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The Secret to Deliberate Creation

The idea of deliberate creation can seem like a pie-in-the-sky philosophy. To say that you are the cause of all that happens to you appears insensitive. In the face of a debilitating experience or a prolonged condition, a statement like that sounds ridiculous. It suggests that you wanted what is happening to you right now.

In a moment where everything seems so much bigger than you feel and no one — not even your own family — has extended a helping hand, the last thing you want to hear is that you are the cause of all that happens to you.

Yesterday I had the chance to attend a private training with the venerable Rev. Ed Bacon. He said, “Religious people are trying to keep you from going to hell; spiritual people have already been there.” I write today as one who has been to hell, survived what felt like the worst and come back to tell the story of how to get out of hell.

Understanding Turns On the Light

I learned that darkness cannot survive light. The moment I shined light on the darkest places in my experience, darkness disappeared. You can shine the light on your darkest experience. When you do, light floods your entire being and darkness flees.

Understanding controls the light switch. Everywhere you develop understanding shines light and erases darkness. Rev. Della often says, “You cannot do what you do not understand.” Every seeming rut indicates can be erased by developing the understanding of what caused it.

The secret to getting out of hell (and staying out) lies in understanding the laws of cause and effect.

Once you understand how your experience is put together, life changes. The moment you understand¬†that everything that “occurs on the physical level has been created on the physical level has been created on the spiritual or mental level…” you turn on the light and free yourself from darkness.

Laws of Cause and Effect Don’t Have Caveats

But what about other people? What about the government? What about factors beyond my control?

Nothing ever happens by chance. “The fact that large numbers of people are involved does not change the fact that those individuals, through the choices they have made over long periods of time, have brought themselves to that place, circumstance, and involvement” (McArthur).

The key phrase in that statement is “…through the choices they have made over long periods of time…” Everywhere we have been, everything we have been through came about through a season of sowing (or making choices). Every choice points you in a particular direction. Choices strung together, over time, lead you somewhere.

Jesus expresses the same understanding when asked about the people killed after rebelling against Pilate and the eighteen people “randomly” killed by the tower that fell in Siloam (see Luke 13:1-5). He explains: “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did” (Luke 13:5).

Our choices produce our chances. Think different thoughts and you change your mind. Change your mind and you make different choices. Change your choices and you change your chances. The laws of cause and effect have no caveats. “Repent or you will perish just as they did.”

Every Thought Has a Purpose

Nature helps me understand every thought has a purpose. For example, the purpose of an apple seed is to deliver apples. Now, purpose does not determine the kind of apples delivered. That depends entirely on the kind of seed planted.

There are more than 7,500 different known varieties of apples throughout the world.

So, what¬†kind¬†of apple will you get? Well…what¬†kind of seed did you sow? To understand the fruit, study the seed.

Like the apple seed, your thought seed has purpose. Its purpose is to become an experience. What¬†kind¬†of experience will you get? Well…what¬†kind¬†of seed did you sow? To understand your experience, study the thought seed that produced it.

The only purpose a thought of lack can fulfill is to produce experiences of lack. The only purpose a thought of fear can fulfill is to produce experiences of fear. When you find yourself in the midst of unwanted experience, know in your heart that the seed that produced it can only fulfill according to its purpose.

Purpose Does Not Suggest Inevitability

“Everything happens for a reason,” is a popular response to unwanted and/or negative experiences. Yes, your experience has purpose because the thought seed that produced it had purpose; but that does not mean it had¬†to happen.

You do not have to go through a specific experience to achieve a specific outcome. We draw our lessons in life according to the beliefs we hold about ourselves and others. Life can be a battle but it does not have to be.

The moment you change your belief, you shift the experiences that you have to go through.

Assign Meaning That Empowers You

No matter what happens assign an empowering meaning. Life gets better when you “learn how to think rightly instead of wrongly” (McArthur). When we assign an empowering meaning to experience, we think rightly. When we assign a disempowering meaning to experience, we think wrongly.

We have naming power. We decide whether an experience is good or bad.

The meaning you assign to any experience charges the atmosphere around you so much so that whatever you call it, that’s what it becomes to you. And, you respond, “I knew this is why I needed this to happen,” not realizing that it was your assignment that controlled the outcome.

