Friday, January 20, 2012

Law Of Attraction: On Common Ground With Buddhism

According to the law of attraction, we create our reality through our thoughts. It is not just through our conscious thoughts but also in our subconscious state where our beliefs, attitudes and feelings reside. As I was scavenging through various quotes and sayings online recently for practices of living intentionally, I was intrigued by one of Buddha’s sayings that seem to run parallel with the teachings of the law of attraction.

Buddha said, “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”

Indeed Buddha’s philosophy aligns beautifully with the law of attraction as both teachings carry similarly strong emphasis on perception, thought, feeling and action. In Buddhism, to walk on an enlightened path is to observe the right thought which means not to harm anyone including ourselves, things or animals through negative thoughts, cravings or ill will. Instead, we are to cultivate a generous spirit of goodwill, love, joy and gratitude. Our speech should never be critical, harsh or malicious but to be gentle, kind and truthfully appropriate at the right time and place. Both Buddhism and the law of attraction exert on happiness, meditation, compassion and thankfulness for all the blessings we already have.

Practitioners of Buddhism and the law of attraction believe in cause and effect, although Buddhists believe a little differently that the causes do not necessarily have to be from our current lifetime but can be from our past lives. They called it karma but most of us can relate to the oft-used statement that said “what goes around comes around.” Karma is basically the manifestation of our volitional tendencies and whatever we create are based on the choices that we had made in the past.

Believe it or not, we are constantly creating causes that result in effects. Henceforth, if we can focus on making desirable causes by breaking free from our bad habits and to change for the better to make good ethical decisions, we reap what is desirable.

Buddhists also practice the use of powerful intentions to achieve what they want, normally through chanting of their affirmations. Isn’t it also true that the law of attraction teaches us to practice positive affirmations in order to maintain a positive thinking for the successful manifestation of our desires?

Buddhism and the law of attraction teachings may have many variations but whatever they are, both are grounded on positive thinking and ethical behavior and reasoning. What harm is there to put it to the test and direct all our energy and intentions into being a positive influence in the world. Looking forward, if all our positive energy starts to reflect back to us, then we know we are on the right track because our awareness has been shifted to a higher level of genuine acceptance.

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1 Bubbles:

I definitely see the parallel of Buddhism and the Law of Attraction.