OK, so I confess to having teetered on a narrow fence in contemplating the law of attraction, the power of intention, and so many of what seem facile answers to life’s complex questions.
I still think there are times when self-professed gurus lead us by the nose along a path that’s popular but not well understood. There are so many people spouting off about visualizing a huge house (anyone heard of carbon footprints?), a sporty car (this is a meaningful goal?), luxurious vacations (where you don’t have to mingle with Those People), six-figure incomes (anyone care about inequities and injustices?). Sometimes makes me want to gag.
But we all have our priorities, and even though none of the above are high on my list, I have some. World peace. Children who are safe, loved, confident. Awareness that our fellow creatures – animal as well as human – are to be respected and admired, not exploited. An environment that is cherished. And on it goes…
I’ve read The Secret, The Field and a whole lot of other books. I’ve pondered and questioned and wondered. I see my own life taking shape in a way that is deeply satisfying and joyous. My partner and I don’t have a lot of money, but we are incredibly blessed. We have the life we want, and we have it together.
But there are things we still want. We want to be able to see loved ones more easily, though they’re scattered around the world. We want to feel a bit more financially secure.
And that brings me to this TED video. This isn’t some law-of-attraction guru. This is a scientist excited about research that shows how powerful our minds are, how much of our world we can shape with our thoughts. She enlists the aid of a colleague who straps on a pretty inexpensive device and then manipulates images on a computer – purely with his mind. She shows a wheelchair-bound man who uses facial expressions to move his chair.
I’m open-mouthed and enthralled. And I’m grateful to TED for nudging me to give yet more thought to this mass of grey matter in my head, to its wonder and potential and mystery.
I’m not ready to say to my friends with cancer, MS, and other debilitating health issues, “You brought it on yourself.” I’ll never go there. Life’s hard enough. Besides, what if what I want to bring in my life means trouble for you?
But once again I’m nudged to think about my own life and what I might do with deep intention and attention.