(Unedited) question submitted by Formspring:
“I want to believe that the world is good, but I see crime in my city and neighborhood. Is my fear attracting crime to me and my city? And how do I let go of this fear and have faith in a friendly universe?”
“What you resist, persists”
The short answer is, yes.
Yes your fear is attracting crime to you and your city.
The longer answer is, it is normal to be concerned with the things that seem scary or unfair in the world.
It also doesn’t help that the media focuses almost exclusively on what’s bad and terrible in the world. Have you ever heard the saying “if it bleeds, it leads?” Imagine you pass by a newsstand and you see a newspaper that says “sunshine and warm weather this weekend”, would you buy it?
But, imagine you see another one says “emergency weather service warnings for Saturday”…I bet you’d pick up that one!
The sad fact is, making you feel bad about yourself and the world we live in is a multi-billion dollar industry. The news, the fashion and makeup businesses, along with politics and even many churches are counting on you being dissatisfied with who you are and afraid of world you live in.
Remember, the Law of Attraction is ALWAYS working. If fear and crime is what you are focusing on, fear and crime is what will show up in your life. And, contrary to what you may have been told, in many significant ways the world is actually improving.
A massive new study titled “The State of the World 2011″ and published by an international think tank known as The Millennium Project recently laid out several ways life on Earth is advancing, and not just in the west. Life expectancies are up, education is up, world poverty is down, and crime in the US is down significantly since the 1980s.
Didn’t hear about any of this? Of course not, good news doesn’t sell papers!
You can’t control what other people say or do, but you can control what you focus on. There is nothing wrong with staying informed, but you don’t have to be buried in bad news. Find positive things to direct your attention towards, positive stories and news you can feel good about. It may be hard to find on local TV, but the glory of the internet is that you can find exactly what you’re looking for…good or bad!
One last thing: marketing guru Frank Kern talked about this very thing recently in his ‘State of the Internet Address’, and here is a paraphrase of what he ended with:
“The word hate has 184 mil search results…. fear has 151 mil results …. lot of people freaked out …. would seem we could market on hate and fear & ride the wave adopting that marketing bend but ….. the word hope has 476 mil results…. we don’t see in the media how much people want and believe in hope…. clearly people would much rather have hope… and the word love has 1 bil 830 mil results….
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B. Dave Walters
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