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Universal Law #9: Law of Relativity - Ashley Brothers


The Universal Law of Relativity, inspired by Einstein's theories, reminds us that everything in the universe is interconnected and that our perception of reality . . . of space, time, and energy is related to our beliefs—a unique lens through which we view the world. This law suggests that no object or event exists in isolation; instead, everyone and everything influences (and is influenced by) its environment.

Just as the motion of planets or the ticking of a clock isn't fixed but rather dependent upon the observer's point of view, so too are our life experiences. We're not mere bystanders; we actively shape the meaning of our journey through our perspective—our mindset, attitude, and beliefs. This universal law underscores the profound influence of perspective in shaping how we interpret events, face challenges, and seize opportunities.

Consider this law as a guide to crafting your own narrative. You can either see life as a series of wounds or an invitation to see them as lessons and opportunities for gaining wisdom. In the face of adversity, we can choose to perceive ourselves as either helpless victims or as warriors of the human spirit, strengthened . . rather than broken by . . . life's trials. Believe it or not, perception and perspective are choices, but breaking free from the dysfunctional default modes of fear and negativity may require some reprogramming.

In this guide, we’ll explore the Law of Relativity, unpacking its positive and negative impacts on our lives. More importantly, we'll offer practical instructions on how to wield its power, enabling you to manifest a better, more enlightened existence.

Positive Effects of the Law of Relativity:

  • Cultivating Gratitude Through Perspective: Think of the Law of Relativity as your wise friend, gently nudging you to embrace gratitude, especially when life throws challenges your way. When you're grappling with difficulties, this law acts like a guiding hand, urging you to take a moment and view your struggles in the context of the wider human experience.

It's like having a compassionate companion who reminds you that everyone is dealing with their own set of hurdles. So, when life seems tough, the Law of Relativity whispers, "Let's look at the bigger picture." By considering the diverse range of challenges people face, it helps you find a silver lining amid your own struggles. Suddenly, your problems don't seem as daunting when compared to the vast spectrum of human experiences.

This law is like a warm hug for your mindset, encouraging you to cultivate gratitude. It doesn't ask you to downplay your difficulties but nudges you to see them in a broader light. In the grand story of humanity, with its ups and downs, this shift in perspective becomes your beacon of gratitude, guiding you to recognize and cherish the positive aspects of your life, even in the face of adversity.

  • Building Resilience Through Contrast: Contrast is an inherent aspect of the Law of Relativity. By experiencing the contrast between challenging and joyful moments, we build resilience. The contrasts in our lives offer opportunities for growth, learning, and the development of inner strength. Challenges become stepping stones to a more resilient and empowered self.

  • Developing Empathy Through Shared Experiences: The Law of Relativity reminds us that our experiences are relative to our individual journey. Understanding this relativity promotes empathy as we recognize that everyone is navigating their own unique path. Shared experiences, both positive and challenging, connect us on a deeper level, fostering compassion and understanding.

Negative Effects of Ignoring the Law of Relativity:

  • Comparisons Leading to Discontent: Initially we suggested that you use comparison with other’s lives to feel gratitude about your own, but this can be a double-edged sword that leads to feelings of doubt, guilt, shame, jealousy, envy, frustration, false pride, conceit, depression, or anxiety if done incorrectly.

See yourself as someone navigating through life, and this law is your compass, reminding you that constantly sizing up your achievements or challenges against others might lead to some tricky terrain. It's not about dismissing your journey or someone else’s; it's about acknowledging the uniqueness of each path. So, when you catch yourself in the comparison game, the Law of Relativity steps in, saying, "Hold on, let's consider the bigger picture." It's a reminder that measuring your successes or struggles against someone else's without understanding the context of your individual journeys can sow the seeds of discontent.

Sure, some comparisons can be a source of gratitude, helping you appreciate that your life or struggles aren't as tough as someone else's. It's a humbling realization, like a quiet "thank you" to the universe. But here's the thing—the Law of Relativity is also there to gently warn you that unhealthy comparisons, the ones that diminish your sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, might be lurking around the corner.

In essence, this law becomes your advocate for a healthier mindset. It encourages you to celebrate your victories without downplaying them, recognizing that each step you take on your unique journey is a significant accomplishment. So, let the Law of Relativity be your friendly reminder to navigate the comparison landscape with care, ensuring that it doesn't overshadow the beauty of your own path.

  • Overlooking Blessings Through Tunnel Vision: Failing to consider the relativity of our experiences may result in tunnel vision, where we overlook our blessings and focus solely on problems, challenges, and worst-case scenarios. This narrow perspective can lead to a sense of despair and hinder our ability to recognize the positive aspects of our lives. When you have an attitude of gratitude and remind yourself every day what you are grateful for, you will see that your life is better than you originally thought.

