Most religious systems out there have some idea of “justice”: those who are good get rewarded, and those who are evil get punished.
Christianity postpones it to the afterlife: good people go to Heaven and evil people go to Hell. Some Eastern religions say it'll happen either later in this life or in a future one: good people get rewarded with good karma, and evil people get punished with bad karma.
It's just part of the religious framework, I think.
We, as humans, seem to have an egoic need to see good people rewarded and bad people punished. We celebrate when a murderer gets the death penalty. We root for the hero in a movie to have his happy ending.
But is there really justice in the Universe? Does the Universe care about right and wrong? Does the law of attraction bring good things to good people, and bad things to bad people?
The Myth of Justice
It's an all too common question: “Why do good things happen to bad people, and bad things happen to good people?” It's been a question in the collective unconscious for perhaps thousands of years.
And I think this, most of all, is the reason that every religion attempts to answer this question. It just feels somehow “wrong” that bad people would get good things in life.
So we say, “They have good lives now, but in the afterlife they'll be in Hell.” Or, “Karma will catch up with them eventually.”
But at the root of it, this is just a way to comfort ourselves.
We might see some examples of bad people getting their comeuppance, but not regularly enough to really infer a universal law out of it.
And heck, I think we've seen the opposite more often than not. Most revolutions were based on the idea that the elite had everything, and yet didn't care for the poor. And meanwhile, the poor, who were hardworking people, had nothing.
So perhaps we can just come to the conclusion already that justice is a myth?
Justice and the Law of Attraction
After all, justice really has no place in the law of attraction.
If I do something bad in a past life, but in this life have a positive vibration, is it in alignment with the law of attraction that I would get punished for that past action?
No, most certainly not.
Or, even if I did something bad a decade ago, or a year ago, or even just a week ago.
If today my vibration is positive, is it in alignment with the law of attraction that this “bad” action would come back to bite me?
No, again I don't believe it is.
The law of attraction paints a very different picture for us, and I think it's one that is a lot more empowering than the traditional good vs. evil motif that most religions have going on.
And that is, if you want a better life, well, it's up to you to get that better life.
Or, if someone wrongs you, no hand out of the sky is going to smite them where they stand, however much you might want them to. And moreover, it's up to you whether you'll be continually trapped by that vibration of injustice and being wronged, or whether you will make something better of your life regardless.
If you wish harm on them, whether by future karma, or condemnation to Hell, or whatever else your religion might teach, that's only keeping you in a vibration of judgment.
And what do you think you'll get in such a vibration?
No, the law of attraction places power in your hands, where it always belonged in the first place.
If we get hurt somehow, we realize that something must have been a bit buggy in our own vibration, and we seek that out, instead of wasting energy on judging the other person.
I'm not trivializing true victims of crime. The process of healing may take years, in some cases.
But in all cases, I think it's more productive to learn from the experience and move on, rather than harboring resentment against the one who committed the “wrong”.
I get the question all the time, “Why do mean people seem to get all the relationships?” Or, “Why do selfish people always seem to be wealthy?”
These are questions I've pondered in my own life a great deal.
Not because I was offended by someone else's success, but because I was sometimes unsure of my own actions and how the Universe might see them.
I'm trying to think of the best example that wouldn't distract from the point I'm trying to make, and yet would illustrate what I mean.
Actually I have the perfect set of examples, I think.
In college, I used to have no problem with cheating, or just being lazy in class.
The thing is, it always paid off for me.
I'll give two examples:
I had a databases class. At the end of the semester, we were supposed to do some kind of large project that would be worth a significant part of the grade.
I think I was going through some personal difficulties at the time, and losing all motivation to do much of anything when it came to college.
I knew the material, but simply didn't have the energy to do this project. So I didn't.
Anyway, at the end of the semester, when the final grades came in, I was a bit nervous to find out what I got. I thought perhaps I had failed, or at least gotten a poor grade due to not submitting that project.
But, do you know what I got? An A.
No idea how to this day, but that's what I got.
In the second example, I had to take this stupid class called “Principles of Biblical Study” (this was a Catholic college ?).
Anyway, in this class which was the bane of my existence at that time, we had to keep some sort of Biblical journal about each chapter we studied. I don't remember the exact details right now.
But this was a seriously huge assignment, which we were supposed to keep up with throughout the semester, and turn in at the end.
There was no leeway. Every journal entry had to be present.
Well, as things go, I slacked off on that assignment, and the day before it was due, had to do some serious cramming.
Well, it was physically impossible to finish every last entry, so I had a plan: if I skip a page every 10 pages or so, the teacher is unlikely to notice, and it'll save me a great deal of time.
So I did exactly that.
And guess what I got in the class? An A.
Now this story continues, however. Soon after this, Christine had to take the same class, and had the same problem I did: she didn't want to do this stupid assignment.
