Yesterday, while I ate lunch, I stuck in the DVD my co-worker had lent me of The Secret. For those of you who may have gone into hibernation, The Secret is a book that it appears that many are reading and learning about the "Law of Attraction." I had gotten into a discussion with my co-worker about it and she had agreed to lend me the video.
It's a fascinating video and very well put together. But, let's be honest, this stuff is no secret. I don't know why it's being presented as such. I've known about these ideas for years. I would pass this off as just living in California, if I hadn't read a book about it years ago in DC (not a bastian of woo-woo New Age ideas).
I agree with some of the ideas, but I chafe at the idea that one is responsible for attracting all bad things that happen in your life. I can't believe that a tsunami which took everyone by surprise could really be anyone's fault. And I have a hard time that cancers or other illnesses that strike people in their prime (who aren't thinking about them or worried about them) are the result of attracting the cancer to you. God knows, if this were literally true, then everyone who works in dialysis would end up on dialysis...and it just doesn't happen.
I also worry about the idea that one can attract things in the world and it can all be wonderful. My training as a witch tells me that you need to be careful what energy you put out in a spell because it can come back to you in ways you don't expect. And essentially what they are teaching is spellwork.
I do think it is a powerful thing to put out your intent for a thing into the world, but always know that you may not like the way that the universe rearranges to give you what you want.
On another topic: I went with S last night to see a presentation of Al Gore's slide show on global warming. It was presented by different presenters, but was interesting. I just can't understand how it is that people can deny what's happening when huge glaciers are melting before our eyes.
My conversation with S afterwards was frustrating though. I shared with him how hopeless I feel about this. I mean, how much can I really do as one person when it's the entire world we are talking about. After being challenged by S to think differently, he finally asked, "Where do you feel empowered in your life?"
It was shocking to think about and find that there are very few places that I feel truly empowered. He pointed out that there are small things that I can do that do make a difference, even if the impact is not something we see immediately. I agree with him, but the scope of the thing still makes me feel somewhat paralyzed. I don't know what to do about that.
Okay, then, now that I've depressed everyone. I've got to go get dressed and do some grocery shopping.