In one case, I told my Abraham-Hicks friends that my body changed. I had proof to back it up: I noticed this, then my boyfriend noticed that, and this is what my body has felt like, and these are the changes I am seeing. It's really happening!
People joined me in celebrating the success. Some people told me I had inspired them to try the same thing! You can always count on other Law of Attraction fans to excite each other into more belief and hype, raising each other's expectations.
I told them the only thing that I had used to manifest this change was vibration and alignment. It's all true! It happens just like they say! We can do anything!
Telling It Like You Want It
Looking back now (without forcing myself to tell the story that I like best, as Law of Attraction dictates), I find myself thinking, "Huh?"
What I had written was not the plain truth. Yet my enthusiasm was genuine. And I never consciously exaggerated. Instead, I was taught to look for positive signs and interpret them through a filter.
It's called "telling it like you want it," and most everyone who studies popular Law of Attraction teachings is taught to do this.
I believed in a world where I controlled each outcome through the power of belief. As a result, I looked only for what I wanted, and I mistakenly attributed every event in my life to the truth of The Teachings.
A Faith-Based Ideology
Law of Attraction is a faith-based ideology. Followers need to foster faith and resolve all doubts in their hearts in order to
A Law of Attraction follower may adopt the following rules in the name of being a deliberate creator:
- The only thing that matters is that I feel good.
- Reality is completely subjective. We all experience personal realities that are just the sum total of our beliefs. Therefore, I choose to look for and believe only that which I want to experience.
- The truth is whatever I believe it is.
- If I don't have what I want, it's because of my focus and beliefs (so because of faith or lack thereof).
There are some enthusiastic and compelling stories attesting to the power of Law of Attraction teachings. But, first of all, Law of Attraction is largely based in personal development principles that are empowering. But then it adds a few extra magical spins.
And second, how much can you trust the stories of those who, as an integral part of their ideology, must condition themselves to see only positive signs and confirmation? How much can you trust the version of reality reported by those who believe reality is whatever they say it is?
The Truth Behind the Success Stories
I have noticed that the success stories that go around in Law of Attraction circles (where people reinforce their beliefs together) tend to fall into these categories:
Changes they experienced on the mental or emotional plane: feelings, thoughts, internal shifts.
- "I shifted my vibration and woke up feeling wonderful and positive."
- "I got goosebumps listening to music."
- "I had a breakthrough about why I've been blocking my ideal relationship. Now I'm thinking about love in a new way."
Selected experiences that are interpreted as a sign that a larger manifestation is approaching.
- "I'm vibe-ing love! I saw happy couples everywhere, then I had a great interaction with the cute clerk at the store! It's all unfolding!"
Manifestations that are not actually the magical success stories they're presented as.
- "I'm super wealthy! ...Because I feel abundant when I look around at my life."
- "I experienced time travel! ...In a dream."
- "I manifested clear skin! ...After working with a dermatologist for months."
Problems getting resolved, goals being achieved, and occasional good fortune. That is: normal events told through an LOA lens.
- "I've been focusing on everything I appreciate about my ex, and now I've attracted her back and we're trying to work things out."
- "I stayed in the vibration of appreciation and my cat started to get better."
- "I defined my new job and then attracted it."
Grand proclamations with no explanatory details. These statements impress without giving the full picture.
- "My teeth straightened themselves."
- "I make 5 times the amount of money I used to."
And sometimes they are just exaggerations, because the individual is determined to see it the way they want it. That is the work, after all.
- "My body is changing! This stuff really works!"
- "I have everything I want and I manifest things instantly! People are literally amazed!"
Learn to see the spin that's being applied.
Upholding the Faith Replaces Actual Reality
I'm not saying there aren't larger forces that operate in our lives. I'm not saying people can't build exceptional lives or that focus and mindset don't matter.
But when you are taught to use magical thinking to harness a fictional cause-and-effect relationship (mood + belief = Everything?) what is the actual outcome?
The outcome is striving for perfect faith, policing thought and emotion, telling yourself whatever feels best to believe, and endlessly receiving "mixed manifestations" that must never be evaluated in a way that could undermine The Faith.