Is there really a secret to communicating with the universe? To getting all you desire and living a life of fulfillment? I’ve read The Secret, and books like Thoughts are Things, and Your Invisible Power, and as I apply what I’ve learned, hard as I try, doors still seem a little bit hard to open. Some are squeaky, some off their hinges, others have loose hardware, or the doorbell doesn’t work. And I've been told, that if things don't flow, if doors don't open easily, you're probably on the wrong path. Hmm, how do you decide that you've put in enough time and energy, and you should head back to the trailhead and walk a different direction?
When I was attending the BTB School of Feng Shui years ago, I remember His Holiness Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun, telling us that the universe would listen, and provide, IF, what we were desiring or wanting, was in our best interest.
Well, that’s quite a disclaimer, isn’t it? “If it’s in our best interest.” So that being said, it meant that the universe had already decided what we needed and what we didn’t, and the best we could do is hope that the two of us were on the same page.
This thinking is in direct opposition with our having free will. Designing our own life. Living a life that we map out, that we plan, that we desire. Apparently, someone had already made that decision for us in advance. Well, we all know we aren’t really in control. That life makes sudden U-turns, takes the side roads and sometimes completely derails. But we make our plans anyway. And we pursue a dream that we hold dear. Now don’t get me wrong. I believe in synchronicity and the wonder of how things unfold. How sometimes we just happen to be in the right place at the right time. And I always give the universe or God or whatever "bigger than us" power you want to call it, credit.
The problem I have with all of these books that offer the solution to our flailing, is (besides the fact that they are making a killing off of us) is that it can lead us to feel inadequate as we are. That we are not doing it right, that we are not truly invested in our dreams, that we really aren’t communicating correctly with the universe and if one negative thought enters our mind, we have blown it, completely hung up or created a great disconnect with our all powerful universe. Leaving us to feel discouraged, powerless and without direction.
I believe the power to create a life we desire is within us. That we are the ones we need to communicate with, to focus, to trust ourselves. So, we shouldn’t get discouraged when things aren’t happening as fast as we like, or in the exact way that we like. We need to believe in ourselves, and in the path and direction that we decide to take. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t. You’ve heard it many times, "you win some and you lose some." It’s the yin/yang principal. Balance. But I don’t think we should feel guilty, or feel as if we didn’t quite understand how The Secret works, and that we must have done something wrong, or that thoughts become things and we thought a few negative things along the way, and it all feel apart! At times, we all think both good and bad thoughts. Everyone does! Even the Dalai Lama admits to that. Don't let them fool you.
We can’t depend on the universe, or an outside source to really be able to pay so much attention to us, can we? I mean, there are at present, 7.2 BILLION people in the world, and I’m gonna say, that’s a pretty crowded party line going on. So talk to yourself, listen to yourself, and trust that you get to decide the life that is in your best interest. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.