The Law of Attraction is quickly becoming one of the most talked about laws of success. There’s a lot of information about it available online, and a lot of misinformation as well.
In this post, we’ll separate the fact from fiction and give a detailed explanation of what The Law of Attraction is, and how you can use it to create abundance and prosperity in your life.
What Is The Law of Attraction? An Introduction
The Law of Attraction is one of the basic universal laws of creation. It states that the energy you hold attracts more of the same type of energy.
This law has been around in one form or another for thousands of years. You see represented in Eastern ideas of karma, ancient Confucian wisdom, and the Western idea of the golden rule, or that you should do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
The Law of Attraction states that the reason you should do that is because you get what you give.
If you give out negative energy, whether through anger, greed, dishonesty, or anything else, you will see that energy back to you. If, on the other hand, you are generous and loving, and believe others to be generous and loving as well, you will see that energy manifest in your day to day world.
More recently, with the publication of books like The Secret and Abraham Hicks, Ask and It Is Given, the Law of Attraction has taken on new life, pitched from the perspective of generating wealth and abundance through conscious manifestation of your reality.
How Does The Law of Attraction Work?
The idea that you can “Think and Be Rich” is extremely appealing, but many people fail to understand the core rules and reasons behind why it works.
This leads to two camps of people:
- Those who think it’s nonsense, with no logical basis, and
- Those who try to think wealth, with no supporting action.
Unfortunately, neither group is entirely correct.
The reason many people think this idea is complete nonsense is because they rightly believe that thought alone does not create material goods. While this is correct, they misunderstand the broader notion: your thought inspires the reasoning and actions in the physical world that can create exactly what those thoughts envision.
The key is to recognize that The Law of Attraction responds to the way you feel, not just the way that you think. If you think thoughts of wealth for a few minutes, and then go back to your poverty-mindset for the rest of the day, you won’t see a lot of results manifest in your life.
If, on the other hand, you turn your attention to the feeling of abundance that is already present in your life, through practices like gratitude and appreciation, then you will be able to maintain the feeling of abundance, and thus attract more abundance into your everyday experience.
This is the crux of the law of attraction in action: when you can feel the way you want to feel, irrespective of what you witness with your five senses, you will be on the path towards achieving anything that you want.
A big part of this process is to trust that the universe can and will bring you anything that you want, often in ways that the lofical mind cannot understand. When you stop trying to understand how (which often focuses on lack because you focus on the reasons why something can’t or probably won’t happen), then you open yourself to receive the manifestation in any form that it might take.
This is the key to enacting LOA in your own life.
Is The Law of Attraction Real?
Yes, the Law of Attraction is real and demonstrable. While it can’t be proved using the objective physical sciences, science does point towards the existence of the law of attraction, and the principle can be demonstrated to anyone who is receptive to it.
The reason LOA often appears not to work is because the individual does not fully understand the law. Oftentimes, someone hears about the law and then immediately tries to “think his way” into a couple of million dollars, or a state of perfect health, with no success. The reason this doesn’t work is because for that individual, the far-out desire has built up years, even decades of resistance within him, so even though he thinks a few nice thoughts, it isn’t enough to overcome his negativity on the subject, and he goes right back to where he was.
If he were to hold those positive thoughts, however, he would find that his physical circumstances would begin to change, moving him towards his desire.
The core issue is one of belief: when you believe that your thoughts create abundance and wondrous beauty at every step, that will be your experience of the world.
Top Law of Attraction PDF Books and Audio Resources
There are a number of great books and resources you might want to consider in order to learn more about The Law of Attraction.
Probably the most famous teacher on the subject is Abraham Hicks. Abraham is a spirit-guide channeled by Esther Hicks, and has a powerful message of love and abundance through the use of LOA. Here’s one of my favorite videos explaining the concept from Abraham’s point of view.
Another popular book and movie is The Secret, by Rhonda Byrnes. Personally, I am not a huge fan of this book, because the explanation is a little shallow. While it is a great overview to LOA and how thoughts create your reality, it does not really do the concept justice, and I feel like it leaves a lot of people thinking that they’re going to sit and meditate their way to success.
Finally, one of my favorite authors on spirituality, manifestation, and attraction is Dr. Wayne Dyer. Dyer is different than most law of attraction teachers because he focuses primarily on the spiritual side, advocating becoming more receptive to your spiritual nature as a means of achieving unlimited abundance in your life.
This is a refreshing break from the “get rich quick” approach taken by other authors (like Rhonda Byrne and The Secret). To me, Dyer’s works feel more authentic, inspiring, and powerful, because they offer clear, actionable steps you can take to improve your personal energy and begin using the law of attraction from a more authentic place of centeredness, integrity, and well-being.