KarateMonkey posted an interesting question under the New research shows why using the law of attraction often fails column:
So when you get something you want it's because the law of attraction is working, and when you don't get something you want it's because the law of attraction is working, but you don't want in the right way.
Is there any way to disprove the law of attraction?
I don’t think the average person could disprove it, because most of us are fairly out of touch with our ongoing feelings, and our thoughts move too fast to keep track of many of them. Of course the average person couldn’t disprove there are quarks either or that the law of gravity applies on Jupiter. There are many things we accept because we trust experts in the field.
Science relies on objective, material proof, and this is relatively difficult to obtain when dealing with thoughts. Thus, scientists can give us some evidence around the edges, such as neurocinematics, or the research on happiness (an example of which I’ll be covering in my next column). However—so far at least—science is not in a position to give us objective evidence regarding our thoughts being the foundation of our physical experience.
I believe there is a broader question underlying the one being asked, though. If we can objectively prove or disprove something, then we can rely on our understanding of it. I believe the more important question is, what, if anything, can we use to assure ourselves the Law of Attraction is a valid construct?
In other words, if we can’t rely on science, is there anything else we can rely on? I think the simplest answer in this instance is ourselves. However, there is an intermediate step that we need (and that science often provides), and that is a trusted source.
For me, it was a book, The Nature of Personal Reality, by Jane Roberts, that I read when I was in graduate school. It struck me as the most profound book on understanding human nature I had ever come across, and that included my graduate psychology texts. So, when the book delved into areas where I had no way of getting scientific or personal proof, I trusted the source.
That gave me the impetus to do my own exploration. I’m far from perfect at it, but I can clearly see the evidence in my own life in those areas where I succeeded in shifting into a positive attitude (also in those areas where I haven’t).
I certainly respect the desire to use science as a trusted source. I use it in many areas too. It’s a fantastic tool. It just isn’t very good at measuring non-material events.
To get back to the first part of the question, “and when you don't get something you want it's because the law of attraction is working, but you don't want in the right way.”
We can learn what successful others have found to be the “right way” for them, and like any researcher, we can refine our technique. How much time and effort we put into this depends on if sources we trust convince us it’s worth our while, and if the process is enjoyable.
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