People have a tendency to look at the things that they want and say, “Yes, I like that, I want that.” However, they look at the things that they don’t want and they give them just as much energy, if not more, with the idea that they can stamp it out, they can eliminate it, obliterate it. In our society, we’ve become content with fighting against things. Fighting against cancer, fighting against poverty, fighting against war, fighting against drugs, fighting against terrorisim, fighting against violence. We tend to fight everything we don’t want, which actually creates more of a fight.
Anything we focus on we do create. So if we’re really angry, for instance, at a war that’s going on, or strife, or suffering, we’re adding our energy to it. We’re pushing ourselves, and that only creates resistance. “What you resist persists.” The reason that what you resist persists is because if you’re resisting something, you’re saying, “No, I don’t want this thing, because it makes me feel this way—the way I am feeling right now.” So you’re putting out a really strong emotion of, “I really don’t like this feeling,” and then it comes racing toward you.
Resistance to anything is like trying to change the outside pictures after they have been transmitted. It’s a futile pursuit. You have to go within and emit a new signal with your thoughts and feelings to create the new pictures. As you resist what has appeared, you are adding more energy and more power to those pictures you don’t like, and you are bringing more of them at a furious rate. The event or circumstances can only get bigger, because that is the law of the Universe.
The anti-war movement creates more war. The anti-drug movement has actually created more drugs. Because we’re focusing on what we don’t want—drugs! People believe that if we really want to eliminate something, focus on that. How much sense does it make for us to give the particular problem all of the energy, as opposed to focusing on trust, love, living in abundance, education, or peace?
Mother Teresa was brilliant. She said, “I will never attend an anti-war rally. If you have a peace rally, invite me.” She knew. She understood The Secret. Look what she manifested in the world.
So if you’re anti-war, be pro-peace instead. If you’re anti hunger, be pro-people having more than enough to eat. If you are anti-a-particular politician, be pro-his opponent. Often elections are tipped in favor of the person that the people are really against, because he’s getting all the energy and all the focus.
Everything in this world began with one thought. The bigger things get bigger because more people give their thoughts to it after it has appeared. Then those thoughts and emotions keep that very event in our existence, and make it bigger. If we took our minds off it and focused instead on love, it could not exist. It would evaporate and disappear.
“Remember, and this is one of the most difficult as well as most wonderful statements to grasp. Remember that no matter what the difficulty is, no matter where it is, no matter who is affected, you have no patient but yourself; you have nothing to do but convince yourself of the truth which you desire to see manifested.”
It’s OK to notice what you don’t want, because it gives you contrast to say, “This is what I do want.” But the fact is, the more you talk about what you don’t want, or talk about how bad it is, read about that all the time, and then say how terrible it is—well, you’re creating more of that You cannot help the world by focusing on the negative things. As you focus on the negative events of the world, you not only add to them, but you bring more negative things into your own life at the same time.
When the pictures have appeared of something you do not want, it is your cue to change your thinking and emit a new signal. If it is a world situation, you are not powerless. You have all the power. Focus on everybody being in joy. Focus on abundance of food. Give your powerful thoughts to what is wanted. You have the ability to give so much to the world by emitting feelings of love and well being, despite what is happening around you.
So many times people say to me, “Well, James, I have to be informed,” Maybe you have to be informed, but you don’t have to be inundated
When I discovered The Secret I made a decision that I would not watch the news or read newspapers anymore, because it did not make me feel good. The news services and the newspapers are not in any way to blame for broadcasting bad news. As a global community, we are responsible for it. We buy more newspapers when a huge drama is the headline. The news channels’ ratings skyrocket when there is a national or international disaster. So the newspapers and news services give us more bad news because, as a society, that’s what we are saying we want. The media is effect, and we are cause. It is just the law of attraction in action! The news services and newspapers will change what they deliver to us when we emit a new signal and focus on what we want.
Learn to become still, and to take your attention away from what you don’t want, and all the emotional charge around it, and place the attention on what you wish to experience….
Energy flows where attention goes. “Think truly, and thy thoughts shall the world’s famine feed.”
So many times people say to me, “Well, James, I have to be informed,” Maybe you have to be informed, but you don’t have to be inundated. Are you beginning to see the phenomenal power you have in this world, just through your existence? As you focus on the good things you feel good, and you are bringing more good things to the world. At the same time, you are bringing more good things into your own life. When you feel good you uplift your life, and you uplift the world!
The law is perfection in operation.
Always say, when the voice and the vision on the inside become more profound, clear, and loud than the opinions on the outside, you’ve mastered your life! It’s not your job to change the world, or the people around you. It’s your job to go with the flow inside of the Universe, and to celebrate it inside the world that exists.
You are the master of your life, and the Universe is answering your every command. Don’t become mesmerized by the pictures that have appeared if they are not what you want. Take responsibility for them, make light of them if you can, and let them go. Then think new thoughts of what you want, feel them, and be grateful that it is done.