By Mahendra De Silva –
Recently I had an opportunity to read some inspirational books on Law of Attraction. Law of Attraction theory became popular in the world especially after Napoleon Hill in 1937 published his book “Think and grow rich.” Then there was “ The Law of Attraction” by Ester & Jerry Hicks. Based on these books Rhonda Byrne has produced a book and a movie ‘Secret” which gained widespread attention in the media. I also listened Wayne Dyer, an inspirational speaker who is spreading the same message in a very thought provoking manner.
What is law of Attraction?
Law of Attraction (LA) works by “believing in something so strongly that it manifests itself into reality” In summary LA is simply Ask, Believe and Receive. That is whatever the mind can conceive and believe mind can achieve, regardless of how many times you have failed in the past. We have heard the saying “Like attracts like” and “Birds of feather flock together” Law of Attraction is the extension of same concept further. This belief is based upon the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from pure energy, and the belief that like energy attracts like energy. One example used by a proponent of the law of attraction is that if a person opened an envelope expecting to see a bill, then the law of attraction would “confirm” those thoughts and contain a bill when opened. A person who decided to instead expect a cheque might, under the same law, find a cheque instead of a bill.
First step to accomplish is to have a strong desire to achieve your goal which should be clear in your mind. Your desire should be sincere and genuine. It should always in your heart and in your memory until you achieve it. Esther in her book “Law of Attraction” also suggests that it would be more effective, if we start implanting the request in mind after a brief breathing meditation session. What happens after some time in meditation is that mind will be in a calm and tranquil stage, which is the best environment to plant the suggestion to inner consciousness.
The second step is to believe that you would receive it. You should avoid thinking all the obstacles you would encounter to achieve it. You need not think how you are going to get it. Simply believe that you deserve to get it. Napoleon Hill also suggests that you should write it clearly what you want and also why you deserve it in the opposite page and to memorise it daily.
Last part is the most important and success will greatly depend on this. If LA is to work, your eternal vibrations must match with your request. For example if you want something but keep on thinking of lack of it, or negative feelings the chances of success would also be reduced. Having positive feelings – feeling that your task is already achieved –you should be smart enough to generate the feeling or sensation you obtain when you get your desire, even before you receive it. That would make your vibrations match with your desire.
According to the theory, everything including your 5 senses is in vibrations. Emotions are a very sophisticated sensor of vibration. In order for LA to work, emotions should be in alignment with your desire. Suspicions, anger sadness create resistance which will block the achievement though source energy.
Most of the Inspirational books suggest that feeling of gratitude is important to be successful in any endeavor. This includes thinking of all the people who has helped you, wishing them good will and also to spread loving kindness to everyone including the people you do not like. This create positive energy within the self.
LA is allowing you to take over your mind without allowing emotions to take over the mind. The reason why people suffer most of the time is because they have own internal barriers they have imposed on themselves and form patterns of negative behavior and prejudices from the time they were born. In order to get what you want you have to break the barriers and your vibrations should match with the vibrations of what you are asking. It makes no sense to worry about past or things you have no control over because there’s nothing you can do about them. Why worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilize. What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds
Compatibility of Law of Attraction with Buddhism
For a Buddhist ultimate purpose of life is liberation through purification of mind. For that it is essential that we should practice detachment instead of attachment. However this could be practiced fully by renunciation of everything and becoming a monk. Ordinary people still expect pleasure. They have wants and struggle every day to find the resources to satisfy the ever increasing wants. It is a suffering indeed. But LA is a powerful tool that can be used along with the knowledge of Buddhism to reduce anxiety and have happiness in our lives.
The Dhammapada, first and second verses says that “All that we are is the result of what we have thought,” and goes on to explain the misery that results from negative thoughts, as well as the joy that follows positive thoughts. The Dhammapada also states that a “trained mind brings health and happiness” Throughout Buddhism power of mind is emphasised. Accordingly one can achieve good Karma by having wholesome thoughts or positive thoughts all the time.
Loving Kindness meditation in Buddhism if practiced continuously with devotion would definitely bring marvelous result in changing the character positively. Loving Kindness meditation starts with wishing kindness and compassion to own self. Then you would spread the net of loving kindness to all, including people you do not like gradually. Auto suggestions in, LA could be regarded as an extension of the same concept of loving kindness on own self. In Buddhism thoughts would create Karma. (Chethanaham Bikkawe Kamman Vadami) Karma is a form of energy. Good Thoughts or wholesome thoughts could deliver good results and bad thoughts would deliver bad results Message of LA appears to be the same.
I listened to the tape where to Esther in a hypnotised state talking the messages relayed by a nonphysical entity called Abraham. At one instance Abraham talks of various lives he spent in physical bodies. According to him Source energy takes different forms. Sometimes as nonphysical and sometimes as physical. It is clear that he speaks of continuous cycle of rebirths mentioned in Buddhist texts…
Law of Attraction and Christianity
The ideas that make up the Law of Attraction can be found in writings of all faith based religions throughout the centuries
The New Testament Book of Matthew (7:7) states, “Ask and it will be given to you,”
Mark 11:24 asserts that whatever you desire, if you believe you have received it, “it shall be yours.” These Biblical passages convey what Rhonda Byrne calls the creative process: “ask, believe, and receive”.
“Everything is possible for him who believes.”
If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this tree, Be uprooted and planted in the sea, and it will obey you I tsi done unto you as you believe”.
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
In our country Buddhists very often go to churches, Hindu Kovils and many other sacred places to make vows to achieve their desires. Some do Bodhi Puja’s for the same purpose while some worship Sai Baba or Buddha himself and ask for favors. Very often I hear success stories saying that particular wish was granted by going to a sacred place. It could be the LA that did the work. When someone go to any statue and worship and ask for a favor, it is unlikely that statue made of cement and bricks would have power to fulfil your desire. What happens is you convey the message to your inner consciousness and have faith on the statue that your desire would be fulfilled. LA delivers what you want to the extent you have faith on the statue and its powers. But people do not realize that same could be achieved with a better success rate at a lesser cost by practicing LA principals and Loving Kindness meditation effectively, by providing some time to be with your own self by staying comfortably at your own home.