“Whatsoever A Man Sows, That Shall He Also Reap.”
The Law of Attraction is a law of this universe, found in the Bible as well as other religions. And the law works just as other laws of the universe work.
When we learn the law of gravity, very early on in life as tiny children, we never again doubt that it is a law or that it is the same law for everyone.
Today, the word most commonly used that implies, on some level, the Law of Attraction, is the word, Karma. In the Bible, it is “reaping and sowing’.
I will add some definitions of the words we are talking about to help with meaning to keep us all on the same page.
“the force generated by a person’s actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person’s next existence. “
“the action or power of drawing forth a response.”
A statement of an order or relation of phenomena that so far as is known is invariable under the given conditions. ( one of several definitions that fit best here)
to plant a seed for growth especially by scattering
to set something in motion: begin an enterprise
to gather by reaping; harvest
Definitions from Websters Merriam: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/
A simple way of putting it is that you get back what you give, more than you give, and receive it in due time, or when harvest season comes. It is the law that farmers know well and relies on to grow their food.
The same principals in farming apply to life, and this is also something we all learn as we grow up and become adults.
But very little attention is placed on the mind with this concept of Karma. We focus more on the outside, on what people do and what they get back in return.
And, the reason that many people only think of it in very extreme terms is that there are other laws or principals in play.
The Real Law of Attraction has three different ways it can manifest or function
Understanding these are critical because if you don’t you will likely doubt this law and blame others for the life you have.
I know because I have tried to blame everything and everyone including God for my life.
Do you know what that did for me? Not understanding or refusing to acknowledge laws kept me a prisoner to blame, resentment, and bitterness.
The first one is easy, and if it were the only way, then we could stop here.
The way things return to us in the Law of Attraction-Reaping and Sowing-and Karma
You reap what you sow right after you sow it.
Example: You decide you are going to help someone out and give someone $500.00 to fix their car so they can get back to work.
One week later, you get a check in the mail from an investment you had forgotten about in the amount of $5,000.00. Well, that is a no-brainer, and we can see the law taking place in this one instance.
Our next example, we take the same scenario except for this time after you help out the friend you do not get a check for $5,000.00.
You do not see anything that you can tie back into reaping and sowing immediately or soon.
When you do see something, it’s not in cash, but perhaps you get a great deal on a new car and save thousands.
We cannot always see things come back to us right away in the same we are doing them.
Planting your seed on good soil, allowing time for the seed to germinate, and the time for sun, water, and whatever nutrients and conditions a particular seed may require to grow is how farming and life works.
Karma is not instant pop-tarts, and it’s important to note that we cannot control what comes back to us, only what we give.
We must trust that God always has our best interest at heart, even when we may feel like we do not have something we want.
If we want something so badly that we decide to be miserable if we don’t have it, it becomes an idol and something we think we can somehow leverage against God by way of our attitudes until we get it.
In case you have never tried this, take my word for it, this futile attempt to control God never works out too well.
While some things come immediately and others take different amounts of time, there are those that we will not see in this lifetime but that we will benefit from in the next.
Someone kind to others throughout their life yet lives in a home where they are mistreated and abused, and they always seem to have some significant challenge seems unfair.
Yet their attitude remains solid and they are still helping other people to solve their problems.
They live, they pass on, and you may think to yourself, that is proof that the law does not exist. Or fall into the most common trap of thinking that God is playing favorites.
Not at all.
First of all, the person who has those circumstances but lives above them is doing so, not allowing life to dictate how they live and feel. You cannot give away what you do not have.
Being blessed on the inside is ultimately the very best anyone can ever experience.
In this life, we have seventy years or so with which to plant seeds and cultivate. For someone in their teens, this may sound like a long time, but the reality is, life goes by quickly.
The older you get, the faster it seems to pass.
Jesus was telling us to store up for ourselves treasures in heaven because He knows that no matter what material things we have and acquire in this life, we will leave it all behind.
And, no matter what we acquire, things cannot fill up the heart or cause real joy to flow consistently no matter how much money or how many things we may get.
We Learn Immediately About These Laws.
When we are little toddlers, just starting in life, we have no strength or coordination and are one hundred percent dependant on our parents or caregivers.
As you began to crawl and then stand-up, you quickly learned about gravity as you plopped back down to the floor padded by a diaper thankfully.
Now, no one told you that was gravity, you didn’t have a quiz at nap time, and you did not just lay there and never attempt at moving again.
Each time you got the chance, you were up and off to the races, to the cheers of mom and dad.
At least for a few weeks until they realized that they now had to watch you like a Hawk as you could quickly disappear with your newfound motor skills.
As time passed and you became more proficient at this newfound tool, falling less and less, you still were not focused on gravity.
You were focused on where you wanted to go and would often go to great lengths to get there.
And the route you took was the most direct path you could maneuver.
You would climb on a chair, a table, go under the table, ride the family dog, it did not matter how you were going to get there.
You may not have always reached your destination primarily because mom or dad scooped you up before you hurt yourself or grabbed something that could hurt you.
If every child got what he or she wanted, none would live past one year old.
Babies do not know or understand what everything around them is for, and so they set out to explore and go towards what attracts them.
They see, and they taste everything because eating is the first thing they learned.
Eventually, we learn to see, smell, and remember that not everything should go in our mouths.
The point is, we learn laws even before we realize we are learning them. We learn if we keep putting everything in our mouth, we will die.
If we keep getting into things at home, we shouldn’t be, we reap the fury of mom or dad. Variously all through life, we are learning the laws that govern our lives.
The idea that we can have everything we want anytime we want is foolish. If we could we would be spoiled arrogant and unpleasant people to be around.
It is greed that usually gets us in over our heads and neglecting the things that are most important in life.
I see the corporate greed and the dishonest gains of the banks and politicians as well as businesses of every size and type.
But there are many who are helping this world and adding real value. They are not constantly looking for ways (like the banks) to take more but to give more.
If that is your goal then you will achieve great levels of personal satisfaction and success if you continue to serve others.
A lot of what I hear taught in the law of attraction suggests that somehow we are Gods and that we created our birth into this world.
I have listened to this many times, and there is zero evidence to back this up, nor does it make any sense.
Either way, the law is the law, and when applied, the results will come.
No two people are the same, so never expect your life to be just like someone else’s life.
There is little doubt to the principle that we reap what we sow, that there is an unseen law at work in all of our lives, and that we can control what we sow.
In addition, we do not plant corn and reap potatoes.
We get back what we put in and while results and amounts may vary, we will reap the harvest in due time.