That’s why James told us to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James 1:2). When you consider it joy — no matter what it is — you change how it processes in and through you. You change what it means for your experience.

Do the Work to Think Better

No garden grows overnight. A single choice did not put you where you sit. You are where you are because of a series of choices.¬†“There is no such thing as luck. Nothing ever happens by chance. Everything good or bad, that comes into your life is there as a result of unvarying, inescapable law” (Emmet Fox).

That’s great news!

Why? Because if you will “learn how to think rightly instead of wrongly,” you can make immediate improvements in your life. Today you can turn the tide of fortune in your favor.

Let’s prove God. I recommend you get a journal to keep track of your dominant thinking. Make a point to check in with ¬†yourself every three to six hours and reflect on your thinking. What kinds of thoughts dominated your thinking? What kinds of things caught your attention? How did you feel during that block of time?

In time, you will learn how you think and you will be in a position to change or improve it.

Your Job Happens Before the Seed Gets Planted

It may help to know that you have influence over the outcome of any situation. “Like a gardener, you have a part to play in the manifestation of your creation” (McArthur). Before the gardener plants, he selects the best seeds and tills the soil. To the best of his ability, ¬†he makes sure that he establishes the best environment¬†before planting.

The equivalent for us is giving careful attention to our thoughts, purposes, aims and desires. The law of cause says, “as thought and purpose and aim and desire are set in motion by minds, their effect is a condition that is” (McArthur).

In other words, the way that we think, the purpose and the intention of our heart and what we truly want all come together to influence the “soil” into which our thought seed gets planted. God handles the details after the seed is planted but your job happens before the seed gets planted.

How Is Deliberate Creation Possible?

The thing to remember about deliberate creation is that “the Universe handles the details of growth and gives the increase — your creation. The creative process is impartial, so we can create our lives as well as the good and the beautiful” (McArthur).

How can you call it deliberate creation if the Universe controls growth and increase?

Let us remember the example of an apple. An apple seed will produce an apple. But the kind of seed determines the kind of apple you receive. And, the quality of the seed and the quality of the soil determine the quality of the apple you receive. Everyone who plants an apple seed does not receive the same kind and quality of apple. They receive according to the kind and quality of the seed planted.

So it is with experience. The fine details of your experience cannot be determined but the kind of experience you can expect, where that experience takes place and the quality of that experience all lie within the realm of your control.

Because we often do not know all that we believe, we get experiences that turn out very differently than what we imagined in our hearts and minds.

Name Everything and Everyone Good

“None of us likes to think that we don’t know what is good or bad for us. Yet so often what we think will be good for us seemingly turns out otherwise and that which we consider bad eventually proves to be a necessary step in our growth” (McArthur).

Because the Universe is friendly and is biased toward our success, it really makes sense for us to see everyone is good for our personal growth and transformation. Don’t take my word for it. Try it.

Give yourself a 7-day window and record your impressions over that time in a journal. No matter what happens to you in that 7-day window, name it good.

Test this stuff out. If you choose to reject idea that calling everything good, try it before you dismiss it. And, I encourage you not to accept it blindly. Prove it to yourself by experiment.

Do you know the #1 reason most people lack peace of mind around money? They have the WRONG ATTITUDE, which chases money away. Few people can afford this reality in the new ‘gig economy.’ Too many people hold multiple jobs just to piece together a full time living.

With 20th century job security gone, we must respond differently. People everywhere keep asking, “How can I begin to plan to my life? How can I know I’ll have enough work to put a meal on the table for my kids, to pay bills, let alone to save for a mortgage or get a roof over my own head?”

Nearly 50% of the workforce lacks a full-time job. The gig economy’s feast or famine cycle demands a new attitude. The Money Poems will teach you the right attitude toward money.

Why You Are the Cause of All That Happens To You

The law of cause and effect is one of those things that pulls people “off the fence.” Either you believe in it or you believe there must be an exception. Those who believe in it tend to be diehards. Those who do not insist upon exceptions.

What Is the Law of Cause and Effect?

Simply stated, the law of cause and effect says that “for every effect, there is a cause.” Nothing just happens. Everything happens just. Every effect has a cause, whether you can easily identify that cause or not.

Edgar Cayce referred often to the physical world as “a causation world.” Fillmore and other New Thought pioneers refer to our world as “the realm of cause.” “Nothing that happens in our world or to us personally ever happens by itself or without cause” (McArthur).

