March 18, 2008

Irony or LOA?: Spitzer's Spotlight

raccoon3.jpgMany have commented that the former New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer – aka “Mr. Clean” – who resigned after his involvement with a high priced call girl became public last month, is ironic.
That’s not irony.
That’s law of attraction.
Apparently Mr. Spitzer had a reputation for high ethics and was known as “Mr. Morality.”  Just a few years ago he took part in an investigation of a New York City escort service that led to the arrest of 18 people on charges of promoting prostitution.  As a politican he practically made ethics his calling card.
What we resist, persists.
Anyone remember Oprah’s Child Predator Campaign?  And how she recently discovered that the head mistress of her girls’ school was charged with several counts of sexual abuse?
Yeah, this stuff we fight against – it just doesn’t work that way!
My dad’s currently engaged in a battle with a raccoon.  You know when it started?  After he vehemently told me I was crazy to think I wanted raccoons at my new house.  (I shared with him that I hoped there were raccoons in the new hood, since I had geese and cows and lots of other animals I wouldn’t run into at my old city center pad.)  I argued I DID want raccoons.  And mice too.
He assured me no one in their right mind wants a raccoon around, and listed the many reasons that was so.  And then phoned a few days later to say he’d just discovered a raccoon was eating his bird food.
This morning’s raccoon watch update is that he’s got bird feeders that are now (supposed to be) raccoon-proof, motion detector lights set up to go on at night, and a regular conversation running with my mom about how to outsmart this raccoon.  And my dad knows this LOA stuff inside and out!
This simply isn’t how it works.  What we fight against, we add energy to.  We draw into our lives.
Which is exactly why I took down the hornet traps when I moved into this new house, and told the little fly right before I helped him escape a curious cat at the screen window to spread the word that there was a new sheriff in town.  (Really, I did.)  I’m vibrating friends with hornets – we’ll live and let live.  No battles here because I know how those turn out.
To give dad credit, I think he’s actually having fun trying to outsmart the raccoon.  (Although I doubt Eliot and Oprah would chalk their experiences up to fun.)
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic!

  • Paul, I would be proud to call you a friend.
    I agree the allowing is what’s often missing – allowing others their own choices. Even allowing an elected official his choices in his personal life.
    Thanks for putting the intention within easier reach, too. Much appreciated and very welcome!
    I’m intending to hear more from you in this forum – I like the way you think. 🙂

  • Paul says:

    Oh, so many great concepts to consider and good comments to respond to!
    And, as I first read them, my thoughts scurried down this rabbit hole then that, darting in all different directions. But after sitting with your comments, I came back to the same place: it sounds to me like we’re all talking about Allowing, particularly allowing the flow of wellbeing.
    As Jeanette’s original post pointed out, there is precious little allowing evident in Mr. Spitzer’s life and look where it got him.
    Even his nickname, “Mr. Morality,”–there’s little allowing in the concept of morality, a mechanism to guide (control?) behaviors within a group of people.
    And the soundbites and language of many public speakers are, to my mind, products of the language of resistance.
    It takes the great awareness that you’ve indicated above and courage to allow those to be created by others and at the same time to declare “I don’t want that in my pie,” as Abraham says.
    I don’t know that I need a new words. I just need to choose words more deliberately so that they feel better (like “project”–that’s a good one). Because it takes me out of the mainstream, it takes a bit of courage to choose not to put the evening news in my pie. Because oftentimes people don’t understand me, it takes courage to remark that I’m not anti-poverty, I’m FOR prosperity; I’m not against the war; I’m FOR peace.
    And that judging that I do, well, that tells me nothing about the thing judged and plenty about my own flow and how much better I could make it.
    As Rick points out above, as more of us as individuals choose, speak and live our flow, I believe that we can accelerate that leap in consciousness, which Joann shared with us.
    Jeanette, you ended your last post with “…there is no such as a ‘problem.’ 🙂 (That’s a big toast!).” I love this phrase; I originally learned it as a French saying which translates to “There are no problems; there are only solutions.” I offer that last part in hopes that it may help (as it does for me) to whittle down the “big”-ness of the toast.

