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  • Richard Spitzer

Conversion of a Law of Attraction Skeptic

If you have had doubts about the Law of Attraction. If you have read articles that the Law of Attraction is a fake. If the Law of Attraction has not worked for you. Then you are like I was until a few years ago.

I changed my mind from being a skeptic to a believer. I now believe that what many people call the Law of Attraction (LOA)is a real human ability. But I’ve made loa/manifestation work for me by investigating the process and revising the description to its real intention -Manifestation. And believing is what you need for LOA and manifestation to work for you.

If I did it, and I’m a usually professional skeptic, then you can change your thinking too.

The first step is to realize what you are skeptical about, and why LOA should be more believable than many other things we all accept.

First, the term Law of Attraction describes only one part of the overall universal principles, which includes manifestation and synchronicity, which are also core Universal Principles. One reason that LOA may not be successful for some people is that we think of “law” as a fixed condition that must work and be true. Principles are more appropriate for “thoughts” because the thoughts are in all shapes, sizes and desires and can change.

I’ve been skeptical of many things in life that make extreme positive or negative claims. I don’t believe one pill will triple my memory or help me lose 30 pounds. And I don’t reject the possibility that there is intelligent life somewhere else in the universe.

But I was skeptical of concepts like the Law of Attraction, which claim that positive thoughts will bring you positive outcomes and that you attract what you think about. It was too simplistic. Like everyone else, I’ve had thoughts that did not produce results. But I never understood the concept and the universal practices to make successful use of the principles.

So, let’s cover the nature of skepticism, which is a first cousin of fear and doubt, the biggest obstacles to successful attraction and manifestation.

“I mean, you could claim that anything's real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody's proved it doesn't exist!” J.K. Rowling

Do a Google search on why the law of attraction does not work, and you will find many websites devoted to skepticism and debunking all types of claims.

So here is my challenge to skeptics of all types:

Almost everyone, including professional and scientific skeptics, believes in the most incomprehensible and unprovable things in the universe--yet readily dismiss the simple idea that you can transform thoughts to achieve the desired outcomes. And I’m not focusing only on “positive” thoughts; I believe LOA, as many others have written, is non-judgmental, the universe does not take sides, it only operates according to its inherent rules.

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” Carl Sagan

Let’s take some examples of what no one knows for sure or understands how or why, but that even skeptics accept:

  • The universe is about 14 billion years old, but we don’t’ know for sure, or what existed before it came into existence, or how long it will last.

  • A simple acorn has all the information in its own “DNA” to grow to be 150 feet tall, absorb sunlight and water and nutrients from the soil and live to be hundreds of years old.

  • Light travel at 186,000 miles per second. Why not 192,000 miles per hour, or 100 miles per hour?

  • Water naturally freezes at 30 degrees and boils at 201 degrees-why those temperatures?

  • We all have thoughts, but we don’t know where thoughts come from. We can observe neurological brain activity, but we have absolutely no idea how the brain works in the way that we understand how an electric motor works.

  • And there are thousands of similar things we accept, are taught, can often observe as true.

  • As the Noble winner physicist Leon Lederman said: “ to believe something while knowing it cannot be proved ( yet) is the essence of physics.”

“Tell people there's an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the clear majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.” George Carlin

The Law of Attraction and similar practices are what we humans were meant to do. We have not been created to move at the speed of light or become an oak tree -we are meant to think and turn those thoughts into something tangible.

We, humans, are here. We do have thoughts. It’s very clear that we are created, or evolved, with the ability to wonder about why everything exists or what could exist. We were created with the ability, both mentally and physically, to have thoughts and take actions to transform them into tangible things. It can be a jet plane or a book of philosophy or a telescope and the math to estimate there are 200 trillion galaxies.

So, we humans can conceive a thought and from it create a real, measurable, observable outcome.

Let’s look at thoughts in a more personal and internal perspective.

Have you ever thought about something bad happening to you in the future, and you get the chills, your stomach churns and gets in knots, maybe you get nauseous, your breathing changes, you feel weak, you get strange sensations throughout your body?

Or you can have a very positive thought about a new job, get a promotion and a raise, a date with the possible love of your life, or going on a vacation you have been planning forever – you feel energized, awakened, confident that you can do anything, and the world is wonderful, and everything is going your way.

So, we do have thoughts about an imaginary situation, and it directly influences our psychological, emotional and physical being. We feel the result of our thoughts!

Let’s go one more step. We all know people personally or in public life who have been committed to a goal and achieved great success. Virtually every celebrity in entertainment, sports, business, politics started from ordinary beginnings and was able to achieve their goals. When they are asked how they could succeed, they almost universally say the same thing in many ways, “you can achieve whatever you want in life if you really want it.” “My grandmother/mother/father/teacher/coach told me I could do anything I set out to do if I want it bad enough.”

As Henry Ford said, “whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”

Throughout history, someone’s thoughts have created everything now have — the invention of the wheel, the creation of algebra, how to make wine, how to do a heart transplant, how to fly to the moon, how to measure the speed of light, how to write a book, how to help other people and unfortunately how to do evil things. Every single physical object and every single religious or philosophical concept— all originated with a first thought that was transformed into reality.

People have always lived at a time where when there have been many skeptics or unbelievers who did not understand why and how something is possible or were afraid of a different explanation, and so denied the possibility. Our entire history is a cliché of how denials eventually became believable. The world is not flat. Bleeding a sick person will not make them better. A human in a horseless carriage going 20 miles an hour will not suffocate because they cannot breathe at such a high speed.

I believe The Universal Principles do have an absolute core of fundamental truths. But many mysterious beliefs and unusual ideas have become surrounded by intentional and unintentional claims that are incorrect, exaggerated, incomplete, and so do not deliver the results promised.

We do know a few new things from current science.

“Reality provides us with facts so romantic that imagination itself could add nothing to them.” Jules Verne

It is now universally accepted that everything in the universe is composed at its most fundamental level of some form of energy, which contains some type of information that determines its nature and how it interacts with other forms and constructions of energy. We, humans, are part of this universe and its forces; we are made of the same energy that exists everywhere in the universe. One of the core principles is that we are energy beings with vibrations. Thus, humans broadcast a level of energy that has some capabilities that can interact with other levels of energy that are in a different form. So our energy-driven abilities are in our DNA. But the history of the universal principles, and even today, has been largely misunderstood, denied, suppressed, kept secret and misused, so there is much more to discover, learn and in some cases, unlearn.

I’ve been doing my research for several years, and it’s not completed. I’ve reconsidered many people and events I’ve encountered and reassessed my own life in the context of the universal principles. I now believe in the Law of attraction principle, but not all the hype surrounding it. I have not mastered LOA, but I now understand how it’s supposed to work, what I was doing wrong and what I need to do correctly.

I’ve written a book based on my research for a modern application of the power of our thoughts and how we can transform our ideas into a successful reality, The Manifestation Formula.

“My desire and wish are that the things I start with should be so obvious that you wonder why I spend my time stating them. This is what I aim at because the point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.” ― Bertrand Russell, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism