“The fox condemns the trap, not himself.”
– William Blake
A teacher and his students were driving through livestock country. “Notice,” said the teacher, “how an animal mingles with its own kind. Cows mix with cows, sheep with sheep. Do you see how this law applies to human behavior?” When the students shook their heads, the teacher continued, “You attract people and circumstances that correspond with your own nature, your own level of being. You attract what you are.”
Someone asked, “Could an understanding of this make our lives easier?”
“Certainly. It will awaken the energy necessary for raising your level of being. To attract something different you must change what you are. A new consciousness attracts new conditions effortlessly. The one way to change outer conditions is to change the inner condition.”
If you place a piece of metal near a magnet, the magnet takes over with its drawing power. This power is invisible, but you can definitively observe its results.
The way you presently behave is the only way you can presently behave. Your behavior is determined by your psychic level; you cannot act above your level, for you are that level. Similar to how a hawk or a sheep must behave according to its own nature.
The difference between animal consciousness and human consciousness is that we, if we sincerely desire, can consciously raise our psychic level. The operating word here is sincerely. Most people, despite what they may say, lack a true desire to change themselves. They want things to change without changing themselves. You can tell someone to change a thousand times, but nothing will happen until that person tells themself the very same thing.
If you want an easier life, you must sincerely wish to change yourself. It may seem difficult to work against your usual habits but remember:
Do things the easy way and you perpetuate the hard life. But do things the hard way and you finally come to the easy life.
“Like draws to like, and the goods which belong to you gravitate to you.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson