Do you contend that THE LAW OF ATTRACTION and POSITIVE THINKING phenomena are
pure naivete, wishing thinking, and full of nonsense in terms of bouncing back from adversity when in reality, adverse and difficult situations NEVER get better at all?
I just got back from a 3 week service trip to Guatemala. I spent the time working with a doctor in a government run clinic in a very poor area. The doctor was always stating things like she never used gloves because they couldn't afford them and that she wished they received more donations. Towards the end of my time there, we were helping them get ready for an audit, and found a shed full of donations that weren't being used. Equipment wasn't being used because they didn't want to spend the money they had on batteries, etc. While I'm not discounting that they had a problem and that they needed more help than they were receiving, there was an attitude of poverty that kept them living in conditions that were worse than the actual poverty was demanding. So, while thinking that everything is magically all better, won't make things magically all better, how we view the world really does have an effect on our world.
Whether it's pure wishful thinking I won't go into here. What I will say is that situations are always changing. Nothing ever stays exactly the same. But even more important, what can be changed is the way we interpret our life to be at this time - this 'Now' Time.
Most people dwell in their minds, thinking of the past, thinking of the future, then using a positive or negative attitude to determine how they feel now. What is wrong with the absolute moment - this moment - is the important thing. Is there anything wrong with it?
What is wrong now? Can I accept it? (this moment, not the imaginings of a future which might never happen) What can I do about it? Can I side step it? Go around it? Ignore it? Deal with it as best I can NOW.
In that figure of the man resting on elbows on table hands on head is a depiction of body-language. If this were real, and the man sat up straight, the body would affect the mind. The improvement in mental state would change. Whether his outside situation would change is not the point here. Content or discontent lies WITHIN. Look after the within.
I believe that the mainstream products that highlight these are over simplified yes and they can lead people astray. Positive mindset is not a fallacy however, and it is necessary to get and maintain focus as one works towards their goals. There is a lot of misinformation out there on these subjects. I even did a hub about why positive affirmations don't work and how to fix it, because I see people trip up using these tools the wrong way all the time.
I've used "law of attraction" and other universal principles long before they were a catchy buzzword. It was a process of metamorphosis in life, ridding myself of old programing, restructuring my entire thought process etc. It's not as simple as just a vision board or pretty flowery words. That's where I get aggravated with the mainstream "Secret" and it's ilk. It's not a freaking secret, it's been in existence for ages, and it's difficult.
If you use any tool incorrectly, you aren't going to get the desired results, will give up in frustration or keep doing what doesn't work. Learning to use Universal Laws, positive thinking and intention correctly is a skill that requires patience and practice - and not everyone is willing to devote their time to it.
The "law of attraction" does not replace the "law of action".
It's been said: "Faith without deeds is death"
I can't tell you how many times I've heard women proclaim they are waiting on God to send them a man.
Even a lottery winner has to buy a ticket!
Unfortunately too many people think all they have to do is visualize and repeat affirmations to themselves; and then wait for the miracle!
It goes without saying everything we own is something we thought about acquiring (first). However there were some "steps" we took to make it ours. A lot of folks never trust their gut instincts.
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