Do you believe in the law of attraction ?

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  1. ShawnRBlackmore profile image58
    ShawnRBlackmoreposted 12 years ago

    I recently came across The Secret written by Rhonda Byrne. After viewing the hour and a half documentary it made a lot of sense to me. What are your thoughts on the law of attraction ?

    1. A Troubled Man profile image57
      A Troubled Manposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Pure bunkum.

    2. couturepopcafe profile image61
      couturepopcafeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I listened to the CD almost everyday for more than a year. It works. The trick (which is not really a trick) is replacing words and thoughts with the correct words and thought.

      Example: People always treat me badly.
      Don't say: "I don't want people to treat me badly" because that's still a negative. Instead say " people always treat me well, or with respect"

      If you're looking for a $million idea, you have to be willing to get out of your own way. That's where people might go wrong. They want something and may be taking the right steps but fail to remove the obstacles at the same time, they don't want to let go of the old. Like the antelope in Yellowstone Park. In the winter they hover near the warmth of the geiser and never venture out for food so they starve to death. Just outside the perimeter of the geiser, where the ground is temperate before the frost line, there is grass but they never know it because they don't venture out. Sounds simplistic? It is.

      1. Nouveau Skeptic profile image61
        Nouveau Skepticposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Also, some people will not treat you with respect whether you expect them to or not.  Positive thinking will not solve all problems.

        1. couturepopcafe profile image61
          couturepopcafeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Yes, dear, it will.

    3. pedrog profile image60
      pedrogposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Well, i've reed the book and watched the movie, in a nutshell: a bunch of new age bullshit!

      I guess the starving children in Africa don't think in food enough so it magically manifests in their life, poor people don't think in money enough so it magically manifests in their lives, sick people don't think enough in being healthy so they continue sick...

      Here is how you may "see" the law of attraction working, you only count the hits and discard the misses, you "wish" for things that you are really working for coming true and if you work hard and smart it will happen, but it requires an action from you, this is no law of attraction, it is called work!!!

      A simple way for you to verify the law of attraction, ask the Universe for a cup of coffee, go to the next Starbucks, order a coffee, et voila, the Universe as provided you with what you wished for...

      And some more:

      "Skeptical Inquirer magazine criticized the lack of falsifiability and testability of these claims.[13] Critics have asserted that the evidence provided is usually anecdotal and that, because of the self-selecting nature of the positive reports, as well as the subjective nature of any results, these reports are susceptible to confirmation bias and selection bias.[14] Physicist Ali Alousi, for instance, criticized it as unmeasurable and questioned the likelihood that thoughts can affect anything outside the head even though the actions of most people are the direct result of their thoughts and EEG scans record electrical signals that are powerful enough to reach the scalp and beyond.[1][15]
      The Law of Attraction has been popularized in recent years by books and films such as The Secret. This film and the subsequent book[16] use interviews with New Thought authors and speakers to explain the principles of an alleged metaphysical law that one can attract anything that one thinks about consistently. Writing for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, Mary Carmichael and Ben Radford wrote that "neither the film nor the book has any basis in scientific reality", and that its premise contains "an ugly flipside: if you have an accident or disease, it's your fault." They asked, "If an airplane crashes, does that mean that one or more of the passengers brought that on himself? Do soldiers killed in Iraq simply not think enough positive thoughts?"[13]
      Others have questioned the references to modern scientific theory, and have maintained, for example, that the law of attraction misrepresents the electrical activity of brainwaves.[17] Victor Stenger and Leon Lederman are critical of attempts to use quantum mysticism to bridge any unexplained or seemingly implausible effects, believing these to be traits of modern pseudoscience.[18][19][20] Writing in the New York Times, Virginia Heffernan characterised The Secret as "a series of misquotations ... and fraudulent maxims" that nonetheless "takes [her] to a happy place."[13]"

      1. couturepopcafe profile image61
        couturepopcafeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        It's always the same argument. People are starving. It's a bit too complex then for you.

        1. pedrog profile image60
          pedrogposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Oh really? Why don't you ask the universe for world peace, the end of starvation and for the appearance of another star in our solar system (i like the sky in Tattoine), i will be extremely grateful.

          1. couturepopcafe profile image61
            couturepopcafeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            I can't ask anything for anyone else.

