Sometimes getting the thing you most desire comes about only through first achieving some other goal that makes possible the manifestation of what you seek. For example, a Babylonian named Hammurabi (1792–1750 B.C.) deeply desired to unify the scattered cities of Babylon into some kind of cohesive empire. Hammurabi offered to militarily protect cities if the residents would pay taxes and swear loyalty to him, but that had been done by others and was not enough to bind an empire together. He formulated a group of laws that came to be known as the Code of Hammurabi.
The Code of Hammurabi was chiseled into stone tablets and displayed for all in the ancient world to see. The Code contains 282 laws that were forerunners to modern tort law. Hammurabi's system was fair and clearly articulated and, most importantly, made possible the manifestation of his deepest desire, the unification of Babylonia.
The establishment of his code of simple and clearly articulated laws meant that contracts between people were honored, the treatment of women and slaves was regulated, and everyone, regardless of class, received protection from abuse and maltreatment. The establishment of Hammurabi's laws radically shifted the status quo. Everyone lived by the same rules.
Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. — Daniel 2:45
With his dream actualized, Hammurabi led the ancient Babylonians into a positive and productive period that scholars refer to as Babylon's golden age. Among other things, the Babylonians are known to have studied mathematics and the movement of the stars and are credited with inventing astrology, the twelve signs of the zodiac, and the 360-degree circle. Some Law of Attraction teachers say the law was understood by the ancient Babylonians, and their collective consciousness set up positive vibrations for good things to come to them.
Nebuchadnezzar, a Babylonian with Dark Dreams
According to the Old Testament book of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar II was a Babylonian king with dreams of negative images that only a young Israelite captive named Daniel could correctly interpret. Just as the Law of Attraction enabled Hammurabi to achieve his dream of a great and unified empire, it could also have brought about the decline of Nebuchadnezzar's empire because the law always responds to positive and negative vibrations of a person's magnetized thoughts. Perhaps Nebuchadnezzar worried about a power shift taking place, and Daniel's interpretations, as clear and seemingly irrefutable as they were, surely struck fear into the heart of the ruler.
Dreams can be incubated to elucidate some problem you may be encountering in a deliberate manifestation effort or to ensure that you are on course to achieve a goal. Likewise, dreams have been known to uncover illness, foretell births and deaths, and reveal breakthroughs in self-help and spiritual work.
Daniel had predicted the fall of Babylon and the breaking up of the mighty empire into smaller and weaker kingdoms. Nebuchadnezzar's worst fears manifested within seventy years as the Persians invaded Babylon. Persia then fell into the hands of the Greeks, led by Alexander the Great. Some might say that the Law of Attraction was simply bringing to Nebuchadnezzarwhat his fears and nightly dreams had attracted. Nebuchadnezzar ordered his advisers killed when they couldn't explain the meaning of the images of his dreaming mind and summoned Daniel, who correctly explained the dreams prompting the king to call Daniel a “revealer of secrets.”