Why do I pray and/or do magic and/or apply the law of attraction and still do not get what I want?
James, the brother of Jesus, said, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lust.”
The truism applies whether you are Christian or have another moral template. When you ask for what you need, the probability of manifestation is greatly increased. We often confuse need with want.
The lust here is self indulgent grasping. It is not on occasion being a little self indulgent. However when that becomes the focus of your desire, do not expect to receive.
The proto-Germanic peoples saw this principle in the n-rune, the naudhiz. When you focus on manifesting the need-fire you have collateral blessings.
The n-rune, as drawn, resembles its inspiration, the fire-bow. These bows are used to twirl a stick in a piece of wood. With the resulting friction fire was created.
The fire-bow was needed to warm the freezing whether in the north country. Without that fire the clan would die. It was therefore a need-bow and a need-fire.
However, with that need-fire came the luxury of a hot meal. [I want my sushi fried.] Granted you may not need a hot meal, but it sure is nice on a cold winter night. Also wild animals were kept at bay by the fire. Granted you could fight off the bear, maybe kill it. But you with the need-fire have the luxury of protection from the beast, and you can sleep peacefully.
When our needs are met, luxury comes into our life.
Now days most of what we ask for in prayer and magic is not what we need, but what we ask for is the luxury. [Let me win the lotto.]
For example, in love magic I have people ask for a specific person. They say they need that person. However, considering James lust principle and the need-fire principle, they do not need that particular person. They may want (lust) that one. But need; no, that is asking for a luxury.
One may well have a need to be in a giving-receiving / receiving-giving relationship. That maybe the correct focus of your asking.
How many people have you known who focused on one person thinking that was the one? Then when they get him and it is not at all what they want. That is because they were not asking on the need level, but on the want (lust) level. They asked amiss. They asked and did not receive what they wanted.
The better asking would have been to ask for a person to come into his life who would bring a giving-receiving / receiving-giving relationship. Maybe it could be that wanted one; maybe another. Leave it to the universe/God to fill the need and then be surprised at the collateral luxury.
This is true of course in other askings. Are you asking for a need or want (lust)?
The Bible says God is able to give exceeding abundantly above all we ask or
think. Ask aright. Ask for need. Receive the luxury beyond what you ask or think.
Ask for the need. Receive the need and collateral luxury.
See now please my page on rune magic, because there is more info. Imagine. Thank you.