This is why, much to my surprise, I found myself buying another book on the law of attraction recently. I was browsing a bookshop near my home in Discovery Bay, HongKong, when I stumbled across a book called (strangely enough) The Law of Attraction,written by Esther and Jerry Hicks. I have watched one or two short videos of the Hick’son Youtube, so I already knew who they were. Esther Hicks is a channel, and shechannels an entity called Abraham, which she says is actually a collective of advancedminds in another dimension.Over the years I have taught myself to follow my inner guidance when making just aboutall decisions, and the moment I laid eyes on this book, the energy of it felt good. Many years ago I developed this capacity to feel intuitively by imagining a stream of consciousness moving out from my heart and into the thing I am “reading”. These days Idon’t even need the visualisation part – my psyche immediately connects with whateverI focus upon, if I choose to do so.The feeling I got with this book was one of light and peace. So I picked it up. I didn’topen it at first, but did a Quick Check, a particular divination method I often use todouble check the “energy” on decisions. Much to my surprise, I got a very high reading.As I held it in my hand, it just felt good. Actually, I barely opened the book, just quickly taking a few seconds to glance at a sentence or two.So, going against my rational mind (which has a slight aversion to such “channeled”books nowadays) I took the book to the counter and paid for it.I must say that I am very glad that I did. This is by far the best material I have ever readon the law of attraction.I particularly like the fact that the philosophy of the book is not so much aboutaccumulating assets. The essence of the material is about coming to a greater awarenessof the way you use your mind. Personal responsibility lies at the heart of the message,especially the need to take responsibility for the thoughts and feelings which one allowsto enter the mind.I found many of the ideas and techniques in the book very useful.One part of the book talks about the “art of allowing”, which is an attitude of acceptanceof whatever comes into your experience or perception. Non-judgment has long been afoundation of my own spiritual practice, and I found this idea of allowing to be perfectly compatible with it. What I noticed from applying the ideas in the book is that there aremany things that I have not been allowing. Judgment brings forth a subtle desire forcontrol and power over people, situations and things. If you pay careful attention tojudgment, there is a certain destructiveness about it. Unfortunately, judgment alsodestroys love and acceptance. It creates walls between us and the world, and solidifiesthe ego’s sense of separation and alienation. I found that this became clearer in my ownmind as I read the book and observed by own mind more closely during the days of thereading.