Ask, believe, and receive. That’s the rationale behind the Law of Attraction. Rhonda Byrne’s book and movie The Secret taught the about the Law of Attraction, with the idea that like attracts like.

The idea that you manifest everything that comes into your life, whether positive or negative, is a big part of the Law of Attraction. But is it true? And what can it do for your life?

The concept behind the Law of Attraction

Well, there are some things that seem timeless and true in The Secret. If you open yourself up to accepting good things, you may indeed receive them. If you act like you are not worth anything, you may be treated that way. After all, if you don’t love yourself, how can you expect someone else to love you?

And it is true that if you are a negative person, others may not want to be around you, let alone want to help you. On the other hand, if you are a positive person, you will attract more friends, and more willing to help you. Think about it: if you see somebody needing assistance, are you more likely to help someone who seems kind and friendly, or someone who comes across as scowling and scary?

In addition, having a positive attitude, as well as an attitude of gratitude, could help you manifest more good things in your life. One reason for that is that you are more likely to notice those good things in your life if you are grateful for them. Having a nice home and a loving family are things that can easily be taken for granted by those not focused on having gratitude in your heart.

And keeping a focus on something you want can help make it happen. If you are focused on losing weight, or shedding your debt, and you think about it every day, that effort you make to focus on thoughts thoughts can help carry over to the rest of your life. Instead of reaching for a chocolate bar, or spending money, without thinking about it, you will be more conscious about your decisions and want to make them happen.

The Law of Attraction also has a problematic side

Unfortunately, there are also drawbacks to this concept of the Law of Attraction. What happens if you lose your job, or get sick, or get sued? Did you manifest those things?

That’s where the Law of Attraction gets problematic. Because the implications – that people with cancer, or famine victims, or those who lost their jobs, or those who were prisoners of war, or were victims of genocide – somehow manifested those tragedies is very troubling. Who wants to think that a child with cancer brought it on herself due to negative thoughts? Or that a victim of attempted murder somehow caused his attack?

That’s where the rubber meets the road when it comes to the Law of Attraction. It comes across as blaming the victim.

Then there’s the idea that you can heal everything in your life, including cancer, by thinking about it. While positive thoughts can get you through illness, it will not in and of itself cure disease. And suggesting that it will is very dangerous.

What you can learn from the Law of Attraction

In summary, there is an element of truth to the idea that you can attract and manifest good ideas in your life. But that doesn’t mean that every bad thing that happens to you is your fault.

Sure, keep yourself open to good things, focus on your goals, and have an attitude of gratitude. But also keep in mind that life happens, and bad things can still happen to the best of people.

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