Eric: This doesn't say anything and is merely a new age platitude. You completely ignored how social stratification; institutional issues, cannibalistic capitalism and national exploitation play a role in all of this on a macro level. It is very easy to spout "spiritual" platitudes in the comfort of having all the basic necessities of life and then some as is so common in first world countries; to imply that if people of poorer countries would focus on solutions rather than problems and then resonate with the vibration of their thoughts that magic would occur.
It's also easy to sprout political and cultural ideologies and think they have no energetic resonances.
I'm not the one who brought the energy and awareness down to the level of traffic lights and starving people....
If a thing is true, it is universally and across all differentials - applicable.
If one sets their level of awareness of a thing so tightly as to not let new information in, of course the level will stay exactly where it is.
While some think they know about the loa from the 'Secret' versioning - which absolutely yes, is materialistic and myopic, that's actually not my experience of it, and certainly not the way I view or work with it.
I can pretty much identify the threads of energy running from personal experience to personal experience depending on the amount of positive or negative energies that I put into the experience - for me though I realise that I am co-creating, according to yes, my knowledge, yes my awareness, capacity & willingness with regard to what is - and the PON and the sanctity of the present moment absolutely has a bearing on it. No thing acts in isolation.
My primary 'reference' source, for that and the Present Moment predates both PON (& ET's 'awakening') and the hyped up 'Secret'.
Eric: You ignored the part about all the other interconnected people involved in the commute that would not seem to have a say in the egocentric play.
I didn't ignore them at all - I don't speak for others and I'm happy to share / take turns. It need not be egocentric.
The fact remains though - IF I stay present with what is in this moment in a mode of acceptance, enjoyment &/or enthusiasm red lights, green lights .... all have their logical place, and accepting that is the beginning of peace within it. Then I will have an enjoyable commute. Anyone can do this, it's not egocentric it's just being aware of the thoughts > behaviours > attitudes you're spending time in.
There is no 'genie' there is just us operating at a frequency of energy and recognising like energy and its appearances. Either we become aware of that and work with it, or we blunder around blind. No choice is wrong, it just brings a different experience.
In terms of
Being blind to other people's suffering ...
I'm hardly blind, I just disagree that bitching about it and blaming 'others' will change anything.
One can not, does not, will not, change anything in their life if they continue making enemy, obstacle, or means to an end of a person, thing or situation. (ET-speak if you are doing this you will notice the suffering you are experiencing, and the suffering it is creating for those around you). If one is holding the 'victim' pattern, or 'problem focus' that will be the attitude & the experience. Our experiences do respond to what we feed on, and feed in to, the experience.
LOA speaks of being grateful but the focus is not just on what one has, but being grateful because a wish has come true.
I don't know where your information is coming from, either you are grateful, or you're not. Why do you think greed occurs, even in the rich? Why do you think victim-mentality occurs in those who will not be a part of the solution?
There is an old thread here about ... and other laws, given that loa was getting for me, over importance among the natural laws that play out in the universe. One does not work in a vacuum.
The world is not to be put in order; the word is order, incarnate.
It is for us to harmonize with this order. Henry Miller
Universal 'laws' like the law of attraction is not some punishment or reward system anymore than the law of gravity is - it just is, what it is and you can work with it, or you can ignore it. It is just the natural consequences unfolding. If we understand the natural consequences & the energies of influence, then we can work more awarely, and also more response ably, in harmonizing with the order that is. Like the scientifically accepted 'laws' all universal laws work universally whether you know about them or not.
Laws of > flexibility - choices - responsibility- balance - process - patterns - discipline - perfection - the present moment - no judgements - faith - expectations - honesty - higher will - intuition - action - cycles. All of these, just like gravity have natural energetic 'consequences' depending on how we interact with them.
If you want to see some of the real life 'magic' --- what about drs without borders, what about the bare foot colleges, what about band aid, what about any response that has focussed on providing solutions to the problems instead of playing helpless victim to the problems, even if these problems are not ours.
The first one I can recall was as a child collecting the metalic milk bottle caps to be melted down & raise money for the children in the Biafran crisis. Organised by a kid's tv show and it brought clean water to villages in need. It's far easier to just sit back blaming socio-political agendas than it is to actually participate in the solution building. But I can tell you now, none of those things will change without action - and if the action is not done in acceptance, enjoyment, enthusiasm it will just create more suffering & that is amply evident around the world.