I’ve long been a disciple of the Law of Attraction. It was one of the first spiritual concepts which resonated with me when I started following the work of Abraham Hicks some twenty-odd years ago. The foundational idea being that by visualizing our wants as specifically as possible, and then pretending we already have the object of our desire, we will bring those things into our reality.
All the familiar refrains echo in my mind to this day: where attention goes, energy flows; desire plus Imagination plus belief equals manifestation; believe and it will be so, Ask and It Is Given, anything you can imagine is yours to be or do or have, or Dr. Wayne Dyer’s, “You’ll see it when you believe it.”
Back in 1979, I was indoctrinated into the idea of creative visualization as a means to improve athletic performance when Purdue University football coach, Jim Young, introduced me to Dennis Waitley’s The Psychology of Winning. The common message behind this and really all attraction philosophies is create it in your mind in order to experience it in your reality. And while I did experience the benefit of improved athletic performance, it never seemed to pay dividends in the rest of my life. I often wondered what I was missing from this powerful concept that was preventing me from getting more of what I wanted in life.
Now, some forty years later, along comes this concept of Oneness which has added a new layer to my understanding of the Law of Attraction.
To me, Law of Attraction always starts with a desire – what do I want to manifest (change, increase, decrease, etc.) in my life? Once the object of your attraction is clear, you then visualize it in as much detail as possible, and before long, all your heart’s desires will rain down upon you from the heavens.
Well, not exactly.
Shaltazar tells us that the mere act of desiring keeps the object of our desire separate from and unavailable to us. With the Art of Manifestation, there is no need to seek, search, or struggle. Simply know it is so, and it will manifest into your reality. But if desire is the first step in manifesting, how do we move from desiring to believing, and from believing to knowing and eventually to Oneness?
Shaltazar has made it clear on numerous occasions that feelings create. It is when you truly feel that which you desire is so, will it become your reality. Of course, is not as easy as it sounds, because so many of us have lost the connection to our feelings. Maybe that’s why only visualizing or thinking that you have what you desire doesn’t always work.
The missing piece to the puzzle is feeling what you desire is already yours. The challenge to this part of the process is you can’t pretend you feel it, you must actually feel it. So many of us have been taught that it is more beneficial to think than to feel, and we can’t feel our way to what we want if we have lost our connection to our emotions. What happens in this situation is we create unconsciously, meaning our unheeded feelings are doing the creating on their own without our control or participation.
In his podcast episode “Non-duality and the Law of Attraction,” (https://www.absoluteawareness.org/) Oneness guru Noel explains that when we desire anything, we are saying that what we are, and what we have – that which is – isn’t good enough. The very act of desiring means we want more – some other state of being than what is – thus keeping ourselves separate from Oneness.
I was left to wonder if Oneness and The Law of Attraction were at cross-purposes? I mean, if desiring is at the heart of the Law of Attraction, and desire is what keeps us from experiencing Oneness, how can these two concepts coexist?
I recently re-listened to some Abraham material on the Law of Attraction and heard something I hadn’t heard before. Abraham said we have no choice but to desire: it’s a part of our composition – a facet of our DNA that we can’t escape or avoid. So desiring isn’t bad. It’s our birthright… part of our very nature.
I think the problem could be that many of us get stuck at the point of desire, the place of wanting. We then attempt to use the Law of Attraction as a tool to bend life circumstances in our favor. Interestingly enough, one of the subtle points Shaltazar makes is that control will not get us what we want. Letting go, releasing, and surrendering often gets us what we want faster than pushing to make it happen.
It does sound counter intuitive which makes it so difficult. For example, have you ever tried to think of a name of a place, person, or movie that has slipped your mind? The more you try to remember, the more evasive the name becomes. When you finally give-up trying, bingo! The name pops into your mind.
Somewhere between determination and surrender lies flow. Flow is the state you want to be in to allow your desires to come into your reality. Too much determination keeps what you want at bay, and too much surrender leaves you sitting under a tree doing nothing, hoping what you desire will magically appear. In other Shaltazar messages, we are told how both the yin and yang are required for manifestation to occur. So how do you get to be in that state of flow where what you desire comes to you more easily?
For now, let’s see if we can understand how Unity and the Law of Attraction connect.
Shaltazar tells us Unity is the way to mastering the Art of Oneness and challenges us to comprehend separateness at a higher level of understanding. Oneness is thus a process of forgetting the self and returning to Source. In Oneness, there is no separate self – no individual existence apart from Source. When we focus our attention outside of our self, we hold ourselves separate from Source. Unity can therefore be viewed as the re-integration of our spirit with the spirit of the Creator within whose consciousness we exist and whose spirit exists within us.
From this place of Unity, we can instantly create all that we desire. Unfortunately, doing so isn’t that easy. In the Higher Realms, Shaltazar tells us creation occurs instantaneously upon the conception of a thought. But on planet Earth, the vibration has been slowed, interposing a buffer of time between our creative thoughts and the manifestations thereof, making Unity more difficult to attain on a regular basis. If were able to attain and maintain a state of Unity, we could manifest more instantly and consistently. As it is, we must learn to be satisfied with brief and more infrequent experiences of Unity. Such would be the case with miraculous, spontaneous healings or the performance of some spectacular feat of athletic or physical skill.
In his podcast, Noel says acceptance of what is is the key to freedom, happiness, and joy in one’s life. To be happy, we must start by believing everything is perfect as it is. In other words, we must practice acceptance.
Reinhold Niebuhr describes this idea of acceptance quite succinctly in his Serenity Prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Shaltazar explains that Mastering the Art of Manifestation requires us to let go, surrender, give up all control, and accept whatsoever comes our way without anticipation or expectation. The ultimate of trust and faith is required. And be patient and without panic when nothing comes.
I’m reminded of a scene in Harry Potter’s Chamber of Secrets where Harry is trapped in the bowels of Hogwarts, helpless and out of options. In answer to Harry’s belief that assistance will always be given to those who ask, Fawkes the Phoenix brings Harry the Sorting Hat. Harry looks at the hat like, “What am I supposed to do with this?” Only later does he discover the Sword of Gryffindor hiding inside – just what he needs to defeat the basilisk.
We’ve now traveled from a desire, to our belief in the ability of that desire to manifest, to acceptance of whatever transpires without attachment to the outcome. Not bad for a day’s work. So how do we put those concepts to work in our lives?
Applying the Wisdom:
This article covers a lot of concepts and insights that may be making your head spin. Interestingly enough although this was one of the first articles that came from our collaborative efforts it has had the most rewrites and changes. We eventually learned that maybe we were trying too hard. We finally just decided to let go, surrender and release. We have come to the conclusion that we can’t explain a principle that has been around for thousands of years and give it to you in a nice neat package. You may never truly master the law of attraction but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep trying.
We encourage you to reread this article over a few times but don’t try so hard to comprehend all the different concepts. Just read it and allow yourself to feel it. As you do so you may find certain parts of the article that really resonate with you and other parts that feel confusing. Shaltazar says “you cannot seek understanding, for once again the seeking of it puts it outside of you, separate from you.”
Take what feels good and begin to apply it in any way you can. Begin to see understanding and practicing the Law of Attraction as a journey instead of a destination. Don’t try to master all the pieces but instead allow the understanding of this age-old concept and principle to integrate into your own personal Oneness.