‘The Secret’ Law of Attraction Doesn’t Work: Here’s Proof

The Secret

Have you ever met someone who was really into The Secret Law of Attraction? Maybe they’ve said something like “you can have whatever you want; you just have to make it manifest in your life. You can attract whatever good fortune you wish just by thinking about it the right way!” People who are into The Secret believe that the laws of quantum physics prove that like attracts like; in other words: if you think about something in a positive way often enough and properly, that thing will magically manifest in your life because “the universe” will provide it to you.

One example of how The Secret works which is frequently cited is: you receive an envelope in the mail. If you think a bill will be inside, then a bill will be inside; but if you think a check will be inside, then you will open the envelope and find a check. There is one major problem with this way of thinking: quantum physics doesn’t work that way, and neither does The Secret Law of Attraction. In fact, there is no “law of attraction” in quantum physics. Here’s proof.

First, Rhonda Byrne, author of The Secret, has no scientific background or training whatsoever. She is a television producer and writer. She claims she based her book on another book published in 1910, called The Science of Getting Rich. Unfortunately, the author of that book, Wallace Wattles, did not have any science background either. He was a farm laborer. Therefore, the two books on which the Law of Attraction is based were both written by people who had/have no understanding of quantum physics.

According to real physicist Andrew Zimmerman Jones, the idea that quantum physics dictates that thoughts can control the “material world” is simply not true, and scientists who have training in quantum physics do not believe it is true based upon their expertise. Byrne’s ideas, extracted from Wattles’ earlier book, are just fabricated nonsense. Consciousness does not affect reality.

The people who believe in Byrne’s ideas are buying advice from someone who has no knowledge of quantum physics and then applying it to their lives, often with disappointing results. Besides physicists scoffing at Byrne’s ideas, those in the field of neuroscience also say the Law of Attraction does not exist.

According to neuroscientist Russell Poldrack, energy fields that are emitted from our brains are much too small to directly impact anything material or cause items, money, situations or other material things to manifest magically:

..these fields are minuscule…Plus, remember the inverse square law: the intensity of an energy wave radiating from a source is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from that source…The brain’s magnetic field of 10–15 teslas quickly dissipates from the skull and is promptly swamped by other magneticsources, not to mention the earth’s magnetic field of 10–5 teslas, which overpowers it by 10 orders of magnitude!

So, it is clear that when actual scientists get involved in the discussion, Byrne’s ideas carry no weight at all; but it’s not just scientists who state that The Secret Law of Attraction doesn’t work; studies have shown that positive thinking can actually be detrimental to achieving goals. A study out of Germany proved that people who concentrated on positive thoughts about getting a job not only failed to manifest that job, but actually ended up making lower salaries than those who did not purposely think positively. Fantasizing led to less action and thus, fewer positive outcomes overall.

The German study supports previous research out of London which showed that students who thought positively about their week got less accomplished during that week than the control group. It’s as if spending time thinking and fantasizing about positive things prohibits action which might otherwise have been taken during that time. This wasted time could have potentially actually led to a positive outcome had the person not simply thought about the outcome.

Despite plenty of anecdotal evidence of The Secret Law of Attraction working, no real science is available to support it, and plenty of anecdotal evidence of it not working also exists. The anecdotal evidence that supports the Law of Attraction is no more than the result of a placebo effect combined with confirmation bias.

So what’s wrong with the placebo effect if it helps some people? The problem is, for the many more people it doesn’t help, a much worse, more depressed, more vulnerable psychological state is often realized. This can lead to worse outcomes in the short term and a poor quality of life overall.

One of the most devious aspects of The Secret is that if someone fails to get what they want, The Secret dictates it is the person’s own fault. The Secret also blames cancer patients for manifesting negative energy and therefore causing their own cancer. It is this kind of victim-blaming mentality that makes this way of thinking so dangerous.

In addition to leading people into a destructive state of mind, psychologist Jenna Baddeley says that adopting the Law of Attraction as valid “promotes a relationship between the individual and the world that is akin to a glorified infancy.” She also says that believing that bad things are the fault of the person experiencing them leads people to a decreased state of empathy, since the victim is the one who is blamed for what’s happening to them.

The Secret also removes the very natural human state of anxiety from the equation; anxiety that can potentially be life saving. Anxiety and fear are survival tools that humans have relied on for centuries. For example, fear of starving in the winter is what propelled people to save and store food in the summer, and so on. The mindset that The Secret promotes takes this fundamental element of survival out of practice and could potentially lead to loss of these necessary fear instincts through disuse. The inevitable end point would be people who become unaware of the legitimate potential of dangerous situations.

Anecdotally, it is easy to meet people whose lives seem to be falling apart; who have no money; who may even be utilizing public assistance, who believe in The Secret and blame their troubles on themselves for not applying the principles of The Law of Attraction correctly. It is less common to meet people who have been highly successful using The Secret, no matter what Oprah Winfrey wants everyone to believe.

Anecdotal evidence abounds that sitting around thinking positive thoughts will not make anything magically manifest in someone’s life, and that doing so wastes time that could be spent taking action instead. Now, in addition to anecdotal evidence, numerous peer reviewed studies have proven the same.

In an article in Psychology Today entitled Positive Thinking Leads to Economic Decline, scientist Matthew Hutson describes the phenomenon of positive thinking being detrimental:

If you vividly picture a desired outcome (weight loss, a job offer), without also thinking in detail about what stands in your way, it’s a bit like you already have the prize, so you don’t strive so hard… all those vision boards that readers of The Secret have constructed—covered with magazine cut-outs of mansions and beach vacations and slim waists (but never world peace)—are likely to remain mere visions dancing in their heads.

The Secret Law of Attraction doesn’t work, and that has been proven by both scientific expert opinion as well as numerous peer reviewed studies. Now, researchers ought to move on to finding out the reason why people would purchase advice based on “quantum physics” from someone who is the furthest thing from a scientist, and why they would persist in believing it despite its lack of positive effect in their lives.

An Editorial By: Rebecca Savastio

Sources:

Psychology Today

Journal of Experimental Psychology

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

The New Yorker

Pub Med

Psychology Today

Michael Shermer

Psychology Today

148 Responses to "‘The Secret’ Law of Attraction Doesn’t Work: Here’s Proof"

  1. Eva   May 19, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Well I tried Law of Attraction. I tried vision boards. It does not work for me. I did not get results. The only way to achieve of getting what you want is to have a “goal ”
    You plan how you going to achieve that goal then it will manifest to you. There is no such thing as ” Law of attraction ” This is a deception of Satan. it is a money gimmick idea of these guru conjure up. As far as asking ,believe you already have it and it manifest to you that is in the Bible is taking out of context. What Jesus mean here is . If you believe you receive wisdom and understanding of the words from God in the Bible it is yours already. The Law of Attraction is self center thinking. You want for your self . You are not focus on God for providing you with your need. In order to receive anything from God you must forgive others for wrong doing. You must take up your Cross to follow Jesus. Satan temped Adam and Eve in the garden the for bitten fruit but for their own selfish lust they ate the fruit anyway. Satan been doing this up to today with his cunning lust that you can be God that know good and bad. Jesus was temped out on the desert for 40 days. Satan attempted him three time. I will give you the kingdom if you do this for me. He temped Jesus to jump off a Clift that the angel will catch him falling. You see Jesus was not thinking about him self he rely on God the Father. So he said to Satan ” Get behind me Satan ” Law of attraction is satanic. Satan turn him self into angel of light. Yes he deliver to your wants of material things . Satan manipulate situation to make it look like the Law of attraction works. This whole thing of Law of attraction is nothing but big money making lie from the law attraction author and teacher. Sorry to put a peg in your gear. Read the Bible for the real truth from God the Father .

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    • Mark   May 24, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Sorry Eva but your Bible god has people sick and broke all the time and your churches have one thing in mind and that’s to control your mind, money & life and expect you all to live week after week, year after year having little or nothing, working for the rich man & corporations who couldn’t care less about you. No thank you. I do believe in a higher power but not this vengeful god who in the old testament killed millions of his own people, many in a heinous way, lets innocent children die of cancer every year and says if you don’t follow his rules than you will be subject to the horrible punishment for eternity. The simple truth is this god just doesn’t exist.
      I got on to The Secret & the LOA last February and admittedly things were a bit slow at first as it’s not easy erasing a mind that tended to think negative but I still didn’t give up. Finally after being down to my last $26, I won 5 figures in a lottery, just as I visualized. With everything paid for I can live off that a long time. I also have had some instances of healing as well. Your god never granted anyone something such as generous that I’ve ever heard of.

