Aristotle posited four causes or explanations for the existence of a thing.
In our default contemporary metaphysics we typically focus on only two of these: material causes and efficient causes — what a thing is made of, and the physical forces that arrange it.
The stock example on Wikipedia is that wood (material cause) and a carpenter (efficient cause) are what create a table.
Law of Attraction brings a different level of causation into play. Instead of what a thing is made from and how it was made, we ask why does it exist in my experience or my reality.
The basic answer is that it exists in my experience because of my habitual thoughts relative to my desires.
For example: I’m looking for a table that will meet a number of quite specific requirements — preferences and desires. Whether I find a table that matches my preferences and desires, and how easily I find it, depends on my own habitual stance.
According to the Abraham-Hicks teachings, my desires automatically attract matching conditions. The moment I formed my desire for a specific kind of table, the answer or solution came into being.
But am I someone who believes and allows answers and solutions to come to me easily? Or am I someone who struggles in life like a victim, frequently complaining about conditions, thinking that it’s impossible to find exactly what I want in life?
Maybe I believe perfect solutions are bound to cost too much. Or maybe I think it is virtuous to always “make do” with unwanted conditions.
Our profoundly personal reality is shaped by our thoughts and beliefs relative to our desires. The table I desire is not the table you desire. But the universe knows my desires and my reality is ordered accordingly.
At first law of attraction teachings seem to be saying “if you focus on feeling good, the table you want will come more easily.” Over time you discover the real significance of the teachings is that you can feel good right now, whether you’ve found the table yet or not. Finally, it becomes clear that preferences and desires like the table will easily and happily appear because you have learned to find a non-resistant perspective and enjoy the feeling of non-resistant thought.
And in that context, traditional causality is a resistant thought. Excessive focus on material and efficient causes denies the greater import and efficacy of law of attraction. Trying to imagine how your preferences and desires can be fulfilled ignores the profound subjectivity of our independent realities and the creative power of our own thoughts.
When you feel good and life works out for you, it works out according to your own personal desires and preferences, not arbitrary or “objective” values. Those moments in life when things mysteriously come together for you are always deeply personalised.
It really doesn’t matter that much who makes the table or what the table is made from or how I find out about it or who delivers it or how much it costs. These are all trivial, and giving them weight and consideration simply closes us off to our desires and keeps us apart from the happiness within us.
What matters is…any thought that feels better, any thought that releases resistance. Focusing instead on how satisfying the right table will be. How fun it will be to eat at with friends and family. How ecstatic I’ve been at the many other perfect answers and solutions that have come to me without effort, in the joyful ease of non-resistance.
The essence of what I desire in this table already exists and I can feel when I am focusing on alignment with it, and I can feel when I focus in resistance to it. Alignment feels good. Resistance feels…like friction or irritation or discomfort. It’s up to me how much of either alignment or resistance I create in my life.