Law of Attraction
Understanding the Law of Attraction
Have you ever heard of Thomas Troward? How about the New Thought Movement? Well, as it turns out, both have a great deal to do with the Law of Attraction in personal development. At the beginning of the 20th century (1904, in fact) the New Thought Movement, influenced strongly by Thomas Troward, introduced the idea that "like attracts like." In other words, positive thoughts and actions tend to bring about positive thinking and reactions. On the other hand though, negative thoughts and actions could bring about much less desirable reactions and negative thinking.
There are extremes to this mysterious law. For example, the writer Lisa Nichols once claimed that by focusing on expecting a bill before opening an envelope, you could reasonably expect the envelope to confirm these thoughts and indeed contain a bill. Along the same lines, you could nearly will an envelope to contain a check if you really expected it to contain one. Try this the next time you get a letter from the IRS!
The Art of Positive Thinking
But in all seriousness, the idea of law of attraction is much simpler in everyday life. It really can be summed up by thinking positively as much as possible to achieve a more positive attitude and improve the likelihood that others will react positively to you. This is very easy to understand, and perhaps easier to test.
As an example, try walking down a busy street with an intense frown on your face, nearly growling at anyone that happens to cross your path. How many friendly smiles and greetings can you expect to get from passing strangers? You're more likely to get a few frowns aimed at you.
Now, try exactly the opposite -- walk down that same street with a smile on your face (just short of crazy) and exchange a friendly greeting with any stranger that makes eye contact as you pass. It will normally be quite difficult for people to not at least acknowledge your greeting, and you can expect to receive a few smiles in your direction.
So a positive attitude really can yield positive results in everyday situations. It might not be wise to overly test the negative attitude to verify these statements, as it could land you in some hot water. But feel free to test the positive thinking aspect as much as possible.
Other Thinking About the Law of Attraction
You've probably heard the phrase "opposites attract." Sure, sometimes they do. But far more common are meaningful relationships that begin because of similar interests and views. This is merely an extension of the Law of Attraction to other areas of personal development. One of the reasons that events like LifePath Unlimited's retreat packages are so successful is because they draw crowds of people that share the same interests and can even form groups of participants in the same phase of their personal development journey as yourself. That's the Law of Attraction in action.
You'll find a great deal of criticism about the Law of Attraction, but most of it focuses on the extremes that shouldn't factor into a healthy mind. For example, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry released a statement criticizing the LAw of Attraction, saying "If an airplane crashes, does that mean that one or more of the passengers brought that on himself?" This relates to the original envelope bill/check theory. You're probably going to be disappointed more often than not if you take theories like these to heart.
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It's no accident that some of the core values associated with LifePath Unlimited encourage constant positivity, such as caring, kindness, integrity, and compassion. And merely adding some positive thinking and actions into your lifestyle can seldom yield anything but positive results.
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