Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Oprah first aired The Secret on Feb. 18 2007, teaching millions of viewers “The Law of Attraction,” which states that likes attract likes. The Secret teaches us that we live in an infinite universe with unlimited possibilities and that abundance is in fact its very nature. The human being is considered a microcosm of the whole (as above so below) and thus the universe responds to our thought waves or vibrations somewhat like a Xerox copier through the scientific phenomenon of sympathetic resonance. I find it very ironic that since this show aired, we have entered into the worst financial and economic crisis since the 1979 to 1982 period with many analogies and comparisons being made to the Great Depression all while the multitudes were actively trying to manifest prosperity! Why has this occurred? In my opinion, it is because millions of people began to consciously attempt manifesting dreams on a daily basis without any understanding of Spiritual Law.
In another twist of irony approximately a year later, Oprah created an online classroom teaching Eckhart Tolle’s: A New Earth with the catch line “Are you ready to be awakened!” Eckhart Tolle’s primary teachings are based upon being conscious and present in the Now moment. Tolle teaches that wanting is just another form of expressing dissatisfaction with the Present and is thus a rejection of the now. In his earlier book The Power of Now, he said that if you are in fact dissatisfied, frustrated or angry with your present state of lack, that it these feelings may in fact motivate you to become rich and successful allowing you to amass a great many luxuries. However, deep down you will still remain unfulfilled always chasing after the elusive carrot being dangled in front of you.
Eckhart Tolle writes: GIVE UP WAITING AS A STATE OF MIND. When you catch yourself slipping into waiting…..snap out of it! Come into the present moment. Just BE and enjoy BEING. If you are present, there is never a need to wait for anything (Everything that exists, exists right NOW, so there is nothing to wait for). If someone says, “sorry to have kept you waiting” you can reply “That’s all right, I was just standing here enjoying myself”-in joy in myself.
The teachings of “The Secret” and the teachings of Echart Tolle are 100% incompatible and are in fact opposed to one another. The Law of Attraction as presented in The Secret teaches people to manifest their desires entirely from a position of lack. Understand now that there is NO WAY AROUND THIS FACT, because to manifest anything you must 1st recognize what it is you “WANT” to manifest and therefore must currently “LACK”, which in turn is a rejection of the present moment and thus sends out a vibratory state of being unfulfilled. The universe does in fact respond to your thought waves, which quantum physics can illustrate with particle vs. wave photon experiments. However, the universe will not give you apples if you have planted lemons. You must reap what you have sown, which are the spiritual reasons why there is so much lack today.
Spiritual Laws 101:
1) The Law of Attraction: Likes attract likes. This law really has to do with emotional states of being and not physical things such as wealth, material things, relationships, etc. When you feel happy, you attract situations (and possibly “things”) that will make you happier. When you feel successful, you attract opportunities that may make you more successful. When you love yourself, you attract others who love you and so on. “The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want”
2) The Present Moment: The past no longer exists and the future has not yet arrived. The only moment is now. This present moment is always your point of attraction, be mindful of your state of being. Everything that exists is here now. It’s now for everyone, not just you.
3) Reciprocal polarity or The Law of Balance: The ancient sages have consistently pointed out that all things are composed of equal and opposite counterbalancing forces that make up our reality. There is no positive without negative, hot without cold, pretty without ugly, good without evil, light without dark, Yin without Yang, etc.
4) The Law of Extremes: This law states that when the counterbalancing forces are carried to their extreme limits, their effects become identical. One is equally blinded by intense light as they are by the darkness. This is also why fanaticism can turn something inherently good into something bad.
5) The Law of Karma: Everything is connected and interrelated and everything thus affects everything else. For every action there is a reaction and you must reap what you have sown.
6) The Law of Change: Nothing Changes but Everything else does. All things change and/or evolve in an orderly series of progressive steps. The only constant that can be depended upon is that things will continue to change in a logical sequential or cyclical manner).
These are the spiritual laws that have been handed down by the ancient sages throughout the passing of time. I encourage everyone reading this to take advantage of these laws fully by participating in this 30-day challenge as both a personal and social evolutionary experiment. Please review the 10 Action Steps provided and try to do at least one of them each day for the next 30-days. Please give us feedback about your results or any experiences you would like to share.
10 Action Steps to initiate change.
1) Generosity- Pay attention to your environment when you are out and about. If you see someone in need, try to be helpful whether it be physical assistance or a monetary gift. Let them know that the only repayment necessary is to pay it forward to someone else in need. Tell them that things are bad everywhere (including for you), but you are refusing to live in fear and want to initiate a change. Tell them that together you form a team and to also help others in any way possible, which is the only repayment necessary. Making them feel part of a team effort is an important step (don’t ignore this). We are truly all in this together.
