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Law of Attraction

What is the Law of Attraction?

The Law of Attraction (LOA) is a universal law and an aspect of karma which states that energies of similar vibrational frequencies are attracted to one another like the poles of a magnet. Law of Attraction is the fundamental force behind the process of manifestation.

This is a greatly misunderstood and misused concept among New Age circles.

Myths and misunderstandings about the Law of Attraction

  • The Law of Attraction means like attracts like.
  • The Law of Attraction means that we manifest our thoughts.
  • The Law of Attraction means that we manifest all of our life experiences on an individual level.

Because many people misunderstand the Law of Attraction to mean that they are the sole creators of their experiences and that their thoughts are literally made manifest, it is often used in New Age circles to justify oppression and abuse as personal manifestations. This is highly problematic because it suggests that victims of rape, abuse, or other trauma, as well as racism, misogyny, and other hateful social attitudes are manifested or somehow created by the victims through a victim mentality, which enables abuse and oppression to continue and alleviates the perpetrators from accountability.

This is the result of an over-simplified understanding of the law of attraction, the false assumption that 100% of our experiences are created by our thoughts, and ignorance of the reality that we live in a co-created world where every single person is endowed with the same ability. This co-creation means that actions DO have consequences and we can and do use that creative power to oppress and victimize other people. The Law of Attraction absolves no one from shadow work, examining their own biases, and accepting accountability for one’s actions (also known as Karma).

 

Like does not necessarily attract like.

It is important to distinguish that Law of Attraction is not like attracts like. This is overly-simplistic. The Law of Attraction is like energy attracts like energy.

How things appear on the surface may look similar, however, the underlying energy and intentions can be completely different. For example, you may have two people doing psychic readings. The general assumption is that both people are “lightworkers.” However, one of those people is attracted to this position of authority as a means to gain power, control, and fame, and the other is attracted to this position of authority because they see it as a mission and genuinely want to help people heal. The underlying energies are polar opposites and only the surface gives the appearance of things being similar.

If we want to truly understand the law of attraction, we have to understand it in energetic terms: heavy energy attracts heavy energy. Lighter energy attracts lighter energy. The vibrational frequencies of the energies are a match.

Duality comes from the illusion that there exists a lack of love. We call that illusion fear (not to be confused with danger). Fear-based energy is heavy and dense. Thus, fear-based energy manifests as spectrum of polarity (duality).

For example: total control and total submission exist on the same power spectrum and they are both symptoms of a heavier, “negative,” fear-based energy, one being a hunger for power, and the other being a state of feeling powerless. Thus, these two energies attract because they are the same fundamental energy, and give the illusion of opposites attracting.

When a person is embodying the heavy energy of control, they are attracted to people and situations who are embodying the heavy energy of powerlessness. This is how and why abusers seek out individuals with a lack of healthy boundaries. When an abuser meets someone with a healthy sense of boundaries, they will be repelled from being in relationship with that person because that person’s energy is not a match. Once they test those boundaries and recognize that they can’t consistently penetrate them without consequence, they will move on until they find someone who is easier to exploit.

Manifesting

Manifesting refers to the process by which we create the life we experience, typically through the Law of Attraction. A common misconception about manifestation is that we literally manifest our thoughts.

The fundamental catalyst that engages the Law of Attraction is not thoughts, but belief. Thoughts are products of beliefs, and each holds a vibrational frequency. Beliefs are the basis of our thoughts, and subsequently, our attitudes, words, and finally, our actions. As such, the energy of those beliefs is carried throughout our experience, and reflected back to us in our understanding of the reality we experience.

Much of our core beliefs and attitudes exist subconsciously. Thus, the only way to ensure that we are not manifesting our world from a place of unconscious fear is to engage in a process of deep self-reflection and trauma healing to release any fear-based programming, thereby shifting our beliefs to more positive attitudes and actions.

The Law of Attraction and Karma

The Law of Attraction is the mechanism through which we experience karma. Through the Law of Attraction, the universe continues to present us with experiences of similar patterns to that of our initial karmic wound in order to trigger healing. Once we recognize the behavioral patterns then find the root of the trauma and engage in a healing process, we can release the energy block, learn the “karmic lesson,” and end the cycle.

Karma is not a punishment for past misdeeds. Karma is the consequences of the collective actions of individual members of society. Karma is responsible for the construction of oppressive systems and cycles of abuse, and balancing one’s karma entails holding ourselves accountable for those consequences and contributing to the dismantling of those systems and healing generational trauma.

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