Unlike the usual laws we make for ourselves as humans, universal laws do happen and exist on their own whether you believe in them or not, or whether you follow them or not.
And in that case if the law of attraction is real ,does it even work and if its not real then definitely it does not work
In this article, the universal law of attraction is being looked in every possible aspect while drawing comparisons with related fields and phenomena in our everyday life and the possible science behind the law of attraction and against it
This article also as applies realistic, logical, psychological and philosophical reasoning towards the law of attraction and at the end of the article you have enough information to decide if the law of attraction works or not
Table of Contents
Understanding the law of attraction
In a quote the law of attraction would be;
The hate you give is the hate you receive”
So you should be giving off what you want to receive. If you want to be loved, you should give out love to receive it back.
If you give off negative energy you will receive negativity in return
If you believe karma is real, then indirectly you also believe the law of attraction works
The simple definition and also short explanation of the (LOA); law of attraction means your thoughts determine what you experience and attract in your life.
Your thoughts have the power to affect the things and people around you, you inclusive in ways beyond the physical realm of applying effort to get certain results.
This means that your internal thoughts go beyond the physical realm of your brain to affecting your body and the environment around you which in turn affects you
Example of how the law of attraction works
If you want to overcome financial debts. This means that you want to attract money for yourself.
If your focus on how you have failed to pay the bills and your property is going to be taken by the bank.
That is a negative thought and you would instead be attracting negativity in your life that actually goes on to happen just as you imagined
What you should do.
Since we all want the good things in life, this is what you should instead do,
Focus on the positive that you will be able to get money and have your bills paid in time and your business will be able to pick up and you will be able to pay back the bank loan
You should picture things as you want them to be or happen and that’s what you will get in return.
In other words like attracts like and in this case positive thoughts have attracted like positive out comes
The law of vibration and law of attraction
Beyond what your 5 senses can detect, the law of attraction is also loosely based on idea that the universe in made up of vibrations (universal law of vibration) being drawn to other vibrations
The law of attraction and law of vibration are much related which also shows how the universal laws are related
In the law of vibration, everything in the universe whether seen or not when broken down to its smallest form consists of energy which exists at a vibrating frequency or pattern. All matter even thoughts and feelings
So your thoughts, feelings and actions also have a vibratory frequency, at which they resonate with other similar frequencies in the universe which draws them in your life.
Your conscious mind runs on what you think. These thoughts get embedded in your subconscious mind. The thoughts embedded in your subconscious mind become dominant and set up resonance with other similar vibrations which are drawn in your life
When you read a law of attraction book, you will come across the 55×5 or 33×3 manifestation method about writing a specific desire. This is done by writing your desire 55 times for 5 days or 33 times for 3 days
The aim here is to change your subconscious thoughts pattern over 5 days or 3days so that you can redirect your thoughts to resonate at the same frequency with your desires’ vibrations
Feelings on the other hand are a way to determine conscious awareness of vibrations, so what you are feeling at the moment is the vibration you are sending off and it’s the vibrations you will receive,
So positive feelings will give positive manifestations well negative feelings will give negative manifestations
Your actions are your thoughts
The law of attraction is also affected in that we act as we think. Our mentality affects our behavior and actions for example if you think you will be rich. You are likely to set up a plan on how to become rich hence ending up rich
The law of attraction would also boost confidence in this case as someone would believe in themselves with great self esteem that they can achieve something they want and they embark on the journey to attain it
But in the same way if you think you will be poor you will also end up acting in a way that will leave you poor.
So this shows that for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction and in this case, our actions of being lazy are repaid by being poor and our actions of setting up a plan to be rich will help us become rich
This quote would sum this up very well;
Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions, watch your actions they become your habits, watch your habits, they become your character, watch your character its becomes your destiny
This aspect fails to show how the law of attraction exists as every outcome can be logically reasoned out
So instances where some people have manifested money through the law of attraction and become rich. There is always a logical reason of a particular activity they carried out hence the money success stories
Law of attraction and religion
The origins of the law of attraction are rooted in Buddhism teachings through meditation which implies the law is spiritual oriented even though today it has turned materialistic
The way the law of attraction works is almost the same as how most religions work. Religion always emphasizes on praying for what you want and believe you will attain it.
When most people give testimonies, they talk of how they prayed so hard for something until they got it and they thank God for providing it for them
There is a possibility Jesus used the law of attraction to make miracles. Here is an example of the law of attraction in the bible
Mark 11:12-14 12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.
Mark 11:20-24 20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” 22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
One thing about the law of attraction is you need to have faith that something will happen hence being able to attract it
And doubt is going to destroy your attraction energy of what you want and instead attract something else.
So since most people lack the faith that their thoughts can actually affect the physical world because as you say something you are actually thinking and picturing it in your head.
