The Little Known Universal Laws That Will Change Your Life (Part 2)
I previously wrote about the first six laws of the universe. Having written that, I realised how little known and understood these laws are. It made me even keener to share the latter six with full definitions.
Before I share them, remember that you have a choice about which of these laws to believe in, and live your life by. It may be that they all resonate with you, but it may also be that only one or two feel applicable in your life. Either way, take what you need, leave what you don’t.
The Law of Cause and Effect
When we believe things happen out of luck, or that something is merely a fluke, this law says that we are wrong. It holds that every effect we see has a cause, every cause creates a specific effect.
In this world, nothing is left to chance, but where do these causes come from?
How often has something happened that you’ve blamed on ‘the world’ or another external cause? I know that I have done this in the past.
I grew some vegetables this summer, and a few were not as successful as they might have been. I, like a lot of gardeners, could have blamed the weather conditions or the quality of the seed for the lack of growth. The truth was, however, that the cause of the poor growth was my decision to plant them at the wrong time.
It’s not a cause for self-blame or a downward spiral into shame, but I brought about the cause. It wasn’t the weather or the seed manufacturer. It was me.
While it is comforting to find a ‘scapegoat,’ the reality is that we are always responsible for an outcome. The beliefs we hold inside of ourselves, or our decisions, are what result in the effect.
The positive take on this law is that we can determine what effect we want to see and work backwards. We have the opportunity to figure out the beliefs we need or the decisions we should take to get that outcome. Since the effect is guaranteed by the cause, it means that we can map a path to get the desired result.
We are the only ones responsible for everything that happens in our lives.
The Law of Compensation
This law entails that we will receive compensation for all work and other efforts that we do. The compensation will always be commensurate with whatever we have done. This is a form of karma and is not necessarily about financial reward.
I’ve often complained that I’ve worked harder than the reward I received suggested. When I made scrubs for health workers, I took the rewards to be the couple of bunches of flowers I received. It felt like very little in comparison to the time and financial sacrifices I had made.
It’s taken me a couple of months to realise that the flowers were merely side-benefits. They were not the compensation the universal law discusses. I know the karmic reward may come later, perhaps at a point I don’t even associate it with what I did, but I know that it will come.
In my experience, compensation has been about things that hit way deeper than money.
Let’s think for a moment on something Dr. Martin Luther King said:
Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love.Dr Martin Luther King (1958)
This quote underlines the idea that we get back what we give to the world. We are compensated not just with positive things, but also negative ones.
At times in my marriage, I have felt that my husband resented me. Looking back at those times, when I felt most resented, I was resentful of him. I created an ‘energy’ of resentment in the relationship, which he then reflected back to me.
I see compensation as a form of reflection: whatever we do to the world and those around us, will come back to us.
The Law of Relativity
“So many people have it worse off than me.” We’ve all said something like that, right?
We acknowledge that there is a scale of pain and suffering. This is essentially what the law of relativity is used to show.
If you were told, “This is light,” you would accept it. If you hadn’t seen darkness before it would be difficult to understand what light’s opposite was. We need to have experienced the dark in order to relate to the light.
It’s been a long time since I was dating, but I remember wondering why I was having so much relationship misery. It’s because I was learning what non-love felt like so that when I met my husband I knew he was the one for me. If I hadn’t experienced those partnerships, I may have missed that my husband was the one for me.
Only when we are able to compare opposites do we come into a place of being able to make judgments. There was a time when I was stuck in so much depression that I wondered if happiness existed. I even questioned, if it did exist, whether it was better than the deep sadness I felt which was so ‘normal’ to me. Of course, once I met with happiness, I was able to develop an opinion that I preferred happiness to sadness.
I can only understand my feelings, whether physical or emotional, when I’m able to see their opposites.
The Law of Polarity
Here’s a magnet, which has two opposite poles connected by the same piece of metal.
If I asked you to explain the basics of magnetism, you’d likely do so in a language of opposites. You’d describe the positive and negative poles as completely split from each other. Yet when we look at what magnetism is, we see that the opposing forces can be physically joined together. It is also the case that different magnets have different power.
Could you have a magnet with greater magnetism than the one pictured? Yes, and also one with a lesser magnetic force. Just as temperature sits on a scale, so does the level of magnetism.
Whenever we have a scale, we have two extremes, and it’s easy to think that is all we have. We label a magnet as positive or negative, with no acknowledgement of its strength.
Even when we have experienced different levels on a continuum, we refer to the extremes. We are more likely to say something is “hot” or “cold” than to refer to a temperature or a mid-continuum term like “tepid.”
By knowing that everything is joined, we come to see that we cannot have the positive without the potential for the negative. There cannot just be hot at one extreme and nothing else, there must be the potential for cold also.
It is easy to always believe that we’re at one extreme or another – I’m the saddest I could be, or I couldn’t be happier. The reality, though, is that we’re somewhere in the middle of the continuum between those two poles.
When we are nearer the sadder end of the continuum, we can rest assured there is the potential to be at the happier end.
The Law of Rhythm
The theme of continuum runs throughout many of these laws, and that of rhythm is no exception.
Have you ever held a pendulum? How difficult is it to hold it still, having it remain at its ‘neutral’ midpoint? When you try to stop it at dead centre, it will swing further in the opposite direction.
The rhythm of the universe means that, like a pendulum, we swing between one state and another. The speed of the swing varies: faster for transient emotion, slower for the arc of life.
If we consider birth on one side and death on the other, the swing of the pendulum represents growing and dying. We are always closer to one than the other, and that’s a good reminder of why we should always be trying to live in the moment!
Everything is in a cycle externally, too, like the moon and tide cycles for example. Just as we discussed patterns in nature and within us, rhythm offers a similar idea.
The pendulum must swing in the opposite direction: if you are sad, it will swing back towards happiness.
The Law of Gender
This law has nothing to do with the gender on your birth certificate. It is about masculine and feminine characteristics and we all have both.
Stereotypically, men are seen as the stronger sex, whilst women are seen as more emotional. Being bold is masculine, and being softer is feminine, but they do not define someone as ‘male’ or ‘female.’
The Law of Gender has been misunderstood. It was never the case that men should only embody masculine tendencies and vice versa. There is a balance to be struck for all genders.
We should all aim for a balance of masculine and feminine energy, as they serve us well at different times. If I’m going into a board meeting, I rely on masculine left-brain analytics and boldness to get my message across. Meanwhile, if a man is caring for a child, they lean into feminine qualities of softness.
By embracing masculine and feminine energy, we are not stereotyped on what’s between our legs.
Now you’ve had an insight into all twelve laws, it’s your turn to think about what you want to work on.
I will offer one takeaway based on this article – the pendulum. Wherever your emotions are right now, you won’t stay there. Tomorrow is another day, hell your mood could change in the next minute.
Open yourself to the change you want to see, and allow the pendulum to swing for you.