Say I open the refrigerator. A large can of tomato juice falls out, and lands on my big toe, hurting me and causing me great angst and pain. My toenail turns blue. I limp for days.
How can anyone say I "attracted" this accident? It does not make sense, especially when I find out that the last person who put the can into the fridge had no idea what would happen...nor did anyone know that when Mom washed the floor, she pushed the fridge out and in and caused things to shift inside....So who's to blame?
This is my biggest problem with the law of attraction. Chance seems to play no part in any event. It blames everything on the person who "attracts" events...The LOA does NOT explain the child who accidentally steps on an old land-mine, and gets his legs blown off...it does not explain the teen killed by a 48-year-old drunk driver on Prom night...it does not explain (at least to me) the randomness of harmful events that touch all of our lives.
So, as the saying goes, "Aye, there's the rub!"
What say all of you?
You've asked pretty much the same question here before, and in some manner numerous times. I'm honestly pretty hesitant in using my time in giving an answer because of this...because the answer stays the same as what you got all other times you have asked the question. You already KNOW the answers of those on here who play with LoA concepts.
The first issue is - you've already decided your truth.
The first step is - you have to be open to the minute possibility that, MAYBE you are wrong. Until you do that, you are not teachable. There's nothing to learn, because there's nothing new to see. I know for a fact Wade has heard about "teach-ability index" and it is very important here.
Now let me put it like this - if it's TRUE that shit happens...people get tragedies that befall them through no problem of their own. Then you should logically have absolutely NO problem looking at it and considering the possibility that it might not be true. Because if it's true ultimately it will show itself to be true, correct? The truth can be examined in the greatest detail and still be shown as true. Only a LIE needs to be protected. And conversely, upon thorough examination all lies will be found to be false to the light of truth, because they will not stand. Agree?
So it behooves us all to question everything, because the truth will for sure stand when it is questioned - and the lies will be seen for what they are. So I hope you can be at least open to questioning it on a deeper level, then we can really get somewhere. But until you are willing to do that - no amount of what anyone says is going to help.
One thing I see is your consistent use of the word "blame". And I feel that is perhaps a very big sticking point for you. To accept the idea that everything someone experiences is caused by them means not only do you have to blame yourself for everything you experience, but you have to blame other innocents for tragedies that befall them. And you rightfully feel that blaming others for those tragedies that befall them is wrong...it is not compassionate at all. So you resist the idea on that basis.
It would be helpful if you can find some way to uproot this feeling that you would have to blame someone if such things were "their fault", then you can explore this topic more clearly. I'll go into how you might do that later on in the post (it's going to turn out a long one, sorry <3)
But I will explain a bit of my viewpoint on this particular issue I think you have with it, keeping in mind this is just my viewpoint as of now, and is open to change - and that it should not convince you of anything, because the only one who can clarify this whole issue for you truly is yourself.
So I will logically follow through on some things as my time permits. So here's what we have in the idea that someone causes everything that happens to them. It starts with the idea that a person is a consciousness. This consciousness holds thoughts, ideas, beliefs, expectations, feelings. And these held in the consciousness are bound to come forth in the person's world. Would you agree that this is the basis of LoA ideas?
The first issue we come across is...ok, MAYBE ideas we hold in mind occur outside us. But it is a jump to then presume that EVERYTHING we experience is a result of something inside us. I'm actually going to pass over this one, because it's not exactly critical to what I'm trying to show here and would turn into a dissertation of a lot of opinions.
The critical point that comes up is, if this is so - then why do we have things such as people in poverty, people being abused by others, all these freak "accidents" and such. It seems illogical because no one in their right mind would choose to be in debt and unable to pay their bills, or to have a car crash, or be abused by a family member or partner. But people experience these all the time, right?
This apparent illogical contradiction stems from the idea that people actually choose what they experience in their life. And that is false for practically everyone. We do not actively choose. I'm sorry to say it, but in my observations it is true - people are unanimously robotic. They go through their lives with a minimum amount of awareness, and the awareness they may display is almost always subjective and shrouded by their current beliefs and feelings. And if you are not aware in your life - you can be, and WILL be, influenced by others.
I have seen this particularly vividly the last few years with my young niece. She is influenced incredibly by the smallest thing someone might do or say, especially from her mother. She then goes on to repeat these things again and again, she loves repetitive things. To the point any adult I know would be mind numbingly bored of it no matter how interesting an action or thing said it might have been initially. I can practically see her thoughts and beliefs and feelings developing in a way I was never privy to before...and things have befallen her and are going to continue to befall her through NO FAULT of her own. But through the non-questioning acceptance of everything said to her from those around her, thoughts, ideals, feelings and beliefs are now in her consciousness and will continue in her consciousness (and be out-pictured consequently for good and bad).
And it's the same, though not quite to as such a great degree by everyone else in the world - they're all very influenced. People have beliefs and thoughts and feelings from their past - they didn't choose to have them, they were practically PUSHED on them by others, and because at such an age children consider adults like gods they accept it as obviously true. People don't often go back and look at these things clearly, nor question them - and so those "truths" continue to be in their consciousness, effecting their whole lives.
So we have all these thoughts, and feelings and beliefs in our consciousness which reflect outwards. We DO have the power over them, if we were to dig deeply and look at them we COULD change our perspective on things. But as I said, we are often robotic, and these all go on below our awareness because we walk about unaware. But they're there.
So it's not actually OURS or anyone else's fault, because we are all influenced all the time. We have thoughts in our heads that are NOT ours. We have accepted them, but normally not deliberately, they were just unquestioned. It's not even those doing the influencing fault, because they themselves have unconscious habits and thoughts and unconscious reasons they push this on others that they themselves "inherited" up the line. So there is no one to blame.