This makes it hard for them to use the law of attraction to their advantage and get what they want.
Mathew 14:26-33 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
This example shows that faith in something made it happen which is a positive thought, but when Peter doubted which is a negative feeling he immediately started to sink
If you are a Christian believer and you doubt the existence of the law of attraction, then you are kind of contradicting yourself because the law of attraction is a lot like prayer
For example in the bible;
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours
The law of polarity and Law of attraction
In the law of polarity we look at opposites attracting just like magnets well as in the law of attraction we are looking at similar polarities attracting
This is not necessarily a contradiction in the universal laws but each law has a purpose to fulfill and also shows the connection between the universal laws
So like poles attract in the law of attraction and unlike poles repel well as in the law of polarity unlike poles attract and like poles repel.
A real-life example in the law of attraction would be girls attract girls as friends because they have something in common like having similar hobbies but in the law of polarity girls would repel girls and attract boys in relationships because each of them has something the other does not have that makes them attract to each other
This is also shows how the two universal laws are interconnected
Law of attraction and the placebo effect
Your thoughts have a powerful effect on your body than you think.
A placebo is a substance usually a tablet or pill that is known to have no medical effects like saline solution or a sugar pill and neither containing any active drug ingredient
In an experiment to test the placebo effect. A group of people can be given placebo to treat headache or any pain they are suffering from.
During the test, the patients, in this case, are told the placebo (pain killer) will cure them of the ache and in some cases, the people recover from the pain by just believing that the placebo (drug) can actually heal them
The scientific explanation for this is making the patients believe they are receiving treatment leads to activation of the endogenous opioids like endorphins and enkephalins which are natural pain-relieving chemicals produced by the body
Pain killers due to the placebo effect, are dependent upon the activation of these endogenous opioids in the brain
According to drugs.com, the placebo effects occur in 21% to 40% of the patients depending on the type of study
Or does this imply that these people attracted healing to themselves through believing that they would heal and the medicine would help them heal?
Does this also means when we believe that carrying out a certain actions with an aim of getting certain results, that’s exactly what we will achieve( in other words we will get what we want when we have faith in what we do)
And is the placebo effect is an example of the law of attraction at work
The nocebo effect.
This is the opposite of placebo effect. This occurs when a placebo is administered and accompanied with a suggestion that the patient’s aliments will get worse. In this instance, the negative effect of a drug may be caused by psychological nocebo effects and not necessarily the drug it’s self
This is literary saying the negative things happening to you may be a result of your negative thoughts
Law of attraction in relationships
The law of attraction in relationship won’t necessarily work by wish full thinking or drawing fantasies about your potential mate and then all of a sudden a person with your desired qualities appears riding on white horse
Or you can’t spend most of the time in doors and expect you potential mate to appear at your door.
That’s like waiting to be called to a job interview for a job you didn’t apply for but kept on a fantasizing about it
You will have to go out and look for your potential mate or put in some effort. Unlike in other instances of attraction if you meet a person with whom you both attract you will definitely feel and realize it.
I would say its love at first as everything happens to work out its self naturally and you don’t have to force anything as being yourself is already good enough
Interestingly for you to like someone, all your 6 senses play a role and the energy they send out, if it syncs well with the other person, then all is well
You may not have focused on finding a mate if you went out but if your energies work in sync then nothing is going to stop it from happening even if you didn’t consciously try to manifest your partner
So getting your desired partner doesn’t necessarily need the law of attraction as it can happen on its own without any affirmations
Law of attraction in friendships
Much as law of attraction in love focuses on affirmations about your potential mate, there is another easy aspect of it.
For two people two be friends they need to have something in common that makes both of them attract to each other natural
For example, you both like the same person, you both love the same sport. In the same way, a friendship or a love can manifest its self through both of you holding similar interests that make both your energies sync and like will attract like
The law of attraction and fate/luck
Well fate is predetermined and meant to happen well as luck is something that happens to someone by chance
Something they both have in common is there are not within our control
So an example in this case would be, you getting fired at work for being a later comer.
You go online to a jobs website to find a better job, you find your dream job and fill in all the details as required with all hopes you will get this job because have all the desired requirements to fulfill your responsibilities for the position and you are very positive about it
Too positive that you even prepare for the job by looking for a new house closer to your expected new work place
3 days later you are called for job interview, which you pass and you land the job.
Later at work you get to learn that job vacancy was created due to need of more man power at the company
So is it by the law of attraction manifestation that you got this job, Was it by luck or a blessing in disguise that you got fired from your old job or else you wouldn’t have found this one or is it fate that you were meant to work there and once you got fired, coincidentally a new vacancy comes up
The truth is none of the above reasons has satisfying reasoning for your getting the job even though its 100% capable of happening. But how can we prove that?
