This episode from the “Bell Chimes In” series addresses my take on the law of attraction. The episode was inspired by a video by Ania, titled “Rant: Law of Attraction vs. Capitalism.”
I think this episode will make more sense when accompanied by what I have to say in the subsequent episode, “How Magic Works.” A lot of what spiritualists attribute to the so-called law of attraction is in fact a combination of formulas and theorems. Thus, to me, there is no such thing as the law of attraction because every purported event attributed to the law of attraction is in fact a different and unique combination of other principles. I got into it a bit in this video, but I hope it gets rounded out after “How Magic Works.”
Most proponents of the law of attraction conflate “like attracts like” with “what you think is what you become.” First, I’d like to know exactly what theorem or principle “like attracts like” is based upon. Second, while I do believe that to an extent, thoughts can become reality, to say that what you think will definitely become your reality is to bypass the most critical principles at play. What we perceive to be the law of attraction is only an observation of what’s going on at the surface level, and is not a penetrating look at underlying causes and actions.
I also take issue with marketing tactics by spiritual entrepreneurs who say that the law of attraction is a concept that Buddha promoted. I don’t want to give exact citations or links here because I don’t want to shout anybody out. However, they’re easy to find if you care to look for them. To the best of my religious education, Buddha never promoted the law of attraction.
Claiming that the law of attraction can be explained by quantum physics without ever actually using quantum physics to explain the law of attraction also bothers me. If you want to claim that this law is scientific, then you need to develop that assertion with actual science. I’ve not yet seen a single proponent of the law of attraction manage to do that.
So, does “like attracts like”? From an individualist and egocentric perspective, yes. Taking into consideration the fuller picture? No. Here’s how I see it. From my vantage point, the earth is flat. There is no way my personal observations of the world could enable me to understand that the earth is not flat. And also, the sun, moon, planets, and stars revolve around the earth. The earth is at the center of the universe. These are matter-of-fact laws based on my direct personal observations. It’s immutable. It’s scientific. It’s the truth. …. Right?
My point is, that way of thinking is the same as believing in “like attracts like.” Based on our limited human perception, it seems to hold true, but there are much larger, broader-scope forces at play that render our perception untrue. How magic works, how manifestation works is so much more complex than the narrowly-tailored and limited framework from which we observe the world.
Belief in the law of attraction is lazy thinking. It’s tantamount to saying the abundance in your life is because God is pleased with you; the suffering in your life is because God is displeased. That’s not science. That’s religion. The law of attraction is a byproduct of religion and faith. That’s fine, but then don’t say it’s science or even a modality of metaphysical craft. It’s your religion. Instead of saying God, you’re saying law of attraction.
When you’ve been tossed overboard into deep water, the more you let fear take over and the more you struggle in panic, the more likely you are to drown. Instead, if you stay calm, acknowledge then assess the situation, you’re more focused and are more likely to figure out the solution so you can survive and even thrive. Guys, that’s not the law of attraction. That’s mastering the mental game so that your physical actions can fall in line with a strategic plan that your mind has conceived of. Physical action is still required. And physical action is about movement toward the objective, not using your mental superpowers to draw that objective toward you.
Positive thinking is more conducive for arriving at a creative solution. Negative thinking is less conducive for arriving at a creative solution. Probability does the rest. Again, that’s not “like attracts like.”
Yes, much of life is a mental game. There are for sure methodologies for beating the mental game. Visualization techniques aren’t techniques for “like attracting like.” Visualization techniques are about training your brain to stay focused and to make a beeline toward your goal. Visualization isn’t about attracting what you want to come flying at you in some effortless, magical way; it’s the total opposite–it’s about getting yourself to move toward what it is you want.
As an occult practitioner, I take issue with equating the law of attraction to craft, as I noted briefly in the video. The law of attraction is not the equivalent to spell-crafting. Feng shui, herbalism, casting spells, sigil-crafting, petitioning spirits, even sympathetic magic–none of these modalities of craft operate under the law of attraction. To do so is to either blow the definition of the law of attraction out of proportion or to not fully understand the nuances of craft.
Finally, is it just me, or is every vocal proponent of the law of attraction also coincidentally someone who is trying to sell you something? No one wants to buy hard work. We want to buy a well-packaged solution that will make our lives easier. The law of attraction is the fantasy of that well-packaged solution promising to make our lives easier. The law of attraction lures you into believing that the only reason you suffer is because you are thinking the wrong way, and all you need is somebody to come into your life to teach you how to think the right way, and then all your suffering will vanish.
“Bell Chimes In” is about discourse, or at least that is my hope and intentions for the video series. It’s about me chiming in on a topic oft talked about, with my own perspective, opinions, or hypothesis, and with that, continuing the conversation on that topic. So I hope you’ll join in.
What are your thoughts on the law of attraction? Did I get something wrong about the concept? Do you have a different take? Or maybe you agree and would like to add to what I’ve said? Now it’s your turn to chime in on the law of attraction, whether that’s as a comment, your own blog post, or a VR video response.