Thursday, January 3, 2008

Section Two: Attract the Good Instead of the Bad, page 12

This section of the book tells us that we shouldn’t focus on negative things. After reading this section of the book, a Christian might say, “But we HAVE to focus on what we don’t want. The Lord even tells us this in His 10 Commandments. We should focus on not wanting to lie, to steal, etc.” And that is true.

But it’s one thing to say to your self: “I don’t want to lie anymore, and with the Lord’s help, I know I can change and be an honest person.” And it’s another thing to say, “I don’t want to lie anymore. I’m such an evil person! I’m breaking one of the 10 commandments! I’m going to go straight to Hell! Why did the Lord make me this way? I don’t know how I will ever change!”

The trick is that we have to observe what we are feeling as well as what we are thinking. We might be thinking “I’m not supposed to covet my neighbor’s new car.” and feeling: “Even though it is so unfair that they can afford that new car and I can’t.” Or “I’m not going to covet my neighbor’s new car.” and feeling: “Because I’m a better person than they are.” We have to really examine the attitude behind our thoughts. This is really where we have to monitor our focussing on the bad.

The Lord keeps us in freedom, so we are free to choose to live in negative attitudes. But there are consequences by means of the Lord’s laws. And He warns us: “Don’t covet, etc.” Essentially He is saying: “You shall not covet... or you will cause yourself to be unhappy.”

So really what we should be saying and feeling is: “I’m not going to covet my neighbor’s new car. I’m going to feel happy for them, and thankful for what I have.”
Focus on “the negative” (what needs to change in you) in a positive way, and you will attract goodness. Focus on what is positive in a negative way, and you will attract evil.

“First seek God’s Kingdom, and it’s justice, and you will gain all.” (Matt 6:33)
In other words, focus on the good, and you will attract it.

page 14

If we are constantly focusing on what is evil in us, then that will attract evil spirits who continue to point it out to us. And if we constantly focus on what is evil in other people, then we won’t be a good neighbor to them. “Let those who have never sinned throw the first stones!” (John 8:7)

Whereas, if we focus on what is good in us (not in a selfish, arrogant way, but in a recognition of God’s Creation), then we attract angels, who continue to point out our usefulness to society, and ability to love and be loved. And if we focus on what is good in other people, then we will be a good neighbor. “Love your enemies!” (Matt 5:43-48, and Luke 6:27-36)

“People who have goodwill hardly notice the evil in another person, but instead notice all his or her good and true qualities, and they put a good interpretation on the bad and wrong things. All angels are like this. It is something they have from the Lord, who bends everything bad into something good.” (AC 1079)

page 15.

says, “Quantum physicists tell us that the entire Universe emerged from thought!”
What an extrodinary statement, coming from a non-religious book. Christians have long known this to be true from the Creation story, and now Quantum physicists are confirming it. Very cool. “In the beginning the Word already existed.” (John 1:1)
“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3)

Another way to look at the law of attraction is as Divine Providence. The idea that the Lord is continually attracting us to Him, because He wants all of us to live with Him in Heaven. “[The Lord] attracts all people toward Himself, but because they are finite, angels and people are unable to follow that current of attraction except to a limited extent. The force of attraction toward infinity persists all the same.” (TCR 350)
When I read the statement in the Secret about the Law of Attraction working, even if we don’t know about it, it makes me think about the fact that we are all in the Stream of the Lord’s Providence, whether we know it or not. We have three options. Swim against the current, swim with the current, or simply float along. The Lord’s Law of Attraction ensures that a majority of people will be attracted to Him, and experience the joy of Heaven and His love.

page 16

“Creation is always happening.” Michael Bernard Beckwith.
“Divine Providence, which is, as it were, a continual creation” (DP 190)

We have the power to, as it were, create our lives BECAUSE we were created in the image and likeness of the Creator. We are the children of the Creator. So we too are little creators. We have the same family trait. We’ve inherited the family business. We create with our thoughts.
God gave us life to experience as if it was our own. We choose our thoughts and actions and that is how we create our lives.

page 17

“What you think about the most or focus on the most, is what will appear as your life.” The process of regeneration.

Regeneration is Re-creation, and it is also recreation... the Lord wants us to be having fun and being happy.

page 18

Despite the fact that homosexuality is wrong, that doesn’t mean that we have license to be cruel to people who are engaged in wrong behavior. The Lord said “Love your enemies” Hate the evil, but not the person.
“Let those who have never sinned throw the first stones!” (John 8:7)
“Love your enemies!” (Matt 5:43-48, and Luke 6:27-36)

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