Having just read “The Secret of The Secret” by Karen Kelly (see Who We’re Lovin’) my belief in the Law of Attraction is wavering. I think there is some truth in it, but I don’t think it’s as simple as the book and the film make out. I also think it has more to do with your general attitude and your brain, than waves transmitted into the universe by our thoughts. In the Kelly book, Alan Sokal says that quantum physicists often talk metaphorically because the content of their subject is generally beyond the regular non-quantum-educated persons understanding. He explained that during the movie he used a metaphor to explain how thoughts work, but that what he had said in the film was not technically true to quantum science.
It seems that a lot of people in the world of self development have used these metaphors to explain how people can change their lives by expecting to receive the things that they want. In NLP, we use the term “Acting as if” this means that you think in your mind and feel in your body, how you would be thinking and feeling if you already had the things that you wanted- e.g. having more money in the bank (and in NLP you would be specific about how much you wanted as more money could mean that you find an extra 10p.)
This acting as if is useful to do for a number of reasons:
1) If there are any negative emotions that surface whilst acting as if (such as feeling you don’t deserve more money), you can deal with these issues so that when you are actually coming into more money, you do not sabotage your efforts as a result of an identified negative emotion related to the past.
2) You are allowing your unconscious to practice being the way you want to be, and in doing so it is more open to noticing the hints and indicators that will take you towards the goal of having more money (e.g. the action you need to take.)
3) When acting as if you are more likely to see and notice money around you due to a part of your mind called the RAS (reticular activating system) which is a radar for what you are thinking about. It brings into your awareness that which you are focusing on. If you are focusing your thinking on money you can expect to see it around you more. That’s not necessarily the same as your mind sending out a thought wave to the universe and the universe responding with the gifts that you ask for. Surely that’s just the way your brain works.
Now where does belief come into all of this? Could believing in the Law of Attraction cause you to get the money that you wish to have, even if the Law of Attraction is not actually real? If your belief is real, is that enough? A bit like the placebo effect. (You can answer this one at the bottom of the article in the comments box on the PB website- I’m interested to know your thoughts!)
As for my own personal successes, I’d say that has had to do with lots of action and effort. Working hard (although it is also always fun) and at times, having faith in myself and remembering that even the things that don’t work out as I wanted, happened for the right reasons. And in my opinion, that’s how you use the Law of Attraction to manifest money.