Great influence that I am, I told her my little trick, so she tried it.
But, it didn't work for her. She got docked points for the assignment, and he said that entries were missing.
Now I have a theory on why it worked for me, and why it didn't work for Christine.
This example, as well as the first I gave, worked for me because I had zero qualms with slacking off or skipping parts of the assignment. As such, I wasn't a vibrational match to getting caught and getting punished for that.
Christine, however, is honest to a fault, and so probably felt some guilt around it, and also didn't have the confidence I had that it would work. And so, it didn't work for her.
I know these are silly little examples, but they illustrate well my point I'm attempting to make: morality is completely subjective. I didn't feel that what I was doing was wrong, and so nothing came of it.
There are similar examples all throughout my life, so I've had time to see the pattern.
Why Good Things Happen to Bad People
This is an over-simplistic question.
Was I a “bad” person for slacking a bit in my classes? Some would say absolutely yes, some would say absolutely no.
Is someone a “bad” person because of actions they perform, which don't represent their entire lives?
I just don't think the good/bad modality is a useful one.
But I'll answer the question anyway, and then clarify things more later on in this post.
Vibration Isn't All or Nothing
The first thing to consider is that vibration isn't all or nothing.
Just because someone is mean, or selfish, in some areas of life, doesn't mean that their vibration on every subject is negative.
For example, a person may be selfish or mean, and yet have a subconscious belief that says money is easy to earn, and so they have no issue whatsoever with having lots of money.
On the contrary, someone might be generous and kind, and yet believe that money is hard to earn, and so they won't have much of it.
The same applies to relationships, health, or anything else.
“Mean” doesn't mean “low vibration” in every area of life.
A Better Model of Vibration
Secondly, this idea of “good” and “bad” vibration isn't really that useful to begin with.
I think a better way of seeing it is as more or less open.
Open to what?
Open to your Core Essence, your Higher Self, the pure energy that is You.
We call “high” vibrations “high” or “positive” because they are in closer alignment to this Essence. They result from one who is more open to that Essence.
However, “high” and “low”, or “positive” and “negative” are judgments of ego. If your Higher Self were positive, there would have to be some equal but opposite force that was negative, and that's just not the case.
So I like to see things as more or less open to our Essence.
When we are more open to that Essence, life flows more. It becomes easier.
But again, we don't need to be open in every area of life.
We might be super open to the abundance that we truly are, but not so open to the kindness that we truly are at our Core.
Or, we might be open to the essence of companionship or relationship, but not to being generous or selfless.
A rich person who is stingy is very open to that abundance, but not so much to generosity.
A married person who is selfish is open to the essence of companionship and love, but not to compassion.
And by the way, not all selfishness is necessarily bad or undesirable. I've been accused of being selfish many times in my life, but I just refuse to comply to society's idea of how I should act, and so I get labeled with some negative terms like “selfish”.
When I say truly selfish, I mean closed to the idea of openness to love, sharing, and generosity.
Selfishness has gotten a bad rap in society, but that is a topic for another day.
The End of Morality
I think morality and justice are outdated concepts we've inherited from stagnant religions.
I propose a more useful idea:
See, morality is our attempt to objectivize some universal idea of right and wrong.
But some code of behavior cannot be objectivized, because we are all very different individuals.
Instead, I propose seeing it as authenticity.
Are you being authentic to your true Self?
The more authentic you are, the more you will tend to be open to your Essence, and so the better things you will tend to attract.
A life full of authenticity will mean that you follow your true purpose you came here to fulfill, and so you will thrive far more than if you try to live “morally” according to some random standard out there.
When I was slacking off in college, some people may see that as objectively (to them) wrong, but I was being authentic to myself. I had no problem with it, and it just wasn't very important to me, and therefore nothing bad came of it.
When I see my own actions in life as more or less authentic, instead of more or less moral, the results that came from those actions make much more sense.
Seeing actions as more or less authentic just clears up so much confusion.
When someone asks, “Is homosexuality wrong?” for example, the only answer is: “Is that person being authentic to themselves by being gay? If so, then it is ‘right’ for them. If not, it is ‘wrong’ for them.”
Or someone asks, “Is abortion wrong?” And the only valid answer is: “Is that person being authentic by getting that abortion? If so, then it is ‘right’ for them. If not, then it is ‘wrong’ for them.”
So when you wonder whether a particular action will bring you positive or negative results, just ask yourself, “Is this action an expression of my authenticity?”
Again, people can still be authentic in some areas of life and inauthentic in others, but I think that seeing things in this light will really clarify why the Universe works the way it does.
How About You?
Now it's your turn. Does seeing your actions, and the actions of others, as more or less authentic help you to understand more about the law of attraction and how it works? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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