The law of attraction is an ongoing debate fueled by new age thinkers. The law of attraction states that we become what we think of most of the time. The law purports that our thoughts indirectly channel our mental energy into actions that get us where we need to be at the right time to get what we want most. This can be phrased in many ways such as ‘we are what we think’ or ‘the mind actualizes what we want most’.
History of the law of attraction
The law of attraction has been a continuous topic of discussion among philosophers, religious leaders and creative thinkers for quite some time now. Long before most of us got to hear about it, the law was already being conceptualized by some.
In the early 20th century several writers published writings that explained the law of attraction. These include ‘Thought vibration or the law of attraction in the thought world’ by William Atkinson in 1906, ‘A treatise on the mechanism of prayer and the operation of the law of attraction in nature’ Israel Regardie in 1937 and ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill in the same year. Abraham Hicks also published several books on the same and his wife Esther Hicks has written more publications on the same. This is just a small fraction of the total volume of writings on this subject.
Recent discussion on the law of attraction
In the 21st century, there has been a lot of thought on the subject. The documentary ‘The Secret’ in 2006 sparked a lot of discussion into the subject leading to more publications and numerous talks on TV. To date, there are those who claim to have practiced it and gotten results, others who claim it doesn’t work for them and others who despise the entire concept.
A deeper look at the law of attraction
The law of attraction states that ‘likes attract’. When applied to human beings, the same law is contextualized to thoughts. This means that our thoughts attract like-results. The concept is further explained that our thoughts and our ability to think is far greater than man has ever imagined. It’s common scientific knowledge that man only uses a fraction of his brain power.
The law of attraction explains that when we dedicate a lot of time and mental energy to think about specific things, the energy around us works to deliver us those specific results which we seek. For example, if one dedicates his or her mental energy to getting a new car, these actions will lead to a set of events that will lead to just that. This does not mean thinking about something hard for a few minutes and then expecting it to appear out of nowhere.
The thought process has to be genuine, continuous and specific on the end results. If you desire to have a house, you must be clear about that goal. You must envision your house and be able to explain its features. You must know where that house will be located, what it looks like and what features it has.
In a way, the law of attraction is intertwined with the principle of focusing on our goals. This is a principle that has been repeated over and over in motivational books and talks. For us to achieve our objectives we must focus deeply on that which we want to achieve, By doing so, we eliminate distractions and clear a mental pathway for all our mental energy. Physical energy follows suit through our actions and before we know it, we are actualizing our desired goals.