Here’s the kicker: You are the cause…

Well…your inner self sets in motion the cause. “No fault, no hurt comes to you except that you have created in your consciousness, in your inner self, the cause” (McArthur).

Place No Blame, Elicit No Guilt

In my opinion, our tendency to blame or guilt others for the things that happen to us keeps us from fully accepting the law of cause and effect. “We would rather blame our problems and failures on our parents or spouse or the government or some other organization or condition” (McArthur). We come with dozens of reasons to explain why things happened as they did but none of those reasons includes an acceptance of personal responsibility.

McArthur recommends that we forgive ourselves for those things which we regret. “Life is not a judgment process; it is a learning process. Be thankful for all that is happening or has happened to you, for it can teach you important lessons if you accept it as an opportunity to learn and look for the good in it” (McArthur).

As I see it, the tendency to blame or guilt others for our own experience sets in motion a recurring experience through which we never grow. Like the hamster on the treadmill, we keep running past the same kinds of experience just wearing different pants and chewing a differently flavored gum.

How to Exit the Treadmill of Repeating Experiences

How can you take yourself off the treadmill of repeating experiences? Realize that nothing happens by chance. “Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause; everything happens according to law; chance is but a name for a law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the law” (McArthur).

Then make a decision to get off the treadmill. Motivational speaker and author Lisa Nichols shares a powerful realization that helped her decide get off the treadmill of repeating experiences.

You must decide within yourself that enough is enough. In the words of famous words of Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

Make a declaration that no matter what your experience looks like, you can do something about it. You may appear to be stuck but you are not stuck. Today you can do something about where you are in life.

Everything Can Be Traced to Choice

Every experience can be traced to the choice the created or invited it. “Through the laws of attraction you were drawn to earth and to the place, position, race, family, and parents through which your needs could be met. The Creator does not do things haphazardly. You came by law” (McArthur).

Many people declare, “I didn’t choose this!” Or, “this child didn’t choose these circumstances.” I always wonder…in a universe where we have been given free choice, where does that free choice begin and end? And, how is it that a universe that operates according to perpetual, unchanging law, would manage to create a condition that operated in certain situations but not in others.

If you ever have the power of choice, you always have the power of choice. You may unknowingly make choices that lead to circumstances you would not consciously choose. But in a universe governed by spiritual law, every experience arrives because of an invitation. No invitation (sent by thought) means no experience.

Every experience has come about as another step for your development. So, take your eyes off what you do not like about it and give your attention wholly to what this experience seeks to develop in you.

The Universe Handles the Details

We explored this concept in the law of increase but it bears repeating: our business lies in the realm of seed planting and cultivating the soil. We do not control how or when the increase happens.

Expressed in the language of the bible: I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth (I Corinthians 3:6). Manifestation cannot happen without the intervention of God. But God cannot do His part until we have done our part by planting and watering.

Once you have set the pattern for your good through what you have sown and how you have sown it and through the cultivation of your mind, the Creative Forces of the Universe take over and do the work. “Handling details is generally considered a conscious mind experience. However, the conscious mind does not know all of the variables in any situation. Only Infinite Intelligence has this knowledge” (McArthur).

Once we plant the seed and cultivate the land, we must release the effort to the Creative Forces of the Universe. Let go and let God.

Work the Law in the Highest Way Possible

Think the best thoughts you know how to think. Feel the best feelings you know how to feel. Speak the best words you know how to speak. Act in the best manner that you know how to act. And, respond to life in the best way you know how to respond.

Every thought, word and action sows a seed across the spiritual, mental and physical planes of life. You cannot course correct once the seed is sown. You can only make a change to the seed before you plant it. Monitor your inner chatter; it controls the types of seeds you sow as well as the soil in which you plant them.

Set aside definite periods to program your inner chatter for greatness. Read positive literature. Memorize affirmative Bible verses. Commit to memory those things that are worthy of repeating in your mind over and over again.

The law of cause and effect always works. But you are responsible for working it in the highest way possible.

Do you know the #1 reason most people lack peace of mind around money? They have the WRONG ATTITUDE, which chases money away. Few people can afford this reality in the new ‘gig economy.’ Too many people hold multiple jobs just to piece together a full time living.

