Does the Law of Attraction work?

Hiya,

I started a debate over on my Facebook page earlier today asking this question. I wanted to find out what people made of this Law of Attraction. Do they view it as some universal force like gravity that ‘must’ work if invoked properly? Do they view it as a mental construct, part of our subconscious mind being accessed and leading us down paths that we would otherwise ignore? Or is it a load of hogwash as some ‘realists’ believe?

I get the whole vibration is everything idea. I get that Quantum Theory expresses that everything in the universe is connected to everything else energetically. And I get that we can’t yet understand what the implications of that are.

But talk to any teacher of the Law of Attraction and they will all agree – it requires Action. Whatever is at work, it requires somebody to actually DO something in order to receive something. It’s a complex issue without a doubt.

Please add to the debate over on my Facebook page and see what others have already started posting there. Do YOU believe?

Leave your comment there by clicking here: LoA: YES or NO?

Enjoy

Stu

πŸ™‚

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24 responses to “Does the Law of Attraction work?

  1. Wow, this is a topic I have not read into, though I do believe in visualization not just of the outcome but of the whole process one plans to undertake in order to make something a reality…I have no idea of the theory behind this but being a dreamer by nature (pisces) I have dreamt up do-able strategies that have taken me down the path to achieving my practical goals, as well as my dreams… (No FB for me my friend, hope this comment is good for your debate!) Alexandra

  2. I think there is truth to the law and yes it does require work and a willingness to put yourself out there

  3. Hi Stu,
    It’s a basic principle that “like attracts like” which has been marketed like crazy to others’ benefit. How many so called LOA experts do you run into? There’s one on every street corner. You can have most of what you want in this Life…a main key, as you have mentioned…take action.
    Having Belief, Positive attitude and Imagination are ingredients that will help, in my opinion….and that will attract more good than bad.
    Be good to yourself
    David

    • I lean towards your side David. It’s not magic! As ye sow, so shall ye reap – and all that. We reap the rewards from our thoughts and actions, good or bad. I think it’s more an observation than a Law. Thanks for your insight David, always welcome. πŸ™‚

  4. I don’t have a Facebook account…maybe I should? Apropos the ‘Law of Attraction’, I believe it came from a book called ‘The Secret’, which I’ve read. There is NO science to it whatsoever. It’s based on a popular misunderstanding of quantum physics – not the actual science of Messrs Dirac, Heisenberg, Bohr et al. Real quantum physics is stochastic, for a start, the precise opposite of the Law of Attraction which pivots on deterministic causality. In everyday terms, the ‘Law of Attraction’ violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics. And so it goes on.

    I also think it is a pretty poor philosophy because to me it misses the importance of positive thinking as a way of bolstering self-confidence and sense of purpose. It is, of course, up to the individual to get what they want – to goal-set, to be optimistic, to think positively – and to act. If good things come their way, chance sometimes plays a part, but more often it is a result of their own actions. And, to me, that is also a more personally satisfying – and hence positive – result.

    • Thank you Matthew for that considered response. I must say that for the most part I totally agree with you, although there are some aspects of thought vibration and quantum duality that we don’t fully understand yet and this could be adding to the experience of what is known as the Law of Attraction. None of the base 4 forces are actually understood fully and on that level I’m intrigued by the possibility that something extraordinary is at work. I would love to post your comment to my Facebook thread with your permission? Stu πŸ™‚

      • Thanks. I’d prefer you didn’t re-post this; I don’t have a Facebook account and won’t have an opportunity to respond to any of your readers. I don’t doubt the debate will be vigorous. πŸ™‚

    • No worries Matthew! It is quite vigorous and your response would have added nicely! πŸ™‚ Thanks again for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.

  5. Yes, the Law of Attraction really works, but reflects our dominant and most practiced thoughts. We can’t spend 5 minutes on a new thought and 23 hours and 55 minutes thinking the old thoughts and have anything change. We must also understand that the Universe works at its own speed. Although instant manifestation may sometimes happen, our desire will manifest in the universe’s timeframe rather than ours! It could even be that the universe knows that we are not yet ready to receive our desire.

    • Excellent point Shanna, we must switch the balance in our minds to being positive for most of the time. Being patient is another way to keep stress from creeping in. I would add, don’t get attached to the outcome. The Universe may have something better up its sleeve than you could possibly imagine. πŸ™‚

  6. Yes Stuart, I agree that detachment is part of a successful manifestation process. It may possibly be because attachment generates thoughts of insecurity that contribute to cancel the outcome.

    • Yes, feelings of frustration, disappointment even anger do not keep us in the state of mind best suited for spotting opportunities. And are out of frequency with what we actually desire. πŸ™‚

  7. Focault

    What does science tell about the Law of Attraction? It tells that LoA doesn’t work. Do you need a proof by scientific evidence? Read this:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vanessa-van-edwards/law-of-attraction_b_2082921.html
    http://www.heatherkappes.com/?page_id=68
    But if you are a hard die believer in LoA, affected by cognitive bias, then please refuse to believe in science. For instance refuse to believe that your personal computer was built by using science knowledge, refuse to believe in Newton gravity law, refuse to believe in scientific evidence in general. Program your brain with positive thinking like a robot. Don’t accept your feelings as they are. Don’t love yourself as you are. Throw your life experience and your own judgment into the trash. Never desire to save your emotions.
    Cheers!

