If I had a dollar for the number of times I’ve heard someone say — “I’ll put it out to the Universe” — I’d be a lot richer than I am now.
Hang on: did that just count as ME putting out to the Universe that I want more money? Cause I do, I definitely do.
If it did count, and the Universe is listening, I want as much money as you can throw at me, Universe.
I ‘released’ my poverty mentality a long time ago, but it appears that my requests for you to bring me more money have fallen on deaf ears. (Do you even have ears, Universe?)
Just so there’s no ambiguity and you don’t penalise me for writing this blog post, I want to say this loud and clear: GIVE ME MORE MONEY!
I don’t have a problem with people ‘putting it out to the Universe’ if that’s what makes them feel good. It’s all good. Just as long as they don’t use it as an excuse for doing nothing themselves.
The problem stems from the fact that somewhere along the line (between the Yoga Sutras being written 2000 years ago and The Secret going ballistic), someone told you that all you have to do is imagine that whatever you want to happen, can and WILL happen. Just hold that thought in your mind and then … poof! Your wish is granted.
The Universe — the totality of all that exists or all that is known to exist — not only knows who you are, it knows what you want. And actually cares. Its waiting for your call. Is it though?
That immense, vast, unknowable, mind-blowing, massively huge thing that scientists spend their whole lives trying to understand, is just waiting for little old you to ask it to help you meet a new partner. Or get a new car. Or lose weight. Or get rich. Or whatever your heart desires. It’s called the Law of Attraction and I don’t understand it because my brain is caught somewhere between being a rampant New Ager in the 1990s and my self of today – the me with a healthy respect for science and empirical evidence.
Don’t get me wrong: I’ve experienced times when I’ve really wanted something and thought about it a lot and then it has happened. But did the Universe have anything to do with it? I wouldn’t have a clue.
It’s nice to imagine there’s a benevolent force out. It’s a very seductive idea, being able to have whatever you want just by allowing your words and thoughts and affirmations to float outside your mind and into the surrounding air and out to the ether where it gets read by the Universe’s elves, who type up your request and ensure it’s delivered to you promptly.
Perhaps the whole ‘putting it out to the Universe’ thing does work. I’m open to that possibility. Sure I am. But so far, no one has been able to explain it properly. Not to me, anyway. I feel like I need to know exactly how something works before I believe in it, although I still don’t know how the internet works and I believe in that.
So yeah. I’m clearly confused. Please explain.
6 thoughts on “Got a problem? Just ask the Universe!”
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Well said! Being that it requires the entire Universe for your existence, and vice versa (there is no physical world w/o your perception if it – quantum physics) “putting it out there to the Universe” is really putting it out there to yourself… creating and affirming a belief that, in an infinite void of possibilities beyond comprehension, there is a way to achieve your desires. The practice is important in taking action into the unknown, where the path to your result may be unknown, as opposed to taking no action because you can’t see the way and succumb to futility. So, it’s a mechanism of faith, belief in self and a vital part of establishing solid intent to see your actions through to the end, despite obsticles, nay sayers and temporary failures. Along the way, positive actions and thoughts can attract more positive things that help you on your way. So, you’re right. You won’t get anything you want without putting the work in to get it…. but one must believe it can be had in the first place. Simply putting it out there to the Universe, essentially making wishes, will add up to nothing. It’s a half truth that’s easy marketing because everone is looking for a short cut. After all, WE are the part of the Universe that makes things happen, outside of the automated laws of physics. You can have your million in 10 seconds, but it’s on you to figure out how and then make it happen… but you must first believe it can be done or action will not follow…. and the irony is, when it does happens, it’s still now. ; ) As the old African proverb goes, “when you pray, move your feet.”
Cool, thanks Scott
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