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  2. Amy   December 7, 2016 at 5:56 am

    There was a time when we didn’t have scientific evidence of storm, we didn’t have meteorology..did that negate storms and rain? You couldn’t explain gravity but you could still se it’s effect, until you could explain why something fals. Science know so much less that it doesn’t know. Paradigmes are always changeing or complementing. LOA for now doesn’t have scientific background, but experience shows that it is there, plenty of people can confirm that. People though Sun is spinning around the Earth until they found out it is false…Argument that it is not scientificly proofed is just bad and immature argument.

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  3. Andre   November 21, 2016 at 4:56 am

    Please enlighten us what your scientific credentials are, Rebecca Savastio??

    Where is your referencing for your so-called scientific facts??

    What have you actually achieved using your negative mindset?? Provide proof of this please.

    How do you explain the success of people far superior to yourself, like Oprah, Will Smith etc who swear by the LOA?

    You are quick to dismiss Oprah’s statements, so what have you done to uplift people around the world? Do you have a school? your own tv network?

    Naturally, I will not hold my breath for your response, for you are most likely unable to back up any of your CLAIMS and have NO credentials that can hold a candle to the achievements of Oprah.

    YOU ARE A NOBODY with a utterly nauseating mindset and a Horrible style of writing (if I could even apply the word “style” to your writing).

    Having a quick glance at some of your other articles, it’s no surprise you choose to attack successful people, rather than learn from them and offer an alternate to what you deem as unfounded. You are a rather cliche writer who could never make a splash in a microscopic puddle of literary spit.

    PLEASE RETIRE Rebecca Savastio

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    • NerdyBirdie   February 11, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Wow… I’m guessing you’re a regular practitioner of the law of attraction. But somehow you never learned that putting down others and calling them a nobody does not make you any better, you bloody hypocrite.

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  4. lonja   August 2, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    No they dont just merely become Vision in there head they actualy become real things or situations

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  5. James   June 27, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    The Law of Attraction in my mind focuses more on goal setting behaviour, placing these goals into sub and pre conscious and allowing your desires to manifest in your resulting actions that lead toward achievement of these goals.

    The science is interesting but upon first learning about the Law of Attraction, I did not really believe it but I don’t blame the author for trying to reinforce our belief to increase our faith in this method of achieving one’s goals.

    On the other hand, negative mind sets can also lead to negative outcomes; meaning there is truth to the law of attraction whether the writer of this article likes it or not.

    Examples of negative attraction; a distrusting relationship can lead partners to feel low self esteem and cheat, health anxiety causes distrress, weakens the immune system and can lead to cancer, worrying about or expecting people not to like you can cause a person to act in a sociably undesirable way that causes people not to like them.

    Examples of positive attraction; wishing you had a person to share your life with – if an opportunity arises where you have a choice that could lead to meeting someone you think you could love, you are more likely to take it. Wishing you made more money – if you are offered a different better paying job you are more likely to take it. Wishing you had a new car – you are more likely to save money knowing that you want a new car more than to spend money on other needless things.

    It’s not an exact science but you can’t write it off as a myth just because you don’t really understand it or because it doesn’t resonate with you.

    The vibrations aspect to me mostly works in a sense that you can give off vibes to other people to which they are likely to respond in a positive or negative way. This can work with other living creatures also, such as when animals sense fear or sadness.

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  6. Brian Withers   June 27, 2016 at 9:18 am

    It’s no doubt true that some of those professing to be law of attraction teachers are only interested in filling their pockets but that is no different than any aspect of life. You can say the same about dentists, doctors, lawyers, accountants and virtually any other vocation or profession. But you can also say that there are those who are authentically interested in helping others through their gifts and talents, not solely for their benefit but the benefit of all. The thing with understanding how the mind works and how to intentionally attract what you want . . . you learn that life is not about what we want, it’s about our vibration. So the thing to understand is, how do I hold my vibration in a place, in this present moment that is equal to what I want. When your “in the moment” vibration is equal to what you want, then what you want is on its way. When your “in the moment” vibration is not equal to what you want then you are blocking it from coming. Nothing is random, it’s all cause and effect. Equal frequencies attract, whether you know it or not, whether you like it or not or whether you believe it or not. For example, if you say I want a new car and you imagine your self in that car. The feeling is a high vibration and its on its way. But then if say, I can’t afford it, or where is the money going to come from, or what will my family think, now you have introduced a low vibration. The want vibration does not equal the present moment vibration. Our beliefs about life and our self acceptance, respect tend to be the limiting factors that hold us away from the frequencies that are required to attract what we want. Einstein and Tesla were very tuned into the law of vibration and attraction. Part of the tripping point for many is that we live in a world of instant gratification and people don’t want to take the time to learn how to use their mind, they just want the quick fix, the quick results and when they don’t get them, it’s on to the next process or next whatever that will give that quick fix. I’m doubtful if anyone will be convinced one way or another in this comment section if there is any such thing as this law of attraction, but if a person is committed to take the time to be educated they will find it is absolute science.

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    • lonja   August 2, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      Ure just retarded theyre not Interesse in filzig there pockets sure that too why Not should they give nothing for something? If so then it tells a lot about you. They want to help people thats there foremost goal

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  7. thora   June 20, 2016 at 4:17 am

    I guess I would wonder what kind of education the writer has to make such statements. It seems the writer is quick to point out others background education as being of high importance. I also noted that there was no references added from members in the field of guantum who have studied this for years.

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  8. Reality EXPERTS   June 12, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    I think what the writer is trying to animate is that the law of attraction is an extremist view-point with no scientific bases, rather than criticise positive thinking in general. “Having a desire; focus and take action; allow and receive” is something we do everyday. it is common sense and has nothing to do with the universe or magnetic attraction. it is simply setting a goal, taking action to achieve that objective and obviously you obtained results! It is not necessary to buy these books and courses, which are just a way people exploit the weaknesses of others through their desperation to ‘get rich quick’. The secret portrays that by visualising you can manifest ANYTHING YOU DESIRE. i wish that they would explain this: Every lady in existence from the beginning of time, has been dreaming about her wedding day. The prince charming that will come along to sweep her off her feet! She has had no prior bad experience, she has never been hurt, felt the pain of betrayal and her intentions are of positive expectation and she visualises a happy future. However, relationships fail, divorce is a reality! And most people marry their first love. The law of attraction “EXPERTS” will have you believe you brought this negative outcome on yourself, you didn’t apply it right! But it’s your first relationship you have entered into, now i don’t know about you, but nobody enters into a relationship believing they will get screwed over. So with this first relationship experience being visualised as spectacular and never negative, what went wrong? So how does the law of attraction only apply to certain things or people, such as the people who make money off it most probably! I stick to the thought, if something sounds to good to be true, then guess what, it probably is. In the dictionary the ‘law of attraction’ should be defined as: exploiting and/or manipulating people who can’t see obvious facts.

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  9. Brian Withers   June 10, 2016 at 4:39 am

    If I recall history, humans did not do nice things to those who suggested the earth was round. But low and behold the earth is round. And imagine going into a house in the 15th century and saying, listen folks, I am going to install this fixture on the ceiling and a switch on the wall and instead of using those candles for light when it is dark, you can just flick this switch. I would hope there was not a nearby cliff! But low and behold, let their be light. How about air travel, imagine telling someone in the 12th century that in the coming years, they can sit in a chair in a machine that will take them around the planet in no more than a couple days! Of course our physical world is a manifestation of our vibration, and yes we can intentionally control our vibration, most just don’t know how to use their mind intentionally yet because but it is not part of our regular education, but it is coming just like all of those things I mentioned above. The secret is part of the evolution to understanding how to use our mind to intentionally manifest the life we want but it is not the whole story. It’s not the complete education. If you want to more fully understand the process of using the mind to intentionally manifest your life I have written a book called Higher Vibrations for Health, Happiness and Harmony. It’s actually a program, a text book with material, questions and exercises that show you how to take charge of your life using your mind. The book by Pam Grout called E squared is also an excellent resource – 9 energy experiments that prove your thoughts create your reality. It’s an exciting time, forget about the science and the debating, just go prove it to yourself. You don’t need any degrees, you don’t need any money, you don’t really need anything. You just got to commit yourself to learning the process, practicing and applying it. And remember, if you think or can or you think you can’t your right (your beliefs are self fulfilling). We live in an energy universe of all possibilities. You can also check out my daily energy vibration message on Facebook.