  • Okay, I just read the two most recent posts from Shunsuke and Joann, and it’s clear there is LOTS of room for improvement not just in our language, but in the thoughts we rely on language to express.
    Here’s to releasing all judgment and recognizing that there is no such thing as a “problem.” 🙂
    (That’s a big toast!)

  • Sounds like you got the best of both worlds, Paul, in going through those old records! Being able to appreciate the good vendors and feeling some glee as you ‘banished’ the others. Congrats to you in being deliberate with your focus, too! That’s exactly where our power lies, isn’t it?
    What wise words, Joann! Thank you for investing the time in such a thoughtful and inspiring post. Your energy is VERY welcome and appreciated here! I enjoyed hearing Lynda’s perspective on the three events upon us now.
    Here’s to a “leap ahead in consciousness” and a language that supports that!

  • I agree, Robert, this stuff is sometimes easier to see in other people’s lives than it is in our own.
    And Leslie, I love how well our animals reflect the energy we’re flowing! Interesting observation on your part with Harmony. Yes -here’s to being “creative” rather than “reactive.” (What a difference the ‘c’ placement makes!)

  • Joann says:

    A teacher a long time ago told me to use the word “project” instead of “problem”. A “project” is something you’re giving your attention to, focusing on. (Almost said “something you’re working on” but that implies that it has to be difficult and hard work.)

  • Shunsuke says:

    I can’t help but post a comment again. Because somehow it’s really connected with what i’ve been thinking of these days. Law of attraction. haha
    Jenneate, you wrote that Mr Spizter was known as “Mr Morality.” I think his problem was exactly that word. Currently i’m trying not to use the word “Morality” when i make a decision. Instead I use “Functionality” because i found Morality judgemental. it’s based on what most of the people think “right”. and it’s actually nothing to do with our desire or how things work. so talking to his case, i think he was manifesting 2 different thoughts. One was how does he think about prostitue based on “morality” or the cultural value he believe in. and the other one was how does he really feel about it. Morality is judgemental, once you say someone’s action is wrong, you have to be “right”. But you feel whatever you feel at heart without judgement. but since he want to get rid of prostitution, he have to push off his “wrong” side in order to be right. n that causing him huge dilemma n his natural feeling and his observation about this problem got twisted because of that in the sense “what you resist persist”
    I think everything in this society has got this issue. coz our current moral system seem to no longer work. because everybody has got their own reason to do something. Of course they will fight against us if we say they are wrong. I’m sure the prostitue and the racoon(if they could speak. haha) have something to say about the reasons of their actions. so i think we must try to understand why they think that way. n most importantly how we really feel about this problem without right-and-wrong measurement then create the solution to achieve the good for both them and us based on what works.
    and we for sure will be happier if everybody and every animal around us get happy:) and and i believe it will produce pretty good vibe to our society.
    Joann, i agree with you we really have to come up with new words. because a lot of words has got negative vibe. i personally don’t like the word “problem” although i used it alot already. haha maybe “chance” or “opportunity” is better?
    thanks everyone, these posts really made me think.

  • Joann says:

