"The Secret " Law of Attraction – Is There Anything to It?

I’m sure you’ve heard of the huge success of the book “The Secret” and it’s corresponding philosophy called the “Law of Attraction”.  “The Secret” has sold over 6 million copies and in fact, both Oprah and Larry King discussed it on their shows. So what’s all this hullabaloo about anyway?

The law of attraction is the name given to the belief that “like attracts like” and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can attract things into one’s life. This philosophy of thought originated with the New Thought movement that spawned such religions as Religious Science, Unity Church, and the Church of Divine Science. It is based upon the belief that people and their thoughts are energy and that like energy attracts like energy. Interesting, huh?

Yeah, that’s what I thought when I came upon some fast talking dude on a youtube video last night extolling the benefits of this process, and well, I just had to blog about it at 4:30 am.

Let’s just assume for a moment that there is some truth to this whole phenomenon. Let’s say we are made of energy and so are our thoughts and we do tend to attract what we think about. This concept is actually somewhat biblical when you read the Apostle Paul’s advice to think on things that are true, noble, right, pure and lovely (Phil 4:8) and to have done with all evil thoughts. However, that is where the resemblance stops.

Coming from a Christian perspective, my question is this: “Where does God’s will fit into the picture?” Sure, we can think about all kinds of things we want to attract into our lives, and they may or may not manifest themselves. In fact, Wayne Dyer, the international speaker and best selling author has a book on this topic called “Manifesting Your Destiny: The Nine Spiritual Principles for Getting Everything You Want”. Now, isn’t that a catchy title? It would capture most anyone’s attention.

It seems to me that the law of attraction is all about ME ME ME – what I want, what I desire and leaves God completely out of the equation, right? Now, I admit, it is tempting (notice the use of that word) to believe we can THINK things into our lives, and we may well be able to do so. However, I believe we are playing with FIRE when we try to take things into our own hands, outside the will of God. Remember the story of Sarah and Abraham and look where that one poor decision got us – years of Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

I don’t know about you, but I want the BEST that God has for me AND I am willing to put ALL my trust in HIM and no one else, including my selfish wants & desires. What about you? What are you desiring in your life? What are you willing to do to get it? Will you compromise and settle or will you trust in God?  Psalm 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  

Love to hear what you have to say about this post. I’m sure it will stimulate some discussion. Until next time, keep the faith and keep looking up!

How to Move Forward in Life

Are you moving forward in life? Pursuing your dreams and aspirations? Rising to new levels? Or,
are you content with the status quo? If not, is something holding you back from improving in your job, your finances, your relationships and your spirituality?

I have always been a firm believer in personal growth. I am a voracious reader, love the library and am constantly “googling” things. What do you think is the one key factor that holds us back from moving forward in life? Take a guess.

After much research, I have come to the conclusion that the one key factor that is crucial to forward momentum in life is this: having an open heart and an open mind. This means to be open to infinite possibility, to believe that anything is possible because you know what? It is!

As we get older, our past experiences cause us to develop negative thought patterns. Psychologists call these neural pathways in our brains. We may not even be consciously aware of these connections, but they do exist. Although they are hidden deep in our subconscious mind, they impact the choices we make in our daily lives. The good news is they can be reprogrammed.

Like any good IT professional knows, a faulty If/then statement can lead a program into endless looping and isn’t that what happens to us a lot? We keep on repeating the same unhealthy patterns over and over and never break the cycle. So what is at the crux of all this? One four letter word.

Fear. And it’s two nasty cousins, insecurity and self-doubt.

These three little devils insidiously infiltrate our thinking and try to spoil the party. But we don’t have to succumb, because we have the power to change. Human beings are the only species who have the ability to control their minds. So, where does all this leave us?

Well, for more on this topic, stay tuned for my upcoming video where I’ll explain how to identify and remove the limitations that hold us back. Until next time, keep looking up!

Are You Happy Now?

What makes you happy? Going on a nice vacation? Engaging in your favorite hobby, pastime, or sport? Being recognized at work? Sure these all might be enjoyable for the moment, but what I’m asking is what really makes you happy down deep inside? Ever think about that?

Sadly, many never stop to think about such things until disaster strikes and gets their attention. When we realize that everything we have worked so hard for could be wiped out in a matter of minutes, the light bulb goes on and we stop and think. Is my lifestyle really making me happy?

Here in Maryland we had two tornedo threats this past week. Now tornedos are not something we usually see in Maryland, so it was “an event”. As I watched the ominous dark clouds move like the pestilence over my house, I contemplated my life. Life as I know it could be taken out just like that except for the grace and mercy of God.

I came to the conclusion that what really makes me happy  is what I’m doing now – writing to encourage others. It is my way of giving back and contributing to the world. Now, I really do not know who is reading these posts, but if even one person is encouraged or moved to action, then it is worth my time and effort. It is my offering, so to speak. We all have something we can offer to the world.

Each of us has our own gifts. Some of them, like my writing, lie dormant for years, and then, suddenly appear. I never had a clue that I would be a writer and publish a book. By taking time to do some introspection, we gain insight into what we would really like to do, what goals we would like to achieve, and who we would like to become.

Becoming aware of our unique gifts and using them to help or serve others in some way, is perhaps the most fulfilling thing in life, wouldn’t you agree? There is a deep sense of connection, gratitude, and purpose. 

So again, I ask you – are you happy now? If not, what would make you truly and deeply happy? It might not be clear at first, but take some time to be quiet and the answers will come. They may not be what you expect, so be prepared and be brave. Following that inner voice takes courage and persistence.

Until next time, I wish you true happiness and as always, keep looking up!

Spurs Stumble Leads to Victory

Anyone watch the first game of the NBA finals last night? His team losing after a close game, Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs had possession of the ball. And then he lost his balance and stumbled. LeBron James, of the Miami Heat, thought he had him covered, but no, Parker continued to dribble and, with seconds left in the game, lifted the ball into the air and made the shot. Referees had to review the play to make sure it beat the clock. Isn’t that the way life goes sometimes?

We play along in the game of life, trying to make the shot, call the shots, beat our opponents. We think we have it all covered and then – we lose our balance. Out of the blue, something happens. It could be a job loss. A loved one dies. A bad health report or any of the host of trials and tragedies that befall the human race.

We all lose our balance at times, don’t we? We all stumble along the road of life once in a while. Sometimes the stumble keeps us down and takes us out of the game. But other times, by the grace of God, we are able to keep going, keep moving, and stay in the game. Sometimes, the most painful stumbles lead to our sweetest victories.

When you’re going through a tough time, don’t be afraid to reach out. If you’re worried what others think, don’t. We are all human and we all go through stuff. God allows trials to grow us up and draw us closer to one another and to Him. In this age of rapid-fire technology and fast-paced living, we forget to make time to connect – with one another, with ourselves, and with God.

In the end, that’s what it really is all about. In the end, that’s what the trials and tragedies are meant to teach us in the school of life. Some tricks I have found to keeping my balance in life are:

1) Slow down. And I mean slow WAY down. Try to adjust my life to the flow of God.
2) Focus on the 5 Fs in life: fitness, finances, family, future and fun. Notice that fun is last.
3) Live in the present. No worrying about yesterday or tomorrow. Enjoy the moment.
4) Be generous. Give to others of your time, money, and love. Remember Luke 6:38,”Give and it shall be given unto you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
5) Be thankful. “In everything, give thanks for this is the will of  God for you in Christ Jesus.” (1  Thess 5:18)
and finally,
6) Be joyful.  Don’t let life’s stumbles steal my joy. “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” (Neh. 8:10)

Enjoy your day, stay in the game and above all, keep looking up!