With 20th century job security gone, we must respond differently. People everywhere keep asking, “How can I begin to plan to my life? How can I know I’ll have enough work to put a meal on the table for my kids, to pay bills, let alone to save for a mortgage or get a roof over my own head?”

Nearly 50% of the workforce lacks a full-time job. The gig economy’s feast or famine cycle demands a new attitude. The Money Poems will teach you the right attitude toward money.

Transformation: The Ultimate Purpose of Universal Law

Did you know that Universal Law has a purpose beyond simply being the rules of engagement for our Universe? Its purpose is transformation — specifically, your personal transformation (and mine, too).

Everything in the Kingdom has purpose. For Universal Law not to have a purpose would make It an outlier in the way our Creator has laid out the Divine Blueprint.

Universal Law does not punish. We are never punished for our sins — our mistakes. However, we can be punished¬†by them. We can choose our way into a limited condition until we are “forced” to make a right choice in order to save ourselves.

The Law always seeks to compel us to make the right choice because the right choice opens us up for a greater expression of Spirit. The right choice positions us to be of greater service to humankind; the right choice prospers us and everyone around us.

We let pain push us until we learn to let love lead. There are two primary ways — as far as the Law of Cause and Effect is concerned — that we let pain push us:

  1. We judge others (or ourselves)
  2. We find fault in others (or ourselves)

But What If It’s My Job to Judge Others?

To be fair, there are circumstances where judgment is needed. The thing to remember is that Universal Law applies to every situation. “The Law: LIKE BEGETS LIKE is irrefutable, unchangeable, immutable and cannot be avoided. It operates whether we are aware of it or not. The law applies in our lives as well as in nature” (McArthur).

Using Right Judgment with Employees

You may be a supervisor and responsible for the growth and expansion of your department. For your livelihood, you cannot afford to take a “non-judgmental” attitude toward your subordinates. You must evaluate their performance, assess whether or not they are doing a good job and make recommendations for improvement. To avoid this responsibility can cost you many opportunities for growth and, eventually, your position with the company.

When you must judge employees, always approach the situation with compassion and an understanding that no matter what an employee may be doing wrong or badly, he or she wants to do a good job. Even when you find push-back to your supervision, the employee still wants to do a good job and wants to be viewed as someone who is valuable.

Approach every employee review session — whether formal or informal — with the attitude of “What is the most loving way I can help this person do a better job for our company?” [In tonight’s Bible Hangout, I will share a technique I learned while working at Donor Services Group that I bring to every management review:]

Using Right Judgment with Children

Everyone of us can probably name a few people who needed a few more lessons of correction from their parents. Mothers and fathers cannot afford to overlook the correction that comes with parenting. In fact, one of my parenting mentors taught me, “You either pay now or you pay later.”

I try to keep in the forefront of my mind that I have a fiduciary responsibility toward Jordan. In other words, I have a responsibility to be the bigger person. While he is most certainly one of my spiritual teachers, as the adult, I bear the greater level of responsibility in our relationship.

I do not look to him to display behavior that I have not properly modeled. He takes his cues from me in how he responds to conflict. I am mindful to teach him how to respond to his emotions and how to dial himself back when he gets angry or upset.

Using Right Judgment with Friends and Strangers

Faultfinding always comes back. It may not return to us from the person we have directed it toward but it absolutely will make its way back to us in the manner in which it is given. That said…”In our dealings with others — as people together in business, as families, or friends, or any one of the many possible relationships — we may need, in the course of affairs, to analyze, evaluate, and discern what others do based on the effect” their behavior has on us.

What can you do?

When you have to make a choice in order to create a healthy environment for all concerned, always work from the premise that you accept people as they are. You do not have to agree with their behavior. Each person is entitled to his or her approach to life.

Here is the attitude you will need: I agree that you may live life in whatever way you deem good for you. And, I free to live life in the way that I deem good for me. So, I free you to make choices that I do not agree with and I withdraw my attention from your choices. Instead, I give my full attention to my own choices, knowing that my experience is the only experience over which I have mastery, authority and dominion. I bless you on your way!

Judging Others and Finding Fault Limits Your Transformation

“The basic cause of most inharmonious human relationships is the tendency to impose our values on other people. We want them to live by what we have decided is ‘right,’ ‘fair,’ ‘good,’ ‘bad,’ etc.” (McArthur).

