The main intention of this post, as well as posts that will follow this one is to go through the principle ways in which people go for what they want in life. People want different things in life ranging from the mundane to the spiritual; a better job, lots of money, great relationship, happiness, peace or even enlightenment. How people go about getting what they want, seems to be based on three different ways of thinking. They are:
1) Acquisition-based Thinking
2) Attraction-based Thinking
3) Creation-based Thinking
With the movie The Secret and books like Cosmic Ordering all the rage these days, a whole new cross section of society is getting interested in attracting their perfect job, perfect partner and perfect bank balance. While this can lead to a considerably more positive experience of the world, where the attraction model tends to break down is when people attempt to control that world by controlling their thoughts.
In my years of working with people, I’ve noticed that this inner-directed battle for positive without negative and good without bad has one major flaw: no one I’ve ever met (including many of the teachers in The Secret) can actually pull it off for any length of time. This doesn’t point to a lack of sincerity on their part – it’s just that as long as you are at war within yourself, no matter how noble the cause, it’s impossible to experience peace.
Let’s take a look at the three main ways people have learned to go for and get what they want…
1 . Acquisition
The school of acquisition has been the dominant one in Western culture for many years and its teachings can be summed up in the sentence:
If you want it, go and get it!
From the ancient Mongol hordes to the modern titans of business and industry, our society tends to reward and hold up as heroes those men and women who have gone after what they wanted with enthusiasm and passion. (If they happened to trample a few people on the way to the top, well,
it’s unfortunate of course, but those are just the casualties of war.) In the acquisition model of the world, the stuff of life is out there somewhere and your job is to go and get it. Acquisition-based thinkers often see life as a case of the ’haves’ vs the ‘have nots’, and shift between the roles of hero and victim in a ‘dog eat dog’ world. On the plus side, graduates of the school of acquisition
have helped create ancient and modern empires and contributed to tremendous advances in science, medicine and business; on the down side, they have also contributed to a world culture where the strong tend to look down on the weak and wonder why they don’t just get off their lazy
behinds, try harder and ‘go and get it’ for themselves.
In the next post, we will go over the other two ways of thinking and also determine in which category Releasing falls in.