Going Beyond ‘The Secret’Gord Riddell and Kathy Ryndak RSS April 1, 2007
The phenomena of “The Secret”, or the law of attraction, has been sweeping the planet over the past half year, even garnering Oprah Winfrey’s ‘seal of approval’ on how to manifest your dreams. We think it is wonderful that the workings of this law have become readily available to mainstream society.
We are enjoying the spin-off media appearances and conferences since they go spiritually further than the DVD’s focus on wealth/prosperity – even addressing how it can be used for world peace. We applaud the work of the teachers of “The Secret” since this will open many doorways for the masses to start their spiritual journey. A world wide catalyst such as this is certainly needed now to raise consciousness on the planet. With this spiritual concept now being available to millions there is greater opportunity for global transformation and healing if the principles are applied with integrity – not just for one’s personal gain but also for the benefit of the planet.
In this article, we want to go beyond the notion of “The Secret”, since we believe that creating your own reality is influenced by universal laws other than just the law of attraction. There is so much more to it than meets the eye. It is indeed, a rather deep, profound and sometimes complex concept.
Two other important spiritual laws influence the law of attraction: the law of transformation and the law of cause and effect (Karma). Sometimes these laws will hinder or expedite the rate at which you manifest. Most critically, we co-create from both the conscious and the unconscious. We attract from our light, shadow, and wounded sides. Most people, unless they have done an enormous amount of inner work, and are constantly mindful of their thoughts and feelings, will largely attract from their unconscious. Their manifestations could look very different than what they initially visualized. So is easier to manifest desirable outcomes when we are ‘baggage’ free, but this often only comes from years of inner work.
LAW OF TRANSFORMATION
Every soul on this planet is here to grow and evolve regardless of whether the ego wants it or not. One reason we come to ‘Earth School’ is to evolve spiritually and balance our karma. The soul will invariably attract relationships and circumstances to it so that we may grow. Sometimes the relationships that we attract may be painful and not what we expected. At the onset they seem wonderful, but because the nature of the universe always directs us towards wholeness and healing, the relationship usually dredges up our shadow. This will make things challenging, difficult and at times painful. It’s not because the law of attraction isn’t working. We will attract people who bring out our greatness and at the same time catalyze our shadow. The law of attraction will work in conjunction with the soul’s need for transformation and healing.
The universe always presents lessons and opportunities that move us to a higher state of being. We have free will to either accept or reject these learning opportunities. If we don’t get the lesson, invariably we will attract another circumstance that gets our attention more blatantly. Often this won’t match what you have been visualizing but rather presents the internal block that needs to be transformed before you can manifest. The law of transformation is about making the unconscious conscious, so that our souls can grow and heal.
LAW OF KARMA OR CAUSE AND EFFECT
What we sow is what we reap. What goes around, comes around. Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in a like way. Karma means that we have to deal with our unfinished business; hence, we will attract circumstances that bring it to our attention. This unfinished business may also be dragged from lifetime to lifetime so it does not occur instantly. You may be working through a challenging situation that is rooted in several lifetimes ago. Sometimes we look at the rich and famous and wonder how they manifest. Perhaps it was a soul contract. If they are acting unscrupulously they may not have to pay for it right away but it will be on their slate when it comes to future lives.
Some believe that we come into this world with sacred contracts to fill. Our souls agree to these sacred contracts before birth when we are in the non-physical. They reflect the higher purpose and soul lessons that we need to master in order to evolve spiritually. Of course, we have the free will to either follow these contracts or reject them. The more inner work we do and lessons we learn the more we can become the full architect and master of our own life. The Master archetype only comes to us with a high degree of consciousness, inner work and spiritual practice.
HIGHER PURPOSE AND MANIFESTING
Our goals also have to align with our higher purpose. If you want to become an actor in Hollywood you need to have the actor archetype within your psyche. If you want fame and fortune for only reasons of the ego and it is not part of your higher purpose it would be very difficult to manifest.
The more you are aligned with your higher purpose and soul’s learning the easier it will be for you to manifest. You may think you want a $10 million dollar mansion but does your soul? If the mansion were to get in the way of living your higher purpose would you manifest? Our ego desires should really reflect our soul desires to manifest with ease. Let’s also remember that what we manifest will reflect our level of soul development. One thing we all have in common, though, is that we are here to learn about love.
We are truly grateful for the teachers of the “The Secret” since the application of the law of attraction and how it works with other universal laws will effectively catalyze both personal and planetary healing and transformation. Despite all the conflict that exists in the world, we do indeed live in interesting times! The tools to transform, heal and save the planet are now in the hands of the masses. Let’s be sure we use “The Secret” wisely to benefit all of humankind.
Gord Riddell and Kathy Ryndak are co-founders of the Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training. The College offers professional training programs in Spiritual Psychotherapy, Spiritual Director, Holistic Health, and Coaching. For more information or for a course calendar, call 416-484-0454 or 1-800-TAC-SELF, or visit www.transformationalarts.com. To receive their monthly e-newsletter, email firstname.lastname@example.org