(9) Pearls of Wisdom
The Prime Law – The Law of Cause and Effect
Cause and Effect is the Law of Laws. It states that for every result or thing that exists, there is a cause, and every action has an effect. When you throw a pebble into a pond, the ripples spread out from the centre in ever-widening circles. So it is with our actions. Good actions are causes. They create good effects; bad actions create bad effects. The effects spread outwards, affecting other lives to a greater or lesser degree.
Actions are causes, so are words and non-verbal forms of communication such as facial expressions and gestures, and also non-visible things such as attitudes and emotions. However, the chief causes are thoughts, since every action is preceded by a thought.
We Reap What We Sow
We reap what we sow - but not necessarily where we sow. Every thought, word and action eventually returns to us. When we lay down good causes by thinking good thoughts and acting on them, blessings return to us – love, prosperity, health and kindness, etc. But actions resulting from thoughts of selfishness, greed, ignorance, malice and so on also have consequences. They set up a chain reaction which eventually returns to hurt us.
The Law of Cause and Effect reminds us that we get out of life exactly what we put into it, and when we change the causes, we get different results.
We cannot get something for nothing and if we try, we will eventually be caught out. Knowing this brings order and purpose to the mind and enables us to fulfill our deepest desires.
Don‛t Judge Each Day by the Harvest You Reap, But by the Seeds You Sow
A woman planted a flower seed in her garden. She carefully weeded and watered the soil until a robust plant grew. But no flower appeared. She thought of digging up the plant, but finally decided: ‘My business is to look after the plant; it is for nature to produce the flower.’ The weeks came and went. She cared for the plant and forgot all about the lack of a flower.
Then one morning, she smelled a delicate fragrance. She followed the scent and – oh joy! There in front of her was a gorgeous flower!
Moral: the aromatic beauty had always been present in the plant, as potential awakened by her labour of love, awaiting the right moment to blossom. Take a leaf out of her book. Lay down the right causes, and the right results will surely follow.
The human heart has the seeds of love and the seeds of hate in equal measure, but we seem to be watering the seeds of hate more.
The Law of Attraction
The next major law is the Law of Attraction. The universe works on energy and attraction. The mind has a magnetic quality which attracts whatever we hold in our consciousness. Thoughts of good things attract good things: loving thoughts attract love, peaceful thoughts attract peace, and thoughts of success attract success and so on. In the same way, thoughts of fear, illness, and poverty and so on attract after their kind.
It has long been recognized that the quality of our thoughts influences every aspect of our lives. In the Bible, King Solomon says, ‘As a man trinkets in his heart, so is he.’ The Buddha said, ‘All that we are arises with our thoughts; with our thoughts we make our world.’ The Roman scholar Marcus Aurelius wrote, ‘A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.’ William Shakespeare, an outstanding philosopher, wrote, ‘Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’ The Laws of Cause and Effect and Attraction teach that success in any area of life comes from deciding the kind of life we want to lead, firming up our intentions and thinking the kind of thoughts that are consistent with what we desire.