What is the law of attraction?
‘The Law of Attraction’ is a theory that a natural force exists in the universe that determines “like attracts like”, its behaviour being somewhat akin to that of the Law of Gravity. What this means in terms of human experience, is that if a person focuses on positive or negative thoughts, then these thoughts will proceed to create positive or negatiĀ ve results in their life. The result of the ‘Law of Attraction’ therefore, is nature responding to thought and proceeding to manifest the conditions determined by that thought.
The principle upon which this rests, is that all human thoughts have a frequency or vibration and that nature is simply responding in like to the frequency transmitted by the thought. Simply put, if a person was to spend all their time thinking and fearing ‘debt’ and ‘lack of money’ in their life, then the universe is set up to respond to that thought by sending that person “like for like” – meaning more debt and lack of money.
Conversely, a person living their life in a grateful, joyous, loving, abundant way will consequently transmit frequencies that will draw and attract to them corresponding experiences of that nature.
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make our world.” – Buddha
How does the law of attraction work?
So how does having a ‘positive, joyful attitude’ create and manifest a successful life? In the same way as a ‘negative, depressing attitude’ will conjure up an unhappy life. If we can accept that all thoughts – or brainwaves – have a certain frequency and vibration, then these thoughts must be sending out a signal into the world around us – into the world of matter.
Most physicists would agree that the universe is fundamentally a mass of energy and that the only difference between various forms of matter is the rate at which their molecules vibrate. So what we have in the universe is basically energy and vibration. Therefore if a thought can be a source of energy that vibrates at a certain frequency, which is what the law of attraction is suggesting, it must as a consequence have some effect on the universe in which that thought lives.
How the ‘attraction’ works here then, is that the human being will be vibrating at a frequency that will be determined by the nature of thoughts dominant in his mind. His thoughts – his ‘attitude’ – will then set up a humming beacon, a vibrating core or aura that will begin to draw to it, to attract, a comparable state and experience that is in harmony with his thoughts.
For this theory to be real, the universe must be able to respond in detail to all the varied experiences that a human life can imagine. That if a person would be so intent as to focus with all his will, desire and emotion on a specific goal, then the universe must be capable of manifesting it. A study of the great visionaries and achievers in our world would appear to support that this is indeed what happens with a consistent and predictable causal result i.e. a focussed or intent human thought will always attract a similar manifestation in nature.
But what about in the case of mass tragic events like aircraft accidents, earthquakes or tsunami’s you may ask? How can a few hundred or a few thousand people all attract the same event? This is a significant point to be addressed with this theory and often brought up by its critics.
In offering an explanation, we would probably need to accept that in the cosmos there is a natural hierarchy of events that take precedent over others. And it may be that the individual’s thoughts and visualizations are simply tempered by much greater causal happenings like if the Earth were to get hit by an asteroid. In this case we would ask: “Did humanity as a whole attract this calamity?” Deeper studies may reveal how the law of attraction works specifically in such cases.
“Every intention sets energy into motion, whether you are conscious of it or not.” – Gary Zukav
“Let a person radically alter his thoughts and he will be astonished at the rapid transformation it will effect in the material conditions of his life.” – James Allen