Most of what gets us in trouble with friends, family and co-workers falls into the category of “value judging.” How can you know whether you have slipped in to value judging someone? Stop and ask yourself whether the choice they have made really matters to your bottom line? In most instances, the answer is “no.”

Unless you are correcting an employee whose mistake can cost you (or them) financially, or a child over whom you have the responsibility of raising or mentoring, or a friend whose behavior impacts your ability to live a self-determined experience, you pretty much don’t have a reason to judge.

What About Those Glaring Choices That Are Painful to Watch?

“Consider one aspect of ‘like begets like’: like sees like. For example, what you see and dislike in someone else is a reflection of a part of your own nature” (McArthur).

Before you say, “But, I don’t do that!” consider the fact that there must be some reason within you for¬†noticing another person’s faults. It may be that you have repressed that element of your personality so deeply that the only way you can see it is to recognize it in another.

You do not notice everything. You see only what you have the consciousness to see. And, if you see it, then it must reside somewhere in you. My teachers at the Johnnie Colemon Institute taught it to me this way: If you spot it, you got it!

So, I’m Just Not Supposed to Notice When Someone Makes a Really Poor Choice?

Well…here’s another approach: Stop judging yourself. Jesus taught us that the “faults we see in others are our own faults and that we hide this fact from ourselves” (McArthur). People who are highly critical of others tend to be highly critical of themselves. If you want to stop what you are doing to another — without having to police yourself 24/7 — first, stop doing it to yourself.

We have heard the phrase: hurt people hurt people. I can only give to another that which I have cultivated within myself. And, if I have cultivated a vibration of hurtfulness and constant criticism, that vibration does not disappear when I deal with myself.

Hypercritical people live in a vibration of constant criticism. We may only see it when they criticize outwardly. But we can trust that vibration of constant criticism is consistent regardless of where they are and whatever circumstances they find themselves.

Change how you treat yourself and you automatically change how you treat others.

The Purpose of Universal Law is Transformation

I started this post with the assertion that Universal Law operates for the purpose of transforming us. Into what? Our higher selves.

The Law can only multiply the seed we give to It. In our dealings with others, we must learn to sow seeds for the experiences we want to have. As challenging as we may find it to take the high road, especially in a situation where we believe we are right, we must learn to give God the seed we want to see harvested in our lives.

Anyone can find fault. But can you train yourself to notice someone else’s strengths? When you find your mind wandering to all the ways that the person is living poorly, can you stop that train of thought and give your attention to something that person does well?

“Every one of us has a place. Like trees, we come in a great variety, but we each have our place. The other person may be a pine and you may be an oak…People are different…Let each do it his or her way, you do it your way” (McArthur)!

A tall order? If you have been living in a vibration of hypercriticism, yes. It is a tall order. But you want the highest and best for yourself. So, it’s worth the effort to change. It’s worth the effort to sow right thoughts.

Your Primary Vibration Characterizes Your Spiritual Relationship

The problem with being hypercritical with yourself and others is that your hypercritical nature does not end with people. It extends to your relationship with God.

People who judge others and find fault with them also judge God and find fault with God!

Of course, no one would ever admit to judging God or finding fault with God. But, talk to them long enough. You will find that they are highly critical of their “universe.” They say things like, “I don’t know why it seems like everything is coming to challenge me financially.” Or, “You know, you really cannot trust people. They will eventually let you down.”

“God” is simply a term we use to describe the Universe. The reason there are no atheists is because¬†everyone has some conception of this world and how it works. That ideal — that understanding of how things happen and why things are the way they are — is their “god.”

While no one would ever openly admit to judging or finding fault with God, they will openly criticize this world. They do not like the way it’s set up. For them, life is undeniably unfair. No matter how much you point out Universal Law, they believe others have an unfair advantage.

Your greater experience is waiting on you to do the work to change your primary vibration.

The Challenge to Be Transformed

In every circumstance, you have a choice in the way you respond. Your choice either aids or impedes your personal transformation.

