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The LAW of AGREEMENT
Discover the True Power of Intention
By Tony Burroughs
Red Wheel/Weiser, LLCCopyright © 2012 Tony Burroughs
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Those Same Old Tricks
Before we can have true freedom we have to be able to learn from our experiences. This means that we stop repeating the same behavior that has been causing us discomfort and instead change our attitudes and actions. This is how we achieve a different result, one that works better for us and everyone around us.
As we begin to integrate the Law of Agreement into our lives, we will gradually slide out from under the shadows of others who would continue to control us and we'll step into our own sovereign power, independent and strong in the knowledge that each and every one of us is free to create to our heart's content, that we are helped every step of the way, and that nothing can stop us unless we agree to let it.
We can have it all. But first we must be ready to make some changes in the way we look at things. We have to quit falling for some of those same old tricks.
For the past two years I've taken daily walks around the lake near where I live in Colorado. It's my favorite form of exercise, and the magnificent vistas of the surrounding Rocky Mountains provide me with a perfect environment for opening up to new creative ideas.
As is my custom, I walk steadily, never stopping along the way except to take occasional notes and to pet a friendly reddish-brown dog who guards one of the houses by the lake. I call him Rusty, although I doubt that's what his owners named him. He's a collie/ chow mix, and he's chained alone to a small doghouse that sits away from the owner's house in the middle of the yard. Rain, shine, or six feet of snow, day in and day out, one thing never changed on my walks: Rusty was always there.
When I first moved into the neighborhood Rusty was younger, and he would bark and jump and run wildly toward me until the chain jerked him to a sudden halt. That didn't stop him, though. Back then, Rusty was lively and full of Spirit. But over the last couple of years something inside him shifted. Now, he's no longer as lively. It's as if he's been beaten down by the boredom and he's resigned himself to living his days at the end of a chain. His Spirit only comes to life in the evening when, for a brief moment, his owner delivers a bowl of food and a few pats on the head before going back into the house.
Then something interesting happened. Just before sunset on a chilly spring evening, I was walking by in my usual way, admiring the last of the season's snow that whitened the peaks in the distance, when Rusty's owner came out with his nightly bowl of food. Rusty jumped up and ran to the length of the chain, only this time, instead of jerking him back into place, the chain broke.
I watched from a distance as Rusty pranced around like never before, free as a bird! At first he stayed well out of the range of his owner, who called and cajoled him for several minutes, all the while cussing the chilly wind and the situation in general. He just wanted to get the dog fed and go back into his warm, toasty house.
Rusty, on the other hand, frolicked and played like a young pup, enjoying his first feeling of freedom in years. His eyes, usually so sullen and sad, sparkled now with a newfound brightness. His Spirit was returning; he had come back to life, and I whispered a silent prayer that he would run away and take his chances out in the world. You see, I'm always trusting that the Universe takes care of us, as long as we intend it for ourselves. To me, it looked like anything would be better than going back to living at the end of a chain.
It was starting to get dark, and as I rounded the end of the lake and turned back toward home, I watched as Rusty's owner went back into the house and came out a minute later holding a bag of special treats high in the air and shaking them loudly. Within moments, Rusty was back on the chain. He was unable to resist the temptation of the tasty nuggets.
The following day, Rusty was there as usual, but his sparkle was gone as he lay there in the dirt with those sad, expressive eyes. Attached to his collar was a new chain, shorter and stronger than the first. He looked horrible, but at the same time there was something different in him, like he hadn't completely forgotten how good it felt to be free the day before. I went up to give him a rub behind the ears, and I was talking to him like I talk to all the animals ("Hi guy! How's it going?" etc.), only this time my curiosity got the best of me and I asked Rusty why he gave up his freedom to live his life chained in the yard, just for the sake of a few treats.
In an instant, Rusty's Spirit, which had seemed so far away only moments before, lit up, and his answer came telepathically into my mind. He said, "Hey Tony, no one's home yet. How about if you unclip this heavy chain from around my neck and we'll see if I fall for those same old tricks again?"
Well ... I'd better not tell you what I did.
Humanity is being duped, big-time. Like Rusty, we keep falling for the same old tricks over and over again. In fact, we are being deceived daily, and it seems there is no end in sight. For example, we are being led to believe that our political leaders have our best interests at heart while all evidence points to the contrary: that they care deeply for our children, while they send them off to fight, suffer, and die for reasons which no one can explain without great contradiction; that they are doing their level best to get us out of war while, if they honestly wanted to bring our troops home, the fighting would stop tomorrow and the troops would be home in a week; that they (our elected officials) are the ones who represent us and make decisions on our behalf, while in truth most of the decisions affecting us are made in lavish boardrooms by the businesspeople and bankers who placed our so-called leaders in office and to whom our leaders must answer lest they lose their jobs, or worse. It's just more of those same old tricks ...
