Law of Attraction - Shape Up or Ship Out!
Hi everybody, this is a continuation of my series on law of attraction (LOA). I've been writing articles on law of attraction and symbolic meanings with a goal to illustrate how LOA works. The idea here is to use symbolism to help expand and illuminate us in understanding the law of attraction.
I wrote this piece many years ago for a college writing class. The assignment was geared to teach critical thinking in writing. I don't know if I hit that mark. I've long forgotten what my grade was on this paper. I do know I got a A in the class, hee hee. :)
I revised the paper to make it more user-friendly. My writing style back in the freshman days was completely different (and not in a good way). So even though I've applied my more mature voice to this piece, it's pretty much the same concept as what I wrote all those years ago. I hope you enjoy it. Moreover, I hope this article helps expand upon the concept of LOA in a way that is clear and helpful.
When it comes to LOA, I like to compare various things to help clarify how the law works. A great analogy is a ship sailing across a great sea. One of the greatest assurances for success at sea is a capable captain. But a good captain can't get to the next coast without cooperation.
Proponents of the law of attraction claim we can attract all manner cool stuff and circumstances into our lives. Is this really possible?
I'm answering that question with another question... "Does a ship always get to its destination?" It really depends, doesn't it? It's the same with us and law of attraction. Here's what I mean...
A ship is able to get to its destination but its success is dependent upon the following:
There is little difference between these elements, and those needed in the realm of law of attraction. Each feature of this seafaring line-up can be compared to an aspect of human potential. Add all these aspects up, and we start to understand how we can navigate the law of attraction to our advantage. Let me break it down:
Oh Captain, My Captain!:
Our mind is our captain. As such, it determines the destination (i.e. what we want), and sets about the business of navigating its way to our desires. It does this by determining and setting a clear intention upon the goal.
A captain is always on-point. Always wary of threat, direction, conditions. A good captain sets a course, and is determined to get to his destination. Our minds must be the same way. If a captain encounters poor conditions, then he redirects. The mind must do the same. If we have negative, poor beliefs or thoughts - it's time to make preparations, accommodations, and re-navigate.
It's the captain-mind's job to recognize each crew member, organize them all, keep them focused. A captain (our mind) can even play to each of the crew's strengths in order to get the vessel to its destination.
Swab That Poop Deck!:
In achieving our goals, our mind (our captain) commands its crew. The crew is symbolic of our thoughts. There are many of them, and with all crews, we find some are ace crackerjacks and some can be real slackers. Likewise, there are crewmembers (thoughts) that have positive perspectives, and others that have nary a good thing to convey.
Let's face it, not every crew member on a ship is a do-gooder. There are plenty of members who want to lollygag. Even more who want to make trouble. The captain must identify each member and discipline them for the sake of the whole - for the sake of the goal.
It's the same with our thoughts. Some thoughts are total baloney, like false beliefs that are utterly useless. Other thoughts (crewmembers) bully us, make trouble, real rabble rousers. Realize the mind is the captain of these scallywags. It takes awareness, discipline and determination to whip negative thoughts into shape.
Fine Looking Vessel You Got There, Matey!:
The ship can be compared to the body. Just as a captain could never command a vessel that hasn't been properly cared for, we cannot expect the mind to command a neglected body.
Sometimes our bodies rust with age. It seems we have no control over that. Law of attraction disagrees with this. The law is no respecter of age. It doesn't see us as young or old. The only reality is perception. Granted, I've been laid up with debilitating back pain for months at a time. I'd grit my teeth envisioning myself well, pain-free, healed. Did it work? No, not always. But sometimes it did. Using law of attraction with body pain is slippery. It's hard to concentrate and get all the elements in line. Why? Because we're in pain! Pain is real. It's hard to focus when in pain, but it can be done.
Other times, we abuse our vessels with substances. Overeating, smoking, drinking, etc. No matter how strong our captain-mind or crew may be, we simply cannot expect to get to our destination when we corrode our vessels with the acid of substance. In essence, do good things to and for your body. You're more likely to reach your desires if you do.
There are lots of elements involved that can help or hinder our navigation to an intention or goal.
For example, past experiences serve as a powerful directional map. 'Captain Mind' can observe from past experience and conclude future consequence. To illustrate, captains have logs. They record what has happened in the past to help them in future situations. Comparatively, blowing a weekly paycheck at the local bar never results in a brand new plasma TV delivered to our home. It's a matter of learning from past experience and moving forward with that knowledge.
Experience navigates our awareness. When we experience pain from something done in the past, we ought to be aware not to repeat the same action that caused the pain. Conversely, when we experience joy, it's a great idea to keep up that train of thought/action to encourage more joy in our lives.
As 'Captain Mind' continues on its mission (attracting good juju in our lives), it acknowledges signs along the way. Like a strong wind to catch the sails, sunny skies, a bird indicating land is near. This is why I'm so jazzed about symbolic meanings. Observing the signs and symbolism around us can auger our practices of law of attraction. 'Captain Mind' must observe signs in its environment. These signs will indicate the direction (physical or mental) we must move toward in order to obtain the destination of things we desire.
Captain Mind is "dead in the water" in obtaining the booty if it commands its thought-crew and body-ship with crummy navigational systems like:
This is why our minds must be good captains. A mind must be sharp and strong in order to detect deviations from the objective.
Red Skies at Night, Sailor's Delight!:
Lastly, we come to "favorable conditions." I liken this to faith, spirit, creator, or a higher power…whatever you want to call that "something" that is omnipresent and far more vast than what our comprehension can grasp.
We all want to say (or at least I do): "We are the masters of our own lives. No one controls us but us." I believe this is true to an extent…but I also believe there is a higher, greater presence at work in our lives. That presence IS the "favorable condition," and it is always favorable.
It's crucial to understand the force that animated and created us is on our side. Conversely, if we believe there is a fearsome, vengeful power out there waiting to smote us...that will influence the outcome of our goals. Law of attraction is all about the Universe reflecting our beliefs. How we view our idea of a deity directly influences results in our lives.
Coming full circle to readdress the question: "Can we attract anything we want?" I hope this comparison to a ship navigating through the world serves as a helpful illustration. The point to all this is: Yes, we most certainly can attract our desires to us. Law of attraction is an immutable law. The trick is to approach our goals systematically, observantly, and flexibly.
I always say 'forewarned is forearmed'. That means information is king. The way law of attraction works is deceptively simple. Put out good, good comes. Garbage in, garbage out. Easy peasy, right? Well, as I tried to demonstrate, there are other factors. It makes sense, really. The human system is complex and diverse. It's only logical our practice with law of attraction will be equally complex.
As always, thanks for indulging me this article. I hope you enjoyed it. If you liked this piece, please check out my other law of attraction articles listed at the end of this page.
May all your sails attract your every desire,
An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings
Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.
This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."
Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)
As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!