The Law of Attraction, made popular by the movie “The Secret” states that what we think about and what we do attracts more of the same in our lives. So, if we want more success, better relationships, money or job prospects, we must think and act like we already have them. That will attract the results we want. More commonly, this is the age-old (and hardly a secret) observation that what we sow becomes what we reap. We can’t sow thoughts or actions around failure and really expect to realize success, for instance.
Emotions are a big part of what we sow because of the way they take hold of us. Feelings of jealousy, depression, guilt, abuse, fear of death and pain, revenge and striking out are powerful and can take over our thoughts, both conscious and unconscious. They tend, then, to be the seeds we sow, what we attract later on.
How do we get past these emotions? How do we stop intentionally and unintentionally sowing a worse future for ourselves? The reason this is important is because death is in this potent mix of emotions. Can we ever hope to live fully in the present (or the future) if the fear of death is sown (attracted) on a daily basis?
“The Secret” encourages viewers to use their imagination to step toward a future that is more favorable- finding a perfect mate, a better paying job, more checks in the mail, improved health… even a primo parking space. I realized something similar as a child. One morning, while telling my mother about a bad dream in which I was being run over by a large truck, she asked, “What happened then?” I replied, “I switched channels.” In other words, I put my mind in a different state, a different reality.
When we want to imagine or believe in a different reality, we don’t have to go to the television, but we can use it as a metaphor. We can change mental channels. One perhaps, that has a place that suits your talents and perspective, or one in which you are rewarded according to your efforts, or one that removes the barriers to love.
Believing in such a reality makes it easier to live that way, to make those choices on a daily basis and to think outside the box created by the past. More importantly, by believing in this way, we can get our emotions in line with the reality we wish to create. Then, their power comes to our aid and not to our detriment.
This kind of result based on thoughts and actions is not hard to prove. It is the age-old concept of “Whatever a person sows, so shall they reap.” But “The Secret” has limitations. We can’t for instance, choose a reality in which other people always behave the way we “need” them to, or choose a reality that is bizarre, such as becoming a great person of the past. But does the limit also apply to our own death? Do we attract death by fear of it, worry about it, expectation of it? Or is it beyond our ability to change?
If delaying or overcoming death is impossible, wasn’t it also decreed that people don’t have wings and therefore cannot fly, or that our eyes can only perceive things as small as 1/60th of an inch and will never see a virus or an amoeba? Some people believed differently and attracted a different experience; they made ways for us to fly all the way to the moon and back while others created ways to “see” atoms in collision.
Maybe death is the ultimate reality that we can change. But first we must sow the seed that sees that as true.