I recently read a really great article about the dark side of believing in the law of attraction on Psychology Today. While the article’s purpose, ostensibly, was to refute the existence of the Law of Attraction, what it really did was explain just how toxic and damaging subscribing to these beliefs can be.
I’ve written about some of my experiments with what is basically new age magic, and it certainly is a real thing. People have been believing in and practicing these things since the beginning of time I’m sure.
What is important to note, and what I myself have failed to recognize is the incredible toll these practices can take on the users, psychologically emotionally and physically. The thing is that one can, actually will things into existence. The mechanisms at play aren’t what’s important. Human beings and the Universe are infinitely complex. (Yay!)
The fact that this pseudoscience claims to be based in quantum physics (a cursory understanding of the movement of very small things will quickly disprove this) does not negate its reality. It only goes to show the scientific ignorance of the “spiritual” teachers. Which is fine.
The fact that the logic behind the law of attraction can be heartless, only shows that the teachers of this practice don’t really want to be around those who are suffering. Most very successful people aren’t really that compassionate, in general.
I’ve found all of this to be true and I highly recommend reading the series of articles above especially if you are a believer in New Age thought. We need to be critical and balanced in all of our beliefs. Unless fundamentalism is your thing. But we all know where that leads…
What’s important to note is that the law of attraction isn’t necessarily the best way to live your life all the time. I naively acquired this ability because I had suffered from trauma and didn’t understand how the universe worked. I was confused because my childhood was so confusing. In response to this, I studied lots and lots and lots of metaphysics and this was one of the many “tools” or belief systems I stumbled upon.
One of the biggest problems is that it is an unsustainable way to live life. It also lacks heart. One of the most important parts of being a human is taking action, making mistakes, and gradually getting to our destinations. Taking our time to learn about ourselves, sharing experiences with others and most importantly, sharing our authentic selves, are a solid path to a rich, fulfilling life. Magic has a place in this life, for some of us, some of the time.
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this sort of spiritual practice to anyone. It’s definitely a useful skill to carry in your back pocket but everything comes at a cost. And the emotional, spiritual toll this particular belief system has, at least for me isn’t worth it the vast majority of the time.
Does it exist? Yes. Is it worth devoting your life to? (because let’s face it, we’re describing a religion here) Maybe a little bit. But I’d suggest manifesting a free coffee for fun, rather than creating enormous life goals that demand constant scrutiny of thoughts, emotions, and experiences. It’s much better to simply love life and enjoy a path with heart rather than one that promises things that you probably don’t even want.
Well, that’s my experience anyway 🙂