The law of attraction believes that absolutely every positive and negative event that happens in your life occurred because it was ‘attracted’ to you. For the most part, it boils down to two things: if you act positively, you will attract positive events in your life. If you act negatively, then negative thoughts are going to come your way. On this page, we are going to dissect the ‘law of attraction’ a little. We are going to take a little look at what the theory entails, how to put it into practice, and a few of the reasons as to why it may not work.
What is the law of attraction?
The law of attraction is a ‘New Thought’ philosophy. It states that every positive and negative event in your life happens for a reason. This theory believes that thinking positively attracts positive events into your life. It also believes that those who think and act negatively tend to attract the negativity into their life. Think of it as akin to positive energy attracting more positive energy.
While we defined it as a ‘New Thought’ philosophy, the law of attraction is something which has been practiced since at least the early 19th Century. It came to the fore through the teachings of Phineas Quimby, although at this point it was not actually called the law of attraction. It also only applied to attracting positive health into your life. This is the quote which began the whole ‘New Thought’ area of philosophy:
the trouble is in the mind, for the body is only the house for the mind to dwell in, and we put a value on it according to its worth. Therefore if your mind has been deceived by some invisible enemy into a belief, you have put it into the form of a disease, with or without your knowledge. By my theory or truth I come in contact with your enemy, and restore you to your health and happiness. This I do partly mentally and partly by talking till I correct the wrong impressions and establish the Truth, and the Truth is the cure.
It wasn’t until 1877 that the Law of Attraction was actually given a name. It was Helena Blavatasky who first wrote about it. Now, at the time, a number of distinct writers talked about the Law of Attraction in their books. It didn’t really gain a whole lot of traction, though. In fact, the law did not enter common thought until the 20th Century. It really came into its own in 2006 with the release of a movie and book called The Secret. In fact, that may have been how you heard about the theory. Nowadays, the Law of Attraction is so popular that there is a ton of people writing about it almost constantly. They are always looking for new methods to ensure that people are able to introduce the Law of Attraction into their life. Other writers are seeking to understand how the theory actually works.
Claims about the Law of Attraction
The Law of Attraction is said to have an impact on a variety of different areas of our lives. In this section, we are going to talk a little bit about where people have found that this theory has had the greatest impact.
As mentioned previously, the first discussion of something akin to the Theory of Attraction was actually focused on improving the health of a person. It makes sense too. You see, worry, fear and stress have been proven to have an impact on the health of a person. Studies have even indicated that positive thoughts from a person (or several people) have been known to improve the health of a person.
Some people have applied the Law of Attraction to improving their finances. The theory believes that if you constantly ‘think’ like a poor person, then you are destined to be that for the rest of your life. Obviously, this does not mean spending your money like you have a ton of it. It, simply, means changing the way in which you think to not feel bad every time a bill arrives on your doorstep. You are meant to feel happy and grateful for the money that you have in your life. If you truly take pride in what you have now, then you never know what the future is going to bring you!
You can even apply the law of attraction to your relationships. There are obvious benefits here. Nobody likes negativity in a relationship. Negativity leads to arguments. Arguments lead to the destruction of relationships. This is an area where even the most hardened person against the Law of Attraction will be able to tell you that positive thoughts may actually just work. It is nigh on impossible to argue against the fact that negative thoughts can destroy a relationship.
Many books actually focus on the way in which the law of attraction has an impact on ambitions. Again, this is an area where it makes sense for it to work. We all have goals and aspirations in our lives. Many people, however, will sit back and not even attempt to reach their goals. Why? Because they believe they won’t be able to reach them, no matter how hard they try. These are negative thoughts. If you think like this, then you just are not going to reach your goals at all. It doesn’t matter how hard you try. You will always be looking for something negative. As soon as you see something negative, then you will just give up.
How can you make the law of attraction work for you?
It is all well and good knowing about how the Law of Attraction can have an impact on your life, but if you wish for it to help you become more successful, then you need to know how to put the Law of Attraction into practice. That is why we have written this section. Here, we are going to talk about how you can practice the technique. It is worth noting that a lot of books have been written about the subject. It seems like every single author out there has their own way of introducing positive thoughts into their life and eradicating the negative ones. In this section, we are going to take a little look at one of the simplest methods around. This method is perfect for the beginner as it is just so simple to use.
To start with, you are going to want to meditate. Many guides to the Law of Attraction actually avoid this step. This is because it isn’t really necessary. There are, however, a number of people out there who swear by it. They find that meditating, even if it is just for five or ten minutes, will clear their mind to the point where it is going to be a whole lot easier to think positively. Remember, a clear mind is a mind which does not have any negative thoughts in it! There are plenty of guides out there about meditation, so we are not going to dwell on this particular point too much.
It is important that you know exactly what you want from your life. If you can’t think of what you want, then you are going to find it incredibly difficult to send out that ‘positive request’ top the universe (we will come to this in a short while). Whatever you want in life, you need a genuine desire for it. If you do not want something enough, then the Law of Attraction is not going to work for you.
Once you know what you want, it is time to focus all of your attention on it. Visualize what it will take in your life to reach your goals and ambitions. It is important that you make this vision as clear as possible. The clearer the image in your mind, the more positive signals will be sent out, and the more chance you have of getting exactly what you want. It is important that you constantly repeat to yourself that you can achieve what you want in your life. You can do whatever you want. When you are visualizing, it is important that you do not think about anything that may stand in your way. If those negative thoughts end up popping into your mind, then it is important that you eradicate them quickly. Do not ever let yourself be consumed by negative thoughts. This completely goes against the law of attraction.
Next, you are going to need to write down your wish. This is you telling the universe exactly what it is you want. Most New Thinking experts will tell you to start by writing “I am so happy and grateful now that…” and write a little bit about what makes you happy in your life. Again, you do not want to let any negative thoughts try to creep in here. Everything that you write down on that page needs to be positive. Your piece of writing will end with you telling the universe what you want from this life. Write as much as you want here. Obviously, some people’s goals will be a bit more extensive than other people’s goals. This is fine. However, do try to at least put a small amount of effort into being as detailed as possible. The more detailed you are about what you write, the more chance you are going to be able to communicate with the universe exactly what it is you want. Many people communicate unclear goals, and they never end up getting what they need from their life.
Once you know your goal, your life is going to be consumed by it. Act like you have already achieved that goal. Remember what we said earlier about financial goals? Act like you are rich? Well, you can do this for everything. You should act and speak like you are a success. Your goal is to convince yourself that you really do not need that goal because you already have it. The universe will take the hint, and what you desire will be attracted to you naturally anyway.
When you get what you want, it is important that you show that you are grateful. Be grateful for everything that the universe gives you. Write down your positive thoughts on a regular basis. Show that you genuinely care about each and every thing that is happening in your life. If you try hard enough, you can actually start to see the positive in almost every single situation, even if you were negative about it previously. Remember, you should always trust the universe. If you continue to think positively, then the positive things will start to happen to you in your life.
Why the law of attraction may not work
Obviously, the law of attraction has come under much critique. There are many out there who believe that it doesn’t work. I am not going to lie as there are very few ways in which you can ‘feasibly’ test this method. The only evidence that we can go by is anecdotal evidence. People have said it works, then it may just work. However, of course, you have to bear in mind that there will be a selection bias in place here. These people will just look at the events in their life which conform to what their predetermined idea is.
However, do bear in mind that if you want the law of attraction to work and you wish to attract those positive events, then you will be able to spot positive events in your life a whole lot easier.
Why not try using the law of attraction today? You may start to eliminate those negative events from your life and start to incorporate more of the positive. It could be one of the best life decisions that you have ever made!