The Law of Attraction Debunked? Analyzing The Secret Behind the Secret of the Universe

“Fame, fortune, success—do you really think it all happens by accident?  If you have ever wanted to feel better, achieve your dreams, find the love or loves of your life, and live a long and happy life then you need to read this article!”

Sound familiar?  Yes, The Law of Attraction is as seductive as it is mysterious.  Because of its enthusiastic following, one could say that the Secret of Universe has become a sort of surrogate religion for people who continue to look to the stars for answers.  As proponents of health, who take promises of “live a better healthier life!” seriously, this publication is interested to know just how the Law of Attraction works and how it works.

The Law of Attraction Explained

Logically speaking, everything has limitations.  Time, space and parameters make our world possible.  The human organism has a finite lifespan, and we are held within certain boundaries by stubborn laws of gravity, of biology, and chemistry.  We certainly can’t escape the universe and be free of all restrictions.  However, the Law of Attraction states that when your thoughts are in sync with the Universe you have the potential to change your destiny.  To transform your life, and achieve success in everything you do.

It’s difficult to understand what the Law of Attraction really is, considering that there are two schools of thought; those who believe the Law of Attraction in the pantheist sense, that there really is universal energy that guides people to good fortune, and the Secret in the pragmatic sense, that “like attracts like.”  Obviously, universal energy is unverifiable, but we can analyze why there are so many Law of Attraction success stories.

The universal viewpoint is that whatever a person is thinking is his or her reality.  We have the ability to think positively or negatively.  And with “like attracts like” as a general philosophy, we learn that we attract good experiences by thinking optimistically, and attract bad experiences by thinking negatively.  This is easy to understand from a karmic point of view, but what about a realistic, scientific viewpoint?

Actually the value of positive thinking has been studied for quite some time.  A study in 1985 by Michael F. Scheier and Charles S. Carver covered in Health Psychology found that optimists were statistically less likely to report being bothered by symptoms and were generally healthier and had better coping skills than pessimistic counterparts.  The study not only tracked the numbers but explained optimists were performing better in life than pessimists; it was in the coping strategies.  They were more likely to be problem solvers who made the best of a given situation.  They were more likely than pessimists to accept the reality of a situation and move on.  They were also physically less likely to engage in activities that led to an unhealthier life and disease.  Meanwhile, pessimists tended to deny problems while dwelling on negative feelings.

This certainly gives credence to Law of Attraction, since those who work along with the philosophy will be optimistic and will be concentrating on goal achievement, in contrasts to doubters who dismiss the idea as impossible, and instead continue to dwell on self-defeating rationale.  Critics of the Law of Attraction usually dwell not only on a lack of scientific evidence, but also in the fact that success stories are subjective.  Physicist Ali Alousi criticized the idea stating that such a law would be unmeasurable.

The Biggest Secret of the Universe is You

Law of Attraction ImageHowever, to dismiss the Law of Attraction as a total fallacy would also be discounting the value of meditation, the “concentrated attention” therapy that does have a scientific basis as a means of internal and physical healing.  When you meditate, you in essence “work with the universe” to bring positivity your way.  You dwell on things that make you happy.  You set goals that will make you happy.  You achieve these goals, eliminating negative distractions. It’s no wonder that meditation has been cited as effective therapy for loneliness, depression, and other problems.

In contrast to the optimistic thinker, pessimist worries about illness, about negative consequences, and indirectly causes those negative fruits to happen, or at least increases the likelihood of such dire events occurring.  Negativity is contagious.  If you think negative thoughts about another person they can easily sense this energy through your body language or voice tone.  If you constantly worry about disease you are stressing your body, and weakening your immune system.  The Law of Attraction teaches that “thinking about something means you invite it in, even if you don’t want it.”  Indeed, it’s hard to deny that when you focus on hyper-something you become consumed by it, for better or worse.  If you want something and focus on it methodically it becomes powerful.  It hijacks your conscious thoughts and eventually those conscious thoughts will start to influence your unconscious behavior, forming related patterns.

