The Universal Laws and The Universal Law of Bollocks

These days you can hardly go through any articles, books, DVDs, movies, films, documentaries with regard to self-improvement or self-help without coming across at least one mentioning of some ‘Universal Law’. Suddenly, there appears to be a Universal Law for anything. Like we haven’t got enough Laws to deal with already!

Listen, there’s some truth to these ‘Universal Laws’, but in most cases, a little nuance is in place. So I ask you, please read along, as I’ll clear it all up in the remainder of this article.

There are Universal Laws that guide our lives behind the scenes. These are actually rather ‘universal principles of life’. That would be a more appropriate qualification. But these days, people are always looking for ‘Universal Laws’. As a consequence, other people who think they know what they’re talking about come up with new ‘Universal Laws’ all the time, in an attempt to set themselves apart from the already giant mass of people talking about ‘Universal Laws’. So in the self-improvement or self-help world, every now and then a new ‘Universal Law’ makes its entrance, in addition to the most widely and most predominantly mentioned Universal Law, which is the Law of Attraction.

The word ‘Law’ appears to be a magic word… Almost a magic wand that casts a spell on anyone who reads it that puts them in a hypnotized state thinking that what it says must be true. After all, it’s a ‘Law’ isn’t it? A ‘Law’ is always right, no more thinking required.

Today, subjects like the ‘Law of Attraction’ are at an all-time high of popularity. We’ve got the movie ‘The Secret’ and a whole big bunch of people trying to leverage on it by proclaiming themselves as ‘experts in the field of the Law of Attraction’. Yes, there’s that magic word (wand) again.

Despite so many people having seen the movie ‘The Secret’ and knowing about the Law of Attraction, there is only a very, very small number of people who are actually living the life of their dreams, or ‘attracting their desires’, or ‘manifesting their dreams’. Yes those are some other ‘magic words’ from today’s common terminology of the self-improvement and self-help industry.

How come? How come, with all that knowledge, with all those ‘Universal Laws’ already written and told about, and with all those new ‘Universal Laws’, ‘Spiritual Laws of the Universe’, ‘Subsidiary Laws’ and so on coming about each and every day on the Internet and elsewhere… How come that all the people buying those books, DVDs, movies, films, documentaries, and so on, are still not ‘attracting their desires’ or ‘manifesting their dreams’?

I’ll tell you why. Most people have heard something about it, but have no real knowledge about the matter. They are aware of the fact that there are ‘Universal Laws, or rather ‘universal principles of life’ that work behind the scenes and guide the courses of their lives. However, they’ve lost track, because so many people who think they know what they’re talking about (while they don’t) come up with new ‘Universal Laws’ all the time, that may have some truth to them, but do nothing more than making things way too difficult and complex to apply.

And besides that, there’s often one big problem when you start reading about the ‘Law of Attraction’ and the ‘Laws of the Universe’. People who speak or write about them tend to so overly symbolic, that few well-thinking people can make any practical sense of it. What they find is nothing but ‘enigmas wrapped in riddles’.

There’s a strong desire for clarity on this subject. Listen, I can come up with hundreds of ‘Universal Laws’ if I want. Here’s a couple of them…

Introducing the Universal Law of Ping Pong
It says you have to use ping pong balls if you want to play table tennis.

Introducing the Universal Law of Rain
It says that when it rains, things get wet.

Disappointing, huh? But they did sound interesting at first, right?! Do you see what’s happening here? The mere qualification of ‘Universal Law’ makes it sound interesting already, while the true deeper meaning of the ‘Universal Law’ is nothing more than a standard blindingly obvious platitude.

So let me give you another Universal Law right now, to satisfy your probably insatiable need (or so you think) for knowledge of all Universal Laws to improve your life, ‘attract your desires’, and ‘manifest your dreams’ once and for all:

Introducing the Universal Law of Bollocks
It says that it’s all bollocks.

