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The Law of Attraction Is Not Written in Stone

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Q: I'm getting such a heavy dose of the Law of Attraction from a friend. It's really wild stuff, and he is so evangelical. I want to be open to anything that might help me, but I had no idea this guy was so crazed with it. He's really looking for disciples. I'm wondering if you have any reflections to share about the whole Law of Attraction thing.

A: The idea of creating your own reality is another case of many levels of truth. It is true on some levels that what we think or choose does affect what happens. But it is much more complex than that as there are several other levels of truth operating at the same time. There is also what Divine Will or Intelligence is choosing or creating in every moment. These different levels all interact and weave in and out.

If someone focuses on the moments where their thoughts do appear to manifest, then they can form a belief that they are in control of their experience. And that belief is true.....it just is not a very big truth. But it does have some truth, and relative to a belief that you are just a victim of random circumstance, it is actually a bigger truth. But relative to a sensing or even believing in a larger and benevolent force called Grace that is unfolding life, the belief in manifesting is simply a small or incomplete view of what is really going on.

Again there are many levels to all of this. One teacher I listened to recently suggested that even when our thoughts create our experience, it can be very tricky. Let's say we want to experience abundance, so we practice thinking lots of positive and manifesting thoughts about creating abundance in our life. But it is possible that our higher self knows that the most direct path for us to experience a true and abiding sense of abundance is for us to lose everything we own. Guess which reality will actually manifest.....the one being manifested by our higher intelligence. It will not look anything like what we wanted to create, but in the end, it will bring about the most profound sense of true abundance we could experience.

This is just one simple example of how the different levels of truth interact and all combine to create each moment's reality. The ideas in the Law of Attraction have focused narrowly on part of how this all unfolds, and just like a broken clock is right twice a day, those ideas sometimes appear to work. In those cases, the divine plan and the ego's plan happened to be in alignment. But life moves on and at some point, the same practices that worked so well will often suddenly stop working altogether. This can be quite a shock to the person who has been riding a wave of successful manifestation.

As you can probably guess, this is why you can encounter people who are so evangelical about something like the Law of Attraction. It is working like magic for them at that time in their evolution, and so of course they are convinced it is the absolute truth, and that everyone just needs to be converted to their beliefs in order to have the same success and results. It is interesting to see how they adapt...or don't adapt....when the Divine has a new plan for their evolution :)

I am going to include here a sneak preview of an excerpt of a new book, All Grace: New Teachings by Jesus on the Truth About Life  by my wife, Gina Lake, that is going to be released next week. In a nice synchronicity, the first chapter of her book directly addresses your question. I hope it is helpful. Here is the excerpt:

In the flow, there is no me to think about itself. The flow happens in the absence of thought or despite any thoughts that might be present, particularly thoughts about me. Since self-reflection is absent or at a minimum, being in the flow feels natural, simple, and problem-free. It is how life can be lived most of the time once you realize one thing: You are not in control of life, and you don’t need to be because your infinite self is! This is another truth about life.

You only think you have more control than you do, and you want control. But wanting something doesn’t equal having it—or needing it. You have less control than you think and more than you need. In other words, you don’t have much control and you don’t need it.

People are under the illusion that they can control things they can’t actually control. For instance, they think they can control how healthy they are by what they do for their bodies. However, your knowledge about the body is so limited that attempts to determine your health are also limited. So much of one’s health is governed by subconscious processes and genes, which are not under your control.

A lack of knowledge is not the only thing that stands in the way of greater control. Perfect knowledge would still not give you control. In addition to there being a higher will and a higher plan at work that trumps you own will, the nature of life is simply too complex to be controlled. (continue reading)

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EarthPulse Sleep Aid Device

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I typically only post about spiritual matters on this blog, but occasionally I will share about more practical matters such as the excellent meditation cushion I posted about a while ago. Today I want to let you know about my experiences with my newest gadget, the EarthPulse V5Pro pulsed magnetic field device. It is touted mainly as an effective sleep aid, and in my experience it really works well. After trying a few different approaches to using the EarthPulse to find what works best for me as explained in the very thorough manual that comes with the device, I have been sleeping remarkably well. I fall asleep more quickly, stay asleep more easily, and fall back asleep more easily when I do wake up in the middle of the night. I also definitely feel more rested in the morning.

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In the instructions, they also recommend that you do a Resting Breath Hold (RBH) test according to the steps they lay out for you. This is a simple way of using the length of time that you can hold your breath as a rough measure of how well your mitochondria are utilizing oxygen. As the instructions say:

The RBH test shows how long body can sustain itself on one full-breath of air. As you might imagine,…the longer you can hold your breath, the better your mitochondria are converting oxygen to ATP. Pretty simple. It objectively tests the relative efficiency of this most biologically active process. If you will bother to take the RBH test you will see your breath-hold ability quickly improve. Like an engine tune-up; fuel efficiency goes up and waste product (in the form of free-radical / oxidative electrons that damage mitochondrial DNA) go down. Antioxidants protect the mitochondrial DNA.