The less time you devote to other things, the “more quickly” you will achieve your dreams and passions, though there’s hardly a supernatural element to that.  Think of how distracted most people are in life.  Think of how they procrastinate, how they self-sabotage their own future plans through a bizarre behavioral phenomenon known as “subconscious resistance.”  You know the type; the kind of person who has a big job interview tomorrow but who stays out late, knowing it’s a bad idea, but feels compelled to do it anyway.  He has no explanation except that he “messed up”, knowing full well what was going to happen, but not taking action.  Or the dieter who chooses an impossible diet to follow; or the single and lonely person who chooses the worst matches available, and who seems doomed to repeat the same mistake.

The Law of Attraction does an excellent job at preventing all of these distractions, propelling you forward towards practical goal achievement, and that will put you ahead of probably everyone you know.  The Law of Attraction also eschews the idea of “fate”, that one is destined to live a certain type of life.  By meditation and visualizing new success, the Law of Attraction adherent can break free of established patterns and start creating new behaviors—in essence transforming himself/herself into something better, and bringing on the positive fruits associated with that better person.

The Law of Attraction also teaches the idea that “what is within is without”, or that whatever your mind focuses on becomes your external body, your reality view.  Whether or not this Law actually brings people or things to you based on vibrations or energy is anyone’s guess, but it is likely that you can attract people’s attention, given the power of pheromones.  Confidence in demeanor, in voice, in body language is attractive and will draw people to you; as friends, as business colleagues, as romantic interests, and so on.  Getting along with people will help bring things and so called “good fortune” to you.

Law of Attraction Troubleshooting

Leave it to the most cynical of people to try to work with the Law of Attraction, give it about fifty percent of their “all”, and then fail.  Upon failure, that person is likely to say the Law is ridiculous, a fallacy, and that none of the teachings are true.  After all, it didn’t work for him/her.  Why wouldn’t the Law of Attraction work if a person believes?

Probably because they are putting too much “faith” in the pseudo-religious Law of Attraction theory and not enough effort into the positive thinking theory.  The universe doesn’t work like a cosmic restaurant, one where you can order whatever you want and receive exactly that based on the idea of “customer service.”

A person has to work towards that achievement, rather than waiting for it to happen.  How do you know when you achieve something anyway?  In measurable goals, not in the abstract, genie-in-a-bottle sort of way.  The reason the law of attraction does not work for most people is because they are not setting goals properly.  They may even be confusing setting goals with achieving goals.  Goal-setting is an imaginative process, a rational process, and one that must be methodically thought out.  Goal achievement is related more to emotion and to habits.  Successful completion of goals requires both the creative and logical parts of your mind to come together, and to communicate with the body, pushing it towards certain action.

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Without specific and measurable goals, you have no way of knowing if you are achieving something, nor do you remain motivated for the long course.  Not only do some people not set goals, but they may also have unconscious beliefs, habits or even life values that are working against their achievements.  Worst of all, they may be ignorant as to how to go about reaching these goals, which reduces the chance of achieving anything.

For example, if you say you want to be a millionaire and ask the Universe to grant you this wish, what exactly are you doing to prepare yourself for this goal—for the very lifestyle that you crave?  Are you reading books on how others have achieved this dream?  Are you meditating on what you must do to attract opportunities?  How have others done what you want to do?  You might know that celebrity Oprah Winfrey is a multi-millionaire and that she believes in the Law of Attraction.  But have you ever stopped to read the biography of her life, and how specifically she worked her way up the ladder, branded herself, and made smart creative and financial decisions to land at the top?  Or are you simply waiting in the cosmic restaurant ringing the bell, hoping someone somewhere will grant you your wish?

Lastly, remember that the Law of Attraction, whether the pragmatic or the spiritual view of it, requires teamwork.  A person who hopes to achieve great things in life cannot do it alone, since monumental success always requires a team.  A business cannot make a fortune without a strong customer base.  A man cannot find true love without a woman who matches him.  A person cannot eat healthy without efforts from local farmers to deliver quality produce. When we all work together in a spirit of love and kindness towards other people that’s the energy—that’s the Secret of the Universe in its purest form.

Without this positivity in your life, the so-called Law of Attraction is little more than a gamble.  It will be you versus the universe, rather than asking the universe for a little helping hand.  Work with the universe, work smart and work together.  Since the universe is such a big place, we tend to like those odds.

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[box type="info" align="alignleft" ]Law of Attraction Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_attraction
http://www.oprah.com/spirit/The-Law-of-Attraction-Real-Life-Stories_1
http://www.wikihow.com/Use-the-Law-of-Attraction[/box]

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