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    • An engineer someday   October 22, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      No one “manifested” airplanes, electric lights, or the study of cartography. They were the result of hundreds of years of painstaking research, trial and error, and constant effort by highly competent and disciplined individuals who most certainly did not believe that one gains what they want out of life by just sending out the right “vibrations” to the universe. The universes natural tendency is toward entropy, not order. The great struggle of life and now humanity is to combat this entropy by capturing energy and concentrating and organizing it in more and more sophisticated forms, ie. airplanes, etc. This is the exact opposite of just “going with the flow of the universe. You seem to be fairly well spoken. How you can make your living hawking lies to the naïve and vulnerable and still sleep well at night is beyond me.

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  10. victor   June 2, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    The law of attraction isn’t believing $10,000 will appear in your wallet and suddenly it magically does. If you believe that you might be mentally retarded (per the article you do believe something of the sort…LOL). Law of Attraction, however, is real. Dont really matter… you’re point of view is so “off” you will most likely never understand. Hard-work pays off just as well anyway.

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  11. Reformed LoaEnthusiast   May 11, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    The problem with the LOA is the extreme disappointment the teaching causes and the lack of genuine effort to work towards your goal it causes. I appreciate this article thanks.
    #reformedloabeliever

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  12. Bob   May 11, 2016 at 5:07 am

    The “law of attraction” here you have defined is not correct.
    By believing there is money in a letter does not “manifest” it there, the belief of knowing you will have it in the future along with gratitude pulls you closer to it, it could take 1 minute to 10 years, it’s not magic.
    If I think about a bike I do not have and it’s all I think about then clearly my thoughts will pull towards getting that bike fast.
    Secondly people becoming depressed from it “not working”, again don’t understand it properly because it takes TIME and GRATITUDE.
    If you are thankful everyday of your life you can be only but happy.
    And if you’re not thankful and become depressed then you weren’t attempting the ‘law of attraction’ in the first place.
    The law of attraction dictates around a sense of fullness or lack.
    If you believe you lack something you will not get it.
    If you believe you are full and need nothing else in your life then you will get whatever you think of.

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  13. gunner1013   March 24, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Law of attraction does exist and if for some reason you don’t believe it that’s your right! However, what’s wrong with somebody having a positive mind-set! Anyone who has any knowledge of law of attraction also knows how to utilize the principles to manifest the desired results. I am not aware of any law of attraction laws that state that all you have to do is wish or think positive and your bills turn into checks? Law of attraction states in order to manifest your desired results 1) Have a desire for something 2) Focus and take action 3) Allow and expect to receive! …No magic Genie as you state! The principles that I stated go much,much deeper and that’s where physics and science plays a role. Why does someone have to have a degree in science to state scientific evidence and open up discussion of how the study of the mind,emotions and energy have some patterns that pertain to the sciences…thoughts and brain waves emit energy why not allow it to create positive energy?! I am not sure I have ever met a negative thinking self-made millionaire? If I did my money is on he/she not being able to sustain wealth over a long period of time! Despite what you believe ask yourself if this world we live in would be a better place if everyone had a positive frame of mind, studied it and lived it!!

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    • crystal shaw   May 7, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      Law of Attraction is what you are attracted to. It does not mean that you wlll get it just because you are atrracted to it.The Secret is a book that gives comfort to those that are in desperate need of some form of help.There is no law of attraction should be called ThěLaw OF ACTION! l.o.a jůst fools people dont get sucked into it.

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      • lonja   August 2, 2016 at 1:09 pm

        There is a law of attraction

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  14. John Shane   February 12, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Also, this article doesnt provide prrof. Just theory.
    Same as the ridiculous ‘secret’, theory, on the opposite side.
    No one has PROVEN anything

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  15. John Shane   February 12, 2016 at 12:20 am

    “So what’s wrong with the placebo effect if it helps some people? The problem is, for the many more people it doesn’t help, a much worse, more depressed, more vulnerable psychological state is often realized. This can lead to worse outcomes in the short term and a poor quality of life overall.

    One of the most devious aspects of The Secret is that if someone fails to get what they want, The Secret dictates it is the person’s own fault. The Secret also blames cancer patients for manifesting negative energy and therefore causing their own cancer. It is this kind of victim-blaming mentality that makes this way of thinking so dangerous.”

    SOUNDS EXACTLY LIKE RELIGION TO ME. Yet, they call Dawkins a prick.
    Hypocrites.

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  16. Jose   January 28, 2016 at 8:13 am

    On the text one can read “Consciousness does not affect reality.”

    What about the double slit experiment ?

    Observing the particles has influence on how they behave, hence changing reality just by looking at those particles.

    Doesnt mean I believe in the law of attraction but I keep an open mind.

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  17. Anil   January 3, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I bealive in ‘The Secret’.
    law of attaraction works,definetly.Quantom physics also support that

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  18. Ethab   December 30, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Reality is perception. You are missing the point.

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  19. Mukul   December 16, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Hey I am from India and new to LOA.
    Well as everyone knows hindu mythology is the oldest ever in the history of human and scientifically proven as well. Those who are not aware then they should try reading Shrimadbhagwad Gita or in short GITA in their respective language. Its available in atleast every language of the world.
    In GITA there are many instances phrases paras which supports rhonda brynes The secret. NOT only in Gita actually in many other holy books of hindu mythology the same thing is written again and again in the forms of stories, riddles, etc.
    So its their weather u want to blv it or not. Also no of people who got benefitted with this secret are huge.
    So there is no way we can outrightly rejected it.

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    • Jules   June 15, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      I can reject because you can’t even write a coherent paragraph. Since everything the in Gita “works”– have you obtained all your desires? Life doesn’t work that way. Sometimes you just lose.

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  20. Caroline A   December 14, 2015 at 4:25 am

    I was not really surprised by this article, as I have scientists in my family, including skeptics.I would like to say a fair bit, but I will just say a couple of things. I am now 51, and I have seen just as much as any scientist, in my own life’s journey.Rhonda Bourne is no scientist, but she doesn’t have to be….. she is a middle aged woman, with a huge amount of experience too. Some people get this stuff, and others don’t. It’s a language all its own. I have met specific alcoholics, skeptics, and scientists that I would say all have deep emotional blocks within themselves. And none of them believe in the secret. From my perspective, their rigid beliefs would not even allow them to seriously contemplate this topic, let alone research it, as many others have done for decades.Me, myself, get it, and experience the secret stuff because the language rings TRUE for me. The Secret book is just a starting point of ideas from some Very wise people… you have to open your Heart Up and Feel, and Look, and Study. Then you Know there is so much truth in it, and it doesn’t matter what a scientist negatively says about it….I feel grateful that I can learn from some of the wisest people because it is the Truth… a real possibility….we all see things from different perspectives. So some people FEEL IT and others never will.Ever.Ever, ever, ever. Just don”t tell ME what is right or wrong in this miracle of life, with all its possibilities.I have taught science in schools, but I never will be an alcoholic…so I leave the alcoholics alone, and don”t pick on them. So don’t pick on us believers.Have you ever thought that maybe it’s YOU that just can’t get this Language!!! And the emphasisis is on the word Language. Nothing personal.

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  21. Sylvia   November 2, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    I have used the secret for 60 years. I just saw the movie, and read the book. I have begged the universe more than once for something. I have never begged for monitary richness, but for homes, and boats, and things that have enriched my life. . . . I needed $1700. at one point in my life and it was a do or die situation, so I was asking with all my soul. Two days later I got a letter in the mail with a check for $1700. from an account that had been closed for many years and they had just found me.
    Another time I sat in the driveway of a house and said, God, god do you really love all of these people living here on this lake so much more than me. I live in a little apartment, with noisy neighbors. A week later I was looking for a place that I could afford to buy in the newspaper. There was an ad, Free house. . . of course it wasn’t free, but there was no down payment, just take over the loan and move in. . . . It was the house that I was in the driveway a few days before. By weeks end I owned that home. I wanted a man, a married man, with all my heart. I cried to God, please give me someone to love, someone like Larry who needs and loves me. . . a month later I was at a TGIF party and there he stood, the spitting image of Larry. Even had the same voice and laugh. We were married four months later. Sometimes we ask for things that we shouldn’t, that aren’t right for us. But if we do it in a way that is right, thankful for what we already have, and with every fiber of our being, the universe can give you what you have asked for. I get up every day, and thank God for what I have. I sometimes in the middle of the day, will fall to my knees and thank Jehovah for all I have, and it is much. Because he answers my requests often. Like I always have a shaded parking place when I go to town, because I always take my beloved dog with me, and he has to sit in the car. . I am carrying love in my heart for my dog, and the universe loves that. Wanting riches, well, depends on what you want them for I guess. It all depends on your belief. . . belief in a power stronger than yourself. . . be it the universe or Jehovah. . . . Believe…..faithfully, and THANKFUL OF WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE.

