The Law of Opposition and the
Law of Attraction


The law of opposition is the critical function that determines the quality of our experience, while the law of attraction simply states that there is a correlation between thoughts and events. This correlation naturally leads to the idea that if one can think the right things, then the right events will follow, which leads to practices of God-like co-creation, manifestation and 'The Secret'.

However, this correlation doesn't imply the volition necessary to control thoughts and feelings, nor does it imply the separation necessary for an individual creator to create, or to co-create with another creator. This article isn't about debunking the popular practice of the law of attraction, and so I'll simply say that there is indeed a correlation between thoughts and events, and the rest of it is based on misconception. We're more interested in the dualistic function of the law of opposition in which mutually defining polarities of that focus of attention are both encountered.

The reason that thoughts and the rest of our experience are correlated is that experience is a singular movement. It's a bit like watching a movie, in that you don't wonder at the synchronicity of how all the images and sounds play together because you know that it's a singular event in which all the parts are inherently connected. You don't marvel at the fact that the movie plays out the same way every time you watch it because you know all the parts are working together and there is just 'the movie'.

Likewise, experience consists of sense perception, thoughts and feelings, and the only thing that makes thoughts and feelings look different from sense perception is that they seem to be coming from inside instead of outside. Inside and outside are really just more thoughts happening in the 'life movie'. All perception is happening 'here', as you can observe from your direct experience, and you don't really know anything about what's happening 'out there'. It can be useful to view thoughts as merely a different form of sense perception, fully integrated into the fabric of our experiences. In this way, thoughts do not create experiences, they are part of the experiences themselves.

The law of attraction is based on the idea that 'like attracts like', but this doesn't describe the movement of our actual experience, it merely describes the distortions in the fabric of experience itself. Dualistic experience consists of inseparable pairs which you either engage or not, and the engegement of a given pair as a creative exploration of ansd inseparable dichotomy is what is referred to in the law of opposition. Like the two sides of a coin, you either hold the coin in your hand or you do not. If you do, you necessarily hold both sides. The law of attraction says that your focus on a particular coin is corellated with your experience of that coin. The law of opposition detemines whether it will be heads or tails.

So the law of attraction says that your focus on a given polarity, such as happy/sad or abundance/lack, will be correlated with your experience. If you are focused on happy or sad, you have engaged the happy/sad dichotomy as an inseparable pair, each literally defined by it's opposite. What you do with those polarities has nothing to do with the law of attraction. Now we're talking about the law of opposition.

While the law of attraction refers to the movement of dualistic pairs in and out of our experience, the law of opposition refers to the movement between those polarities that defines our actual experience of them. Dualistic pairs of opposites form a tension between them, and the movement that experience is, happens in the attempt to resolve that tension. What we actually experience is only the movement between good/bad, right/wrong, happy/sad, light/dark, hard/soft, big/small. This is the entirety of our experience.

Whatever your focus of attention is, will draw that particular 'coin' into your experience so that you can work with whatever tension you experience between the polarities. If this tension is not there, you would not be focusing on that 'coin', and so the tension is a given. The exploration of that polarity does not lead to tilting the dualistic balance permanently one way or the other, since this cannot be done because that balance is formed subjectively. The goal is to resolve the tension and transcend the polarity. Transcending it does not mean no longer engaging in it, it simply means no longer using it to create your own suffering.


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