Likewise, we have been led to believe that our votes really count, but we neglect to ask ourselves if we were given much of a choice of whom to vote for. With the present two-party system it's obvious that our votes mean very little. All of the people we vote for are beholden to those who give them the money to run their costly campaigns. And, just like with our wars, where both sides of the conflict are funded by the same banks, both political parties in an election are funded by the same banks and businesspeople who couldn't care less who wins because they have all the candidates in their pockets.
And here's a real doozy—we have been led to believe that our beautiful Constitution here in the United States is the backbone of our society and that it ensures our fundamental freedoms so we can have a good life. But, almost overnight, our Constitution has been taken away from us. All of the guarantees and tenets which our beloved forefathers meant for us to enjoy have been undermined, diluted, sabotaged, stolen, and stripped away so all that is left is an empty shell which doesn't protect us in the least.
This is not only happening in our government's hallowed halls, it's happening in our businesses as well. We have been led to believe that the big businesses that create our products are benevolent. Certainly their advertising tells us so at every opportunity. But is this really true, or is it just more of the same old tricks? For instance, are all of our household cleansers and detergents really good for us? Is it really to our benefit to wear clothing or sleep on bedding that was laundered with those strong-smelling dryer sheets? Is it good for us to breathe in the fumes given off by these things all day and all night? It's doubtful.
Here's another example. Ask yourself, Is it really good for us to continue dumping toxic waste into our precious oceans and then turn around and eat the fish that swam in those waters? Does it make sense for us to line up for vaccines that are supposedly designed to keep us from getting a disease when the disease itself was clearly created and sold to us by the same profit-oriented people who make the vaccines? By the same token, is it wise for us to keep on building more weapons for killing each other, making more violent movies, obsessing about diseases on TV, falling more deeply into debt, manufacturing poisons, and spoiling our waters, our foods, our medicines, our minds ...?
It's obvious to almost everyone nowadays that Rome is burning and that We the People are under attack—not from forces outside our borders, but from those whom we voted for, from those who lend us our money, from those who are sworn to protect and defend us, from those who manufacture and sell us our pharmaceuticals, our foods, our household substances, and many of the products we use daily.
But what can we do? Faced by such an onslaught, how can we stop ourselves from falling for those same old tricks time and time again? Well, for openers, we can stop feeding the hand that's biting us.
If you want to see how a trick works, withhold your agreement from it.
The way to make a positive change in your life and in the lives of everyone in our world is to put the Law of Agreement to work on your behalf. The Law of Agreement ensures that as we lend our agreement to any belief, we reinforce it; we make it stronger. Conversely, when we refrain from lending our agreement to an idea that isn't likely to give us the results we're looking for, we dilute it; we weaken its power over us and its power over everyone else simultaneously.
Using the Law of Agreement can change things in a hurry. Now that we are armed with this new information, every belief or snippet of propaganda that comes our way becomes an opportunity for us to take a stand. We can make a difference in our world every time a new idea is presented to us. Whereas in the past we may have been on autopilot and found ourselves nodding or agreeing with propositions without thinking too much about them, now we can utilize the Law of Agreement several times a day. Indeed, we're being called on to make life-changing choices on such a steady basis now that it is important for us to be more alert than ever to what we agree with (or withhold our agreement from), lest we add to that which no longer serves us, to that which is so blatantly obsolete, to that which brings us harm, or to that which we wouldn't want to manifest in a gazillion years.
That having been said, let's take a closer look now at the Law of Agreement, for this is not a subject to be taken lightly. We certainly don't want to keep falling for those same old tricks anymore, especially now that we're beginning to see how they work.
You need not agree with every idea that comes down the pike.
The Old Sleight of Name Game
Currently, we all have an identity. Most often it's a series of words we call our name, as well as a string of experiences related to the body we inhabit. So when someone asks us who we are, we introduce ourselves—typically using the name our parents thought up—and then we tell our story, based on the things that have happened to us while we've been embodied here on Earth. That's the way it's always been done here. But is this the truth? Is this who we really are, or is it the same old Sleight of Name Game designed to keep us from looking deeper into our true identity?