You cannot avoid application of the Universal Law of Like Begets Like.  But you can make right use of the Law. The next time you find yourself passing judgment or finding fault, remember that you can choose:

  • tolerance or intolerance
  • courage or fear
  • gossip or support
  • open-mindedness or narrow-mindedness
  • faith or fear
  • patience or impatience
  • joy or sorrow
  • peace or contention
  • forgiveness or grudges
  • condemnation or acceptance

“Will you choose the high road, living in accord with the flow of peace, love, and joy of the Universe? Or will you choose the low road of faultfinding, judgment, condemnation, and selfishness? Whichever road you choose becomes a part of your life and your destiny” (McArthur).

Do you know the #1 reason most people lack peace of mind around money? They have the WRONG ATTITUDE, which chases money away — a reality few people can afford in the new ‘gig economy’ where many adults who work hold multiple jobs just to piece together a full time living.

With 20th century job security gone, we must respond differently. People everywhere keep asking, “How can I begin to plan to my life? How can I know I’ll have enough work to put a meal on the table for my kids, to pay bills, let alone to save for a mortgage or get a roof over my own head?”

Nearly 50% of the workforce lacks a full-time job. The gig economy’s feast or famine cycle demands a new attitude. The Money Poems will teach you the right attitude toward money.

How to Make the Law of Cause and Effect Work For You

Our Lives Reveal Our Minds

No one has ever seen the mind. Most people think the brain is the mind; it is not.

The only way to see your mind is to look at your life. Your life — whether you believe it or not — is an unfailing witness to your mind — specifically, what is happening in your mind.

The reason this statement is fundamental truth is that our lives are governed by a master law — the law of cause and effect. Simply put: like begets like.

Like Begets Like Everywhere

Evidence of the law of cause and effect permeates every aspect of experience. Dog beget dogs; cats beget cats; apples beget apples; grapes beget grapes. “Imagine the chaos that would result if dogs were to beget other creatures at random or if we had no idea what would come up when an acorn fell upon fertile soil” (McArthur).

We may not like the universality of the law of cause and effect but that doesn’t mean this master law is not at work every moment of every day in our lives.

The law of like begets like extends beyond our physical experience to our mental experience. “Our attitudes, feelings, and actions — by this law — determine the attitudes, feelings, and actions of others toward us” (McArthur). If that’s not a sobering thought, I don’t know what is.

We Each Are Responsible For Our Relationships

“The law ‘like begets like’ makes each one of us individually responsible for the kind of relations we have with others! Whether or not you have a friend depends on you, not the other person. It depends on your attitude and approach: you must first be friendly” (McArthur).

Each one of us continually establishes cause in our lives. The effects of the causes we establish may impact another. For example, my choice to drive safely creates a safer driving experience for others. But no one can drive safely for me. Only I can drive safely for me.

I cannot sow your seeds and you cannot sow mine.

Do you know that two people coming from the same family can have two totally different experiences? “Peaceful relations with your family depends on you: you must be peaceful¬†in yourself regarding [your family members]…Your inner peace and outward peaceful attitude will bring a similar response from others” (McArthur).

Question Your Experience for Its Lessons

Every experience comes to draw some good from you into expression. The secret to right response lies in questioning your experience for the lessons it wants to teach you. No matter what happens, ask the experience, “What do you want me to understand? What do you want me to grasp?”

For example, you may find yourself in a seeming perpetual cycle of lack. You get to the end of the month and invariably, you run out of money. Even when you get a little bit ahead, some unexpected expense comes along to eat up the “extra” money you thought you had. There never seems to be enough and you find that you constantly think about money and your lack of money.

If this experience resonates with you, then know that Universe wants you to know, through the feelings that you experience in these situations, that you believe in lack. It is giving you these situations as opportunities to develop your sense of abundance.

Like begets like. The only way out of this cycle of perpetual lack lies in establishing a feeling of abundance and plenty right in the face of a seeming lack experience.

Don’t Bring Me Your Need, Bring Me Your Seed

When a farmer plants seeds, the ground does not care whether she plants turnips, strawberries, carrots or mushrooms. The ground delivers according to the seed planted. If the farmer plants watermelon seeds but she really needs oranges, the ground does not care.

The ground reproduces according to the seed given to it. The farmer may really need oranges. Perhaps she noticed that the buyers in her area really want oranges and she can up her profits next season if she delivers a bumper crop of oranges. Perhaps this extra money will afford her the opportunity to buy some much-needed equipment that will allow her to expand her farming operation.

