The Law of Attraction
The Law of Attraction (LoA) first became mainstream popular with the release of “The Secret,” an interview style documentary advocating achievement through focusing on and feeling what you want to create in the future now. While the movie was definitely inspiring and convincing it fell short of providing the whole story.
The roots for the LoA date back to the 1800s when the New Thought movement became popular. New Thought grew out of the great thinker Emerson’s philosophies and was advocated by early practitioners who developed several spiritual practices including: Christian Science, Unity and the Church of Religious Science. Originally the LoA was used to assist people in alleviating physical symptoms of stress disorders. Eventually, people associated the LoA with creating wealth and relationships in addition to health which is where the books “Think and Grow Rich,” “The Science of Getting Rich,” and “The Power of Positive Thinking” came from.
At its most basic premise, the Law of Attraction has promise. However, it has been construed as a “get rich, healthy and in love” quick scheme. It would be utterly fabulous to think your way into the life of your dreams and to only take action when it is enjoyable, but I have found that there is much more to the fanciful stories of instant millionaires and spontaneous remissions. Life, and us humans, are more complex than that.
Here are the pitfalls and benefits of the LoA:
Pitfalls of the Law of Attraction
Read about the Law of Attraction Paradox
Benefits of the Law of Attraction
Read The Essential Affirmation Process for more on using affirmations to become that which you want to attract.
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