Billboards tell us to wear our seat belts because it’s the law. I envision a day when prominent signs and ads say: “Your thoughts create your life,” and “Like attracts like.” We would have constant reminders of the Law of Cause and Effect everywhere we go. Actually, we do have constant reminders of this law wherever we go. In his classic book, The Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes says: “Everyone attracts to himself just what he is, and we may set it down that wherever we are, however intolerable the situation may be, we are just where we belong.” I might add that however joyous a situation may be could also be just where we belong.
Charles Fillmore said in his book: Prosperity, “All true action is governed by law. Nothing just happens. There are no miracles. There is no such thing as luck. Nothing comes by chance. All happenings are the result of cause and can be explained under the law of cause and effect.” A Course In Miracles says: “Everything you see is the result of your thoughts. There is no exception to this fact.” The Bible tells us that we will reap whatever we sow.
Most of us understand this law academically. The difficulty is in living it consciously. It is a law that you cannot break. It is working whether or not you believe in it. You are reaping what you are sowing. Your thoughts, assumptions, beliefs, attitudes and feelings are mirrored back to you in your experiences of life. Why is it that we can pray, affirm, and think positive thoughts and still not experience changes in life that we desire?
The love of God continuously flows through us without our asking. When our thoughts and emotions are in tune with this Divine vibration, we experience joy, peace, and a sense of well being. When we are appreciating, loving, and creating harmony we are in the flow of Divine energy. When we look upon our world critically, fearfully, angrily, or with disappointment we are cutting off the flow. We label something as bad and our being begins to vibrate at the same frequency. I worry about not having enough money and my life experience becomes as one great magnetic field attracting to myself more money problems.
In Science, fields are invisible structures that occupy space and exert influence within that space. My thought forms occupy space creating a field around me. My thought and emotion create energy. My energy flows inward and outward. It flows inward, coloring my interpretation of people and events. It flows outward, looking for that which is in harmony with it, drawing it to me.
We do not merely respond to the stimuli around us; we create the stimuli. I decide what I am seeing, hearing and feeling. Your words to me are an attack, a call for help, or nothing at all depending on the choice I make. This is how my energy flows inward, influencing my responses at the mental, emotional, and physical levels.
Energy flows outward affecting external events. Years ago I was struggling to increase my consulting business. I was having trouble finding new clients. At the same time, I was spending time and energy looking for a full time job. I was afraid that my consulting practice would not increase. I was stuck, unable to increase business and unable to get a job.
My energy was flowing in two opposing directions. I really did not want a job. Conflict and fear in my thinking and emotions created a field of confusion. Finally, I made a decision to stop looking for a job and to commit to my consulting practice. I focused my energy on what I truly wanted. I thought about how wonderful it would be to be successfully self-employed. Within two weeks I received a call from a client who offered me a large, well paying project. They happened to find a piece of paper with my name and number on it in an old file cabinet.
Fear is a focus on what is not desired. A focus on what is not desired puts us in vibrational harmony with what is not desired. We fill our field with thoughts and emotions that serve as attractors for exactly what we don’t want. At the same time, the love of God is flowing to us. It isn’t attracting our heart’s desires to us because we are cutting off the energy with our fearful thoughts and beliefs.
I may think: “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a successful business? Wouldn’t it be great to have more friends? Wouldn’t it feel fantastic to be more healthy? These thoughts and emotions begin to construct a field for me. As I lovingly hold my vision, the love of God flows into my field eventually creating the desired effects. My appreciative energies serve as attractors, structuring my field of experience.
Often we follow up our loving thoughts with thoughts of doubt or fear. Old emotional tendencies kick in and take over. Let’s say you want a new relationship and you create both the partnership and the loving feelings in your mind. Soon old fears take over. Your tendencies to feel lonely and to feel bad about past failures cut you off from the love you felt a few moments ago. You want to get rid of these tendencies but you have trouble letting go of the payoffs you’re receiving for staying right where you are. It’s safer to be alone. It’s easier to not try than to fail again.
There may not be an exact formula to change our fields in order to experience greater well being. This is what I use:
1. I identify what I don’t want.
2. I identify, specifically, what I do want.
3. I identify the feeling of well being that comes to mind when I think about what I want.
4. I choose which feeling I wish to create (the feeling that comes from living with what I don’t want or the feeling that comes with experiencing what I do want?)
5. I make a commitment to what I want, and become what I want. If I want a loving relationship I need to become one who relates lovingly. I need to think, visualize, walk, talk, and feel as if my vision were already here.
6. I trust Spirit to deliver that which is highest and best for me. I am unattached to specific results trusting Spirit to decide.
Ultimately, the specific things and situations we desire are not what is important. It is the creation of an enhanced state of well being that matters. As we create this state we create a field of well beingness around us. This field influences all who intersect it, assisting them to create greater well being, too. The love of God, as true cause, flows through us, creating conditions that enhance joy. This is the only way to positively change ourselves and the world. It’s the law.