This essay is the second of a two part series, examining Kosmic Laws.
Let’s begin where we left off in Kosmic Laws – Ground Rules of the Kosmic Game, Part 1
- The law of attraction
Since, as Einstein’s famous formula showed, everything ultimately reduces to energy, then energies of various frequencies interact differently with each other. If you overlay two sine waves, you get a whole spectrum of effects by moving them closer or further from alignment with each other. Trough on crest (or crest on trough) will annihilate the amplitude of both waves and cause them to ‘flatline’; crest on crest (or trough on trough) will double the amplitude. There is an art to pushing a child on a swing set, as she screams, “higher, I wanna go higher!” The art is to match frequencies.
Similar frequencies attract and amplify each other; dissimilar frequencies repel and negate each other. Fear, anger and despair attract further reasons for fear, anger and despair. Misery loves company. Nothing satisfies the victim mentality like another negative incident. They are the hardest people of all to work with in therapy because they resist all efforts at healing or solutions to their problems. It’s as if you were trying to take their livelihood away from them. Maybe they regard such efforts as the oldest form of ‘identity theft.”
In the same way, love, peace and compassion attract and amplify love, peace and compassion. There is a long history of prayer, ritual and ‘magic’ that builds upon that realization. Jesus called it the faith that can move mountains. In my own prayer research, the single most intriguing result was that the improvement in psychological, physical and mental health of the ‘agents’ (the people who were praying for others) was even more spectacular than that of the ‘subjects’ (the people being prayed for.)
- The law of deliberate intention
Whether we realize it or not, the ‘future’ hinges largely on our own choices – even when they are done unconsciously. Gravity is equally effective when a person jumps off a building or ‘falls off’ it because of an unconscious death wish. Fate lies in our own decision-making. We are creators of our own destiny. When decisions are made consciously we are masters of our destiny; when decisions are made mindlessly we are its victims.
When Gautama Siddhartha spoke of being ‘buddha’ (awake), and advocated mindful living, he was talking not just about accelerated enlightenment, but about doing an end run around suffering. Attention and intention coupled with Self-belief and belief in a benevolent universe, are the key elements of conflating nirvana and samsara; of realizing that the kingdom of heaven is ‘en mesoi.’
- The law of allowing
If you really believe in ‘creating your own destiny’ and in the unity of all life, then, ipso facto, you must accord others the right to make their own choices. ‘Restrictions may apply’ as advertisements warn us in the fine print, tucked away from the headline promotion of the item they want you to buy. Obviously, in some cases, ‘authorities’ – parents, teachers, police etc. – may be mandated to intervene when decisions that negatively affect the life or wellbeing of self, other or property ar involved. Barring these situations, however, we do not have the right to control the lives or decisions of others. This is a lesson, unfortunately, that has been frequently ignored in personal relationships both on a one-to-one basis and as oligarchies of various kinds manage the lives of the masses. But, like charity, the law of allowing begins at home.
- The law of karma
Karma is not a system whereby I am punished in this or future situations for mistakes I made in past or present situations. Karma, within a single lifetime, is a law that pertains both in the cosmos and in the kosmos. In fact, it is probably the single most important law of science – cause and effect. Between lifetimes, karma is the planning of the next lifetime’s hand, based on the lessons the soul wants to learn there.
Essentially, it is very simple: you do A and B happens. Did you like B? If yes, keep doing A; if not, stop doing A. It’s so simple a rule that it is mostly ignored; and we spend years repeating the same choices that got us the results we keep complaining about. To put it in Einstein’s words, ‘you can’t solve a problem from the same mindset that created it.”
- The law of deferred outcome
Children are fascinated by speed. “Go faster, daddy!” a typical eight-year-old strapped into the back seat will encourage his father, at the wheel of a car. Fast forward ten years and the same kid, on his own 800 cc motorbike, will open up the throttle and take off down the road, once released from an intersection’s red light, often with his front wheel feet above the ground.
Chuck Yaeger broke the sound barrier (750 miles per hour) in 1947. Einstein told us we can never break the speed of light (186,000 miles per second) but, in actual fact, we do it all the time. The speed of thought is almost instantaneous. If I say to you, ‘think of Neptune’, which is 2.7 billion miles from Earth, you’ll ‘get there’ in nanoseconds.
Only one thing is faster; the speed of love, because it doesn’t depend on the electro-chemical firing of neurons, synapses and dendrites. Love is the God-stuff always present everywhere and everywhen in all creatures. For fully-enlightened beings – angels and avatars – every thought has immediate manifestation; but for the rest of us, we need a time buffer. Otherwise, the freeways would be littered with the corpses of those ‘asshole’ drivers who cut us off and drew, “I’ll kill you!” reactions from us.
Eventually, every thought, word and deed does have manifestation, but the time buffer gives us a reprieve so that we may reconsider or cool down before it indulges our wishes. Even thoughts create energy-forms which, if they are subsequently reinforced, will acquire physicality – almost like a tulpa. “Count to ten before you respond!” is sage advice. The Kosmos may count even to a thousand before it obeys our commands. In the meantime, we get ample opportunity to cancel the assassin.
This is part of the importance of our dream life, where we do have the magical ability to instantly ‘incarnate’ a thought. It’s the training wheels for the real thing. There may be three stages to the process. First, learn to dream lucidly; second, learn to dream not just lucidly but lovingly – to be moral and compassionate even in the dream state; and, third, to live lucidly – with unconditional love for all sentient beings.
All of these laws interact; they provide the ground rules of the Kosmic game; the laws of Lila. And, as is said before, they apply whether or not we are conscious of them. Being awake, then, means knowing these laws and getting into alignment with them.