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There is a balance in the universe that must be maintained. That necessary balance requirement filters down to us on this planet, and it involves our doing and our very thinking. There are spiritual laws that affect this equilibrium which are exact and unrelenting. When we understand these laws, we can avoid catastrophic consequences, and live in joy.
One of the most far-reaching of these laws creating this balance is, “We reap what we sow,” or “What goes around comes around.” We can put this another way by saying: “Whatever we put our thought or energy into, will come back to us.”
Turns out this phenomenon is backed up by scripture. Alma talks about it extensively. He says, “For that which you send out shall return unto you again and be restored” (Alma 41:15 ). There is an eventual boomerang effect that occurs with whatever we put our attention and efforts on. What we send out, we will receive back. It’s spiritual science! As humans, we often whine about why this or that has happened, but much of our circumstance we bring on ourselves, and can be remedied when we become aware.
IF This -THEN That
Alma continues describing this divine formula to us: “Therefore, O my son, whosoever will come may come and partake of the waters of life freely; and whosoever will not come the same is not compelled to come; but in the last day it shall be restored unto him according to his deeds. (Alma 42:27) We don’t always receive an immediate backlash for anything negative we do, but eventually it will catch up to us.
This is how it works. If I send out X amount of anger, violence, lust, pride or any other form of negative energy, I will receive X amount of this negativity back.
Alma admonishes us: “IF he has desired to do evil, and has not repented in his days, behold [THEN] evil shall be done unto him, according to the restoration of God. (Alma 42:28) Balance HAS to be restored, and we become equal to our deeds in what we experience on earth. This is a GOOD thing!
Mastering the Law of the Universe
This law is powerful because of the way it teaches us! Over time, we learn for ourselves that choosing evil (negative) does not elevate us. We must learn these things through experience, so we can understand good and evil for ourselves. This is the reason God gave us commandments – so we have an ideal to aim for in our quest and raise ourselves with God’s help to a place where we attract back positive. We learn that when we do bad, we feel bad; but when we do good, we feel good!
What We Do to Others We Do to Ourselves
Another way to express this amazing teaching law of the Universe is: “What we do to others, we do to ourselves, ALWAYS!” This applies in our homes, social settings or work. “…whosever doeth iniquity, doeth it unto himself” (Helaman 14:30), and in Ephesians it also states, “Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord…” (Ephesians 6:8)
The big question we need to be asking ourselves is, “How sincerely am I loving others? Am I demonstrating pure love with my heart and actions?
Here’s the equation: IF I put out X amount of love, appreciation and support, THEN, I will have experience that reflects X amount of love, appreciation, and support. It’s important to realize that we have no control in how a specific individual will respond to our love, but the depth and genuineness of the love that we render, will come back in the same way that we send it out. God will send it in both physical and spiritual ways. It’s an awesome and encouraging law when we understand it!
The Reciprocal Science of Love
The Lord wants us to love and help others, because he knows that as we do, WE will be blessed, and then those we help often “pay if forward,” and pretty soon, the whole world will be blessed.
In D & C 1:10 it states:“…the Lord shall come to recompense unto every man according to his work, and measure to every man according to the measure which he has measured to his fellow man.” The fact is: WE CAN’T HURT ANYONE WITHOUT HURTING OURSELVES! “For behold the same that judgeth rashly shall be judged rashly again; for according to his works shall his wages be; therefore he that smiteth shall be smitten again.” (Mormon 8:19)
Thankfully the flip side of that is also true: WE CAN’T HELP OTHERS WITHOUT HELPING OURSELVES! We need to ask ourselves, “Who have I lifted today?” “Who can I lift tomorrow?” ALL of our actions have cosmic reactions and consequences. When we understand this, our lives change.
A Mount of Method
The Sermon on the mount is a great example of this spiritual calculation. IF you are pure in heart -THEN you get to see God. IF you are merciful – THEN you will obtain mercy. IF you hunger and thirst after righteousness -THEN you will be filled with the Holy Ghost. The scriptures are full of God’s arithmetic! When we understand and are obedient to these laws from which all blessings are predicated, we will receive GREAT blessings and largely circumvent the downward thrust of negativity. (D&C 130:20-21).
When We Lift Others – We Will Be Lifted
We can’t be “two-faced” with Universal Law. Any insincerity does not go by unnoticed. When we resonate love and light, it will come back to us and buoy us up. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf stated: “I promise you that as you lift those around you, the Lord God, the Creator of the universe, will lift you up. If you will only believe and incline your heart to our Beloved Father, He will place within you a peace that surpasses understanding. He will give you joy. May each of you always remember this.” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, His Facebook page, 8 August 2016)
Shifting the balance
One major reason for this earth life experience is to shift the balance in our personal world from low to high; bad to good; dark to light. Elder Massimo De Feo stated that “A disciple of Christ is someone who shifts the balance of his/her world to positive and good. (Elder Massimo De Feo April Conference 2018)
Look at Your Life!
What thoughts and emotions predominate your experience? Do you consistently feel more peace and joy in your life, or do you find yourself predominantly in depression and darkness? Do you want to feel more joy? “The prophet Mormon taught us how, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son Jesus Christ.” (Moroni 7:48)
When we pray for God’s love to pour through us, that’s exactly what He wants, knowing that when we do that, he will then send us the maximum amount of blessings according to spiritual law.
With our thoughts and actions in an upward direction, we receive nurturing power from the Most High God, shift the balance, and the equilibrium in our universe is restored.
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