One of the biggest challenges to grasping metaphysical spirituality for those new to the practice is balancing what we hear from teachers (our thoughts create our world) with the reality that we’re not all-powerful, magic wand-wielding wizards.
In actuality, we live in a Universe that has what information systems professionals describe as “business rules“: guidelines for processes that operate on the “if THIS situation exists, then THAT option is available” basis.
In the example shown above it shows how a computer algorithm assigns customers to a rewards status based on their spending.
If someone spends $5,000/year, Gold customer; else if someone spends $3,000/year, Silver customer; else if someone spends $2,000/year, Bronze customer; else Regular Customer.
In a business rule, an action triggers a response. This is very much how Spiritual Law works, but it requires a bit more patience and faith to work in our lives.
Thought as a causative agent
Our world view and perpetual, habitual thinking will absolutely impact our experience. If we are miserable people, our experiences will mirror our perspective and bring us more reasons to be miserable. Conversely, if we see the Good in life, our experiences will mirror our positive perspective and bring us more reasons to be upbeat.
This does NOT mean that we can, a la The Secret, put our attention on a gold necklace and have it appear without any effort. It also does NOT mean that we can magically change our circumstances (poof!) and transport ourselves out of the misery we feel today and into bliss tomorrow.
I explain this as the Metaphysical Business Rules of the Universe and they serve to prevent us from getting something for nothing. In the terms of the example/graphic above, we cannot enjoy the benefits of a GOLD Member status without spending $5,000 a year.
An early-20th century success coach once said that to get a million dollars, we need to give a million dollars worth of service. This means that to land a job that pays a very handsome salary, we must be willing, marketable, and able to perform the work associated with that generous-salary job.
While I have had many wonderful experiences in manifesting, I have also had MANY circumstances where I wanted BADLY to experience a magical and immediate change that did not happen. One interesting example of this was my career experience.
This and many other circumstances (my own and others) in combination with studies in other spiritual traditions have shown me that there is much more to applying spiritual metaphysics in our lives than simply putting our attention on something and having it show up.
We can absolutely use spiritual principles to help us identify opportunities to improve ourselves and our circumstances; but we must not mistake spiritual support of our forward progress with a free pass to easy street. They are not the same thing.
Spiritual support for forward progress means that as we work toward our goals (yes, I said “work“), we find support along the way. We stumble upon information that we did not have access to previously; we are asked to join someone and this introduces us to someone else that is helpful in our journey; we encounter a fortuitous break (like a storm and a downed tree); we receive an email or a phone call with information or other news (an offer for a part-time job or business opportunity), etc.
Please note: I did NOT mention a winning lottery ticket, the Prize Patrol, a long-lost relative with a lot of money or buried treasure.
The “supports” we receive are spiritual help and encouragement. We recognize them as signs that we are supported – that we are never alone. We also need to remember that if we choose to sit on the couch and WAIT for help to knock on the door or fly in through the window, it is likely that we will be waiting for a very long time.
The first talk I gave on metaphysics taught that when we go into our closet to pray for food because we are hungry, the answer is not going to be a hot dog stuffed in through the keyhole.
We begin to grow spiritually when we learn that sitting and waiting isn’t going to bring us what we seek. As much as we have grown to depend on Amazon with 2-day, “free” shipping; that’s NOT how spiritual support works!
In another (earlier) blog post, I wrote about Newton’s Laws of Motion. We all recall at some level that for every action, there is an equal and opposite REACTION. On every level, the Universe reminds us that there is no scenario where we can get something for nothing. To reap the rewards in life, we must always put forth some effort.
Simply put, the metaphysical business rules for life are:
>>> if we’re willing to put forth an effort, keep moving forward, AND we’re mindful of spiritual Law; THEN we will be provided with help and support along the way.
With continued work and effort in combination with an understanding of spiritual law and faith in the outcome/trust in the process; these initial small “wins” expand into bigger and better demonstrations of our Good.
That’s how it works.
One last point. If we are doing our work, trusting the process, keeping the faith – and STILL find that things aren’t working out; it’s time to ask ourselves if we’re capable of seeing the spiritual help that is all around us but that seems to be missing.
It’s important that we are not so fixated on what we want and how we want it to happen that we are unable to see the perfect unfoldment right in front of us.
When this happens, we may dig in and stubbornly fight against the answers that show up because they have not arrived our way.
This stubbornness, intransigence and bull-headedness can cause us to waste a lot of time, energy and money; and to lose out on the things we have wanted for many years.
The Universe always answers and always supports our forward quests. When we finally achieve spiritual maturity we are able to recognize that the ultimate answer to our dreams and desires may look different than we imagined.
At this level we are able to trust that – regardless of the appearance – the answer to our hopes, dreams and prayers is in motion and everything is working out for our Highest Good – and the Highest Good for all.
We also know that the Highest Good for ALL often takes on a different form than what we have envisioned.
Letting go, and letting Good flow in – regardless of whether it’s exactly what we wanted and how we wanted it – is the real “Secret“. It is the cipher code/key to the Metaphysical Business Rules that govern the Universe and the treasure map to all we desire.
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NOTE: readers should be aware that none of these teachings imply or should be interpreted to mean that following these principles/teachings guarantees a life without difficulty. Life still happens – good, bad and otherwise. Spiritual metaphysics is about learning to respond.
For more on that topic, check out this blog post.