The Law of Action is, indeed, one of the 12 laws of the Universe. This law is crucial in making all the other 11 laws work, yet many people forget about its significance.
The law bridges the gap between the realm of thought and reality. Those who master this law have an easier time manifesting the reality they want.
In this article, we will:
Define the universal Law of Action
- Explain the relationship between action and reaction
- Explain how to use the Law of Action to manifest your dreams
- Explore how the human ego can make it hard to manifest what you want
- Highlight how the most successful people master this law
- Discuss how to use the Law of Action to create a new reality in your life
Definition of the Law of Action
The Law of Action states that we must take action to see changes happen. If you want to shift from one reality to another, you must take conscious action to achieve that change.
This beautiful law places the power to create the future we want in our hands and makes us part of the creation process.
One of the most famous quotes about action is, “If you do nothing, nothing happens.”
To achieve the desired outcome and manifest an absolute reality, you have to think about the actions that will get you there.
For example, do you want to have a better credit score? Envisioning a future with an excellent credit score is not enough to make it a reality.
Instead, take conscious actions such as refraining from borrowing things you do not need or paying off credit card debts. These efforts will manifest the reality of a better credit score.
The Relationship between Action and Reaction
The Law of Action cannot exist without the law of reaction. Action and reaction mean that for every action you take, there must be an equal and opposite reaction.
You will find the concept of action and reaction in science as Newton’s Third Law of Motion.
Action and reaction remind us that even as you take action to manifest the reality you want, also consider the effect your actions will cause.
In spirituality, it is called the law of karma. The law of karma says that if you ’cause’ the Universe will put you in a position to feel the effects of what you caused. That way, you get to understand the impact of what you did.
But how do you act without causing unintended adverse reactions? You let your inner inspiration guide you rather than letting your ego get in the way.
The difference between Regular and Inspired Action
Many people are stuck in situations where they do everything for the sake of the status quo. You are dealing with regular action if you wake up, go to work, and carry out your nine to five job simply because you have bills to pay.
Few people are courageous enough to act from a place of inspiration. Inspired action means forgetting all social norms, reaching within and aligning with your purpose, and acting in alignment.
Both regular and inspired actions are essential in life. However, many people live miserable lives and fail to manifest the reality they want because they are too scared of aligning and acting from their inspiration.
The Twelve Laws of Karma
The Law of Action works faster and more efficiently in transforming our lives when we learn to act in vibrational alignment with our purpose.
The twelve laws of karma should guide you in aligning your actions with your intentions or what you choose to manifest in your life.
They are crucial because they teach us how to act to achieve the results that we desire for our future.
The Human Ego and how it affects Inspired Action
Ego in Psychology
According to Sigmund Freud, the ego is one of the 3 components of the human mind. The other two are Id and the superego.
He defined the Id as the primitive part of our mind, all the desires and suppressed memories. Our childhood traumas, sexual drives, and urges reside there.
The superego, however, is the moral conscience. It decides what is wrong and what is right and punishes id with guilt.
The ego is like the referee between id and superego. It is the part of us that can take a step back, evaluate our desires versus what society says, and decide on the rational action to take.
You can, therefore, think of your ego as a warrior who battles you until you get the perfect balance of urge and caution. This, in turn, helps you act in positive and transformational ways.
Ego in Spirituality
In spiritual terms, the ego is like the soldier guarding the gate to your most authentic self. It is one adversary within that you have to wrestle and conquer to align with your true self, your soul’s real desires and aspirations.
Ego Trap and Negative Action
Many people spend their lives suffering and unable to realize their highest purpose because their ego is trapped.
Five typical ego traps stand between us and inspired action:
Delusion – having dogmatic beliefs:
Many people get trapped in the notion of right and wrong. Fundamentalist or dogmatic beliefs dictate that if something does not agree with our values, it is automatically wrong.
This shrinks our worldview and keeps us stuck in a place where we are repeating old patterns repeatedly, expecting change.
Bravado – having a mask of excessive positivity:
Most spiritual teachers tell people that they must speak good things into the Universe if they want good things. While this is true, you only achieve real growth when you let yourself feel everything:
- The good
- The bad
- The ugly and
- The beautiful
Narcissism – believing we are better than others:
You cannot learn from someone you think you are superior to. This makes us ignore feedback we dislike, hindering our growth.
