Is the Spiritual Use of the Law of Attraction Incompatible with Standard LOA Teachings?

October 22, 2007

The following was sent to me by way of Email today.  Yes, if a spiritual use of the law of attraction is incompatible with what others may teach about the law of attraction, I will stand by the spiritual use instead.  But, is a spiritual use of the law of attraction really incompatible with what most teachers (many of them highly spiritual themselves) believe?  You decide.  The Email and my response is below. 

Hello Dr. Love,
First I would like to say that I am sure that you have written a wonderful book. But having read some of your blog, I feel that you work contradicts what is shared in our group.  I teach based on my healing practiced, which at it’s core philosophy, uses the teachings of Abraham-Hicks.  That works for me and I am in 100% alignment with what they teach.
I think at this time I feel that having you promote your book/services would not be a good fit for my groups.
Thank you for your inquiry though.
Blessings,
Healing LOA
 

Hi Healing LOA,

What a wonderful gift that you took time to read my blog.  It surprises me to think that what I write might contridict what you teach.  I write that we should come from the soul, not the ego, in our use of the Law of Attraction.  That we are better served by coming from a desire to contribute, than merely consume, in what we attempt to attract in this world.  I write that before we use the Law of Attraction we need to be anchored in spiritual values and desire to mainly wish to attract to ourselves a state of consciousness where we want to most of all become loving, kind, compassionate individuals, instead of just wanting more and more stuff for ourselves. 

I have read all the Hicks books and very much appreciate them.  I do not agree, however, that the Universe is here to give you anything you want and is simply an amoral place willing to grant any wish of anyone even if it is very destructive.  I think the Universe is a little more conscious than that.  I think the Universe desires most of all for all of us to become spiritual, loving, inclusive, and conscious human beings.  And, the more we become like this, the more we want everyone to prosper, which is why we often shift to a value system of wanting to live more simply, so people can simply live.

Regardless, I greatly respect that you took so much time and effort learning about me and wish you great success in your healing work.

Love and light,

Lisa

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Psychic Powers Rubbish?

August 27, 2007

Psychic Disbelief

Sometimes I think the nuts really have all rolled out to California.  Unfortunately, your site is only another proof that they are rolling back to the East as well.  Even here in Memphis we are being invaded by all kinds of rubbish.  For example, lately I have had a few friends yap on about seeking out psychics for therapy.  They quote popular psychics who have best-selling books on the market.  Isn’t this all just a figment of people’s imagination?  Can you really justify any of this as being real?

Mark
Memphis, TN


Dear Mark,

As someone who formerly lived on the East coast I can empathize with your basic worry that California and its “New Age” views may be spilling into more traditional belief systems around the country.  When I was a teenager, we too often gave a skeptic glance towards the “Golden State.”  When a minister of ours began to pick up on some New Age ideas he was given his walking papers and exiled from the church.  

Perhaps it is just my personality, but his exile did more to stir up my curiosity than anything else.  Maybe this was because I found him to be one of the most loving and caring individuals I had ever met.  He possessed an open mind and an open heart that left its mark on me.  It also led me into a curious phase where I dutifully read the Bible every night along with my Billy Graham study lessons, and at the same time read books on New Age ideas including the notion of reincarnation. 

During this phase, this same curiosity led me to my first encounter with a psychic, found in a small town in southern Michigan.  She was able to tell me things about my life and family that were very accurate.  When I went home and told my father (a natural skeptic even to this day), he simply didn’t believe my story.  He would rather believe I was a liar, than consider that psychic powers might exist.     

Over the years, I have met a number of psychics.  I have even had my own series of psychic episodes.  Not surprising then, that when I rolled out to California myself for graduate school, I would eventually be attracted to a few parapsychological societies, and even attend an accredited college where some of the professors were known world-wide for their attempts to do serious research on paranormal and psychic phenomenon.   

I could tell you more about their research, but since you seem a natural skeptic, it may be that your mind is made up against psychism and no amount of proof will persuade you otherwise.  I could give you a list of books and societies you could explore to test for yourself the validity of some psychic claims, but I am not sure it would do any good.  

Instead of going this route, I will tell you something my own experiences have taught me.  Ironically, the learning comes from a Biblical source, since psychic phenomena was well known and commonly believed in in ancient times.  The source is from Corinthians and reads as follows. 

1 Corinthians Chapter 13

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not Love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not Love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not Love, it profiteth me nothing. 