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    • Mark   May 24, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Thank you Sylvia. I was down to my last $26 and won 5 figures in the lottery because I believed & knew I would get it. It took much longer than normal because I didn’t have much of a safety net & had some initial doubts but I refused to give up. Now I’m comfortably retired

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  22. Sylvia Syllvester   November 2, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    I have used attraction, prayor or what ever you want to call it for 60 years. I am so sorry you don’t believe, because that is what is standing in your way. You ask and you believe with all your heart and soul, and you will receive. If you have a speck of doubt, if you are not thankful for what you have you will not recieve. Don’t let these people keep you back, Believe. Even Jesus told us to ask and you will recieve. He told us you can move a mountian if you believe, he said faith, , , same thing, . . . he was telling you how to do it.

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    • Mark   May 24, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Looks like us believers in the LOA are a small minority but I didn’t give up. The sky’s the limit. Hugsssssss

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  23. harry   October 12, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    absolute crap- tried all the different ways possible for 4 decades and yes nothing and have you noticed how everyone who portrays this trash wants you to buy their latest book and other trash – oh and by the way if it don’t work its our fault for doing it wrong – what a cop out- they are scum

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  24. P. Lang   October 1, 2015 at 5:53 am

    The author is correct. I believed that the LOA was guiding me through life, only to end up broke, alone and unemployed. The LOA filled me with false hope and now, I’m paying the price for it.

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  25. Pranay   September 11, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Well if it doesn’t work for ya doesn’t mean it won’t for us too. I am new to LOA but I am receiving positive results so stop misguiding others.

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  26. freethoughts   September 6, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Honestly saying, this is quite stupid and illogical put. There is no need to for someone to understand quantum stuff to know something else. I say, with due apologies to the writer of the article, that you are actually bit stupid

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    • Lol   September 12, 2015 at 7:44 am

      Haha you are stupid little man. You buying this nonsense because you’re actually searching for easy way out. Wake up moron and realize once for all: controlling your thoughts will not make any difference, accept make you go mentally insane.

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      • ekendriya   August 30, 2016 at 1:32 pm

        THANK YOU someone gets it!

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    • Wanda   October 12, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      Oh how negative! You are going to manifest such terrible things in your life for giving off such a bad, dirty, awful vibration. Remember, the LOA says that what you say and think and do will come back to you so you better straighten up boy because that bad’s going to come true! Woo woo! Bwahhahhahhahahaha!

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  27. Jon Jon   August 20, 2015 at 5:03 am

    This article total relies on science proving stuff. The universe is much to big to be understood by a mere human. These so called scientists have barely explored the entirety of our own planet. Ebola broke out last year and not one scientist had a clue how to stop it. Now I’m suppose to take advice from these guys about something that had been around since biblical times. Ha! Laughable.

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  28. nsmooney   August 18, 2015 at 8:43 am

    It comes from feelings, i.e. the heart, not the brain. I have asked the universe for many things and received them, very peculiar things. The things I haven’t received are things I am stressed about, but if not stressed, I receive it, every time.

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  29. h   August 14, 2015 at 8:22 am

    stupid article! the law of attraction work and its amazing

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  30. Dominique   July 30, 2015 at 12:46 am

    I’m sorry but it sounded like some of you just referred to science as “nonsense.” That’s troubling. Also, I believe we just now discussed the validity of actual evidence versus the validity of anecdotal evidence, yet those who are arguing against the validity of this article and the ACTUAL EVIDENCE that it relies upon are in fact using ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE to refute actual evidence. If this is what LoA does to your brain, I want no part of it, sir.

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    • Thomas   August 2, 2015 at 12:30 am

      Thinking positive and visualising great exam results, or a new job without putting in the work and taking action is missing the point.

      And saying this is devious because if you don’t get the things you want it’s your fault, is devious itself. Just who exactly is going to bring change into your life.

      But this is all fine. Some people need hard, measurable evidence for everything in their lives. Sometimes though, things can’t really be measured. Like in quantum physics itself where the mere act of measuring the result changes it. Weird huh?

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  31. Megha   July 11, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Nonsense post !!! It works100% Guys don’t get misguided

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  32. Tulip   July 11, 2015 at 2:01 am

    I’ve been using LOA since 2003 and have achieved countless number of things since. It not only works but works more powerfully and quickly if you practice it consciously and frequently!!

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  33. Amit   July 5, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    It worked for me twice when i practiced it well. It works if you accept that it works, its simple, very simple if you keep it simple. Its complicated if you make it complicated.

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  34. Diane   June 30, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    It worked for me. I am rich so rich

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  35. Sam   May 27, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    The Secret Law of Attraction DID work…it attracted millions for Rhonda Byrne and her circle of shysters. As for the rest of us, the fact is that fate determines your path in life. Sure, you can reach for goals and achieve them, but much of what happens is already determined before you are even born.

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  36. Tom Kaye   April 23, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I’m curious – does the author believe in God … in a higher Power?

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  37. MG   April 18, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Law of attraction is 21st century hoax. There are many well educated people, software engineers and doctors who believe in this stupid philosophy. LOA is a million dollar industry. People are wasting money to attract more money.
    Suppose your wife is cheating on you and you keep watch on her then you will attract more of cheating…funny!
    They say what you see you attract in your life, means you don’t have to see a cancer patient even if she is your mom. If you read about a gang rape you should not feel bad because then you will attract it in your life. I read somewhere that Ester Hicks (Abraham) never read a newspaper to avoid negative news. She has already lost her connection with the reality.

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  38. Kenyatta Dandridge   April 5, 2015 at 11:32 am

    This is a very frank and sincere article. I would love to believe in the LOA, but I know better, there is not substitute for hard work.___ Sure things may “go our way” but more often than not, but this is usually the result of putting time and action into getting what we want. There is no easy way, I will continue to pray, meditate, put good into the world and work like a dog!!!!

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  39. Sabrina   March 29, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Well does it defy any laws? Because I don’t think any real “scientist” (though I do believe that people without specific degrees in science can learn extensive amounts of science… Education is subjective) can say that we know EVERY single thing about quantum physics either. Just because it is currently not proven true, doesn’t mean it’s not real. C’mon people, we learned that in grade school.

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  40. michele   March 28, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I have to side with the publisher of this article. I have lived by and applied the rules of the law of attraction for a long time and I have not seen any evidence of it being true. There has been some good things to happen in my life but I think of them as mere coincidences. These things happened regardless of the mood or vibration I was in. I have also had bad things happen to me when I was in a positive vibrational mood and good things happen when i was in the throes of the worst negative vibration possible.

    In fact prior to me learning about the law of attraction I appreciated these good things even more because I wasn’t looking for them and they weren’t dependant on me being in some sort of positive mood all the time. Which is a bunch of baloney! Hey life is not easy and things happen which we have no control over. Good or Bad. To think that I or anyone else can control every aspects of our lives all the time just sets us up for heartbreak and disappointment.

    I do agree that it helps to be positive and for the most part I have tried to live my life like that but that is still no guarantee. Life is ever changing and some aspects of it we just won’t have any control over.

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  41. gargi akolkar   March 11, 2015 at 9:14 am

    LOA is what one believes one receives. For those who try it with open mind intentionally, it will work and those who do not believe, still it will work unintentionally because what you give (in the form of your thoughts), you receive (in the form of your future life experiences). Criticism attracts criticism and appreciation attracts appreciation. LOA is beyond science, its spiritual. To understand spiritual stuff, one need to have good feelings for self and for world, open mind and faith in divine. I have experienced the results of intentional as well as unintentional application of LOA. I believe in LOA and I have seen people coming out of depression and transforming their life amazingly through the knowledge of LOA.