Perhaps that has helped loosen up your idea that it is placing blame on anyone, or anyones fault - because it really isn't.
Ok that is all nice in theory, but it doesn't give you a practical point from which to experience and decide whether this really is true or not. I planned to say a lot more but ended up rambling a bit and this is far longer than I think appropriate. It would probably be more productive for both of us if we were to discuss something like this over a chat or something so we could go in deeper.
But for a starting step - the next time something happens that causes an emotional reaction in you. Stop and be aware, and then think, "Have I been thinking about anything recently (over the last few days, generally) that gave me the same feeling?" And see what comes up - you might be surprised. Or you might not be. There's lots more after that you can do to explore the idea further.
The point is the feeling though, it's not as Wade said rather tongue in cheek "that you fear a can of tomato juice falling onto your big toe". While you CAN manifest things with very specific images and thoughts - most things don't happen that way...because if you look into your mind (or if you could look into others minds) you'll see most people do not have very clear deliberate images of what they want, they are fuzzy more often. But the feelings are clear, and so it is easiest to go along with the feelings.
As an example, someone might have been feeling guilty about say telling a secret they ought not to have and had been worried about it the last few days. Then they open the fridge and the can falls out onto their toe, and it spills all over the floor and they then feel guilty about that (and as a side benefit, the pain they get "punishes" them like a part of them feels they should be). There are many other feelings that could be involved, and even the same person with the same situation could have a different feeling associated with it at a different time. I just ask you look and see. :)
Its not so much the words and pictures you see in your mind, its the energy you give at every moment. Think of everything as energy, because this is what it is at the most basic level. The things you see in your reality are nothing more than a picture your eyes receive and your brain interprets to form the images in front of you. It is still physically there but it does not look the same way you perceive it. That is one of the basics in quantum physics.
If everything is energy think of all the different thoughts and emotions you give off during the day... if you were having frustrated thoughts and emotions it would make perfect sense that the tomato can fell on your toe. There are probably a lot of different ways you were feeling, but ultimately you did bring that circumstance into your experience. You gave the energy that would cause it to happen, whether or not the image of a can to came to your mind at all. Its not about the words or pictures in your mind, its the feelings. The reason visualization works for some people is because when they do it they start to feel like they would if it really happened. And there it doesn't have much to do with actual thoughts or pictures just how it makes them feel.
answered 29 Jan '12, 17:55
Just maybe the can of tomato juice falling on your toe stopped you from getting in your car fifteen minutes later and getting t-boned at the first intersection you came to.
answered 29 Jan '12, 17:09
While there is cause and there is effect, the only blame that exists is the blame that's self-imposed through the negative thoughts and beliefs that you hold and hold on to. Why not redefine blame to be response-ability? Really embrace it and realize that anything can be defined as positive or negative, it's all to do with how you think.
You asked a question containing very similar notions in March 2011. It may be worth re-reading it and the answer I gave to you personally in great detail here.
Peace 'n' Love ♥
answered 29 Jan '12, 20:39
There is no such thing as ''in the wrong place at the wrong time''. Everything in the universe is in the right place at the right time as it is right now. Because it has a reason to be so. Everything has a reason.
And we should not, yet often do, judge the consequences of those reasons.
answered 26 Mar '12, 02:37
that is exactely it the person that started this has no idee that he started it if he would have he would not have let that happen. everything happens for a reason. you have free will and are responsible of it. so find the balence and harmony in applying your free will. experience and enjoy.
answered 29 Jan '12, 14:55
According to the Law of Attraction on some level you must have had a fear of a can of tomato juice falling from the refrigerator onto your big toe...
So this fear attracted the tomato juice falling onto your big toe, according to the Law of Attraction at least.
answered 29 Jan '12, 16:04
I would estimate a very similar role to "being-in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time".
For example, I found myself walking around midnight a few nights ago, because I was feeling extremely restless. Through repeated unusual impulses I ended up routing myself through the most roundabout series of paths on a few mile hike through a mostly empty small town. Then through a series of unusual conversations with perceived strangers in the dark, I ended up discovering that this group actually contained people I had met in the past and was extremely happy to come across, and even a new individual whom I likely would not have met at all if not for this very weird evening.
I'd been looking for something, a few somethings. The universe delivered on more than one front, at the same time, through a series of absurd events. Was this just a coincidence or was it the universe showing off? I don't really care because I'm happy with the result. ;)
"The LOA does NOT explain the child who accidentally..." Well, it depends on your personal beliefs and point of view.
I'm sure you've heard the quote: "Many people ask 'Why does God allow poverty, torture, children's deaths, etc?' I'm sure God is sitting in Heaven looking at us asking the exact same question."
In my opinion this situation is no different. We are responsible for not only ourselves, but everyone around us. Since the people around us are part of our manifestations, and us theirs, we are allowing them to have power over our reality. We have the power to prevent all of the situations you are asking about, and more.
Humans are the only species we know of with the power to put an end to all of the problems that face our planet, or create more of them indefinitely. So how does the LOA explain these terrible things that happen to us and the people around us? Simple, it's what we (humans, collectively) want. Thank the global consciousness of humanity for that one.
God handed us His powers, an imagination to envision our dreams, hands to build them, friends to share them with, and an infinitely large sandbox to play in. And.. the current state of the planet is how we thank Him.
When we ask the questions like, "Why do bad things happen to me?" Several things are happening to bring about more bad things. For one thing, when we ask questions, we get answers. It also shows us that our vibration is attracting things that we think are bad. We also find what we look for. Here is a selective attention test that demonstrates this point.
So I have learned to ask questions that will give me the answers that I want and to look for what I want to find instead of what I don't want. Why do I attract such good things? Why am I so happy?
answered 25 Mar '12, 23:53
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