Wondering about the Law of Attraction?
“Doubt and worry freezes people. Don’t sit wondering if you can do something, just go and do it. Doubt of any kind can be ended with action.” – Bob Proctor
The first half or so of this article is for those who may be unfamiliar with the Law of Attraction or wish to know more. The second half discusses ten reasons people should know about the practice.
The Law of Attraction (LOA), simply put, is the ability to attract into our lives whatever we intend. This is known as manifestation.
In the history books, LOA is thought to have spawned out of the New Thought Movement, a philosophical movement which posits that “Infinite Intelligence (is) everywhere, spirit is the totality of real things, true human selfhood is divine, divine thought is a force for good, sickness originates in the mind, and “right thinking” has a ‘healing effect.’”
In practical terms, LOA teaches the following:
– People and thoughts form pure energy, which can be positive or negative. Individual thoughts are the most powerful influences in one’s life. And, those thoughts are connected with the Universes’ energy.
– Our thoughts are classified as either “limiting or self-destructive (‘negative’) thoughts” or “empowered, adaptive (‘positive’) thoughts.”
– “Like energy attracts like energy,” and a person can work on increasing good energy. This will improve various aspects of life (e.g. health, financial, interpersonal, and spiritual.)
– Should a person’s normal disposition be negative, LOA teaches the ability for the mind to reframe such thoughts using cognitive reframing techniques, affirmations, and creative visualization.
– Our thoughts produce energy, which is either “in tune” or “out of tune” with Universal Law. This Law ultimately determines what a person “receives.” It can be good or bad.
Now, regardless of whether one is an ardent believer or a skeptic of the New Thought movement, there is no denying the presence of experts espousing the scientific rationale behind LOA and similar teachings. For example, think of Buddhist Meditation.
Dr. Srini Pillay, a Psychiatrist, Brain Researcher, and professor at Harvard Medical School, writes about LOA:
“Recent brain imaging studies are rapidly showing that the brain does in fact conform to its function to the ‘Law of Attraction’…Anxious people make other people anxious, and fearful people make other people afraid. Similar principles apply to happiness and expected reward, when our brains will light up, centers that correspond to these emotional states in others (do as well)… ‘contagious actions,’ ‘contagious feelings,’ ‘intention-action’ connections and ‘attention-action’ connections all support the ‘law of attraction,”
Dr. Pillay concludes, “Underlying all of these ideas is the notion of connection – we are connected within and without…The depth of our feelings and actions is a critical variable in ‘attracting’ what we want to our lives.”
Things we should know about LOA
LOA practitioners, similar to those who adhere to religious doctrine or other belief systems, often seek to clarify misconceptions about the practice. Rightfully so. They also strive to inform and perhaps guide someone down their life’s path, which may involve the Law of Attraction!
Here are ten reasons people should know about the Law of Attraction:
1. Universal knowledge trumps ours
It’s estimated that the Universe originated 13.82 billion years ago. In that time, forces beyond human comprehension designed and implemented laws that continue to govern the Cosmos. Modern human beings, in their 200,000 years on Earth, have only scratched a thin layer of Universe’s secrets.
In other words, the Universe possess wisdom beyond human understanding. More importantly, we can communicate with this wisdom.
2. Initial resistance is common
LOA practitioners face the same resistance we all do when introduced to a new way of thinking. Learning and understanding the concept of LOA, or being inspired by its teachings and methodology is not the same as true belief. It’s normal and healthy to question things. This is something that the LOA adequately addresses and encourages.
3. Our “inner world” requires evaluation and work
To change our thoughts – thus, our circumstances – we must evaluate and work on our inner world of thoughts and beliefs. “Work” in this sense means acknowledging any internal turbulence or negative thinking patterns and addressing them.
4. “Divine” timing is everything
LOA teaches that there’s a plan for everyone’s life and that the manifestation of this plan requires patience. Furthermore, the intentions we’ve set for our life may not come to fruition until we acquire certain knowledge that the Universe necessitates.
The word Divine means different things to different people. For some, it’s universal energy; for others, it is fate, karma, or a Creator.
5. The Universe requires our participation
Some religions teach “complete surrender” to a Creator; others forbid certain acts, calling them “sinful.” The LOA teaches no such dogma. However, it does compel individuals to make their intentions known to the Universe; they believe in co-creation – a partnership with the Cosmos’ energy to achieve our aims.
6. Emotions aren’t to be faked
LOA encourages the honest expression of emotion to acquire the things which we seek. A founding tenet of LOA is that the Universe sends back the energy it receives; at such, it’s good for those to wait until they’re at happy or at peace before making their intentions known.
7. LOA isn’t intended to manipulate
A small minority within the LOA community believe that Universal Law can be used to control others. This viewpoint is not only woefully inaccurate but is also an insult to those who use LOA’s methods to better themselves and their world.
8. Letting go is a necessary skill
Since what we receive from the Universe depends on the energy we emit, letting go of internal conflict is a skill that must (and can) be learned. Many who practice LOA are minimalists, and don’t require much to love; as such, they’re less vulnerable to being hurt by external influences. They’ve mastered the skill of letting go.
9. You have a spiritual support system
Many within the LOA community are very spiritual people. This deep sense of spirituality involves believing in immaterial, good forces such as angels or spirit guides. These forces can reassure someone of their path and reinforce their faith.
10. NOT everything that happens in life is your fault
One common misconception people have about LOA is that it teaches people to believe everything wrong in their life is of their own doing. What LOA does explain is transcendence. This is the belief that the Universe helps us learn, grow, and fulfill our destiny. However, practitioners still acknowlege that some things are out of our control, and indeed beyond human comprehension.