Compensation Essay By Ralph Waldo Emerson



"There's a Season to Sow, There's a Season to Reap, but You Don't Do Both in the Same Season." -Anonymous 




Ralph Waldo Emerson says that The Law of Compensation is the law of laws, and I will show you that it is. This Law is also known as The Law of Cause and Effect, or The Great Law or The Law of Karma. The best way I can define compensation is what you put time and effort into is going to result in you getting something back from the universe. To improve our lives, we must first focus on and improve ourselves. Improving your character will attract people of similar character. When we do this, we can expect good to be on it’s way to us. You’re going to get back whatever effort you put into something. This law will help you when you choose to help yourself. This law is based on three steps. Bob Proctor states in his manifestation course series, “The amount of money or good you receive in life is going to be in direct ratio with these three things:

  1. The need for what you do.
  2. Your ability to do it.
  3. The difficulty there will be in replacing you.”

As Emerson says in his Law of Compensation essay, “Every act rewards itself.” What is the one thing in life that absolutely excites you? How good are you at it? How much time do you spend on it? If you have something that you really love to do, chances are you’re going to put an abundance of time into it. The more time you put into it, the more likely you’re going to be able to give and receive something back from the universe. “As you sow, so shall you reap” is the saying of this law. What you currently have in your life is a result of your past actions. However, you must provide service as well because there’s no such thing as something for nothing.

Like all of these forgotten laws, there are violations to the Law of Compensation. People are violating this law every day, yet they are unaware of it. Do you have a something-for-nothing-based consciousness? If you do, you are violating the law. Have you ever gotten “hooked up” with something for free that you were supposed to pay for? This is an example of getting something for nothing, and when you have this consciousness, be prepared for the universe to be your enemy. It will take back the money you’re holding on to by giving you some kind of expensive misfortune like a parking ticket, car accident, or higher bills to pay. 

Another violation of the law is that most people do just enough just to squeeze by in life. They do just enough to pay the bills. They do just enough to get paid what they need so they can keep working jobs that they hate. This doesn’t work because when you’re like this, you’re out of harmony with the law. You must do what you love to do and be willing to go the extra mile. You’ll be so glad that you did. Chances are there is a need for what you do and people will want your service.

Another way people violate this law is that they focus on the bad in things. This attracts bad things back to them. For example, if you focus and criticize all the faults of a human being, you’re going to get back people that focus and criticize your faults. It’s so easy for people to look at the bad which is probably why most people complain about their everyday lives, talking about them with others and posting their complaints on their Facebook status. As Raymond Holliwell states on compensation in his book, “Working With the Law”, “If your thoughts are constructive and proper, you cannot remain imprisoned. If you are dissatisfied and unhappy, you will be inspired for something better. If you want prosperity and success but do not strive to change in anyway, how can you expect things to be any different?”

Have you ever heard that your house is a reflection of yourself? Well, it couldn’t be more true. When you have a dirty house filled with clutter, you’re telling the law that this is what your life is like. So you have no money? Well, that’s no excuse for having a dirty house. You can have no money but still have a clean house. More than likely, the reason for no money is due to the houses condition. In Feng Shui, clutter is your biggest enemy because it prevents energy from circulating. You must send a message to the law, and tell it that you’re in control of your life. It all starts with the way you take care of your own belongings. I remember watching an episode of the show “Paranormal State”, and this family was being haunted by a demon in their trailer. Their trailer was disorganized, cluttered, and chaotic. What was the first thing the paranormal investigators told them do? Clean it. They told the people that by cleaning and organizing their trailer, they would be telling the demon they’re in control of their lives. This was the beginning of the end for the demon.

So there you have the Law of Compensation, one of the most important laws in the world. Remember, whatever you put time and energy into something that matters to you, you’re going to receive something positive back. In fact, you have to because that is what The Law of Compensation. Also remember that there is no such thing as something for nothing. Get started on your path and never look back.

The Law of Compensation

You Get What You Give

Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his essay, "Compensation," wrote that each person is compensated in like manner for that which he or she has contributed. The Law of Compensation is another restatement of the Law of Sowing and Reaping. It says that you will always be compensated for your efforts and for your contribution, whatever it is, however much or however little.

Increase Your Value
This Law of Compensation also says that you can never be compensated in the long term for more than you put in. The income you earn today is your compensation for what you have done in the past. If you want to increase your compensation, you must increase the value of your contribution.

Fill Your Mind With Success
Your mental attitude, your feelings of happiness and satisfaction, are also the result of the things that you have put into your own mind. If you fill your own mind with thoughts, visions and ideas of success, happiness and optimism, you will be compensated by those positive experiences in your daily activities.

Do More Than You’re Paid For
Another corollary of the Law of Sowing and Reaping is what is sometimes called the, "Law of Overcompensation." This law says that great success comes from those who always make it a habit to put in more than they take out. They do more than they are paid for. They are always looking for opportunities to exceed expectations. And because they are always overcompensating, they are always being over rewarded with the esteem of their employers and customers and with the financial rewards that go along with their personal success.

Provide the Causes, Enjoy The Effects
One of your main responsibilities in life is to align yourself and your activities with Law of Cause and Effect (and its corollaries), accepting that it is an inexorable law that always works, whether anyone is looking or not. Your job is to institute the causes that are consistent with the effects that you want to enjoy in your life. When you do, you will realize and enjoy the rewards you desire.

Action Exercises
Here are two things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action.

First, remind yourself regularly that your rewards will always be in direct proportion to your service to others. How could you increase the value of your services to your customers today?

Second, look for ways to go the extra mile, to use the Law of Overcompensation in everything you do. This is the great secret of success.

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