I was helping out a young performing arts student prepare for an audition. As the work ended, he commented to me that he was going to use “The Secret” to win the part.
I didn’t dissuade him from doing so, but I wondered how he would feel as he competed against those who were possibly better and more experienced than he. If he failed, would that convince him that the Law of Attraction was wrong? Would he feel discouraged and mad at the teachers of the Law of Attraction?
So I started thinking, “How does this Law of Attraction really work?” Is it truly as simple as “The Secret” says it is?
As an engineer, I like knowing how things work and often look at models to get an idea. This takes from believing, to knowing. The physical world is a model of a larger and more refined Universe. By seeing how the model works, we can infer, if not completely understand, how the greater Universe operates.
So how would the Law of Attraction satisfy this young man’s desire to win a coveted role? What model can I use to predict the probabilities?
Interestingly enough, I turned to the game of chess. Assuming that we, four-dimensional beings, are engaged in a nice (and friendly?) game of two-dimensional chess. Each player has the tools, the training, the specific goal and the strong desire to win. This game depends more on strategy than on probability. Yet, even probability plays a role as the human mind is not completely logical. Not everything is completely predictable, even in engineering. Emotions are unpredictable, and the human mind is prone to not-so-logical emotional moves.
What if we now focus, not on the players, but on the pieces?
The fields of view and awareness are now very much limited!
The pawn can only move one square at a time. The is the law of its position. The knight can only move in right angles but can jump over other pieces. The bishop has no influence over the pawns, and king, with it limited movement, tries to hide behind other pieces in its immediate vicinity. Some pieces can’t make their move because other pieces are in the way! On the other hand, each piece, while limited in its ability, can still do things the other pieces can’t do! This same is true for every piece, even one as powerful as the queen.
Sound like life!
But these limitations do not apply to the game player who, while living under each piece’s law, sees the grand scheme of things and can use the abilities of each piece to win.
We are in a similar game of chess. From our viewpoint, we can only see what is in our immediate vicinity. We are completely unaware of the bigger game and the other pieces in that game!
In the case of the performing arts student, there is only..the part. It is one event in the space-time continuum. There is no awareness of the other million opportunities that may even greater emotional satisfaction. And, as it is with youth, it may seem missing this the one and only opportunity represents the end of “life” as we know it.
But this does not hold for the Game Master. The Game Master is not limited by the four-dimensionality of the chess board we know as our world. To orchestrate the granting of our desires, the Game Master may take indirect routes in response to the strategy of the opponent. That not only affects space, but also time. For the grand scheme to be achieved, some pieces (in terms of events or circumstances or even time) may need to be discarded to achieve the price. What may look like failure, is nothing more than a strategic move!
Now let’s complicate the whole thing. Chess is a two-dimensional game played by players who operate in a four-dimensional (space-time) world. As we zoom further out, we may see the world as being played by single collective consciousness engaged in a multidimensional game of chess. A move may not be a single square but a distribution of possibilities, iterating in time until all objectives are met.
At the level of the performing arts student, disappointment may occur because of the narrowness of a view, with an attachment to a specific outcome within a short span of time. In the multidimensional game of life, there are infinite moves possible which can happen simultaneously. Yet time affects the appearance of the outcome as influenced by all the factors and players in the game. I wouldn’t even dare to apply my four dimensional mind to this problem.
The key is not to be attached to a specific outcome. By remaining open to all possibilities, not only on our specific space-time location, but in others, we avail ourselves to the Wisdom of the Game Master! This is the true meaning of Detachment!
How amazing the plans and strategies of Providence. If only we could trust that things will happen according to our request, with the outcome better than the limited and specific view we had in mind.
My own life experience reflects this. The things that made a difference in my life came in ways I never expected. But if I forced things by applying my own limited power and intellect, I invariably hit a brick wall or wade through a pond of quicksand.
There is amazing power and ease in this kind of detachment. Decide on the template, the feeling, then allow the Universe to plan the moves. Then, simply, let the Universe move you.