The Law of Attraction is the universal law that explains why our lives are the way they are. It states that the outer world we experience is a reflection of the inner world, which we create for ourselves. The Law of Attraction is the principle that we always attract to ourselves that which is in alignment with our state of being.
The Law of Attraction is related to an old esoteric document called the Emerald Tablet, which includes the words, “As Above, So Below.” The Emerald Tablet is
attributed to an ancient Egyptian sage named Hermes Trismegistus. Whatever its origin, As Above, So Below tells us that everything in the universe is unified, or one. We can even see the similarity in the words “universe” and “unity” or “unified” – “uni” simply means one. Some modern scientists have suggested that the universe is a kind of hologram, which means that every part is a perfect reflection of the whole.
This idea of the part reflecting the whole becomes very important when you remember that you are a part of the universe. This relates back to the Law of Attraction — everything you think and feel is reflected back to you in outer circumstances. In the saying, As Above, So Below, “above” can stand for the outer world, everything you see around you, and “below” can stand for your inner state, your thoughts, emotions and beliefs. There is one vital aspect of this formula to understand, however. While the inner and outer are perfect reflections of one another, you only have control over one of them -the inner.
Most of the time, people tend to assume the opposite -that their inner state is a result of what the outer world has made them. Mainstream psychology supports this, stressing the importance on the environment in forming a person’s character.
While there is no denying that the environment does have a powerful impact on us, especially when we are children, if we understand the Law of Attraction, we can begin to “turn the tables” on environmental influence. That is, instead of our environment creating us, we can begin to create our environment. This is actually the basis for the Hermetic teachings that came from the Emerald Tablet and have been practiced over the centuries by various groups. More recently, quantum physics has begun to prove some of this scientifically. It has been shown, for example, that subatomic particles are actually influenced by those who observe them.
If we understand that the inner and outer, or above and below are perfect reflections of one another, we then have a choice. We can allow the outer world to determine every aspect of our lives. Of course, following the Hermetic principles, it is also true that at some point we ourselves have created these outer events, but we will probably not be aware of this most of the time without making an effort to understand this. If we choose this option, or choose it by default by not making a choice, our lives will tend to be repetitive, as we will be reacting to the same kinds of events over and over, not realizing our own part in creating them.
The other, more empowering choice is to take control of the “below,” that is, our thoughts and emotions. Then we can gradually understand that the external world will reflect what we create in ourselves. This is the intention behind those who have taught both the Law of Attraction and the Hermetic wisdom of the Emerald Tablet over the centuries.