The mornings when I wake up on Wickenden Street, I need to struggle more deliberately with accomplishing a better feeling or a better thought. The solitude is both comforting and lonely at the same time. The silence in the morning is always welcomed, but here it seems like it is mandated by the situation and I have always found myself in conflict with whatever I perceive to be a mandate.
But, that is for another story. Today I am wanting to keep this writing very short. Short enough to perhaps attract a few new readers.
Can the Laws of Attraction be reconciled with psychoanalytic drive theory? I want to argue that yes they can reconcile. Drive is almost synonymous with desire and desire is the centerpiece of the Law of Attraction. Drive establishes our energy toward vitality. The opposite of drive, still can be stated in the positive–the desire for death. As Life and Death issues compel us to wrestle with how to get what we want and need for our time on the planet, we become either cynical and disbelieving, or we become spiritual and hopeful that our efforts–that is our positive energy will flow in the direction of what we want if we allow ourselves to want something.
Through the tenants of the law of attraction have no specific scientific backing, neither did the theories of Sigmund Freud at the turn of the last century. In time neuro-science caught up with the metaphors and analogies that Freud composed as he studied how people used their own minds, their own psyches.
Drive theory the fundamental essence of classical psychoanalysis gives us the picture of conflict as happening within the mind and the results of that internal conflict become alive in reality as we manifest outward what form the conflict is taking within. The Laws of Attraction take the positive wishes in our minds and asks of us that we focus on what we want as a way to have our minds manifest for us — in reality, what ever it is we are wanting. The establishment of ourselves in the world can be positive or negative depending on the perspective that we manifest. What a lovely sunny morning and it is so damn cold have equal reality.
A belief in our abilities to get what we want from the Universe, is the necessary first step to eliminate the conflict within–ambivalence. Ambivalence stands in the way of our being able to “shoot-out” our positive desires into the world that we live. Manifesting desire is the aim of our biology as well as the aim of our psychology and may be the aim or our physics as well.
Aiming for what we want begins with an internal belief that we can have what we want. It begins with a faith in our selves as resourceful. The energy that we experience as wanting is the life drive and the very vitality of our being. We are vibrational creatures. What we are is as much the matter of the universe as it is the matter of the stars, the moons, the suns and the ground we walk on.
As matter we vibrate with an energy that moves either toward or away from something. Training our selves to aim toward joys, and gratitudes and delightful consequences is a necessary step in our evolution. Our own particular evolution and the spiritual evolution of man as a species are one common matter. We either add to that matter or subtract from it depending on how we use our motives.