    • Actually Focault, I am of the scientific persuasion myself. I look for proof and evidence. However, I must also remain open minded enough to realise that today’s ‘magic’ will be tomorrow’s commonplace – as it has always been. We must accept that we will continue to discover phenomena in the future that today we simply don’t understand. Thanks for the comment. πŸ™‚

  8. Focault

    Thank you for your kind reply. I really don’t want to disappoint you. However, day by day science is revealing reality behind myths. For instance, what you said in your post about quantum theory and the connected universe is simply untrue: the quantum wavefunction has been directly measured, It has been shown that wavefunction is a real entity out in the real world.

    http://phys.org/news/2012-04-quantum-function-reality.html
    http://phys.org/news/2012-05-paper-controversy-nature-quantum-function.html

    It is not in our brain. It doesn’t depend on our observation. It doesn’t depend on our will. The universe matter is not distantly “interconnected”.Particles are not involved by “spooky actions”. Interactions are local, real, and ontics (deterministics).

    http://www.nature.com/news/quantum-theorem-shakes-foundations-1.9392

    Nevertheless, multiple quantum states may happen in the same reality. The existance of multiple parallel dimensions is not mandatory.

    http://prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v109/i15/e150404

    epistemic theories shared by new agers seem wrong:

    http://www.nature.com/news/a-boost-for-quantum-reality-1.10602

    All those quantum mystic myths have been widely debunked, but real scientists have never had doubts about that. I’m sorry, but this seems the beginning of the end of the “age of aquarium”, even including LoA. Science looks more fancy than the speculation of many narcisistic new agers. The real “magic power” of mind is intelligence and imagination, which leaded us to the moon and made our dreams true. No “quantum vibrations” connected by the “infinite intelligence” coming from our brain.

    http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/measure-of-things/4418902/Quantum-wave-functions-come-alive–May-the-Bohr-Model-rest-in-peace

    LoA is good for people who want to satisfy their desire without using their intelligence.

    http://youarenotsosmart.com/2010/06/23/confirmation-bias/

    Just let scientists make their own humble work. For the sake of the truth, for the evolution of our species and our culture,please, don’t mix science with religion or mystical woo. Please, help me to spread the word.

    Best regards.

    • I agree with everything you say Focault. However, what we ‘think’ is true today can easily become falsehood tomorrow. Already scientists are theorising that the entire universe could be a 2 dimensional hologram – what then of our perception of 3 dimensional space. We live illusiory lives, our brains making sense of ‘external’ reality. But reality exists ‘only’ in our own minds. Therefore, all that we experience could be an illusion, a construct. As much as I ground myself in reason like yourself I have to be open to what at the moment seems impossible. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a very thoughtful and considered response my friend. πŸ™‚

      • Focault

        stuartart your comments are always stimulating. Thank you for your contribution. What science “thinks” today won’t be false tomorrow. At most it will be falsifiable, as Karl Popper states. Falsifiable is a concept different than “false” in scientific language. Yes, our senses are illusory, but as I already told you, universe is not in the box of our mind. Wavefunction is a real object. You have to accept such evidence, unless you don’t believe in science.

        Again, from what the European Space Agency interferometer detected, the universe doesn’t seem obeying to the holographic principle:

        http://news.discovery.com/space/we-might-not-live-in-a-hologram-after-all-110701.htm

        http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/07/hologram-universe/

        So far the INTEGRAL gamma ray observatory is the most precise instrument ever built for measuring gamma-rays emitted in the universe.

        Moreover, the findings I was talking about in my previous comment are not in favour of the holographic principle. Thus, all those proofs enforce the theory of a not holographic universe. Nevertheless,I just use the rational method to find answers. Rational doubt is a powerful tool for allowing science to go on toward knowledge. Doubt is not limiting at all. It’s healthy.
        Let’s keep in touch for the next Fermi lab experiment by Hogan holometer.
        This way we’ll know if such theory will be refined.

        Goodbye cool friend.

      • We’re on the same page for the most part, I am a huge believer in the scientific method. The one thing none of us can dispute though is… we all interpret the data via our senses and in our mind. Our senses are notoriously fallable and our minds are easily tricked and prone to changing depending on the programming we implement either consciously or otherwise. Only the future will determine what is actually the truth and even then it may be superseded at any moment beyond. Good debating with you. πŸ™‚

  9. Focault

    I’m with you stuartart. Our senses are fallable, our mind is easily tricked. That’s why science builds instruments which measure quantities and not merely qualities. We can’t underpin our observation to our subjective opinions. Science provides a universal language that can be shared among people. That’s the beauty of science. That’s why I’m 99.95% sure that this comment will reach your blog through the internet cable. That’s why my car doesn’t work without fuel and batteries, etc.. Perhaps yet we don’t know if the findings about quantum wavefunctions will be useful, but probably one day the government will put a tax on them! That’s all. I leave you the last word. Bye!

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