“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” — Henri Nouwen
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We have all heard, “you reap what you sow.” But what does it mean, really?
You may have heard of the “Law of Attraction.” These teachings are correct in that what you put out into the universe is what comes back to you. It is Universal Law. It works for everyone and does not depend on the intent of the user. It works for those with altruistic motivations who only care about helping others and it also works for those with more self serving motives of accumulating power and monetary wealth.
Many times the Law of Attraction is associated with money. And who wouldn’t like to attract more money to themselves?
But we are missing the point if we limit this Universal Law to just one aspect of life. It can all be summed up in these simple words. “You reap what you sow.” Or “what you put out into the world comes back to you.”
We create our own reality using our thoughts, words and actions. If we sow love with loving thoughts, words and actions we will reap love. If we sow fear with fearful thoughts, words and actions we will reap fear. If we sow lack with thoughts, words and actions of not having enough we will reap lack. If we sow joy with joyful thoughts, words and actions we will reap joy. If we sow sorrow with sorrowful thoughts, words and actions we will reap sorrow. If we sow peace with peaceful thoughts words and actions we will reap peace.
Now our outward circumstances may not change, but when we change the way we look at them we change. This is how we create our own reality.
Don’t over complicate this. It really is that simple. Now living it? That’s the hard part. It takes time, patience and practice. But as you begin to see how you are attracting things you want as well as things you don’t want into your life you will want to keep trying to learn this skill.