Ah, the never-ending Law of Attraction debate! For such a helpful concept, movies like 'The Secret' and 'What the Bleep Do We Know!?' seem to have stirred up as many questions as they have helped point people to some answers.
When you add in Oprah Winfrey endorsing the whole concept, even more fuel was added to the fire, and the basic question kept coming up again and again:
Does this work?
Skeptics will tell you that it's all a bunch of nonsense, while believers will tell you that you get what you "vibrate" for, so if you don't believe in it, there is no way for you to believe in it! You simply won't attract the knowledge or the experiences that will lead you to a better understanding.
In addition, the skeptics have pointed out some very specific things that they believe undermine the validity of the entire Law of Attraction concept, and some of the big ones include:
- The Law of Attraction says that "like attracts like". Well, if that is true, how come magnets with the same polarity repel each other? How is it that some of the happiest couples in the world are completely unlike each other, to the point of being complete opposites?
- Why is it that Law of Attraction believers are always talking about money? That points to the fact that the whole thing must just be a marketing ploy designed to steal money from gullible consumers.
- The Law of Attraction seems to indicate that by constantly thinking about what you want, your desires will "magically" manifest into your life. Who ever accomplished anything by just thinking about it???
These are the types of arguments that have been coming up repeatedly ever since the Law of Attraction went "mainstream" and now, someone has finally come forth with some answers.
One of the teachers from the movie 'The Secret' is also one of the sponsors of the Today is that Day website, and his name is Bob Doyle.
Now, although it would seem that anyone who was featured in the movie would quickly jump to its defense, Bob has put together a short video about the Law of Attraction debate, and he specifically calls out the fact that his video has nothing to do with the movie or anyone associated with the movie.
I'm sure a skeptic would argue that Bob could just be lying in order to get people to listen to him, and that of course is a judgment that each person needs to make on their own.
However, I am going to personally endorse Bob because I believe in him as an individual, not as a teacher of the Law of Attraction, or as a cast member from the movie.
When I first learned about the Law of Attraction, I went above and beyond the call of duty to learn more about it. I researched every single one of the teachers from the movie, and I looked into their websites, their products, and their services. I also watched and listened to hours of audio and video files that consisted of teleseminars, recorded interviews, live events, classes, etc.
I did what anyone should do if they become truly interested in something, and I became a voracious student. During that time Bob Doyle kept coming up again and again not as the most famous teacher, but as the most believed in person.
In fact, his website is full of so many testimonials – a "preponderance of evidence" over 30 pages long – that he finally just took them all down and put them in one document that could be downloaded for anyone who wanted to read it.
So, when I found out that he had recently released a free video that was explaining many of the misconceptions about the Law of Attraction, I immediately went to his website to check it out.
Once there, I watched it once, and then I watched it again to take notes for my readers. Here are the high points that he covers that I think both believers and non-believers in the Law of Attraction can learn from:
- Why do so many people who talk about the Law of Attraction constantly talk about money?
- Are you living your dreams when you have created enough money, or do you create money by living your dreams?
- How do you explain the Law of Attraction statement that "like attracts like," when in all actuality, opposites often attract each other?
- What about people who say they just need to visualize their way to success? Where does taking action come in?
- Law of Attraction believers are constantly talking about being positive and happy all the time. That is not a realistic point of view for many people. Where do negative emotions fit into the equation?
- What about self-limiting beliefs? Are they a part of the process of using the Law of Attraction?
So, without any further adieu, if you have been a Law of Attraction naysayer, or if you believe in the Law of Attraction but want to better understand how it all works, get your pen and paper ready and click the video below: