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New Age Meets Ancient Age


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I have found a dichotomy recently in how I view my relationship with my desires. During most of my life I held that desire was a good thing, it motivated me to achieve. Then, I studied yoga and Buddhism and found that desire was viewed as a detriment to elimination of suffering in life.

Now, even later in life, I have once again revisited the subject with renewed interest and a new understanding that desire coupled with happiness generates an energy, which causes the Universe to give you what you vibrate for.

I still love yoga and practice many of the core principles daily, but desire has taken a decidedly different change in direction.

The Law of Attraction seems to be discussed everywhere today in New Age thinking and writing. The teachings of Esther and Jerry Hicks have transcended many levels of motivational and inspirational thinking and speaking, not to mention volumes of writing on the subject.

Sometimes in life, a way of looking at something changes for reasons that become obvious with closer examination. The Law of Attraction falls under this category for me.

What is the Law of Attraction? Simply stated, you attract what you think about. If you think negative thoughts you receive negative experiences. If you are happy, thinking about your desires, you attract those desires. Happiness is, therefore, a desired constant state because the Universe gives you what you ask for during happy or negative thinking.

It took me a while to fully comprehend this philosophy and accept it; which is probably the case with most who have learned a non-attachment to desire way of life.

If, as the Hick’s teach, we humans are receivers and transmitters of energy it would hold that those vibrations of energy have a cause and effect relationship.

When I experimented with this theory I watched how my energy flowed when I was happy or depressed. When I purposefully raised my energy level through happy thoughts I accomplished more at work and at play. When I allowed my energy to fall to sadness or negative thoughts I felt drained, lethargic and unproductive.

The secondary goal for learning and utilizing this philosophy is to attract experiences, people, and material goods, etc. to your life. The thinking goes that if you think about what you want with happy expectation, you will attract that desire more easily and quickly than if you think negative thoughts of not having what it is you want.

So, given that scenario, why wouldn’t we work diligently to think happy thoughts about desires to achieve our goals in life?

I encourage you to examine your emotional state…are you more happy than negative; do you seem to have more good experiences than bad, or is it the opposite and you have many more negative experiences and people in your life than you want? Could it actually be that you are attracting what you think about?

Anyway you look at it; it’s fun to ponder.

Keith E. Renninson is a motivational speaker and co-author of the popular parenting tool and illustrated storybook “Zooch the Pooch, My Best Friend”. Through the 1990′s with much self-examination, academic study, bicycle racing, and mountain climbing, he discovered a renewed zest of life, which included a love of metaphysics, philosophy, humor, and writing and speaking. As Keith says, “Some days you’re the pigeon and some days you’re the statue…it’s all in what you make of it.” You can read more about “Zooch the Pooch” or contact Keith to speak at: http://www.zoochthepooch.com
Keith and his co-author Michael Conrad Kelley speak to teens and adults on “The Seven Simple Steps to a More Fulfilling Life.” This course focuses on how to build a successful Life Philosophy that works for each individual.

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