Her need for oranges is tied to her livelihood and delivering a crop of oranges will greatly impact her life financially.

Still, the ground does not care. It only cares about the seed that has been planted. If the farmer through carelessness or negligence or whatever plants a bunch of watermelon seeds instead of seeds for orange trees, the ground cannot correct her error. It can only return to the farmer according to the seed planted.

We often go to God with our needs. Our prayers are mostly a rundown of what we need. And, the truth is that while God is mindfully aware of us, no need can be met for a seed that has not been sown. Don’t bring God your need; bring God your seed.

What Did You Get On Your Universal Report Card?

The Universe has often been likened to a school because every experience symbolizes a grade received from the Universe. The experiences that come to us indicate the seeds that have been sown. We do not have to view this “grade” as a harsh thing; rather, we can consider it as instructive.

In elementary school, we used to get grades for how we played on the playground and interacted with our peers. In the school I grew up in, we received a series of S’s, N’s and U’s.

  • S = Satisfactory
  • N = Needs Improvement
  • U = Unsatisfactory

Perhaps we need to apply this grading system to our life experience to help us take the sting out of realizing that we beget our life experience. In truth, “what you are ‘like’ your life is ‘like'” (McArthur). But, instead of grading yourself on the harsh academic scale of A, B, C, D, and F, we should go back to the elementary school grading school of S, N, and U.

Some experiences are satisfactory; some need improvement and others are unsatisfactory. When you receive some unexpected good, you can grade it as satisfactory. When ¬†you get some of what you want but not all of what you want, that shows you an area that needs improvement. And, when you totally bomb out and get something you absolutely do not want, you know you’ve been shown an area that is unsatisfactory.

But I Didn’t Do That!

It may be difficult to see yourself in the negative behavior of someone you are at odds with right now. “We find the law’s effect on us difficult to accept when our experience is an unpleasant one” (McArthur).

We consider something that another is doing to us and we feel that there must be an exception to the universal law of like begets like. It may help to realize that “like begets like” does not mean that the specific act will be the same. “The Universe operates on spirit; the spirit involved will be the same” (McArthur).

For example, cheating begets cheating. Someone may make the decision to cheat in a marriage but the experience may not return to them as cheating in a marriage. It may return with that person being cheated in business. All violation and betrayal that person brought to their marriage vows returns to them in an experience of violation and betrayal in their business.

There is no deviation from the law. You will not find love in hate or hate in love. Whatever seed you sow determines the effect you shall draw. The law works for all attitudes, emotions and behaviors — negative or positive, pleasant or unpleasant.

You Are Not Being Punished

Sometimes we can feel as if we are being punished by Universal Law. Our Bible is replete with stories of men and women who felt they were being punished by God for some sin.

In our previous series (Discover the Power Within You), we dealt with this belief. For God to recognize sin, God would have to be a sinner.

Perhaps there is another way to consider our experience.

The Universe longs to express through you. Often we do not turn to God until we find ourselves in a compromised or limited situation. God has not taken us into a limited condition so that we can listen to Him, for God will never take us where He cannot keep us.

But we take ourselves into limited conditions so that we may finally turn to the God within and learn how to express more good. As Eric Butterworth says, “we are not punished for our sins so much as we are punished by them.” The things we do set in motion the law of cause and effect, which must bring us an effect that matches the cause.

My Call to Action

Results belong to God; cause (seed sowing) belongs to us. The apostle Paul said it this way: “I planted, Apollos water, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each” (I Corinthians 3:6-8).

Resolve to establish perfect cause. You have seeds in your possession — they are your thoughts, your feelings, your words, your actions and your reactions. Give your full attention to thinking right thoughts, feeling right feelings, speaking right words, doing right actions and giving right reactions. Bring them into alignment as best you can with the fundamental principle that God (absolute good) is all there is.

Withdraw your attention from the effect. Malcolm X said, “If you want to understand the flower, study the seed.” Resolve today to make paying attention to the seed — the one you have control over — your highest priority.

In the comments below, let me know how you will work the law of cause and effect differently. Is there a specific area where you plan to intentionally sow a new seed? Have you identified a few areas where you may be sowing some unsatisfactory seeds? How can you adjust the seed you are sowing? Is it an attitude adjustment? Is new behavior required? You never know whom you may bless with your response.

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