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Kaitlyn Rodriguez

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Should we believe in the Law of Attraction?

The law of attraction is the belief that like attracts like.
Think about positive things, maintain a positive attitude, you will reap positive outcomes.
Same for negativity, if you think negatively, you will attract negative outcomes.

My question is, should we really believe in this Law of Attractions?
Do you think it's legitimate or is it just some sort of spoof? 
All other laws had to be scientifically proven. Whereas this law fails to have any scientific basis. Yet, many people have faith in this belief. 

So what do you think? Do you believe in the Law of Attraction? Why or why not?

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    Dec 29 2012: There are so many laws and principles operating on earth; there are rules and there are certain exceptions to certain rules. For example, a seed is expected to germinate and bear fruit if it is on good soil; but what happens if a flood sweeps over the soil?
    Proverbs 4:23 says "guard your heart with all diligence; for out of it comes issues of life"
    Jesus says "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he"

    so, as spirit beings our heart does attracts. Even though some of us see ourselves as just mere flesh or bodies, and we want to attract private jets and posh cars and all sorts of idols of pop culture.

    We are Spirits living in bodies; those of the Spirit of life attract life, joy and peace; those who are not of the aforementioned attract their kind and what comes with it.

    We need God's grace.
  • Dec 29 2012: Hi Kaitlyn,

    raising this question makes me belive that you have read a book (or watched the documentry) called: Secret, (this was a great success during 2006 and 2007)

    maybe this drove into this great depression... "Believe you can have this and that" and we went out and start buying things we don't need. We coudn't afford one house but we bought second one, the resolt is now we can't pay it. but we didn't believe we could do otherwise.

    there is another book called: Smile or Die - this one explained how positive thinking fooled human behavour and drove them into depression.

    I am a believer, not in optimism or pesimism, but in opportunism (if I may call it so)
    there is a joke. it goes like this:

    A Optimist and a Pesimist were argueing whether the glass is half full or half empty, the Opportunist said: " Guys, while you were arguing, I ve already drunk the water"

    I help people to achieve their goals, introdusing them a new practical aprouches. Linguistic and behavioural psychology is what they learn and the use is up to them.
    I believe people have all the resources they need, some just don't know they have, some don't know how to use them.

    We can not guarantee whether we can be in the right place and the right time but
    I believe in doing right thing at the right time and you will reap the positive outcome you are after.

    Allow me to remind you a saying: "If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you've always got"

    people have all the given right to believe what they please
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      Dec 29 2012: Thanks for you response Edwin. Actually, I did see the Secret. Prior to the documentary, I've always believed that a positive spirit can muster up positive outcomes one way or another, no matter the situation. To me, what mattered was ones perspective on the given situation. But the documentary, and other things I've read regarding the Law of Attraction, made it sound so definite. As if that "Law" could literally be viewed as something constant or truly reliable. Your right though, people have the right to what they believe. But I'm curious to those who believe in this Law of Attraction, are there any other influences that effect our outcomes? Is it really JUST this Law of Attraction? That's why I really appreciate your comment on being an opportunist. I think you and I kind of view the matter in the same way. But of course you seem to know much more about it than I do. So thank you for the insight.
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    Dec 29 2012: .
    No its nonsense.
    Most events in life have something called third party influence.
    If I, for example, send an application away for a job, my state of mind whilst posting has no bearing on the outcome. Same with lottery tickets, same with a coin flip, same with cancer, same with everything.

    At best such people can delude themselves into twisting everything (positive, negative and nothing) into a convoluted positive connected to their thinking, which is what we see.
    What we don't see are said people eluding illness, negative events or winning the lottery repeatedly.
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      Dec 30 2012: Thanks for sharing your opinion Xavier. That's what I was thinking too. Because I do believe you can make anything seem good if you have a positive outlook on it. So I suppose I would believe in the Law of Attraction. However, I feel like at times, there has to be a third party influece that's involved. In my mind, not everything can be controlled by this Law of Attraction. That's why I have trouble completely believing in it and was interested in other people's opinion on the matter. So again, thanks for sharing. You worded it in a way I had some difficulty explaining.
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    Jan 1 2013: If some manage to believe and to act upon it and it helps, why shouldn't they? And if some can't believe it how could they?

    As for any believe, evidence becomes irrelevant, and I see those to be right who 'heal' - and this without being missionary about it - and therefore think we all shall believe what deems best for us and without disturbing one another by doing so.

    Personally I found on this topic, that selective perception is quite difficult to overcome as well as my given tendency to value and to accept 'positive' and 'negative' incidences differently as I am not able to 'feel' them absolute, yet in a given and ever changing context only.

