The First Law of Karma
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"Like attracts Like",
the basic principle
of the
First Law
of Karma.

  • The 1st Law of Karma states, 'Like attracts like': whatever we think or do, attracts the similar--whatever we do gets us the similar.

Supportive encouragement as well as hostile criticism of ourselves and others ripple through our lives leaving behind growing bank balances of those energies.

It is up to you to decide which of the two you would like to generate or accept, and so have multiply in your life--negative criticism or positive encouragement.

Exploring "Like attracts Like"
The 1st law of karma is more complex than the rather simplistic statement for the law of attraction as generally understood. We can understand how this first law works by our personal experience.

Consider: when you are feeling unhappy about something and start to meditate on the reasons or the history connected with that, do you feel better or worse?

It would be pretty safe to say that your experience would be that you would feel worse the more you go over the events in your mind. Next, if you have done a lot of thinking about this, you might come across people—friends even, who will confirm the 'badness' of your experience and who would perhaps sympathize with you.

On getting 'sympathy', or in other words—'poor you!' energies from others, is it your experience that you feel even sadder and more unhappy? Chances are that you would. In which case, you are moving in tune with 'like attracts like'.

Whatever we dwell on, multiplies
So here we have a condition of unhappiness and the more we think about it, the worse we feel. Soon we get people known and also unknown—coming from somewhere, thin air even!, confirming our negative experience, and adding to it. The result is, we feel even worse.

This is a demonstration of how we attract energies to ourselves and multiply their effect through the principle of likes attract like, which is the first law of karma energy work.

Of course, at some point we would start to compare our situation with other people's even 'worse' experience than ours, and in this relative comparison, we might begin to feel better.

The same applies to the positive, but it seems that we do a lot less of positive affirming than the negative! Hence this has given rise to a huge demand for 'positive thinking' methodologies and systems aimed at improving one's mental, emotional and even physical states.

However, there is a limit to what positive thinking can do to change karma deeply. Undoubtedly it is a beginning, but we need to keep in mind that if everything in life was changeable, healable by positive thinking and related methods alone then there would be far less pain and suffering in our lives and the world than there is.

  • Like attracts like means that whatever emotions or thoughts we meditate upon increases those emotions and thoughts, stimulating us to achieve results directly linked to such emotions and thoughts.

This understanding is the basis for considering the next level of the First Law of Karma, or Part 2.

How to get an empowerment for like attracts like
The principle of like attracts like can be used in an empowered way to achieve life-objectives. This is through spiritual initiations, particularly Reiki and the KQ Force.

The 5 guiding principles of Reiki embody a perfectly practical understanding of this principle. To learn more about our journey with Reiki and the 5 guiding principles see this article.

Misunderstandings of the First Law of Karma in the so-called 'law of attraction'
The first law of karma has been somewhat misunderstood under the name of 'the law of attraction'. The proponents of the law of attraction imply that nature or life-events can be controlled essentially just by mental thinking and willing.

The proposal put forward in this law of attraction is a four step procedure:

  • Ask the universe (or the Divine or God) to provide what one desires with strong belief or faith that it will be so given;
  • Focus on one's desired object with feeling and gratitude;
  • Believe and act as though one has already received the thing or achieved the objective;
  • Be prepared and allow oneself to receive the desired thing or objective when the opportunities present themselves.

This concept was widely popularized by the book and video The Secret (2006), but clearly this proposition fails at many levels, including observation, personal experience and practical results. Although compellingly stated, the case for the Secret is a misstated and over-stated understanding of psychologist Emile Coue's auto-suggestion methods.

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For further information and critique of the law of attraction you can take a quick field-trip out here from this link (new window):

"Every day in every way,
It's getting better and better"

Recording of Dr Emile Coue on Archeophone John Lennon reprised these lines in his lyrics for the song 'Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)'. This is actually the positive self-help mantra of Dr. Emile Coue, French pharmacist and psychologist who published his famous auto-suggestion healing book in 1920 with this key mantra. Dr. Coue's conscious auto-suggestion mantra that created sensational healings is: "Every day in every way I am getting better and better" (Tous les jours à tous points de vue je vais de mieux en mieux).

Clicking on the image above or this link (links open new window) will take you to the site where you can read the original material and hear an original French recording in Dr. Coue's voice regarding his 'Method of Self Mastery'. It was published in 1923 by the Columbia Gramophone Company,USA. An authentic and interesting piece of history.

Dr. Coue was very clear in stating that the 'trick' was to help the patient to overcome internal blocks and 'negative willpower' that prevented wellness. He achieved this by introducing a positive affirmation and having the patient repeat this sufficiently to 're-program' his internal thinking.

This auto-suggestion helps the individual to change his existing inner state and this enables him to exercise new options which previously he was not able to consider as being doable or practicable.

Coue's teachings and methods strongly influenced writers and thinkers such as Napoleon Hill (Think and Get Rich) and W. Clement Stone. In The Secret, Stone's teachings are credited for the methods presented there as the 'law of attraction'.

You can also substitute additional wellness affirmations such as for 'health', or 'abundance', and repeat these mantras loudly a number of times a day. It is very helpful to stand in front of the mirror, smile (even artificially), and repeat the Coue method mantras. This is an excellent practical introduction to the workings of the first law of karma.

In practice we find the Coue mantras work remarkably well to jump-start the process of wellness.

It's a great and happy way to start the day—and end it too--remember the first law of karma-- like attracts like!

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(You can study this further in the article Karma Changing Mantras.)

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