Universal laws or cosmic laws are the underpinnings of reality. Without them, reality as we know it would not exist. Universal law gives order to the universe. It is not necessary to be aware of these laws for them to affect you. Universal laws are always operating in the back drop of the physical universe with or without our knowledge.
Many metaphysical authors and professionals make a distinction between natural law and spiritual law. Natural laws are the forces identified by scientists as having a direct and verifiable effect on the physical world. A perfect example of natural law is gravity. Spiritual laws include the principles of attraction, abundance, and growth. These laws have not been validated by the scientific community, and so they remain in the realm of metaphysics. I use the term “universal law” to include both natural law and spiritual laws.
Universal laws are the forces enacted by the Creator to allow humans to experience physical reality. Physical reality is the environment where humans experience ‘life’. I sometimes refer to life as the ‘human experiment’. I believe the purpose of life is to create tests and challenges designed to improve our character, and grow in spirit. Some people refer to these experiments as ‘missions’. We carry out our missions through the roles we assume. Roles are analogous to the many ‘hats we wear’ in our relationships. People form relationships for many reasons. Some of these relationships include marriage, employment, social groups, religious organizations, and whole societies.
One of the easiest physical laws to observe is gravity. We can all appreciate that gravity keeps our feet planted to the ground. There was a time when gravity was not officially recognized by name. Yet humans have always been aware of its effect on them.
There are natural consequences for ignoring or violating universal law. If you jump out of a plane without a parachute, the law of gravity will ensure that you will make contact the Earth. I assure you it will not be a pleasant experience. Everyone understands this result without even being told. Only cartoon characters walk away intact from stunts like that.
Universal law works much the same as societal law. In the United States, we drive on the right side of the road. Everyone who is granted a driver’s license is expected to observe this rule. It’s for our safety that we all agree to this. If we drive on the left side of the road, someone is bound to get injured.
My understanding is that, at one time, the universal law was known only to a relatively small number of people. My sense is that these laws were withheld from society because it was thought that they would misuse it for personal gain. Conspiracy theorists contend that certain elitist groups kept this metaphysical knowledge hidden in order to retain power over the people. I am unable validate this statement. In any case, metaphysics came into the main stream decades ago and is now available to the general population.
I can see the true purpose of universal law is largely misunderstood. There are misguided individuals (who often assume the ambiguous title of life coach) selling books and programs encouraging people to seek fame and fortune by manipulating the Law of Attraction. It’s certainly possible to make your dreams come to life with a little instruction. There’s a quaint saying that should be considered before exploiting universal law for personal gain: “Be careful what you wish for.” It’s a mistake to believe you can use the universal laws for self-indulgence and hedonistic pursuits. It’s true; we can use them for that purpose, but there are consequences in doing so.
Misuse of the certain universal laws such as the principle of attraction can lead to a miserable existence. Again, the universal laws were designed to support the life of the planet and the enactment of the human experience. People often ask for what they believe they want and not necessarily what is good for them. This strategy typically ends in regret and unhappiness.
Also, when a knowledgeable “professional life coach” speaks about the Law of Abundance, this person is not referring to the accumulation of fabulous wealth and material possessions. This principle is grossly misunderstood and exploited by those who possess only a limited understanding of universal law.
The Law of Abundance is one of the more misinterpreted universal laws. The saying: “He who dies with the most toys wins” flies in the face of the true meaning of this principle. A correct understanding of abundance should give us contentment rather than an insatiable appetite to consume everything we lay our eyes on. Any urge that mindlessly drives us to accumulate riches does not come from a sense of abundance, but rather from a state of deprivation.
Another universal law that I have spoken about in past articles is the Law of Growth. I believe that I was in error in saying that the purpose of organic life forms is endless growth. Unrestrained reproduction is dangerous to life on a planet with limited space and resources. When I speak about the Law of Growth, I am referring to consciousness. Perhaps I should retitle this metaphysical principle the Law of Expanding Consciousness. Consciousness is not limited to the confines of physical space.
A person should educate himself/herself in the operation of the universal law in order to achieve a positive outcome. I recommend using universal laws for self-improvement. This means conducting an inner self-exploration to identify negative emotions and limited beliefs that may be blocking your path to personal fulfillment.
It often helps to have a knowledgeable person guide you in learning the proper use of universal law. Many people choose to hire a “life coach” to assist them. How do you find a qualified professional life coach? First, not all people claiming the title “life coach” instruct people in how to use of universal law constructively. There are no licensing requirements for this profession. There are hundreds of life coach certification programs on the Internet. I have found many of them use questionable marketing techniques and make false promises to lure gullible consumers into purchasing their expensive and grossly inadequate training programs. That being said, there are many excellent trained and experienced life coaches with informative websites to can help you make your decision. You should be aware that some of the best life coaches have no formal training.