If you feel you are trying too hard to accomplish something, consider the Law of Reversed Effort. This law is a practical law of nature concerned with the use of the imaginative powers.
It goes like this: The more you concentrate on putting your imaginative powers upon something, the less you are able to do it. Or, the harder one struggles to avoid something, the more it will be attracted to him.
For example, when one is trying to ride a bicycle without hitting any rocks on the road, he is so conscious of hitting the rocks he’ll probably do so. Or if a person tries to walk a small plank from one building to another at the tenth floor, his mind would be on falling, not on walking.
This law is concerned with imagining and feeling.The negative thoughts are apt to be more effective than the positive, because the negative usually has more feeling with it.
Take your goal into contemplation, and focus on relaxing, letting go the negative feelings associated with not achieving this goal. Set up a positive image about the goal, then put feeling with it. It’s that simple.
This is a form of spiritual exercise.
By Harold Klemp
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Since much of the spiritual growth journey is experiential it can be hard to explain to family and friends why your spiritual growth is important to you. This article explains what spiritual growth is, the benefits of spiritual growth and why it is important.
As you progress on your spiritual journey, people close to you may begin to notice, and be confused by, some changes in your life perspectives. How do you explain to them what it means to grow spiritually?
Especially when so much of spiritual growth is experientialthe feeling of peace and harmony during meditationthe development of “natural knowingness” that is beyond logic and emotionthe sensitivity to the call of your heart and soulthe ability to joyfully surrender to the flow of your life.
Here is how I was finally able to define spiritual growth:
Spiritual growth is a process of developing your awareness of the reality that exists outside the range of your 5 senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell). Other words for “developing your awareness” would be “expanding your consciousness.”
We know there is a reality beyond our 5 senses because science can measure it. There are colors and sounds we cannot perceive, there are electrical impulses in our brain we are not aware of, there are billions of simultaneous activities going on inside the cells of our bodies that we can’t feel, yet they are all measurable with scientific instruments. Continue reading