What is the Law of Attraction (LoA)?
The LoA was formalized by the School of New Thought; however, there is evidence that it has been around for many years before that. In brief, the LoA states that things that are alike will attract each other. That is, if I think positively and I concentrate on positive outcomes, then my thoughts will actually attract those positive outcomes into my life.
Now, at first, you might think this sounds magical. You might scoff at the idea of “attracting ideas” into your life through positive thoughts alone. However, in truth, this has a very practical meaning. And, in fact, the LoA recommends very specific ways in which you can change your life through actions, rather than just thoughts.
How so, you might ask? It’s simple. By transforming your mindset to focus on what you want, rather than what you don’t have, you will come to view the world in a different way. Each thought you have will bring you closer to your goal, rather than bringing you down and focusing you on what you might never have.
In short, using the LoA keep you focused on ways to improve your life, rather than roadblocks that may simply be perceived, rather than true. And that brings us to our next question.
In 1877, the term ‘Law of Attraction’ appeared in print for the first time in a book written by the Russian occultist Helena Blavatsky, in a context alluding to an attractive power existing between elements of spirit. (Her book Isis Unveiled discusses esoteric mysteries of ancient theosophy.)
But the one who really first articulated the Law as general principle was Prentice Mulford. Mulford, a pivotal figure in the development of New Thought thinking, discusses the Law of Attraction at length in, for example, his essay “The Law of Success”, published 1886-1887. In this, Mulford was followed by other New Thought authors, such as Henry Wood (starting with his God’s Image in Man, 1892), and Ralph Waldo Trine (starting with his first book, What All the World’s A-Seeking, 1896). For these authors, the Law of Attraction is concerned not only about health but every aspect of life.
The 20th century saw a surge in interest in the subject with many books being written about it, amongst which are two of the best-selling books of all time; Think and Grow Rich (1937) by Napoleon Hill, The Power of Positive Thinking (1952) by Norman Vincent Peale, and You Can Heal Your Life (1984) by Louise Hay.
Even if the New Age movement adopted many New Thought ideas, including that of the Law of Attraction, the Law of Attraction remains a new thought philosophical concept.
In 2006, the concept of the Law of Attraction gained a lot of renewed exposure with the release of the film The Secret (2006) which was then developed into a book of the same title in 2007. The movie and book gained widespread media coverage. Rhonda Byrne’s book also has influenced the creation of an untitled fiction film based on The Secret, starring Katie Holmes. This was followed by a sequel, The Power in 2010 that talks about the law of attraction being the law of love. Source: wikipedia.org
Why Do So Many People Believe It Is True?
As I said, the LoA actually has many practical implications for your life. It directs you to do very specific things you if want to change the course of your life. And this is precisely why many people believe it is true: Not only does it confirm what they have always believed to be true, but after they put it into practice, they see the positive results that it has; and these results transform their lives.
Indeed, it is the tangible, palpable progress that people experience once they have adopted the LoA that makes them strong proponents; and that encourages them to spread the word to others.
How Can You Use the LoA to Your Benefit?
The Law of Attraction has many uses. It can be used to achieve goals. It can be used to improve your financial situation. It can be used to get a promotion at work. And it can be used to improve your interpersonal relationships.
Indeed, the LoA is very powerful and useful. It can transform a person who is struggling with his career and who feels as if he can never experience success into a self-confident individual who is ready to accomplish his goals; and will not let anything step in his way.