Law of Attraction & Metaphysically Manifesting not “The Secret”

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The Law of Attraction is a buzz word these days isn’t it? So is the book name, The Secret. And although I have vaguely discussed how this seemingly relatively new and popular theosophy has come into being, I have also discussed and shared that The Secret was by no means the first to introduce the concept of metaphysical attraction or the Law of Attraction, or attracting abundance, or whatever new meme-speak you want to call it.

The Secret is not New
Just to some in the recent years of 2K

I am also not the only person to openly notice and comment on the strange way The Secret has taken off, when spiritualists and theosophists long before have known the power of our thinking.

Are you a theosophist? Theosophy is a doctrine of religious philosophy and metaphysics. See the wikipedia article on theosophy.

Not that I need proof or okey-dokeying but since I’d been working on this article for a while and in the interim ran across the lovely and intelligent Allison from Ask Allison, I understand what synchronicity is – another metaphysical “god wink” – and felt obliged to plug her article here from “The Real Secrets of the Secret“…

Most of you have heard about The Secret. Haven’t you? You know. That slickly produced and marketed, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’/History Channel looking, prosperity promising book and DVD that was all the rage a year or two ago?

Don’t get me wrong. While I sound a little disdainful, it’s only because I’m jealous that Rhonda Byrne made a bazillion dollars re-packaging a concept that can be found in no fewer than 257 (I made that number up) self-help books and seminars. It’s the Law of Attraction which says that you attract to yourself people, situations and experiences that match how you think and what you think about.

Allison claims she’s jealous. I think she’s tongue in cheek about it. Because Allison strikes me as an intelligent and happy woman. Happy people typically don’t “do” jealous. But all that aside, Allison knows that The Secret wasn’t the first. And all that is important on a level in this context I am about to go into.

Law of Attraction
Cycle and Patterns of Time

Like everything else I have noticed in this world, change is cyclic. Right now we’re in the flow of the Law of Attraction but it’s not the first time. So, if these commercial “programs” or books don’t seem to be doing it for you, take heart. I think I can help!

I think this is important for me to continually reiterate so that for those folks [like me] to whom The Secret does not necessarily reverberate, we do have other resources. And, dare I say it? More authentic and less “commercial” resources?

I have read The Secret but it was not necessary. It’s also not necessary to spend hundreds of dollars on courses teaching you how to manifest episodes or changes into your life. I know this because as a friend recently wrote, The Law of Attraction works whether you know it’s a law or not! From a friend’s article, Law of Attraction in Action

A friend of mine had the Law of Attraction work for her—and she didn’t even know about it as a subject. That just goes to show that laws are laws. The law of gravity works whether we know about it as a law or not.

I just loved how he phrased it because I have said this very same thing countless times to friends who were disbelievers, using gravity as the same example! This could be construed – metaphysically speaking – as synchronicity. Synchronicity is another “god wink” or “hint” that we’re on the correct path of a certain way of thinking.

And the Law of Attraction or metaphysical manifestation is a truth; it is natural. We have all done it, whether we realize it or not. Realization of truth does not mean, therefore, it exists. It existed before realization. And this is even a metaphysical concept: What exists in the spiritual [for lack of a better term] realm, we call forth and manifest into the physical.

So. Inadvertent manifestations aside; Imagine realization coupled with intention and attention! Can you imagine the power over your life then?

Jesus was a Metaphysical Master
Gnosticism from Gnosis [Knowledge] or the ”Secret Teachings of Jesus”

Gnostic Gospels by Elaine PagelsThink back to the Bible. Ask and Ye Shall Receive was a phrasing we understand as coming from the Bible  – which is still a very popular book and has been for several centuries now!

I just believe we need to begin looking at Jesus as the metaphysical master that he was rather than the weird labels ecclesiasticism has attached to him. And this is where learning about Gnosticism comes in.

But if you’re like me and do not want to pull out your Bible or your gnostic texts and dissect everything Jesus said with this new spiritual key as your new tool of understanding, Emmet Fox can help with that with his book, Sermon on the Mount!

