The Law of Compensation

I thought I would talk about another one of the Spiritual Laws of the Universe – The Law of Compensation. Basically, according to it, you will receive what you put in. It states that everything we do creates an outcome equal to the effort we put in. It is similar to the universal law of cause and effect or the concept of karma. It is also related to the Law of Attraction, but instead with the idea that compensation can come in many forms. So, you reap what you sow and this reminds us to be careful about how you treat others and, indeed, the planet.

This universal principle implies that we are rewarded in direct proportion to the value we contribute to the universe and to others. It suggests that our actions, thoughts, and beliefs have consequences and, so, we receive back what we put into the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (American lecturer and philosopher) expressed this idea in his essay titled “Compensation,” which was first published in 1841. The essay is widely studied as an expression of Emerson’s philosophical beliefs about the interconnectedness of all things and the importance of living in harmony with the universe.

In it he reflects on the concept of compensation, emphasising that there is a balance or reciprocity in life. According to him, everything in the universe operates according to this principle: every action has an equal and opposite reaction. This is similar to Isaac Newton’s (English Mathematician, Physicist, Astronomer and Theologian) third law of motion, which states ‘when two objects interact, they exert equal and opposite forces on each other’.

Emerson said, “It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself”. He saw compensation as a ray of divinity, a present action of the soul of the world, unencumbered by tradition. To him, it was eternal love conversing with what always was and always must be.

Those who understand and live their lives in accordance with this law experience a sense of balance and fulfilment, while those who do not may encounter frustration and disappointment. So, embrace the Law of Compensation, and recognise that your actions reverberate through the universe, shaping your reality.

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