I am a woman of science! I have always believed in science and its potency to make the world a better place; even though, as a sociologist of science interested in history, I know that science has equally made the world a much worse place. In this science is like any other tool: its power can be harnessed for good and/or evil. I still believe in science though as a philosopher of science I know that Robert Pirsig was right when he said in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance that ‘the scientific view point often pots a point to any other view point’.
Now you probably understand how uncomfortable I felt when I first came across The Secret and more broadly across meta-physics. I read it with suspicion; I experimented to test whether this ‘lark’ about ‘sending wished to the Universe’ works and I read some more. What I find is that ‘there is something there’ – I send wishes to the Universe and it responds. I still don’t know how it works but there is certainly something there.
Today, I am not going to tell you about The Secret – this is now something that anyone can find and read. Or even watch the movie: The Secret is a very big business. What is less know, though, is that the whole notion underlying The Secret rest on one of the laws of the Universe – the Law of Attraction. There are in fact seven laws and these are discussed in a book entitled The Meta Secret by Mel Gill. These are:
- The Law of Mentality
- The Law of Correspondence
- The Law of Vibration
- The Law of Opposites
- The Law of Rhythm
- The Law of Gender
- The Law of Cause and Effect
In this post I’ll summarize the first three of these laws; the rest will be discuss in a separate post.
The Law of Mentality
The first law of the Universe claims that ‘all is mind: the Universe is mentality’. This law, in reality paves the way for the law of attraction and is supported by it – its most obvious implication is that our minds create our reality. There are several other implications though:
- we are all connected and we treasure the feeling of togetherness;
- we are all equal since we are all subjected to the same forces;
- we are separate and part of the whole;
- we continuously create and continuously change – so better take responsibility for the change and what happens to us;
- there is unity between the mind and the physical – the mind should be used to comprehend the physical rather than block it out; and
- it is our mission to get to the essence of our being – understand what we are and not mistake it for what we do.
The Law of Correspondence
The second law of the Universe or the law of correspondence. But before we get any further, it is worth noting that all laws of the Universe, according to Mel Gill, work on three different levels: spiritual, mind and physical.
The law of correspondence is expressed by the Masonic saying “as above so below” which can also be rephrased as “as inside so outside”. The main implication of this law is that changing our physical world is possible only if we start changing the worlds of our spirit and our mind. In other words to change the physical we have to change the way we think and the way we feel.
In this sense, life is what we make it – if we are nice on the inside nice things will be on the outside; if we are generous the Universe will be generous in return. We reap what we sow!
Another important implication of this law is that problems are not attributes of the physical but of the mental and the spiritual; in other words problems are part of us rather than part of our environment.
The Law of Vibration
The third law of the Universe is the law of vibration. It postulates that nothing is static and everything vibrates. But different levels vibrate at different frequencies: the spiritual is at the highest frequency, the mental is at lower frequency and the physical is at the lowest frequency. These vibrations can also be seen as energy and emotions – each vibration attracts vibrations of similar frequency.
Negative emotions, like anger and disappointment, are slow vibrations; happiness and other positive emotions are higher and faster vibrations. Studies have shown that vibrations from electronics affect our state (Karolinska Institute and the vibrations from computers, lights and air-conditioning).
We can control our lives and our environment by learning to control the vibrations of our emotions and thoughts. Even more interestingly, the vibrations are the mechanism for transfer of emotions – the process is called ‘induction’. Induction is the reason why we feel happy around happy people (or can justifiably talk about happy environments) or the reverse – feel down when others around us are down. And last but not least, these energy vibrations can be used to cope with the pain of trauma and illness.
[The other four laws will be published next Thursday.]