The Spiritual Key of understanding is that new metaphysical approach we need to have in order to understand the teachings of Jesus as metaphysical concepts rather than various church’s implications of him. Ecclesiastical undertakings have bastardized the true Jesus in my educated opinion and I say this with no disrespect intended for people who are churchgoers. I say this with my anger well-placed into history. BUT. Blaming history and various sects and churches do no good does it? Therefore, I beg upon every person to do as the Bible suggested and to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

I believe the only difference between a gnostic and an ecclesiastical follower is that the gnostic undertaker utilizes the spiritual key of understanding which, on its merit, is metaphysical in nature. Hence, why the finding and discovery of the lost gnostic gospels is such a revelatory discovery! It goes to proving that Emmet Fox, as well as ancient religions and other spiritual advisors, seekers and scholars had it right all along regarding the mystic – not hellfire and brimstone – Christ!

Sermon on the Mount has the Secret
It’s not the only one either, but it’s been my personal handbook!

Emmet Fox - Sermon on the Mount

Emmet Fox takes Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” that is characterized in the gospels of the Bible, and brings the sermon to life with, something Mr. Fox calls, the spiritual key.

He claims that ecclesiastical christianity has failed to utilize the spiritual key when discussing Jesus’ good works, lessons, and teachings; most notably his “Sermon of the Mount”.

I have discussed this elsewhere under the categories of manifesting, spiritual growth, or metaphysical but I’ll bring up a few key points for the uninitiated so as not to leave a first time reader confused. :) But please keep in mind that these are just going to be a couple of examples. In Sermon on the Mount, Emmet Fox goes through the Sermon piece by piece, extrapolating the metaphysical or spiritual concepts in each.

Examples of Using the Spiritual Key
Refer to the actual Bible based Sermon on the Mount

  1. Matthew 7:1 – “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 7:2. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” [Spiritual Key Interpretation: Forget the entire heaven/hell business. This phrase means karma. To the extent that we judge others will we have the same judgement bestowed upon ourselves. This is the law of attraction at work here. How we manifest our misery. Therefore, Jesus wisely says, "So don't do it unless you want to fall under the same barometer." How many people do you know who have turned into the very thing they judged mercilessly? I certainly know many!]
  2. Matthew 7:7 – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 7:8. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. ” [Spiritual Key Interpretation: This is where Emmet Fox, for example, would combine the science and art of prayer for manifesting through our life problems. We simply ask for resolution. But, yes, the tricky part of the rules is why I call it "practicing metaphysical manifestations" or "practicing the Law of Attraction." Since we are still human we must practice and E. Fox gives clear instructions on how to ask. Yes it works. EVERY time I have practiced it has come to pass. EVERY time.]

To begin with, how about trying on for size, the four easy lessons to manifesting, “Manifesting into Physical Existence” I wrote about? Or even better yet? Have a gander at Sermon on the Mount and consider investing in the small bit of money for the book. If you want to enlarge and enrich your spiritual outlook on life, this is the book to do it. Emmet Fox never says, “This is the Secret” but he makes liberal use of the terms “metaphysical” and “scientific christianity” feeling that manifesting is a balance of art and science. [Of which I believe also.]

Conclusion

I have been having some lessons in life I have had to deal with lately which just means I am very much behind on my writing and my moving servers and other issues I won’t bore you with. This article is all over the place. Please forgive it. Please try to extract the principles and points I am trying to share with you by using your own evolved version of the “Spiritual Key.” That “The Secret” is not the only way to salvation. And that even commercial interests of “The Law of Attraction” can even be damaging.

4 Lessons to Manifesting - Click HereDamaging because everyone should have access to this information since it is a truth. It is not a *get rich quick scheme* and I could even argue how trying to use it for such would be no good and could, in fact, damage people. But let’s say you spent $1,000 on a course. Then it does not work for you. Then you have anger and resentment. Then you are no longer are open to the *truthful interpretations.* [Thereby rendering Lesson #2  - which is imperative to manifesting - null and void!] Or let’s say you don’t have the money but bought “The Secret” and again it does not work for you. You, again, think it must be a hoax or that you’re too stupid to get it, or that it might work for some people but not you because you’ve always had lousy luck. So, again, you lose faith in the principles when all it would have taken was a gentle hand, perhaps a different explanation for you, and some practice.

