Three Principles & the Law of Attraction
Many people would not associate the message found in the Three Principles as being the same as what is proposed within the Law of Attraction, but I was surprised to find they both describe aspects of how life works in almost exactly the same way.
To be honest, other than for a short-lived curiosity, I never really thought too much about the Law of Attraction until recently, when I was writing the content for the free online course that’s available on my website. The foundation for my course is based on the Three Principles and it includes a few topics that I was really tempted to describe as being like the Law of Attraction. I chose to leave out the comparison because I didn’t feel I knew enough at the time to congruently use it as reference. But the similarity, as I have learned recently, between the Law of Attraction and aspects of the Three Principles conversation is definitely palpable.
If you are not familiar with what the Three Principles are, they are a simple and accessible description of life that was first articulated by the mystic Sydney Banks. The Three Principles emphasize our spiritual nature, our oneness with all that is, our innate well-being, and the spiritual intelligence that we are a part of, which is constantly assisting and guiding us via insight and our own inner wisdom. The foundational principles of life are represented by three formless elements that work seamlessly behind the scenes to create form, which includes our experience of life. The Three Principles conversation discusses aspects of who we are as both spirit and human, of how we experience life, and of the system and the creative elements behind life, which simplify our understanding of psychology and of how our mind works behind the scenes.
The Law of Attraction doesn’t need any introduction given that almost everyone has probably heard of it, in some way or another, but the source I am using for this article is the book Ask and it is Given, written by Esther and Jerry Hicks, with Abraham. If you are not familiar with who they are, Esther has the ability to speak freely and easily with Abraham, who is her spirit guide that communicates through her, and Jerry was Esther's husband before his return back into the world of spirit. However, Abraham also represents a conglomerate of other spirits that are working together to help us better understand how the system of life works, so that we can raise our level of awareness and improve the quality of our lives.
How 3P and LoA Support Each Other
Let’s begin with some direct similarities between the two descriptions. They both speak about the formless energy of life, that we are not only an integral part of, but more importantly, are one with; they both remind us that we have forgotten our own divinity and that the system of life is designed to support us and to provide us with everything we need to thrive in life; and that our emotions are designed to be a guidance system to inform us of when we are aligned with our spiritual self or when we are innocently creating resistance and a false sense of separation from our divine nature.
They both state that we have the ability to use our free will to choose and select more beneficial thoughts. That when we do so, we naturally elevate our state of mind and recognize that we are not only able to influence, but more importantly, able to actively direct our experience and quality of life. Another common subject is gratitude, both Sydney Banks and Abraham state that gratitude is extremely helpful for aligning with our spiritual self and for informing the universe that we are ready and willing to receive and accept more from the limitless abundance of life.
The Law of Attraction is primarily focused on the mechanical description of how our desires are manifested into reality, with comments about our innate well-being. While the Three Principles are focused on our innate well-being along with the foundational elements that form our reality, among them being how our thinking and free will work together to direct our experience of life, which is a point that the Law of Attraction describes as well.
By understanding both, it provides a more complete description of how life works, as one helps to broaden the description offered by the other. For example, The Law of Attraction describes the specifics of why living in better states of mind yields more support from the energy of life, which leads to a thriving experience that flows more easily with life. The Three Principles provide a foundational understanding of the elements behind our experience of life so that we are better able to navigate through life with more awareness, less misunderstanding and greater ease, which in turn improves our experience of life and makes us more receptive to the abundant energy of life.
The Mechanism Behind our Experience of Life
Because they are both pointing towards the same spiritual truth of life, the path they emphasize may appear to be different but they have a common thread, which results in two synergistic and compatible descriptions of how life works. Both the Three Principles and the Law of Attraction are describing foundational elements of the system of life and of the mechanics behind our experience of life.
The pragmatic aspect of the Three Principles conversation is about understanding how life works. So that we can get out of our own way more easily, in order to live from our innate well-being more often and listen to our inner wisdom, which is one with the spiritual intelligence of life. The Three Principles literally represent the three elemental aspects of the formless energy of life that work seamlessly and instantly together to create our experience, moment by moment and inside out. This mechanism of life includes the natural and fundamental characteristics of personal thought, which is a strong synergistic point with what the Law of Attraction is emphasizing.
The Law of Attraction informs us that we are designed to expand through our constant desires for more and that the universe is designed to respond in kind, in order to support us with creation. The universe delivers on this via the alignment of our energy or vibration, which fluctuates in direct relation to the quality of the thoughts we focus on and give importance to, which is a significant aspect of the messaging around the Three Principles.
As stated earlier, they both emphasize the importance of listening to our feelings and of how we can use our free will to actively select a more pleasant thought, even if it’s only by a minor amount, in order to help us raise our state of mind or our level of vibration. Therefore learning how we can take a proactive approach to improving the quality of our lives, while aligning ourselves with our spiritual self and in turn helping us thrive more easily and more often, with less struggle and less distress.