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  42. gargi akolkar   March 11, 2015 at 8:59 am

    LOA says what you believe you receive, may it be negative or positive. Rather than believing on few scientists, test yourself whether it works. Though you are skeptic about LOA, give it a try and then you will know whether its real. LOA does not say you have to only imagine and you get your desire. If you properly study LOA, you will know that it say by emitting positive thoughts and vibrations you float a frequency in universe that starts attracting to you correct opportunities in the form of circumstances and people and when you grab those opportunities, you reach your goal. Example, if I want a job, LOA will help me to approach right source who will give me my dream job. It is not that I have to just fantasize and sit at home and job will be automatically given. I have to act. Numerous people who have drained down deep in depression, who attempted suicides, they have come out of that successfully through the knowledge of LOA with gratitude. Many people who have got this knowledge have healed people from chronic diseases. Is it not amazing that people have made their life wonderful by this knowledge. I have my own experiences about LOA and my life has transformed. Believe it or not LOA works 24×7 for all and so for you. I would only suggest you that instead of criticizing Rhonda Byrne or any scientist or writer for their not having science background and declaring their amazing effort as nonsense, use your blog to give joy to people. Criticizing is a negative thought and by emitting negative vibes, you are attracting to you negativity and that negativity can be in any form. So be alert and aware about what you think or speak or write. Quantum mechanics says the act of observing creates the thing in physical world, so the scientific tests on which you rely and are saying about LOA as not working or as nonsense is because those scientist believe in those thoughts. Believe in yourself always than any other person on this earth. One most important thing which LOA or secret teaches is to have attitude of gratitude. To be thankful for your very existence. To be thankful for what you have in life. It also teaches for not only asking for your good but also for the good of world. People who believe in LOA have tested on their own before believing in that, so I would appreciate them more than believing on any scientist. If you have read about Einstein, he also discovered that everything is pure energy in this universe. So, finally I would like to give a last word, let people decide on their own whether LOA is real and whether to believe on secret. Avoid giving verdict to the world based on limited knowledge.

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    • Jose Luis   March 11, 2015 at 10:09 am

      You’re absolutely right, loque happens is that the movie or the book THE SECRET is comienz is basic and need further investigation. I recommend watching SCIENCE OF MIRACLES, GREGG BRADEN, is very good and allli explained in more detail and experiments by scientists around the topic. The thought is created in the mind, then the feeling is created in the heart and there is attracted all, unfortunately we do not want too, this we do not know or do not want to believe what is true.

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  43. sharma   February 26, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    One should believe in doctrine of karma and incorporate power of possitive thinking into it. Your karma with your feel good effect will make your life easy.

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  44. Jose Luis   February 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    The real power to the law of attraction is not of the brain, there are wrong, comes from the heart, the brain generates thought but the heart generates the feeling that is generated by the energetic force, generates its own magnetic field, the largest and most extensive of all generating other organs. A study by the HeartMath Institute, the heart is making a field of more than one meter in diameter toroidal form, that creates the attraction, it connects to the field, with which we are all connected. In fact we have to act, but that feeling will generate opportunities and events that take us to have what we want whenever we get to feel the right way is to believe and feel that we have what we want

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  45. aneta   February 21, 2015 at 4:09 am

    i understand that you claim it doesnt work because your mind is not open and you only belive in scientific tests. if you see w hats beyond science if you understand that there is more than science if you believe you will get evidence of LOA for yourself. LOA says you must act.ACTION is required so tgere us lot more you need to get to know to udunderstand LOA bettet. irit works for you even if you dont bbelieve in it.

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  46. Karen   February 18, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    How do you know that they’re not posting pictures that would indicate a desire for world peace.You don’t seem like a very nice person.

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  47. Jaakko Tappi   February 17, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Is not saying “proven by both scientific expert opinion as well as numerous peer reviewed studies” basically saying the same thing twice? Can you have scientific expertise without peer review?

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  48. Colin   February 16, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Unbelievably biased article here… I suggest learning about “Quantum Mechanics”, not quantum physics. The research today shows that our universe is an ever-evolving fractal hologram (or holofractographic) and that to our best knowledge the field in which all energy exists is imposed by the observer of said energy. Not only do thoughts alter your bodies chemistry and electrical signals, it literally shapes the reality that we perceive. Quantum mechanics shows us that we (and the universe) are all made of light!

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  49. Benjamin   February 15, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Thoughts do not affect reality??? Google random event generators.

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  50. Glenn   February 13, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    It certainly does work I attracted a 70k boat that I paid 10k for last year down to every fine detail but I must say The Secret is not a complete example of how to use the law of attraction!
    Here’s an idea, show me a picture of a thought as I don’t believe they are real!!

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  51. mohan khandelwal   February 3, 2015 at 2:57 am

    i DO NOT AGREE WITH THE LAW OF ATTRACTION. IN FACT PEOPLE GET WHAT THEY ARE NOT WHAT THEY WANT.

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  52. LE   February 2, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    As someone with a bachelor degree in Physics who has got some basic understanding of Quantum Mechanics I can say that both, Rhonda Byrne and you are telling half-truths.

    Many physicists do agree that there is a relationship between the observer’s consciousness and the result of an observation, as there are others that don’t. The truth is that, up to now, there is not a known scientific explanation of how the “law of attraction” works but there are enough people who have experienced it in a similar way.

    Just because science cannot explain something it does not mean it does not work. Science is the human interpretation of the laws of the universe, and our interpretation is limited by our lack of knowledge. We know a lot and at the same time we know nothing.

    In my 31 years in this world I have been able to experience how things happen in a certain way according to particular mental patterns and situations. Is there a scientific explanation? Probably not. Is it all just a coincidence? Maybe yes, but sometimes it would seem too much of a coincidence.

    There is no “proof” that the law of attraction does not work either.

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  53. Ev   February 2, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Bottom line…BELIEVING IS SEEING…so guess what…YOU ARE RIGHT…For YOU HON! And all the non-BELIEVERS….
    For the rest of us ….who DO BELIEVE IT WORKS and have SEEN the evidence….AWESOME TOO…There is no right or wrong here. What you believe with your mind, you will SEE with your eyes….and when I deem those who are NON-BELIEVERS WRONG…I am just pushin my own vibration lower and I just won’t go there….

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  54. ryan   January 31, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I think success in any business or life for that matter is only possible with the correct mind-set. I started my own online business and achieved financial success thanks to these books. I never thought i could achieve anything in life till i read the secret.
    http://tinyurl.com/mq628pt

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  55. Daniela   January 28, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    I think it has a positive effect on the user’s life: like attracts like, and positive thinking can have a huge impact on the user’s life. When one focuses on the positive effects, it is easier to deal with any hardships that may come.

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  56. Melissa   January 24, 2015 at 9:11 am

    You state that: “the idea that quantum physics dictates that thoughts can control the “material world” is simply not true…” YOU ARE WRONG!

    Almost EVERYTHING in the material world (except nature) is the product of someone’s THOUGHTS!!

    If nobody ever THOUGHT of these things they simply would not exist!! Every invention, every creation, every feeling starts in the mind!! That is how the power of THOUGHT controls the material world!!

    Those who truly understand how it works do not expect magic and they know that action must be taken on top of positive thoughts but it is our THOUGHTS that dictate our actions and the kind of life you live will be largely dependant on those thoughts and actions!!

    That is how positive thinking can give you the life you want – I don’t get why that’s so hard for people to accept :/

    In terms of the “Law of Attraction” & “The Secret” – no these are not an exact science – nor is religion or the bible and people still believe those! But they do show and teach people how to use positive thinking to ATTRACT the things they desire and if it helps them get the outcome they want – then whether you like it or not – it has worked!!

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  57. Adam   January 20, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    My turn. I see a repeated pattern. It’s the (1.positive thinking that leads to the actions) It’s the (2.actions that lead to the material gain). People that believe in LOA should take the 1st. run with it and count that as a win. Your lucky that people that are reasonably skeptical gave you that, I think the first doesn’t make sense and isn’t always applied in every case to gaining material. The universe would have to be smarter than physically and mentally abused spouse who is convinced by the secret that they can change their partner by positive thinking so their unjustified fear of being alone and unloved never happens. Meanwhile their sick minded spouse can positively enjoy the bullying, sometimes it’s better people don’t always get what they want. The universe must be smarter than that. You all live in a world of my dreams, yeah good for me but a nightmare for others. One person wants world peace the other wants world destruction, both parties think positive (being subjective) and take all actions required the universe should balance it out in the gray area. Unless both parties get to live in a different reality or universe altogether so both have same opportunity to achieve their complete opposite goals. Two positive loving guys both work hard and are twins and both want the same girl and everything is completely equal. Can anyone figure out where i’m going with this? I’m just saying that the universe can’t make everyone happy from positive thinking and actions . Maybe that’s a good thing, ever think of that. I’m sure the universe has. If i have miss spelled or used any incorrect grammar it’s because the keyboard is going slow so not that worried about it right now.

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  58. Leycee   December 18, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Well they did say on the secret that action was required as well, and that sitting around isn’t good either. I guess this is what happens when people can’t pay attention then talk about science. Uh-Huh yeah right.

    It’s not JUST positive thinking as well. Positive thinking does nothing if it doesn’t have a genuine positive emotion to it. The secret talks about that as well. Also there are OTHER laws that goes with Law of attraction. So do your research before making a bias.