Nevertheless, marketers are flocking about to sell you packages and videos and other books and lessons and courses all for some kind of money when it’s really just a matter of getting back in touch with who you were to begin with, in my humble opinionThat was how it was for me anyway! Maybe a few books to remind you of your natural born truths…or even just a few inspirational and faith-filled readings. [See related articles below.]

Until next time,
Samsara

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19 Comments »

  • Rebecca said:

    Hey, go to my site and get you award!!!
    Love this post, yeah it’s a new-fangled name but the same ancient truth from every spiritual leader ever. Quantum physics proves it, finally cause some people won’t give it a second thought unless “scientifically proven”

  • samsara (author) said:

    Hot diggety, Rebecca! My SECOND Arte y Pico award in three days! I am so humbled I do not know what to say! Oh wow. If this keeps going I am gonna have to end up nominating 25 blogs in 5 different posts! LoL

    My First from Regular Guy
    My Second from YOU

    Like I told Regular Guy…I have never won anything including during the annals of attempted online lotterying, gambling, and day trading!

    What I like best is that YOU chose ME! So thank you so much.
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

    Love,
    Samsara

    CC’d – Almost precisely to your article.

    PS. I’ll be making a separate post, thanking you two and making my choices. :) But now that I suppose I will have to choose 10, this is going to become more testy. Mmmm…. I suppose I could be bribed with EC credits. Ahem. BAD Samsara. BAD!

    But back to topic. See? I manifested my awards from my positive thinking! After ten years of saying “I am going to win something I finally did! See? See how it works? Heh!” Just kidding. :-D

  • John Curtis said:

    The Secret is the latest and by far the worst example of a HIGHLY profitable trend where self-help gurus with fabricated new age titles and little relevant education, credentials or legitimate expertise brainwash us into believing that they know what is best for us, our marriages and our families.

    Often their only contribution to society is introducing some exotic sounding, new age philosophy. However, they often cleverly form an incestuous group of like-minded “experts” who cross-promote each other by swearing their success is due to following the beliefs of another member of their “cult!” All the while, they ply the airwaves jockeying for an ever-larger audience by appearing in the national media to garner third-party endorsements.

    The Self-Help Movement has become the Self-Destruct Movement by diminishing or destroying our critical thinking skills to choose and evolve on our own. We have given up the freedom to build healthy lives, marriages and families based on our unique history and life experience. Instead many victims, blinded to the value of their own life experiences, are attracted to the latest secret in self-help, in an attempt to find out what they should think, feel and how they should act… this is the definition of a cult.

    The solution is a return to our (common) senses! The best way out of this learned “self-helplessness” is to go cold turkey. Stop following ALL self-help gurus now. Begin, instead, to reclaim your natural, God-given ability to think for yourself. The common sense that was once readily available to all of us is still there free of charge and waiting to be applied to just about any challenge we might face in life… all you have to do is use it.

    Please, let’s all work together to stop the flock of “sheepeople” who blindly move from one UNPROVEN concept to the next, looking for the answers to life’s challenges that you already possess and that is the OBVIOUS!

  • The secret is just a new package said:

    I love your blog and read it everyday. I gave you an award but you will have to come to my site to claim it.

    Have a great day!

  • ArahMan7 said:

    I’m sorry my friend. I guess I’m very busy lately. I shall blog about it later.

    Anyway, thank you for coming to http://arahman7.blogspot.com/ everyday. Really appreciate it.

    I see that you’re getting another award. Good for you.

    well, see you around my friend.

    Greetings and lots of love from Malaysia.

  • Quintin Riis said:

    I think “The Secret” is a lot of BS.

    Positive thinking is well and good and very important. The rest of it is hogwash.

  • samsara (author) said:

    @ Arahman – No worries friend! I think *you* need an award. :)

    @ Quintin – I assume you mean like the visualization or “high vibrations” or either that when bad things happen it’s because we bring it on ourselves?

    There are a few ideas I can’t get onboard with either BUT I believe it’s a lot more individual than The Secret lays claim to.

