I am reconsidering the law of attraction.
First, some background. I am a Christian, so two things tend to occur when I talk about the law of attraction - either, yes, excellent - law of attraction works for and is appropriate for Christians, and then the other response is...how can you believe in the law of attraction - God provides everything, so you don't need it.
Of course, there are many other responses, but I believe most of them are permutations on one of the two above thoughts.
So I am going to try to be clear here on both counts, and of course explain why I am beginning to discount the law of attraction.
For those of you who believe I shouldn't meddle with the law of attraction as a Christian - I ask that you will suspend criticism until you have read this. Remember - as a Christian YOU believe things other Christians believe you shouldn't. Although there is one God - and one Word, you and I both know that many Christians respectfully disagree on various topics.
Ok, my thoughts on law of attraction.
First of all, for a long time I have believed the concept that if you believe something strong enough, and you put the work into it to make it happen, generally speaking, you can get what you believe.
That is without the law of attraction as a guiding force, and that is without consideration of the Word of God - although the Bible is of course clear that "as a man thinketh, so is he" and "ask and ye shall receive".
And of course that is consistent with both the law of attraction and the Word of God, so not only does it work for me - but it passes both litmus tests.
Which allowed me morally to embrace it, not just because I believed it worked, but also it lined up with both teachings.
Of course where Christians develop a problem with the law of attraction is anytime that the train of thought or logic moves into the realm of "mysticism" or "a Source god (as opposed to the One God)", etc.
But I simply interpreted the law of attraction for me personally as being something of a rule, or law, like a physics law, that simple WORKED - God created it, we named it - but it works.
My logic was that God created it, it works - and it works for all, Christian or not - NOT because there is a Source god, but because the One God created a law - just like when the heathens prayed for rain, sometimes it rained, they assigned the source of the rain to their rain god, because they had prayed for rain.
With me? If not, read that over again, meditate on it, think on it, try to follow the logic.
Once you are with me - even if you don't agree - read on.
Now, the thing I have been seeing lately is a lot of comments about "the law of attraction doesn't work for me". And of course one common response is...you aren't believing strongly enough.
And then on the other end of the spectrum is people who are radically successful - but don't practice the "law of attraction."
So what gives?
Enter success. What causes success? If you read biographies of successful people, one common theme I believe you will find, as I have found, is that successful people believe they can achieve something, then they go out and do all the things that make the achievement possible.
They don't just believe and sit back and wait for the universe to manifest their dream for them.
They manifest it themselves by doing the steps necessary to achieve the result.
So I began to wonder - does the law of attraction work for some people because by believing the law of attraction, and believing that if they believe, the universe will make their dream come true, then it gives them the motivation to do the steps necessary to get the result.
The law of attraction is simply working as a motivating factor - the actual achievement comes from the work. Of course, in order to have the motivation to do the work - you need a driving force.
For some it is a painful childhood. For some it is being really poor and being willing to do anything to change that. Or for some it is practicing the law of attraction.
But that is just the motivation.
The actual result comes from doing the work, not the law of attraction.