With the enormous surge of study into the law of attraction lately, so many people are learning how the act of dreaming can attract what they desire. Some teachers and coaches focus their entire practice on teaching this one mystical law. It’s effects are that fascinating and mind boggling. Anyone who’s wished for something big and had it come to pass knows what I’m talking about. Understanding this one law of the universe does help us get closer to co-creating our reality, but some things don’t always work out according to the law of attraction. I myself know countless empowered, conscious people that still aren’t living the lives they dream of.

Does this Law Fail?

A universal law is just that, universal. It does not fail to operate. This law works so well in fact that it operates all of the time on many levels. The law of attraction works to bring us small material things like our favorite lunch and esoteric big things that serve the evolution of our soul. On a moment to moment basis we are drawing experiences, people and things to ourselves on hundreds, thousands, millions of levels. This law works without a need for us to “think” about it or “decide” what we’d like to have in our lives. It just operates whether we decide to engage it or not.

We do not have the brain capacity to understand all of what we are drawing in. At any given time we have 11,000,000 bits of information a second coming in through our senses. Studies have shown that our brains process only 50 bits of information per second. How we choose only 50 bits out of 11 million is unknown, but suffice it to say that we are privy to only a small amount of what is going on around us.The law of attraction does not fail. We fail to understand all of the ways it is at work in our lives. We try to simplify it down to one thing we’d like to have happen and then wish like crazy that we’ll be able to control the workings of the cosmos. This can create a good deal of madness.

The Pursuit of Perfection

One of the dangerous traps of law of attraction theory is that we are lead to believe that if it’s not working it’s because we have done something wrong or that we are broken. We’re told it’s simple. We hear of people that work with it successfully to get what they want. When what we desire does not come to pass we strive and suffer for perfection.

Here are just some of the thoughts that can plague us:
“Maybe I don’t believe I’m worth what I desire.”
“I must have not worded my dream correctly.”
“Maybe I didn’t dream it hard enough or often enough.”
“What if I have the wrong dream?”
“There must be some fear I still haven’t overcome.”

There are no guarantees that solving any of these problems will get us what we yearn for because there are just too many factors at play. There are other cosmic laws that help determine what comes into our lives. There is the law of the Tao that says we are destined to experience opposites. A person that has a good cry will later find laughter. What goes up must come down and from the bottom there’s no where to go but up. There is the law of cause and effect that states that every action has an opposite and equal reaction.

It is good to be empowered, believe in ourselves, dream with intention and overcome fears, but when these are viewed as the key to unlocking the treasure box of fantasies we can become disenchanted on the path. Expecting the external world to verify our inner progress is futile.

Craving & The First Three Chakras

The law of attraction speaks to and works through our lower three chakras. How can I say this is true? Because this is the domain of craving. When you have a dream come true, how long to you wait to dream another dream? A day? A week? Two years? Our dreams are projections ahead, a wish for something. Even if that something is transcendental, it is still a wish for something other than what is.

Our first chakra is concerned with security. How often do your dreams include thoughts of safety? “If I only had this, then I could rest assured that all will be well.” The first chakra wants to be successful. Dreams include visions of recognition and even a dose of fame. The nightmares we try to vanquish are of failure and humiliation.

The second chakra is concerned with money and power. How often do your dreams include, even if as a side note, a comfortable living? “If I made six figures that would be good.” How about status? “If I was able to lead this non-profit in a positive direction that would be ideal.” These are the realm of the second chakra.

The third chakra is the seat of self-esteem and is the place where we strive to become empowered. Do your dreams include freedom? “If I worked for myself I could unleash my creativity.” “If I got my own property I could do whatever I wanted.” “Finding the right mate for me means finding someone who will love and accept me for who I am.

The dreams we dare to dream in the name of the law of attraction are personal. They are about our lives. This is the realm of the lower three chakras.

What About the Heart and Mind?

We like to say our dreams are our “heart’s desires”, but the heart is in the moment sensing what it senses and loving who it loves. The heart only becomes attached to our fantasies as we entertain them. The heart will go on feeling and loving no matter how we make a living or who we’re with. She’ll be sad in the midst of a dream come true and happy when times are tough. That is her nature to feel regardless of the circumstance.

We like to believe that we fuel our dreams with our imagination and that our thoughts attract things to us but the sixth chakra (mind’s eye) is concerned with Truth. The mystical Truth has nothing to do with who we are going to be when we grow up. Mystical truths such as “love has no bounds” are impersonal and we know them through our sixth chakra.

Open Up to the Beyond

I mean to point out the shortsightedness of focusing all of your effort on mastering the workings of one mystical law. Sure, be a practitioner of attraction, but also be a wizard of love, a genius of seeking, a guru of graciousness. Open up beyond the world of “I”. Dream along with the world to find everything you need in the present moment. Learn to be satisfied with the grandeur of what is.

Find your mate in the seashore and your vocation in exchanging oxygen with the trees. Allow the grace of the One Who Moves Through All Things to move you. You do not need a dream to motivate you or fulfill you. That is the illusion you must cure. Your ailment is believing that anyone other than who you are right now has what you need. You are the one you’ve been waiting for.

The stars, the rocks, the trees, the flowers, fish and birds – all are our brothers and sisters in this dance of life. We human beings tend to forget this, as we pursue our own private agendas and believe we must fight to get we need. But ultimately, our sense of separateness is just an illusion, manufactured by the narrow preoccupations of the mind. Now is the time to look at whether you are allowing yourself to receive the extraordinary gift of feeling ‘at home’ wherever you are.
– from Osho Zen Tarot.

About Author, Stacey L. L. Couch

Stacey Couch shamanic practitionerStacey L. L. Couch, Certified Shamanic Practitioner, works as a publicist and journalist for Mother Nature and is the author of Gracious Wild: A Shamanic Journey with Hawks. She empowers people with the ability to explore life’s big questions by calling on nature, story and synchronicity as a source for guidance and healing. With her deeply rooted experience in the field of shamanism and passion for working with wildlife and rescue animals, Stacey has a unique blend of rational and mystical perspective that makes the world of shamanism easily accessible to others. She values mindfulness, wonder, and compassion in her daily spiritual practice. Learn More about Stacey.

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