regardless of your input. Ever hear people talk about "just going with the flow?" This is the Law of Allowing at work! When you master the Law of Allowing, you allow all good things--abundance, love, peace, relaxation, new opportunities--to flow into your life. You enter a state of easy, free-flowing energy and life stops feeling like such a struggle! When the bad things come, the Law of Allowing enables you to clearly identify solutions and flow with them rather than getting drawn under the current of your opposition.

The Law of Abundance

The Law of Abundance is the one law I wish I could hammer into the collective consciousness more than any other, because understanding it is like a shortcut to getting rid of every hangup people have with the other universal laws! The Law of Abundance says that there is no limit to that which we desire. Time, wealth, love, energy, purpose. These are all endless, all constantly flowing through the universe through more channels than we could even imagine. The Law of Abundance says that your neighbor's promotion in no way takes away from your own accomplishments. When someone else succeeds, they are not taking away your piece of the pie! In fact, no matter how many pieces are served, the pie just keeps on giving! Isn't that a freeing idea? You are free to create and build and receive an infinite amount of goodness from the universe, and so is everyone else! Understanding the Law of Abundance means that you can both rejoice when others receive good things because you know that there is not a limited amount of good left over and receive good things yourself, free of guilt!

This is a difficult law for those of us who've been raised to "clean our plates" because some people don't have food on the other side of the world. Not only does this create a paralyzing sense of helplessness but a guilt complex that has led to many a person's struggle with their weight as well! When you understand the Law of Abundance, you are able to give and receive fully, without guilt or any hangups. When the energy of abundance is flowing freely through your life, you are in a much better position to help others and to appreciate all you have been given as well!

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      Rock Artist 4 months ago

      I would love to here more about the Law of Polarity. I heard Neale Donald Walsch (author of "Conversations with God") say in a video the following statement "The absence of that which is not, is the proof that it already exists in your life" and it stuck with me because it makes so much sense. In other words if you're concentrating on bringing $100,000 into your life because you don't have it now, then that means the direct absence of the $100K in your bank account means that it's already with you, because it's opposite has to be true. The mere concept of not having $100K (in your mind) means that it's already yours. A little confusing, but worth pondering on. It seems that this is example what the Law of Polarity is about and I'd love to learn more about it if you have time to write. Thank you for a very informative and interesting article, I enjoyed reading this.

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      Josephine 5 months ago from New England

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! Glad you enjoyed the Hub. :)

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      Kari Poulsen 5 months ago from Ohio

      I found your hub highly enjoyable. I loved the video. I recommend people take the time to watch it. I think I love that the laws of physics back up many things I have come to believe in during my life. :)