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Is the Law of Attraction a Hoax?

Updated on May 23, 2014
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JohnMello is a writer, composer, musician and the author of books for children and adults.

Can the Law of Attraction make your dreams come true?
Can the Law of Attraction make your dreams come true? | Source

The Law of Attraction claims to be able to turn all your dreams into realities. If that’s true, why doesn’t everybody have everything they want? Or is that merely oversimplifying the whole issue?

Here’s a line from a song in Disney’s 1940 movie Pinocchio:

  • When you wish upon a star your dreams come true.

It’s a great animated film adding a new dimension to a classic tale, but it is, of course, first and foremost a movie for kids. Once you hit adulthood you put away those childish things. You wise up to the world and have to start dealing with reality, with the facts you know to be true and certain.

For example, you know that unless somebody leaves you a fortune in their will, you’re probably going to have to work hard just to get by. You know that no one is going to provide you with a fantastic job, a new car, or the house of your dreams, just because you’re a decent, stand-up sort of person. You know that it’s entirely possible for you to win the lottery, but the odds are heavily stacked against it.

According to the Law of Attraction, you can "attract" whatever you want into your life
According to the Law of Attraction, you can "attract" whatever you want into your life | Source

Improve Your Life with the Law of Attraction

Knowing all of this, the big question is: if it isn’t possible to make significant improvements in your life, why is there so much fuss and hullabaloo about the Law of Attraction?

Some people will tell you that there must be something in it, otherwise why would there be so many books, CDs and movies made about the subject? Can we honestly believe that it’s possible to get in touch with the energy of the cosmos and interact with it to make things happen in our lives? Or is the truth more fundamental than that – and are we simply too cynical to give the idea the head space it deserves?

So now it’s time to take sides. Does the Law of Attraction work or doesn’t it? Apparently, it does. But you’ve got to be dedicated, motivated, and totally single-minded in pursuit of whatever it is you’re looking for. If you can do that, it seems, all your wishes really can come true.

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How the Law of Attraction Works

So is this just another way of saying you get what you strive for? Is it possible that if you focus on what you want, keep it in your mind, and track it down with dogged determination, that it’s inevitable that it will come your way? Before we answer that question, let’s find out more about the Law of Attraction and its main components.

The Law of Attraction has a number of core concepts to back up its claims. The two most often quoted are as follows:

  • Like attracts like
  • Thoughts become things

If you look closely at these concepts, you’ll notice something. They’re old hat. Like has always attracted like, which is why your friends and you have so many things in common. In its application to the Law of Attraction, the phrase is meant to highlight the fact that you bring into your life the things that match your thoughts, feelings and actions. So, for example, if those thoughts, feelings and actions are always negative, then it’s likely that you’ll draw negative energy toward yourself:

  • I hate my boring stupid job
  • No one appreciates me
  • I never have enough money

Law of Attraction Summary

The Law of Attraction states that:

  • like attracts like
  • thoughts become things

To activate it in your life you need to:

  • know what you want
  • think about what you want
  • do things to bring what you want into your life

The Creative Power of the Law of Attraction

If you ask any inventor, or writer, or composer whether or not thoughts become things, it’s pretty certain they’d agree wholeheartedly that they do. We know that’s the case, because human beings have the unique ability to create entire worlds out of thin air. We can visualize anything we put our minds to, and the potential within our brains is virtually limitless. If we can think about something, in other words, then one way or another we can turn that something into a reality.

The Law of Attraction – in title at least – is a new twist on an old idea, a way to organize your thoughts and your life to help you reach more of your goals. The Law tells us that if we know what we want, and if we can focus on what we want, and if we do everything we can to bring the thing we want into our lives, we’ll get it. Maybe it’s true, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure it out. What seems to be rising out of the ashes here, so to speak, is the fact that “getting what you want” comes down to a very single-minded and unflinching mindset or attitude. If you’ve got that, the sky’s the limit.

The power of attraction makes sense on so many levels
The power of attraction makes sense on so many levels | Source
Like attracts like
Like attracts like | Source

The Law of Attraction in Everyday Life

Do you need to follow a course on the Law of Attraction in order to be able to make your dreams come true? Maybe not; but perhaps that might help to crystallize your efforts and make it easier to focus on one thing at a time. Modern living is absolutely packed with distractions, and finding time to zoom in on one specific detail, over and over, every hour of every day, takes some doing. Keeping “the thing that you want” in the forefront of your mind can be a real challenge when your boss is on your back, the kids are driving you up the wall, or you’re simply trying to juggle and cope with any number of ordinary and everyday events.

