Law of Attraction or Dirty Looks?

I was driving in NYC’s morning traffic, encircled in a nightmare of horns, screams and the jumpiest of middle fingers. I was following in line to pay for a toll, when I noticed a nervous looking driver in the EZPass lane. The frustration on the driver’s face—and the out-of-state plates—told me the driver didn’t have an EZPass. I slowed down to allow the driver in the cash lane.

This action was followed by more incessant horns and a torrent of obscenities—directed at me for letting the driver in. I smiled and held my position steady. The driver I allowed to merge slowed down in between lanes and so did I. Then a man driving a blue Neon and the loudest name caller of them all, zoomed passed us, flipping us off for good measure. He was so engrossed in the gesture that he missed the tiny classic Porsche the other driver and I had slowed down for. By the time the Neon driver realized the err of his ways, he had already scrapped the VERY expensive car from bumper to bumper.

Traffic didn’t stop. The out-of-state driver and I, as well as a bunch of other people just drove passed the pissed off Porsche owner, the mildly terrified Neon driver and a couple of bridge cops. I tried not to laugh at the irony of the situation, but I failed miserably—I roared.

I sat in traffic and my post on how our thoughts might affect our lives came to mind. I told myself, yep, the Law of Attraction at its best. He was promoting chaos and that’s exactly what he got!

So what do you think? Was it the Law of Attraction or the dirty looks I had sent his way?


Hey, he called me names!

27 comments:

  1. Oh, you know he got what he had coming to him! Which is why I am in a constant battle to control my road rage - I don't want any mishaps coming my way....! Glad you got out scrape-free! And three cheers for letting "lost-driver" in your lane!

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  2. I'd like to think it would have been my doing if something like that had happened. I'm superstitious like that.
    Karma had a big part in it as well.

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  3. Rue & Aewynne, I love you both lol. I was so pleased with myself that even if it wasn't me, I wanted to take credit too. lol

    Some time back C.H. Scarlett (you can find her at The Pagan and The Pen) said something about The Burning Times, and how she was sad those poor people burned at the stake couldn't though fireballs--like some uninformed individuals might think lol--she said that if Witches could do such things, yours truly included, there would be a lot of stupidity sizzling to a nice crisp!

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  4. People who are in a perpetual hurry are always the first ones to have life bite them in the backside. It's always better to be late, then to not get there at all. Laws of Attraction? I'm not sure I'd go that far, it borders on Karma which I firmly do not believe in. Life is just life, and the faster and more blindly you take it, the bigger chance you have of making costly mistakes. As that drive no doubt will be finding out very soon. I'd have laughed, too.:)

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  5. LJ, you sure know how to keep a girl from feeling guilty lol. Okay, so I wasn't feeling guilty at all, you should have seen that guy's face! He was livid! And to think that no matter how fast he went he could only move about a foot at the time--I just don't get some people.

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  6. It always angers me when ppl are in a hurry to go somewhere and expect you to speed up so they can do so to...I am more likely to slow down and piss them off further...guess I shouldn't but I cant help it in our one lane traffic roads!

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  7. So many people have so little patience and tolerance for others these days. LJ said it best that it is better to be late than not get there at all, or better yet some people should just leave a little earlier to begin with!

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  8. Jennifer, that is my point exactly. There are some things I don’t leave my house without and two of those are an audio book and a trusty paperback. If traffic is horrible and NPR is unobtainable (I’m a National Public Radio junkie) then I start listening to my audio book. If I reach me destination a bit early, then I pull out have time to catch up on my reading. So like you and LJ said: people need to leave early and pack a bit of patience.

    Klynch, you are a very Wicked Darling—and I love it—LOL!

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  9. All I have to say that Karma bit him right in the butt. LOL. She so loves to do that to people that don't respect others and when your not paying any attention on what your doing.

    He got what he deserved. XD

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  10. Yes it did, didn't it? lol That will teach them not to mess around with the rules of cause and effect. The world is a balanced living being who will not be fooled, so people will get exactly what they give. So lets continue spreading Pagan Culture, friendship and good fun, if things work the way I know the do *grin* we'll get nothing but goodness back!

