One of the most popular false ideas I’m seeing more and more lately is the pseudo-science called the Law of Attraction. Somewhat like karma, the Law of Attraction is the belief that “like energy attracts like.” Most people who follow this false belief commonly relate it to positive thinking, believing that if they think positive thoughts then the universe will align itself to work positively in their lives.
What a load of hogwash.
I’ll be the first one to admit that an optimist will typically have a better day than a pessimist, but this is a gross over-generalization. In truth, what people are experiencing is an ancient concept called the Law of Sowing and Reaping.
Sowing and reaping are agricultural concepts that are very easy to comprehend. If a farmer wants corn, he has to plant corn. It’s not a stretch to understand that a farmer can’t plant apple seeds in the hopes of reaping a corn harvest.
Beyond this, a farmer also understands there’s a great deal of work involved in order to reap a good harvest. The soil has to be prepared properly—stones and weeds removed, and the field plowed. The seed must be planted properly and at the right time of year. The soil must be watered regularly, but not too much. Weeds and pests are battled daily and plants are pruned. And finally, even after the farmer successfully grows a good crop, he must do the work of reaping at the right time—too early and the crop isn’t ripe, too late an the crop rots away.
Nowhere in this scenario do you find a farmer spending time meditating to align his thoughts in a positive way in the hopes that universe will produce a bumper crop. Life just doesn’t work that way. Sure, the farmer who gets up with a good attitude will have a more enjoyable and potentially productive day, but his good attitude doesn’t make or break his crop yield as long as he does the hard work of reaping and sowing.
We live in a universe of cause and effect. I believe God created our universe and set up laws that govern the outcomes of life. If you truly want to tap into a higher power, then pray to the God who made you to help you do what you’re incapable of doing on your own, but realize that God expects you to work and accomplish what you can do.
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked,
for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
Forget the Law of Attraction and live your life according to the Law of Sowing and Reaping. Realize that we get out of life what we put into it, and that this universal truth of sowing can reap exponential results. Just as a single grain of corn when planted and cared for properly can produce a tall plant that yields hundreds of corn kernels in return, so too can your work multiply when you work hard and cultivate your life the way you should.
Also published on Medium.
I’m Jeff M. Miller, and I help ordinary people who are stuck in a rut change their behaviors so they can be extraordinary. I’m an entrepreneur who retired from my full-time job in my early 40s to work from home. I’m a financial counselor, life coach, graphic designer, and passionate believer in helping others improve their lives a little more each day.
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