Metaphysical Malpractice (a.k.a. what did you do to deserve this?)

Footprints in Sand

Forgive it Forward: Follow Those Footprints

Sometimes it helps to follow in someone’s footsteps – even if only for a short while. For that reason, Ray and I have started this series; a virtual footprint forum for muses with stories, ideas and tips that we think worth sharing. We hope your ‘walk’ with them makes your day a little lighter and brighter – and that you leave with something that inspires you to forgive it forward, backward, upward and downward!

In this post, we invite you to follow Michele’s footprints. (And we encourage you to pay close attention because, though she has a big heart, she has little feet that like to break out in dance.)


GUEST MUSINGS BY: Michele Sevacko, New Thought Minister

Note: If you always get what you desire – if you only attract “good” – then you might want to skip this post. (Or better still, contribute to this post!) 

If, like me, you’ve been involved in New Thought or Metaphysics for a while (even just a little while) or if you’ve explored the Law of Attraction, you may have heard the expression “what did you (or I) do to attract this?”

I call this “Metaphysical Malpractice.” Often, all this question results in is feelings of guilt – ’cause if you’re attracting it, then you must’ve done something “wrong” or “bad.”  Right?

Well, not really. There may be something that you could possibly do differently; but it’s not about making a judgment of bad, good, better, etc. That just takes you one step further into the land of guilt. (OR possibly resentment of the person(s) that suggested that you must have done something to draw this to you.) In either case, you’re now presented with an opportunity to practice forgiveness. And, in those times that forgiveness doesn’t seem to come easily, you’ll be happy to know that your willingness puts you halfway there. As well as dealing with the opportunities for forgiveness this brings up, you may also be interested in some ideas for how to eliminate this scenario.

Enter the concept of being “divinely aligned.”

With books, speakers and movies about the Law of Attraction being so popular, the power of our thoughts has come to the forefront of interest. This really isn’t anything new. It’s something the ancients knew, as in Romans 12 (The Bible) we read, “Be ye transformed by the renewal of your mind.” And more recently – but over 100 years ago – James Allen’s “As A Man Thinketh” was published.  And, yes, our thoughts are things, or as one song puts it “our thoughts are prayers,” so it’s important that we take care in the thought seeds we plant. However, to me, it’s about what I call being “divinely aligned.” 

What are you in alignment with? You are in alignment with universal law.

Universal laws are those “eternal Truths” that work for everybody, all the time, no matter where they are. AND we don’t even have to know the law for it to work. And, just as we trust in the law of gravity, we don’t have to know HOW this works – we just have to know and trust that this DOES work. That’s the “good” news.

It’s simple.

  • To be divinely aligned starts with a thought.
  • Then whatever you think becomes a feeling.
  • Taking action and what you say then follows.
  • Once you have all these things working together, you’re in a position to manifest what you desire.

Does it sound too simple? Are you thinking, “I already knew that”?

Sometimes, simple Truths aren’t easy Truths. The part that can be a little more challenging is that some things seem to come easily and others take more time. And, in those times we wonder what we’ve done “wrong.” Remember it can be an ongoing 24/7 process. And, because we are not isolated individuals, there are people, events, situations, etc. that pop-up and give us opportunities to grow. It requires focus and a conscious effort. 

So, the next time you’re faced with Metaphysical Malpractice, remember to practice forgiveness.  Or, if you participated in Forgive It Forward, remember (with a smile) that you’ve already done the forgiving. Give thanks for the opportunity for growth and understanding – and affirm your good. Then, as you take the steps of divine alignment – working on manifesting what you desire – remember to embrace all the good that shows up along the way!

Rev. Michele Sevacko

Michele Sevacko is an ordained New Thought minister and lives in the Triad area of North Carolina with her husband and 4-legged kids. With a Ph.D. in Philosophy, specializing in Pastoral Counseling, she works from home (and heart) providing spiritual support services. Additionally, Rev. Michele serves through her Music Ministry sharing music and songs in churches, spiritual centers, the community and beyond. 


To find out more about Rev. Michele Sevacko and her Pastoral Counseling Ministry CLICK HERE


You may also enjoy meeting Rev. Chele’s “alter-ego,” Metta Fizzical, Ph.D. who received her education from the School of Life. Blending the wisdom of a meta-physician and some down-home advice, it is Metta’s joy to offer you her opinion on just about any of life’s most pressing questions – whether she knows anything about the topic or not.

