Monday, February 17, 2020

Why I No Longer Believe in the Law of Attraction

If you have seen my old posts on law of attraction, you know that I no longer believe in it because it is pseudoscience.

I used to believe that we can somehow ask the universe to help us get what we want. If we focus on being rich, the universe will give us wealth.

After years of living with the belief and reading the works of "gurus" like Joe Vitale, Bob Proctor, Rhonda Byrne, etc, I have come to realize that the Law of Attraction is not based on science, it is just woo woo.

I used to believe that people who think the Law of Attraction doesn't work are wrong. They just don't know how to use it properly. It's their fault, they just don't have a strong believe in what they want.

Okay, so are these gurus telling me that if there is a little kid who genuinely believes that he has superpowers and he is bulletproof like Superman, he won't get hurt by a speeding bullet?

Yeah, right.

I also remember listening to Joe Vitale's audio program where he said that the Law of Attraction is just like gravity, that it works no matter you believe it or not.


It's just like demonic possession: atheists never get possessed. Demonic possession only happens to religious people. If demonic possession is actually real, you will still be possessed even if you're an atheist and you don't believe in demons, angels, etc.  It works no matter you believe it or not, right? But that's not the fact.

In fact, another term for "demonic possession" is "possessive trance disorder". Whether it is caused by a demon, spirit, or anything supernatural, is just a belief.

I also get it that the Law of Attraction is not magic, that it is not about sitting around thinking about wealth and poof! suddenly a bunch of money falls from the sky. The laws of physics don't allow that. It still requires action.

Money loves speed, we need to act fast, right?

From what I've been learning all these years, I have concluded that the Law of Attraction is just a fancy term to market positive thinking courses and books. Yes, scientifically positive thinking is good for us because our actions are influenced by our thoughts and feelings.

But do we really control thoughts?

When I only read self-help books, I believed that we control our thoughts. But after I learned about science, especially neuroscience, my position is that free will is an illusion.

Well, that's another topic on free will, and it is actually still debatable.

Okay, let's get back to the woo woo.

Here's why I no longer believe in the Law of Attraction:

The Law of Attraction is just a fancy term for "gurus" to make money selling courses and books that advocate positive thinking. That positive thinking benefits us is scientifically proven, but it is absolutely NOT a "Secret".

It also has nothing to do whatsoever with something called "Law of Attraction" and the universe giving us what we want.