posted on Jan, 12 2008 @ 02:05 PM
I see quite a few threads on the recently popularized "law of attraction", "manifesting your wishes" and the movie "the secret" pop up on ATS.
I rarely respond to them since I am, professionally involved with the subject matter since many years and tend to get bored by "discussing the
I have authored a number of books on the subject. I will not disclose those books here because I prefer to use ATS anonymously and not as an author of
"law of attraction" subjects (except for this thread).
Being a author about and teacher of the subject since more than a decade, I do welcome questions about it in this thread though. My answers will not
be "channelled from a higher source", but simply straight talk from an expert on the matter.
Popular Misunderstandings of the "law of attraction"
In my opinion, there is a whole lot more to know about the subject than popular movies such as "The Secret" and "What the Bleep do we know" can
show without falling away from the mainstream or becoming too lengthy. Here are some of the misconceptions that spontaneously come to mind:
"You can have everything you want"
This is such a simplified, mass-marketing-like statement that it can be said to be untrue. You cannot "have everything you want" since the mere act
of wanting implies a seperation from that which is wanted. Make sense? There are billions of people wanting stuff all their lives without getting it.
Id put "the law of attraction" this way: You can have everything you believe you already have". I´ll explain this in later posts.
"This is a brand new thing" and "This is a new new age thing"
Nope. Its not new at all. It used to be underground or "occult science" or "secret science". Take for example the 1930s book called
"Thoughtforms" by Leadbeater/Besant (Theosophists) which teaches that thoughts can densify and become physical matter. But its even older than that.
As far back as the 3rd Century kabbalists were talking about "visualizing things in order to create them" (see for example interpretations of the
ancient book sefer yeritzah)
"All you have to do is visualize something for it to come true"
This is another simplification which, many will experience themselves, is not entirely correct. First of all, in the metaphysical-sciences, the
purpose of visualisation is not to "make something happen", but to experience something as "already happening" and to get into a certain
state-of-being, a certain frequency...which then attracts certain beneficial events. What most people do, however, is use visualisation of dreams out
of a state of LACK of those dreams, in other words, in order to "make them happen some day". This is contradictory to the law of attraction though.
Proper visualisation is not used to "make something happen later", but to FEEL the reality of something right now, to familiarize oneself with the
overall vibe of a certain reality. Also, most only visualize a two-dimensional image in front of their forehead. This is much less effective than
making the visualisation a three-dimensional, tactile, all-senses, whole-body ecstatic experience. It is not the visualisation that creates anything,
but the energy/emotion/excitement which acts as a magnetic signal.
"Without action, none of this works"
This I have frequently read on forums and heard from people. However, "action" is not what the law of attraction is primarily about. If it were
about taking action towards your goals, then this type of magical technique would not be magical at all but no different than the normal way of
achieving something. Action is alright and action works because we have been conditioned to believe that action-towards-our-desires works, but the
law-of-attraction does not necessarily require action (and if it does then only inspired action upon opportunities that present themselves after one
has put creation-energy into motion). The law-of-attraction states that you get what you put out, that what you experience is a match to your overall
energy-vibration. Therefore, everything you like and everything you dislike creates your overall energy-output (much of the two neutralizing each
other before anything is created) and will reflect in your life experience.
"You have to think positive all the time"
The denial of ones and the worlds shadow sides has nothing to do with the real metaphysics of this and much more to do with immature and cheap
variations of the law of attraction. A balanced being acknowledges negative and positve. The negative is used to learn what one truly feels/believes.
Negative feelings for example, are an indicator of having strayed off one´s inner path, the path one´s soul has chosen. Without these negative
feelings you would be without any sort of navigation in life, without any sort of free will to choose what is right and wrong for you. Suppressing
negative feelings equals suppressing the very path to the positive side of the pendulum. What you resist will persist. The expert therefore allows and
utilizes the negative while shifting to the positive (sometimes using the neutral zero-point as a stepping stone to the positive).
Of course there is much more to say on the subject. But Ive hesitated up to now because the discussion around it mostly does not involve the deeper
aspects of it. I for example do not think I have to resort to "quantum physics" in order to make my metaphysics look more scholary or accepted.
This is a tactic of new age marketers. I also dont like all the sensationalist trash built around it. Thats the stuff that will attract all kinds of
so called "skeptics" who will rightly point out all the nonsense. I will therefore make no claims whatsoever of science, or evidence, or proof or
whatever skeptics demand. The proof for the effectivity of the law of attraction lies not in measurable laboratory experiment but in
first-hand-experience (which is gained by a certain amount of practice).
More to come. Questions, Comments, positive and negative, welcome.