Here’s one of Metta’s musings that we are going to try:

My favorite exercise for letting go of issues is to go on a rock hunt and collect rocks of all shapes and sizes that represent the issues, (i.e. – this rock represents getting fired and this rock represents being stood-up, etc.). Put them in a sack and when you can’t think of anything else (or your sack is full), tie it around your waist and haul it around.  At some point, (I hope) you will become tired of hauling around the “baggage.” At that point, cut it off and surrender it to the Universe, taking notice of how light you feel after releasing it. If nothing else, you will burn some calories carrying the extra weight so you win, no matter what. Now, doesn’t that sound like fun???

For more Metta CLICK HERE


FIF: Earth boyDid you miss the Forgive it Forward video? CLICK HERE to see the 3-minute video!

Curious how it ALL started?  CLICK HERE to see the 2-minute video book trailer that started it all!


Did this make your day a little brighter? (Then “LIKE” this!) Are you divinely aligned? Waiting and wondering? Celebrating? Here’s your chance to walk and talk with Michele – or Metta, if you prefer!

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22 thoughts on “Metaphysical Malpractice (a.k.a. what did you do to deserve this?)

  • July 30, 2010 at 9:31 am

    So you know, Michele, I have to put my 2-cents worth in here! 🙂

    “Be ye transformed by the renewal of your mind.” Ha! My biggest challenge, years ago, was just that. When I became AWARE of the thought seeds (Love that analogy, Michele) it scared the @!#%&!!! out of me. I was the worry queen. Then I heard someone share this:

    “I can’t always control my thoughts BUT I CAN control what I DO with them.”

    That was my FIRST ‘divene’ alignment (of many) … and a step toward forgiving my thoughts and moving on 🙂

    • July 30, 2010 at 10:04 am

      ‘divine’ … that wonderful hunt and peck typing method I have …

      • July 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm

        I call them seeds because like seeds they have to be nurtured. I believe that the ones that we plant, that we focus our attention on, grow…however, just as a farmer doesn’t go dig up his seeds to see how they’re growing, we don’t want to
        dig up our seeds by doubting what’s been planted. Also, in those times that we have a thought that’s not productive or constructive it’s good to know that he reverse is also true. Once we plant a seed ( like in a fleeting thought) if we don’t go back to it, it will wither and die (or boy would we be in a mess!!).

  • July 30, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Hi Michelle….Great advise…because there ARE things that happen that are not our preference….And you have a the right idea. To go along with that, I KNOW that whatever happens is for my betterment. And I take time in prayer to find the good in the situation. Many times the things that happen are a “yellow” WAIT light in my life… that the brushfires, or overflowing sink situations are ways for other events to catch up to us. Somewhere in the Bible is the phrase…”I”ll stay here till you bless me”…may be a wait, may be a learning, is a blessing somewhere in there.

    • July 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm

      The awareness of knowing that there’s a blessing is the awareness that there is only one presence and one power and that everything is in divine order. “Staying here” is standing in your faith…be still and know… Thanks so much for your insight. <3

      • July 30, 2010 at 10:36 pm

        So grateful for the “yellow WAIT” lights in my life, Diana! Having the awareness (and TRUST) that sometimes other stuff has to “catch up” to us definitely helps. In those times the end result usually works out so much better than my version! 🙂

      • July 30, 2010 at 10:41 pm

        Oh, & Diana ~ interesting about the yellow WAIT light. I would’ve taken that as a sign to proceed with CAUTION..but, not to stop and wait (so I don’t end up with horns blowing at me and fists shaking : D)

  • July 30, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Great read. I have the book and think its very insightful.

    • July 30, 2010 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you : D So, you have the book….you’ve read the book…NOW, have you also been a good “patient”, filled your prescription & taken your meds (in other words…are you walking (or dancing) the walk???) <3

    • July 30, 2010 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you!! I hope that there are ideas that you’ve put into practice (if you weren’t already) <3

  • July 30, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    The group here at INNERVISIONS HOME (JMRPRODUCTIONS) enjoyed very much your article and insight as always. And we appreciate the effort of Bernadette and Ray in making this blog a powerful expression of Forgiveness, as well as Spirituality and Artistic expression!

