TEST ALL THINGS AND NEVER ASSUME THE TRUTH OF WHAT SOMEONE ELSE SAYS
Today we begin the first of several articles titled, “The Law of Attraction And Reality,” where we will talk about some things that may cause us to miss getting what we want, how we learn and apply new information, and how our past affects this.
I also want to address some of the information that takes things in a direction that is godless and self-worshiping.
The ideology of which has its origins from principalities and powers of the god of this age who has come only to steal, kill, and destroy and which the Bible refers to as the “Father of Lies.”
His attempts to mislead and deceive have been very successful, and the entire world is under his sway.
As a Christian, you do not have to be led astray by these subtle and clever attempts to draw men away from the real Creator who sent His Son that we may have an abundant life.
Deception is everywhere, and knowledge has been systematically removed from society, far from the truth, and into what scripture refers to as the” doctrine of demons.”
New generations of people will accept things that previous generations who had basic biblical understanding and knowledge would reject.
Carefully packaged and placed within much of the teaching about the law of attraction are found to very disturbing distortions and added areas not scientific or factual.
With Much Learning There Is No End
So for the last five or six months now, I have immersed myself in every law of attraction book, speech, and lecture I could find in my quest for truth, personal growth, and happiness.
What I have seen has been a mixture of amazing and ridiculous.
What I have learned is a better understanding of scripture from clear examples of those who have applied its principles to life.
It all starts and moves from one basic truth, what you believe.
It is not what you want, or what you wish for that comes into your life. What you get is more of who you are, what you think about the most, and what you believe you can and should have.
Before we get into all of that, I want to first introduce to you a small piece of my humble beginnings and how my personality and core values impact my life and views.
Southern Bread and Cornfed
Growing up like many in the 1970-1980 era, I was raised in a Judeo-Christian home and even more so being that my father was a Baptist minister.
I grew up in churches often living on church property in smaller rural towns where everyone knew everyone.
There was no stranger danger or fears when the sun went down other than the occasional fear of bigfoot. (do not laugh, it’s a real fear!)
Everyone knew and accepted me based on who my father was, who my mother was, and even my older brother.
Nothing to do with me, but because of their value to the church, their talents, gifts, and personalities that made them all stand out, I was a beneficiary and always treated well.
Growing up in such a good family, not exposed to big cities, crime, or extreme conflict, the results were that I ended up with a very naïve yet real acceptance of everyone at face value.
I never treated anyone as though they were a stranger.
I can now see that the differences in experiences, culture, and belief can be so extreme in people that it has you wondering if we all come from the same planet.
While I believe respect and decency should be given, trust is something we must earn.
Those Northern Folks Sure Talk Funny!
By age nine, I had lived in five states, not unlike many who may have grown up in a military family. At age nine, we moved to St. Louis, where both my parents and my older brother had all been born.
Now, I am not sure how to explain the difference between living in the deep South and then moving to St. Louis, but it was different.
Just think of what people experience when relocating to a different country or planet, and you might be close. Woe-nelly!
Talk about a culture shock for me and my brother, as we both were as country as you would imagine having spent all our summers playing in the woods, running around barefoot, in cut-off jeans, and climbing apple trees.
We lived in Louisiana, North and South Carolina, and Alabama, and my brother and I had a very good home filled with love, laughter, and music.
Our accents were as strong as black coffee, and what is funny is, I did not know it.
After moving to the city from where we lived, my accent sounded like gomer pile and Andy Griffith on steroids, mixed in with a touch of Larry, the cable guy.
The fact is that everyone else around me seemed to talk funny. Those twangy Northern accents sound strange to me, even today.
So I digress, but I feel that knowing where someone is coming from and some background helps us to understand them better and why they may have a different perspective than we do in life.
And so you know, I still treat people with southern hospitality but I am not so naive anymore after the experiences I have been through.
I could write many volumes of books and perhaps one day I will.
A Happy Childhood Was A Good Start
It is very enlightening to know a little about someone’s background because it plays a role in how they view situations, communicate with others, who they accept, and what they believe.
Values, interests, world views, the way I treated others, it was all being formed inside of me just as it was for everyone else growing up in whatever environment and circumstances they experienced.
Not that these are the only determining factors in our lives or that we cannot overcome even bad experiences and be whatever we want to be, but we need to recognize that we all have them, and they do influence us.
Back to the Past, or Back to The Future?
Our past and our views formed early on in life play significant roles in how and what we learn.
For example, take a room full of people and sit them in front of a speaker.
All hear the same message at the same time and in the same room.
Next interview each person afterward on what they heard and learned, you would get a wide variety of responses and opinions about what was said or what they took from it personally.
No doubt, there would be those who heard things that were never spoken or implied, and yet because of the way we receive information through the filters in our minds, they would walk away, having missed the entire subject matter or content of the speech.
Everything from body language to the tone of voice used when someone speaks plays a considerable part in the way in which others interpret what they are saying.
The way someone speaks and their non-verbal message has a significant impact on how the listener receives the message.
If, as the law of attraction tells us, that we are sending and receiving vibrations via our thoughts and emotions into the universe, then understanding some obvious things we are sending out or how we perceive what others put out can be helpful.
Your Lips Are Moving But I Hear Something Else
Experiences and data we store through our eyes and feel emotionally often far outweigh the impact of information we receive in factual and non-emotional ways.
Boring or uninteresting things do not appeal to our sense of excitement, pleasure, and adventure, nor stimulate much brain activity.
Studies and surveys that were taken from what attracts a person to someone of the opposite sex show that the words someone may speak have far less to do with attraction than compared to things like confidence, tone, body language, and what vibration that person is sending out.
When we are listening to something or someone, our minds can easily wander in a million places or on some non-verbal form of communication that becomes the lasting memory we have.
The mind of man is the master control center of his life
Man’s mind is the source in which all that we have and see had its humble beginnings before it became a physical reality.
Our mind was created by God and placed in us, and we continue to learn more and more about how it functions and the ability that we all have inside us.
“The world is the Lords and the fullness thereof.”
Can We All Just Feel Good All The Time?
And while feeling good is the best way to be, ultimately, this life is not all there is. You are not always going to feel good.
You cannot be happy every second of the day and hop around like you are on a pogo-stick ignoring things that are difficult and unpleasant.
But for most of us, we have problems with being overly negative, close-minded, filled with doubt, and chained to bad habits and experiences, so it takes some real effort for us to find balance and achieve lasting happiness in our life.
Your clothes, car, home, phone, computer, heater, and everything outside of nature was an idea, and a thought long before it was a reality.
And those are just material things that the mind of man has created.
What about attitudes, happiness, love, faith, and all of the things that we create in our minds that also show up in physical forms or have an effect on other people?
We attract what we are on the inside and not just what our appearance draws to us. But even our appearance can be a reflection of our inner self to a large degree.
While we cannot always judge the book by the cover, it may bear some resemblance to the contents inside.
Creating my own Reality
Is it possible to tell a happy person from an angry person even if they say nothing? What about someone who is depressed all of the time or extremely sad?
If someone is always smiling, what does that signal to others?
What if they always have a severe or stern look on their face? If someone has a hard time making eye contact with others, what does that reveal about them?
There are always exceptions, but these are good examples of how a person’s mind and thoughts directly affect their physical appearance and what they communicate to the world.
Just smile at every single person you come into contact with today and notice their reactions. In many cases, they will smile back at you even if you do not know them personally.
Check out part 2: The Law of Attraction and Reality, Part 2
We must learn to lead our feelings and emotions and not allow them to lead us.
By doing so, we can feel better consistently as well as make better decisions not based on passing emotional feelings.
Thanks for reading.
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