Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Today’s post will reflect the power of faith when it comes to the Law of attraction. For the longest time my little girl has wanted a set of dinosaurs, specifically a T-Rex. I was planning on getting a dinosaur set for her at Christmas. I had seen a nice set at Costco as I was shopping and every time we passed by it she would ask me if we could get it. About 3 weeks before Christmas when I went by myself to pick up the set and wrap it and put it under the tree, to my dismay I found out, as it is usually the case with Costco, they had moved to another product in its place. So imagine how heartbroken I was that I had now lost the opportunity to get my girl the present she wanted because I procrastinated. I came home and told my wife about the situation and could see the disappointment in her eyes too. However, the whole time my girl believed that Santa would bring her T-Rex to her at Christmas. There was not a single shred of doubt in her mind that come Christmas morning her T-Rex would be under the tree. In her mind that toy was hers. She already knew that it would be there for her because she had been a good girl and Santa knew that. That was the whole line of logic and no one could change that.
I was a little bit disappointed but I was certain that I would find something closely resembling that set somewhere else. So in the mean time we went to my uncle’s house for an early X-mas dinner. After my daughters played with their cousins and we had a great family time we decided that since we were not going to be together for Christmas they could open their presents now. Imagine my surprise when the first present that my daughter opened from her aunt was a set of little dinosaurs, and the second was a train set with dinosaurs on them, each having a different type of T-Rex. I was so amazed and both my wife and I looked at each other and in unison uttered the words “Law of Attraction”.
So the purpose of this story is that your beliefs will supper charge your goals, and your visualizations. As adults we have to trick our subconscious into believing by repeated visualization and repeated concentration on our goals. We have to specifically and repeatedly read out loud our goals and wants so our subconscious can hear it. The advantage that children have is that, they believe without the need for proof. They have not been tainted by disappointments to the point where they have developed sarcasm.
Please take this lesson as it is intended. Concentrate on all of your goals and believe that they are coming towards you. Imagine how with the right guidance our children can learn that the Law of Attraction works and they can use it to succeed. It may be a little harder for us older people to learn the same lessons but it is all a matter of how we look at things. This story can inspire you and push you to expand your horizon and believe, or you can scoff at it and make an excuse for the events that led up to it. For me there is no doubt that my daughter’s concentration and belief brought to her the little toy she wanted. But 5 years ago I would have chalked it up to coincidence or luck. It is all in our perspective. Whatever that perspective is will be your reality. There is no wrong way. That is the simplicity and beauty of the Law of Attraction. You have to be ready for it to work. No one can force it down your throat or wish it for you. It is a personal thing.
I hope this holiday season brings you joy, health and happiness and everything you are dreaming about.
To your success.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Good day all,
Today I wanted to talk about something that often comes up when I talk about the Law of Attraction with people of faith. Not always but occasionally there seems to be the misconception that you either have to have your own faith or to learn to use the Law of Attraction. In my case, and I can only speak for myself, there is no “or”, it is an “and”.
I consider myself spiritual and one who has a strong faith. I also as the long time readers of this blog know, am a scientist. I have in previous blog posts talked about the science behind the Law of Attraction and thus far have not brought the topic of religion out of the desire not to offend anyone. Recently however in some of my talks, I have been approached by people who question the Law of Attraction from the perspective of a threat to their religion. Perhaps it is because of the Law of Attraction that I have brought on these incidences. For a long time I have wanted to talk about this topic and so I have presented myself with the opportunity to discuss it with people.
In a nutshell as a person who has a strong faith I really do not see how the Law of Attraction has anything to do with being a threat to any religion, orthodox or otherwise. It is like saying gravity is against my religion. The Law of Attraction is a universal law. Like all universal laws the source had a hand in it. Whatever that source happens to be for you, you cannot have some things and ignore the others. Well I suppose you can ignore it, but it does not mean they do not exist.
For the longest time people believed the Earth was the center of the universe. No matter how much religious strength they put behind it, they were misinformed. What I want to discuss here is the fact that you can be happy and committed to your faith, whatever it happens to be and still use the Law of Attraction to succeed.