That’s right, it’s all bollocks. Bollocks, bollocks, bollocks. There are universal principles guiding your life. If you want, you can call them ‘Universal Laws’. I’ve done so in my books and articles, because that’s what people are looking for these days. If I would apply other terminology, people would never find out about this extremely useful and straightforward knowledge, and would probably never ‘attract their desires’ or ‘manifest their dreams’.

It’s all bollocks, because before this whole game we call ‘human life’ started, we didn’t get an instruction manual on how life was supposed to be lived. The purpose of the whole thing was to find out the universal principles and realize that through applying these principles, YOU can have full control over whatever it is you want to create.

Yes, that’s right, you ‘create’, which is much more than ‘attracting’. But that’s something you’ll discover as you get more experienced in the conscious living of your life and engineering your own success by applying the universal principles of life. Yes, that’s what you can do with the knowledge of these universal principles, or ‘Universal Laws’ if you will.

I talk about Universal Laws in my books, that’s true. But again, people are looking for ‘Universal Laws’ these days, not for universal principles. Because you were looking for ‘Universal Laws’, you were able to find this article. I describe the universal principles of life along 6 main Universal Laws. The names given to these ‘Universal Laws’ are nice, and are probably what you want to hear. However, the bollocks is often in the names. It’s the content discussing the universal principles that makes this knowledge so unique.

Yes, you can do with only 6 main Universal Laws, but that’s more than enough to cover all the ‘subsidiary universal laws’ or ‘spiritual laws of the universe’ or whatever you want to call them that all those people on the Internet seem to come up with these days. These 6 main ‘Universal Laws’ just cover the universal principles of life, without falling for the trap of too many detail and complexity of too many ‘Universal Laws’. All those additional ‘Universal Laws’ or ‘subsidiary laws’ all fall under the Universal Law of Bollocks.

Too keep things simple, you don’t want to lose yourself in the detail. You want just enough straightforward knowledge for simple application of the principles, while still having a total view on the big picture that is comprehensive enough to not forget about any universal principle, or ‘Universal Law’ if you will.

If you want to make life simple for yourself, to start pulling the right strings to create the life and destiny of your dreams, then don’t waste another second on trying to find out every small, detailed, insignificant ‘Universal Law’ someone came up with today. You’ll be like a cat chasing its own tail: a never-ending story that leaves you exhausted and depressed. Just keep it simple, focus on the 6 main Universal Laws that cover all universal principles, and you’ll be off living more than your dreams before you can even consciously realize you created such an incredible experience!

Sounds good? I thought so.

Keep it straightforward and easy-to-apply. The game of life wasn’t intended to be complex and difficult. The game was supposed to be simple and easy, and most of all FUN!

And so it can be, if you don’t make it too hard on yourself.

A History of Personal Injury Law in the US: How Attorneys Help Us Refine Our Legal System

Ever wonder about the historical foundations of personal injury law?

Maybe this question is enough to induce yawning. However, citizens’ ability to defend their rights in court is a cornerstone of any free society. By bringing their situations into the legal arena, plaintiffs and lawyers throughout history have helped to determine how civilizations define justice. Let’s discuss the brief history of personal injury law to show how it’s shaped our modern world.

The Biblical and Classical Era

There weren’t many courts back in 10,000 B.C. Without official social or governmental structures in place, ancient humans developed their own practices of common law. Thefts, injuries, and other damages were punished according to the “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” logic. While this crude brand of justice had plenty of cruel consequences, it represents humanity’s earliest attempt to establish liability, and then mete out a punishment that matched the crime. It’s not so dissimilar to the process today’s juries carry out for every case.

By the Classical Era, Greek and Roman civilizations refined this process by setting up courts and taking an intellectual approach to litigation. In these city-states, citizens could argue personal claims before a jury. They were also permitted to bring a companion – usually someone with a good working knowledge of the laws – to aid them during their trial. These companions were the earliest attorneys. Early laws forbade these proto-lawyers from accepting payment for their services. But this soon changed, and law began to flourish as a profession.

