Metaphysical Laws—The Twelve Universal Laws Explained in a Nutshell
Law of Attraction is only the beginning...
Many people are familiar with the “Law of Attraction” now due to the popularity of the book and movie “The Secret”. Unfortunately the laws of the universe are a bit more complicated than all that. Although movies like this are a great primer for introducing people to universal laws, they fall a bit short in their ability to teach people all they need to know. Due to its limited size, it over-simplified a lot of things that I feel are very important to understanding and working with the Universal laws in meaningful ways.
Many people get frustrated with trying to manifest their ideal reality. They try things like vision boards, affirmations, focusing on what they do want etc. only to find that they are still coming up short. They may target this energy to things like money or cars, when what they truly want is security and freedom. Does the law of attraction even work? Yes. Yes it does, but it requires a deeper understanding and application of all of the universal laws together in order to truly make it work in your life.
The law of attraction is merely one of the twelve – yes twelve, universal laws. Recognizing and getting a brief understanding of the full circle of universal laws will make working with the “law of attraction” easier.
Trying to work with only the law of attraction is like trying to catch a fish without a hook – or bait, or the fishing pole. You could just hop in the water and try to grab the fish – but it sure is easier when you have a tool and know how to work with all of its respective, but interconnected parts.
So, here are the other universal laws explained in a nutshell with some real-life examples. More searching and seeking is recommended – but hopefully this will spark the desire to learn more.
The Law of Divine Oneness
There is one word I love that I believe sums this law up nicely – Namaste. In it's literal translation “I bow to you” what it truly means is I honor the place in you where the light of God abides – when I am in that place in me and you are in that place in you – there is one of us. In other words – all things are connected and we are all one. It is a way of acknowledging and recognizing that connection we all share.
All life, all energy comes from one source. We are all connected – period. It doesn't merely extend to those we deem likeable or those who believe what we do etc. We all come from the same source and are living expressions of the divine. We must learn to recognize the divinity that is within all things and respect it.
You are not a tiny, insignificant drop in a vast ocean. Your goal is to learn to see the ocean within the drop. Those who see themselves as perpetually “small” are sending vibrational energies that are also “small”. You are a part of an energy source that is so vast, so immeasurable that the mind cannot comprehend it. This lies at the core of you – and every being.
The Law of Vibration
This law states that all things are made of energy. You've like heard the phrase “vibes” as in “I didn't like that place it had a weird vibe”. We are able to intuitively sense the energies around objects, places, other people etc. The law of vibration tells us we must align our energy with what we want to attract. We do this through the power of our emotions (as a sort of barometer to tell us if we are on the right path) and our thoughts, which we can choose to redirect at any moment. Feelings and thoughts combined are powerful things.
A good lesson here is learn to let go! If something irritates you – bless it for teaching you a lesson in spiritual wisdom and then send it packing :) Not fully recognizing this law is also why the law of attraction fails miserably for many people. You must truly act as if you are already what you WANT to be – in order to align your energy with that and help it manifest. Notice I said “help” …. keep reading ;)
The Law of Action
This rule states that you must facilitate the other laws with inspired action. You cannot sit on your butt and expect things to fall into your lap without effort. Does this mean you have to struggle? Absolutely not! If you are “struggling” to reach your goals it means you are not aligned with them properly, or that they are not the right goals for you.
Hard work, when it is something you are passionate about, should be challenging, but also come easy. For me, it's writing. I know that my writing flows easily because it is what I love, and it is the tool that allows me to do what I am most passionate about – helping others. I also challenge myself to write in different ways and to try new things in life so I have more to write about! You must take inspired actions every day that help you move towards your goals. Without action, you might as well forget the rest.
The Law of Correspondence
This law states that your outer world reflects your inner world. Simply stated, you are destined to experience what you think about and your world reflects this to you every day. If you want to change external circumstances in your life, you must change your inner world first.
Those who seek inner peace and clarity find that their daily lives and routines flow more easily and harmoniously. They are better able to cope with life's little upheavals and carry on. Those who get stuck in anger, resentment, and other self-sabotaging emotions and beliefs find that they tend to draw more chaos into their lives – and they likely don't realize they are doing it.
For example, I turn the TV OFF. I read just enough news once or twice a week to stay abreast of what is going on. As a society we tend to focus on the negative – news broadcasts bombard us with hundreds of negative thoughts, images, etc. In turn, our society has become paranoid and fear fuels so many things.
When I was a kid I ran around outside until it was dark – today kids are stuck inside because everyone is terrified of the bogeyman. We have a skewed perception of how the world actually is because we feed that image regularly.
I refuse to live life according to fear. Want to see how beautiful the world is? Go outside on a sunny day and smile at a random stranger. Chances are they aren't going to mug or kill you – they'll probably smile back.
