“Understanding the 12 laws shows us how to master life on all levels and gives us insights into what we can do to reach our goals,” says Novalee Wilder, a numerologist and author of A Little Bit of Numerology who often works with the laws of the universe during sessions with clients. “They show us how we ended up where we are, how to trust, and how to create flow to get somewhere else.” In other words, the laws of the universe provide us with a roadmap of sorts for how we can live our best life.
“Understanding the 12 laws shows us how to master life on all levels and gives us insights into what we can do to reach our goals.” —numerologist Novalee Wilder
Ready to put these laws into action? Read on for intel from Wilder about what the 12 laws of the universe are and how they impact our lives, as well as tips for harnessing their powers.
Here's a breakdown of the 12 laws, plus how to channel the strengths of each one:
1. Law of divine oneness
The law of divine oneness is the MVP of the universal laws, in that it's the one upon which all the others build. “This law states that we are all connected through creation,” Wilder says. “Every single atom inside of you is connected in some way, shape, or form to the rest of the universe you move through.”
This means that everything we do has a ripple effect and impacts the collective—not just ourselves. To call upon this principle for self-improvement, simply remember that your actions both matter and make a difference.
2. Law of vibration
“Everything in the universe has a frequency and a vibration,” Wilder says. “Nothing ever stands still, as everything is always either being pushed away or pulled toward something.” Furthermore, items of a similar vibration are attracted to each other. So, to use this law to manifest your desires, you must match your vibration with that of what you want.
3. Law of correspondence
The premise behind the law of correspondence is that our lives are created by the subconscious patterns we repeat every single day, and these patterns either serve us or hold us back, Wilder says. Activate this law by becoming aware of your own patterns, which are often passed down via family ties, and then consciously taking action steps to break them.
4. Law of attraction
“This is essentially the law of vibration in action,” Wilder says. “Many people get scared by the notion that bad thoughts or low vibrations can somehow destroy their life because they’re unaware. The law is not a punishment, but a very clear mirror of our self-worth and mind-set. You’re surrounded by the outcome of decisions you’ve made in the past and are fully capable of making other decisions and attracting a different set of circumstances in the present and future.”
At any point in time, you can change your outlook and mindset, and in so doing, change your vibration to start attracting people and things on a similar positive frequency.
5. Law of inspired action
While the law of attraction is about vibrationally aligning yourself with whatever it is you want, the law of inspired action is about taking—you guessed it—action in order to bring what you want to fruition. So, you can certainly create vision boards, but Wilder says taking physical steps to move yourself closer to your vision is much more crucial—even (and perhaps, especially) if you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone to do so.
6. Law of perpetual transmutation of energy
“This law means that even the smallest action can have a profound effect,” Wilder says. “Like the seed of a mighty tree holds all its promise in its tiny shell, you also have the power within you to move mountains.”
To put the law into action on a practical level, Wilder recommends doing small things every day that uplift you, whether that's singing in the shower, dancing like nobody's watching, or anything else. Remember, small shifts add up to major results over time.
7. Law of cause and effect
The law of cause and effect, also known as the law of karma, states that any action causes a reaction, Wilder says, and that whatever you put out—good or bad—you get right back. To harness the power of this law, be aware of how your actions and decisions are affecting not just yourself but everyone around you, and focus on dismissing negative energy in favor of positive.
8. Law of compensation
The law of compensation is about reaping what you sow. “It instills trust in us that we will be compensated for our work as long as we’re open to receiving it in all the many ways that the universe can deliver,” Wilder says.
To be clear, compensation in this sense isn't limited to employment arrangements or financial compensation. Rather, it's about receiving compensation for all your contributions to the world around you, including the love, joy, and kindness you spread; it is all rewarded in unique ways.
9. Law of relativity
“Nothing and no one is inherently good or bad,” Wilder says. “Everything is a spectrum of expression, and there is more than one perspective on any situation or challenge.” In other words, we are the ones who assign meaning to things, so we can choose to regard things as “bad,” or, alternatively, as happening in our favor.
10. Law of polarity
Everything in the universe has a polar opposite: If there’s an up, there’s a down. If there’s light, there's dark. One cannot exist without the other. Wilder says experiencing these polarities is part of the human experience, and that they also help us learn from our mistakes and support us in identifying what we don’t want, so we can gain clarity surrounding what we do want.
11. Law of perpetual motion
The law of perpetual motion tells us that everything is forever changing, and our job is to embrace the ride. “If life is tough and challenging, know that it will, at some point, change,” Wilder says. “If everything is peachy, then savor the moment, but don’t try to make it last beyond the natural order of things. Each stage of life has tremendous gifts to offer.”
12. The law of giving and receiving
The energies of giving and receiving operate within all of us, and in order to create flow, they need to be in balance. “To work with this law is to recognize where in your life the balance between giving and receiving is off,” Wilder says. “You have to allow both sides in you to have their say and get their way.”
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