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  11. Diandra, welcome to Pagan Culture! It is great to have you here ;)

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  12. Hi www.greedygirlsguide.com checking in from SITS

    Great post, I commute into the city everyday and you do see some of the craziest things and peoples emotions spill into streets, sidewalks, subways, etc. There is something to be said for cramming millions of people onto one little island before they've had their morning coffee.

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  13. I hate to be such a negative nancy but technically the driver was projecting rage and chaos not attracting it through his desire for such. I think it was your dirty looks my friend.
    :)
    I think, like most real witches I've ever met and like myself, your unconscious or concious desire for something is stronger than any prayer, spell, or ritual one can perform with even the most potent of magic stuffs.
    But then again you could turn back around and say his behavior is what caused your maybe unconscious desire to see him get what was coming to him. If he'd just been calm and collected in the first place he might never have pissed off the wrong witch.
    ;p

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  14. I doubt that a dirty look could cause that. Besides, people will always get what's coming to them.

    Blessings,
    Skye

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  15. Sounds like a classic case of instant karma to me!

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  16. The thing I don't like about this "Law of Attraction" idea is that it is relatively compassionless. It all too easily evolves into a kind of cold-hearted view of suffering and misfortune as being somehow deserved or created by those who are suffering. It works perfectly well when someone obnoxious or rude "gets what's coming to him," but those are definitely not the only people who get hurt (what about the person in the other car? what did they do to deserve getting hit?). Really, the Law of Attraction is the ultimate "blame the victim" mentality ("she was raped, sure, but she was wearing a sexy outfit so she brought it on herself"--sound familiar?).

    I do believe that our thoughts and attitudes influence and shape our world, but I also know full well that there are people who suffer greatly through no fault of their own. Often, it is rather because others are also shaping the world in ways that allow or even require them to suffer. Modern consumer culture in the West, for instance, requires a starving and deprived Third World where companies can obtain unethically cheap labor to spit out products our strip malls can sell at low low rates. Does this mean the children dying of disease and starvation somehow created their situation merely by thinking it? Or is it more likely that the actions of others played a huge role? Thought does help shape reality, but no more than actions themselves shape it--and, indeed, the primary way thought shapes reality is by guiding and inspiring action.

    The man in your story may have been angry, but it was his choice of actions--the rude gesture, the speeding, etc.--and not merely the anger itself that caused the collision. Anger, like any emotion, can shape action in many ways, and someone who is calm and centered and secure in their own will can use anger not to create chaos and destruction, but to motivate them to act deliberately to correct injustice and contribute to the beauty of the world. We can't just burry our heads in the sands of Happy Thoughts and believe somehow the world will be better for it.

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  17. Edward Litors8/26/2009

    You should have gave him a Secret book! Apparently he doesn't understand how the law works yet.

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  18. GeedyGirl#1, there is not life before coffee! I’m telling you if more drivers took their time at home to enjoy their favorite drinks (black, sweet French vanilla coffee for me) right when they get up, the streets would be safer. More so if they used the time to think why they shouldn’t act like fools. Thanks so much for stopping by. I’ll make sure to go and check your blog too ;)

    Cogent Ascending, did this post made you think about your witchy aunts? lol, I actually thought about a comment you made a long time ago, about your aunts’ thought affecting outcomes. Or was it your mom? Oh, well it was a while back. But you might be right, maybe it was me, but he soooo had it coming.

    Skye, you are a darling. His mean ways did hit him on the face, huh? And in the wallet too I imagine!

    MJ, I think Fate has a wicked sense of humor, so this sounds much like her. The driver was a being a jerk, so why wait for another life to make him paid? There is not better time than the present.