    Timely as all of your posts seem to be for me. I had my own version of the racoon/pushing against just yesterday.
    With Spitzer I thought of polarities as described in astrology and psychology. Sometimes a person can do so much of one side to overcompensate for denying/repressing another part of himself. It’s about achieving a balance. The clue is in the intensity. Passion is one thing, but extreme intensity can be an indicator of denial/repression. That subconscious energy wants to express. It’s about integration and balance.
    Thanks for raising the question. It’s one I’ve thought about for a while and other posters as well it seems.
    We are in the process of creating a New language. Our society has so many “what we don’t want” words and concepts: homelessness, hunger, poverty. Anti war, war on crime, war on drugs etc, People march in anti-war marches protest marches or peace marches. Different vibes. Even the word “march” has a certain vibe. Or even march at all – perhaps finding another way. These concepts are ingrained and more people are waking up to that.
    We know that words are energy and vibrate frequencies. When a person identifies himself/ herself as homeless, or poor just the energy of the words can create feelings of hopelessnes, shame and loss of identity.
    I so understand the feeling. How to define a concept in one word.
    I’d say let’s have a contest to find new words to define these issues, but that word is also pushing against. Maybe we could “brainstorm” but I’m not sure I like that word now either. So we need a new word for that process too!
    It’s exciting to be with a group of people so in tune.
    This is a powerful time. It’s the Spring Equinox and also a full moon AND Easter happening with a few days of each other.
    Just read this from Lynda Hill’s blog – she offers some inspirational meaning as to these three events.
    “. . . Sabian Symbol for this full moon is one of ascension and transmutation. It’s at Libra 2: The Light of the Sixth Race Transmuted to the Seventh.
    This Symbol can show a leap ahead in consciousness, so much so that the old ways of functioning and living are no longer satisfying, or even possible. A feeling of ascension is present here, with people approaching an entirely new level of living and operating. There’s a need to be with or communicate with people who have shared visions and hopes for the future. We have a choice: the fruits of past experience can bring either light or dark to the present.
    The degree of the Sun is Aries 2: A Comedian Entertaining a Group of Friends.
    Humor, laughter, lightness of being, seeing the lighter side all contributes to a feeling of lightness; something we really need during these times of high intensity and significant events.
    ‘The purpose of our lives is to be happy’. The Dalai Lama”

  • […] even revealed something more shocking. I totally agree with Jeanette of Good Vibe Blog, that when we persist, they resist. It’s really the Law Of […]

  • Rick says:

    John, my email is
    Send me yours and we can start a discussion my friend.

  • Paul says:

    Wow, I’m so glad that I stumbled upon this discussion. On further reading, I was going to respond to Jeanette’s comments on judgement. (But that seemed off-topic and I know I will probably attract a few more opportunities to discuss this topic on my own .) The discussion seemed to resonate with my past experience–that is, UNTIL Robert’s and Leslie’s posts (Thank you!) And then it hit home, “Ahem, Paul, this is your present, right now.” (Most people get an “Ah-ha!” moment; mine are more Homer Simpson-esque “D’oh!” moments.)
    A little background: Not long ago I closed a business I founded. And, while I’m creating my next inspired step in my career, I’ve decided to digitize and shred all those years of business records one’s required to keep. (If any of you might be interested in my experiences with that, I’d be happy to share.)
    As you can imagine, scanning these invoices, letters, employee reviews, etc., emotions arise–some more feel-good than others. Thanks to your comments above, I was reminded to pay attention to what I was creating for myself. Did I really want to recreate in my life the vendor who had blamed my employees’ honesty for his own inability to add? Or would I choose to focus on the other wonderful vendors who supported our efforts with extra sales materials, handwritten notes or special deals?
    I intend to focus on those latter vendors (although I will confess to a small amount of “banishing” glee when I shred the files of the former vendor).
    Thank you all again!

  • Leslie says:

    I had such a giggle yesteray at work. Harmony is a medium to small dog and she first came to the store with her mistress. Jane tied Harmony to the bike rack. Harmony dragged the bike rack a few feet and had us laughing. She is so sweet and truthfully just doesn’t normally misbehave – she is too much a lady. Jim brings her to the store later on in the day, she sits at the door waiting for him, never ever misbehaving or wandering off.
    What I recognize is that Jane is attached and fearful with Harmony, Jim is not. Different results, different focuses.
    I think what we are teaching one another is how creative can we be with our focus rather than reactive.
    Love Leslie

  • Robert Higginson says:

