I like to think of Natural Law as being fully conscious of everything we think, say and do, knowing that all of our projections have direct karmic ramifications and consequences.
But it’s not just actions that can get us into trouble and cause suffering in our lives.
Most people are unaware that their thoughts have direct impact on their lives and the lives of those around them. They go about their lives, giving little thought to the potential impact that their thoughts have on themselves and others. They make choices that affect not only their own lives, but the lives of those around them as well.
It is this seemingly insignificant point about Natural Law that I wish to address and bring to the forefront of people’s attention.
Yes, your thoughts are a big deal.
According to Natural Law, everything begins with a thought. Everything we experience in our lives is a direct result of the mind, the realm of thought. If it wasn’t thought of, it couldn’t happen.
Conversely, if you can think it, it can happen. This is true as well. Motivational speakers have used this principle to underscore this truth. They say, when it comes to the success you want to attain, if you can visualize it and dream of it, it is within the realm of possibility for you.
Our thoughts do carry great power.
I like to think of Natural Law like a canvas, and you are the painter. You get to choose anything you wish to paint onto your canvas.
Think of your Mind as the brush. What you think of is what brushes onto your life’s canvas, and thereby creates your experience. You can use bold colors to portray vivid themes, or you can use black and white, or anything in between. Whatever you wish to convey, you can create.
But it all starts with the Mind.
Edgar Cayce, the 20th century psychic known by many as the Sleeping Prophet, stated on numerous occasions in his readings that, “Mind is the builder.” In his many readings, he accessed the greater field of conscious awareness, which detailed a greater understanding of the principles of Natural Law. And at the forefront of his readings and research materials was the principle that the Mind was the greatest, most powerful creative force known to mankind.
We see this played out in what people focus on in life. Those who are focused and dedicate their lives to certain professions or causes, can excel and achieve great heights.
The same is true for those who focus on their anger, bitterness, divisiveness, etc. Those who focus on these things often can and do create more of those things in life, by the very fact that they choose to emphasize a various litany of social injustices and project those onto the canvas of their lives.
This is why I don’t take lightly the idea of getting involved in activism on a greater scale, because in today’s modern world, activism by its very nature has as at its core the prerequisite desire or motivation to be that of playing the role of the victim.
In Natural Law, there can be no victims. This is the underlying truth of Natural Law that many do not like and do not wish to see. It is true, nonetheless. If the Universe is the canvas on which you get to project your thoughts, desires and wishes, then how can it be that you are a victim of that which you create?
Mind is indeed the builder. If you wish to have a different experience, change your thinking.
I totally get that this is hard to comprehend. Some will argue here that things that happen in childhood simply cannot be the result of the Mind. Things such as abuse and neglect, are the result of the actions of others, not the thoughts of innocent children.
In the greater realm of understanding, there may be things such as conditioning, upbringing, soul contracts made before incarnating here, and a myriad of other factors that may contribute to horrible experiences such as abuse. I do not pretend here to have all the answers. I am not saying that a six-year-old is fully cognizant and responsible for an adult’s actions and behavior, but simply that there may be factors that are beyond our capability to understand in this realm at this time that may have played a role in certain events that take place in life.
This is one reason why we must change our culture so that we are fully invested in caring for the lives of our children. We must protect children at all costs from the conditioning of learned helplessness and victimization, and anger at the external world. We must truly seek to give children the tools of self-empowerment and self-confidence, which comes from learning how to harness the power of the Mind to create good in life.
The problem is, we have so few adults who truly know how to be role-models in this manner. Most adults have no understanding of the role they play in creating their own lives, and they erroneously continue to maintain that they are the victims of an endless barrage of crises after crises in life, with seemingly no power at all to change their circumstances.
Their solution is to lash out at the pain and seek social justice by railing against external circumstances, rather than working with the Laws that govern their experience to recreate a life that they truly want.
So, it should not be terribly surprising that children are often unintentionally harmed by not having anyone to be a positive role model in understanding how to work with the Laws of the Universe to create the life they want. We need more adults who understand Natural Law and the role they play in creating their own experiences, and who can role-model healthy responses to life’s challenges to our children.
Our children deserve better.
Speaking of children, we need look no further than our college campuses today to see that victimization and learned helplessness is now lauded as a virtue across academia. We see protests that originate from our universities filled with social justice warriors who believe that acting out against whatever external force they deem a hindrance to their happiness will somehow solve whatever injustice they perceive to be the paramount problem that needs to be fixed.
Young adults across college campuses today have no concept that protesting against whatever perceived injustice they see in the world does little to nothing to change that thing they so vehemently fight against.
They don’t seem to realize that in order to change their external circumstances, they first have to change their thinking from that of being a victim, to that of being a creator.
As creators, we can make changes to the canvas we are painting on. It is the right of the master painter to be able to start over, to clean the canvas, to change the scenery and paint a new picture. Victims, on the other hand, will only throw paint haphazardly onto the canvas and then blame the canvas for not making it look the way they want.
Again, victims are creators too, that’s the beauty of it. At any time, they can take responsibility for how their painting looks and make conscious changes to their canvas. To do so, they have to take back their inherent power and make mindful choices about the direction they wish to take in their lives and paint in such a way that the result they get is aligned with what they truly wish to create.
Being mad at circumstances and angry at what happens in life are good indicators that one is operating from the mind of a victim, and not the power of a creator. True power comes from owning what happens and making conscious choices. It comes from recognizing that there are no true victims, only powerful creators in every moment of every day.
Here is a great exercise to do if you are having trouble with this concept.
Have a trusted friend or partner do this with you, if you can. Sit facing your partner in a chair, and think back on a time when you felt helpless and felt that you were unjustly being victimized. In five minutes, tell them about your experience being a victim.
Tell them everything, from what happened, to how you felt, to how much you blame the perpetrator, etc. Have a tissue nearby if needed and cry it out. Your partner is to be there only to listen to your story and to help you process it. They are not to judge you or to offer any advice, only to listen. Your job is to continue talking for the full five minutes. If you slow down or stop, your partner is to encourage you to continue talking and telling your story. Your partner will time you and let you know when your five minutes is up.
Once your time is up, sit with your partner for a few minutes. Take a breath! Now, tell your story again. Only this time, you must tell your story from the perspective of being responsible for what happened.
This time, instead of saying things like, “My former boss unjustly fired me and ruined my life…” you can say things like, “I chose to work for him and I chose to do the thing that got me fired.”
Another example is, “My ex-husband abused me,” gets changed to, “I married him and chose to stay with him and it was my choice when I stayed with him, despite the abuse. I made that choice to stay.”
This time, for every time you start to blame the other person or go into the role of victim, your partner’s job is to offer words such as, “I chose to,” or “I was responsible for.” Your partner is there to help bring you back to taking responsibility for what happened to you.
Now take five minutes and tell your story from the place of being responsible for what happened as opposed to being the victim. Do you see it? The first step to changing your canvas is to take responsibility for everything that happened to you, even the things that seem painful or that which you want to blame on others. Yes, it may be painful, but taking back responsibility is the only way to get out of the deeper pain of being a perpetual victim.
Tell your story again and feel the difference of how it feels from being a victim, to being responsible.
And thank your partner for helping you do this exercise.