    Almost like they have a large chalkboard of universal rules and I can’t get on board with that. Thanks for your opinion!

  • Allison said:

    Samsara,

    Thanks for your comment on Ask Allison….not to mention your mention here! Appreciate it!

    I am tongue in cheek…not that I wouldn’t love to have a bazillion dollars, but I’m pretty happy as things are. These principles are working just fine for me. The universe is delivering everything I’ve asked for.

    Now, we’ve all heard that ‘be careful what you ask for, the universe just might give it to you’. I’m certainly familiar with that! But I asked, it is delivering, and it’s giving me what I need to accomplish what I want. Sometimes it isn’t fun, sometimes it isn’t easy, but it IS what I need to get where I want to go :)

    I feel like the kid in the backseat asking ‘are we there yet?” It would be nice if the Secret was accurate and all I had to do was sit there and visualize hard enough :) But, alas, I actually have to DO something :)

    Allison

  • tasha said:

    Thanks for dropping me one of your Entrecards.

  • Michael said:

    Your interpretation of “Matthew 7:1″ gave me goosebumps! It is karma. So the Christianity and Buddhism are similar after all.

  • samsara (author) said:

    ABSOLUTELY! Holy cow! YES! I am SO glad you caught that Michael! YES YES YES! I need to make a clear article on that outlining the VERY MANY similarities! Oh yes! Thank you for noticing! Thank you!

    [I am not too excited am I?] :-)

     Edit Addendum:

    You Reap what you sow” is also another Law of Attraction principle that is akin to karma. What you plant in the world, will be harvested by you in the world. This is perfect to me because karma is therefore the great equalizer. As for metaphysical or Law of Attraction implications if we dwell on pain, misery or fear, this will be what we attract more of. I personally have known people so scared of a certain thing and then THAT very THING will occur. It’s classic.

    Now…perhaps they had the curse/gift of foresight or premonition? Some could argue okay and therefore is why they feared it; because they knew it was coming to pass. But for the most part I think people put themselves on a particular wavelength. We all do it I am convinced. The trick is learning how to get off that wavelength.

    I do it with taking a look at this from my perspective. [ie, “What do I need to learn from this so that I can quit attracting this?” or “What can I do in order to avoid the karmic retributiuon of reaping what I have already sowed.” Emmet Fox goes into great detail on this in “Sermon on the Mount.” 

  • Michael said:

    Catholicism is much more sore similar to Buddhism in my opinion; i.e., Catholicism allows “respecting” of spirits/ancestors.

  • Michael said:

    Oops, I meant “more,” not “sore.”

  • samsara (author) said:

    I have noticed that similarity as well; Catholicism being a more mystical allowing sect than Protestants.

  • Jenn said:

    I am so thrilled I found your blog. Your writing is so inspiring and it is wonderful to find kindred spirits online, and in the world. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  • Jaya said:

    I agree that The Secret is nothing new (or secret), and that it has been way over hyped due to clever (and perhaps obnoxious) marketing strategies. But I think it has also been a positive thing for many people.

    It has introduced a much wider audience to the idea that we are the creators of our reality, even if it was a superficial introduction. Some of those people will go further after watching The Secret (or ‘What The Bleep’, or ‘The Moses Code’, or one of the movies of this type that are now coming out for the mass audience), to explore metaphysical teachings more deeply. I know that has been the case with some of the people I work with, and I’m delighted to see it.

  • manifesting said:

    The breath as simple as it may be as the power to catapult your manifesting intentions to outstanding levels. Those who understand the science of breathing know that it allows you to accelerate your manifesting abilities.

  • samsara (author) said:

    I agree with you Jaya. I am VERY happy and excited that at least it has sparked intrigue in people to go deeper and discover for themselves. [At the cost, though perhaps, of others becoming disenchanted at the marketing hype not working and giving up altogether and settling for their less than awesome existence]…But still. I would like to think the positives outweigh the negatives!

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts Jana. :-)
    Please stop back by soon.

  • nor said:

    I was enlightened!

    Should I say more? Nah. Thank you so much for sharing this samsarra. I’ll come back for more.

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