    I too, am enjoying this discussion. This is something that seems so easy to see in others but I find it very difficult to see in myself. I also noticed the “irony” in the Spitzer story but I have to stop and think of what I am doing in my own life. A great example is that I have been struggling for months to get rid of the clutter in my office and kitchen, in fact through most of my house. But, of course, the more I focus on it the worse it gets! So now I am focusing more on the one room in my house that is completely clutter free, my guest room. (Maybe I’m thinking that I have to keep it available for someone else to bring THEIR clutter) But whatever the reason, it’s a nice, neat, empty space. I like nice clean, well organized, empty spaces and I am going to focus on them as they spread throughout my house.
    Thanks for the examples! And why is it that this is so easy to see in others but not so easy to see in our self’s? Maybe that is why everyone should have a coach.

  • Peregrine John says:

    Hey Rick, I would *love* to find out more details about your youth group experiment. The potential to create just such a thing appeared here just yesterday.

  • Paul, thank you for your first post! Nice to hear from you!
    You made me laugh with your “inner wordsmith needing caffeine” comment.
    I think you really summed it up nicely here. I’ve been verbose in trying to make the same point – you succeeded quite nicely. A positive focus is all it takes.
    Well said. Thanks for pitching in!

  • John and Rick, your posts remind me of the story one of my fabulous clients told me last week.
    She taught a group of teachers that instead of singling out the student who is acting up and trying to modify that negative behavior, find the student who is behaving and notice/reward them. (They give out popsicle sticks. ?! Go figure! It works!)
    She says before long not only is the whole class behaving, but pretty soon other teachers are taking note and wanting to know your secret.
    I think there’s a lot of wisdom and much for us to learn in that example.
    I don’t criticize Russ for complaining about cat hair or cat vomit or late night cat antics, but when he’s on the floor scratching my dog’s belly or whispering sweet things in Sadie’s ear or sharing his eggs with Elsa, I tell him how much it means to me that he’s good to my animals. Hugely different vibe I’m flowing with that, huh? Which is what I think allows us to live in pretty good harmony together.

  • Jennifer, you said your group’s purpose was to “address the issues” … but I suspect that’s far from a detailed, complete picture. What do you really want? What’s the core essence of it?
    With that clarity of focus, I suspect you’ll find your next steps much easier to know.
    Example, instead of feeling like I want to help put an end to cruelty to animals, I see it more that I want to do my part – whatever that is – to enhance their experience here.
    “My part” has recently felt like fostering some of the shelter animals till they get new homes, and saying hello to every dog I meet (oh, who am I kidding? That enhances MY experience here).
    I mean, I stepped in to delay their re-emergence with Source and I think I did them some kind of FAVOR? Huge judgment going on, huh?
    I try to wrap my brain around Abraham’s words that there’s nothing wrong here; there’s nothing to fix. I feel the truth of that, and yet, I also want to ask, “Have you seen the movie ‘Earthlings??!'”
    And then I remember to go in the direction of what feels good. What is that? Whatever my answer is, I go there. And I know that serves the situation best.
    So my volunteer work doesn’t feel so much like I’m working hard to put an end to homeless animals, as much as it does I’m following my feel good. Right now that’s to have Oscar and George hanging out at my place till their new mom shows up.
    The actions might look the same, but the energy behind it is night and day. Know what I mean?
    I can have this husky dog recuperating at my house (after he was tied up and dragged behind a truck by his irate owner) and be outraged that this could happen, angry at people who are capable of such things, furious that my state has no law to imprison such a person, OR I can have this husky dog recuperating at my house, grateful that I can help, filled with appreciation that there are other people who cared enough to step in, and loving this sweet dog who still manages to trust yet another person.
    Totally different vibe. Totally different creations.
    Isn’t this fascinating work?

  • John, I agree. Convincing City Hall would be next to impossible, I suspect. And the harder we tried, the further away we’d get from what we want.
    But, if part of our work is to stop fretting about what others are wanting and attracting and doing with their lives, and focus more on ourselves and what we’re attracting, then we wouldn’t care so much about City Hall, I suspect.
    Thought-provoking question. We’re barely touching on it here. Perhaps it deserves its own post.