    Especially IF you’re going to talk about science and discrediting/disproving theories. With that science isn’t exact. Some scientist don’t even believe in the big bang THEORY. Because science is constantly evolving as human beings begin to gain more knowledge. So nothing is set in stone and not is impossible.

    Science also said that humans would never be able to travel by flight. Science also believed that certain races feel less pain then other races, Science also states that the world was flat. So saying something doesn’t work or doesn’t exist is actually non-existent. Especially if you’re a person who studies probabilities and possibilities.

    Also what is a real scientist? Is it a well-known figure in a certain finite exact field? What are the credentials? Because you feel as if you have the credentials to say what works and what doesn’t. Listen there are 7 billion people on this planet. And to make a blanket statement and say that it doesn’t work for all 7 billion individuals is arrogant and ignorant.

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  59. Dan Rich   December 6, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Frankly, the Law of Attraction is not scientific and to believe in it could give people false
    hopes and expectations. Nothing wrong with a positive outlook, just as long as one
    acknowledges that there are challenges in life, as well as the unpredictable and unexpected. The “Secret” is phony baloney of the worst order. I laughed to myself at
    the second Secret video. Now the first video had affirmations, like “I am grateful to be
    alive”, etc. I certainly would agree with that. Nothing wrong with gratitude, I thank God
    for every day. It is sad to see so much misleading information, with apparently a lot of
    people sucked in by it, and the promoters getting rich, very rich. I read some of reviews
    about books promoting the Laws of Attraction on Amazon.com and frankly, i wanted to
    throw up, because I really love Amazon. Dreaming, fantasizing and hoping are all O.K.,
    but false hopes and false science is detrimental in the worst way.

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    • nix   January 9, 2015 at 5:29 am

      So, Dan Rich, you DO believe in God, but you don’t believe in Law of Attraction? Oh well… that really ‘does make sense’. Is that the same God for whom people are killing eachothers? Is that the same God that didn’t help people to behave better throughout last 2000 years?

      I experienced law of attraction throughout my life without even knowing that I’m using it. I’ve seen people who attracted with their fears exactly what they were afraid of.
      First of all, LOA is not science, because science can’t prove it or disprove it. It’s much more subtle than that.
      If you think that this is the pinnacle of human evolution and that science knows everything and is always right, then you’re just not connected with reality at all.
      To say ‘science didn’t prove it’ doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It just means that science knows nothing and it doesn’t have tools to prove it or disprove it just like it doesn’t have tools to prove or disprove NDE experiences. So, those who blindly follow ‘the science’ will tell if something wasn’t proved, that it doesn’t exist. No, it only means that they’re idiots when they think that.

      LOA is not about giving false hope to people or dreaming and fantasizing. It’s first of all the best possible way for people to learn how to treat themselves with love and kindness. It’s to learn how to love and accept yourself.
      Even if everything is not alright, what should they be then? Scared? Oh well, that’s your conclusion from all of this.
      No, they should believe that everything is alright.

      LOA is about accepting the reality just the way it is. It’s about changing negative habbits into positive. It’s about stop to think about bad things and to analyze them over and over again. It’s about positive attitude and belief that something good is going to happen and to believe it’s not something like SF or something unrealistic, but that it’s something so ordinary that when it happens it doesn’t seem extraordinary. That’s how life actually works. Our reality is just mirroring our internal state and beliefs.

      If you have problem about all those writers getting rich, that’s your problem then. Of course if you don’t believe that something good can happen to you with practicing LOA then it never will. What you believe that is your reality. Try not to impose your negativity and ignorance to other people.

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  60. visiblyandinvisiblyimakemystayinthiscity   October 30, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Yet consciousness creates our reality. First of all the “proof” here is circumstancial at beat and a stretch to be used ro disprove anyrhing. I’m not defending the law of attraction. What I do want to say is that for someone who understands that the world around us only provides us with stimuli (light, sound, etc), and that our reality is self created by the understanding we ourselves apply then thinking positively absolutely creates a positive reality even if it doesn’t make stimuli happen the way we will it to. I don’t think positively about getting a job I go in knowing I am going to get a job, and I have always been successful. When I need something to happen it happens. With unlimited time in a hypothetical situation we can think of infinite possible solutions until we solve the problem. Creating reality is about seeing the goal and how skilled you are at designing the solution as complex as necessary and then making the image in your mind a reality. No it does not just happen, but if you are focused on something as a positive outcome your brain will be deaigning in the background even when you are occupied with something else. No two people think you are the exact same person because no two people have had the exact same experience with you and everyone has a different lens of perception crafted by their experiences, so a different you exists in every person’s reality if you want to be something you need everyone to see you as that thing you want to be. Fortunately we have degrees that can automatically create a certain view of you, but the degree will never be you. Just as a flag will never be what it stands for so people will die under it for false meanings thinking they died for what it stood for. The Secret may be a little off but she had an idea even if it wasn’t fully understood. I create my reality at will with the pieces of stimuli given to me where others simply react to what they think is a reality outside themselves. Consider this since you spoke so much about physics and attempted a scientific spin: all matter is made of 3 major components protons electrons and neutrons ignoring more complex forces on smaller scales. Hydrogen and oxygen are explosive given the right conditions. In union though they become water yet the hydrogen is still hydrogen and the oxygen still oxygen. Both are still only the same three things yet we see so many different things in our reality. We are but pieces of the universe observing itself there is no magic in the fact that our consciousness affects the universe it is all one we are not separate. The more you understand it like a child learning to walk the more you can control it. Mankind’s major problem is he thinks it is something he must force to happen not something he can simply do as naturally as breathing. This message is intentionally murky, so for those who it makes no sense to I suggest you recognize that a given name or even the word human being is only an imagined word and no word can ever describe what you truly are, but you can come to an understanding of what you truly are. That understanding is where you will find true power. Cheers.

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    • visiblyandinvisiblyimakemystayinthiscity   October 30, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Sorry for the typos. Trying to divulge secrets of consciousness on a smartphone at acceptable speed for the time I’m willing to give impacts my accuracy. At least it’s readable. 😉

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  61. Marie   October 23, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I use the law of attraction once in a blue moon and it HAS always worked. I never asked for anything with the snap of my fingers I was realistic as well as hard working towards my goal while staying positive and not putting to much energy into it. I know there are a lot of self help books, movies, quotes etc… but I never looked into them and they were never my inspiration. But from my own experience LOA has always helped me.
    I am also beginning to use it more and I’m so excited and I know it will keep working although there will be some forks in the road I’m ready to use it even more now no matter what.
    This is all about being positive and doing the best that you can. LOA even if it’s not true I would never tell anyone it’s a myth. Do you know how many lives your article could have destroyed but not mine cause I know it works.
    I wish you the best as well as the people on this message board. YOU CAN/WILL DO IT!

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  62. Winston   October 23, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    There is no scientific evidence to prove that it doesn’t work either though.. Not every person wants fame, money, love, mansions etc.. Sometimes all people want is something small, like “I want the hairdresser to style my hair perfect” for example. There is no way to measure the true success or failure of the law of attraction. Therefore no one can say it does work, but no one can say it doesn’t either! Science changes all the time! There are things that scientists had deemed “impossible” yet, years later, have actually proven to be “possible”. Emotions can not be measured by science, and scientifically, that means emotions do not exist- but we all know that they do, because we can feel them. Science will always continue discovering new things, so never say never!

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  63. jason   October 22, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    … Because many law of attraction practitioners choose daydreaming to taking action. Once you daydream enough and get good feelings from it you will no longer have that much hunger for taking any action. In other words it’s dangerous!!

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  64. Luke   October 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Well, all this since thinking its just evolution of men, and i tell you its works perfect but as you know its work for yourself you do not rase one finger to tell to another, but when you disapointed you look for expresion and confirmation of your thinking just like this above. You do not chose God, hi chose you and trust me you are.Law of atraction its just another name of your relation with Creating Power of Universe. I Am its infinite Love, thats all it is. But all since its just evolution of men. Go to deep your self and ask who you are, you have to belive. Belive will not give reality to unseen,faith its loyalty to unseen reality. When you belive in something you just know, go to the end, live in the end.

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  65. Kierah   October 8, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I don’t believe that scientifically, the universe is just going to give you everything, but in the social life that we live, people feed off of positivity and negativity. Everyone wants positive, so if you’re positive, the people in the world around you will be more willing to help you. And if you focus more on the good things in your life, you won’t feel so much of the bad.

