Lucinda: Mistress to the Mob

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It May Sound Ridiculous

 

             We’ve all heard, read or watched something about The Law of Attraction. It’s one of the most popular topics in the country right now; and for good reason. Most of us realize there’s more to life than what our parents handed to us: that idea of find a good job, work hard, be thrifty, and retire someday. That formula worked in the 1950s and ‘60s but doesn’t hold today. We all sense it, and are looking for answers.

             Many thought we found nirvana when we learned of The Law. Many teachers are spreading the gospel of plenty, but it seems most of us aren’t yet realizing its benefits. Why?

             Frankly, the reason is us. Those carrying the torch of The Law have it right. They all say it in their own way, and each way is beneficial to some of us. So, what is it we’re missing? What is the critical piece of the puzzle we don’t seem to figure out how to put into its proper place?

             My nomination for the Culprit That Takes The Most Joy Out Of Life Award goes to: (the envelope, please) our addiction to negativity.

             This insidious little creature gets the prize for its deception; it’s clever and often disguised. So much so, we don’t usually even notice that its there. But it is; in sometimes the most innocuous of ways.

             And this doesn’t only apply to the doctrine of money. No, no! Money is just one component of the overall health, wellness and happiness picture. This Law is no respecter of persons, subjects or things. In a nutshell what it says is this: What you put out is what you get back. Whatever you think about or focus on is what you get. And the turbo charger for this method of magnetizing is our feelings: how we feel at the moment we are thinking.

             The problem is, negativity is so deeply woven into our society, into our consciousness, that we don’t even notice it. Ever step into a room where someone has just peeled an orange? You immediately notice the aroma; but after just a few seconds you cease to smell it anymore. Is it because the smell has gone away? Probably not; rather, you are desensitized to that odor, and no longer notice it. That’s what we’ve done with negativity.

             If this is so, it follows that we spend our time thinking emotionally on the negative; without even realizing it. The negative motor running in our backgrounds is magnetizing negative conditions back to us. Garbage in, garbage out (or is that garbage out, garbage in?) We spend 15 minutes a day practicing The Law and the rest of the day undoing it.

             So, if negativity is so prevalent, where is it? The obvious place to look is the news. That industry is designed to give us all the bad information we can handle, and usually in a melodramatic way. It’s a ratings business, and to beat the other guys you have to be more sensational; our addiction loves it.

             But there are other, less obvious ways this cancer spreads. We have generally been taught, from birth, that “life is supposed to be a struggle.” “If something is worthwhile it has to be difficult.” “As you get older your body is supposed to break,” etc.

             And it doesn’t stop there. Here are the nasty seven hidden negatives that are desensitizing us. Doubt, Fear, Lack, Blame, Discouragement, Worry and Concern. (Yes, even mild concern.)

             Not exactly the list you expected, is it? These are the quietly creeping culprits that pilfer our joy. Focus on any of those concepts for just a moment: it should feel anything but joyous! Joy is good.

             What to do? Here is something to get you started. It’s challenging for some, but I promise it’s worth it. Start by learning to recognize what feels good versus what feels bad; we all know the difference, so pay attention! Since we have an addiction, we have to start with the first step. Babies always take a wobbly opening stride. We learn by doing. Awareness of the difference between positive and negative is that first step.

             Once we learn the difference we have begun the journey.