I was first introduced to the Law of Attraction when I saw the movie, The Secret, years ago. I also heard the Law shared frequently by success gurus as the way to achieve money, success, and happiness. And I read about it in Jerry and Esther Hicks’ book Ask And It Is Given. And you know what, back then, I bought it.
Who wouldn’t want to be able to manifest whatever they desire.
The idea that we are so powerful we can create whatever we want in our lives is an attractive idea. Until you begin to realize the Law of Attraction apparently means you are responsible for everything you attract: the good, the bad, and the ugly. And as I wrote previously on this blog, I don’t buy into that.
A few years ago I began questioning the Law of Attraction.
In fact, I began questioning a lot of things I had been taught by the success gurus. Because despite the fact that I set goals, created vision boards, and took massive action, many of the things I desired did not manifest in my life. And many things I did not desire did manifest. Upon further study I learned that for the Law of Attraction to work, you not only have to focus your mind on what you desire, and take action, you also have to hold the same vibration as that which you desire. I suppose this means being energetically in sync with what you desire. I’m not sure I could tell you exactly what that means or how to accomplish it.
I’m also not sure it’s humanly possible. Here’s why.
Perhaps the Law of Attraction is an energetic law that exists in nature. Like attracts like, 100% of the time. It may happen unconditionally with atoms and molecules. But is it applicable to humans? Can human beings really achieve and maintain a total vibrational match to that which they desire? Or, because human beings have minds that think (and yes, sometimes think negative thoughts due to fears, past history and conditioning), is it realistic to expect a human to truly maintain their own vibration, even if they understand what that means?
After all, our ability to think is what separates us from most other animals.
But is it possible that our minds and that ability to think also make applying the Law of Attraction to get what we want, virtually impossible?
Perhaps in an ideal world, if we were supremely conscious beings, it would be another story. But let’s face it, how many of us are that evolved? Most of us are imperfect beings, just doing the best we can. We may strive to maintain a positive attitude, yet sometimes fall into negativity. We may seek to maintain emotional stability, but we have hearts and feelings that get hurt, that experience doubt, and that feel insecure sometimes. The reality is as human beings we have thoughts, we have programming, and we have the ability to make choices. We don’t simply react energetically according to some law. Our minds have a way of blocking that from happening. Does that mean the law is invalid, flawed, or simply hard to apply to the human experience? Honestly, I don’t know. I only know what I believe.
And I believe the Law of Attraction is a belief more than a law.
Just like religion. Just like life after death. Just like so many things we can’t see or touch. And, as such, there will probably always be people who will argue both sides.
I also believe it’s important for each of us to believe in ourselves. I believe we must establish our own belief system, just as we do when it comes to religion, life after death, and everything else that’s hard to prove. That may require educating yourself, or exposing yourself to different theories until you discover what you believe to be true. Or at least until you decide what best serves you in your life.
Here’s what else I believe.
I don’t necessarily believe in the Law of Attraction, but I suppose I’m still open to proof that might convince me otherwise (I’m actually re-reading Ask And It Is Given through different eyes and I’m curious to see if my takeaway this time around will be different). I believe in keeping an open mind. I believe in the power of positive thinking. I believe negative thinking can lead to negative experiences. And, while they may not be able to attract things, I do believe our thoughts are powerful and most definitely influence how we see and experience the world. I believe if you change your thoughts your life will change. But it’s more about the lens you’re viewing the world through, than what your thoughts attract.
That’s what I believe. How about you?