Fortunately, who we think we are is changing. Our perceptions are expanding as the Great Shift of the Ages approaches. The old constricting Sleight of Name Game is giving way to a memory, faint at first, of who we are beyond this Earthly existence. Up to this point we have identified with our name and our body, but now we are starting to see that we are more than that. We are realizing that we are the Being inside our body who thinks and feels and senses intuitively. We are the invisible Essence encased within our skin who has inhabited countless bodies, traversed countless worlds, and taken on countless identities. We have wandered deserts and dimensions, lost ourselves in forests and faraway places, created situations and scenarios that appeared hopeless beyond all understanding.
And yet, here we are, lost again in time and space, but beginning to find ourselves; asleep again in a violent, uncaring realm, but beginning to awaken to who we truly are: a Spirit aglow with love and light, expanding, becoming more, breaking free from our physical containment and stepping forth, fully conscious, into the midst of an unconscious world. It's all part of an organic process that is unfolding, and with each passing day we are letting go of old, encumbered, enslaved parts of ourselves and remembering who we are in eternity.
You can be anyone you want to be. You can have any name you like, but know this: at your core, you are all names and all identities. In order to break free from the old Sleight of Name Game all you have to do is make an agreement with yourself that you are unlimited, that you are vastly more than you previously thought you were. As you make this agreement, an eternal new you will emerge, reveal itself, and expand. It is this expansiveness that you have long awaited.
My name isn't who I am ~ I am much more. My body isn't who I am ~ I am much more. My story isn't who I am ~ I am much more.
I only use these things out in the world. Inside, I am All That Is.
The Vanishing Money Trick
Right now, most people still rely on money as a measure for their happiness. If there is enough of it in their bank accounts and pocketbooks, then they are generally content—and there's nothing wrong with that. But times are spinning fast now, and those with a little foresight can see that the money is steadily being taken out of the hands of the people. A time may come soon when there isn't as much of it around.
It's not that it has to be that way. It's just part of a plan—a plan we all agreed to take part in for the purpose of making ourselves stronger. You might be wondering how we can possibly become stronger if our money is taken away. How could anything but total panic take hold in times of no money? Undoubtedly, the media will make it sound like the whole world has gone mad as these times come upon us. They will roll out the stock footage of lines at the bank and do their level best to scare the heck out of us—and most people will be terrified.
But what about those who aren't terrified? They are the strong ones. They are the ones who won't freeze in fear. They are the ones who everyone else will look to for leadership because they will have already discovered an alternative to money: living by manifesting.
Mark these words: living by manifesting is our next step in life. It is the hallmark of the new paradigm. It is the threshold we must cross to reach our true freedom. Anyone who would continue to measure their happiness by worthless pieces of paper cannot really be free. Our security comes from within. Our peace of mind is always within reach, and yet we keep it at a distance by clinging to our precious papers and possessions.
Let's look at it another way. Our happiness and peace of mind can be dependent either on money or on our ability to manifest whatever we need. In the first case, where we are reliant on money, there is a whole slew of middlemen—those who print it, those who distribute it, those who regulate it, those who lend it at interest, etc.—and all of these middlemen are constantly dipping their hands into our pockets. In such an imbalanced system we cannot be free because they won't let us. These middlemen have a big stake in our dependence on them. Said another way, they're subtly robbing us of our energy every chance they get.
The alternative is to live by manifesting, and it allows us to break free from the middlemen. Our peace of mind can now pass Go, and keep all $200 along the way. And there's something else. Our dignity and self-worth begin to surface again. For how can we hold on to our self-respect as long as we're dependent on another? We can't. Only through learning to live by consciously creating our environment on a moment-by-moment basis can we be free and authentic. And only in freedom and self-respect do we find our strength, our true power.
One morning, years ago, my friend B.J. and I were sitting in the Hawaiian rainforest, taking a break from pruning some avocado trees that were getting too tall to harvest. We leaned back against the trunks of a couple of trees and swatted mosquitoes and drank the last of our coffee. We were surrounded by chain saws, sickles, machetes, and ropes and were sweating profusely. Suddenly, B.J. looked up at me and asked, "What do you think is the biggest difference between us, Tony?"
I didn't quite know where he was going with this, so I gave him a comic answer, "Well, you're taller than me," I said.
He just stared at me. "That's not what I'm talking about," he replied. Then he didn't say anything.
Finally, my curiosity got the best of me and I asked him, "Okay, what is the big difference between you and me?"
"I'm secure," he said. He didn't say the next three words, which, no doubt, would have been, "and you're not!"
I didn't have a chance to respond before he went on. "Yes, I'm secure," he said again. "Whenever I need something to come to me, I simply manifest it. I don't need to go anywhere or do anything special. I just put the Laws of Manifestation to work on my behalf, and everything comes to me."
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