Why Don’t We Get What We Say We Want?

Our wrong conclusions about life, which the Guide calls “images,” draw events and circumstances to us like moths to a flame. This is inevitable, much like a magnet or the Law of Gravity. So what we unconsciously believe has an affect on the universal currents that float through our personal space, making certain life experiences flat-out unavoidable.

Maybe we have a conscious cherished desire that is contradicted by an unconscious image. Can you guess which one wins? The unconscious image trumps the conscious desire, every time. As a result, regardless of what we say we want, our life situation is showing us—through our negative manifestations—where we have contradictory desires hidden from our awareness.

Our life situation is showing us—through our negative manifestations—where we have contradictory desires hidden from our awareness.

So people and life events will always line up in accordance with our images—those misunderstandings we don’t even know we have—and it matters not a lick how strong our conscious desire may be. If we don’t know about this principle—or don’t want to know about it—we may become bitter and feel like we’re a victim of an unfair universe.

Whether or not we can see how our difficulties are self-produced, we can make the choice to prod and probe our psyche in a spirit of humility—‘Perhaps there’s something I’ve got wrong?’—and openness. It often helps to hold fast to the perspective that our souls are complicated and multi-faceted. The problem isn’t that we’re not smart enough—it’s that we’re unaware of things we must become aware of.

So while the greater truth of life may be unlimited goodness, spiritual law dictates that whatever concept we’re holding onto, that’s what’s going to manifest in our lives. The trouble is we aren’t even aware of the way we hang onto untruthful notions that we long ago buried deep in our psyche. To whatever extent we can embrace this idea and have an attitude of honest questioning, to that extent the possibility of a better reality, however we conceive of that, can unfold.

 

Excerpted from Spiritual Laws: Hard & Fast Logic for Forging Ahead. Learn more.

Read more about images in Bones: A Building-Block Collection of 19 Fundamental Spiritual Teachings (Chapter 9: Images and the Deep, Deep Damage They Do). Learn more.

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