If you want to make inspired action work for you, drop the ‘me versus others’ duality lens, and embrace oneness. Similarly, stop letting society dictate what you should feel about yourself because this turns your ego into a social mask.
Winning for the sake of winning – over-valuing being at the top:
Healthy detachment is the simple rule that you can embrace and conquer your ego. Detachment means seeing everything for what it is and letting things unfold in their divine timing.
For example, if you view money as a commodity to possess, you get frantic about having more. This fear of scarcity goes into the Universe, reflecting the same to you.
Resentment – Inability to celebrate others’ achievements:
Having a healthy dose of self-esteem is good. It is always excellent to celebrate your small and big wins. However, if this is all you focus on, you end up rubbing people the wrong way and coming off as self-obsessed.
You also stop seeing the good in others, deriving you from self-improving actions and putting you in competition mode.
The Origins of the Law of Action
The Law of Action is as old as the spark of divinity that brought the entire cosmos into existence.
Scientists call it the big bang, which religious and spiritual schools of thought refer to as the moment of creation.
In the Genesis account of humanity’s creation, before the creator Gods made a human, they took soil and molded it into a humanoid form.
Genesis 2:1 The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
This is a perfect example of the truth that you cannot merely wish something into existence. By first molding from dust, the creator was acting on his wish.
Sir Isaac Newton
A highly celebrated scientist of the 15th Century, Sir Isaac Newton, proved the universal Law of Action scientifically. In his third law of motion, he states that:
If object A exerts a force on object B, then object B must exert an influence of equal magnitude and opposite direction back at object A.
The law is derived from the inherent symmetry in nature and the fact that forces always occur in pairs.
It is from this law and the other two laws of motion, upon which a lot of modern physics is based.
The Present-day Applications of the Law of Action
One of the most widely read resources on the law of attraction how to manifest wealth, is Napoleon Hill’s book from 1937, Think and grow rich. Many people who have built successful business empires swear by the wisdom nuggets shared in this book.
Law of Attraction Success Stories
Andrew Carnegie, one of the most successful industrialists and philanthropists, says this about the Law of Action:
“I’m no longer cursed by poverty because I took possession of my mind, and that mind has yielded me every material thing I want, and much more than I need. But this power of the mind is a universal one, available to the humblest person as it is to the greatest.”
Andrew Carnegie moved to the United States for a blue-collar job on the railway in the mid-19th Century. By 1889, he had managed to change his life from a poor railroad worker to the owner of Carnegie Steel Corporation.
From being the poor son of a Scottish weaver to the wealthiest man in the world, Carnegie’s journey contains every lesson you would wish to learn about the Law of Action.
From watching his father beg for work, he started learning what it meant to be lacking at a young age. This gave him the intrinsic motivation to cure poverty for his family.
Carnegie understood the value of taking small significant steps for success. He first worked as a telegraph messenger, which earned him a dollar.
He was clear about what he wanted to achieve. While still working with the railroad, he started investing in oil. Later he left to venture into other businesses.
Then, in his sunset years, he began giving back to society by using his money to help others. He started the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburg. He understood that the Law of Action works in tandem with the law of vibration.
More than 2,800 libraries were opened with his support.
JK Rowling: An English author of the most celebrated series of books, The Harry Potter Series of books, also understands the significance of the Law of Action in success.
At a Harvard commencement speech, she said this about the situation she was stuck in before she became famous and her books became bestsellers:
“I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.”
She understands that failure was just what she needs to break away from everything society had defined for her as ‘success’, and reach for her authentic self.
Facing rejection after another from prospective publishers was not easy for her, but it didn’t dampen her spirits. She says:
“Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.”
Russell Brand: a renowned English comedian, delves into the ego aspect of creating a new action. He says this:
“It’s difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the Universe. Everything beautiful in the world is within you.”
Oprah Winfrey: The biggest fan of the Law of Action in the 21st Century is probably Oprah Winfrey. Oprah is the classic rags-to-riches success. She uses her television network to teach people how to turn their situations around through a positive mindset and inspired action.
She emphasizes on the 12th Law of Karma, the law of significance, and says:
“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance — and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”
How to Use the Law of Action to Manifest Anything
Majid Kazmi, a brand strategist, asks this crucial question about success:
‘Do opportunities result in actions, or does how we act, create opportunities?’
Majid believes that for opportunities to ‘present’ themselves, we need to have a particular mindset and act in ways that unlock these opportunities.
