Living (and writing about) the Law of Attraction!

I watched a movie last night. It was called The Invention of Lying. As a source of entertainment , it was mediocre at best, but there was a concept within it that intrigued me. The movie was based on the premise that there was no such thing as a lie, no half-truths, no fiction. No one even knew what those things were. People simply told it like it was – and held nothing back, I might add.

Knowing what I do about the Law of Attraction, the concept of ‘telling it like it is’ just doesn’t serve most people. They talk about what’s not working in their life, and consequently keep creating more of it. They’re frustrated because they can’t seem to get ahead and mad at somebody else, because it’s their fault.

The character in this movie was just like that. He was tired of his life, was interested in a girl that was way out of his league and had just got fired  – basically he was a big fat loser and people made him aware of that fact regularly…until the day he realized that he didn’t have to tell it the way it was, he could tell it the way he wanted it to be. Then everything changed.

He told the bank teller he had $800 instead of the $300 he knew was in his account, and they overrode the system and apologized for their mistake. He then went on to ‘win’ a lot of money at the casino, just by telling them that he had won, and he wrote a story that changed history and made him famous. He told his dying mother that she was not going to a nothingness eternity, but rather a wonderful place with a mansion, loved ones and an endless supply of ice cream. That’s when the movie started to get silly. I would like to rewrite it, in fact. I would focus on the idea that we can tell the story the way we want and see good as a result – not just for ourselves, but for other around us as well.

To me, this story was an analogy of how life is, or can be. As long as we tell it like it is, nothing changes.

“If you always think what you’ve always thought, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

But what if we started telling a different story? What if we started telling the Universe that we are successful, abundant, healthy, happy, etc.? And what if the Universe responded just as people did in the movie – taking our words as truth? That’s the part that really intrigued me. I was able to look at the Law of Attraction in a new way. I think that I’ve been busy trying to convince myself that the new story I’m telling is true and that I’m worthy of it, but after watching this movie, I was able to imagine the power of my words and imagine the immediate, unfailing response of the Universe.

I even got a little silly, myself, and imagined saying things like, “Yes, didn’t you know? I’m rich.” To which the Universe responded, “Why no, we weren’t aware of that, but thank-you for informing us. We have all kinds of wonderful things we shower on rich people. We’ve adjusted your bank account to reflect your status, and filled your stock portfolio with stocks that are ready to go up. We have several luxury cars for you to park in the garage of your new home. Oh…and here are a selection of trips you might like to take – all expenses paid, of course.”

Lying? I don’t call it that. I call it telling it like it should be – like it was meant to be. I’m a story teller. That’s what I love to do, but anyone can begin telling their story a little differently and  when you do, imagine that you’re met with an immediate, affirmative response. Then you’ll see change begin to happen!

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Comments on: "The Invention of…Lying?" (1)

  1. Stephen King published a short story called “Word Processor of the Gods” in Playboy in 1983. It was used for a Tales from the Darkside episode in 1984. The premise is similar to “The Invention of Lying” as you describe that movie, but instead of being whimsical and inspiring, it was creepy. In King’s story, the protagonist gets a new-fangled computerized “word processing” machine and discovers that anything he types in comes true. It’s one of those “careful what you wish for” tales.

    On a related note, it’s important to observe that not all lies are creative visualizations for maximizing happiness. The more pedestrian definition of a lie is a falsehood used to whitewash or cover up a crime. The lie enables the criminal to continue harming his/her victim, and when the truth finally comes to light, the victim suffers erosion of trust in humanity in general.

    But, yes, the intersection of fiction and lying is worth examining.

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