    • July 30, 2010 at 10:48 pm

      What you do to support spiritual growth, through your website is much appreciated! : D

      • July 31, 2010 at 10:40 am

        Giving and receiving are one and the same …

        ALSO, I want to note how uplifting JMR Productions website is! ALL KINDS of great information … if you folks haven’t checked it out … go visit! You’ll leave with a 🙂

  • July 31, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Loved the article! Made me remember to smile (or snicker) at some of my manifestations, instead of moaning about them. I try my best to replace “WHY?!?” with “Hmmmmm…now THAT’S interesting!” My friend, the late Rev. Helen Street, used to say that “interesting” can be defined as “God I hope I live through this!!”

    What I like about your writing is that it is so you and from the heart. You maintain your earthly stability in metaphysical wisdom – meaning you’re not so spiritually high that you’re no earthy good! Love you!

    • July 31, 2010 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks, Terry : D You know me…gotta try to keep it real (it’s that Velveteen Bunny thing) and my commitment to being as fully present to this human experience, as I possibly can (cause how much better does it get than going shopping?!?!?!?!) Love you, too!! <3

  • August 2, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Innervision In My Mind I Love The Artcle That’s So Nice Give Me Peace And Give Me Love And Happiness And Joy <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Michele I Am A Dreamer I'm Only One Come Share With Joy With Me. Share Your Dreams And Your Mind
    Dywane <3

    • August 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you Dywane – you’re a dear and I’m glad we’re friends (and Farmville neighbors : D) <3

  • August 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I have been thinking about how we ask “why” to so many of life’s challenges and detours. I think that somewhere along the way, that having answers to “why” allowed us to “make sense” of a situation and provide a “seeming” security. One of the main questions small children ask is why? Where did they learn this? I remember my parents saying, “Because I said so.” Whereas this answer stopped my persistance, it never fully answered my longing to understand. Sometimes we ask why when we don’t know what other questions to ask. I remember hearing,”One day you will understand.” Usually that meant when I was grown or was a mama, I would”get it!”
    As I have walked, skipped, danced, dragged, run, and at times, been carried on this journey, I have been aware of one constancy….sometimes we just don’t know “why.” The Bible does say, “we will know –in part.” My human interpretation of that is that we can ONLY see part of the situation or experience. The Bible also speaks of “seasons” in Ecclesiastes. To me that means that there are times and places for ALL things—For me, that means that later I may/will understand. My mother’s early death due to Pancreatic Cancer provided me a real opportunity to recognize my lack of understanding to much of life. I slowly accepted her death, but none of the “reasons” that mourners offered me rang true to me. Eleven years later, as I was holding my dying 16 yr.olds hand in his hospice room, I realized with GREAT comfort one of the key reasons for me that my mother had passed. As I released my son to his transition, I coaxed my son to go to his “Nanna.” I thanked my mother for being there and then experienced tremendous relief and peace. I share this because I, for the first time in years, understood both the season thing and the we know “in part.”
    Two years have passed since Nathan’s death, and yes, the “why” question has surfaced on many occasions, but I now can replace the “WHY” with “WHAT.” What am to gleam from this experience? What am I to learn? What direction do I take from this point? It truly does not matter what happens to us–IT IS OUR RESPONSE TO IT!
    Perhaps we should examine how we respond to those early “whys” of our childhood and respond in a way which still provides stability without giving a false sense of true “undrstanding!”

    • August 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm

      Thank you for sharing your wonderful, heart-centered story. “Because I said so” seems to have been the universal answwer that we got from parents, teachers, ministers & more – when they didn’t know the answer – or, in their wisdom knew we wouldn’t be able to “get it”, yet. It sounds like you processed the losses of your loved ones with tremendous grace & serenity. And, I believe you have a wonderful understanding of how it might best serve us in responding to the “why”, at that level. As we change and evolve so do our ideas & understanding. So, it’s important to always keep an open mind & open heart. Thanks again, for sharing. <3

      • August 3, 2010 at 9:19 pm

        Beautifully shared, Maggie. I love it when your light shows up on my doorstep … for purely selfish reasons … don’t ask why … you KNOW! 🙂

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