Today I would like to share with you a story that changed several lives, mine included. It is the story of a 7 year-old boy who taught us about the power of having faith.
When my son, Robert, was in the second grade, we lived in a small town in northern California among the giant redwood trees. It is a community known for its peacefulness and unity, the land of vegans and tree-huggers. People there value togetherness and acceptance.
At this time, I was studying “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne, a movie and book that introduced many to the Law of Attraction. I would watch the movie daily, taking notes and comparing different aspects of the lessons involved. This was a bit different than my family was used to as most of my previous study involved just books and reading, which Robert was not interested in. He sometimes sat with me and watched the movie, though.
After watching parts of the movie several times, Robert started asking questions. He wanted to know, as boys do, what dad was up to. We talked at great length about the law and how it shaped our lives.
One day he came home from school and announced that his class would be studying fossils. Robert asked me if we could go buy a fossil so he could have his own. I explained to him that I did not know of a place that sold fossils, but we could look into it. He thought for a moment, smiled that innocent smile found on the faces of the young, and said, “Why don’t we just use the Law of Attraction to get one”?
I froze. My thoughts and feelings of disbelief instantly took over, and I started to think of a way to talk him out of this idea. Before I could speak, he announced that he did not need or want my help. He was going to get a fossil the “Secret” way, on his own.
We quickly reviewed the basic principles, and he was off. I really thought it would end there. I was wrong.
A few days later, Robert was playing in the yard, and he wanted to play in the rock garden. He asked for my help to move some particularly heavy stones, and while we re-arranged them, he commented that the one he was holding was actually a fossilized piece of wood. He proudly told me how fossils were formed and pointed out details in the grain that showed his understanding of the subject. I commented on the fact that he had requested of the universe a fossil, and here it was!
He was having none of that. “No, dad, this is not mine. This is not the fossil I requested. I will know it when I see it.”
The next day, when I picked him up from school, his teacher (we’ll call her Mrs. G) asked me to stay for a minute to discuss something. She gingerly reported that Robert had announced to the class that he was going to get a real fossil of his own using the Law of Attraction. She was a great teacher and cared for her students as if they were her own. The best. And she was worried that he would be disappointed when this fossil did not arrive.
I smiled at her and asked how she thought he would feel if it did arrive. Could she believe it was possible? Several of the other parents gave disapproving looks, and Mrs. G tried to be helpful without violating my wishes as a parent. It was awkward, but I knew then as I do now that she had his best interest at heart. I asked her to have faith and see what happens.
Robert continued his affirmations and visualizations, boldly claiming his prize was on the way. He KNEW it was coming.
About 2 weeks later, his teacher asked me to stay late again. She was bubbling! On Robert’s desk was a small package, and he was asked to open it. Inside were two small fossils. He shrieked when he opened the box and said, “Here they are, just as I asked! See, everyone!” He ran from student to student, parent to parent displaying his treasure to all who were present.
Mrs. G looked at me and explained that she had written her college professor in Washington state and had him send these to her for Robert. With tears in her eyes, she thanked Robert for restoring her faith. The other parents who had been so disapproving before took turns looking at the treasures in his hands. The look on his face said it all, and many began to understand.
There are many things to be learned from this story. One of the most important for me is that the ‘magic’ that brings things about is not the kind a sorcerer produces, but rather the kind that LOVE produces. Was this magical? Absolutely. But the process is also very visible here. Robert believed so strongly that he was able to ‘attract’ the needed people with the needed sympathetic vibration to make this happen. His belief radiated out and changed the thinking of others to bring about his desire.
To this day, Robert treasures his fossils. Not because of what they are, but what they represent. He knows he can accomplish anything he puts his mind to, and that is a priceless gift to any human being. He is in high school now, but he still remembers this as being one of the happiest moments of his life.
The Law of Attraction uses many different ways to make things happen. An infinite number of ways, really. This is just one example, but it is a good one. He believed, and he took action – even if that action was merely to speak boldly about his intention. And he helped many others along the way without even meaning to.
While you consider this story, don’t let the simplicity of the process involved give you the impression that the Law of Attraction is about luck or chance. Robert received because he believed he would. His desire was hand-delivered and the lives of others were touched in a beautiful way. This law is about expansion of thought, belief and feeling. When you focus on the thought, it grows. When you focus on the belief, your belief grows. And when you focus on the feeling, it grows.
Your work is to keep focused on the positive things to expand those, and not to wonder about the way it will happen. It is not for us to determine the ‘how’, but to believe and act when actions are indicated. You never know how far-reaching your actions will be or how many lives you can touch by simply being positive and having faith.
One candle can light a thousand.