Since being introduced to LOA and having witnessed its effect on my own life I find myself wanting to share it with my friends and family, but I find most people just seem to think I'm being a bit flaky and this whole thing is too simplistic, perhaps because they are conditioned into thinking that life has to be really complicated and that human beings just cannot have the power to create their own realities. This is especially true of those who are overly religious as they think that God requires us to be completely powerless and forever repentent. How do you get through to people like this? Have you had any similar experiences?
asked 15 Jun '10, 20:23
I Think Therefore I Am
Michaela has said it wonderfully well.
It is perhaps the most "painful" aspect of awakening to this knowledge that you cannot assert it (no matter how hard you try) onto people that really need it. The same Law of Attraction that prevents unwelcome influences in your own life, if you are not a vibrational match to them, also prevents (what you perceive) as welcome influences into the lives of others.
If others are not ready, they just won't hear what you are saying in the way you mean it. And the harder you try to convince them, the more they'll try and defend their own limitations.
The best you can do is be a supreme example of the principles in action and wait for people to ask you how you do it.
But sometimes even that isn't enough...
My own parents are strict orthodox Muslims who are in gradually declining health and mental states mainly brought on by their own restrictive religious beliefs. They won't accept my help in any form and they've long since decided I've been possessed by the devil or whatever their equivalent is. And, on the relatively rare occasions we do meet up, they attribute my ever-growing vitality, wealth and happiness (and all the lucky things that happen to me) as God building me up before he knocks me down again as punishment to teach me a severe lesson.
On the other hand, if I was miserable, in failing health and living in poverty, they would say also that it was God's punishment.
Sometimes you just can't win. :)
answered 15 Jun '10, 21:08
I can relate very well to what you are saying Stingray, I am born into the Muslim faith as well (though I'm not "practice" any religion strictly speaking_ and I was just talking to someone today on LOA and I tried to reason with them that the basic reason behind all religious rituals is to make us serene and joyful and if that's not happening then there is something wrong. They ofcourse thought something was wrong with me because for them rituals have to practised because it is said they must and that is all.
(16 Jun '10, 19:00) I Think Therefore I Am
"When the student is ready the teacher will appear" - You can't get through to anyone if they're not ready and if they're not asking.
When we find something that has such a positive effect on our lives, our first impulse is to want to go and share it with everyone. However, we soon learn that just because we are ready for the lessons not everyone else is.
As you pointed out a lot of people are so conditioned due to their religious choices, that they really cannot hear what you are saying because they hold steadfastly to their own beliefs being The Truth. Until someone spends time expanding their awareness and opening their mind to new possibilities, they probably won't be able to hear what you're saying. That's okay too because you have to accept that everyone is where they're supposed to be on their journey right now, and if and when they are ready to awaken, the right teacher will appear.
answered 15 Jun '10, 20:42
I never told anyone I know in person (well, maybe one time) about the law of attraction. I simply do not know any people that are into this stuff.
answered 17 Jun '10, 15:31
From my own experience, there is nothing that you can teach someone if they don't wish to learn... You are usually taken as a conceited know-it-all and you end up asking yourself "why didn't I shut up if no one asked for my opinion???!"
As Stingray says, all you can do is wait for people to ask you.
answered 17 Jun '10, 13:15
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