2) Gratitude- Each day dedicate some time to express gratitude for the blessings in your life. Think of things you are truly thankful for and express this feeling with true sincerity. Be grateful for the gift of your life as you may find the alternative unacceptable.
3) Compassion- Have compassion for all living things and try to be unconditionally kind to others. Wish blessings upon others and try not to judge based on appearance or attitude. Initiate change by caring, not by judgment or criticism.
4) Acceptance- Except yourself and others as they are without judgment. If we were all perfect, there would be nothing to do. Everything is exactly as it should be or else it would already be different. Be grateful for your imperfections. Without them, you would have nothing to work on.
5) Forgiveness- Offer forgiveness to yourself and know and fully understand that you are already forgiven. Offer forgiveness to others and pray for their enlightenment.
6) Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff- Don’t fret over anything that ultimately has no impact on your day-to-day life. Don’t make your life dramatic just for the sense of Drama itself. This needlessly burns up your life force and strengthens the ego’s fictional story of self.
7) Affection- Physically and emotionally express love and affection to someone or something you truly care about. While you are in this state of affection, radiate this love out to all humanity as a blessing.
8) Beauty- Admire something beautiful and fully enjoy and savor the moment.
9) Mindfulness- Dedicate a few minutes each day to silently witnessing your thoughts. Don’t attach to any of them, just let them flow like water through a stream. Notice how they arise from emptiness and return to emptiness.
10) Humility or Humbleness- Understand that we are all equal. Different yes, but equal nonetheless. Look up with awe and amazement into the night sky on a star filled night and realize how vast the universe is and strive each day to be your personal vision of a better self.
How This Should Work
Remote Shared Learning – The mysterious phenomenon where knowledge, behavior or knowing is passed on or transmitted somewhat like radio waves to the consciousness of similar species without direct teaching or contact.
Example 1: One very famous example of this “remote shared learning” phenomenon occurred in Britain where for nearly 100-years the milkmen have delivered bottles of milk at the doors of the homeowners in the darkness of the early morning. In 1921, the first incidence of a small bird (a blue tit) opening the top cap of one of these milk bottles was recorded in the small town of Southampton. By 1937, eleven additional species of birds had duplicated this same activity and it spread to 89 different cities in England. Then, a critical jump occurred “everywhere”. Suddenly, blue tits in Sweden, Denmark and Holland began to attack and open milk bottles. It was absolutely impossible that this could have been a learned behavior or something that these birds witnessed or observed. To further complicate this mystery, milk bottles were not even used in Holland during the years of World War II and where not reintroduced until 1947. None of the blue tits alive then could have ever even seen a milk bottle. Yet as soon as the bottles reappeared, they were attacked and opened by the blue tit species of bird.
Example 2: Another known story of this shared learning occurred off the coast of Japan on the island of Koshima in the year 1952. Scientists were studying the behavior of some local monkeys (Macaca fuscata). They began feeding these monkeys by dropping sweet potatoes on the sand, which made them difficult and somewhat unpleasant to eat. One female monkey they called “Imo”, learned to wash the potatoes in the ocean to get the sand off before eating them. She began teaching this specific behavior to her friends and relatives and pretty soon many members of this band of monkeys were duplicating Imo’s food washing behavior. Then, just like the birds in England a critical point was reached and every monkey in the entire tribe began washing their food. Amazed by this phenomenon, the scientists reported their observation. At the very same time, another group of scientists at Takasakiyama on the distant mainland noticed a very odd and eerie phenomenon: Suddenly, all the Macaca fuscata monkeys they were observing had begun to wash their food in the ocean too!
Example 3: Scientists have also proven that “knowing” or learned behavior can somehow be passed on to future generations. When they studied a group of mice and had them learn a complicated maze to find food, the first generation of mice took more than 300 attempts to master the maze. The next generation who were kept completely separate from the first group of mice learned and mastered the maze in only 160 attempts. The generation after this learned it in 70 attempts and their offspring mastered it in 17 attempts even though they were NEVER allowed to learn it from their parents.
As a common species (human), we too share in a type of shared remote learning. Just look at all the crazy fads and behaviors that catch on and spread across the globe. If we each practice compassion every day, then soon it will reach a critical mass and everyone on the entire planet will begin practicing compassion as well. You cannot force someone to change externally, but by consistently making yourself a better human being each day, you are influencing everyone in the entire world to also take on this same behavior. Compassion is at the heart of all the worlds’ religions but regardless of your religious beliefs practice and share this information with everyone you come in contact with. I implore you to PLEASE take part in the greatest scientific experiment ever attempted by any man. COMPASSION
Sifu Dan Ferrera is the senior Qigong instructor and sole proprietor of the Michigan Institute of Qigong Healing & Wellness, LLC headquartered at the World Class Institute of Martial Arts in Livonia Michigan. Email: LivoniaQigong@Yahoo.com Website: http://www.worldclassima.com/qigong.htm