  • Good point, Rick. Your post made me wonder about how we automatically see crime as a bad thing. What if it weren’t? What if it were a perfect vehicle for those involved to learn what they hadn’t yet learned? Appreciation, safety, forgiveness, understanding, not taking things for granted … I’m making that up, but in a way I can see that as a real possibility.
    And what if ending our political career on a $5,000 call girl wasn’t a bad thing? What if it was just a thing? Not good, bad or ugly? Just an experience?
    We bring a lot of judgment to our daily life, don’t we? And I do mean we, because I’ve got it going too. (The *&^@$ guy who didn’t ship my magic genie lamp after I paid for it on ebay is giving me a good reminder that I still flow judgment.)
    How would I get to get over judging if it weren’t for @$*&s like him? hee hee Someone’s gotta wear the black hat! lol
    Barb – all I can say is you’re flowing some good stuff!! Yeah, you can knock out a tranny with a single thought, but look at all the great friends and help and support you’re lettin’ in, too! Good on you!
    Thanks for posting Rick and Barb. I enjoyed reading your thoughts!

  • Good tip, Shama. I might need to retain your services! I hadn’t thought of that. 🙂
    Larry, I don’t know if anyone else can tell you how to handle the chipmunks, since what will work best for you is what feels best to you – whatever that is.
    I have to say, what comes to mind as I read your comment is that I would LOVE to live somewhere where chipmunks were a problem. lol I’m sure if I were in your shoes I would come to see it differently. (I have a little fantasy going that I might actually see a squirrel in this pine tree outside my front window.)
    In my dad’s neighborhood people complain because deer eat their flowers and shrubs. If I lived near deer, I would be one of those people planting things specifically for them. In fact, one of my friends lives several miles west of me and she and some other neighbors actually puts out bales of hay for deer during the winter. While the other half of the neighbors put up fences.
    When I had lots of stray cats communing in my garage, and it was starting to smell like it, I gave the dogs lots of time outside, if you know what I mean. What’s a natural predator of chipmunks? Maybe you could engage the natural food chain to solve the problem. (I still feel inclined to put problem in quotes. At least you’re not figuring out what to do about .. something else that will remain nameless .. as I have no interest in attracting any of those.)
    Great question, Larry! I invite others to offer suggestions as well!

  • Shunsuke – I agree that people often have a tendency to focus on what they don’t want and try to solve it by fighting against or escaping from. That’s a big habit to change, huh? I also admire Elizabeth’s honesty in the story you related … authenticity is one of my core values so I always appreciate seeing it in others, especially when it’s not easy to do.
    And Mr. Law of Attraction – I love that you are having fun with your skunk attraction! Ha ha!! I think that’s super cool of you. My ex-boyfriend spent some time with skunks – I wish I could say it was rescue but it was more of a “pet” thing. I’d loved to have known him at that time in his life. : )
    Thanks for posting both of you!

  • Paul says:

    This enlightening post and its follow-on discussion has prompted my 1st post. Thank you!
    @Jennifer: Perhaps it might be helpful for your group to refocus itself; for example,instead of addressing “hunger” perhaps your group could address “improved access to or distribution of food to everyone”? (I’m sorry; I just know I could phrase that elegantly but my Inner Wordsmith is in need of caffeine.)
    Thank you all for giving me much to think about.

