The Law of First Cause

And though thy knees were never bent,

to heaven thy hourly prayers are sent.

And whether formed for good or ill,

are registered and answered still”.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

We don’t get what we want, we get what we are”

 -U.S. Anderson

You are what you think. You attract what you think into your life as a product of your thoughts and beliefs. This creative process is always working whether you are aware of it or not. We cannot escape the fact that circumstances are always the result and never the cause in our experience. This is commonly referred to as the “Law of Attraction”. This “Law” has been referred to repeatedly in pop-spiritual lexicon and has recently been popularized in many writings in recent years.

Jesus spoke of the Law of Attraction when he said, “Unto him who hath, more shall be given, and unto him who hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away”.

This statement spoken so long ago really captures all that is known about cause in the universe. like attracts “like”. Consciousness attracts more of itself. Consciousness becomes itself! Consciousness becomes things!

Ok, you say, that sounds impressive and it would probably impress my friends at cocktail parties (or make them think you’re crazy!), but what does this really mean and how can I use it?


First cause is always mental and imagination is the driving force. Imagination forms an image, and when that image is accompanied by belief and faith, it manifests in the “real world” as  objective fact. This is why you can never become anything that you aren’t already. You have to already “be” to become. Said another way, you must possess the consciousness of what you desire in order for your desired thing to be present in your reality. What naturally follows from this observation is that if you are not experiencing circumstances that are to your liking in your life, you have not attained the consciousness of one who experiences your desired outcomes.

You are rather, expressing and experiencing a consciousness level that produces an outcome which is undesirable. You are creating through your beliefs, deeply held convictions, and actions, circumstances which are undesirable on a conscious level. You can also be sure that if you are consistently producing undesirable results in your life, you are creating them on an unconscious   level through your subconscious mind. In experiencing this, you have identified that there is a misalignment between your conscious and subconscious minds. When such a misalignment exists, the subconscious mind always wins.

Take as an example, a man who desires to be an architect. Before he can actually experience being an architect he must take years of classes and training to acquire the specialized knowledge required to become and architect. During the years of training he is learning all of             the technical issues related to physics and structural integrity of buildings. In addition, he is learning many design concepts and practicing on case studies that prepare him, over time, to be an architect. While the study of architecture throughout this process is an important part of   the process, he is at the same time acquiring the belief that he is an architect. By the end of his years of training and study, his belief in his being an architect will become so strong that he eventually will be an architect in objective fact. Said another way, the years of training provided him the ability to acquire the consciousness of being an architect.  I am an architect.


Notice in this example that believing you are an architect alone is not sufficient to be and architect.  Actually  being an architect also required action. It requires committed action that was driven by a belief  that he could be an architect. Committed action that is backed by belief and faith is always required in the creative process of becoming.

While the conscious mind has the ability to create through the imagination, the subconscious mind simply observes and acts upon what it observes as fact. All physical action is directed on some level by the subconscious mind. This is why it is so easy to have a misalignment between the conscious and subconscious minds. The conscious mind originates thoughts and desires which though your imagination causes an image of what you desire. Thus, your conscious desires are formed and occupy your thoughts on a conscious level. At the same time, your subconscious mind has processed a lifetime of data which forms conclusions that aren’t necessarily in-line or consistent with what you are thinking on a conscious level. As a result, your actions are not consistent with your perceived desires and hence a misalignment occurs. Since the majority of your actions are directed intuitively by the subconscious mind, you    gradually, over time, create circumstances that are inconsistent with your conscious thoughts.

How is this misalignment corrected? The answer is simple in concept, but very difficult in practice: “A belief that is consciously accepted until it becomes a deeply held conviction is eventually accepted on a subconscious level where it is acted upon and translated into objective fact. ” Beliefs can also be “imprinted” on or accepted by the subconscious mind without the intervention of the conscious mind. This process can be incorporated on a completely unconscious level. Your subconscious mind is always recording and observing “facts” which are impressed upon the subconscious and manifested in your objective experience. This is why most people do things and feel emotions that they don’t understand. This is because the entire process can occur unconsciously. What we are talking about here is the conscious alignment   of your conscious desires with the subconscious process of manifestation of your desires.

If the concept is so simple (and it is), why is it so difficult to master this concept in real life? If first cause is always mental, why can’t we just desire something and have it manifest in our lives?

Taken from Chapter IV of “Being and Becoming” which will be published later this summer on Amazon.


About Greg Roukema

25 year experience in finance, investment, commercial real estate, and private equity.
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2 Responses to The Law of First Cause

  1. Roger says:

    Good one, Greg! Roger

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