The Law of Attraction has received a great deal of media attention in recent years. Thanks to the movie The Secret and the subsequent explosion of television, print media and internet coverage, nearly everyone in Western society has heard the phrase “Law of Attraction”. Most people, however, have picked up snippets and incomplete information here and there and don’t really have a solid understanding of how the law works.
This has led to a widespread misunderstanding of how the Law of Attraction really works, or whether or not it even works at all. A lot of people feel a deep resonance when they are told that they create their own reality. They recognize a truth in this idea. However, they often quickly become frustrated when they’re exposed to incomplete information and myths, and can’t seem to make it work. They “know” that there’s something to this, they can feel it; but they just don’t know how to use it yet.
This article aims to debunk the seven biggest myths currently circulating about the Law of Attraction and bring some clarity to the subject.
Myth #1: The Law of Attraction is magic
The Myth: “Law of Attraction advocates will tell you that all you have to do is think positively and the stuff you want will just come to you. Obviously this is wrong, since things like money, cars and houses don’t just appear out of thin air.”
The Myth Debunked: No one with a true understanding of the Law of Attraction has ever claimed that if you just think a positive thought, a house with a million dollars on the kitchen table and a Ferrari in the driveway will just drop out of the sky right in front of you. This is usually a quote used by people trying to claim that the Law of Attraction is a scam. But the quote isn’t true. That isn’t how the Law of Attraction works at all.
The Law of Attraction doesn’t just literally drop stuff in your lap. It brings you meetings with just the right people at the right time, brilliant ideas and coincidences. It’s your job to pay attention to those ideas, follow your hunches and recognize the coincidences.
For example, you’d like to manifest a house. The Law of Attraction gives you an insight to drive through a certain neighborhood that you don’t normally drive through. You see a house with a For Sale sign in the yard. The house looks perfect, except you’re pretty sure it’s completely out of your price range. You decide to stop and knock on the door anyway. It turns out the owners are a lovely couple who are moving to Australia in a month. You and they really hit it off and they decide law of attraction to offer you rent to own terms that you can afford. They really want you to live there. So, you get the perfect house at a price you’re able to pay, under circumstances that you never could’ve predicted. Did it drop right into your lap? Well, not literally, no. But if you paid attention and followed the insights and impulses the Universe was delivering to you, it could’ve seemed almost as easy as if it had. THIS is how the Law of Attraction brings you things. It finds whatever you’re looking for that is also looking for you and brings you together through a series of perfect events, insights and hunches.
Myth #2 – All you have to do is visualize
The Myth: “The Law of Attraction is just about visualization. That’s why they tell you to create vision boards and the like. You’re supposed to stare at the things you want and they will just come to you (see Myth #1)”
The Myth Debunked: This one is partially true. Visualization can be a valuable tool you use to train yourself to create what you want. It isn’t the visualization that creates, though. You create through the vibration that you offer. The vibration you offer is determined by the thoughts you habitually think (beliefs). Visualization can help you to retrain your thoughts, but there’s much more to it than that. If you visualize a beautiful car, but have the belief that you’ll never get a car like that, you can visualize all day, every day, and that car’s not going to show up. How do you know if you harbor a conflicting belief? You can tell by the way you feel when you visualize. If it feels really, really good to visualize the car, and the entire visualization is positive, you’re doing well. If, however, it feels a bit off and your visualization takes a bit of a negative turn, you’ve just uncovered some negative beliefs.
For example, you wonder how you’ll afford the payments, which would point to a belief that states “I can’t afford a new car”; or you might hope your kids don’t mess up the beautiful new seats, which could point to a belief that you can’t have nice things and they always get ruined, so, why bother anyway…
Visualization is a valuable tool in manifestation, but it isn’t the creation process itself.