I was never terribly gifted in science. I thought it was interesting, but because I have a bit of a math deficit, there were aspects that were really difficult for me to understand....like, why did I need to learn how to calculate chemistry equations? Anyway, my interest always went back to the ways in which science explains what i understood intuitively about people and the world. I think there is a correlate in the scientific measurable world to most (not all) "supernatural" phenomena, and I picked up on this as a child.
Nonetheless, most of us learn about "natural laws". You know, things like "what goes up must come down", "every action has an equal and opposite reaction", etc. these natural laws have been at the forefront of scientific philosophy for hundreds of years, because they appear to "work". However, there are other natural or Universal laws that are vitally important and may even be more readily important in our everyday lives (even though admittedly gravity tends to play a significant role in keeping us from tumbling off the planet)
We often think of these as colloquial universal laws, because they don't appear to have a measurable scientific correlate (although some of them do). We tend to express these as idioms, proverbs or common sayings but they point to larger universal concepts.
Many of these laws are misunderstood and could use a little explanation. So these are my interpretation of a few "natural laws" as I understand them. A version of these idioms exist in most cultures across the world, so there's gotta be something to them...
1. What Goes Around Comes Around/You Reap What You Sow:
This refers to the laws of karma. Of course I've written a lot about karma in this blog, but when people use this phrase they often mean that someone will get what they deserve (usually this is muttered when someone transgresses us in some way). This law points to the cyclical nature of life, and that what we do, think and feel has a direct correlation to what we will receive in the world. We all come out of the formless and return to it, seasons change, we reap what we sow, etc. This is a fact of our existence, and what we may not have an immediate result in this life, but somewhere down the line of lives you will need to balance the experience.
2. Energy Follows Thought:
This is a favorite amongst "New Age" people. However, this does in fact have a scientific correlate that we can measure (which we love to do in Western culture). This law refers to the fact that what we think creates our reality. If we take a pill and believe it will heal us, then it has a higher chance of actually healing us (placebo effect). In this sense the energy of the positive thought of "this will heal me" will often enact a physical reaction in the body that will invoke a healing. However, whether you are healed or not depends on other factors such as the environment of your body at the time, whether your soul wants the healing, the strength of your willpower, your karma etc).
This law applies to negative thinking as well; studies have shown that people that are more negative, anxious or pessimistic tend to be at greater risk for heart disease, stroke and other physical problems. When we meditate and we think of something peaceful, rejuvenating or protective our body responds sympathetically and we have shifted the energy in and around our physical space. So what we think in a large part manifests the world that we live in, so it's a good maxim to remember when things seem to be crumbling around us. Take a look at your thinking and what you could be unconsciously manifesting in your life.
3. Like Attracts Like or Opposites Attract:
Both are true, and both refer in one way to the magnetic nature of karma. We attract to us that which we need in order to grow. In our relationships this may be an attraction to a type of person that will force us to work on a particular issue (daddy or mommy issues anyone?). If we desire (on a soul level) to learn about attachment we may attract someone who steals all of our money or attracted a burglar (what better way to teach us how to let go of things!). The personality often hates these lessons, but the soul loves them.
If we are a walking ball of negative thinking we will attract situations and people who are negative to match our vibrational frequency. Conversely if we are positive then we attract that which matches that frequency (or we may decide to do a bit of work and attract the opposite in order to test us). Whether we attract a similar or opposite energy to us depends on the need of the moment and the specific focus of what you need to work through, and how your soul (not your personality) has chosen to work through its specific karmic contract.
4. If You Love Something Let It Go:
This particular law relates to attachment. We could interpret this one a couple of ways: The first is that which we cling to tends to slip away from us. Our attachment to an idea, person, story, possession is in many ways a chain that keeps us tethered to the physical world. However, it can become cumbersome to us and to that which we are attached. If we let go of our attachment it seems to follow that what we wanted all along comes back to us, if it doesn't then it wasn't meant to be ours anyway.
On a deeper level this law points to the fact that we are moving (as we evolve our consciousness more and more) toward a state of complete non-attachment. Meaning that we do not cling to the things/people (whether tangible or intangible) in our lives. True abundance only comes when we are free of that which we cling to, this is the meaning of freedom. When it comes to relationships we believe the more we cling the harder we love, but a true act of love is giving that which we love back to the universe (if its a person we let go of control) if it's a thing we give it way. We may find that it returns to us in ways we couldn't have imagined, we may find it does not. Either way we loosened the grip of attachment