Law of Attraction does not work as easily as it sounds. Writing down specific, detailed lists of attributes, qualities, or measures of our ideal mate, job, or ______ (you fill in the blank) does not make the list magic. The Universal Fairy does not necessarily grant our wish based on our listed thoughts alone.
Lining up our energy can and does confer power onto our list. But "energy alignment" is one of those catch phrases that can sound trite after awhile. How do we know if our energy is aligned?
Martha Beck, author, life coach, and regular columnist for "O" - the Oprah Magazine, explains in the Feb. '08 issue that the power of our magic lists depends upon the level of awareness from which we write the list. She asks us to imagine our inner life as 3 concentric spheres. The outermost ring she calls the "Shallows," the middle ring, the "Ring of Fire," and the inner ring, the "Center of Peace."
When we write our list from the Shallows, Martha Beck describes it as running from the things we dread and grasping onto things we desire, because we see ourselves as isolated and separate when we are in the Shallows. For me the shallows indicates that I'm coming from a place of ego fear, disconnected from my heart. Instead of attracting, we can end up repelling. As Martha Beck puts it, magic lists written from the Shallows work like lead balloons. If I think that acquiring an Infinity G35 coupe (insert your favorite) is going to make me a successful hot shot, I am going to be sorely disappointed.
The Core of Peace reflects our essence. We already possess this, but lose awareness of it when we "obsess" with the Shallows.
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