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illusions
06-28-2010, 06:29 AM
Hello all :)

I've been away from here for a long time - lots going on offline.

In April, someone introduced me to Buddhism - it's something I'd always been interested in, but didn't know much about. So I found out a bit more about it (this particular type of Buddhism is Soka Gokkai International). And I'm fascinated at the similarity between that and the Law of Attraction - and Ho'oponopono as well, in fact.

What I've learned through the Buddhist meetings and reading, has helped me to understand the LOA in a different way as well. So I thought I'd share just a little bit of it here...

Here's what I understand from what I've learned about it so far (I'm no expert lol).

1. They believe in cause and effect (the only difference between Buddhism and LOA on this subject, is that they believe the cause doesn't have to have been from this lifetime, it can be from any time - and they call it karma). Causes are actions, thoughts and things that are said.

2. They believe everything is made of the same stuff - life force energy. The friend who told me about it described it in an excellent analogy: Life force energy is like a huge ocean, and parts of it form waves which appear to be separate, but then re-join the ocean when they're completed. We are all waves of the same ocean.

3. They chant for what they want, and to help them get through challenging times - they use Powerful Intentions, which they call Determinations. They write down their dream or goal, as if it has already happened (affirmation), and then place it in view, when they chant, so that they can focus on it while they're chanting. You don't have to do this - it's only if you want to write down your goal. You can just chant generally.

4. They support each other through challenges, in person, just as we do here online.

Here's what I learned from Buddhism that helps with the LOA: (it is my own interpretation of what I've learned)

We are constantly creating "causes" which result in "effects"

The effect doesn't necessarily relate in an obvious way to the cause. In other words: Someone who seems to have a block against money hasn't necessarily created causes to do with money - so it doesn't mean they necessarily did, thought or said anything to do with finances, it could have been anything, and just happens to be coming out in finances this time.

When something "bad" happens, or something goes wrong, you can recognise it as an effect from a previous cause (doesn't matter what the cause was, or when it was created), and you can accept it - like if you throw a ball in the dark, and it breaks a window, it's not a pleasant thing, but you can recognise and accept it as a result. If you didn't remember throwing the ball, you could get angry and wonder how that window got broken and feel lots of negative stuff..... but if you realise that you're the only person who's been in that room, you can choose to assume you must have done something that broke the glass, accept it, and move on with either fixing it, or replacing it, or using a different window to look out of ;)

I've found this extremely useful because it means you can let go of wondering what you did wrong - and why, if you've been positive and doing everything right, things are still not the way you want them. You can look at something that's gone wrong, and assume that you created the cause in some way, at some time in the past, and it doesn't matter when or where, you can start creating good causes now! Well, I say "good" causes - we know there's no good or bad as such, so I'll say "desirable" causes.

And you can focus on making desirable causes from this moment on - which is the equivelant of thinking positively. This means becoming aware of thoughts, actions and words that are "undesirable". So, for example, I caught myself judging someone, and telling my sister what they did, and I caught myself in mid sentance, laughed (because I was so surprised that I was doing it ;) ), stopped what I was saying, and thought of that person in a loving way - I used the Buddhist chant ("Nam myoho renge kyo") to help me do this - like using "I'm sorry, please forgive me, I forgive you, thank you, I love you" in Ho'oponopono.

I've been doing this for a few days now, with various challenges, and it's working for me because it's logical to me, and I understand that:

a) I don't have to remember what or when I created the cause.

b) A cause doesn't necessarily result in an effect on the same topic - and it doesn't matter.

c) Because I'm "the only person in the room" (we are the only ones who can create and manifest in our own lives) I can recognise and accept that any effect is the result of something (doesn't matter what) that I did, thought or said in the past, and I can "clear it" (either by using Nam myoho renge kyo, or Ho'oponopono, or any other method in the moment that works for me - you could also use EFT for example), and then I can focus on creating "desirable causes" right in that moment, by making sure that what I'm doing, thinking and saying is "positive" and loving. :)

Well, this turned out longer than I intended lol, so I'd better end here. Hope it helps some others as much as it's helping me.

Love and Light and Magic xxx

Pamela Vicik-Smith
06-28-2010, 10:41 AM
That is fascinating, Odille!

For the most part, I do not resonate with most religions. However, when I took a religion class in college which gave an overview of most world religions, I did feel a kinship with Buddhism.

I actually have a Buddha on my desk here at home. I love looking at him :)

lewiswalsh
08-23-2010, 06:05 AM
While I might have a particular form of Buddhism, we must stay focused on what makes Buddhism as a belief system, fine, there is agreement between all practices. Let us find comfort and guidance in the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path solution.

noises
09-06-2010, 12:48 PM
I liked Buddhism too, but I love Taoist philosophy. Very similar in many ways, but instead of the concept of suffering in life after life until we attain enlightenment, it advocates acting in a virtuous and enlightened manner first, to free yourself and others of suffering. There's a hint of personal accountability and need for right action there that will resonate with anyone who understands Ho'oponopono.

I especially love the Taoist idea that heaven, earth and spirit form a holy trinity of the three aspects of the universe, and that it is our duty, as earthly parts of the divine universal whole to bring the three aspects of creation into harmony and unity with our every thought and action, Though we are on and of the earth, being mindful of spirit, and acting in ways that are expressions of heavenly virtues.

These virtues are found in nearly all religions. There's a really beautiful prayer by a guy who calls himself the peaceful christian. Little does he know, he's also a toaist, and so is anyone who hears some sense in his prayer in at the end of this video.
YouTube - #1 - "I Like Your Christ. I Do Not Like Your Christians." - Mahatma Gandhi (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mGsevhNIEI)