“You can’t always get what you want.
“But if you try, sometimes-
“You just might find-
“You’ll get what you need.”
~ Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Sill pretty sound advice. Do a Google search for “How to have everything you want in life.” You’ll get over 830 million hits.
One of my favorites is typical of the mystical new-age bullshit you can waste your money on. MindpowerNews.com ran this post from e-book author David Cameron:
“So how do you get whatever it is that you want in your life, easily? Here is the formula for all creation of one’s reality. And trust me; it is as easy as you make it to be.”
Oh ya- it’s easy all right. Cameron reduces the fulfillment of all your desires to a simple 3 step formula:
Step 1: Ask
Step 2: The universe answers
Step 3: Receive
Yup, that’s all there is to it. Cameron explains:
“Don’t bother about how you will achieve your desire – the way will show up step by step automatically. Just be clear only on the end result, not necessarily on the way to get there.”
It seems every one of these crooks has to toss the salad with some pseudo-scientific gooblegook:
“Did you know that there are many Nobel Laureate quantum physicists that have proven without doubt that the act of observing is what creates that which is being observed?”
No- they didn’t. What physicists are saying is that on a quantum, or very small level, it’s impossible to conduct an experiment without the experiment itself affecting the outcome…usually on a very small level…which they measure and include in their final calculations. They call this “The Observer Effect.”
Here’s a simple example from Wikipedia:
“In physics the term observer effect refers to changes that the act of observation will make on the phenomenon being observed. This is often the result of instruments that, by necessity, alter the state of what they measure in some manner. A commonplace example is checking the pressure in an automobile tire; this is difficult to do without letting out some of the air, thus changing the pressure. This effect can be observed in many domains of physics…”
“…For an electron to become detectable, a photon must first interact with it, and this interaction will change the path of that electron.”
Let’s not get lost in physics. That’s what the gurus want. They think if they cite scientific data, no matter how incongruous, they’ll convince you that their beliefs are somehow validated scientifically.
Here’s the plain fact:
If you want something, you’ve got to work for it. Here’s some science to go along with that:
P = W/T
This means power equals work over time. In the case of human endeavor, that means the harder you work and the more time you put in the greater your capacity to act or perform effectively.
Sounds kind of scientific, doesn’t it?
Look- there’s just nothing terribly scientific about your wants and desires. There’s nothing terribly scientific about your feelings and beliefs- in fact, that’s why we have metaphysics. Religion, faith and metaphysics aren’t meant to be scientific. These practices are supposed to give us some basis of acceptance for that which we can’t explain scientifically – yet. You’re entitled to believe whatever you like and if those beliefs help you apply yourself more effectively, so be it.
Just be careful those beliefs aren’t setting you up for disaster and most of all, be careful how much money and time you spend on someone else’s beliefs.
So what’s the harm in believing some of this stuff? We’ll cover that on Wednesday…
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