by kevin dooley
The law of attraction has received so much attention over the last couple of years, and the philosophy has gained millions of followers around the world. But along with the increasing popularity, there has also been plenty of criticism.
Critics have pointed out that the law of attraction is a philosophy based on faith, and that there is no hard evidence to verify its claims. And the truth is, while there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that attraction is the mechanism by which the natural world organizes itself, empirical evidence has yet to verify this claim.
You’ll notice that I said “yet to verify this claim,” because it is entirely possible that the law of attraction may one day be validated by scientific research, especially quantum physics and the principles known collectively as “string theory.”
Like the law of attraction, string theory postulates that everything in the universe is actually just vibrating strands of energy. The frequency that a particular “string” vibrates at, attracts it to (or repels it away from) other energy. Together, these vibrating masses of energy form what we would call objects or matter.
While this may sound complicated and highly theoretical, in reality it is quite simple and there is an enormous amount of evidence suggesting that string theory is correct — that each of us is in fact an energy field operating within a much larger energy field which we call the universe.
If string theory is right, it may yet be possible to prove the claims all of the law of attraction by scientific research. The only problem is that both string theory and the law of attraction are dealing with the tiniest of subatomic particles, and with our current level of technology, it is difficult or near impossible to test these theories.
So for the time being, the law of attraction (just like string theory) requires a certain amount of faith; but that doesn’t mean that our faith cannot be based on reasonable, rational assumptions about the world around us. For example, one of the tenets of the law of attraction is that your thoughts hold a great deal of power. Can any rational person disagree with this statement?
Barack Obama’s presidential campaign began with a thought. Tiger Wood’s golf career began with a thought. The Apple iPhone began with a thought. And even negative and horrific events begin with thoughts; for example, Hitler’s murderous quest to conquer the Western world began with a simple thought.
To say that our thoughts are powerful seems so self-evident that it should require no further debate. And yet, some law of attraction skeptics claim that our thoughts have little or no power, and that it is only our actions that count — not what we think.
But these critics overlook one important point: every action begins with a thought. Great thinkers throughout history have understood this, from Einstein to Gandhi, from Plato to Winston Churchill. As Ben Franklin so aptly put it, “the thought is the ancestor of all deeds.”
The law of attraction claims that our thoughts have tremendous power, and in fact, they shape our future. You don’t have to be a person of faith to see that this is a sensible philosophy by which to live your life. And at the end of the day, this is all that the law of attraction is really saying to us — pay attention to your thoughts, and focus your energy on where you are going and what you want, instead of squandering it on where you have been and what you don’t want.
Is there anyone out there who REALLY believes you can go wrong following such a simple and rational philosophy? The profound simplicity of this concept is one reason why the law of attraction is winning over new followers every day.
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* Rather self-descriptive – a short explanation of string theory.
String Theory is not a settled issue. It is one of many possible explanations of the universe.
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