“You cannot cross the sea merely by starring
into the water.” – Rabindranath Tagore
I am embarrassed to admit but there was a time in my life where my ultimate dream was to be rich enough so that I can have everything that I want without ever having to work. Although I have outgrown this shallow dream, a lot of people still entertain this dream in some shape or form. The ideal of freedom is as old as mankind, but in our modern (and seemingly more civilized) society where slavery is no longer a reality we are faced with a different set of challenges. So how do you go about creating for yourself that sense of freedom that you ultimately desire?
For many the solution is easy and that is to find an easy solution. This rarely works. Passivity is a disease that so many people suffer from. Every healthy person aspires to be better in some way and everybody fosters a dream and a vision for their life, however faint it may be. Unfortunately the majority of people just sit back and wait for something to happen – for some ‘unexpected’ miracle or ‘savior’ to come along. Maybe this explains why hypnosis, visualization and the theories around manifesting is finding such an appeal these days.
In some respects finding the easiest way is built into us – as if we have a built in mechanism designed to help us. Much of the lure of today’s ‘success literature’ is aimed at promoting the ‘easy way’ and how you can get something for nothing. In many ways, the success of Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret flows from many people’s misinterpretation of the great law – thinking that they can use the law of attraction as a passive tool with which we can sit back and attract what they want.
The reason why passivity is so appealing for many is because for so long we’ve been taught that to be successful we have to work hard, struggle and sacrifice much. The pain associated to this is just too much for most of us and instead we look for easier ways to get what we really want in life. The law of attraction is very real and regardless of whether you believe in it, it still works in your life. The power of deliberately and consciously tapping into the law of attraction is not so much in what you attract through passivity, but what this powerful law invokes in your consciousness.
When you start looking past the shallow interpretations of The Secret and using it as a means to ‘cheat the universe’ you will start to see the real value of The Secret. It’s a tool that you can use to find your own unique place in the world and to create for yourself the life that YOU were destined to live. The real Secret as it was taught in the ancient scriptures is about finding your bliss and following it through the path of action. This is not the kind of action that is forceful and in need of constant motivation. It’s effortless and joyous.
We all usually want more money or better relationships or greater health, but why? Underneath the surface of success lies a deeper spiritual need – a need to claim what’s your which is all of the abundance that you were born into and to realize who you really are. Being abundant, healthy and loving is inherently part of your nature.
Using the law of attraction to passively attract more stuff into your life might work for some, but in the end this will only help you to suffer in comfort. Using the secret to find your bliss and attract into your life your deepest innermost desires to help your to realize your true self – that is the real power of using this eternal law of the universe.
If you have to constantly force yourself to do things in order to be successful you will probably get there if you are very diligent and have great determination. But, real success on a deep spiritual level, is really the path of lest resistance. It’s not about having it all, but rather feeling that you deserve it and that it’s actually worth it. As long as your happiness and sense of fulfillment in life relies on stuff you will never be happy because having more is a function of your ego and by nature the ego can never have enough. You will find yourself always striving for more and never having a sense of inner peace.
What you think about will expand in your life. What you really need to expand is not more stuff, but rather your bliss – on a spiritual level you want your highest calling and your deeper self to realize itself. What The Secret really calls on you to do is to find deep within yourself that which you really want; to find your bliss and then focus all your attention on that – not for the sake of having more, but rather as a means of realizing your Self.
Don’t sacrifice your dreams for the sake of having more. Don’t use the law of attraction as a means to sidestep life and the process of creating your life. Passivity is usually the path chosen by those who are pursuing something that’s not in accord with them. The ancestor to every action is a thought and this is where the real power of The Secret lies – to dictate and to orchestrate the creation of your life; not through passivity, but through action. Ultimately your bliss and your path in life is the one of least resistance and using the power of thought and action you can walk this path in joy and without striving.
You can never fool the universe. Everything that you do with an egotistical ideal will come tainted with doubt and it is this doubt that will prevent you from attracting that which you desire. The law of attraction is a very real and powerful force and is not some ‘new’ discovery but an ancient spiritual secret. If you use it as a tool for self realization and enriching life for yourself and everybody else, your intentions will be pure and you will be free from doubt.