The Law of Cause and Effect
This law states that what you do comes back to you. Many spiritual traditions have taught this universal wisdom in various ways. The most well known “You reap what you sow” or “karma”. If you are passionate and driven in positive ways you will put forth powerful energy and actions that will return to you in the form of rewards. On the other hand, if you are negative and hurtful towards yourself and others, this returns to you as well in the form of consequences.
The Law of Attraction
Like attracts like. Positive energies will attract more positive energies and vice versa. This is why it is important to focus on manifesting positive energy through the use of the various laws of the universe. It goes beyond merely “wishing” or “hoping” or “visualizing” as so many others teach. If you want to attract positive energy – you have to line up with it and apply yourself.
Cosmic Voyage (powers of ten in the universe)
If you ever need proof that the universe and all things in it (yes that includes you!) are created to perfection watch the above documentary.
The Law of Compensation
You get back what you give to others. There is a saying “misery loves company”. It means that when you are miserable, you tend to attract other people who are also miserable, and it becomes a vicious circle that feeds on itself.
Fortunately, the opposite is true! If you want to receive more of something in your life; be what you want to see! Give freely to others what you hope to receive. Does this mean if you need more money you should throw away the money you do have? No, but you should be generous and share abundance according to your current capacity to do so.
Provide for those who are in need by giving of yourself. Be generous and share abundance in its many forms with others – and abundance and prosperity will return to you.
The Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy
Energy is in constant motion and all energy eventually manifests. This law also states that you have the power to change your life. Higher vibrational energies consume lower energies, so if you don't like the path you are on – change it, or more importantly “allow” it to be changed.
Rather than try to “force your will” on people or circumstances, rearrange the way you think and choose to empower yourself. I call this the “learning to go with the flow” law. When we resist change or try to assert a false sense of control over the external world it always leads to struggle. We must learn to embrace change, work with energies and “allow” circumstances, opportunities, etc. to manifest according to divine providence.
The ego's need for a false sense of control can block the flow of positive energy that will actually bring you the ideal circumstances you are searching for. It is fear-based thinking and can undermine your progress in all the other areas if you don't recognize it.
The Law of Relativity
It is what it is. Nothing is good, bad, big, small, etc. until it has been experienced and compared to something else. This law also tells us that sometimes “s**t happens” ;). Energy is always manifesting – period.
This law teaches that every soul will face some challenges; it's what you do with those challenges that define you and determine what you become. You can “fold” under the pressure or rise above and allow your trials to strengthen you. Learn to use your life's challenges as stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks.
One strategy that works when you feel a bit overwhelmed is to know that regardless of what you are suffering at the moment, someone has it worse.
Keep things in perspective. That broken arm might hurt, but somewhere, someone else may have broken both arms and their leg! “This too shall pass”. In times of sorrow or adversity, learn to glean the wisdom and the blessings.
The Law of Polarity
All things have an opposite. Day and night, masculine and feminine, joy and sorrow. Without one the other would not exist. When working with universal laws we use polarity as a way to determine our focus.
Thoughts and ideas that are not working for your highest good can be removed by consciously directing your attention to their opposite. Feeling sad? Watch a funny movie. If you feel angry, rather than dwell on that emotion, focus on what you can do to manifest its opposite. In this way you find solutions that are inspired and empowering.
Anger is often demonized and as a result, we tend to push it down until it explodes into something destructive. If something angers you, turn it into proactive behavior. Don't complain or lash out - DO something.
The Law of Rhythm
“ To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. ”
All energy vibrates and moves according to its own rhythm. These rhythms establish cycles and patterns. Think of the seasons, all of which form a full year. Each season has its own purpose and function, but is a vital part of the full circle.
Learn to harmonize with the higher vibrational energies that you seek to attract. Raise your vibration through the understanding and practice of the other universal laws, and harmonize with those higher energies.
Meditation is a means that many use to connect their energy to their source and as a result they maintain “higher frequencies” and that sense of connection throughout the day.
The Law of Gender
All things have both masculine and feminine energies – yin and yang. All things require space, time and nurturing to grow.
This law tells us that when we plant a seed(masculine) it requires time to grow and manifest(feminine). This is the law that requires patience and persistence and tells us not to give up before the goal is reached.
Do you feel you have a better understanding of Universal Laws after reading this overview?
Questions & Answers
From where did these metaphysical laws originate, or from whom did they come to our awareness?
The laws of the universe have been discussed using varying names and lessons since ancient times. Research the history of various religions and spiritual paths, and you'll see the same lessons taught over and over - the words may be different, but the premises are the same. The Golden Rule is a good example of this. "Do unto others" - If you look at every other major spiritual path, they have this wisdom in one form or another.Helpful 7
Are there other universal laws besides these 12?
Most are different variations of the same basic 12, so yes and no. Kind of like every religion has their version of the "Golden Rule" there are many different spins on "Universal Laws" as well - but this article covers all the basic principles in depth.Helpful 6
© 2011 Christin Sander