The Law of Attraction

"As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.". Proverbs 23:7

Put very simply, the Law of Attraction is concerned with the fact that one attracts into one´s life whatever one thinks about and imagines. Generate the thought that "I fancy a cup of tea" and, assuming kettle, water and teabags are to hand, a brew will shortly be in your hands. Whether the means is doing it yourself, asking your partner to make it, dropping into the nearest cafe etc.. doesn't really matter. Rather, the intent to have a cup of tea is usually followed by the manifestation thereof. There is nothing particularly magical about this, until one begins to delve slightly deeper.

The phrase, the Law of Attraction, is closely associated with New Thought beliefs and practises; a century-plus old system of practical spirituality also referred to as "The Religion of Healthy Mindedness", developed in the United States during the mid to late 19th century. The system attracted a very large following amongst women and could perhaps be described as an early feminist movement, in that most of its teachers and students were female. The earliest identifiable proponent of New Thought was a man, Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (1802-66), an American faith healer, student of Mesmerism, and practitioner of hypnosis, who claimed he could heal by mere suggestion. Quimby developed a belief system that included the tenet that illness originated in the mind as a consequence of "erroneous beliefs". Interestingly, this idea is currently subscribed to by many doctors who will testify that some ailments have their origins in "stress"; harmful habits of mind. Scientific drug trials also show that many people are healed of diseases, merely because they believe that they have been given an appropriate remedy.

The Law of Attraction however has even earlier references. Its description as a law derives from its association with the so-called 7 Hermetic Laws, said to have been recorded on the legendary "Emerald Table of Hermes Trismegistus" (thrice blessed Hermes): also believed to be the mythical Egyptian character Thoth. Advocates of this philosophy hold that the Hermetic Laws underlie and inform Science and all the world religions. Credence to this view can be found in the latest understanding of quantum physics; holding that nothing substantial actually exists, rather being present as "potential" which comes into apparent being by the "intent" of a witnessing consciousness. The principle Hermetic Law states that the nature of the universe is not material at all, rather mental or spiritual; again echoing contemporary scientific knowledge that even a lump of rock is not actually as solid as we might like to think. It consists mainly of empty space containing the odd quantum of energy zooming along at phenomenal speed; as does everything else in existence.

From the beginning of the twentieth century until the present day, the Law of Attraction has been closely associated with techniques for generating financial success in business, as well as the manifestation of any other desire we might have; possessions, experiences, qualities of character etc., especially the type of society that we live in. It is said that Bill Gates studied "The Master Key" by Charles Haanel prior to creating Microsoft. More importantly, being able to visualise the type of culture and civilisation we would like to see in the world is the first step towards helping it come to pass. Techniques such as visualisation, affirmation and guided meditation can all act to change core beliefs and personal thought habits; creating a psychological and emotional atmosphere which magnetically attracts into one´s life the desired outcome; engendering self-belief, self-confidence, positive thinking and a focussed response to life circumstances as they arise. Most importantly, at this time of escalating global crises, the ability to visualise and imagine a positive future is a necessary first step towards making it happen.

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