  • Rick says:

    John, I love your post. Thanks!
    It reminded me of when I had a Saturday night Youth Group at a local church.
    They approached me and asked if I would be interested in starting a program that would not only involve the youth (11 through 15 year olds) of the church but also the community. The told me that I had free rein with respect to structure and content. Cool.
    The first night I had 3 kids. Within 6 months I had 50 kids every week who were pretty much regulars.We were sport and game centris and like magic every week something would happen to highlight an area of values or behaviour that we could discuss. It was unbelievably rich and rewarding.
    After a year the Church Elders approached me and told me that the kids needed a structured scripture based component (that basically discussed the same stuff) and that they were hiring a real Youth Pastor and if I wanted to help, I could. They also chastized me about being too ‘worldly’ in my approach.
    I strenuously objected to this, but they wouldn’t listen, so I said bye to the kids and stood back and watched.
    Sadly, within two weeks they were back to a handfull of kids.
    I think what really burns my toast is that they never believed that they made a mistake.
    So as I mentioned in another post, determining their desire is pretty important.

  • Peregrine John says:

    Jennifer’s quandary very much sums up a lot of my own wonderings on this topic. It reminds me of the Extreme Home Makeover they showed recently, in a small Nevada town, for a biker pastor and his family. (The pastor himself was fantastic, sort of a …well, what do call him? Big, bearded, loving, strong, delightful. I know: Harley Claus. Anyway,)
    The family had noticed the shiftless, discontented, bored ways of the local teens, and the fact that there were yearly deaths due to suicide and alcohol abuse. They reached out to the kids, gave them guidance and a place to hang out safely, and called it Soul’d Out Ministries. I mention it because their approach isn’t to say what not to do, but rather to bring positive influence to the kids. When asked to describe it in a word, the kids came up with: Family; Trust; Fun; Hope. The family understands that good things automatically drive out the bad, as light dispels dark.

  • Rick says:

    Sorry, to make it clearer, I meant that I always use the same model: the interactions are never the same.

  • Rick says:

    Great question Jennifer!!
    I know this might sound weird, but I see this as primarily an issue of education.
    Okay, how I approach this kind of stuff is focusing on the outcome: the three things I determine are:
    1. How (or what) do they want to feel (or experience emotionally)?
    2. Who (or what) do they want to Be?
    3. What do they want?
    I find that the order is important because from a LOA point of view, what we feel drives the results, are values shape the results and the things we want focus the results.
    If we focus on their homelessness, or their hunger or their hardship, which is what they are experiencing (feeling), we resonate with and amplify the same stuff.
    So, from a pacing and leading perspective, I can resonate with their desires instead of their story. In helping them to create a vision (and emotional experience) of their ideal present and by supplying them with the psychological technology (LOA, NLP, etc) to manifest it, we powerfully enhance the physical help we offer (meals, beds, hugs, etc).
    So, I guess I’m saying that if I love them in a way that co-creates their misery, I am helping them stay miserable. So, when I connect with a guy in the street who is hungry, or cold or screaming at the sky incoherently, I use the above model to determine how I react. It is always the same because it demands that I connect with each person as a separate person.
    Hmmmm …. I ‘ve re-read the above and will just leave it here to wait for feedback.
    Thanks again, Jennifer!

  • Rick says:

    You are so welcome John. I sense the same resonance!

  • Oh my gosh, I can hardly drag myself away from the computer to get to the foster pup’s vet appointment! I’m loving this conversation!
    Jennifer, I wrote an article on exactly this topic for the April issue of Catalyst … I’ll post a copy online and give you the link.
    I’ll be back ASAP!! Thanks for all the great comments and discussion, everyone! But don’t wait on me … keep ’em coming!

  • Jennifer T says:

    This is a timely subject for me; at my spiritual center I started a group the purpose of which is to address issues of hunger, peace, homelessness, etc. We can’t seem to get off the ground b/c we don’t want to “focus” on the negative and aren’t sure how to address it without lending energy to what we don’t want. See the problem? I mean, I’m sure it’s helpful for some folks to be homeless, hungry, etc – AND – we want to alleviate the suffering of our brothers and sisters. The “we’re all one” stance. So…what’s a girl/group to do?! Any suggestions my fellow LOAers?

  • Peregrine John says:

    I think I connected with Rick’s description (as I usually do – thanks, Rick!), but convincing City Hall of this will be interesting.