The only logical explanation is that you applied for a job at which you were the best candidate to do it. This explanation has nothing paranormal about it
Hoping for the best expecting the worst
This is where the law of attraction fails to work for most people.
According to the law of attraction your feelings are stronger than your thoughts and that’s the energy you will give off
So if you think you will pass the exams but deep down you feel you will fail them, then you are actually going to attract failure not success
The element of doubt happens to be strongest reason that the law of attraction fails to work and people attract negative events in their lives
Well I could say doubt has killed more dreams than failure
The law of attraction and the sixth sense
Does the law of attraction activate or work in connection with our six sense?
You already know the 5 senses, touch, hearing, seeing, tasting, and smell but then there is the six sense of intuition.
For example, if you are bathing and there is lather in your face, you easily move your hand to where you placed the soap and you pick it without looking there. But this basic
A fascinating example of the sixth sense is when you think of someone you haven’t talked to in a while, and at that moment your phone rings and it’s them calling. It’s like you telepathically sent a message to them to call you.
In the law of attraction sense this is manifesting a specific person, you thought and focused on the fact you have taken long without communicating with this person which indirectly meant you wanted to talk to them
And boom it happened, this person actually called.
There are other examples of your sixth sense working though most can be portrayed as a gut feeling, for example, you get a feeling that your car is being stolen only to look outside the window and someone is actually driving it off
So this shows that you trusted your intuition that something was wrong only later to realize you were right.
There are actually more paranormal and scientific explanations for the sixth sense
For example, animals are known to have stronger senses of smell to hearing than humans and in 2004 it appeared that animals (land, water, and air) got to sense that 2004 tsunami was coming through their change in behavior and fleeing for safety before it actually hit and according to a national geographical article it could have been their sixth sense at play
The other reason could be since animals have stronger senses than humans, they felt the earth vibrate before even the humans could feel it and this actually brings in the law of vibration that everything is in vibration even though humans can’t sense some of the vibrations
law of attraction affirmations Vs Reality
Anywhere you may find the law of attraction being talked about. You are always told to focus on the positive things because that’s what you want.
But there times you honestly can’t focus on the positive because the situation at hand doesn’t favor that for example you lose your job, your partner leaves and your land lord kicks you out
It’s hard to think of or focus at the positive at that moment;
This leads to the Law of attraction and the blame game
So would it be your fault that you are thinking negatively and attracting negative energy all around you
Of course, not, you are only human and honestly, life is not going to be a smooth ride as it will have highs and lows
But the law of attraction shows that your life is within your control which would imply that if you failed to make something happen it’s literary your fault because the power to make things happen is in your hands
This is likely to result into self blame because your failures will be attributed to your negative energy which is a big flaw in the law of attraction
Because not everything bad that happens around us or to us was a result of our thinking especially accidents
The law of attraction would also appear flawed in instances of war torn areas as the people suffering in these areas are victims of circumstances and the war is not a result of their thoughts
What you are attracting Vs the possibility of it happening
The law of attraction appears limited to achieving what you attract if it’s actually logically possible to achieve. For instance you can’t come from another part of the world and see yourself as the president of the USA one day.
Or what are the chances you will marry the celebrity whom you only see or watch on T.V every day.
Or become beautiful by just being positive about it, how about turning from a black to a white and vice versa or lose weight through just positive affirmations
So literary you can’t just manifest anything you want unless it’s realistically possible
This shows that the law of attraction works within your energy radius to be impacted or when you put in effort for example if you move to the U.S.A and become a citizen then there are high chances you will become POTUS
Or if you attend an event organized by the celebrity crush that you used to only watch on T.V then there is a good chance you would start dating her from there
This where there is a strong flaw on the law of attraction manifestation for a specific person because wishful thinking is not going to make your soul mate suddenly call you when they don’t even know you exist
The law of attraction and mental health
Mental health relates to our thinking and reasoning, behavioral and emotional well being.
Mental health disorder refers to a wide range of conditions that affect our mood, thinking and behavior
As you have read, the law of attraction focuses on using it as a positive aspect of your thinking which plays a part in your mental health because your thoughts affect your mood and behaviors
This would imply that the law of attraction per its teaching is actually improving people’s mental health and well being.
With daily hardships you incur in your everyday life, focusing on the positives in every situation and training your mind to see the good side of every situation would have a big impact on your physical and mental health, well being plus helping to maintain emotional stability in your life
This would also help in making your life generally better through always believing where there is a will there is a way which in turn would make you act because you believe you will achieve the results you want when you act on them
And in this case the law of attraction would be a good technique against mental illnesses like depression
The law of attraction in needy situations
Why you don’t get what you want when you need it and instead it comes when you need don’t need it
And this also when most people claim the law of attraction is not working
Well according to the law, during needy situations where you are desperately in need of something you are going to develop a sense of doubt when it doesn’t come within a time frame you need it
According to the law, in this case, your doubtful feelings are going to overshadow your thoughts and it’s the negative energy of the doubt that you will send out to the universe and that’s what you will receive
For example, it will be easy for you to find a job when you don’t need it because you are likely to be giving off positive energy at that moment of not worrying about not getting it unlike when you badly need a job and failure to get will make matters worse
In another example, nothing attracts nothing and in this case lack of something attracts a more lack of it. So having some money is going to attract more money.