European Exploration and Colonialism

Several centuries after the fall of Rome, nations like England and France were spreading their legal ideas across the world. With notions of justice rooted in Roman Catholicism and guided by the Roman church, these imperial powers colonized new lands in the east and west and set up legal systems that imitated the ones at home. The core principle of personal injury law was something called “Res Ipsa Loquitur,” which translates to: “The thing speaks for itself.” This important statute contends that when something unusual and damaging occurs, it can always be traced back to a culprit. If your car goes missing, or if a brick shatters your storefront window, Res Ipsa Loquitur insists that a human hand must have been responsible. This principle motivated the cases of many claims and still forms the bedrock of common law today.

Refining the Law, 1800-Present

By the mid-1800s, lawsuits were keeping U.S. courts very busy. Bizarre claims abounded, as plaintiffs won compensation for croquet injuries and ferret bites. As industrial robber barons took advantage of workers, attorneys defended common people in case after case. This helped establish worker’s compensation and other injury laws today.

In 1932, the famous Donoghue v. Stevenson trial established the idea of negligence, which now forms a pillar of personal injury law. Precedents and statutes continued to refine this branch of justice until the 1970s, when personal injury attorneys became ubiquitous on billboards and TV commercials.

These attorneys, since they emerged in classical times, have built our courts into comfortable, reliable places for common citizens. As the legal landscape remains chaotic, especially in the Internet age, these counselors will continue to have our backs and ensure that the law treats us fairly.

Why Not Complete Law School in 2 Years?

In a time where the economy is slowly tinkering along like an outdated train through the cornfields of Iowa (home state), law schools have a need to make a crucial pivot. Let’s be REAL. Today’s legal education is no longer practical in its approach. Of course, I am only speaking from my own experience as a third-year law student; yet, my gripes are no less disconcerting…

I came into law school just knowing I wanted to be a lawyer. From the age of seven, I was groomed and molded for the profession. My dad knew that I loved to read and talk, and I knew that I wanted to help people. Law seemed to be a natural fit. I was fortunate enough to be able to experience law firm life as a junior in high school by working for a small personal injury/workers’ compensation firm in my hometown. As a receptionist and eventually a paralegal, I was able to be trained on client counseling, court filings and etiquette, and networking with legal professionals. All of this was attained before even sitting for my LSAT. Now that I am in the home stretch of my legal education, I can confidently say that this environment does an extreme disservice to its students.

Yes, we all know John Doe’s adverse possession of Blackacre is so very important; but will we be able to explain to Sally Sue why she cannot break her lease with her landlord? Where are the students who come away from law school knowing how to build a book of business that so many of these legal hiring departments desire? Where are the students who come away knowing how to professionally and empathetically deal with a sensitive client matter? This element is sorely missing from legal education today.

In general, I feel as if the American Bar Association and subsequent law school administrators have lost sight of the market and what its consumers truly need. We need to move beyond just teaching for a bar exam, teaching for an ethics exam. Just last week I spoke to one of my peers about their graduation plans, and I asked if they knew how to draft pleadings to begin a civil case. My peer said no, laughed it off, and said she was sure she’d learn sometime. Madness! We have to show some genuine concern for the students who are going into significant debt for this education; and go beyond showing them how to write an essay and take a multiple choice exam. There should be no reason or room for a law school administrator to mention to me that her job was to make sure I pass the bar exam, and that’s it. And I am definitely tired of hearing from law professors, “Oh, your grades don’t demonstrate how great of a lawyer you’ll be.” Umm EXCUSE ME, then why am I being graded!? I am thoroughly confused about the genuine purpose of law school today.

