The First And Last Thing I'll Say About The Laws of Attraction (for now)

  • Posted on: 6 November 2011
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe

The laws of attraction are a set of assumed laws used when discussing the nature of bodies that attract. The "laws of attraction" are one key part of The Secret and a whole medley of life coaching approaches. Because of that connection, the laws of attraction are often derided as hokum. But here’s why I believe in the concept. In the film, Unbreakable, Samuel L. Jackson’s character is a sickly man with type I osteogenesis imperfecta, a rare disease in which bones break easily. He was so brittle, he thought someone had to be on the opposite side of the spectrum: someone unbreakable. I’ve clearly seen the Samuel L. Jackson side of the Laws of Attraction in two examples.

Years back, I had an Industrial First Aid ticket. I was empowered to heal the sick (well, put a compress on something until they got to the hospital). But I knew I could handle it. A preponderance of injured people popped up around me. People fell out of wheelchairs. They got hit by cars. They had strokes and heart attacks. Pop. Pop. Pop. You likely see a seriously injured person in passing every few months-- maybe even less often. For me, it was a weekly occurrence-- and I’m not talking about being a first aid attendant or an ambulance driver, I was just walking around and finding the fallen. I was a magnet for the injured because I was prepared for them and looking for them.

I was open to the plights of the injured. I didn’t make the well fall ill. I was able to hoover up all of the opportunities to find those in need. My radar was turned on to see injured people and that’s what I picked up. If I can take the uncommon occurrence of finding injured people and zero in on people, think what happens if you’re open to attracting more common things like bills, poverty and exhaustion? I didn’t want to keep practicing my services, but it’s what I attracted. Imagine what would happen if I was enthusiastically open to something more ideal? What if I look for wealth, opportunity and enjoyment? What if I look the mirror of those traits out of my vocabulary? I can likely find as many opportunities if I just tune my radar to look for only the good things that I want to have.

Someone I know demonstrates this every well in her day-to-day life. She attracts bedlam. She went into the Red Light District accidentally with no money and no phone-- effectively no way to get back out of the area without being solicited by dozens of Johns. She took her budgie in her car to the neighbourhood she used to live in-- to show the pet where he used to live-- then opened the door and the budgie took off. The number of bad circumstances that befell her were legion. She never once tried to have bad things happen, but she repeatedly set the stage for bad things to happen and then the most likely outcome came about.

If someone can attract so much bad luck, it must hold true that someone can some can attract so much good fortune too. My friend set up all of these circumstances for bad things to happen and then the inevitable took over. Maybe she was unaware of all of the ground work and logic flaws (who takes a pet for a road trip down memory lane?). Maybe it seemed easier to skip a step (cage? what’s a cage?). Setting up the stepping stones to a particular outcome makes that outcome almost inevitable.Lay the groundwork and the tiny steps will contribute to an intended outcome.

Like Samuel L. Jackson’s glass boned character, I know what the bad end of the spectrum looks like. I know how possible it is to attract unlikely circumstances. The ideal end of the spectrum is available too and it’s just as likely to attract.

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