    A parking ticket on a rainy day after a failed exam is just not the same as if I was falling in love on a fine day in May. So my tendency for seeing 'rows' in one yet not in the other case is obvious, yet not seen from the perspective of the meter maid ... :o)

    And as long my inner compass is that easy to fool, there was just no other way but to believe in that law, as otherwise I was constantly spoiling all the unbiased evidence ... :o)
  • Dec 30 2012: The Law of Attraction described in book/movie "The Secret" was incomplete. Since parts were left out, therefore, many people failed when they attempted to use it as described. A complete description of the Law of Attraction and the scientific background, as well as the way to apply it in your life, is available. If you have a burning desire to discover the true nature of the Law of Attraction, you will draw it to you.
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      Dec 30 2012: Thank you. I will keep that in mind and look more into those things.
  • Dec 30 2012: Be receptive to all ideas. Be an optomistic pessimistic or a pessimistic optomist. Maybe you can get the best of both worlds
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    Dec 29 2012: There is a difference between what you describe and the process of deliberately manifesting things or situations into your reality. to be really good at that, you need to be self-aware, but everyone an do it.

    There actually is quite a bit of evidence that supports this idea. The most famous is the one where volunteers were tested for their free-throw (basketball) abilities. They then were broken into three random groups. All were told that they were not to touch a basketball outside of the experiment setting, even to the point of taking a longer way to a destination if the short way required them to pass a basketball court.

    Group 1: practices throwing free shots for 20 minutes every day
    Group 2: Visualized making free shots for 20 minutes every day
    Group 3: Went about their normal lives.

    At the end of 20 days, Group 2 did equal or better than group one in improvement. Group 3 showed no improvement. As a result of this study, this technique is used by all professional and olympic athletes today.

    I cannot prove to you that I manifested the many things that have come from out of the blue. But you will not be able to convince me that I didn't. You can prove your abilities to yourself.

    The hardest part is letting go of the idea after your daily visualization session. All viz. should be "in the present", NOT in the future. (I have rather than I will have).

    The more you practice and become self-aware, the better it works. (Becoming self-aware is one part that Abraham's Law of Attraction doesn't mention). Know your beliefs because beliefs can block manifestations of the bigger issues, the consequences of which haunt so many people.

    Try it. Try it with silly things at first. Let's say a pink plastic vase. Have you ever seen one? I hadn't until I manifested one.

    What if everyone in the world knew that they could produce food, clothing, and shelter just by honing a natural ability? & not just that. Big things too.

    Try B4 U criticize.

    Freedom!!!!
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      Dec 29 2012: I'm not criticizing. I'm trying to get a better understanding of this Law of Attraction. I suppose the way in which I worded the question sounded as if I was being critical. To be honest though, I do agree that if you have a positive outlook you will reap a positive outcome. Ive believed in that before I learned anything of the Law. But I imagine that there are other factors that inhibit an expected outcome, no matter what your disposition is. So that's why I proposed the question of believing completely in the Law of Attraction. And thank you for the evidence you provided. I will look further into that. Thanks for sharing.
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        Dec 29 2012: Kaitlyn, my "criticize" comment was not for you. Your question was pleasant and sincere. My comment was for those who scoffed. I apologize for not making that clear, but I was down to 2 characters.
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          Dec 30 2012: Haha! Ok good. That makes sense. I was hoping I didn't come off the wrong way with how I worded it. Thanks for clearing that up.
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    Dec 29 2012: People have different dispositions and act accordingly. A cheerful person will resonate with another cheerful person as will one who is angry or bored.
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    Dec 29 2012: well, if you always look at the bright side of things, you will look at the bright side of the outcome too. that of course does not make the outcome objectively any better.
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      Dec 30 2012: Yes I can agree with that. Would you consider that to be the real reason behind the law?
  • Dec 29 2012: "All other laws had to be scientifically proven. Whereas this law fails to have any scientific basis. Yet, many people have faith in this belief."

    It seems you have answered your own question.

    Of course it's a fad that has no scientific basis whatsoever.
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      Dec 30 2012: Your right I didn't notice I did that. But another commenter who knows more about it than I do shared some scientific background on the matter. Maybe it can be scientifically explained... I have yet to look further into it but it seems interesting. Anyway, thanks for sharing your opinion on the matter.
      • Dec 30 2012: My counter to people like that is always the same: "are you saying people in Somalia, Afghanistan and Congo would be fine if they were just thinking more positive thoughts?"

        @below

        You're welcome, and here's another one to think about: if 80 million people simultaneously wished they had a beach hosue in Malibu, does the beach in Malibu magically grow big large enough for 80 million beach houses?
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          Dec 30 2012: Good point. That is what keeps me from believing in it because in such drastic circumstances how can the law really be applied? Every time I feel like I can almost be convinced, I think of something I've read or seen in the documentary the Secret, and it makes it a little hard to believe that the law is accurate. For example, if you picture yourself literally driving the car of your dreams, and you actually feel the steering wheel, wind blowing through your hair, music blasting, you will receive exactly that as long as you allow the law to do its work. But then I think, there are plenty of people who long for food with all their might. They may do plenty to search for a meal with a positive outlook that today, they might find something or anything to eat. Why doesn't the law do them any good? So thank you for sharing your argument. It is one I have as well while I try and better understand this Law of Attraction.