What Is The Law of Attraction
Updated: Apr 8
In this post I want to go some way in to explaining it, starting with very the basics.
Let's begin by saying that the Law of Attraction is not a new concept. The movement in fact grew out of the teachings of Phineas Quimbyin the early 19th century. Early in his life, Quimby had been diagnosed with Tuberculosis, which early 19th century medicine had no reliable cure for. Quimby took to horse riding and noted that intense excitement temporarily relieved him from his illness. This method for relieving his pain and seemingly subsequent recovery prompted Phineas to pursue a study of "Mind over Body".
Although Quimby never used the words "Law of Attraction", he explained this in a statement that captured the concept in the field of health:
"the trouble is in the mind, for the body is only the house for the mind to dwell in, and we put a value on it according to its worth. Therefore if your mind has been deceived by some invisible enemy into a belief, you have put it into the form of a disease, with or without your knowledge. By my theory or truth, I come in contact with your enemy and restore you to your health and happiness. This I do partly mentally and partly by talking till I correct the wrong impressions and establish the Truth, and the Truth is the cure"
The actual term "Law of Attraction" didn't appear in print until the first time in 1877 in a book written by Russian occultist Helena Blavatsky, in a context alluding to attractive power existing between elements of spirit.
The 20th century saw a surge in interest in the subject with many books being written about it, amongst those are some 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. The Abraham-Hicks material is based primarily around the Law of Attraction.
What you may be more familiar with however is the book 'The Secret' (2007), developed from the film of the same name the year before.
So what is the Law of Attraction? or as the modernised version is known, 'manifestation'.
Well, it isn't 'how to get someone to fancy you'. If you've read this far to find that out, you'll be disappointed. Although if you have got this far, chances are you will have heard a little bit about it, in fact it could well be the law of attraction at work that made you find this page.
The simplest way to look at the law of attraction is to think of yourself as a magnet - and a magnet will attract a magnet. Following? Basically put, the law of attraction says that like attracts like. Everything that's coming into your life you're attracting into your life by virtue of the images you hold in your mind. Our job as humans is to hold on to the thoughts of what we want, make it absolutely clear in our minds what we want. And from that we start to invoke one of the greatest laws in the universe - the law of attraction.
The mind is such a clever tool. To try and explain this phrase simply, have you ever had a situation where someone has said something to you such as 'Aren't you worried?', and suddenly your mind starts to think 'Hang on, should I be worried?' It then proceeds to start worrying about a scenario that hasn't even happened. That is putting it in basic terms, but the idea is that you become what you think about most, but you also attract what you think about most. If you see it in your mind, you're going to hold it there. And that principle can be summed up in three simple words, thoughts become things.
What most people don't realise however is that a thought has a frequency. Every thought has a frequency that we can measure, and so if you're thinking that thought over and over and over again you're emitting that frequency on a consistent basis, your thoughts are sending out that magnetic signal that is drawing the parallel, back to you.
Now I don't deny, I've had an issue getting my head around this. When we look at health, surely I didn't manifest cancer into my life? Never mind twice! However from a psychological point of view, I can dwell on it and see myself as someone who has had cancer and lose the joy in living, waiting for it to come back for the rest of my life - or I can see myself as someone who has beaten it and is enjoying living, without letting it consume my every thought.
I'm going to be exploring and explaining the law of attraction more in further posts, but for now, I'd be interested to know if you are familiar with it and if it something that you live by or has worked for you?