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What Does Luck Have to Do With It?
By Art Ramsay, PhD

 I remember when I used to make statements like "He was born lucky", or "He has a horseshoe up his butt", and other clichés about luck. I believed that some people are just naturally lucky and others are not. Later, I moved into metaphysical ideas and the principles of Science of Mind, and began seeing things differently.

 Now, I look at luck as an illusion people invented on which to blame the negative aspects of their lives. If I can blame someone or something for what is not working in my life, then I am the victim and things are happening to me. Of course, this is just not so. There have been too many studies that show two people having the same backgrounds in every way, emerge with opposite lifestyles. For example, with the same education and opportunities, one cannot hold a job, while the other rises to CEO of a company.

 Were the two people above lucky and unlucky? I think not. Some religions support the idea of luck, and others do not. Different cultures likewise hold that luck is real, while others dismiss it entirely. To most it is just a jovial game they play to push away feelings of their own inadequacy. "If it is happening to him and not me, then he is just lucky and I am not", would be the thought.

 What Is Luck?

 Luck is often defined in terms of chance or fate; the 'roll of the dice', or 'cards you are dealt' are used. People who appear to be lucky most likely never consider that idea in their lives; yet, those that claim bad luck are in a victim role repeatedly. I have heard people respond to seemingly good fortune, with "Oh, I'm just lucky I guess." Most likely, they do not want to appear boastful about their success, and meekly reply in this manner.

 Supposedly, there is 'good' and 'bad' luck. I read that the "luck of the Irish" actually means 'bad' luck owning to Irish history, especially for early arrivals to the new American land. Evidently, some Irish folks found gold easily in the West and were deemed lucky. Thus, "luck of the Irish" today meaning 'good' luck. Of course, there is always "Murphy's law' that states "If anything can go wrong, it will."

 Maybe There Is More to It Than What Appears

 The above expressions are merely mindsets, or states of mind. They are the outward reflections of what is going on inside. When things do not go our way, we find reasons 'out there' for the cause. Of course, 'out there' is the effect, not the cause. For those of you who have read other articles I have written, you know that the cause lies within our minds, our beliefs are at the root. What we see outwardly is the effect of what we have created.

 

How does luck appear in your life? Do you feel lucky sometimes and unlucky other times? Do you, like me, hold that there is no such thing as luck? Consider these questions, because it will reveal beliefs you hold about cause and effect. Does something outside of yourself seem to be a cause that brings discomfort and angst at certain times? Do you feel like a victim?

 Your answers to the questions above will give you some idea about your beliefs concerning luck, cause and effect, and victimhood. Why is this important? Since we are products of our beliefs, determining what they are concerning various areas of our lives will give us a starting point to make changes. If every area of you life works, that is, you are financially independent, have relationships that are loving, are a great success in everything you do, and have a fantastically healthy body, then do not bother with the exercise.

 We all have work to do if we want lives that work all of the time in every area; or even most of the time in one area. Let's face it, we are not yet ready to walk on water. If you are satisfied with your life at it is, and you need to really take a hard look at that, then you might want to read my article in the Achieves about being satisfied.

 Why Are We Trapped by Luck?

 The idea of 'luck' still haunts us, because we are not ready to step up to knowing that we are the creators of our lives. When we can take responsibility for what happens in our lives on a daily basis, we have taken a step toward acknowledging our power as co-creators. I use 'co-creators' because I see my creative power coming through me as a human; the God-Self of me is my partner during the creative process.

 Luck is a scapegoat, an excuse of why things do not work out for us. It is also a way to put something outside of ourselves when things do work. Instead of taking credit for a job well done, we would rather contribute it to luck. After all, if it only happens that we get what we want out of life once in awhile, then it must be a streak of luck.

 To break free of this cycle, we need to first take responsibility for our lives by acknowledging that we are the creators of it. Once we see the outcome of events as our effects, instead of causes, we can then look within for beliefs that support the effect. When that happens, dependence on 'luck' vanishes and we break free of victimhood.

 

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