It would be nice to believe it’s not a hoax, to believe that you can get everything you ever wanted in your life, and to believe there’s an unlimited supply of universal energy just waiting to be tapped into. Maybe believing in the process is the key ingredient that elevates it from theory into reality. It might be that if you have enough faith that things will work out the way you’d hoped, then in fact they will.

For some people, the jury’s still out. They’ll argue back telling you that opposites attract, or that thinking about something won’t necessarily bring it into existence. And while their arguments can’t simply be dismissed out of hand, they tend to highlight a deeper lack of understanding about the human condition. For humans, anything is possible – which just might be the reason why so many people use the principles behind the Law of Attraction to carve out a better life for themselves.

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      JohnMello 8 months ago from England

      Thanks for your input rogermac :)

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      Roger Mac 8 months ago from Cascais - Portugal

      Hi John. Great Article!

      I am a firm believer in the Law of Attraction and that there is a whole world behind the secret that wasn't explained. The movie and book were great because they allowed people to get the big picture about what the law of attraction is about, but the part about action just wasn't enough.

      Action establishes the bridge between our inner dimensions (Mental, Spiritual and Emotional), to the outer world of results where manifestation occurs. Action is key because it completes the cycle.

      It's so unfortunate to see how people don't get this and end up doubting their ability to create, without realising that their very act of doubt is a creation in itself, creating even more reasons to doubt the Law of Attraction.

      I myself have personally known about the Law of Attraction since I first came across a book explaining this power back in 1993. Since then, I've always approached the idea with great caution and respect, trying to understand every nuance and every possible variable in which reality can be shaped by our inner dimensions (Mental, Spiritual and Emotional), and found quite a few astonishing things about humans and the connection to the Universe that could be tweaked, in order to make the Law of Attraction work all the time. And as the years went by, I started coaching groups of people on this set of principles, and in a sequence which was comprehensible and easy to follow.

      I put it all up on my website The Quantum Combination (http://thequantumcombination.com), in a program for the Law of Attraction that can be downloaded and followed by anyone, and which will answer a lot of the questions and doubts that people have when it comes to applying the law of attraction in their lives. One of the things I teach people is that so many things that are said and done in their everyday lives, and which are ingrained within them from past traumas and events, contribute to their manifestations and results that they currently obtain in life, that are actually harming them. And these are the things that make people disbelieve in the Law of Attraction, not realising that it is them creating it. Creating everything.

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      JohnMello 2 years ago from England

      Thanks A K.

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      Ajit Kumar Jha 2 years ago from Delhi

      I completely agree. Here are my views on it. https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/You_Are_W...

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      JohnMello 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Sheila Wilson for sharing your thoughts and insights.

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      Sheila Wilson 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I think that the concept of Law of Attraction is a marketable wrapping of some basic principles. However, I think it's been over-simplified in order to be as marketable as possible. People are making a great deal of money selling this concept.

      Recently, I suffered a financial loss. I'm on disability, and my monthly check was lacking due to an error. I was able to resolve the problem, but it would take weeks to get reimbursed for the money they deducted. I found myself without enough money to pay my rent. I prayed about the situation. Instead of asking God for the money I needed to pay my rent, I asked for the total amount I would need to pay a month's rent- $725. I prayed about this every day. I believed that this is a good and right thing to pray for. I studied Abraham, and how God made him prosper. About a week after I started, I got a check in the mail for $725.

      Is that "Law of Attraction"? I prefer to call it faith. I'm working towards getting off disability. I believe God will provide for me along my journey.

      One concept that has been packaged as part of the Law of Attraction is very real. I believe that someone's expectations.. or attitude.. truly affects their experience of life. It doesn't necessarily mean that someone with a negative attitude will only attract negative things. Rather, I believe that someone with a negative attitude will only perceive the negative things. Therefore, that's all they experience. Good things may come their way, but they can't enjoy them. They expect the good things will disappear or not be what it seems. They wait for the other shoe to drop. They dismiss the good and embrace the negative. I think it's much more about perception than a concrete rule of like attracting like.

      Very thoughtful hub.. voted up!

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      JohnMello 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Lady Guinevere!

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      I do believe some of it and some I do not. Most people that I have seen promoting this is that they want money. Be careful what you wish for in this instance. It is better that you wish for things and are needed and not merely wanted. Oh did I mention be careful what you wish for....

      You will get your request in different ways. Remember how many ripples that you wish has to go through before it comes back....and that may no be exactly what or how you wished for it. Be careful with your thoughts and more important with the emotions that you put behind those thoughts. I wishing you great success with this article and you have a wonderful and productive...and lest we not forget...fun day.