Love suffereth long, and is kind; 
Love envieth not; 
Love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 
Doth not behave itself unseemly, 
Seeketh not her own, 
Is not easily provoked, 
Thinketh no evil; 
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

 Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, Love, these three; but the greatest of these is Love.
1 Corinthians 13

In short, psychic powers do exist, but one of the greatest powers of the psyche (or soul) is its power to love, to heal, and to extend a loving hand to others. In fact, there are some teachings I have found that bluntly state that these “higher” psychic powers”, are much more spiritually advanced and difficult to attain to, than the “lower psychic powers” of speaking in tongues, reading auras, having telepathic experiences, etc.  In my own life experience, this has been true.  I have met many psychics, some using their powers to inflate their own sense of self-importance, others genuinely trying to serve and help others with their gifts.  But I have met very few truly loving and compassionate spiritual people.  These are the people who through the very power of a glance or a smile can heal a broken heart, instead of report accurately to me that I might have one.  

As for California?  Yes, it has its share of nuts.  Almonds, peanuts, there is quite a variety here.  When I first moved here the diversity of beliefs and cultures was a bit overwhelming.  But, in the past twenty some years of living here, I have found plenty of open minds and open hearts.  Much like the minister I met in Michigan long ago, there is a desire to move past judgment, or even tolerance, in the confrontation of the many differences that exist in this great state.  There is a genuine attempt to understand and come to care for each other.  This “psychic” power of the heart of most California people needs no justification.  It speaks for itself.    

From the heart,

Lisa


Channeling or Inspiration?

August 27, 2007

Dear Dr. Lisa,

I consider myself a creative person.  Part of my interests are singing, storytelling, talking, channeling to groups.  I’ve known for a past decade that I need to get more involved in these activities. It’s not the “New Age” typical channeling of a spirit guide, I’m not sure what it is.  Anyway, I need to follow it, but I’m not sure if I need some sort of spiritual protection when I do it.  This is because the flow of energy at times leaves me feeling overwhelmed and shakey. Maybe it is just the adrenals kicking in to compensate for my anxiety, but I also feel there is much more to it.  What are your impressions? 

Tammy
St. Paul, MN  USA


Dear Tammy,

You have brought up an interesting question, namely “What is channeling?”  First and foremost, channeling is putting one’s mind into a state of receptivity, so one can be open to creative insight and ideas.  Where these ideas come from is a matter of some debate.  Some people consider that they come from a “creative muse.”  In ancient and even modern times, this creative muse was often thought to be a real person, existing in the spiritual realms.  In some spiritual traditions, these ideas come from “the raincloud of knowable things.” In simpler terms, they come from a general source on etheric (intangible) levels.  Anyone who can tune into the right “frequency” or “channel” where the inspiration lies, can have access to it.  The ability to tune into more rarified levels, brings about those terrific ideas that revolutionalize the thinking of human kind. 

In our enlightened era this creative muse is often thought to come from one’s own sub-conscious.  In essence, one is really channeling one’s self, and only believing the source of inspiration is out there some where.  For those who believe in reincarnation, there is even the idea that one is channeling a past life.  This is an updated version of “you” channeling “you”, only the you is really in a distant past. 

Unless one wants to be a materialist and a skeptic (who reduces everything down to “its all in your head”, or brain), channeling is most likely a mixture of one’s own sub-conscious and some real ability to tap into, or be overshadowed by, inspirational levels and beings.  

Beyond this discussion, which could get rather scientific and stodgy if pursued too long, I hear the deeper issue in your question, is how you deal with your own creative power.  What you are asking is what every great singer, author, public speaker, artist, musician, asks at some time or another.  Namely, how do we surrender to the creative flow, so inspiration can come, while keeping our egos (with all the fears, criticisms, and anxieties) out of the way?  

My suspicion is when your adrenals kick up (related to the fight and flight mechanism), you are really struggling with the overwhelming sense of what it could be like to really be seen as a powerful, creative, and vibrant human being.  Any creative act, especially one like singing, that leaves our inner core exposed to others, has an element of risk and danger in it.  When it is our creative and vital self we let out, and other reject, it can be one of the most painful experiences.  Over time, if we have experienced this often, we can close down our creative juices altogether.

Fortunately, I have been lucky enough to work in recent years with some terrific creative people who teach others healthy ways to witness and hold the creative expression of others.  What is absolutely essential is the ability to keep the judgmental and critical mind out of the way.  This was really brought home to me   in a class where we all did some work with clay.  When we were finished we went around the “art gallery” to view each other’s sculptures.  While we were observing one piece of clay, my critical mind came in and silently judged another person’s  art.  To my surprise and embarrassment, when the person shared what her intention was in creating the piece, I realized it was exactly right!  It was what it was, an expression of the individual in its purest form.  I have never forgotten that realization.

What I would wish for you then, is the ability to get to some great workshops with people who would really help you work beyond the inner critic and fear.  They would not be intent on judging or analyzing your “channeled” flow, they would hold it in their hearts, letting it be perfectly what it already is.  Overtime, with practice in being in a loving creative presence, you would build the courage it takes to allow your inner nature to be channeled into manifestation.  Then, in a sense it won’t matter what the source is, the end result will be the same.  You, will be more in touch with YOU, and more ready to be the magnificent Being you are. 

From the heart,

Lisa