The lack of something is going to create a continuous cycle of lacking like debts are going to attract more debts. Maybe that’s why some people just keep manifesting their positive affirmations well as others manifest negativity
The law of attraction in meditation
There is a thin line between meditating and using the law of attraction
Meditation is defined as a practice where an individual uses a technique such as mindfulness or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought or activity to attain a mentally clear, emotionally stable state
You don’t meditate and think of bad things, you only think of the good things, because that’s what will clam your mind and relax
The purposes of meditation are different for example when it’s applied in religion during prayer it could be for spiritual growth well as another person may use meditation to train the mind to focus their attention or mediation may help one suppress mental disorders like anxiety through relaxation and fending off unnecessary worrying
But some things remain constant; you focus your mind on positive thoughts to attract positive benefits just as the law of attraction
The concept also takes in yoga as meditation is a part of yoga that focuses on affirmations
So does this mean yoga and meditation are other forms using the law of attraction and people have been doing it for this long without their consent?
Does manifesting work
Since the law of attraction is when your thoughts and energy create your reality.
In this case your positive affirmations bring positive results well as your negative affirmations brings you negativity as you have already read
Manifestation is an event, or action or object that clearly shows something abstract or theoretical, and in this case your positive or negative thoughts will come true
The flaw in the law of attraction manifestation is you are going to get confirmation bias
Confirmation bias is a tendency to search for, interpret, favor and recall information in a way that confirms or strengthens one’s prior personal belief or hypothesis.
This is very common with religion as most people attribute everything that happens in their life to being God’s will or the Work of their god.
Actually, as of today, all scientific achievements of humanity have only made some people to further glorify God because they believe all those achievements were reached because of God
In this instance someone will even ignore any new evidence presented against their view and continue holding their belief as true.
This is where most law of attraction manifestation success stories come in, about money, the law of attraction ex success stories, the law of attraction millionaire stories, attracting ex back success stories, the law of attraction health stories as someone is going to relate all the events in their lives to prove the that law of attraction manifested to them
In the same way people who don’t believe the law of attraction really works are also going to have a confirmation bias by proving that the law of attraction does not work
This also comes in the aspect that people naturally don’t want to admit they are wrong. So they will look for all possible ways to prove they are right
Another thing affecting manifestation is we perceive things differently for example in the instance of a job application. One may perceive an event as a manifestation, another one as luck, then another person as a result of hard work
And everyone will try to back up their perception with some reasoning
Inconsistency in the law of attraction
The biggest setback in proving the law of attraction is inconsistency. This is the reason most people don’t believe the law of attraction is real and doesn’t work let alone being too good to be true
The failure to acquire regular manifestations makes the law of attraction just some luck thing
Failure to achieve one’s manifestations after putting in effort as advised is going to lead frustrations, self doubt, self blame and even sadness
On the hand there is no good satisfying evidence that whoever thinks of something negative, that’s what they get
On the contrary the more you are going to focus on your desires the more you will end up feeling inadequate and lacking, ending up greedy and discontented. This is because, to think of a positive thing, you will need to know the negative thing you are also avoiding
The law of attraction selfishness
Unless otherwise, most books and information you will come across concerning the law of attraction is all about me myself and I. It’s all about one self’s gains
There doesn’t appear a possibility that you could wish something good for someone else and they receive it even though in everyday life we get blessing says from our parents.
For example sending positive energy to another person for their benefit and not necessarily the person that has sent it, or helping the poor or those in need of help
The law seems also mostly used for two things, relationships and money for oneself ahead of health in third. In fact, over 90% of the people only become interested in the law of attraction for financial manifestations
Interestingly most people who are out to help are also focusing on helping the interested people in manifesting money and attaining their materialistic desires
But who knows, maybe that’s the only problem people have as money is seen as everything by most people and on top of that humans are selfish by nature
So is the law of attraction real or a made-up lie to make money through selling books and vision boards by some people by taking advantage of people’s needs and inadequacy.
Basing on all these comparisons above, you will be the judge of that
But their certain things we can all agree on;
- Positive thinking is the way to go in life to get anything.
- Self belief is also important if your want attain anything.
- And you are also greatly responsible for your happiness
And that’s lesson in this whether you believe in the law of attraction or not. You need to be positive at all times in every situation you encounter in your life because certainly life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it