I began this study of the 11 Forgotten Laws about 3 months ago, and I have to admit that I am finding the laws more difficult to live. Applying them to my life has been a challenge, and I’ve had success with some of them and less success with others. Now, we shall look at living the law of Obedience.
What does it mean to obey a law? If I were to ask you that, you would probably say something about the laws of the city, state, or country in which you live. And you would be right. Obeying the laws has to do with following the rules set down for the good of those under the law.
When it comes to the laws of life, we feel that we are above these laws; that we can pick and choose which ones we will obey. Most people who fail to follow a law are usually headed for trouble.
With the laws of nature, we recognize that to grow a crop, we must work with nature and plant seeds at right time, take care of the seeds we planted by watering them and keeping the weeds away, and when the time is right, we can harvest the fruits of our labors.
But when we are sick, we expect to be instantly healed of what ails us. We are often reluctant, though, to let go of the habits that led us to be sick in the first place. We continue to insist that our way is right and not recognize our own involvement in it.
Bob Proctor points out that when we bring ourselves into harmony with the laws of life, we often experience quantum leaps.
Take our health, for example. We know that if we eat a healthy diet of a wide variety of foods, drink lots of water, exercise regularly, and get plenty of rest, we will be full of life and energy. Yet how many of us opt for the burger and super-sized fries and drink to eat as we sit on the couch watching TV? (In an ironic twist, I happen to be drafting this post as I am eating a burger, onion rings, tea, and a lemon pie at 1:45 AM. So I’m just as guilty as anyone!) How many go out every weekend (if they even wait for the weekend) and party with their friends until the wee hours of the morning? How often are we consuming 2, 3, even 4 times what our caloric intake should be? Then we’re wondering why our bellies are getting so big, obesity is becoming epidemic, and why we feel so tired and lethargic all the time.
When we begin to eat the right portions of the right kinds of foods that our bodies need, to drink plenty of water, and to get plenty of rest and exercise, we find that we quickly start losing the excess weight we’ve been carrying. And even before we start reaching our ultimate goal of our ideal weight, we find that we have lots more energy to perform the tasks that we truly want to do.
If we look at our finances, we see the same thing. Just look at the most basic of all wealth building principles: To make your wealth grow, your income must be greater than your expenses. Yet we live in an age where debt is rampant. And we wonder why we’re broke, living from paycheck to paycheck. But when we manage to get our expenses lower than our income, we suddenly find that we have more money to do all the things that we really want to do.
In our thinking, we need to learn that the same thing is true. When we are consumed by worry, those worries begin to come true in our lives. If we want to achieve a goal, we must focus on the outcome. We need to dismiss the negative thoughts of some outcome that is not desired. If what we think about is what comes into being in our lives, then we need to bring ourselves into harmony with this law and only dwell on the positive outcome that we wish to achieve.
To live the law of obedience, then, we should be obeying all the laws of life. We can’t just pick and choose which ones we want to live by. Any that we fail to abide by will make our lives more difficult. But when we start to align our lives back with the law we have been breaking, we will be able to overcome the challenges.
As he begins this chapter on the Law of Obedience, Raymond Holliwell tells us in Working with the Law that “Many people, when they learn that the science of living is governed by exacting laws, immediately assume that to live rightly is to live the hard way. They are afraid of a law that is exacting in its demands when it touches their relationship with the finer things.” But it doesn’t have to be this way. When we live in obedience to the laws of life, we will find that these laws allow us freedom we would not have otherwise expected.
Think about the people who gets by in life by stealing things from other people. That person is constantly on the look out for someone who might find out and be trying to catch him. He constantly worries about someone taking what he has. But the person who has worked honestly for what he has lives with more freedom. He is not worried about who might be chasing him. He may still protect his stuff, but it is not with the same sense of dread of what will happen if his stuff is taken.
If we were to think about other laws in life, we would find similar experiences. People who knowingly disobey a law are always on edge of being found out and called out on what they’re not doing. When they do get called out, they are quick to be defensive with “reasons” of why they did what they did. But if they obey the Laws of life, then they are free to focus on the things that they really desire and hope to achieve.
So start learning and obeying the laws of life. When you are living with the law of obedience, you are following the laws of life. Following those laws will bring you abundance and peace of mind.
What has your experience been with living the law of obedience? Have you failed to obey one of Life’s Laws? What was your experience when you began living according to the Law? Share your thoughts in the comments below!