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 ninth of the 11 components of this Law of Mind.
Law of Sacrifice
The Law of Sacrifice may be summed up very simply: we must give up something of a lower nature to gain something of a higher nature.
Great athletes gave up their free time in order to build their bodies and their skills up to the level that was needed to compete and win.
Great musicians gave up time out with their friends in order to practice, practice, practice so that they could develop the necessary skills.
Great actors gave up opportunities to hang out and relax so that they could hone their craft and become better and better.
Everything worth having requires us to give up something in order to gain it. The question is, what do you want more? The thing you must give up or the thing you want to gain?
This Law could also be called the Law of Discipline. Something must always be paid or sacrificed in order to gain something else. If you want to learn a skill, you must give up time you could be doing something else in order to learn that skill. You must discipline yourself to keep your vision on your goal and sacrifice what is needed in order to reach it.
We often speak of the freedom to do what we want. But freedom isn’t another word for a wild, undisciplined life. Freedom is the opportunity to decide for ourselves what we want and the chance to give up whatever is necessary to achieve it.
Holliwell makes the point that you cannot seek true, deep friendships and indulge in a bad temper. If you will not sacrifice the temper for the sake of your friendships, you will sacrifice the friendships for the sake of the temper.
Everything we do has a cost, whether we realize it at the time or not. You may think living however you want, doing whatever you want, and living an undisciplined life is what you have chosen and it hasn’t cost you anything. But it has cost you something. It may have cost you success. It may have cost you relationships. No matter what we do, we are giving up something for it. Ask yourself, what am I giving up in order to do what I’m doing right now? Is the thing I’m giving up worth more than what I’m doing?