What if terrorists understood the law of attraction?

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Many of us have been paying attention to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. These attacks have understandably stirred up a lot of emotion in people all over the world, particularly in the west.

As someone who is actively trying to use the law of attraction to make my life better, I’m reluctant to spend too much time thinking about something that feels this negative. I can’t do much to help the people who were directly hurt by this attack. I am not in Paris. But I am part of a larger community that is focusing on the attacks and the people hurt, so I have been thinking about how to have a useful attitude.

There is a quote going around facebook that says something like, “When tragedy strikes, look for the helpers.” It’s about looking for the people who rush to help those in distress. There are a lot of people who take on the duty of rushing to the aide of those in trouble. All kinds of emergency personnel, rush into danger to help and medical personnel work hard to heal those who’ve been hurt.

I’ve been looking for the helpers in the larger context. My social media feeds have been full of posts where people want to spread love and understanding. Abraham Hicks often says, “when you know what you don’t want, you know more clearly what you do want.” In response to angry people hurting others, many people are asserting what they would rather see: love and compassion for one another. That has been inspiring.

Even the angry posts I’ve seen have been efforts to care for others. People bring up other terrorists attacks that have gotten less attention. The message is, care for these people too.

Thinking about terrorism and the law of attraction has made me wonder what would happen if terrorists understood the law of attraction. I believe that terrorists want what we all want – love, meaningful work, comfort for themselves and those they care about. They clearly believe that they will feel better if they make others suffer. I think they are wrong.

What if they understood that acting out of anger and fear would bring them more anger and fear? What if they believed that they could create the lives that would make them happy, by focusing on becoming happy and filled with love? Their actions would have to change.

I believe that all of us who deliberately focus on feeling happiness and love, create a momentum that turns humanity more in that direction. I think we could get really good at it and create a climate that doesn’t allow powerlessness and rage to grow so strong that killing others appears to be a way to feel better. We could create overwhelming positive momentum. Shall we try?

(Photo courtesy of Debi Barton Haverly, @debihaverly)