The law of attraction “gurus” like to purport that all you have to do is look around you and you will see how abundant nature really is.

That’s a load!

Sure, you can look around and see the tallest trees in the forest, and you can see the dandelion pushing through the minuscule cracks in the sidewalk. But think about it. In order for that one tree to get as tall as it did, hundreds of saplings didn’t make it. Nor with others grow in the shadow of the great oak tree. And that incipid dandelion? How many dandelions got dozed over and cemented under before this one eeked through? Have you ever watched Planet Earth and seen the vicious struggle in the animal kingdom for the quest for basic survival? It ain’t pretty, my friends, and it certainly isn’t abundant.

The gurus view on Law of Attraction is from the top down. Napolean Hill writes of Andrew Carnegie’s success using thoughts-create-the-universe principles. Hell, Carnegie could have told him he ate nothing but mouldy watermelons and lo! that would have become the secret success formula.

It is our hunger for these secret formula’s that causes us to push the gurus high upon their pinnacles. And the irony is, for all their teachings, they are absolutely and utterly dependent on their followers’ lack of success, else who would be pushing them up skyward?

Consider Oprah, dear dear Oprah sitting from up high gazing down on her admiring masses. With a single show she can lift a motivational speaker from the grind of the circuit into the light of fame and fortune, as she did with James Arther Ray. But does she do that for all her followers? No, that would be ridiculous. Can she do that for all her followers? Of course not. Would she if she could? No, because then who would be left to feed (aka fund) her empire? Right. No one.

Yes, I know that Oprah started from the bottom. As did Carnegie. As did James Arthur Ray. As did Bill Bartmann. As did T. Harv Eker. As did ___________ (insert your favourite guru here). Yawn. The story is getting rather tired.

But what about the likes of the Trailer Park Boys? Or Earl and friends (from the wonderful show, “My Name is Earl”)? These are the dustbins of poverty, and these people portray the unfortunate saplings and rolled over dandelions you never ever see when gazing from the sun in godike wonder of the world you created.

The top needs the bottom to survive. The top needs the bottom as the platform to stand upon. And the top can spin it’s lovely sounding message that rings so sweet in my ear, but it makes it no truer than say the dramatics of the cast on a soap opera.

After all, have you ever noticed that the characters never even once watch TV never mind a soap? It’s because their adoring audience is doing it for them, they are creating the space for their existence. So they don’t need to perpetrate that truth (of watching the soaps) because their adoring audience is doing it for them. Likewise, we are creating the forum for the gurus to spin their golden threads because they do not want for money. That’s our job.

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Vera Keil

You’re right, and you put it very well. Our hopes and wishes actually make THEIRS come true–our gullibility creates abundance, alright…theirs.

August 7th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Thanks Vera, for being a regular reader and contributor! I love hearing from you!

August 7th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Thanks for telling it like it is, Britt. There is so much self-delusion embedded in this law of attraction B.S. and yet even intelligent people believe it. There is something about human nature that traps people into magical thinking. What is it?

August 16th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I am one of those intelligent people that fell for it, hook-line-and-sinker. Then, sunk. So I’m following it through to the bitter end, and documenting my journey along the way.

For me, I was introduced to an alternative finances seminar taught by the wife of a friend who I’ve known (and looked up to) for about a decade. I’d never heard of the Law of Attraction when I took this course. Everything they said seemed to make sense, and they claimed to be living the life of the wealthy (turned out to be true for only a brief moment in time).

They said all the right things. “Most people don’t do this because they don’t know this.” “The banks don’t want people to know this.” “You are among the select few who choose to see this.” (We all like to hear that we’re special and that we have the inside scoop on … well… on anything.)

Once we were entrenched in their investments bids (and really, like most investment companies they get paid a commission to recruit investors, they didn’t necessarily have to invest themselves), they did a showing of the movie, “The Secret.”

Again, this movie said all the right things to all the people who really want to believe. And I think in the middle of a recession (as we were at the time), there are many such “vulnerable” people.

Ah, yes, we nodded our little heads, it makes sense. After all, Andrew Carnegie did it so therefore it must be true.

Fast forward, and each of our investment strategies have sunk. Bombed. Died incredibly dismal deaths. One “secured” investment turned out to be an investment scam to pay back previous investors; another was just an incredibly ploy (this fellow raised millions through small investment clubs and pilfered it all away; Alberta securities finally caught up to him and charged him 10K and told him he couldn’t be a corporate director until 2013!).

There are some tremendous loopholes in our financial world, ranging from the hungry to the wicked to the just plain stupid (where I sadly sat for a year or so).

I figure my job now is to contribute to educating the masses, so that those who care to seek out this information can find it.

Thanks for your comment and question, Bruce. I really appreciate my slowly-growing readership, and hope that a truly “enlightened” view can be blasted out there, overriding the one that currently feeds our insatiable hunger to know “the” answer.

August 16th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I have read Wallace Wattles. Several times in fact, when I was feverish with belief.

If you follow any of Buddhists philosophies, you’ll also be advised of the First Noble Truth, that life is first and foremost suffering. Also in the teachings is that the only thing that you can really control is your mind.

Wallace Wattles would have you believing that you control the banks, the governments and the weather. Desire is a trap, and aggression is never (ultimately) rewarded.

Had Mr. Wallace written that eating bran produces the same results, perhaps you would have modified your diet by now.

“using the law of attraction,” I wish you all the best in your endeavours and hope that the LOA brings you the results you’re envisioning. Good luck, and may luck be on your side.

October 3rd, 2010 at 10:51 pm

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