This saying comes from Proverbs. The whole verse says this:
Strangely enough, this saying has been on a plaque in our home for a while, but it was not until we moved it into the kitchen that the phrase, "lean not on your own understanding" hit me hard. I mean, big-time wake-up call...
I have been trying to "understand" the whole LOA thing- by this, I mean, scientifically understand it, make some equation or something out of it that would make it all work for me. But here was this idea that I am not supposed to understand it- I am just supposed to do it!
In fact, this phrase has shifted all of my thinking, and my Faith, too. It is often said that you do not have to understand electricity in order to use it. Same thing here.
I know that most of you absolutely hate the fact that I am Christian- that I quote from that darned Bible, and all, but I do try to apply what I learn here on IQ to my life. I have been slow to trust it all, but it does work, and finally, I see that I have been suffering from "analysis paralysis" when it comes to Manifesting.
I am slow to trust anything or anyone, period. I have learned to be cautious. Perhaps my post will help somebody else, I do not know. But I thought that it was interesting that the attitude we need to take in regards to our expectations form the Universe can be found as far back as the old Testament...I know it goes even farther than that, I am sure.
The best part of that verse is the promise it holds:
That just letting go of thinking and trying to rationalize, and just trusting in what is being taught here is the key to it working! I.E., my paths will get "straightened."
So, I ask: have you found this all to be true? What do you say?
asked 06 Jan '14, 15:44
Ask yourself those questions and you may quickly and easily find that missing key.
You really don't even need to use the phrase Law of Attraction if it doesn't feel right for you. I believe this is where you get hung up. All the stuff we talk about here is essentially the same in many ways but sometimes viewed through different belief systems which makes us put up a wall and defend our own personal opinion.
If using the definition of Christianity, or Buddhism, or Islam, or whatever is your preferred method to live your life and feel better, then go with that.
Also, since this thing (-preferred label here-) is working all the time every second of every day since the day you chose to become a human being in your mothers womb, there really is no specific do-ing involved. You are always doing it, or creating it, or experiencing it, or hating it, or loving it, or denouncing it.
From hearing your enthusiasm in your question, I think it is time that you just simply start allowing it to work by focusing, thinking, and then acting in the way that you prefer. A way that makes you happy, that makes you feel better, and have zero expectations of a specific way things should happen, and pay no attention to what anyone else thinks about your choices.
I can't speak for anyone else here at IQ but I could care less if you are Christian or quote from the bible. I'm not saying that in a negative way either. I'm saying it in a way that you get to choose your life the way you want it and what you choose to believe in or say is none of my business.
This goes back to the third bullet point question I asked above. It may be in your best interest to stop caring what other people think about you and start only caring about what you think about you and enjoy every moment in life that you can. This method has helped me tremendously.
This is a somewhat similar statement that I made in my answer to Wade about updating, replacing the LOA and going about it in an intellectual way.
When we can learn to release the chronic thinking mind chatter and put more emphasis on the way we feel, trusting (as you mentioned) our instincts and emotional indicator, situations and events (not matter how big or small) will slowly start to match up to what you have been wanting.
Trust in what feels good to you and what feels good to you will show the same trust by showing up in your experience. If one particular phrase gives you that a-ha moment, then by all means follow your own built in guidance system and go with it.
Trust yourself...trust yourself...trust yourself:-)
answered 06 Jan '14, 17:53
I feel like I am (after mumblemumble years) making real headway in getting this LOA thing. And one thing I've noticed is that over the past year, one idea would pop into my head over and over:
"You'll understand when you're in the Vortex."
And it has been true of many things, so much so that now whenever I start wrestling with ideas I don't understand, I am mostly able to catch myself and remind myself that I can't understand those things because I am not yet a vibrational match to them, and so no matter how much worrying and problem-solving and thinking I do, a solution will be unable to come. But not to worry, if I just keep focusing on choosing the least-resistant thought (which is, for me, often the least-focused/most-general thought!) after a while my vibration will rise and I'll line up with understanding the idea, and boom, there it is without struggle: the understanding, the solution, the fix, whatever it is.
Another thing I recently heard Abraham say and have found useful is: "When you ask questions you don't know the answer to, the Vortex spits you out." So when I find myself jumping into a worryfest, I use this to stop myself, because it has been in my experience so totally true: worrying is basically asking myself a bunch of questions I don't (yet) know the answers to, and that is so very resistant that it plunges me into lower vibrations and worse feelings and then I am further away from the solution I believed myself to be trying to find! So I am trying to train myself - and am having some success - to just turn away from those ideas and focus on other things.
It has taken quite a while for me to start to really understand and believe that I can always relax and trust in choosing the best-feeling way of thinking about something (even if that is to back off and not think about it) - I previously THOUGHT I believed it, but now I can see that I was just sort of paying lip service to the idea, and didn't really trust it at all and still thought I needed to actually think and act my way through problems into solutions. Now I am coming to understand that, to paraphrase Einstein, the same consciousness that produced the question cannot produce the answer. The state of vibrational being that is experiencing the problem is not the same state of vibrational being that can experience the solution. So if I want the solution, as weird as it is at first, I have to get totally out of the mindset I'm in when I'm gnawing at the problem and really delving into the details of it.
answered 06 Jan '14, 20:02
An issue I have had with life is that I enjoy wrestling ideas logically in my head, literally using my mind.
My monkey mind matrix believes that through more wrestling with ideas, through more thinking, eventually I will figure things out. The issue here is that no answer is ever suffieicent. When one idea is 'solved' using the system of your mind, another issue will pop up and thus you will constantly be unsatisified, or "going somewhere but never arriving at your destination."
