Everyone is getting into the Law of Attraction at the moment, there is quite a ground swell of people wanting to manifest goodness in their life. This is fantastic.
At the same time, I hear people asking, "Why does bad stuff still happen?"
Here's my view on it...
There is a French philosopher Michel Foucoult who argued that there is no good or evil except that which we deem good and evil. That is good and bad is the what we believe it to be.
As a Pagan, I believe in the balance in the Universe, what Eastern philosophy often refers to as Yin and Yang. It would be very hard to appreciate the light without the darkness! The thing is, humans have a tendency to have preferences, and everything that is not their preferred option is often labelled "bad", "evil" or some other thing.
There is a very strong drive in humans not to feel pain. Many humans associate pain with weakness, and so to be strong is to be painfree, challengefree, always happy, RICH; both financially and otherwise.
And yet, in most religions and philosophies, pain is recognised as the hallmark of transformation; Moses and his followers suffering in the desert on their way to the Promised land; Jesus' dying on the cross to save all our souls; The Buddha sitting under his tree until he let go of all his desires; The Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, and so on and so forth. All require pain to effect transformation.
This is also evident in world tragedies, Tsunamis, earthquakes, drought, these are all events of great change on the planet Earth.
Change in and of itself is not bad, but often change is painful, because it means letting go of what we've become accustom to, and embracing something new.
In Tarot, the death card is not an inherently "bad" card, though it is read by some to be a bad omen. The card itself speaks of an end, which automatically signifies a new beginning.
Which brings us to seeing the positive in "the bad". The true transformative nature of LOA is learning to see the positive in life, not in having a painfree life.
It's concerns me that LOA is just becoming another "prosperity religion" fad, another way for people to hope for completely pain free lives. And yet, there is a very strong admiration of people who have risen above adversity. If none of us had any adversity, whom would we admire? Would there be movies like "The Pursuit of Happiness"? Of course not because everyone would be rich and healthy and happy, there would be nothing to pursue.
If you can't be happy without perfect health or a hefty bank account, then you can't be happy with those things either.
Also, the need for immediate gratification is a concern. I see people putting time limits on their manifestations. A time limit is a form of testing the Universe, it shows distrust, testing, and a focus on not getting.
Another thing I have noticed is "rules" cropping up. One I read today was, "When you have a negative thought, you must replace it with three positive thoughts". There are several things this kind of rule reveals. Firstly, someone, in making this rule is speaking for the Universe, which doesn't ring true. Secondly, it gives far more power to the negative thought than to the positive thoughts. All thought has equal power. Therefore it is not necessary to "counteract" one negative thought with three positive thoughts. Thirdly, by setting up rules like this, it forces people to count their negative thoughts in order to keep the right amount of positive thoughts flowing to "maintain" the power of the positive thoughts. In focusing on counting negative thoughts, people are forced to focus on the negative thoughts. This distracts from positive thinking, and positive processing of life experiences, and increases the amount of negative thinking, especially when people starting thinking, "Oh crap, I have to stop thinking negative! Crap, I didn't it again, and again, and again!"
When you have a negative thought, just change the focus of thought to positive. Don't dwell on it, don't feel you have to "make up for" the negative thinking with MORE positive thinking. Simply by changing the though, you change the energy. Negative energy is not more powerful than positive energy, all energy is equal, In fact, all energy is NEUTRAL, it is just that some energy effects change that we appreciate, and someeffects change we don't appreciate.
Superstition is living by rules in fear of bad things happening. So, for example, breaking a mirror is supposed to mean 7 years of bad luck. I believe superstition is a bit of good reasoning wrapped in several layers of bad reasoning. Sure, it's a terrible thing to break a mirror, to break any possession is a loss. Back when this superstition came into being good mirrors were hard to come by, and prized possessions, and to replace on cost a lot of money, which meant money had to be taken from somewhere else. If you broke someone else's mirror you king of HAD to replace it, which could possibly send you broke, which had a fall on effect to other parts of your life, and ripple effect might well have gone on for several years! However, to then claim 7 years bad luck for EVERYONE who ever broke a mirror was just plain superstition.
Likewise, causing people to believe that having three positive thoughts will negate one negative thought is a poor reflection at an attempt at good practice. Certainly if you can have the ratio of three positive thoughts to every negative thought, then you're well on your way to a happy existence. However to mandate that three positive thoughts should follow any single negative thought, is actually to create more negativity as explained earlier. It is pure superstition and has no place in the life of a person living by the Law of Attraction (unless they're hoping to attract more negative thinking, like "this is too hard", or "I can't stop thinking negatively"...
As they say, the opposite of Love is not hate, but rather fear. People's who lives are filled with fear tend to spew a lot of negativity, bile and general contempt for those around them. People living with that much fear need to feel love to be healed. However, these same people often shut themselves off to love because of the fear they have. More on Love and fear another time...
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