Two U.S. Swim Team clients came to us with 2:30 baseline RBH; in tip-top physical shape; both swimmers increased their static breath hold by 20% in 4 weeks. This effect is unreported anywhere in the scientific literature. Curiously both of their underwater swim (RBH under-load) increased by 50%!!!…from 50 to 75 meters. Pretty incredible that the mitochondrial improvement is greater under load than at rest…more than 2x

So I did the RBH test before ever using the EarthPulse and my result was 45 seconds. After using the device for two months, I did the test again today and easily was able to hold my breath for 75 seconds....an increase of about 65%!!!

Anyways, I am sold on the device and even signed up for their affiliate referral program. I think it could be an especially great boon for anyone traveling a lot as the device is fairly portable, and sleep is always a challenge when changing time zones and sleeping in strange beds. And any difficulties with sleep can be very damaging to one's health. It is possible that the many electrical influences from cell phones, emf, etc. are contributing to the problems a lot of people have sleeping. This device creates a magnetic field around your body that seems to cancel out the other negative influences.

The particular device I purchased is the V5Pro version which has two magnets. For anyone who does have trouble sleeping, I recommend using either the V5Pro or the one magnet V5 version. These two models have 10 preprogrammed programs that are especially helpful for sleep. The less expensive models only offer manual control of the frequencies, which would be fine for anyone who already sleeps pretty well, while still providing more general health benefits.

There is a ton of info on their website about all of the other benefits they have observed, but for now I am happy with what I am experiencing. Here is a link to their site that also records me as the one who referred you to them: https://earthpulse.net/#a_aid=Nirmala

It helps that they offer a 90-day satisfaction guaranteed return policy, so it is possible to give it a through test before deciding whether to keep it or not. For me it is definitely a keeper :)

Let me know if you do try it out.

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Both the Depths and the Surface of the Ocean Are Wet

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Q: In your recent blog post, "Playing 3-d Chess with the Absolute" , you have written about "authentic individuality" or soul. I want to know whether by "soul" you mean that which takes rebirth. This is normally not talked about in non-duality, where it is stated that there is no self.

A: Thanks for your very good question. In many teachings of Advaita or non-duality, there is a strong emphasis on the absolute truth. Reality is considered to be that which is unchanging and which never comes or goes. That way of pointing is useful and powerful in pointing awareness beyond appearances and beyond all that does come and go like souls, bodies, objects, thoughts, etc.

I tend to point with a more relative definition of reality. I would suggest that how long something lasts is an indicator of how real or how true it is. So a thought that lasts at most a few seconds is not very real. A body or incarnation is more real. And a soul that lasts through many incarnations is even more real. But all of these are still appearances that come and go within the ultimate reality that cannot be named or described. So they are real, but not as real as the absolute substratum of existence that does not come or go.

A nice metaphor is the ocean. The depths of the ocean are relatively still and unchanging, while up on the surface there are lots of waves that come and go. In my way of seeing, the waves do exist, but only for as long as they are individually happening. However, when you are being tossed to and fro by the waves, there is no question that they do exist, just as when you have taken birth as a body, there is little question whether that body exists for you. And also there is no question that when the waves subside or the body dies, that they no longer exist.

The soul is like the deeper currents that are also moving and changing and yet have a tremendous effect on the appearance of many waves. These currents persist for a much longer time than any individual wave, and can generate many different waves over time. These currents would have much more effect on our journey than any individual wave. And for those who can sense it, there is no question that the soul still exists when the body dies, just as the currents still exist when the waves subside.

Eventually all currents and all waves subside back into the stillness of the deepest water. And surprisingly, the depths are the most intense and powerful level of the ocean of Being that has the most profound effect on our consciousness. Sensing the depths and vastness of the ocean can put the entire journey into perspective and allow us to see that it is all one beautiful play of splashing, flowing water. Since we as souls are also made of that same water, nothing can harm us or do any damage to our eternal nature.

All of these levels or depths exist simultaneously, and they are all one ocean. The biggest truth is that they are all made up of water, but the smaller truths of currents and waves appear within that one vast body of water. The appearance of waves does not contradict the vastness of the ocean, and the existence of the infinite stillness at the depths does not contradict the arising of the currents and waves. These different levels of truth are all true simultaneously, and they are not separate from each other. The currents and waves exist within the eternal ocean of Being.

A good question is what level of truth is functional or useful in this moment. For discriminating how to steer a boat on the surface moment to moment, being extremely aware of each wave is useful and can even keep your boat from capsizing! For navigating across wide stretches of ocean, then understanding and appreciating the deeper currents becomes useful and functional. And for putting it all in perspective and touching the depths of your Being, then it is appropriate to sense beyond appearances and form to the underlying reality of the infinite ocean of water itself. The flexibility to shift awareness between these different levels of reality allows the most appropriate response in each and every moment to the ever-changing and yet also eternally unchanging experience of the ocean of Being. There is no right or wrong level of truth, there are just all of the different experiences of water here for us to explore. Both the depths and the surface are wet, and they both can be refreshing and rich to play in.

I hope this is helpful.

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