It's taken me little skill (but lots of ego reduction) to realise that even through finding great answers to life in my mind, I am still not happy despite the knowledge.
Let me ask you a question: do you wish to seek out the answers, or do you wish to be happy? My answer is designed around the idea of attaining happiness.
And so now here is an insightful and deep statement: The law of attraction doesn't really matter.
How about this: does that really even matter?
I can probe that you need to engage in activities that get you out of your head, so to speak.
Listening to your heart is an entirly different world to listening to your mind.
Unfortunantly, the way a question and answer website is structured, it encompasses the use of the mind analytically to write and answer questions. Do you see what I'm saying?
I would highly suggest, just for you Jai, to drop figuring out how LOA works, to drop manifesting, to drop trying to get things sorted, to let go of it all just for a while. Let go of the stress and anxiety of figuring out how the universe works.
Whilst it may be pleasurable to write questions and ponder answers, don't you notice how stressful it is?
Seek out activites that involve your heart and encounter a moment where you are fully present in your body and experience. Your mind will poison you through too much thinking. Just let all the thinking go!!
Personally I have stopped visiting the drama of the IQ website more than usual, because I've realised how stressful I become through seeking out the answers. Stress is of the mind. Feeling good is of the heart.
answered 06 Jan '14, 20:18
I don't believe anyone hates you Jai. I can't speak for others; but I seriously doubt anyone hates you because you are a Christian or because you quote bible verses. The largest percentage of people I know or have met are Christians of one denomination or another & this includes Catholics whether either of you believe Catholics are Christians or NOT. IMO, the difference between you & them is this ~ you feel the need to tell us every chance you get that YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN. Same goes for Wade. Perhaps it turns some people off . It' been my experience people do NOT appreciate this.
All the Christians I know or have met do NOT tell people they are Christians or feel a need to do so. If you're really a Christian you shouldn't have to tell anyone you are one. If you do, once or twice should suffice. A real Christian has no need for a label; their words, actions, & deeds should define them.
In my area of the country, not many people state they are a Christian. They may talk about their church by denomination ~ but have NO need to say they are Christian. If someone states they are a Christian right off the bat, our trust vibes go on alert or we simply walk away as fast as we courteously can. Here's a suggestion for what it's worth ~ state it in your profile & stop preaching.
Just the other day you stated unless you have a theology degree you can't debate or understand these bible verses. quote ~ [" You have to be a Theology student to really delve into this - it encompasses a lot of the Bible"] Says who?
Dollar Bill states he's a man of deep faith. Please correct me if I'm in error Bill ~ if I recall correctly he stated he studied numerous religions & the Old Testament in particular for many years. I've NEVER heard White Tiger state he was a Christian or have I ever heard he studied theology. White Tiger & Dollar Bill quote bible verses all the time & are both extremely knowledgeable. I've never heard either one of them make false statements about another persons religion either.
Simon said we should consider IQ a Wikipedia site. He expects questions & answers of high quality. It's one thing if you are stating an opinion; it's quite another to state something as fact when a Google search can easily tell you, you are in error. I don't understand why members do NOT correct you or Wade when you make factual errors. I tried to correct Wade once, a year ago & he got quite upset & made some very negative remarks to me. I stopped commenting because he was so upset. I see he either edited or deleted those comments. I mentioned this here the other day when Wade finally came to the realization he was wrong in regard to a particular Catholic practice. This has happened numerous times ~ but for whatever reason he feels hes an authority on the subject.
Just because you & Wade are born again Christians & you took theology classes does NOT make you experts on the bible or ALL other religions ~ especially current practices. What was said about Catholics was based on lack of knowledge, laziness & prejudices ~ NOT fact. If you wish to answer a question by guessing ~ please say "I think".
I also do NOT feel it's in good taste to make jokes about Catholic priests when one long time & well respected member who has always supported you has stated several times her son is a Catholic priest.
I hope I've answered this particular question for you. True its based on my thoughts, experience & opinions ~ BUT ~ I sincerely doubt anyone on IQ hates you for being a Christian or quoting bible verses. I realize you have little tolerance for questions which you do not believe are appropriate for IQ ~ luckily you are in the minority. Most people know they can just click on one of 5000 or more other questions & ignore a question which they do not like or doesn't resonate with them.
Right off the top of my head I think ~ Newton's 3rd Law of Motion, Quantum physics, Vibrational Universe ~ but I'm not sure if any of this has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt yet. I think there is more science to back up Evolution than Creation ~ but I also believe in Aliens.
Shaking my head as I say this. Dear dear Jai ~ where is the science behind the bible & your beliefs? Is it NOT based on faith & trust & allowing? The LOA is working whether you believe it or NOT.
I can't add anymore to @Cory excellent answer except to say I absolutely agree with what he said. Be open to new experiences Jai ~ trust is expansion & all you need to do is allow good things to come to you. In many ways faith is essentially the same thing as trust.
@Jai ~ how is it you can have faith in the bible & in God & in Jesus & you cannot trust? That statement makes NO sense. I'm going to post one of my favorite quotes on trust. It's an answer by @Vesuvius
Just Let Go Jai & fly...
This answer is marked "community wiki".
This forces one to a belief system, which is how it works. It sets up a window of opportunity, this is the time to act to fulfill the request, otherwise, it loses steam until another request. Our own understanding will make us more passive and caught up in our own interpretations.
answered 07 Jan '14, 19:58
The Knights Alchemy
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