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Shvoong Home>Books>How To & Self Help>Law of Attraction Review

Law of Attraction

Book Review   by:taha1000     Original Author: Sonia Ricotti's
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The History of the Law of Attraction
Before we go too deep into the modern applications of the law of attraction it isimportant that you understand that this is not simply New Age nonsense (mostdescriptions of the law of attraction refer to it as a product of a New Age Mentality). Theprinciples of the law of attraction date back far beyond the new found popularity of theNew Age.The immortal Buddha was actually one of the first to introduce man to the law ofattraction. He said, “What you have become is what you have thought.” This was aprinciple that the people of the east were acquainted with for centuries before it began tosweep into the western hemisphere.
The concept of karma also may have drawn its roots from the law of attraction.Karma states that you will eventually be revisited bythat which you have sent out intothe universe. If you have practiced kindness and compassion you will receive in kind. Ifyou have been deliberately cruel to another you will receive back into your life thatcruelty which you have sent out. Your actions and thoughts morph into physical entities,causing the universe to react in kind.The law of attraction began to gain popularity in the western hemisphere in the19thcentury, as people began to appreciate the power of positive thinking and apply it totheir life. This new concept was first introduced to the general public by William WalkerAtkinson, the editor of New Thought magazine, who published a book called ThoughtVibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World in 1906. As you can see, the law of attraction is not new. Theconcept that thought canhave a predominate affect on the course of a man’s destiny has been taught by wise menthroughout the ages, and has given rise to a whole new era of beliefs.

What is the Premise of the Law of Attraction?

The theory behind the law of attraction is the belief that energy attracts likeenergy in the vast expanse of space and time that comprises our universe. Each person’sbeing is constantly radiating energy out into space; the type ofenergy being radiated isdetermined by the emotional state of the individual in question and may differ from dayto day-sometimes even hour to hour!This emotional energy is what is commonly known as a “vibe” and is referred toas a vibration by scientists studying the law of attraction.
Chances are that you arefamiliar with the term. Have you ever been with someonewho is so happy they seem tobe radiating a “glow which inspires happiness in all thosearound them? By the sametoken, have you ever spent time with someone who was so critical and unhappy that theyconsistently gave off a “negative vibe” which seemed to suck the life and happiness outof all those around them?You do not have to possess psychic powers to be able to feel the vibes that peopleemit; this energy is very real on a psychological plane andwill affect anyone, anywhereat any time. Our vibrations are usually an unconscious response to some form ofenvironmental stimulus; something has happened which has caused us to feel happy, orsad, or scared, or confused, or stressed, etc., and our subconscious response to this(because vibes are generated and projected from the subconscio us rather than theconscious) is something that is beyond our control.Chances are the person who is emitting a negative vibe does notchoose to be unhappy, nor do they wish to inflict their unhappiness on allthose around them by the simple fact of their presence. (Before you saywhat you are thinking, yes, there are some exceptionsto this rule. Miserydoes love company and there are many who take a great deal of delight ininflicting their pain on other people. It is important to understand that thisis not usually done in a desire to cause others pain but out a desire to notfeel so alone in their unhappiness. But we digress…)There are a number of feelings which lead to positive andnegative vibes beingemitted, and it is important before we continue on any form of discussion about the lawof attraction that you understand what each of these are (you’ll understand the reasons forthis a little later).
Published: September 22, 2012   
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