Part of the bonus when people hire me and the other “out of the box” thinkers for hire here at Synchronis is that often there is a hidden value to be found by looking at our old world in even a slightly new way. While the concept of the Law of Attraction isn’t new, going back at least to the first half of the 20th Century with New Thought authors like Florence Scoville Shinn (The Game of Life and How to Play It), Wallace D. Wattles (The Science of Getting Rich) and Neville Goddard (Feeling Is the Secret), my sense is the world remains largely built on an Old World assumption of cause driving effect–a model based on Newtonian Mechanics. You push an inert object to move it, and then it moves. Time and events are linear and sequential. Work requires caloric intake to power human muscles, drive machines, and so on. It is a materialist world view that matter and objects are primary; that human beings are like a machine that turns on when born and shuts off upon death. It is also an atomistic world view, that combining the microscopic observable parts creates the whole. Extrapolating this model to computers, the popular belief is that, with enough CPU cycles, memory and overall complexity, a sort of machine consciousness or Artificial Intelligence will inevitably arise since the brain, a biological “machine,” is the collection of parts that must drive consciousness. With only partial success, this now 100 year-old New Thought movement has sought to overturn the preeminence of materialism with the idea that matter is a byproduct of consciousness and not the other way around.
The alternative way to look at human beings and the universe around us is that we are “beings” first and biological machines second. And that the universe is simply a conscious soup of intelligent energy (i.e. God) that dreams itself into the many instantiations of things and beings that we call all that is. In short, we are a dream of dreamers dreaming the world around us. Dreaming last night, this dreamer came to the personal conclusion that this is likely the case.
Here’s the simple logic which brought me to that conclusion:
- We have five senses which allow us to perceive what we can perceive, yet science has discovered long ago that the electromagnetic spectrum is far broader than what our senses can pick up. Science further postulates there are likely many more dimensions than the three we see and use on a practical basis every day. This implies there is no basis to jump to conclusions about the validity of materialism given our still primitive, and only theoretical grasp of all that is.
- All matter are oscillating atoms and atoms are arguably oscillating energy masquerading as solid through the property of atomic repulsion. Nothing is actually solid, just states of primordial energy–the same stuff our dreams are made of.
- In addition to the religions being religions, science has been universally adopted as a kind of secular religion, with the same unfortunate and blind faith in authority that the religions suffer from. We are arguably better served not to blindly follow the teachings of any societal pillar built on the needs for politics, power, control, and authority that always seem to plague what people with egos have a vested interest to perpetuate. Materialism is just one institution’s working theory at one point in time. It doesn’t have to be yours just because someone with authority wants you to believe it.
- The immense power of our individual subconscious is evidenced every night as we create whole, vivid worlds in our dreams with similar detail to that observed in our waking life. Extrapolating that power, who is to say our collective unconscious can’t create and hold the waking world we live in?
If I have succeeded in opening your mind a little bit, let me describe, in one or two paragraphs, what this Law of Attraction is and how it might actually work. It is based on the premise that conscious energy is all that is, that energy manifests itself into ideas and things through complex combinations of oscillations or waveforms and that these waveforms influence each other through the property of resonance. Resonance is a practical phenomenon. When you strike a tuning fork and bring another one of the same tuning frequency into proximity, the other begins to spontaneously ring too. Likewise, when you run several identically timed but unsynchronized metronomes in a room they will spontaneously synchronize their beats. A similar effect has been observed with human heartbeats.
Having explained about conscious energy being the primordial “stuff” of reality and adding the property of resonance, this is the beginning and end of how our system of reality arguably works. The only difference between the tuning fork note and a song is an exponential increase in the waveform complexity. Further still, the only difference between a song and the dance of atoms that makeup our perceived reality is another exponential increase in waveform complexity. Knowing the Law of Attraction is to game this system of reality by understanding how it works. Create the idea waveform of the intended result first and the reality waveform will inevitably form and be drawn to that idea through the property of resonance. It reverses the cause and effect sequence of “normal” events based on the materialistic and atomistic world view and places the effect before the cause.
Neville Goddard further emphasizes the importance of emotion in sealing the deal. Want to be rich? Fearfully chasing dollars is a lost cause. Feel abundance with all the emotion and gratitude you can muster. Dollars will then have no choice but to chase you.
Cause and effect make sense only in the context of linear time. Time is arguably a product of consciousness tied to an individual point of reference. It’s decidedly different for different observers as conjectured in Einstein’s theories of relativity and later proven through measurement when space flight became feasible. From a certain point of view, say, looking at a distant clock floating at the cusp of a black hole, time stands still. Given the right frame of reference, there is no time. Riffing a little on something physicist Max Tegmark said, the reality of past, present, and future may be conceived as a movie contained in a DVD with cause and effect being a perception of the actors in the movie, not so much a property of the DVD itself. Once you come to the conclusion there is no time in an absolute sense, there is no need, nor logic, to placing a cause before the effect. It sounds like magic and Santa Claus, but perhaps there’s more wisdom in our childhood assumptions (and our ancient wisdoms) than we give ourselves credit for.
One ancient parable is the story of the blind men and an elephant, paraphrased here from Wikipedia. A group of blind men heard that a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to the town, but none of them were aware of its shape and form. Out of curiosity, they said: “We must inspect and know it by touch, of which we are capable”. So, they sought it out, and when they found it they groped about it. The first person, whose hand landed on the trunk, said, “This being is like a thick snake”. For another one whose hand reached its ear, it seemed like a kind of fan. As for another person, whose hand was upon its leg, said, the elephant is a pillar like a tree-trunk. The blind man who placed his hand upon its side said the elephant, “is a wall”. Another who felt its tail, described it as a rope. The last felt its tusk, stating the elephant is that which is hard, smooth and like a spear.
Elephants are big. Our senses are small. With that knowledge let us feel our way to truth as humbly and openly as we can. Let me offer that you have but one true guide, and that is the force behind your own, beating heart.