I was having a conversation with a bud the other day about the changing times and it led to the recent trend of legalizing marijuana across the country. I said, “go figure, they finally make it legal after we quit smoking” and his reply to me was, “Greg, if it was legal back then, you wouldn’t have been attracted to it.”
He’s probably right.
I’ve been a rebel, non-conformist, outlaw, whatever you want to call me, for as long as I can remember. My dad used to say that laws were made to protect me but I always felt they were made to contain me and I wasn’t having any part of that. For me, it’s always been about personal freedom rather than safety or comfort. I always chose the tougher road if it meant being able to make my own choices. When I was 6, I spent an entire day sawing the handle bars off my bike and my siblings bike’s because I was amazed that there was a saw that could cut through steel. Then, later that same year, I set the woods near our home on fire despite Smokey the Bear’s strong advice against it.
Every time I broke the laws, there were always painful consequences but, it wasn’t until about 40 years later before the pain finally became intolerable and I thought, maybe I should try a different approach to life.
There are 2 types of laws; man made laws and universal laws.
Man made laws are created by man to serve the majority of a society to maintain order and harmony. These are taught to us on an intellectual level and may or may not resonate with our individual core values. Universal laws are there to serve everyone and everything in nature and, therefore resonate with all of us.
The problem is when we become so accustomed to living in our heads from all the man made laws we’ve been taught, it’s easy to lose touch with who we are at our very core, thereby not allowing those universal laws to serve us in the way they were meant to. Instead we consciously or subconsciously ask for the wrong shit and the universe delivers.
Three of those laws that have served me the greatest in recent years are as follows:
- The Law Of Attraction. The simplest way for me to understand this is that what we focus on expands…period. That means if I focus on positive thoughts, the universe will conspire to support me with positive experiences. The same way, if I focus on negative thoughts the universe will support me with negative experiences.There has been a lot of buzz around this in recent years. Anyone who has seen the movie The Secret, knows what I’m talking about. There are a lot of strong opinions on both sides regarding this law and most of the controversy, as always, lies in each person’s interpretation of it. I don’t claim to be the “right” one with my interpretation but all I know is it works for me and if it works for you, you’re welcome to it.
- The Law Of Reciprocity. The late great Zig Ziglar first introduced me to this law many years ago although it didn’t really sink in until I actually started practicing it in my own life. He said, “you can have everything in life you want if you help enough others get what they want.” Once I was able to let go of the “what’s in it for me” mentality and shift my focus to “how can I support you” my life took a quantum leap into happiness and fulfillment. The gifts received are an automatic by product to the value delivered. It works 100% of the time.
- The Law of A Vacuum. This law states that all energy creates a vacuum in its wake as it moves, which in turn draws other energy in to fill that void. This means that every single moment is a new opportunity to fill ourselves with positive energy and we do that by applying the law of attraction and focusing on positive thoughts. Early in my recovery I was taught to fill the void that was created from not using any longer. I took banjo lessons, went on scavenger hunts, you name it. Anything to occupy that space left from my addiction. Today I realize that we are constantly creating new voids as we continue to grow and through daily practice I’ve learned to become even more efficient with what I fill those spaces with.
They used to tell me that we gain power through surrender and it took a while before I discovered what they meant. There are some very powerful forces working in our lives and all we have to do is let them in and focus on three things:
Think positive thoughts, give as much as we can, and let go of the crap we don’t need.
Simple, right? … Easy? That depends on how much practice you’re willing to put into it.