Standing on the Leading Edge

You’re not going to have a lot of people you can talk to about this. There is never a crowd on the leading edge.

— Abraham

For anyone not familiar with my blog, you can find Abraham-Hicks here.  Abraham’s first major theory is the Law of Attraction, about which I have written often; here is the short version:

That which is like unto itself is drawn.

If I look at the world around me as a sad, awful place, or if I feel sad and awful about myself, the Universe will bring me more sadness and awfulness.  If I live my life with love, the Universe will return love to me, will put it in my life.

In the quote above, Abraham talks of a collateral issue, a vital part of living the life Abraham presents.  To follow the Law of Attraction is to be ahead of the games most people play with emotion.  The leading edge is not where everyone meets; in most circumstances, we meet way back from the front, where we are comfortable, and find other people with similar beliefs, ideas, feelings, or philosophy.  Humans are often content to belong to one of these collections of people, held together by a common conviction.

This has been true throughout history, and probably pre-history as well. This phenomenon may be seen in the larger religious groups, such as the Roman Catholics, and the Mormons, or Muslims or Jews; it is also seen in individual countries, churches, states, cities, schools, professional organizations, families, and even among disparate members of a certain family.

But occasionally, a person or group of people will learn a new way of living, of thinking, even of feeling.  As a result, we find ourselves alone, without the security of larger organizations.  We have stepped forward from the crowd.  We are living on a new edge; we may hope to teach our new philosophy to others, and we may, in fact, begin to spread our philosophy to family, friends, and whomever else wants to step forward.

Sadly, if we push forward only a couple of hundred years, that edge-dwelling philosophy and its proponents likely have become the group far back from the edge, the established norm followed by the larger, or largest groups.  One needs only look at the broad history of early Christians and Romans.  Romans watched, yelled, and ate picnics while Christians were eaten in the Coliseum, from the time of the presence of Jesus of Nazareth on earth until three centuries later.  In the early 300s, emperor Constantine the Great

Byzantine mosaic of Constantine the Great,

declared the eastern half of the empire Christian; after defeating the leader of the western empire, he declared the entire empire Christian.

In 325, Constantine summoned the Council of Nicea, a gathering of representatives of all the Christian sects, to begin determining the overall nature of Christianity.  So the small following of Jesus became the official church of the largest empire in the world, and by 514, the Catholic Church was well-cemented into Rome, and the beginnings of the Vatican, with the Vatican Palace.

In the course of half a millenium, Christianity went from being a small radical group of Jews to the most significant religion in the world, as it was known.

 When starting on the edge, one is alone, or nearly so.  The value of being on the edge is much greater than the difficulty of  being in a small group, or all alone.  That value exists in the very act of learning and adopting new information, new emotions or ways of dealing with them, new behaviors which change those on the leading edge from members of a large group, to people who may well change the world.  The trick is to stay fresh, and to continue to step to the leading edge; not to be lulled into complacency by time.

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