If you're not familiar with, or don't believe in the Law of Attraction, it's about to get deep in here. This is the first segment in a long series on the concept that "like attracts like", or as most describe it - thoughts become things. If you look around you, there's nothing in your life that didn't originate with the thought of it. This is as true for the wine box you cradle, the car you drive, or the general way your life is going. This is the premise behind the law of attraction and it's worth dedicating a whole series to because it's the model I try to live my life by. It's not just about the law of attraction though. It's also about God, science, heathens and everything in between. This stuff gets me excited.
I've been considered a weirdo my whole life. I'm good with that, and have even come to consider it a great compliment. That's because weird people are creative, open minded, great thinkers, and interesting. People who blindly conform to the accepted thoughts and ideas of society scare the shit out of me.
I'm a thinker to a fault. When everyone else is out taking action and living, I'm probably thinking about taking action and living. Since I was a kid I've pondered the great mysteries of life. What are we? What is this place? Where does it start? Where does it end? Who is God? Is there a God? Why are we here? Why do we suffer and die? What's the point? Considering all of these ideas is just mind blowing. We just aren't capable of understanding it all, and it literally makes my head hurt. Nothing is more fun!
For me, I couldn't give legitimacy to the law of attraction until I'd reconciled all the rest of it. It didn't make sense as a standalone concept in my mind, especially with a big mean God living up in the sky or maybe no God at all. And what does science have to say about the whole thing anyway?
I have a lot of friends who are atheists. I get it. It's a little tough to buy into the idea that a big, bitchy meanie lives up in the sky just waiting to smite the shit out of us when we screw up. He's like the mean Santa of the heavens. He's making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty or nice. I don't know about you, but I don't really want that guy coming to town. This is the God I was taught about in Sunday school.
Does any of the following sound familiar to you? God is just. God is jealous. Don't piss Him off. Apologize a lot and mean it. Don't break His rules or He'll get you back. But God is love. Yes, He's going to punish the shit out of you, but just know He loves you while he's doing it. God sent His only son to die for our sins because we're so horrible. Talk about a guilt trip. Jesus.
On the other hand, there was the science we learned about as kids. Science is fact and does not jive with religion. The two are mutually exclusive. You either believe in dinosaurs or God. You either believe in the big bang or intelligent creation. You either believe we're meat suits or created in God's image. This is quickly becoming the science of the past, and I can't wait to talk all about that.
Then there's the law of attraction that I learned about several years ago. This blaspheming theory says that we make our own universe with our thoughts. It claims that what we focus on we get more of in our lives. It teaches that what we feel changes the energy around us. Well I never! If you want people to think you're crazy, just spark up a conversation about how thoughts become actual things and create the world around you. People will exchange uncomfortable looks and conclude that either you're going straight to hell or you're one of those new age wackadoodles. Again, I'm OK with that. But here's a secret that not many people know; if you look closely, the law of attraction is the one thing that science and religion actually agree on. Quantum physics and the bible sittin' in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. That's right.
By far the most important lesson I've ever learned is to never think you know it all, or have it all figured out. Be willing to change your mind. Over and over again. That's what growing is, and if we have to be here anyway, why not make it interesting? I hope you'll enjoy this series as much as I am writing it, and please feel free to share your thoughts, no matter how wackadoodle.
Keep an eye out for Part 2 of the Law of Attraction Series where we discuss my beating with the bible belt. Hallelujah!