    Ali, thanks for the insightful answer. I believe you are right. Our thoughts alone don’t determined exactly what happens to us, but the do influence how we react to things and from there end up making us act in certain ways. Take my recent car accident for instance. I was going to sell my car because I was moving to the city. I just didn’t want to deal with the way city traffic operates. I had already gotten a quote for my car and had to deliver the can the next day. Since the day I got the quote I kept on telling myself ‘please gods don’t let some idiot hit me and mess all this up.’ I swear this it true. I was moving on the morning of 15th and someone hit me the evening of the 14th. Did I want that? Heck no! But goodness was it ever in my mind. A simpler example is one of my dear aunts and her never-ending headache. She complains about it all the time and as soon as it goes away she says “Wow I can’t believe my headache is back, but why do I even get happy? I just know I’ll get it again soon.” She usually does. I won’t tell you that I moved some unseeing forces to cause my car accident or that my aunt provokes her own devastating headaches, but I will say that the human mind is one of the most powerful things out there, and when it is focused on something it might just make it happen.

    Edward, you are too hilarious and very right, maybe someone should send him The Secret to see if the book enlightens his soul—and the traffic lol.

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  19. MouseDemon, welcome back to your Pagan Culture family; you were truly missed!

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  20. Hi Magaly,

    Karma, God, the Universe Law Of Attraction, Life, that Invisible Force in everything and everyone that causes it to be.

    Yeah, it was that :)

    Every moment of our lives is significant on level upon level. We have a mini-god like part of us which works with God, this god-like part of us is called our thoughts and feelings.

    We choose thoughts with our free will, which then cause feelings. We then attract similar thoughts and feelings, either from others or ourselves, or we move into action.

    It's a simple process. The mastery of it is another story.(see Jesus Christ, Buddha and the enlightened sages)

    For most it's the challenge of challenges, to control thoughts and feelings in the face of all sorts of external stimuli but you did a great job of keeping your cool. No doubt the guy in the Neon had hours if not days of pain and misery over a few seconds of insanity, which is, what that type of behavior is, it's a mental illness which most look at as normal because they have no control over their minds.

    Life is like a backboard; whatever you dish out, comes right back in some form.

    Great blog. I look forward to visiting soon :)

    Ryan

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  21. I love how you put it Ryan! We all have the power to cause change and the more we recognize this fact the least damage we'll do to each other. I'm not getting into the whole "Oh magic is dangerous, beware of the new Witch!" and other nonsense. I mean that the human mind and heart--Witch or no--has intense power. If we focus in the good, then we might end up encircled by very good things.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I'll check you out too ;)

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  22. Hi Magaly,

    Karma, God, the Universe Law Of Attraction, Life, that Invisible Force in everything and everyone that causes it to be.

    Yeah, it was that :)

    Every moment of our lives is significant on level upon level. We have a mini-god like part of us which works with God, this god-like part of us is called our thoughts and feelings.

    We choose thoughts with our free will, which then cause feelings. We then attract similar thoughts and feelings, either from others or ourselves, or we move into action.

    It's a simple process. The mastery of it is another story.(see Jesus Christ, Buddha and the enlightened sages)

    For most it's the challenge of challenges, to control thoughts and feelings in the face of all sorts of external stimuli but you did a great job of keeping your cool. No doubt the guy in the Neon had hours if not days of pain and misery over a few seconds of insanity, which is, what that type of behavior is, it's a mental illness which most look at as normal because they have no control over their minds.

    Life is like a backboard; whatever you dish out, comes right back in some form.

    Great blog. I look forward to visiting soon :)

    Ryan

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  23. Hi www.greedygirlsguide.com checking in from SITS

    Great post, I commute into the city everyday and you do see some of the craziest things and peoples emotions spill into streets, sidewalks, subways, etc. There is something to be said for cramming millions of people onto one little island before they've had their morning coffee.

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  24. People who are in a perpetual hurry are always the first ones to have life bite them in the backside. It's always better to be late, then to not get there at all. Laws of Attraction? I'm not sure I'd go that far, it borders on Karma which I firmly do not believe in. Life is just life, and the faster and more blindly you take it, the bigger chance you have of making costly mistakes. As that drive no doubt will be finding out very soon. I'd have laughed, too.:)

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  25. Diandra, welcome to Pagan Culture! It is great to have you here ;)

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  26. Oh, you know he got what he had coming to him! Which is why I am in a constant battle to control my road rage - I don't want any mishaps coming my way....! Glad you got out scrape-free! And three cheers for letting "lost-driver" in your lane!

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