The Law Of Attraction Explained (?)

by Scott Morrice on 05/23/2012

In my Is The Law Of Attraction Real? post I said I would come back to the issue of the validity of the Law of Attraction. Actually, I said in that post that I would come back and discuss some of the positions taken by some others, whose opinions I otherwise respect, and who say that they believe in the Law of Attraction.

However, with one exception, I am not going to do that. There is no need. I have since reached inward and found that I am not to be swayed off of my original stance—being one of deep skepticism. I’m open to discussion—but that is where I am right now.

The one exception is—to introduce the approach taken by Steve Pavlina. Steve is a very (make that very, very) famous and successful blogger that writes about personal development issues. I have read a number of his posts, and I can tell you that he is extremely bright. He has some great (even amazing) ideas, and he communicates these ideas exceptionally well.

Well, Steve is a believer in the Law of Attraction—and he has a number of posts on this topic on his site.

But the one I am most fascinated by (for the purposes of this discussion) is his post dated August 18, 2006 titled (of course) The Law Of Attraction.

As I understand it (and I might well not—he is way ahead of me), Steve is of the opinion that most (if not all) of the important criticisms of the theory underlying the Law of Attraction, such as:

• What happens when people put out conflicting intentions, like two people intending to get the same promotion when only one position is available?
• Do children, babies, and/or animals put out intentions?
• If a child is abused, does that mean the child intended it in some way?
• If I intend for my relationship to improve, but my spouse doesn’t seem to care, what will happen?

can be explained away by examining the whole issue through the looking glass of a concept he calls Subjective Reality.

In Steve’s own words, Subjective Reality is:

a belief system in which (1) there is only one consciousness, (2) you are that singular consciousness, and (3) everything and everyone in your reality is a projection of your thoughts.

Now that is pretty far out stuff! And, silly me, I thought that the whole idea of the Law of Attraction was pretty far out—little did I know!!!

In any event, Steve is arguing that there is only one reality out there—yours. Everybody, and every thing, and all events, are all just components of your reality—one that you have created.

As he says:

While you may observe lots of walking, talking bodies in your reality, they all exist inside your consciousness.

And again:

This whole situation is your creation.

And this:

The idea that other people have intentions is an illusion because other people are just projections. Of course, if you strongly believe other people have intentions, then that’s the dream you’ll create for yourself. But ultimately it’s still an illusion.

So, your life, with all of its complications, heartaches, grief, successes, and accomplishments—its all your own creation. You literally do get what you wish for. And, perhaps even more importantly, you get what you wish you wouldn’t. In other words, if you are thinking about it—even in a negative sense—it is on its way!

Honestly, this is where I get off!

Even if this were true—it is impossible to actually verify, except—and this is where everyone in this field goes—with anecdotal evidence. And knowing that the bar has been set that low, well, you can almost propose any theory that you want. Is this the law of attraction explained?

Having said that, I do believe that if you are thinking positively about a certain hoped for outcome, then you will subconsciously position yourself, and everything around you, to enable this outcome as much as possible. And, as I said, you do this subconsciously. In other words, you are surprised when it does happen. At its most simplistic, this is the power of positive thinking at work. And this works on a negative level as well. I really don’t think this is rocket science.

And I also think that we can develop and, by so doing, strengthen this technique. And this is all good. We should be doing this.

But to purport that we are all personally responsible for all the evil and bad things that happen to us, and to all of those others in our lives—which is what the Law of Attraction is basically saying—well I think that is ludicrous.

Enough said.

I’ll keep you posted.

  • Lmmd

    Well said.
    Thank you.

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