With almost 40,000 students graduating law school each year, the time for change couldn’t be more present. Each day I try to figure out how exactly 199 ABA-approved law schools are reporting 90 percent and above employment rates when most of my friends who graduated last year either do not have a legal job or are severely underemployed. I’m not making the argument that the job statistics are misleading; I am saying there is a disconnect and deeper rooted issue of these law schools not properly nurturing students to be creative when thinking about their futures.

I ultimately have two suggestions on how law schools can pivot and create a new legal education environment:

1) mandatory practical experience for the third year of law school, AND
2) encourage creativity!

Being a lawyer essentially means you are an advocate (to support or urge in form of argument). Why not make only 2 years of casebook/black-letter law and require the third year to be only practical or advocacy work? I’m in my third-year and struggled to find relevant (mildly entertaining) coursework being that all my “bar” required courses were out of the way. I can imagine I’m not alone. This time could have been better spent clerking full-time or providing legal services to those who need them. Second, encourage students to think BEYOND working the 9-5 at a firm or even behind a desk. Encourage them to think outside the box and find meaningful ways to make the world around them better. Tell them that it is okay if they can’t find a BigLaw job, and that you’ll support them by giving them the resources they need ANYWAY! This is not about lofty/mismanaged expectations, this is about facing the realities of our situation and searching for solutions to better our tomorrow.

Why We Resist the Law of Attraction – Part III

To summarize Part I and II, we now know that “working hard means physical effort, pain, stress, frustration, sweat, busyness, no time for self or family.” Blaming diminishes our connection to power and dehumanizes us.

Until we learn to work smart. OK, so I have to work. I’m just getting started with the Law of Attraction and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to change. I courageously take this on and treat it like an adventure. So, I give myself time to study, read, discuss with like-minded folks who are also discovering the law of attraction and I take time to apply the principles of the law to my everyday life of hard work – in a nut shell, I’ve agreed to work even harder. Funny isn’t it? At first, it may come out like this for you as well.

We are what we think.

Great, now I begin to watch my thoughts. I learn this word – Cancel. Really easy. When I’m thinking something that’s taking me down a negative rabbit hole, I remember to say, “Cancel.” Then I return to the principle. Like Attracts Like. I look within and discover what it is inside of me that can align with my ideal. I strengthen that aspect of myself through affirmations, contemplation, discussion with like-minded friends. I release all the rest of it.

I now know that we are 99% our thoughts and just 1% our body, the outer physical shell that houses the “real” us. Back when I first began, all I had was the principle of the law.

Today I know, all of the experience in our life is created by our thoughts. All the experiences we feel in our five senses are possessed in our brain and mind.

Things that are seen come from things that are unseen. We are what we think. We create our reality.

I love ice cream and chocolate. When I eat ice cream I get heavenly pleasure. But the feeling is not coming from my body, it’s coming from my mind.

I have friends who cannot stand ice cream. They get a headache and their digestive system doesn’t tolerate the lactose – thus it causes them discomfort and pain.

I’m in heaven, they are in pain.

So, if the pleasure was really in ice cream, everyone would get the same heavenly feeling that I get from eating it.

The pleasure isn’t in the ice cream and it’s not in the physical body – it’s in the mind – the invisible part of me.

The question begs to be asked:

If we are 99% our mind and just 1% our body, what should we use most to get what we want?

It’s simple but not apparent. Sometimes we can live our entire life without ever contemplating that question.

We need to understand that all we see in our life, the vehicles we drive, the homes we live in, the food we eat, the partners with whom we live, the jobs we love or hate, all of this is a result of our past thoughts.

And we can change the results and circumstances daily by using our thoughts.

Everyday, every second, each thought we entertain in our minds can bring us the result we look for or the disaster we do not want.

If we do not like the conditions and wish to alter them then we work on the thoughts that brought them to us.

The conditions are the effect – the thoughts are the cause.

This will become clear as we move toward our success goals through doing the daily work of changing our thoughts. My mode of operation at this point is to discover clarity in my intentions to reach my objectives.