"Law of Attention"
I guess there are two ways of looking at the Law of Attraction. First, there is the metaphysical / spiritual view / subjective view, that basically
states that you must be thinking of a certain outcome, in order to facilitate it's occurrence. It would usually apply to feelings or some other
intangible and/or abstract concept. Of course, since we are dealing with intangibles and concepts, we are also no longer dealing with something that
can be measured (hence the subjective property), and therefore it is not really a "Law" at all, at least not in the scientific or conventional
sense. Even abstract laws of geometry can be proven with consistency, and by anyone, at anytime. The "Law" of Attraction is not something that can
be demonstrated to a class of students in an objective and directly observable manner.
The other way to look at the Law of Attraction, is in a literal sense. Instead of the LoA acting as a personality booster, to keep a positive
outlook, some people extrapolate this concept to affect material goods, specific dates, specific opportunities, etc. For this mentality, Law of
Attraction is no longer something used solely to affect one's own mind and personal reality, but to change objective reality for everyone. This is
the take on Law of Attraction that I have problems with, but am not opposed to. What I am opposed to, are people that take this one particular flavor
of LoA, and then market it as the ONLY interpretation of LoA. That simplified interpretation is then dumbed down to smaller, more simplified things
like "think positive, win big!" and other small phrases that could be embroidered or imprinted onto shirts and keychains and bumper stickers.
The actual concept of LoA (which many people date to many different times), seems to stem from one of two main sources (or perhaps a combination of
First source, emerald tablets.
2. That which is below is like that which is above & that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing.
The other source would be the concepts of dharma / karma of Hinduism. It's basically the push/pull, ebb/flow of reality - all the polar opposites
and possibilities that make up the metaphysical fabric of everything.
Both of these are extremely abstract concepts, open to plenty of interpretation. Personally, I think of this more in terms of NLP (Neuro Linguistic
Programming), only because there are many practices within that field that directly correlate to many of the new-age practices and theories that go
along with the "literal" LoA aforementioned. For example, people that claim to see something happen, or practice events before they occur (like
basketball players making shots in their mind), this is called "Future Pacing," or "Memorizing the Future." Both are simplified terms (which I'm
not a fan of) which imply that mentally going over a sequence of events is not much different than actually doing those events. This is how people
with robotic limbs can still get around. Perhaps a great deal of positive thinking is invovled to get there, but the actual technology is driven by
synapses. I only mention this, because it comes up in relation to LoA all the time, but it really has nothing to do with LoA (as far as I can
Another "literal" concept, is basically a glorified form of wishing. Instead of just really really wanting and wishing to win the lottery, some
people are now using Laws of Attraction (oh my!). Does this increase their chances? Statistically, no... again, pointing in the direction opposite
of what would constitute a "Law." Wishing for something to magically fall into your lap, is a bit much. Even if it DOES happen, there is no way of
telling that your own mental thoughts had anything to do with it, anymore than just plain old coincidence.
LoA applies more to me in a subconscious way. I guess another good way to describe it would be in terms of photography. To the untrained eye, or
amateur, taking (or rather, "finding") photos is not as easy as it is for a veteran. The vet is constantly analyzing shadows, the weather,
reflections, places to stand, direction of light, shutter speeds, depth of field, etc. Literally 10-20 things are being calculated and focused on
with care, before the cap even comes off the camera lens. This to me, is Law of Attraction.
I suggest that to eliminate much of the debate, instead of calling this the "Law of Attraction," it should be called "The Law of Attention."
The "Law of Attraction" (in my opinion) is closer to my first example - using it as a spiritual / personal way of getting what you want. It's not
necessarily the car that gets you from point A to point B, but it can be the radio of nice tunes that keeps you from being blinded from road rage, or
to keep you awake during those long nights driving into the darkness. It can also be your navigator, reminding you that your turn is coming up, and
not to miss it...
phew. Later, I'll try and pick apart actual quotes and concepts from "The Secret" to illustrate my gripes with particular things.
[edit on 14-1-2008 by scientist]