For example, you have to network to meet that CEO who will want to hire you. You have to write a business proposal to present to that Angel investor who believes in your business and invests in it.
In short, if you do nothing, nothing happens. But the moment you do something, the Universe starts responding.
Majid shares these tips on the Law of Action and success.
Create your Idea of Success
The starting point in any manifestation work is defining success in your terms. Many believe that owning a home is a success. Others think success is having a family, or becoming CEO, or publishing a book.
Suppose you do not have your personalized visualization of success. In that case, you risk falling into the trap of using your ego as a social mask. The result is stagnation at a level where you do things for the status quo and not because of inspiration.
Katy Perry, one of the most successful career musicians in the country, admitted that the starting point to her success was envisioning herself as Selena, her favorite musician.
By creating a vision board that matched her definition of success, she was able to get where she is today.
Avoid Waiting for Luck
Many people believe in luck, but there is a spiritual school of thought which states that the order of the cosmos is in a way that nothing ever happens by chance.
The word cosmos in itself means order. This means that the odds of random events culminating in your success are minimal.
A better definition of this concept is this quote:
“Luck is what happens when opportunity meets preparation.” Any encounter you experience will either bring you luck or not, depending on how prepared you are.
Majid adds that the shortest distance between a dream and success is not luck, but action.
Baby Steps are Fine
As Oprah often says, the significance is more important than the final hurray. Suppose you start thinking about building a million-dollar mansion, and you have zero dollars in your bank account. In that case, you will forget the dream as it will seem impossible.
Instead, visualize yourself offering a service that earns ten dollars or improving your credit score by getting a stable job. You have taken small significant steps that will culminate in the final win.
In short, take the small steps as wins in themselves; with time, you will find yourself in your dream destination.
Forget about getting it Right the First Time
One of the best Mantras that you can have when approaching life, success, and self-improvement is:
“I can never get it wrong, and I am never getting done,”
Do not give yourself ultimatums on the number of times you want to fail before you realize your success. In fact, instead of calling them failures, call them lessons.
This way, you are either winning or learning.
When you embrace failure, you learn how NOT to do something.
Because, in reality, the only way to learn something is by learning its opposite. For example, you will never appreciate the value of punctuality until you see the consequences of lateness in your life.
Understand that Success Comes from Within
One of the greatest philosophers to have ever lived, Hermes Trismegistus, said this:
“As above, so below, as within, so without, and as the universe, so the soul.”
The quote means that you are not separate from your reality. You cannot be harsh, critical, and skeptical and expect a life filled with gentleness, confidence, and approval.
Majid says that no one outside there is rooting for your success. You have to envision and be it within. Only then can those around you feel the vibration, magnify it and bring it back to you in monumental proportions.
Be Grateful for Opportunities
Remember to thank those who helped you achieve the outcome when your actions lead to opportunities. Doing so sends positivity into the Universe, which will keep flowing and coming back to you.
Treat money and opportunities not as something to hoard but as free-flowing energy. Once in your hands, allow it to flow out to others. This way, it will keep coming back.
The Law of Action and Relationships
Everyone wants the perfect friendship, marriage, or business partnership. Ironically, few people are willing to admit that the state of their relationships directly reflects the actions and type of energy they have fed them.
Another law that works hand in hand with the Law of Action in love and other relationships is the law of vibration. This law states that we attract what we send out into the Universe.
If you feed fear, disrespect, and mistrust into your marriage, your partner picks up on these low vibrations and reflects them on you. They become fearful, distrustful, and disrespectful.
So, how do you change the vibrations?
Be mindful of your actions.
Actions keep the vibrational ocean, which we call the Universe, going.
Law of Action and Money
The law of inspired action can help you learn how to attract and keep money flowing abundantly.
When you ask many people why they work hard, they will tell you they want to have a lot of money. This is a problematic approach because money is too shallow an inspiration to be the basis of all your dreams.
The people who attract abundant wealth and keep it flowing do not even start out trying to be wealthy.
For example, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder and CEO was just creating a social Network where college students at Harvard could meet and socialize. He is now worth over $70 billion.
Some intrinsic goals that will inspire you more than money include:
- Giving back to the community
When self-improvement or the improvement of others drives your actions, money somehow starts flowing and multiplying.
The Law of Action bridges the gap between visualizing where we want to be and getting there. The easiest way to act to achieve our desired results is by focusing on our inner inspiration instead of what society would like us to do. As long as the action comes from our deep need to create change, we will succeed.
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