I found that many people are skeptical about the law of attraction, because they think it only works under specific circumstances. One of the most common arguments that I saw is that it can only work when no one else puts out the same intentions, because then there would be conflicting intentions and the intention of the stronger person would win. Other quite common question is how to explain the law of attraction in cases such as child abuse, because surely no child intends to be abused, so how does the law of attraction fit into this? Do children, babies and/or animals put out intentions?
There are several theories that could explain the above questions. Steve Pavlina is a professional speaker and writer who presents one of the theories to address these concerns in his article about the law of attraction.
He describes a concept of a subjective reality:
Subjective reality is a belief system in which (1) there is only one consciousness, (2) you are that singular consciousness, and (3) everything and everyone in your reality is a projection of your thoughts.
The above quotation is a summary of the theory in one sentence. It is worth reading the whole article to understand what the wants to say. I must say that I don’t agree with many things in his theory. Below are some quotations that I find difficult to believe, so it may look that I completely deny his theory, which would be a misunderstanding of what I want to say. I want to be open to his theory, because this is one of those things that are impossible to prove. No one will probably ever be able to prove whether it is true, in the same way that no one will ever be able to prove what happens after people die. I am just commenting on how I feel about some aspects of the theory. I don’t doubt that your feelings may be different.
In subjective reality there’s only one consciousness, and it’s yours. Consequently, there’s only one source of intentions in your universe — YOU. While you may observe lots of walking, talking bodies in your reality, they all exist inside your consciousness. You know this is how your dreams work, but you haven’t yet realized your waking reality is just another type of dream. It only seems solid because you believe (intend) it is.
He seems to be saying that we are only dreaming our life. That nothing is real. At the moment I don’t find this to be in line with my beliefs. I think there is a clear difference between life and dream, although a dream may feel to be very “real”. But eventually you will wake up from the dream to your reality.
The idea that other people have intentions is an illusion because other people are just projections. Of course, if you strongly believe other people have intentions, then that’s the dream you’ll create for yourself. But ultimately it’s still an illusion.
I don’ believe that other people are just projections. This concept is the most difficult one for me to accept from his theory of subjective reality. I believe my wife, my children, parents, relatives, friends and all other people are real. Thanks to them I can experience love. They help me become a better person, because I learn from my mistakes that I do when I am with them. I don’t think there is a coincidence in what people you meet in your life though. I think that like attracts like and that you will most likely attract people into your life that will reflect the way you think. But I feel that there is a different reason why this happens, not that you actually make up the person in your dream of life and project the person to be in front of you.
Another common explanation of the questions is that the intentions were made during your past life or during life between life. The life in our physical body is limited, but we live on over and over again, learning from our lessons and experiences. The soul goes through a certain development process, which cannot be achieve by living only one life in a physical body. Before you were born, you chose what you want to experience in your life, so that the soul gets the experience it needs for its development.
Again, the fact whether we live multiple lives cannot be proved and will always be impossible to prove. I must admit though that the theory with the past lives is much more aligned with my beliefs than the concept of a subjective reality. I don’t want to say that only one of the theories is right and that the other is wrong, maybe the truth is somewhere in the middle. I believe in the law of attraction because my own experience is that it works – always. I want to be open to an experience that would help me find which of the above theories is true, but maybe there is another theory that I haven’t captured – let me know if you think I haven’t listed something that would be interesting to consider.
So what about the conflicting intentions? What if two people want to be promoted to the same position and what if there is only one position open for the promotion? Which one will get it? I don’t think it is possible to simplify the problem to say that who wants it more gets it. It depends on personal circumstances of both persons who would want the promotion, assuming that both actually want it. If you are one of the people who want the promotion, you should be asking the following questions:
- What is it that you actually want? Is it the promotion or the work that you would be doing? Or is it the money that you would get if you were promoted? Or is it that you want to be recognized?
- Does the other person really want a promotion or is it only you thinking that he/she wants it and therefore reducing your chances for the promotion?
- Is there really one open position or do you block possible success by thinking that there is only one position open?
- What are your qualities that you have that would make you suitable for the position?
- What qualities are expected that the person who will get the position would have? How do you fit into it?
- Do you feel deep inside that you are ready for the position?
- Are you afraid of anything if you took the position? Do you have any fears?
- Do you fear that you would not be accepted in the position by your peers?
- How confident are you that you would do well in the position?
- Is there anything you have connected with the role that you think is negative? Are you afraid that you would be doing it?
- If you visualize yourself in the position, how do you feel?
No two people would answer all of the above questions the same. Depending on the answers, only one person may get the promotion, but it doesn’t mean you would not be successful if you wanted it as well and didn’t get it in the end. Keep working in line with the law of attraction and let the above questions motivate you to become more aligned with what you want to achieve. It may be that you will get the position a bit later, when you are more ready and aligned with the position. Or that you will get an even better position that is more in line with what you answered to the first question. You may get an even better offer from a different company. Or the other person may relocate to a different country. The possibilities are endless but truth is that when you are ready for the position and you are completely aligned with it and have no fears that would be blocking you, you will get what you really want. Just watch the opportunities that come to you and act.
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