We attract or repel people, events and circumstances in our lives according to the attitudes and energies we are carrying, consciously or unconsciously. This happens under the law of attraction, which has never been a “secret” to those who are awake in the world, and which I prefer (following Emerson) to call the law of spiritual magnetism.
“We are magnets in an iron globe,” declared Emerson. If we are upbeat and positive, “We have keys to all doors. We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.” Conversely, “A low, hopeless spirit puts out the eyes ; skepticism is slow suicide. A philosophy which sees only the worst… dispirits us ; the sky shuts down before us.”
The stronger our emotions, the stronger their effects on our psychic and physical environment. And the effects of our emotions may reach much further than we can initially understand. They can generate a convergence of incidents and energies, for good or bad, in ways that change everything in our lives and can affect the lives of many others.
When we think or feel strongly about another person, we will touch that person and affect their mind and body — even across great distances — unless that person has found a way to block that transmission. The great French novelist Honoré de Balzac , who knew a great deal about these things, wrote that “ideas are projected as a direct result of the force by which they are conceived and they strike wherever the brain sends them by a mathematical law comparable to that which directs the firing of shells from their mortars.”
Scientific experiments have shown the ability of the human mind and emotions to change physical matter: studies by Masuru Emoto have shown that human emotions can change the nature and composition of water, and the Findhorn experiments have taught us that good thoughts positively affect the growth of plants. Conversely, rage or grief can produce disturbing and sometimes terrifying effects in the physical environment.
Many of us know people who stop watches or blow up computers when their emotions are running high and uncontrolled. That’s just the start of it. An angry person can be a firestarter. I’ve seen major fires generated by the force of someone’s violent rage. I’ve seen punishing windstorms and freak, localized snowstorms generated in a similar way. These things don’t just happen in Stephen King novels.
So let’s talk about passion.
Our passions can lead us into madness. They can also give us the creative edge to do our best and most original work and the magnetism that generates extraordinary opportunities and serendipity.
“The passions of the soul work magic”. This observation, attributed to the great Dominican scholar and magus Albertus Magnus (and loved by Jung) is practical guidance for living consciously and creatively. There are two conditions for working positive magic this way.
The first is that we must choose to take the primal, pulsing energy of our strongest passions and direct it toward a creative goal. The passion that is throbbing and surging inside us may be love or lust (or both), the fierce desire to give birth or the desperate wish to end it all. The passion may be wild rage or terrible grief. Whatever its origin, the strongest passions of the soul produce the energy to remake our world — if we choose to direct that energy. Imagine a vast body of pent-up water, engorged by a pounding thunderstorm, that is going to burst through a dam with irresistible power. We can choose to harness that force, turning it into hydroelectric power that can light our city and warm our homes. Or we can let it swamp everyone and everything in its path, bringing misery and devastation.
The second requirement for letting the passions of the soul work magic is that we must seize the moment when they are running strongest and give ourselves completely to acting in the power of that moment. The time is always Now, but when the passions of the soul are at work the time is also GO.
Adapted from The Three “Only” Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence and Imagination by Robert Moss. Published by New World Library.