As laid out in part 1 of this series, definitions are important. What you have in your mind upon hearing a certain word or phrase, like Law of Attraction, may be different to mine and can cause confusion if definitions aren’t agreed upon. To be clear: it is completely within the abilities of a person to bend reality to bring about circumstances, relationships, and things, which they desire. In other words, we can attract to us anything we wish. It’s just a little more complicated than it’s being sold to us as.
Those who dabble in New Age material will hear the phrase “The Law of Attraction” used again and again, being used by other dabblers and New Age snake oil salesmen alike, while not being given much else to go on. We hear this phrase so much because it’s good marketing: it promises us something in four short words and holds our attention long enough for us to swallow a salespitch, to join a group, to purchase a CD, a book, or an online course. Because this is the industry standard, even authentic teachers of this powerful principal are forced to use it, so finding the diamond in the rough can be an impossible task. Most people don’t find the right teachers and material, a fact evidenced by the millions of people who constantly consume these intangible products and still find themselves unable to manifest the perfect life. So what’s going wrong; what are the false teachers failing to teach, and what are the misguided students failing to do?
What we call “The Law of Attraction” today has its roots in pre-civilization – we’ve known this for millions of years – so this is nothing new. The teachers of this principal have simply repackaged this ancient wisdom with new words and slightly tweaked the concepts behind it to be understood by a contemporary audience. Just for perspective, most people don’t know James Allen’s “As a Man Thinketh” released in 1903, Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” released in 1937, or Earl Nightingale’s “The Strangest Secret” released in 1976 – and the current vendors of the New Age definitely won’t tell us about them, either. No matter how spiritually elevated or positive someone might at first seem, we can’t forget that we’re all out to butter our own bread, and what better way to become the next New Age superstar than to pretend that such powerful wisdom is unique and original to you? With this healthy dose of skepticism we can honestly look at our gurus and ask if they’re leaving us short changed. Spoiler Alert! Most of them are.
The current iteration of “The Law of Attraction” has been popularized by the mysteriously-hyped book and “documentary”, The Secret. Credit where it’s due, this craze has opened more people up to the reality that they have direct control over their own lives and the fabric of reality, but it skillfully left out very key teachings, boiling the whole process down to “make a vision board, think about it really really hard, and want it really really hard” – in other words: sit on your ass doing nothing, just think really hard while doing so. As pointed out by the famous channel Abraham Hicks, The Secret ironically has hidden the secret. The only people whom this watered down wisdom actually worked for were those who were already spiritually/psychologically prepared to manifest their desires and complete psychopaths who have no mental furniture to begin with. The Secret, in its sensationalism, left out the most important factor of the whole manifestation process: the consciousness of the individual.
The 12 Universal Laws
Note: I’m stating these laws for the sake of this presentation, not because I “believe them.” Each model has it’s uses, its benefits, and its limitations.
New Age vendors along the lines of the creators of The Secret have isolated one Law out of a set of 12 Laws. It renders the process meaningless, as much as if I were to offer my own version of Alcoholic’s Anonymous and focus on just one of the 12 steps. Below is a process, a guidance system of self-improvement and discovery (which I suggest you look into in depth on your own), which will genuinely result in life-changing events.
- The Law of Oneness
- The Law of Vibration
- The Law of Action
- The Law of Correspondance
- The Law of Cause and Effect
- The Law of Compensation
- The Law of Attraction
- The Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy
- The Law of Relativity
- The Law of Polarity
- The Law of Rhythm
- The Law of Gender
Everyone from the producers of Coca-Cola, the heroin dealer on the street, to the politician looking to be elected to parliament, wants to sell you an easy ride to your dreams – simply put, because we’re dumb enough to buy the ticket, like when Faust made a deal with the devil and didn’t realise that he signed away his soul for the quick fix. The charlatans of the New Age know this and have appealed to our laziness and victimhood – that part of us which doesn’t want to look at itself in the mirror, which doesn’t want to acknowledge it’s current position in the universe. The Law of Oneness isn’t just a cuddly feel-good fact. It’s a challenge to our Ego which says “that which is within is also without”, that the current state of our lives is our own doing. A circumstance not entirely the fault of our Ego center, yet this part of us (designed for our survival) absolutely loves to take responsibility for everything, both good and bad, as it’s convinced that it is the only game in town. It must be responsible, so that means it gets to troubleshoot the shitty situation we currently find ourselves in. According to the Ego, the best and only path to a solution is a straight line. And so, after watching a documentary like The Secret, we think “Oh! All I need to do is imagine a Ferrari outside my front door and everything will be fine!” – fatally leaving out all the other Laws, including two Laws I would personally propose…
The Law of Compassion & The Law of Personality
No, the Ferrari will not solve all of your problems. Our modern lives are complex, the world is complex, and most importantly our own selves are complex. Running rife in our Atheistic and materialist culture is the belief of “If I just get this, then I’ll be okay. I’ll be acceptable. I’ll at least catch up to my peers by age X.” True Authentic Selfhood is so scarce in this world, so most people around us have no true sense of Self and have imposed upon themselves these arbitrary expectations – worse yet, because they expect these things of themselves they absolutely expect them of you! Most of us are inundated with the social pressure to turn away from the call of Self to fulfill these requirements to escape judgement and rejection from our relatives and peers. Of course, from our Ego center, the first thing we want is that Ferrari parked outside our 5-bedroom house, the perfect job, the perfect partner, the perfect children. Either we want these things so that we end up on the top of the social hierarchy, or we simply want them as a permanent “Fuck Off!” sign to wave at society while we get on with being ourselves… either way, this is a red herring.
