I stumbled upon a YouTube video of a business guru from the 1980’s. He shared his impressive personal rags to riches story. He was also building the necessary background knowledge in order to sell his business know-how in a Law-of-Attractionesque platform. His rise to fame and fortune pre-dated the principles in The Law of Attraction, but incorporated some of the principles.
My first knee-jerk feeling to the video was that of being a failure for not having manifested the vast riches he said was my birthright. My second feeling was feeling silly for having the first feeling. I still learned from this man’s teachings in two ways: I learned by acknowledging what I agreed with. The second learning was what I wished to discard, change or add to based on his words.
When I reflected on my deeper values and beliefs, I developed this response to what I heard. I believe in the power of focused intention and positive thinking as a way to transform our own lives and inspire others. Making and having money is also a worthy goal. Money as the ultimate goal, however, frequently falls short because money alone does not fill the voids which exists within many of us.
Believing we are failures because our thoughts haven’t produced the wealth or success we want materially is counter-productive to our well-being. It promotes self-blame. Therefore, instead of empowering us to attain our potential, we get stuck blaming ourselves for not attaining what the guru is telling we could or even should have.
Dysfunctional capitalism is at work when the mentality of acquiring more and more and even more infiltrates and takes over our consciousness. This thinking has the potential of gobbling up and exploiting people, our beautiful planet and all her resources and the many other amazing beings living here solely for the purpose of having.
As for me, I have never been highly ambitious. I took promotions often with great trepidation as I was happy being in the classroom touching the lives of my students more directly. I was told I could touch more lives by working with the teachers who work with the students. The logic was undeniable, but what about the passion? What if that passion involves a smaller paycheck? Shouldn't that take priority? I think that answer is up to each individual to make based on their values. I personally believe pursuing passion is never the wrong choice.
I did agree with the work ethic the business guru outlined. He encouraged listeners to put in a six-day work week and allow the seventh day for reflection on correction or improvement of the past week. The emphasis was on dedication. I don’t think it’s ever necessary to work yourself to the point of burn-out and exhaustion. That is neither productive nor very kind to yourself. Still, it is dedication that spurs us from thought to action.
Today’s ideas state that if you are in alignment, the universe resonates to that vibration, and you attract more of what you desire to you. The converse is also said to be true. For example, if your mind is a cluttered mess of unproductive, low-vibrational thinking, you will draw that to you as well.
Although I strongly agree with the benefits of focused intention and directing our thoughts to a higher level, what I wish to add is a different emphasis. This current thinking is primarily on getting. But what about giving? And what about the blame aspect if changing our thoughts isn’t bringing us what we thought we wanted? I believe a truly expanded consciousness is about giving in equal measure to getting if not more when possible. Our earth gives us so much. We keep taking, yet the empty space inside us remains unfilled. Then my question is - How can we fill those spaces without exploiting everything around us?
My answer is with compassion. (more to come)