    I don’t understand why someone would want to debunk something that is only trying to help people live better lives. It’s not like it’s saying you don’t have to work for what you have, hell, being that positive IS work itself. I hope people don’t become discouraged in the law of attraction just because of articles like this.

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  66. Sean   October 2, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    This argument makes as much sense as saying the brain doesn’t actually move your arm. It doesn’t directly, but its WHY your arm moves. The electric signal is actually what makes your arm move, but your brain is what started the chain of events to send that electric signal to your arm. You’re looking at it from the wrong angle. The reason your second article contradicts The Secret is because it is a psychology source, and that knowledge is based on studies of people. Most people don’t have the discipline or enough control over their mind to be able to manifest correctly. Giving them the same results as you got. Therefore, being convinced that its not possible, because they cannot do it themselves. Have you actually read “The Science of Getting Rich” and followed all of the instructions? I suggest you read some of Einstein’s books to get a better understanding of the science behind it, psychology studies will just show you the science of the brain function, not physics.

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  67. This Is   October 1, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I bet the only reason this article was made, was because it didnt work for the person who made this. If it doesnt work then why does it work for everybody else?

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  68. Amanda   September 30, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Oh wow! how to dampen your soul! It is a sad state of affairs when you read an article that tells you not to be positive – as it creates disappointment.. maybe the fact, that these studies, have put so much emphasis on the word positive – it has failed to work. It sounds more like pressure in a situation to apply thoughts of positivity – which isn’t positivity in itself.. hence the people who did not achieve, did not really believe, and therefor flawed and failed to attract the desired effect. hmm not rocket science really (hypothetically speaking)

    I wish the author some positivity in her life (sounds like she is yet to find some)

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  69. Rick   September 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Gregg Braden has written books and, in his books, references actual scientific studies that counter the arguments made in this article.

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  70. Jen   September 20, 2014 at 1:40 am

    By the way, life isn’t about scientific evidence and brains. You actually think f**king Harvard and Yale are the first thing you’re going to see when you get to the other side ?Oops, I already thought about it …
    My farts smell and with my public highschool diploma, which means nothing to you, I figured that one out on my own. Oh but I would need scientific evidence to make you believe that my farts smell right?

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  71. Jen   September 20, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Oh yeah sure, …. let’s just stick to our playstations and put all ou money in banks.. Oh no, don’t even BOTHER thinking how you can bring some happiness in to your life.
    Do you work for an insurance company ?

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  72. Eric G   September 17, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I’ve heard of woman use LoA to win the lottery. So yeah, invalid article. It’s also worked for me as well.

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  73. Samantha   September 13, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    i 100% agree with Ryans comment above… In addition to what he is saying, just because she didnt have a “scientific degree” or “background” in this field means absolutely nothing. All it takes it research & educating yourself. Just for fun you should re read the secret if you even actually read it then try to apply it. Another point regarding The Secret is it involves having a positive mind & outlook…anyone who argues this clearly does not have one, therefore you have no proof knowing if it works or not.

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  74. Michelle   September 13, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Interesting read, I am new to the loa and on day 30 of the 100 day challenge so the verdict is still out. I will be back to update at the end of the challenge. stay tuned…

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  75. Mike   September 13, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I’ve been using the LoA for several years now. Real or not, it has transformed my life. I went from being homeless to running my own successful company in less than 1 year and have been successful ever since. I understand the physics behind the LoA is debatable, but claiming pisitive thinking and optimism is detrimental is just silly.

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  76. Orry   September 9, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks to share your perspective, although, now that I’ve read this article, I’m really wondering why many “successful” people have read “Think and Grow Rich” before they became successful… Or why Jim Carrey and Will Smith talk about this too. And even if, if the law of attraction is really nonsense, we, “the believers” can say on our last day that we’ve lived a great life, because one rule of thumb is “be happy now!” By the way: the law of attraction doesn’t say you can change a letter in an enveloppe to a check… there might come another letter, at a later moment, with that check you wanted. It’s not the law of magic or the law of changing things in other things, it’s about attracting what you want, where time and space (when and how) is taken out of the equation. Last thing I wanted to say is that you don’t have to expect things to come or happen when you don’t believe it. You believe your reality, so it is.

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  77. Ryan   September 9, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Rebecca you clearly did not understand the message of the Law of Attraction.. Maybe you should have done some extensive research on the matter before deciding to write such utter nonsense..

    I myself have used “The law of attraction” for the last 4 years of my life and have always had great success from it.. It has completely turned my life around and it only gets better and better! It comes with an understanding of the basics of what life is and who you really are.. The book the secret doesn’t necessarily explain it in the best way, but there is so much information out there for people to research.. i suggest you start looking at the hundreds if not thousands of testimonials of people that have successfully implemented the law of attraction in their life and maybe try learning from them? I can guarantee you it would be worth it.. and then maybe you can write another article about how your previous propaganda coincidently lead you to the real thing! 😉 Peace out! <3

    Ryan

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  78. Jones   September 4, 2014 at 2:41 am

    I have literally watched The Secret about 100 times from beginning to end in the past 7 years, and learned something new each time. I have applied this to my own life and moulded the theory over and over and then reapplied. I am at a point where I have come up with a theory about this law and why it works the way it does. This is only a theory that I came up with to better explain it to myself. The way I see it, the law basically works like any other law in the universe, for example if there was no gravity nothing would remain intact. The universe was designed with this law of attraction to act as our gravity to keep everything working properly. Another example I like to compare it with is a car, if the timing is off or the amount of fuel injected is not right, then the car would not run smoothly. Now to get to my theory, the law of attraction states that a positive thought is much stronger than a negative one. I believe that both are equally strong, but just opposites, our universe is designed to protect us by attracting what we feel good about, and pushing away what makes us feel bad. Let’s be honest no one thinks about a car accident involving themselves and feels overwhelmed with joy. If you feel bad at any time ant think a certain thought then it would absolutely not manifest at all no matter how long and how clear you think. Then someone would say but why do bad things happen at all because no one would attract a car accident. I don’t know, what I think is that, our minds are so busy throughout the day thinking constantly without us controlling each and every thought. I think that maybe someone is driving in their car, and every time at a certain point they have this believe that another oncoming car in not going to make the corner and collide with them head on. Now after a while, that thought and image jumps up every time you approach a certain area and now it does not generate that extremely bad feeling anymore, it’s just another ritual of your day, as is going to sleep and eating dinner. So now your mind attracts that event because your feelings towards it is good without you deliberately generating the good feeling. The same with your day to day events, you don’t feel extremely good each time you climb in your bed or make yourself a cup of tea, you just accept it as being part of your life. So why does that cup of tea show up day after day without you attracting it. It is the same theory as I have mentioned, you don’t feel bad about it and your mind sees it every day so now it attracts it every day. The same with abuse, at first you are drenched in fear but after a while that fear subsides and your mind accepts it as being normal. I don’t know this is what I came up with after studying the secret for quite a while. Then I also believe that there must be some other form of higher power dictating our lives to a certain extent because some things are just too coincidental for me but that’s just me. Anyway as I said it’s just how I think it works I’m most definitely not saying IT IS.

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  79. Pierre   August 20, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Rebecca watch the Secret movie again and again. It does not say sit back and think/imagine and you will have what you desire. It says when you put your imagination into play in the right way, situations will align themselves to enable you get what you desire. So , yes you will have to do something, some work yourself to get what you desire. That envelope with a check in it will probably be a debt being paid back to you, or a donation you had requested for or your pay check. You worked for it, but did not just sit back and have it fall from heaven like mana.

    Ask and ye shall receive
    Seek and ye shall find
    Knock and it shall be opened unto you.

    Rebecca…. What are you doing?

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  80. Gilo   August 20, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Rebecca, ever heard of telekinesis before? Obviously your answer is no, coz if it were yes, you would not have written such a post. Please first be enlightened before you rubbish what you cannot or have failed to accomplish.

    Rebecca you need to allow yourself to “grow”. This world is beyond what the eye can see.

    Peace… Gilo

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  81. Sandy   August 20, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Dear Rebecca, allow me to ask you. what is your background? Do you know that even science fails at times? Its better to be open-minded. That way you live better. I strongly beleive you have failed to use the law. Be open-minded and you will see it work wonders for you.

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  82. Tosia   August 18, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I have to disagree to some respect here.

