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This is the Law of Attraction: Focus on positive things and they will be attracted to you. Rediscovered in the The Secret movie this is the common definition but does Positive Thinking work in this way? We desire and we attract? In my humble opinion definitely not.
Common definition of the Law of Attraction
First of all let me give some credit to the ones who really deserve it. What is now called the Law of Attraction, or the Secret, or whatever you like to call it, derives almost in its entirety from a group of writers from the so called New Thought Movement, dating back to 1800 to the first part of 1900. People like James Allen, Charles F. Haanel, Wallace Wattles, and many others. Wikipedia has a quite long list of them. And don't forget the enormous influence Napoleon Hill had on Positive Thinking with "Think and Grow Rich"still sold worldwide. Really, there are no secrets about the Law of Attraction.
For the sake of truth almost all of their writings are public domain so you don't even need to spend a penny to read about them and their thoughts. A lot of their writing are at the Project Gutenberg website but if you are like me it's better to spend a little money to buy some very good books.
The Law of Attraction states that if you keep thinking positive and focus on what you want then sooner or later, usually sooner, your wish are satisfied as the universe is there to answer your desires.
That is, putting it very simply, "Like attracts Like". Or, as Wikipedia explains "If you really want something and truly believe it's possible, you'll get it".
Sorry but it can't be this way, The Secret movie doesn't explain it correctly. Is there anyone who can honestly think that a mother from Africa who is looking at his child dying because there is no food doesn't wish enough? That her desire for food is not strong enough? Or that a girl who is chased by a rapist doesn't wish strongly enough to be saved? Or that people in war zones doesn't desire strongly enough to live in peace? Or is it because bad people wish better? Or stronger?
Does Positive Thinking work only for some people?
If there is a rule than it must work all the times. Otherwise is not a rule, but a chance.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't believe at all that we "attract" everything that happens to us. I don't believe The Secret movie tells how things really work and the Law of Attraction most of the times isn't correct. Because if this would be true than it means that a mother who loose a child has deserved it? And the child too? There are criminals who die old in their bed without having had a problem at all and there are good people who die young. Is this all attracted? Are these the gifts of the Law of Attraction? Or of Positive Thinking? Not really.
Why things happen and the real Law of Attraction
It is true that most of the times if you smile at life then life will smile back at you; and that if you sow winds then you sooner or later, reap whirlwinds. And it is definitely true that if you try to remain positive as much as possible your life will surely be better.
But this has nothing to do with the Law of Attraction, much more with Positive Thinking.
While some things happens because there are reasons for them (for example in Africa there are many people dying from wars or starvation but there are a lot who make an enormous amount of money from this situation), some others happen by chance. There isn't a clear cause-effect relationship. But it's not yours the responsibility for all of them.
The Secret movie is simply, wrong.
If someone throws a punch at you it can be that you did something to receive it, it can be that you walked in the wrong part of the city, but it can also be that you have been unlucky and just met a crazy man or a criminal.
If someone in your family dies it doesn't mean that you, him or someone else attracted disease and/or death. There isn't always an explanation or a reason for everything. Some things happens because they happens. What instead is always in your power to do is how to react to those things and how you look at them, Positive Thinking or not.
How the Law of Attraction really works.
It is not that focusing on desires you attract them in your life. What happens is that wishing strongly something you begin to change your focus and your attention becoming more aware of opportunities to achieve what you want.
Let's say that you would like a new car, whatever your preferred model is. The more you think of it the more you see it on the road, on commercials, on newspaper ads and suddenly you find it for a price you can afford. Is it you who attracted your new car? No, you have become more aware about it and looking differently at things found an occasion to buy it that you can afford. It's simply a matter of awareness.
As much as bad things can happens by chance, the same is true also for good things. We can't be always unlucky or always lucky and if someone feels either one of this he's always right. Because as James Allen said in his wonderful greatest book, "As a man thinketh in his heart so he will be". That's the real Law of Attraction.
So Positive Thinking actually helps in bringing, or being aware of, positivity in your life but it really depends on how you look at things.
The Law of Attraction is another way for focusing our inner powers to have greater chances to achieve what we want in our life. That is: focusing on our desired goals we can "attract ourselves" to them, increasing our chances to achieve the desired results. So, forget The Secret movie.
If you want to reach the North Pole having a compass which shows you the right path it is you who is moving; the North Pole remains where it is. You can reach it because your (inner) compass is attracted by it.
Positive thinking brings positivity in your life not really because it's like a magnet but because it makes you aware that there are positive things in your life.
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