Many authors have written about natural laws that govern perception, reality and the power of mind and thoughts. Over the next several days, we will explore the various ways these writers have named and described these laws. This examination is merely a quick look at each of these laws, however. It is recommended that you study the books mentioned for yourself to gain a deeper understand of The Laws and how to apply them in your life.
Raymond Holliwell, in his book “Working With The Law,” proposed that there was one ultimate law, the Law of Mind, and that it was in reality synonymous with God. He then broke that one Law down into 11 component laws. One of these laws was Attraction, but instead of being the entirety of the law, it worked in conjunction with the other ten. Today we will continue our look at how Dr. Holliwell viewed The Laws by examining the fifth of the 11 components of this Law of Mind.
Law of Increase
We all seek increase in life in some area, such as more wealth, more knowledge, more love or better health. Seeking increase is normal and right. It is how we grow. If we did not desire more, we would have no motivation to learn new things, increase our skills or better ourselves. The Law of Increase is part of how we do that.
The Law of Increase could also be called the Law of Praise, because that is what it is all about. It is about praising the good in our situation, in our surroundings, and in others. Praising means celebrating the good, lifting it up, and focusing on it. When we are in a state of praise we are locked into the good instead of being distracted by the negative. After we have practiced being in this state of praise for a time, it begins to change how we see the world. Much like an “attitude of gratitude,” it gradually moves us to a more constantly positive state, where we see and experience only the good.
Praise also works on those around us and helps them experience increase as well. Have you ever been in a situation where you worked very hard on some project, doing your utmost to perform the job well so that your boss, parent or loved one would be pleased, only to have them criticize the work or complain? Do you remember the disappointment and discouragement. You may have felt like simply walking away, thinking “What’s the point?” How much different it would have been if they had praised your work, if they had acknowledged the effort and time you put into it. That is the power of praise. It makes others want to do more to gain more of it. It improves other people’s view of you and increases productivity.
Holliwell says that praise and faith go hand-in-hand. “Faith is the boiler that holds a substance of power, whereas praise is the fuel that generates that power into an active force…faith without praise is but a cold boiler, an inert mass of machinery.” We praise when we believe the thing we seek is indeed ours, and this reinforces our own faith. The two build upon one another. Faith leads to praise which leads to faith and so on.
Remember hearing about people praising plants because they swore it made them grow stronger, larger and healthier? Remember seeing animal trainers giving their charges praise when they perform correctly? Remember how praise makes you feel? If praise works on plants, animals and you, why not try it on your goals? Give the power of praise a chance.