The Law of Attraction beautifully describes the vibrational expression we are creating with our thoughts, which either allows us to align with our spiritual self and Source, or innocently creates resistance and a sense of separation. The Three Principles describe, with simplicity and grace, the mechanism and system that makes it possible for us to have any experience and it points us inwards towards our own inner wisdom and innate well-being.
Though they use different language, both descriptions speak about how as we deepen our understanding, our tolerance for bad experiences diminishes and we become more sensitive to recognizing the times when we are not aligned. Both will emphasis the importance of how we can then take an active role in the creation of our life by consciously choosing to focus on better quality thoughts.
How the Two Are Different
One aspect that appears to be at odds between the two is that Abraham recommendations can easily be interpreted to say we need to take active steps to improve our thoughts and our moods, which conflicts with one of the primary messages in the Principles conversation, about how we are better off allowing unwanted thoughts and moods to pass on their own, with little or no attention or importance given to them.
It is important to recognize that Abraham does not actually recommend trying to change our thoughts. In fact, there are a few places throughout the book where Abraham specifically mentions that he does not want us to get all concerned about our negative thoughts or to even try to change them. His advise is simply for us to recognize that our feelings and moods are an indication of how aligned we are with spirit and to become aware of how our thoughts can either encourage or resist this alignment. He states that we will always have thoughts about the lack of what we want. In fact, it is through this contrast that we are able to truly identify what we desire. The significant difference then becomes on where we direct our attention thereafter.
Abraham's advise is for us to focus our energy and thoughts on what we want, and not on the lack of of what we want, which is very similar to the recommendation within the Principles conversation about noticing our positive thoughts or to look for a positive feeling. I believe both descriptions recognize that by focusing on wanting to change a negative thought we innocently give that negative thought importance and attention, which ends up nourishing it with energy and allowing it to influence our experience and linger for a longer period of time.
Another aspect that appears to conflict between the two, superficially, is the fact that Abraham recommends a number of different exercises to help us align with our spiritual self and our desires. Whereas one of the points of emphasis within the Three Principles conversation is about not becoming reliant on exercises and practices. However, I view the exercises offered by Abraham as being designed to help us learn and to develop the skill of manifestation, just like we would learn and practice how to play a piano or get better at any other skill.
The cautionary language within the Three Principles community around exercises and practices is about recognizing that the well-being, peaceful and quiet depth of awareness that we achieve through an exercise or a practice is actually our default way of being. That if we attribute our well-being and that state of mind to the exercise or practice, we end up giving away our power and innocently creating a glass ceiling on our capacity to tap into our innate abilities, powers and gifts for creation, presence and connection.
Pointing Towards the Truth of Life
My personal experience is that the Three Principles understanding has allowed me to recognize the deep spiritual message that exists within the Law of Attraction and on the importance of the cautionary messages that Abraham sprinkles into the conversation, which can very easily be overlooked; and the description offered by the Law of Attraction has given me a deeper understanding of the specifics around why thoughts multiply and why life becomes easier when we live in better states of mind. Not only because we live in better moods but because life itself seems to clear the path and light the way, yielding more success, with more clarity, creativity, motivation, energy and excitement for life.
In the Three Principles community, we often speak about how living from the inside out is the way we experience life 100% of the time, and that the benefits of that understanding become even much more significant and noticeable when we are able to see that living life inside-out is an undeniable truth: that it’s not 90% of the time or even 99.9% of the time, but truly and always 100% of the time. I am presuming that the benefits experienced through the Law of Attraction work in exactly the same way.
Both of these two descriptions are pointing towards and highlighting truths of our experience, just like gravity, which works the way it does 100% of the time, whether we want it to or not and whether we understand how it works or not. It is just a part of the system of life that we are living in. By understanding how both of these descriptions of life work, we are able to navigate life with more clarity and awareness in order to maximize our effectiveness within the system of life.
The Three Principles and the Law of Attraction are both pointing us to the spiritual truth of how the system of life works and of the mechanisms at work behind the scenes. Not as a prescription but more so that we can lift the veil of misunderstanding and make an educated choice for how we want to live our lives, with an awareness and a deeper understanding of how things really work. I don’t think there is any coincidence that the words used by Sydney Banks and by Abraham are almost identical in many ways, since they are both sharing aspects of the same truth of how things work and of the spiritual and energetic system of life.
Soar & Explore w. Love, ❤️
Daniel Martinez Stahl works with people who want to thrive in this life, with the willingness and courage to question conventional ideas and a desire to look within to access the power of their infinite potential. People who are driven to improve their life by exploring what it means to be both spirit and human; who have a curiosity about life itself, of how the mind works and about the relationship between their body, mind and spirit.
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