“The Law of Attraction” fails for so many people, frankly, because so many people don’t actually know what they want. Most of us are, to one degree or another, a trainwreck of competing “desires”, unable to settle for any healthy length of time upon any particular one. Like I said before, the only people “The Law of Attraction” works for are the already-spiritually pure or psychopaths – both of these people are focused and determined, and the universe responds almost immediately. The rest of us have rare moments where our True Will wins the day, so we have amazing things happen to us, but we mostly plod on through a medley of (seemingly) random events and strikes of “bad luck.” This is where my two new Universal Laws come into play: The Law of Compassion and The Law of Personality. No matter how many comparisons you can draw between two people, you cannot erase the fact that they are two people with distinct experiences that matter to them.
In our era of materialism we are trained from birth to focus on abstract notions of rank, prestige, wealth, and hard labour, to the point that the inner experience of the individual is completely forgotten about. In fact, the whole history of civilization has been a process of taking away from the value of individual experience through the introduction of hierarchies all the way to digital surveillance of our every movement. Advertising and commerce has continually commodified our inner experiences to the point that our tastes in food, music, clothing, and even styles of walking have become market demographics to be sold products to. Now, ask yourself why that shouldn’t be the case for the New Age movement? Even our own ability to recreate reality has been commodified, all while our Authentic Selfhood continues to whither.
If a unified and unconditionally-loving force exists in the world, it doesn’t care what car you drive, where you live, or any other external marker, it cares how you feel as an individual. You may ask, as I have and soon again will, “then why does it let x, y, and z happen?” and the simple answer to that question is that you let it happen. Just as the compassion of the parent will allow the child (after an initial warning) to touch a burning stove in order to learn a lesson, the compassion of the Universe stands by to watch us get burned by the illusory reality we live in as long as we keep believing in it. As cruel as this might first sound, it’s really a blessing as it allows us to experience the full spectrum this reality has to offer. Like the parent who might first seem cruel, “the Universe” is simply handing us all the power we need to grow into fully empowered souls who understand what it means to be burned and can appreciate the excitement of living a pain-free and abundant life (The Law of Polarity). What’s more, it gives us the superpower of COMPASSION. Burned before, we can acknowledge the suffering of our brothers and sisters who are currently suffering and lend aid to them. Most importantly, we must have compassion for ourselves.
If we are one, then surely this means that we are “it”. Tat Tvam Asi, as the Hindus say. If we are “it”, then surely we must practice compassion. Not only for others, but primarily for ourselves. A big lesson in the New Age is letting go of the past, releasing attachment to old experiences to let new ones in. This is a deep wisdom, but the purpose of the practice has been lost. We must detach from the past, not because “It’s gone, so get over it,” but because we are genuinely becoming more conscious of our place in the universe. If we have experience hardship or abuse because we weren’t conscious of our power, or if we have abused others because of unconsciousness, we should look upon that former self with compassion. Compassion because we didn’t know any better. Compassion because we were experiencing hardship that drown out our consciousness. Compassion because we are sincerely on the journey towards Selfhood and striving toward better every day. So long as we are reaching for the next rung of this ladder and are willing to learn more, why should we be weighed down by our prior oversights and mistakes?
Since the beginning of Western philosophy a silent war has been waged. That between materialism and Personalism. The idea that the facts and the figures are all that matters, and the personal experience of each Human Being matters foremost. The champions of materialism formed our view of God, government, and economics, while the champions of Personalism have hid away in the underground. The Personalists proclaim that each individual is his own universe, inviolable and unintelligible to any other Human Being. That God himself had bestowed upon each of us a sovereign sphere which occupies no particular space and time but no less exists and is vitally important. Each of us have had experiences and have a history, a story that tell us who we are. This paints a picture of ourselves and informs how we feel and what we think today. To our creator, there is nothing more precious in all of reality. All of the galaxies, solar systems, plants, and mammals can be recreated in a moment by our creator, but YOU personally couldn’t be recreated no matter how hard he/she tried. I’m sure you’ve heard the idioms You couldn’t write this or fact is stranger than fiction, well this is what they mean. As a co-creator you have fashioned yourself, unconsciously, and are now choosing to come into consciousness to create a higher reality. Surely the end goal isn’t to erase that individual creation and become an exact copy of some ideal. Surely your destiny lies in your recognition of your individuality and your expression of that individuality in a higher form.
So What’s All This Got To Do With The Law of Attraction?
Glad you asked, because I was meandering there for a while.
At the root of it all, this principal is pointing towards our individual experience. It asks us to look beyond societal expectations and ask ourselves what we truly want out of this life. Conveniently, the New Age gurus have left out consciousness altogether and sold us this divine Law as a way to meet those social expectations. What I’m suggesting you do is look beyond all of the Not-Self garbage and (to borrow another New Age term) ask your Inner Child what it wanted out of this life. Don’t betray your personal story, but instead embrace it. Look at your life as a mythology as the great Joseph Campbell asked you to. If the 12 Universal Laws make sense to you, use them to confront the challenges that lay ahead of you as if you were writing the next great fantasy novel with yourself as the main character. Call upon the universe to bestow upon you the weapons and resources you need to battle the next great dragon which lay on your path. When all is said and done and you pass on to the next dimension, your story will be told and celebrated by many. You will be heralded as a hero for having risen above the chaos that is 21st Century Earth. THIS is the true meaning of The Law of Attraction; to know what you are attracting things for and how they fit into your individual story.
The future is the story of the individual…
Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law,” a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.