Why the things we do “stop working”

(This post was originally named “Why the Law of Attraction Stops Working”.)

Did you have a breakthrough after applying a new understanding of a principle, only to find out that as time went on, it became more and more difficult to duplicate your amazing results?

Believe me, we experienced the same thing and wondered why things stopped working that had worked before. Eventually it became clear to me… or more accurately, God placed in my path a person who had been there, and who had discovered the answer and could share it with me. Here’s what I learned, and I think (with the financial turmoil in the world today) now is a good time to share it with you:

We’re here to discover the path to true, lasting, and complete joy. It’s the path to God; to a personal, two-way, living relationship with our creator. We find it by discovering and abiding by His laws… the more precepts we learn to live by, the closer we approach that fulness of joy.

It’s like the children’s game of “hot and cold”. One child hides an object and the other goes to find it. When the second child is headed in the right direction, the first child says, “warmer…”, but when s/he starts heading in the wrong direction, the first child says, “colder…” until by constant course-correction, the object is found.

In life, when we are headed in the right direction, we feel warmth and enlightenment from God in our spirits. When we are headed in the wrong direction, the enlightenment is replaced with darkness and confusion. It says, “Colder…”

Proximity does not have the same effect on our joy as much as does our direction. Meaning, a person who is nearly right on top of the object might feel “colder” for being faced in the wrong direction, while someone clear across the room from it might feel “warmer” for being faced in the right direction, even though there is a much greater distance involved. That’s the paradox.

So here’s why our law of attraction experiences can become frustrating:

The law of attraction is a true principle, so the first time we learn about it, it fills our souls with light and understanding, and as we apply it, we’re often blessed to see amazing results. Then, after a degree of success, God wants us to know that there is something even better to learn, something even more powerful and wonderful to discover. When our results are not what we think they should be, or when doing the same things do not yield the same results, He is allowing us to grope around a little bit until we face an even better direction toward even greater joy and success than we have perhaps even conceived thus far.

Sometimes we grope until we feel that “warmer” indication that lets us identify a goal that is perhaps more worthy of our energy and commitment. Sometimes we grope until we recognize that something is amiss in our life and needs to be corrected. Sometimes we grope until we discover the blessing in our hardship, and come to peace with it, will a heart full of gratitude.

If we have not accomplished the ultimate goal of perfect oneness with God, then the game isn’t over, and we need to pay attention to those “warmer” and “colder” spiritual nudgings. There’s something new we’re supposed to find… a deeper understanding… a more perfect process of partnering with unseen help to accomplish even greater purposes than we can even comprehend.

It’s easy to get off course and not even realize it. When the drive for success begins to eat away at family relationships, for example, it’s time to get back to the basics and re-establish one’s footing on solid ground. When spending has become a little careless, it’s time to demonstrate greater respect for money and show gratitude for simpler things. When we’ve developed a habit of achieving goals that add to our personal comfort, it may be time to set goals for improving the condition of mankind at large.

Where ever we are, if we don’t fine-tune and continually improve our intentions along the way, what once felt warm will ultimately turn cold.

We are meant to learn principle upon principle, so holding tight to just one and never learning any more, will ultimately lead to some serious “coldness”.

Consider the following image. I’m grateful to one of my mentors for pointing this out:

This illustration shows the path to a perfect fullness of joy, or what you might call a path back to your creator. When you do things that are within the influence of His power, you enjoy the warmth of his Spirit, enlightenment, and true success.

To begin with, at the left, our behaviors can be in the red zone, and as long as we’re within the range, we will experience these spiritual benefits. As time proceeds, and we move toward the right, our underdeveloped red-zone behaviors will not yield the same results. We must fine-tune our understanding and behave accordingly in order to remain within the influence of His power. We must eventually learn to live within the yellow zone to find our way to perfect happiness.

Outside of the dotted lines we feel “colder,” while inside the dotted lines we feel “warmer.” This is how we are led to all truth.

So don’t be discouraged if you have fallen out of the joy you once felt. It’s still there for you, and as you search for it by getting back to the basics, you will find it. It only takes a step in the right direction for you to finally feel that assurance that you’re getting “warmer”.

Even when we feel very far away, the assurance, joy, and newfound hope is ours the moment we discover the right direction. Need some financial peace of mind? Seek first to find joy in simply being headed in the right direction. With a resolved intention to find the right direction, you will be led to it. From there, the joy and peace of mind you seek will certainly follow.

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5 thoughts on “Why the things we do “stop working”

  1. What you say here makes perfect sense.
    “Then, after a degree of success, God wants us to know that there is something even better to learn,”
    I had a thought and I wondered if you could comment on it.

    I believe that one of the reasons we experience early success is because we are demonstrating Pure Faith (Faith without evidence). Once we experience success the faith is somewhat tainted because our expectations aren’t based on faith as much as they are on past experiences.

    According to Wattles in TSOGR “To think according to appearance is easy; to think truth regardless of appearances is laborious, and requires the expenditure of more power than any other work man is called upon to perform.”

    Once we have success we think according to appearances and often fail to work as hard as we should.

    Do you agree?


  2. The explanation along with the illustration really helps me understand some things in my life.

    Is it like when you’re driving on the freeway, you don’t want to overcorrect if you’re drifting out of your lane a little? You just want to gently steer back to the middle of the lane instead of creating an even bigger problem?

    Well, maybe not. The freeway analogy kind of brings in an element of fear, but your explanation/illus. feels peaceful and uplifting.

  3. It would be grand to find the path that is the will for my life by the creator. I have been so lost for so long.

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