  • Lack of Empathy and Understanding: Disregarding the Law of Relativity, which highlights the interconnectedness and relativity of experiences, can have negative consequences in our interactions with others. The Law of Relativity reminds us that everyone's life journey is unique, and their experiences are shaped by various factors, including personal circumstances, backgrounds, and perspectives.

When we disregard this law, it means we might overlook or dismiss the diversity of experiences people bring to the table. We might unintentionally assume that our own experiences or challenges are universal, failing to recognize the individuality of others' journeys. As a result, we may struggle to truly empathize and understand the depth of what others are going through.

Empathy, the ability to understand and share the feelings of another, is rooted in acknowledging and appreciating the relativity of experiences. If we fail to do so, our interactions with others may lack the depth that comes from recognizing and respecting their unique perspectives. Without this understanding, meaningful connections become challenging to forge, hindering the development of relationships that go beyond surface-level interactions.

How to Use the Law of Relativity to Manifest a Better Life:

  • Practice Gratitude and Perspective: Embrace gratitude by consciously considering the relativity of your experiences. When faced with challenges, reflect on the broader spectrum of human experiences and acknowledge the positive aspects of your life. Perspective enhances gratitude and opens the door to a more fulfilling existence.

  • Learn from Contrasts and Challenges: Embrace contrasts and challenges as opportunities for growth and learning. Recognize that challenges are relative, and their significance depends on your perspective. Use contrasts to build resilience and develop a deeper understanding of your own strengths and capabilities.

  • Cultivate Empathy and Compassion: Foster empathy and compassion by recognizing the relativity of experiences in others. Understand that everyone is on their unique journey, facing their own challenges and triumphs. Cultivate a mindset of compassion, and approach relationships with understanding and empathy.

  • Celebrate Personal Achievements: Celebrate your achievements without excessive comparison to others. Recognize that the significance of your accomplishments is relative to your individual journey. By celebrating your successes, you reinforce a positive mindset and attract more positive experiences into your life.

  • Avoid Unhealthy Comparisons: Be mindful of comparisons that lead to discontent. Avoid measuring your worth solely based on external benchmarks or the achievements of others. Focus on your personal growth and progress, understanding that your journey is unique and valuable in its own right.

  • Practice Mindfulness and Presence: Cultivate mindfulness and presence in your daily life. By staying present in the moment, you can appreciate the relativity of experiences without getting overwhelmed by past challenges or future uncertainties. Mindfulness enhances your ability to navigate life with grace and resilience.

  • Seek Shared Experiences and Connections: Connect with others through shared experiences. Recognize the commonalities in the human journey and seek connections based on understanding and shared humanity. Shared experiences foster a sense of community and contribute to a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

A word of caution, though. Don’t form trauma bonds that validate and re-enforce victim identities, faulty thinking and behavior, and toxicity. It’s one thing to share a history of trauma and to help each other grow and evolve past it. It’s another to stay in that mindset and perpetuate it into the future. Healthy examples of shared connections are masterminds in the business world, where like minds propel each other toward greatness through networking or support groups that give information, tools, and services to get you to the next level of your life.

  • Encourage a Growth Mindset: Embrace a growth mindset which is built on the belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed over time through dedication, effort, and resilience. This mindset is about approaching life with an open and positive attitude, particularly in the face of challenges. Instead of viewing difficulties as insurmountable obstacles, a growth mindset sees them as chances to learn, improve, and grow.

Challenges are reframed as stepping stones for personal and intellectual advancement. Rather than fearing or avoiding difficulties, individuals with a growth mindset approach them with a sense of curiosity and a readiness to extract lessons from the experience.

The concept of constant growth and transformation emphasizes that personal development is an ongoing, dynamic process. With a growth mindset, individuals see themselves as works in progress, always capable of evolving, adapting, and becoming better versions of themselves. This invites positive manifestations by encouraging a curious and adaptable approach to life. Curiosity fosters a desire to explore new possibilities and seek out knowledge, while adaptability enables individuals to adjust to changing circumstances with resilience and flexibility.


The Law of Relativity invites us to perceive our lives through the lens of relativity, recognizing the subjective nature of our experiences. By practicing gratitude, embracing contrasts, cultivating empathy, and celebrating personal achievements, we can harness the power of relativity for manifestation mastery. As you navigate the intricate tapestry of life, viewing challenges and triumphs in relation to your unique journey, you'll find yourself on a transformative path toward a more enlightened, fulfilling, and harmonious existence.

Ashley Brothers - Institute of Conscious Evolution LLC, Bend OR

Author of A Living Prayer Blog, public speaker, holistic practitioner, and teacher of energy medicine, shamanic healing, and psychic channeling


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