Friday, November 18, 2005

Like is Drawn to Like

It's time to talk Law of Attraction with you again. I know, I know, you're really not sure what I mean by that, and you're a little suspicious of anything that sounds remotely new-age, or maybe you just rebel against anything that has the word "Law" in it. But I want you to hear me out. It really is for your good. For all our good.

You may know that my fellow writing partner Rebecca Lawton and I have co-written a book called Creating Space: The Law of Attraction for Writers and Other Inspired Souls. Publication is pending, but I can't say much about that, just yet. If you didn't know that, now you do!

Here's the thing. There are a lot of physical laws we take for granted because scientists have done the legwork and told us they're true. Gravity for instance. We can't see it, and though we can feel it, sort of, it seems to be different under different circumstances. But we like the idea that whatever is responsible for creation gave us this handy little force that keeps us secured to our planet(which we rather like despite our constant abuse of it). At the very least, we seem to be quite fond of the feeling of having our feet adhere to the surfaces we walk upon. And tell me, have you ever personally seen an electron? No, but when you plug in your hair-drier, it does indeed rely upon their presence, right? And that's very useful, isn't it? I mean, where would we be without our invisible friends the electrons?

Imagine (and then go ahead and investigate it for yourself ) another Law that is no more bizarre or unseen than any you've come to accept thus far. It's known as the Law of Attraction, and it works on the principle that everything, from your body to that funky little electron, to your thoughts and feelings are actually made of the same stuff, vibrating at different frequencies. We can call that stuff "energy" for lack of a better concept, and we can admire its many forms by simply looking around a room. Hey, thank you energy for becoming this fabulous book that I'm reading! And energy, could you have produced a cuter cat than my very own Figaro? And while I'm on a roll of gratitude, energy, thanks for allowing me the opportunity of awareness, this cool brain and its odd ability to produce thought, hope, imagine, dream and way more.

Okay. You sense a lesson coming, don't you? Well, it's not really a lesson. I don't want to preach to you or suggest in any way that you should believe a word I say. Just go with what rings true. Think of a time when you wanted something VERY much. A promotion, a child, a relationship, a car, anything. All that matters is that you wanted it so badly you could barely think of anything else. Your heart ached a little, you were preoccupied often thinking about this want. What were the results of your wanting? Be honest. When you were in that deep, state of wanting, did you get what you wanted? I'll wager that you did not. Why? Because you're a terrible person? No. Because God is wrathful and was holding you responsible for actions done in the sixth grade? No. Because, according to the Law of Attraction, which states that like is drawn to like (like energy), you were focused on the lack of having. You noticed the big gaping car/relationship/child-shaped hole in your life. You focused on your fear of not having the new promotion. You felt more keenly than ever that without said desire, you would have negative consequences. And so you did.

It's very hard to believe that our lives are not the result of being good or bad people. If that was the case, corruption wouldn't exist, murder and torture and war couldn't exist. The universe doesn't judge, it only offers an exact likeness to that which you put out in thought and feeling--those little energy makers. I know that some of you will experience a tingle (or even a surge) of concern, an urge to protest: "I didn't give myself asthma/scoliosis/bad social skills/a shitty childhood or make my ex-boyfriend abuse me!" On the one hand it's true, you didn't. On the other hand, if you look at our bodies/lives as cumulations of lots and lots of energies over a lifetime, it's possible to suggest that you did at least have a hand in these things. The Law of Attraction forces us to stop being victims of anything.

Whatever you focus on, good or bad, joyous or punitive, you will attract. You are attracting it right now. I don't need you to believe. I wrote this mostly to remind myself.



At 10:27 AM, Blogger Jennifer Mills Kerr said...

Thank you for sharing this column. It truly resonates for me. There's an absolute sureness when I'm receiving something or it's manifesting for me: I don't need to worry about it, or stress over it; it's simply mine. When I drove by my future house, for instance. I knew it was meant for me, I felt thankful, filled with warmth and self assurance.
I'm very excited to hear how these laws of attraction apply to writers. I've been so turned off by the world-weary writers' complaints: "This is such a competitive business." Or, "Keep your day job; writing doesn't pay." Or, "Novels don't get published." Yes, writing can be challenging. But I feel negativity facilitates rejection slips and stifles creativity.
To a new mentality!

At 10:48 AM, Blogger Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...

Excellent to hear from you, Jennifer! To a new mentality indeed! Why not apply it to the thing we do most as writers?

Happy holidays too.

At 12:50 PM, Blogger Maurie said...

Wanna know something wierd? I JUST had a conversation with a colleague about this very thing...that wanting (in this case a promotion) creates an energy where everything gets sucked into a black hole, taking everything with it, including your soul.

At 5:22 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I totally believe in this (much like I believe in the power of chocolate).

I should note that from a scientific point of view, gravity is a theory, not a law. Those dudes get really touchy about the distinctions. ;) Theory is a great compliment in science. Not that you asked. Sorry.

At 9:52 PM, Blogger Patry Francis said...

Sounds fabulous, Jordan! Wish I had that book years ago.

At 6:14 AM, Blogger Myfanwy Collins said...

Whatever the reason, I'm glad you wrote this down, J. It was an excellent (and necessary) reminder for me, too!


At 6:49 AM, Blogger Patricia Schiavone said...

I just got out of my Teaching course and felt like sth positive before arriving home. So I came to a cyber cafe and got into yr blog, and found myself reading this.

These words made a huge change to me, hopefully in my life but certainly in my today's approach to my "new family state".

Thank you for being there. Your existence and our closeness have made a big difference to my life a long time ago, already.

Patricia Schiavone

At 4:49 PM, Blogger Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...

All of you, I find it so interesting, and so much to a testament to the power of the Law that I got the most comments around this particular post, and all from people I happen to think of as being dynamic and positive!

I think you're all amazing!



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