“Law of Attraction” Is Good?

I continue to be amazed that the term “Law Of Attraction” has become the catch-cry of the first decade of this new millenium.

A movie like “The Secret” fits a certain era.

I think LoA’s preeminence could only come about from long periods of strong economic growth, just like we have had over the past couple of decades or generations.

A similar boomtime happened in the 1980’s. The signature movie then was “Wall Street”.

It is a very different movie, but it too has a catchy phrase that summed up the era. It was from the movies’ main protagonist, Gordon Gekko.

His actual speech was…

“The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed—for lack of a better word—is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms—greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge—has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed—you mark my words—will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. ”

Otherwise known as, “Greed Is Good”.

I think “Law of Attraction” is a eerily similar catch-cry, even though it is supposedly totally opposite.

The bottom line is that in a decade from now it is my bet that people will cringe whenever LoA is mentioned. That is except for those of us who are already cringing at it.

-Dr Martin W. Russell

18 thoughts on ““Law of Attraction” Is Good?”

  1. I don’t think you’ve said it clearly or strongly enough Martin.

    I fully practice the principle of attraction as embodied in “believing is seeing” — what you focus on is what you are most likely to notice.

    I do however take offense when it gets upgraded to cause-and-effect law, mixed with “quantum” gibberish being passed off as science, and pushed to the masses in order to market the products and seminars of the gurus.

    Let the 98% sit and think about what the universe owes them. I’ll go do things to bring me closer to my goals and we’ll see who gets where.

  2. The LOA exists, like gravity, whether we like it or not, or rather we believe it or not. Step off the roof, you are going down, Period. End of story. The true problem here is that the Law of Reciprocation (giving back) is never mentioned. Bunch of greedy bastards if you expected something for nothing. If you are not giving anything, expect all you want, it doesn’t want you. If you don’t help others get what they want, you aren’t getting yours. Help people get where they want to go, they will get you where you want to go by buying your product. That’s how it works. Gravity may always be there, but know the rules and use some simple common sense and you’ll still fly.

  3. The real problem with the law of attraction is that, drawn to it’s logical conclusion, the it’s a refugee’s fault that they are poor. What about a child born into poverty? That that newborn attract poverty? Too many holes in the “law” of attraction. It’s a convenient “law” for Americans and other affluent nations. Maybe we should get out of our own country once in a while.

  4. There seems to be a cult following of “The Secret” which kind of worries me. Personally , I think the brilliant part of it was marketing LOA as “The Secret” – now that was a million dollar idea. All that said, there is a lot of good in the message of LOA, and I don’t think the idea should be tainted by the way some people cling to it. Oh, I’m not sure I would consider it a “Law” though like gravity.

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  7. I have to say that for me, the Law of Attraction works, but I do combine it with a number of other mind power systems. I think people dismiss LOA because they read an article or two, try a few experiemnts and then give up in disgust when the new Mercedes does not arrive in a few days. Most people would benefit from many of the mind power products available, but people just read information and fail to act upon this information. Great debate though.

  8. beliefs…. filters…. perceptions… experiences… truth…. all relative to the individual.

    Call it what you like, what you may, generalize, categorize, label and contain, and it’s all fine. Depending on your interpretation, it may speak just to you, or it may speak to the masses, but somewhere, there is going to be some speaking, and those who want it in this form, will get it, and those who don’t won’t.

    Either way, All is Well, so eloquently spoken by Abraham-Hicks.



  9. I believe the LoA fever is a rebound from the “Truth is Ugly” fervour the world media seems to be selling these days. Violence in the US has been dropping for 10 years and the papers and TV news always has more ugliness for us. This is not a 90s thing, but an Industrial Revolution thing. I believe this is a multi-generational worldview that started around the time of DeCartes and is resisted at intervals.

    LoA seems to work in the same way that, when you have a broken leg, you notice that every other person you meet also has a broken leg. It is about what you are focusing on, Truth and reality are so complicated that nobody can “get it” in its entirety. Focus is a habit, so the courses in LoA can help people develop the habit of looking for the path to their goals, through the semantic noise we interpret as “reality.” What is wrong with that, specifically?
    I think also the LoA is concerned with individual practice of taking responsibility for where one is right now. Similar to how overcoming addiction probably requires acceptance of the idea that the addicted person had something to do with their situation. There is no personal power in saying it is a “genetic predisposition” or one was abused as a child. The only path to achieving anythin is to singlemindedly assume responsibility for all outcomes. Nobody who has really achieved their goals believes it was accidental, or “genetic predisposition.” It always seems that a true success story is one where the person overcame the obstacles somehow. It does not follow from this, specifically that starving children in Indonesia chose their set of obstacles in some metaphysical way. This is not about accepting guilt or setting blame, but about personal resolve to achieve something.

    Seems like lots of people are so beaten down by the happenstances of their upbringing that they are not able to see any options at all. The LoA is a way to talk about there being options. Just because they are not in the choices that we have received from our cultural setting does not mean there are none. All innovation is the result of individuals fighting the apparent set of choices and bringing in a new one.

    The innovations that stick and become “the new paradigm” are always obvious after the fact. Maybe the LoA will be one of those obvious things, and maybe it won’t. It has existed, essentially as is, in the Unity Movement (and others) since the late 1800s. LoA is not a very new thing at all.

  10. The Law of Attraction is based on the solipsist concept that we create our own reality. It’s just been hijacked by the marketing world as a means of selling “get-rich-quick mindsets”.

    Mohammed Latiff is well worth reading if only for the entertainment value. He talks about manifesting a “swimming pool full of money”.

    Presumably he has a bank account full of water?

  11. Wolf Halton says:

    LoA seems to be a model that gets some people motivated. Puritan Work Ethic is another model. There is a bit of funny business going on with the definitions of words. We may not agree with the way that some marketers have jumped on the LoA, Ron, however it is just vague enough to be pulled in. LoA isn’t about “do nothing and bathtubs full of money materialize out of thin air.” If you tighten the definitions enough to have it mean anything at all, it seems to describe how sufficient motivation makes even hard grueling work seem easy.

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