  • Barb says:

    HI Jeanette!
    Great post…and so TRUE!! For the last several months my car hadn’t been quite as perfect as I’d like it to have been. Unfortunately, I also used “its problem” as an excuse to avoid attending a staff party. Sure enough, my words came back to haunt me a week ago and my transmission gave up!! On the brighter side, I’ve realized how many good friends I have that really care about me. Three different people from animal rescue groups I work with through the animal hospital have provided me with rides to and from work but one also managed to find a rebuilt tranny for my car and her husband has offered to put it in for me! Too cool!
    Thanks for reminding me how LOA works

  • Rick says:

    I LOVE this topic!
    For me it speaks to some very core issues involving my reality vs. everyone else’s.
    One thing I lock down first is that the LOA is a Law. So, being a law, it works on you the same way as it works on me. From there I just have to “do the math”.
    I believe that no matter how many police we have out there, they, each one, is living what they are attracting. I believe that ‘groups’ attract nothing: the individuals are attracting stuff, together. (This is an important distinction to me, because it gives me leverage to create something new when I become aware that I’m vibrating ‘hive mind’) If I want to know what they (the police) are vibrating or thinking, I just look at the results.
    So, all I can say for sure is that if we put more police out there, they will each get what they are vibrating. Now, what will I get with them vibrating all their individual stuff, together, say, in my neighbourhood? Exactly what I am vibrating, otherwise I would be in different neighbourhood. If they, and I, are vibrating love, I can pretty well guess what our experience of our neighbourhood will be.
    So, if I wanted to get the exact same results as Mr. Spitzer how would I do it?
    Nope, I won’t walk down that vibrational path, even for an exercise.
    But I believe I can learn as much about that situation by examining the obverse; If I want to be faithful to my wife, if I want to respect and love women enough to not use or manipulate their story of themselves to satisfy mine, if I want to live in sexual balance, if I want to create an environment where my community manifests love for each and every person, if I want to Be the man I say I am, I have to vibrate THOSE things. And then I have to physically live out the actions that are congruent and harmonious with that vibration. So, was Mr. Spitzer thinking those thoughts? Maybe. But the results show that he wasn’t vibrating it, or holding and cultivating that kind of energy in himself.
    I realize that I am avoiding discussing whether or not the image of politicians and situations truly represent them. I do this because the world I am vibrating, is filled with perfect human beings, and each one of these perfect beings is just one thought away from heaven or hell. Each one of us will make our choices, thought by thought.
    I’ll stop ramblin’. Any kind feedback on the above is welcome. It’s all good.
    Love to all

  • Larry says:

    Well, I wonder if this will work for my chipmunk problem. I have to admit they’re cute as hell, but they can be destructive. The last few years I’ve been live trapping them, then setting them free in a park, but their numbers are incredible. So, what do you think. Should I just ignore them?(they burrow under concrete patios and driveways) I think maybe I’ll give it a try and spend less “energy” on them and see what happens.
    I recently found your blog and I’m very thankful for it.

  • Shama Hyder says:

    = )
    What we give our energy to is what manifests.
    GREAT post. I hope you made this into a Press Release and shipped it out. ; )

  • Mr Law of Attraction says:

    That’s a wonderful post, whatever we focus upon becomes our reality , good bad or indiferent. I’m sure your dad is a smart man but my bet’s on the racoon. I hope you are enjoying him ,they are lot’s of fun. I seem to attract skunks for some reason, but I changed it into a positive and was featured on the front page of a newspaper for rescuing a young skunk that had it’s head stuck in a jar. It’s what you make of it .