The major tenet of the Law of Attraction is preached in every major religion in the world. Things like being good to others, be happy for yourself, have positive attitude, be grateful, good deeds are rewarded, bad deeds are punished, etc. The language and the delivery may have been different but the message is the same if only one is open to receive it. That is the key. The simplicity of the Law of Attraction is that whatever you believe will become your reality and you will find proof to back it up. That is just the way things work. I just want to bring to light the notion that the Law of Attraction is a tool to be used to become successful whatever that word means to you and that cannot be wrong or threatening to anything.
You cannot use the Law of Attraction to manipulate people, or to bring harm to them. You cannot use the Law of Attraction for someone else. You cannot want it for someone else. That is very much like faith. I cannot have faith for you or vice versa. The central belief behind every faith has to be accepted by the person alone and freely. No one can be truly forced to have faith in anything. There has to be a conscious choice and decision to have faith.
Some will use logic and try to justify their faith. Some will go on blind faith because that is what their ancestors have done. In both instances they have made the choice personally to accept that faith.
With universal laws that is not the case. They exist despite one’s acceptance of them. Just because a person believes in a God or source, or even nothing does not mean that by poking their finger in a light socket they will not get shocked. It is a universal law. Weather I believe in God or not if I jump off a roof I will fall. The same is true with the Law of Attraction. I can learn to use the Law or ignore it. Just like I can learn to use the law of gravity to understand lift, drag, and forces that contribute to flight, I can use the Law of Attraction to achieve success in every part of my life.
If you have faith it is just that much easier. You already know the comfort of believing something you cannot see. That faith can only help you in utilizing the Law of Attraction. I am willing to bet that if you study your faith in detail you will find hints to corroborate the Law of Attraction. The funny thing is that The Law of Attraction also hints to the existence of a source and the comfort is that it is applicable to any faith.
I hope this post has caused you to at least give a little thought to the Law of Attraction as a tool. I hope you see that it has nothing to do with religion. I hope you see that it can only help you become happier, wealthier, healthier, and more at peace and that has to be ok with any faith.
I welcome your comments and discussions.
As always to your success.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
INTERVIEW WITH JOHN HAWTHORNE
HAWTHORNE TIRE AND AUTO SERVICES
877 E. RANCHEROS DR. SAN MARCOS, CA 92069
Again out of respect for John I wanted to post his views when it comes to LOA:
"Regarding the Law of Attraction: I believe first and foremost in a sovereign God who is in control of something as grand as the universe, and also in control in something as minute as the individual aspects of circumstances in our lives. While I respect certain aspects of the law of attraction, I don't believe it's a science. I do believe in cause and effect, and "you reap what you sow" but I don't technically believe that I can create certain outcomes based in my life based on my beliefs or true desires for those particular outcomes. In the end, this is because I believe it takes away "control" from a sovereign God."
Enjoy the last part of the this interview:
AJ: How do you approach economic challenges right now?
JH: With faith. And what my belief is really if I am a good steward of what I have right now, if I am not being wistful to the best degree that I can be. If I am in control of our finances here, and if I churn the fat where I need to without… I try real hard not to cut payroll. I got to make sure my guys are still making a living in this economy. They are working their tails off here too. But I think if I am a good steward of what we have it will continue on. And if it doesn’t then I’ll figure out what to do after that. I don’t necessarily have a backup plan because I don’t plan for failure. So good or bad I think a lot of people have exit strategies, I don’t really have one here cause I plan on sticking around through this. We’ve made it this far through this economy so I think we’re going to continue on. We’ve actually seen some growth this year. We’ve actually grown 20% this year.
AJ: That’s great.
AJ: Let’s talk about faith. Faith is something in this day and age people are uncomfortable talking about when it comes to business. Tell me what your thoughts are on faith and how has it effected your business. Obviously being raised Christian is a big part of your moral foundation but how has faith effected your business?
