Recently I learned that our California state legislators have introduced about 3,000 new laws — if only a third of them are actually approved and signed into law by our Governor, that means 1,000 new ways for us to be lawbreakers unaware! I was one of the “unaware” last summer, by allowing my right rear car tire to be about an inch over the double white line in the parking garage, which I rarely use. I challenged the $26 ticket because, (in my opinion) I clearly wasn’t blocking anyone’s access, and there were no visible signs stating this law. All that did was get me an additional fine of $72, which I was forced to pay in order to renew my car license… Guess if I’d paid attention to the concept of “no opinion” and cheerfully added my $26 to the city’s coffers, my life could have been a bit easier.
But that was just a little rabbit trail off the subject. Over the past six months we’ve been incorporating the Seven Laws of the Mind into our every day life:
Law of Substitution – immediately and totally replacing any negative thought with something pleasant and positive,
Law of Relaxation – to let our minds function at their highest capacity, they have to be in a calm, relaxed state–no effort.
Law of Practice: – Perfect Practice Prevents Poor Performance – always practice the correct things the correct way.
Law of Forgiveness – for our minds to have clear access to our Creator, we must forgive everyone – no remaining anger.
Law of Dual Thought – we can attach any feeling to a thought that we choose – no one else can make us “feel” anything.
Law of Subconscious – when “subby” accepts an idea, it becomes a demand and subby works 24/7 to manifest it.
Law of Growth – what we think about grows — what we ignore atrophies and eventually disappears.
Who could argue that any of these Laws would have a negative impact on our lives? Whether in my own private world or in my daily interactions with the world around me, it’s easy for me to see how much more pleasant my life has become as a result of gradually replacing old destructive habits with these Laws. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, here comes another Law for us: The Law of Least Effort!
Now that resonates with my lazy self! So I’m ready to learn its three aspects:
1. Acceptance – Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur…My acceptance is total and complete. I accept things as they are in this moment, not as I wish they were.
2. Responsibility – Having accepted things as they are, I will take Responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see as problems. This means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation (and this includes myself). I also know that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit.. (Wish I’d known this law last summer, and saved myself $98!).
3. Defenselessness -Today my awareness will remain established in Defenselessness. I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view. I will feel no need to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view. I will remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to any one of them.
This last part of the new Law of Least Effort is more of a challenge to me, having some pretty strong convictions both in my relationship with my Lord Jesus, and as a citizen of America, “the last great hope of the world,” according to one of our earlier presidents. Of course life is much easier if one feels no need to persuade others. I enjoy listening to lots of other points of view, without feeling the need to argue or try to change another’s mind. However, if I am a passenger in a car whose driver is speeding past a big sign that says “Stop – Bridge Out!” I will absolutely do my best to convince him to accept my viewpoint, hopefully in a loving and respectful manner.
So, has the question been answered? For the most part, I think it’s “yes.” In learning how to regularly apply this new addition to my PMA repertoire, I think it will take a lot less effort to remain positive. I look at the third part as applying to my own personal preferences — I’m reminded of the stories of churches splitting up because some didn’t like the color of the new carpet, or the new music director’s choices for worship, As for the first two parts, it really does take less effort and stress to accept the fact that the line I’m in happens to be the slowest moving one in the store, to admit that I chose it, and to look at the opportunity to get acquainted with another person in line — who knows if it may be my best new client or a friend for life!