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Misconceptions about the Law of Attraction August 24, 2014

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Concept of personal growth, Law of Attraction.
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One of the more prominent recent concepts within the discipline of personal growth and development is the concept of the Law of Attraction.

One of the basic “principles” behind the Law of Attraction is that whatever we focus on strongly (such as thinking about something a lot) the Universe will take notice of and will help enable.

This applies to negative focusing as well as positive.

If we spend most of our thinking time focusing on the existing negatives and the potential negatives (our current and future problems; lack now, and future lack; what’s wrong now and what will be wrong with our lives) chances are that not much if any positive good will result.

Conversely, if we spend most of our thinking time on the positives of our lives and the potential positives, the likelihood is that favorable outcomes will occur.

At least that’s the theory. But there are two components missing.

Unless we believe in an interventionist Universe and interventionist God, then how does the Law of Attraction actually operate?

It works by coupling: (1) the concept of Intention (2) with Action.

If we look at any particular Intention as a goal, it is clear that to achieve it, we will need to have an action plan.

Stating, or writing out our Intentions and reviewing them constantly is a sound practice. It reinforces what we want out of life now and in the future.

But without related goal-oriented actions however, our Intentions will be little more than positive reinforcement, or at worst, wishful thinking.

The Law of Attraction requires realistic expectations and a systematic approach March 21, 2007

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Beware of overly simple explanations and methods for using the law of attraction: it takes patience, study and work to achieve positive results consistently.

One of the difficulties with the Law of Attraction (LOA) the way it is currently being presented by some enthusiasts may cause disillusionment among people newly trying to enact its principles.

The reason is that with all the popularizing on mainstream television, print, and Internet media, some proponents are presenting the Law of Attraction as if it is the long-sought Grand Unifying Theory of the Universe, something that explains virtually everything that is happening in the Universe.

Finding a grand unifying principle that explains and underlies all the activities of the Universe has been the Holy Grail of scientists since science became a genuine discipline.

In other words, some of the champions of LOA, are creating the impression that the LOA is an inviolable cause and effect principle. People are not stupid however, and they cannot intellectually come to grips with a law that, as some would present it, implies that a child, for example, “attracted” an early and tragic death or health condition to itself through a genetically inherited disease.

The Law of Attraction is also being presented by some in such an over simplified manner that some people may think that all one has to do is to ask or state their intention, visualize it coming into one’s life and it will magically appear. Well, it won’t. Not without work.

As Steve Pavlina has pointed out, you do not become a Black Belt in Karate without putting a lot of effort and time into it. The Law of Attraction can help you get there sooner, more effectively, or both, but you still have to “pay your dues.”

The Law of Attraction can have very real benefits and value to those who correctly put its principles into action and make it a regular part of their approach to life. But, to paraphrase the Bible, faith without works is dead. The simplistic approach to LOA is unfortunate because using its principles correctly could help many people.

Having unrealistic expectations of the power of LOA can only lead to disappointment and then abandonment of a way of approaching life that could have genuinely positive results in people’s lives.

Hopefully the current buzz about the LOA will move beyond being the ‘movement of the moment” or the latest personal development “fad”, and will become an ongoing operative principle for those seeking its help through it correct use.

Oversimplification is one of the factors that give self-help, or personal development a “bad reputation.”

Fortunately there are advocates of the Law of Attraction who present it realistically and will help to ensure that the LOA can become a permanent and successfully applied component of the personal development toolkit.