I've been thinking recently about the Law of Attraction. (It goes by a number of different names, including The Secret, affirmations, luck, etc.) I don't agree wholeheartedly with every aspect of the concept, most particularly the idea that every bad thing in your life exists because you thought it into place -- that's just blaming the victim, and I find that appalling. But there does seem to be something to the idea that if you focus daily and consistently on a particular goal, you will increase your chances of making it happen. I've discussed it before here, with the supposition that it works because it puts your brain into a state of looking around for possibilities, and you're more likely to notice and go after opportunities when they appear because of this heightened mental state.
Today I thought of something else, perhaps a bit more off the wall and definitely colored by religious belief. If we are, as I believe, children of a Creator who can organize the universe by the power of His word, should we be all that surprised if we display the tiniest seed of that same ability in ourselves? We have an inherent desire to create, to shape beauty and meaning from what we find; we seek out and create order in chaos; and, I suspect, we can to a very limited extent bend the universe to our wills -- because of who our Father is. So maybe part of the reason why the Law of Attraction works has to do with who and what we are.
This thought should NOT give anybody a power trip. For one thing, we're all unimaginably puny compared to God, so this inherited quality -- if indeed it is one -- is too insignificant in us to do much damage. But if we have in us the tiniest spark of the same power that allowed God to say "Let there be light" and bring it into being, that should give us pause. I suspect that the power to create and the power to destroy are one -- it's all about how you choose to use the tool. So if indeed we have a modicum of power to speak a word and change the world, we should try to be wise and consider very carefully how to use that power for good.
Ah, the stuff you think about at 1:15 in the morning.