Aug 04

Last week I had some problems with my email when I sent out my “apology” for not being in touch with you over the spring and summer. I called the company and we figured it out so this one should be fine.

If you missed the email, go to www.DukeClarke.com/blog and click on “The Law of Harmony” and you can read what I wrote.

This week I want to continue with part two. I believe that what you will find in the Bible is the Law of Harmony more than the Law of Attraction. While there are similarities as I said last week, the Law of Attraction seems to always lead to the individual becoming their own god and “creating” their own world through their own mind. I think God has a better way. Why not let God be the Creator while we just follow the rules that He has set up to govern life and then I think we will see things flow as He designed them.

Last week I said that in the verse that says “When two shall agreeā€¦” that the word for “agree” is “sumphoneo” meaning “blended voices” or “voices that become one”. This is the beginning of The Law of Harmony, but it’s more than just saying the same thing that God says, it has to do with lining up all that we say, think and believe to be in harmony with God’s Creation.

The old Positive Mental Attitude model basically says that if you keep repeating something long enough you inner being, which biblically speaking is called your heart-the seat of all belief, will eventually change. If you have ever tried that you know that it takes a lot of shouting at yourself and trying to grid your heart into submission when it is something big or conflicting and most of the time it doesn’t work. It’s a lot of effort with little return.

Here is a simple example. Throughout the scriptures it God says, “Fear not!”

So, something comes up like a bad medical report, trouble with the economy or trouble in a relationship and now you have two mindsets to deal with. You have the mindset that says “Fear Not” and you have the inner mindset that says “What’s going to happen if something goes wrong”. In the Book of James it says that “a double minded man is unstable in all his ways” and that what you are left with-two minds.

Then Positive Mental Attitude and Law of Attraction starts screaming at the fearful mind saying “Fear Not, I’m attracting peace, Fear Not, I’m attracting peace, FEAR NOT, I’M ATTRACTING PEACE”.

Some people say they can drown out the fearful thoughts this way, but what a lot of painful work and for most people it doesn’t work because as soon as the next troubling thought comes along they are once again screaming. Want a better way?

The Law of Harmony deals with this situation in a must more realistic and peaceful way. When something comes up that could make us fearful, we don’t fight it or try to shout it down, or pretend that it doesn’t exist. In fact, we do just the opposite-we examine our thoughts.

I need to know what my belief system is saying to me-if there is fear there I need to know so I can let it go. We have the ability to put off and put on so we let go of the emotion of fear and put on peace and confidence then I have one voice with my mind and heart which says “I have no fear”. If you are not familiar with how to put off negative emotions and put on positive ones, just keep listening to this series and I’ll show you.

The Law of Harmony must start with us having no conflict within, no double-mindedness of saying one thing but feeling another. All thoughts must be in harmony not by beating them down or shouting them down or shoving them down, but simply by releasing the emotions that are not in harmony with who and what I want to be.

Where there is conflict there is no peace. Where there is conflict there is a double-minded man or woman. Harmony is one voice in our mind and heart saying the same thing-this is where The Law of Harmony starts.

Have a great day,
Duke Clarke

Jul 25

For many years the Law of Attraction (LOA) buzzed in the under current of New Age Practitioners and the like. Then “The Secret” came out and it went more main stream, in fact, some started preaching it in churches and using Biblical definitions to describe it.

A lot of the talk about it made sense to me. I could see some of the principles working and I understood the Biblical concept of the Law of Like Kind from the creation in Genesis-everything after it’s own kind. But beyond that one Biblical tie-in, I had a hard time putting it all together, especially when it seems to lead to the individual becoming the center of all things and basically becoming the creator of all good things in their own lives.

Then there is the talk about vibrating on a certain level and increasing your vibration to attract all you want. That led to the concept of being a magnet, which is kind of confusing because a magnet attracts the opposite pole of what it is-a positive attracts a negative while two positives (the same thing) repel each other. Along with the fact that a magnet only attracts metal it has no affect on glass or wood, so the analogy started to break down quickly. It sounds good to think of yourself as a magnet, but then once again are you just becoming your own god, bringing the universe to you at will?

I know some of these things work because I’ve done it myself, but maybe the problem has been how we explain or define what we have seen so I started to look at it from a different perspective.

I started teaching a new concept called “The Law of Harmony” to my coaching group at the first of May and now I’d like to share some of the highlights with you. I don’t know how long this series will be but you can always go back and review right here on this blog just look for “The Law of Harmony” entries.

These will be relatively short and to the point so you can follow it easily and think about each point one by one. I’d be happy to hear back from you as well, you can comment right on the blog page.

My wife actually came up with the name from a verse in the Gospel of Matthew.

Matthew 18:19:
“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”

The word “agree” is the Greek word “Sumphoneo” which means to harmonize. It’s the basis of our word “symphony”. It literally means “blended voices, or voices that harmonize”-“sum” meaning “together with” and “phoneo” meaning “voice”. So what are you going to harmonize your voice with? And by voice I mean what is your heart, mind and mouth going to agree with? This is the beginning. When we are out of sync with the world around us or with people we are working with or even with our own thoughts and beliefs we have nothing but problems. Line it all up like it is supposed to be and life starts to flow. So that’s where we are going to start-being of one mind, one heart, one voice with the Laws of the Universe which is what we are going to talk about from here on out.

Have a great weekend,
Duke Clarke