  • Shunsuke says:

    Interesting. Once I wrote a report about “Five Stages of Grief” of Elisabeth Kübler Ross in a psychology class, who was an expert of terminology. She devoted herself on hospice care throughout her life. She even believed in afterlife. So i thought she sure knew how to accept her own death. Then recently somebody told me that she swore at god in anger something like “why did you do this to me!!” at her death. I was shocked to hear that n thought it was ironic.
    But you’re right. maybe i can apply LOA on her case too. it wasn’t irony.
    I think intentionally or unintentionally people often focus on what they resist the most. and try to solve them by fighting against them or escaping from them. (for her, the biggest one was death i guess.) But neither fighting nor escaping is necessary. what we have to do is stop resisting and “live and let live” as you say. I like that.
    But i like her honesty. it was much better than just pretending like she accept her death. She taught us something by showing her emotion as it is.
    Anyway great post, thanks!

  • I’ll be the first to admit it’s easier to write about dad’s raccoon than Spitzer’s resignation. But being practiced at finding the better-feeling perspective, I found myself thinking if I had five grand to blow I’d probably be curious as to what all the Emperor’s Club fuss was about too.
    Plus I remember that we’re all connected and all one – so whatever someone else is capable of, so am I. I’ve probably been there, done that at some point in my past life history anyway, if not this one. lol
    It feels good to cut people slack, partly because it makes it that much easier to give it to myself when the occasion arises.
    Plus Abraham says there are no problems anyway. (I’m still working my way to that one fully, but I get a good solid feel for it now and again.)
    I have to tell you, Leslie, two of my favorites words to read are “Love Leslie” because you do give good love, my friend. Nice to hear you here again. Thanks for pitching in!

  • Leslie says:

    That Dad of yours – he is pretty funny. – and I love that the raccoon didn’t get any thing. Maybe that means he will be back LOL.
    And you are so incredible sweet because of course I saw the irony of Spritzer too but I snorted in disgust instead of seeing the law of attraction of it all duhhh, too busy with the snorts and feeling for the pained looks on all their faces. Yikes, we really do have to live with our words and spells don’t we. Let’s make them more fun than that.
    Love Leslie

  • John, it’s an easy trap to fall in, isn’t it? I do myself sometimes still.

    As to your question/example … let’s look at it. The results tell the LOA story. What’s the history been? We’ve probably got more law enforcement than ever, would you agree? And … ha ha … how effective would you say that has been?

    I’m not pretending that I’m all lined up here with all the answers … but I know how LOA works. We can see it all around us.

    I mostly couldn’t resist noting the obviousness of Spitzer’s situation from an LOA perspective. I personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with hiring expensive call girls, so I just got a kick out of the story and the example it shows us. I’m also not opposed to hiring more cops or building more prisons or raccoon proofing the birdfeeders or whatever else anyone wants to do to feel better.

    The live and let live motto is probably a good way to go, huh? Thanks for engaging the conversation, John! That’s what I love about the blog vs. the ezines!

  • Kim, I think you’re right! (that both dad and raccoon are enjoying the matchup!) I’m laughing thinking of that scene from Enchanted … I did love that show!
    After dad read this, he emailed to say: “Hi Daughter, Funny blog. The raccoon showed up again last night but, was unsuccessful at getting anything.” I think he meant that as a sign that he’s winning. lol
    Nice to hear from you again, my friend! How’s the book writing coming along?

  • Peregrine John says:

    Soooo, if we put more cops on the streets we’ll get more crime? I think I got lost somewhere in there…

  • Kim Falconer says:

    Oh Jeannette, this is wonderful.
    Thank you!
    This so reminds me of the film ‘Enchanted’ where Giselle wakes up in the totally trashed NY apartment an calls in the animal friends to help it clean up. They aren’t quite as fuzzy and cute as the 2D characters from Andalasia. There are city pidgins and sewer rats (with fleas) and cockroaches and flies. She looks at them, noting the difference, and then smiles saying, “It’s always nice to meet new friends.”
    That’s a much different vibe that, “Eeeeek! Go away you disgusting horrid creatures.”
    There’s a great lesson here, and I so love your motto, ” Live and Let Live.”
    x Kim
    PS I don’t know your Dad but I also got the feeling while I read that he is very much enjoying his battle of wits with the raccoon! Perhaps they both are…

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