There has been a tremendous buzz about “The Law Of Attraction”, “The Secret”, “What The Bleep?”. When I first saw the films, I was abuzz myself, entirely swept up, and believing that what they were telling me was true. That everyone of us can manifest our hearts desire by consistently directing our mental focus back to the object of our desire, whatever that may be: a house, a job, more money, a relationship … the list is endless.
If only it were that simple. I am not saying it is not true. In fact, I believe it is true. But, I also know now, having researched and learnt a whole lot more about the phenomena, that there is a whole lot more to it than just thinking about it. Concentrated direct mental focus (intending) is a whole lot harder than is acknowledged in the films. In fact, I would say that to have a disciplined mind consistently focussed as desired, is probably the hardest thing that any human being can achieve. If you don’t believe me, just sit for five minutes and try and control exactly where your thoughts go for five minutes. Try and stay conscious to how they travel from thought to thought, and you’ll know what I am talking about. This is the pursuit of the great mystics of the world: Aurobindo, Buddha, Gurdjieff, Nanak, Jesus, Krishnamurti … to name but a few. They each in their own way were devoted to understanding and gaining mastery over their own minds for they understood that the mind is the doorway to understanding and creating reality.
In naming some of these mystics, I am not condoning or advocating any of them in any particular way. Nor am I in disagreement about their intent as others deem them, but I do believe that we are now of an age where looking to others to understand our own unique essence is outdated. That is not to say teachers do not have a place, but I do think one must become one’s own master. My point in naming some of these mystics is merely to demonstrate the degree of dedication one might realise is necessary in harnessing the power of the mind.
Most of us do not have the calling to be a great mystic, but most of us would like to gain more control over our lives and we can use the same practices (and others) used by the masters to gain entry to the doorway of self-mastery. We can begin by becoming aware. Aware of what our minds are creating from moment to moment. How our thoughts jump from one thing to another and how positive or negative those thoughts are. There is no need to judge the thoughts, just become aware of them.
Once one begins to become aware and begins to understand the true power of their mind, one begins to see with greater clarity how they have manifested the life they presently have and how they can manifest it differently in the future. Gaining such awareness takes time, effort and real desire, but it is wholly achievable and there are tools that we can use to aide and accelerate this process. Once the process begins there is no going back, for you will begin to realise that mastering your mind is the only power you need to have the life that you want and once you begin to gain some control over it, the law of attraction will work for you and not against you.
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