The Controversy over the Law of Attraction

Have you seen The Secret, or read the book?
There’s a lot of buzz about it, particularly after Oprah did a show on it.

The Secret is all about The Law of Attraction.
This is an idea that has been around in many forms, under many names, throughout human history.

What is The Law of Attraction?
The Law of Attraction (LOA) says that you and I shape our lives and our reality by the goals and desires that fill our heart and mind. To maximize the power of the LOA we try to feel with all of our hearts that our desires are possible, and we use our imagination to “see” that those things will come to us .
The modern presentation of these ideas relies on Quantum Physics.

There are many critics of this material.
Some assert that the ideas from Quantum Physics are being misapplied.

Let’s see where you stand on the issue.
Here are two different ways to understand the power of the methods associated with The Law of Attraction (such as visualization):

1) As a psychological principle.
There are conscious aspects to your mind, as well as unconscious aspects. There are different types of intelligence in your brain (such as linguistic, mathematical, spatial), and not all of them are readily accessible to the conscious mind.

When you focus your conscious heart and mind on a possible reality, using your imagination, you mobilize your full capabilities consciously and unconsciously to go after the goal.
(By the way, if your visual imagination is weak, don’t despair. The effective power of your imagination is not limited by your ability to visualize!)

We vastly underestimate the power of an individual to accomplish, because we’re usually holding back.
The effect of removing the blocks on our potential seems magical.

It’s well known that the brain filters your experience based on what you’re focused on.
For example, when you’re shopping for a certain model of car, you start seeing it everywhere.

When I orient my mind around a certain focus, for example abundance or health, my mind filters my experience so I focus my energies on the aspects of my surroundings most relevant to my goals.

Like attracts like.

I have to have the right kind of attitude too.
“Oh no, some of you will say. Not positive thinking!”
It’s simple really. If your thoughts are focused primarily on everything that can go wrong, your mind will filter your experience so that you see signs of failure and difficulty everywhere.

Try maximizing your energy and motivation, when you’re expending most of your energy focusing on the negative aspects!
Sure, it’s possible to have a negative focus and still pursue your dreams.
But you won’t have the full resources of your heart and mind, particularly the unconscious parts, working for you.

This way of relating to the Law of Attraction is not particularly controversial.

 2) The second way of relating to the Law of Attraction is as a fundamental law of the universe, asserting that our thoughts will modify reality to bring our desires into being, independent of any physical efforts that you or I make.
As you might expect, this second way is the controversial one.

I’m not here to take either side of the argument on the law of attraction as a cosmic law.
Why not?

Because I believe that the methods suggested by Law Of Attraction teachers will work for you, whether you believe that your thoughts can directly alter reality, or not.

And I want you to make use of these powerful methods, even if you don’t believe in the second way.

When your heart and thoughts are focused completely on a heartfelt, passionate goal, these “thoughts” will bring you to take action and find opportunities to become what you desire. You’ll see opportunities which were previously invisible to you.

In this way, your thoughts will “modify reality”, through your actions.
In future posts we’ll explore the steps to utilize The Law of attraction
Whichever way you approach the Law of Attraction, there’s gold waiting for you.

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