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Old 07-06-2009, 09:49 PM
 
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The phrase Law of Attraction, although used widely by New Thought writers, has a variety of definitions. Turn-of-the-20th-century references conceptualized the law of attraction as relating to physical structure and to how matter develops. A more modern consensus among New Thought thinkers is that the Law of Attraction says people's thoughts (both conscious and unconscious) dictate the reality of their lives, whether or not they're aware of it. Essentially "if you really want something and truly believe it's possible, you'll get it", but putting a lot of attention and thought onto something you don't want means you'll probably get that too.

Widespread popular interest for the law of attraction reached its peak after the release of the The Secret, a 2006 cinematic release. After the film's release, the book Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham by Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks made the New York Times Best Sellers list, drawing more attention and interest to this topic. Prior to this, the couple had been in the New Age field since the 1980s.

In 2007 Rhonda Byrne, the writer of the bestselling book The Secret, had become so popular that she was interviewed on Oprah Winfrey. By the time Byrne went on Oprah the book had already gotten its break on the Ellen DeGeneres show and was "hugely successful". Oprah aired the first of two segments on February 8, 2007.

Since many of the claims of the law of attraction appear impossible without violating established scientific principles and our understanding of the universe, it has received criticism from the scientific community. Physicist Ali Alousi, for instance, criticized it as unmeasurable (and therefore unscientific) as well as questioning the likelihood that thoughts can affect anything outside the head . The Associated Press is also quoted as saying that "some medical professionals suggest it could even lead to a blame-the-victim mentality and actually be dangerous to those suffering from serious illness or mental disorders".
[URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_Attraction"]Law of Attraction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/URL]

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Old 07-07-2009, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Huh?

I was thinking of hitting the big red SPAM button but thought I might let some of my fellow CD members have a chance to get a good laugh first.
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:24 PM
 
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Haven;t such drbble since the 60's.
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Fresno, CA
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I don't completely understand the Law of Attraction. But from what I gathered when The Secret was making the rounds, one must completely believe in whatever ones desire is and live as if it will happen.

If that were true, every person with a grandiose delusion would have their delusion fulfilled. (They believe very strongly and live their belief.) Conversely, if one's dream/desire isn't fulfilled, it would be simple to say you didn't believe strongly enough.

Alot of the folks that talk about their success as a result of practicing The Secret or the Law of Attraction have in actuality achieved their desires from some combination of :
  • Internal drive
  • External action toward a goal
  • Good contacts/support
  • Good luck/good fortune/good timing
  • Some aptitude/ability
  • Belief in ones self

It seems this philosophy holds that strongly believing and living ones desire will create/line up the good luck/good timing and good contacts. But many people happen onto these things serendipitously without a strong belief in themselves. Sometimes it's the confluence of these things that create the goal rather than vice versa.

A person can live their whole life believing that they will achieve something and living as if it's going to happen, but if they don't have some aptitude/ability and make some external effort toward achieving the desire, it's unlikely to happen by belief alone.

Being driven, able and/or fortunate seem much stronger elements of success than just belief.
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:45 AM
 
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I don't completely understand the Law of Attraction. But from what I gathered when The Secret was making the rounds, one must completely believe in whatever ones desire is and live as if it will happen.

If that were true, every person with a grandiose delusion would have their delusion fulfilled. (They believe very strongly and live their belief.) Conversely, if one's dream/desire isn't fulfilled, it would be simple to say you didn't believe strongly enough.


Alot of the folks that talk about their success as a result of practicing The Secret or the Law of Attraction have in actuality achieved their desires from some combination of :
  • Internal drive
  • External action toward a goal
  • Good contacts/support
  • Good luck/good fortune/good timing
  • Some aptitude/ability
  • Belief in ones self
It seems this philosophy holds that strongly believing and living ones desire will create/line up the good luck/good timing and good contacts. But many people happen onto these things serendipitously without a strong belief in themselves. Sometimes it's the confluence of these things that create the goal rather than vice versa.

A person can live their whole life believing that they will achieve something and living as if it's going to happen, but if they don't have some aptitude/ability and make some external effort toward achieving the desire, it's unlikely to happen by belief alone.

Being driven, able and/or fortunate seem much stronger elements of success than just belief.
Yeah, I agree. Belief is an important, even essential, first step. But you still have to take action.
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:57 AM
 
Location: East Northport
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Yeah, I agree. Belief is an important, even essential, first step. But you still have to take action.
"Affirmation without Action is the Begining of Delusion."

- Jim Rohn
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Old 07-27-2009, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Another Descarte rip-off.

"I think, therefore I am."

It is indeed the Discourse on the Method - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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