JH: Well I could go on and on about this. Let me think of the right words. Essentially I have grown up a Christian. I am still actively a Christian. What I mean by that because Christian is a broad term this day and age too, I do believe what the Bible teaches and I hold it dear. I do believe that if it’s interpreted properly in the context that it teaches it is accurate and it does have all the tools we really need to get through in business, to get through in life in general. It doesn’t say that you are guaranteed to make a good living. In fact it guarantees that you have more problems than anything else as a believer of God, but it does say that with faith, God will give you the tools you need to get through each situation weather it ends up being good or bad in the end. So by faith I don’t necessarily believe 100% that we will always have a business, with faith I know I’ll always be provided for, so I do believe in a God that provides one way or another and that’s a big deal to me too. So that drives me to not worry as much about the slow days that we have because I know whatever happens we will have another busy day and things will always right themselves and at the end of the day when you get through trials and what not and your standing on faith to get through them that’s what ends up building faith and confirming that you’re not just believing in something blindly either.
AJ: I am smiling because I did not talk to John about the whole concept of my blog and if you have read my previous blog posts on how the Law of Attraction works, and how to successfully set and achieve your goals, you will see where I am going with this. This lead in, in an interesting way to the whole meat of this blog and I am really happy about the way this interview is going and making a nice fit to the rest of the content of this blog.
AJ: What are your thought on giving back to the community and how do you think that effects your business?
JH: We certainly believe in giving back. We’re actually running . It’s funny that your bring that up. We are doing a give a way right now that we are advertising on our Facebook page and through our Twitter account, and our blogs as well. We’ve had what’s narrowed down to 4 nomination of families or persons through our Facebook page, who are really in need of a little bit of auto repair. We are asking now for people to go to our Facebook page, Like it, and then you actually vote for anyone of these people by commenting underneath their picture and their story based on why they actually need some help. Then we are going to give away $500 in value worth of miscellaneous auto repair on Thanks Giving day. It is not going to be me who chooses it or anyone who works for me, it’s going to be chosen by the community who goes on to the page and votes for it. That page is at the top of this blog as well: www.facebook.com/hawthorntire.
In terms of giving back to the community in other ways too, we give back in a couple of other ways. Through our business, we have sponsored a couple of international charities like Children’s Hunger fund. We actually sponsor 2 children in particular, one in Africa, and one in South America whom we donate particular amount each month and that provides for their education and food for their family and things like that which actually help.
AJ: Why, why give? Now that finances are tight, and economy is tough, why give, why not keep everything for yourself.
JH: We’re called to. I don’t know if it is just that simple. I know it is easier said than done. I know we’re called to but it is hard to because your natural instinct when things are tight is to grab on and hold on. Particularly what the Bible teaches is, talks a little bit about tithing of course, but there is one thing that the Bible does say about tithing and giving back to the church, but what the Bible I think really teaches is giving back not just to the Church but also giving out of your heart to community and to the people who are in need and what not. God sais trust me with even 10% of what you get and I’ll open up the whole storehouse for you. It is one of the only ways that God actually challenges us in the word to give and then promises that there will be fruit that comes to you for it. So you don’t want to give just because you’re gonna receive, but you can have faith that you don’t have to hold on to everything you have, because that is actually, and we all do it from time to time granted, but it is more of a symptom of greed that I like to acknowledge by holding on and not trusting in God with your finances.
AJ: Have you noticed a direct relationship between when you give and when business comes through?
JH: Mathematically not always, but we do it on a, I don’t want to say on a contractual bases, but we have a fixed monthly amount that we give monthly to those world organizations that automatically draws from our accounts, and we try to give as needed to things locally. And at the end of the day we always had enough. So you know I don’t expect right now to be a millionaire in this economy by any stretch, but we always had what we needed when we needed and I ‘d say that is something that God has come through on for us.
AJ: Any closing thoughts?
JH: I ‘d say if you want to open up a business in this day and age do it. I’d just pray of course beforehand that you have the discernment weather or not it’s something you should do but you have to do that weather you want to get a job anywhere too. It doesn’t have to be just a business owner that does that. I don’t have anything negative to say about it. You have a lot liability but there is a lot of rewards too and you get to potentially provide jobs for people who really appreciate it in this economy too. And I said there is nothing wrong with the risk of doing it.