law of attraction

Book Review: Beyond Human

  • Posted on: 19 September 2011
  • By: mokshalom

Beyond Human could be just another "think positive" Law of Attraction self-help book. Thankfully, it goes "beyond" simple "just think good thoughts" advice and provides some innovative tools and ways of approaching things that you might not have heard of before.

Right off the bat, the author, Jaden Rose Phoenix, sets herself apart by commenting on the lack of "out of the box" thinking that traps so many people in mediocrity. If more people took her advice on just trying new things to solve problems, the world would probably be a better place.

The Arrest of James Arthur Ray and the Law of Attraction

  • Posted on: 15 February 2010
  • By: mokshalom

James Arthur Ray has been arrested on charges of manslaughter for the deaths of three participants in a sweat lodge ceremony he held last year.

From the Daily Mail:

...(One of the victim's) mother, Ginny, said yesterday that she would have liked to believe the deaths were accidental - but that everything that Ray did during the 'Spiritual Warrior' event almost made them inevitable.

'One of the things that horrifies me after we found out Kirby had died was to see how he behaved, to really yield his true character,' she said.

'This wasn't just a horrible accident. His own conviction in his omnipotence and his own seduction of money and wealth made him delusional.'

An Alternative to the Law of Attraction?

  • Posted on: 11 January 2009
  • By: mokshalom

The "Law of Attraction" has been so overdone in coaching circles lately that it's become the default mantra for many in the self-help biz. "Like attracts like," they say. (Hm. So whatever happened to "opposites attract"?)

I just think the world is more complex than one simple statement that "like attracts like."

As much as I think positive thinking is powerful, as much as I think intention is an amazing force, and as much as I believe visualization can effect personal change...I don't think these things are infallible.

But people respond to soundbites, so I'm wondering if there is some sort of snappy way to say, "Well, yes, thinking positive is great but be realistic and don't expect to become a supermodel when you are a 60-year-old overweight man with a harelip!"

How about something like, "Manifest all you want, but remember God has the final say."

Or: "Think positively, but be open for something else to happen."

Don't Wait for Wealth to Make a Difference

  • Posted on: 25 May 2007
  • By: mokshalom

I had an opportunity to see Michele Blood speak earlier in the week. She is the singing Australian self-help guru who has for years teamed up with Bob Proctor, one of the main guys on The Secret DVD. I enjoyed her talk, if just for the fact that she liked to throw the F-word in there a lot, and didn't seem to take herself too seriously.

What struck me was her comments on the issue of manifesting money. She mentioned briefly that sometimes she gets criticized for her focus on wealth. She said something along the lines of: "If you want to accomplish anything, you need the energy of money behind you, and so I don't apologize for that." (I am completely paraphrasing here.)

Hmm. Well, yes, I certainly would like more money, as it would make my life easier in many respects. But do we need to be wealthy in order to achieve anything?

How About a Law of Repulsion for My Clutter?

  • Posted on: 14 March 2007
  • By: mokshalom

With all this talk about The Secret, I have to say: I really don't want to manifest more stuff right now. I have lots of clutter that I have been clearing out and organizing. Can there be some sort of Law of Repulsion where when I look at my clutter, it will magically fly out the window on its own accord?

How about a Law of Organization, where when I look at my unfiled papers, they magically re-arrange themselves into neatly organized files in my file drawer?

Positive Thought and Energy vs. Law of Attraction

  • Posted on: 13 March 2007
  • By: mokshalom

I have been having lots of discussions lately with folks about The Secret and the Law of Attraction. I believe quite a few people think The Secret has the "answer" because they've tried the positive thinking portion of it, and that works.

Of course positive thinking works (though, not for the reasons the film states). But that doesn't mean you've attracted everything in your life, 100%, as the Law of Attraction states.

Fans of The Secret: Don't Blame the Victim

  • Posted on: 11 March 2007
  • By: mokshalom

I was at an EFT seminar yesterday. Overall, the seminar was very well done, but I was a bothered by how much this "Law of Attraction" meme has begun to infect the self-help world. The teacher, an avowed fan of The Secret, spent quite a bit of time explaining how the world was our "mirror" and if anything bad happened to us, it's because we created it inside first.

Energy 101

Life force energy is a concept familiar to many cultures. The Chinese speak of chi, and Hindus speak of prana.

Chi, or prana, is the spiritual energy that makes your body go. According to Chinese medicine, chi flows throughout the body by pathways called meridians. These meridians are to chi as blood vessels are to blood.

When chi is blocked or becomes stagnant or negative, mental or physical disease can result. Chi is both cause and effect in the mind/body system. If a person experiences an emotional trauma, the chi can stagnate, causing health problems, which cause more chi to stagnate, which causes more health problems and so on.

The Law of Attraction (And Why It's Not the Full Story)