Self-Realization vs. Law of Attraction!

Sri Ramana Maharshi

Many have asked me what I think about the book or movie ‘The Secret’ and The Law of Attraction.  For those of you unfamiliar with what this is, it is the notion that it is our birthright to have abundantly whatever we desire in regards to relationship, career, money, health, and spirituality.  The concept is we attract everything to us with our positive and negative thoughts.

From my perspective, there are many levels of understanding Reality.  There is nothing wrong with thinking positively and using the concepts of the ‘Law of Attraction’ to create what you desire if this be your destiny.  This may be your lifetime to explore such concepts. The thing I wish to share at this time is this: if you seek Self Realization, than the concepts of The Secret and The Law of Attraction will not take you very far and you will stay lost in the Dream. The path of Self Realization ultimately leads to a diminishing of the ego in order to Realize all physicality is illusionary.  The ego’s desire to have and control leads to more desire rather than egolessness in order to Realize Self.

The Law of Attraction supports the notion that the ego/mind is who we are and has the power to control life.  This level of Reality sees the Universe as a giant replicator like in Star Trek, which can make all your desires come true if you can keep your mind focused on what you want.  As I stated, there is nothing wrong with this perspective (or any perspective for that matter), except that it will leave you empty if you hunger for Knowledge of True Self.  The path to Self Realization is about ‘waking-up’ and realizing that the individual self is a Dream.  It is not about living in a Heaven where we receive everything we want via our thoughts, although that would be a lot of fun, but not what the earth school is about!  Knowledge brings True freedom.  Good and bad to the Self-Realized being is relative.  For a Self-Realized being, the ego and its desires and attachments have been diminished, so only True Self is seen.  A sage lives in mental stillness and does not have unconscious thoughts nor give much power to thoughts… there is harmony with their thoughts.  The sage does not have goals or desires towards success.  The drive to become somebody special is not there for it is understood they already are Source or Oneness, which is supreme.

Ramana Maharshi is thought to be one of the greatest sages of our time.  His teachings illuminated the dark and inspired many great teachers and thinkers. After seeing the illusion, Ramana was content to wear only the traditional Indian diaper and have a simple life.  Ramana decided he wanted to live in a cave in the meditative state of samadhi for many years.  When he decided to do something else instead of living in a cave in the state of Samadhi and came out earlier than planed, the person who was assigned to watch over his body during this time, sued him for breech of agreement!  Ramana died from cancer when he was seventy-one because there was no desire to fight the disease.  Ramana completely accepted his death. His simple life does not look masterful or abundant from the Law of Attraction perspective.  Seekers of light, who saw him and his light, only saw awakened Consciousness.  They cared not about his diaper, poorness or ill health. There are many misconceptions to what awakened or enlightenment is, but one thing I can say is: it is not about mastering and controlling your thoughts to manifest your desires.  Enlightened or awakened means the ego, desires and attachments have been diminished along with worldly goals and notions of success.

From my perception, each soul is given exactly what they need emotionally and materially to evolve.  The difficult challenges, as well as the so-called easy stuff is all destined and necessary for the soul to have the experiences for growth.  There are no mistakes in life.  If we practice moment-to-moment awareness and grow through the lessons we are given we will become more and more fulfilled from the inside and will no longer look for fulfillment outside of us.  We will be given what is ours to have materially and emotionally when it is our time to have it.  Life is a very unique path for each soul.

Sheilan 2007

Flower Of Advaita by Sheilan

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