|Posted on September 22, 2012 at 8:40 PM|
The Secret works, even though it really isn’t ‘a secret’. And the ‘law of attraction’ has been known for eons. However, it was never called the law of attraction because it is so much more than this.
It is perhaps best understood (and misunderstood considering how this terms has been abused in the west) as ‘karma’ or the law of cause and effect. It is even expresses in the Bible: “as you sow, so shall you reap”.
In Buddhist terms the law of attraction would be the law of attachment.
I personally like to give it a bit of a spin by calling it the the ‘law of binding’ because we bind ourselves to our wishes when we think and imagine and feel as if they are already in our life. This means that unknown to the authors of ‘The Secret’, there is also an incredible downside to it. Because you can bind yourself to all sorts of crap.
After all, do you really want to bind yourself on a deep inner level, to a big house or a car or other material possessions. You get on much firmer ground when you want to bind yourself to good health or doing the best job you can or helping as many people as you can.
You are on even firmer ground when you wish to bind yourself to inner and outer freedom.
The good thing is that most people don’t know how to consciously make a wish and so they are led by a flip/flopping of an incoherent stream of desires. Bound to everything and nothing, as is the nature of karma.
Mr. Gurdjieff repeatedly talked about the need to have a wish, an aim. To focus on something worth being bound to. And then to make this your ‘idée fixe’ (or as wikipedia defines it, to develop “a preoccupation of mind held so firmly as to resist any attempt to modify it, a fixation.”
I posted the above to a facebook group. Someone asked me some questions and I would like to share my answer with everyone...
We are filled with contradictions within ourselves. I know a man who is a devout believer. He proclaims his faith to everyone he meets. He even takes his children to his house of worship on New Year's Eve to keep them out of trouble. Yet I saw this man lie, and not just lie, but lie in such a way that someone else who was telling the truth was perceived to be a liar.
Now we all do things like this.
That man is for the most part is a good man. He usually walks his talk. However, the situation that confronted him made an opposing element pop out. I know he felt a tinge of remorse, though not enough to make things right. And rather than being the result of two different 'I's' or 'being-impulses', I saw this as an example of a fragmented 'I'. Just like some of the deeply fragmented 'I's' I have witnesses in myself, much to my own horror.
We are all filled with a mass of contradictions. Fortunately we have what Mr. Gurdjieff calls ‘buffers’ that prevent us from seeing this. Parents of teenagers are particularly aware of this, even though they do not understand this phenomenon. Other parents and adults will tell you that you have the most wonderful, thoughtful, talkative and helpful kid and you try to reconcile this with the sullen moody teenager who slams the door and grunts at you in monosyllables.
I like to visualize this using an infinity symbol ( ∞ ). Except the fragmentation causes one circle to be really big and the other circle to be very small. So we are 90% honourable and 10% scoundrel or 90% loving and 10% mean. And the point that connects these two disparate circles is the buffer that prevents us from seeing this contradiction within ourselves. (I also believe we actually have contradictory 'I's' as well – but I do not want to make this too complex).
Find someone who is buying a lottery ticket and ask them what they are wishing for and you will get a sense of the contradictory and at times antagonistic nature of their wishes because like all of us (or at least those of us who are not fully transformed), they lack any real inner unity. They wish to win the lottery so they can help their family, well... except for that lousy cousin who mocked their dorky pants in front of that beautiful blonde when they were 16 years old because if they win they are going to rub their new-found wealth in that cousin's face.
The fact that for most of us, our wishes are contradictory and that we do not know how to make a proper wish is a good thing or this world would even be more messed up than it already is. We wish that our neighbour has a wonderful vacation and then we curse that same neighbour for neglecting their lawn because they are on vacation.
Now relating this to the law of karma... According to the law of karma, everything we perceive, every thought (both by form and by words), every feeling, every physical action we take and sensation we feel, leaves a seed-like residue, or an ‘impression’ within us. The Hindu’s call these seed-like residues or impressions ‘samskaras’.
Now they believe that there are three types of samskaras (though they are not related to thoughts, sensations and feelings - and here Mr. Gurdjieff has much more nuanced understanding of this process - but I don’t want to go into that because it will just complicate this explanation): white, black and neutral.
White samskaras draw, or ‘attract’ good to us, black samskaras draw bad to us, and the neutral ones (which most people never have) lead to ‘moksha’ or liberation from the wheel of life (the wheel of samsara).
What these means, is that a wish is really a means to harness this law. If your wish, your ‘idee fixe’ is to have a huge house and you do what one of the participants in the film made of ‘The Secret’ did - and to cut out a picture of a huge house and to think about it and visualize it over and over; by planting these seeds, these impressions, these samskaras, within you, you really can draw that to you (the man in the film was shocked to realize that the picture he had cut out years earlier to help him visualize the type of house he wanted - turned out, without him consciously realizing it until his 5-year-old pointed it out to him - to be the very house he had just bought).
That is why this can be very dangerous because as the old proverb goes, “be careful what you wish for.”
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