            1. pedrog profile image60
              pedrogposted 12 years agoin reply to this

              Yes, i forgot how self-centered and egocentric this thing is.

              It also falls under the anthropocentric ones like most religions, it is the greatest human psychosis, thinking that somehow we are special in the universe...

    4. Marisa Wright profile image86
      Marisa Wrightposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      The idea behind The Secret is a very old one - but with one important difference.

      The Secret's version of the idea is:

      "Ask - Believe - Receive"

      The original was:

      "Ask - Believe - Achieve - Receive

      Having a positive attitude does help you become successful, but it won't work unless you get off your a$$ and DO something to help yourself.  The Secret cleverly appeals to our laziness by leaving out the hard bit, and claiming you don't have to do anything but sit back and daydream.

      Then when it doesn't work, they just say, "you didn't believe enough".

      1. Anamika S profile image67
        Anamika Sposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I agree 100%. It works!

    5. Robie Benve profile image95
      Robie Benveposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Absolutely. That's why I am going to make $80,000 this year. I yet don't know how, but somehow it will happen. smile

  2. knolyourself profile image59
    knolyourselfposted 12 years ago

    Most people I have known like people like themselves. Personally I have always liked people unlike myself,
    which made it difficult for my friends to get along.
    What do I want to talk to myself for?

  3. ShawnRBlackmore profile image58
    ShawnRBlackmoreposted 12 years ago

    The law of attraction depicted in the documentary is if we have a negative feeling or dwell on negativity then we draw negativity into our life, or other words bad luck. If you have a positive out look and maintain a positive chain of thought then we draw a positive energy to surround us fulfilling dreams and an abundance of good luck.

    1. Nouveau Skeptic profile image61
      Nouveau Skepticposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      As depicted in that film: no. Sometime the most lovely, positive people have really bad shit happen to them. The world can be very arbitrary.

      1. couturepopcafe profile image61
        couturepopcafeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        No. There is nothing arbitrary about the universe.

    2. Dawn Conklin profile image69
      Dawn Conklinposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I have not seen the film but totally agree with positive things come to people who remain positive.  I have had my own experience with this.  I always try to make the best of the day and life, things often work out for me.  I don't let the negative people get me down anymore.  I have let negativity get the best of me in the past and when it did, I really didn't accomplish much and felt like there was always something that was making me fail (in life, business and anything.) 
      Your attitude and how you view things in life (and people) definitely makes your life a success! That and it all around makes you happier too.

  4. knolyourself profile image59
    knolyourselfposted 12 years ago

    "have a negative feeling or dwell on negativity then we draw negativity into our life"... and vice versa. Absolutely agree. People who feel they are prejudiced against have a tendency to interpret others words and actions as prejudiced. People who want to make money interpret everything in terms of how can it profit them. People can feel one's feeling from a ways off.

    1. couturepopcafe profile image61
      couturepopcafeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Exactly. It may be all in the interpretation. Allowing negativity in will breed more of the same. Breaking a pencil point sends some people into a spiral while others just get up and get another pencil.

      Allowing manifestations into our lives is a matter of focusing on what it is you want. Sometimes it's impossible to see how to get from point A to point B, right? But if we continue to move in what we know is the right direction, doors will open where there were previously none.

  5. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 12 years ago

    It's like a form of self hypnosis and sending telepathic thoughts onto other..roll

  6. pstraubie48 profile image81
    pstraubie48posted 12 years ago

    Absolutely. You attract what you emanate. If
    you surround yourself with positive energy, positive individuals, you will reap positive results. It is a mind set. Thinking about how you will be successful leads you down the road to success. Then of course you take action and put forth the effort to make it happen.
    You attract the people to you that you need in order to become successful when you equip yourself with a mindset that focuses on success rather than failure.
    When faced with health issues if you surround yourself with positive energy you will survive far longer than if you give up and give in.I have two family members that are living proof of that.

  7. ALUR profile image60
    ALURposted 12 years ago

    Words are indeed powerful. It's hard however unless you believe in the aspiration to achieve it. The "Secret" is one of many attempts to get people to attract good into their lives. I think it has to be more than a surface request as many claim.

    I have yet to see the millions. LOL but I am progressing along and finally attracting people in my private circle filled only with love and light.


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