    “One example of how The Secret works which is frequently cited is: you receive an envelope in the mail. If you think a bill will be inside, then a bill will be inside; but if you think a check will be inside, then you will open the envelope and find a check. There is one major problem with this way of thinking: quantum physics doesn’t work that way, and neither does The Secret Law of Attraction. In fact, there is no “law of attraction” in quantum physics. Here’s proof”

    It doesn’t work like that at all! That is such a misconception and shows that lack of knowledge and practice is the problem here.
    It’s not about thinking you have a cheque in the post when you see a letter (that’s like saying you think Mr Bean is behind your door when you see a door, but we all know that isnt going to happen, unless we do happen to be in the company of Rowan Atkinson at any given time, but that percentage is very low).
    If you receive a letter in the post, then it’s a letter. What you manifested before that, determines what is in the letter (well before it is produced and sent out).
    For example, you imagine a rebate will occur soon and right enough, it does (instead of asking for money) and this isn’t instantaneous as you have made out to be, it’s built on 100% confidence it will happen with full trust and no doubts. Doubts can of course manifest too and once doubts start, they really start.

    I’m going to use myself as an example here and I find it funny how this always happens to me.
    Scratch cards – I VERY rarely ever lose. I don’t buy them a lot as I do not believe that would work (therefore, I have manifested that belief). However, i always believe that when I do buy them, I will win. I do. It’s really odd, but it makes me giggle. It’s never a large sum, always between £1-20, but no loss overall!
    I believe my subconscious only believes that is how much I’ll get, it’s not easy to train and that’s where the law of attraction comes into fold.
    You need your subconscious to believe it, not just what you are currently thinking. If your subconscious doesn’t believe it, it won’t happen. Your subconscious can do a lot. Put it this way – how many times have you had a dream come true? to the exact reflection of what you saw? your subconscious (in this respect, your dream) manifested that to happen.
    You just have to be persistent and knowing.

    Furthermore, you basically state that Rhonda Byrne is “just a tv producer and writer”. Now.. I just have to roll my eyes at the pretense of that. I’m just a laboratory worker, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know how the universe works.
    WE ARE the universe, we are one with everything we see. If we die, it is as though we don’t exist, but we know we exist now and we know we feel emotion now. We know that this is real and therefore, we must remember we are part of it all. We can do anything, but too many limitations are placed on our thoughts.
    It is true, we create everything by our thoughts and we all think rapidly each day, creating everything around us. It does work when you put your mind to it.

    The experiment mentioned above was flawed. It isn’t easy to use this tool and it takes a lot of practice and getting used to. It’s a tool that when unleashed, becomes very powerful.
    If you ask a bunch of students to use a technique that they may not fully understand how to use, of course it’s a flawed and therefore failed experiment.

    I guess it isn’t something you can really experiment, it’s as difficult as trying to prove ghosts are real – which won’t work as someone will always say “it’s fake”, even when it isn’t.
    Yet, people will believe the fake letter from a fake solicitor wanting money before they believe in anything of the true dimensional universe. I guess that’s what they’ve put in our heads, eh.

    Furthermore, I would like to thank you for getting this far and I hope I’ve been able to help in some way and to see it from another perspective, even if it does seem odd to you.

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  83. Alex   August 15, 2014 at 10:13 am

    What about you? What background do you have? Since when quantum physics discoverd that? Scientists also try to stop thinking negative because they belive that every thought influence their experiments. So, who is wrong here? If you don’t belive it don’t make others to do the same.

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    • Alina   August 15, 2014 at 11:06 am

      Thanks Alex, you said it shortly but to the point! I hear the “secret message” from many accomplished people in my little town. Looks like there is something to it. Do we actually can explain everything, we I mean science in today`s world? There are many misterious moments on Earth …Peace Alina

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  84. Vision Shine   August 13, 2014 at 2:07 am

    I believe that The Law of Attraction works but It takes time and effort as well.

    Here are our thoughts Why It does not works for some.
    http://visionshine.com/why-the-law-of-attraction-does-not-work-for-you/

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  85. Simon Gilbert   August 12, 2014 at 4:27 am

    I “Choose” to study “Think And Grow Rich” because it was based on the most successful people living in the world at that time and Hill who wrote it spent 25 years in researching what successful people do. Hill discovered “the mind is a sending and receiving station of thought.” As you think “success” you attract to your brain “the how” something can be done, if you think failure or “mediocrity” which is how the majority think, you will attract the same thoughts necessary for achieving this end as well. I choose to study what works irrespective of what it is called!

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  86. alfredo   July 28, 2014 at 10:01 am

    rebecca savatio is wrong…..

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  87. Shravya   July 26, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Thoughts might not be strong enough to affect every thing out side of us. But they are strong enough to motivate the person himself/herself in taking necessary actions to affect the reality. That is how every one achieves their goal isnt it ? You think first and then take actions. Intensity with which you take actions is depends on your emotions/thoughts which will affect on the results. We might not know the reason or logic behind law of attraction. it does not mean that it is not true. Because we neither have proof for or against law of attraction. I agree that victimizing the self is wrong and video says about quantum physics giving the proof for secret which is also wrong. I have seen couple of people who have succeded with actions and positive attitude. Rather than completely denying the law of attraction , give the proper scientific reason about which part of law might not be true.
    There are many people who believe this. so please dont simply write some thing without giving systematic proof.

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  88. Jordan   July 24, 2014 at 8:59 am

    ^^ Yes it does work (it’s how I got my house). I agree with the above poster. Yes the Secret does state that thoughts manifest things and does seem to emphasize that a lot. But it also does mention that the universe rewards action (or words to this effect). In fact Jack Canfield in one of his books (can’t remember which one) stated that “the universe rewards action”. You can’t sit on your hands and expect it to come into your lap you have to set goals visualize and work towards it (I have seriously skimmed on details but you get the idea). Where the secret goes wrong is that while a good concept and good intro to these techniques, it doesn’t cover the part about doing some actual work towards these goals. Like the above poster said you won’t lose weight simply by thinking about losing weight “the universe rewards action”.

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  89. julian   July 20, 2014 at 4:35 am

    it works. there is more to it than thinking about something and looking at pictures of it then all of a sudden POOF! it appears. that would be foolishness. if you apply it to your work ethic and keep a positive mental state while taking the steps necessary to get to your goal then no doubt it will work. some people take things so literal. of course you won’t loose weight simply by thinking about losing weight alone. but if you have a goal in mind set and put a plan behind it, like dieting and exercise then the positive thinking and imagery will act as a propellant to keep you going towards your goal. same as getting rich. you won’t get rich by sitting on your additional if you get out and hustle with a mental image of what you want, all the while being grateful for what you have and keeping faith that your hardwork will pay off then there’s no way the lay wont work. it’s about consistency and faith. I’m living proof.

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  90. Noussa   July 6, 2014 at 5:15 am

    No, Omg, There is no law of attraction. Are people this gullible???
    no it doesn’t work. it’s bunch of none sense mambo jumbo!!

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  91. Jim Carty   July 4, 2014 at 7:40 am

    So Buddha, Gandhi, Lao Tzu, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, Benjamin Disraeli, Walt Disney, Tycho Photiou, Oprah Winfrey, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Benjamin Franklin, Aesop, James Allen, Marcus Aurelius, Alexander Graham Bell, The Bible, and countless others are wrong and this author is correct?

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  92. Paula   July 2, 2014 at 8:56 am

    For me, The Secret delivers a powerful message beyond simply asking the universe for things and then manifesting them. It’s about being truly grateful for what we have and then when we are thankful for these things, we can acquire more things in life. Being positive never hurts anyone. If you were at a social gathering full of happy, positive people and there was that one negative person, complaining about the food, or the music, or the outfit that someone was wearing, etc., I could almost guarantee that most people would want to avoid that person and all of their negativity. The only person who may want to socialize with that negative person, would be another negative person.

    As for the comment about positive thinking destroying the instinct of survival, that is laughable! It would be the negative person curled up in the corner, screaming ” we’re all going to die”, while the positive person would be finding a way out or solution.

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  93. Ram   July 2, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Hello there,
    Very Inspiring post
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    Thanks,
    Ram

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  94. Alexander   June 16, 2014 at 4:04 am

    for example if you think you want a car , you love the car, you love money.
    people who does not love this and have it can use you.
    because positivity is what sells your pride your integrity

    one day you will have car money and everything, but there is someone above you who controls your behaviour because you didnt want to work for it, just think for it

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  95. Alexander   June 16, 2014 at 4:02 am

    it works. The only problem is that the deep instinct overrides thoughts..
    You can make any positive thought about yourself, about others or about the world come true if you believe it long enough
    In my experience self focused thinking is more important than focusing on outworldly things. If you want a car mone.. etc.

    Maybe eventually those thoughts and actions become instinct.

    But the most important instinct we got is that of survival.
    And positivity can destroy this, the will to live is willing to be negative to survive,
    which the secret does not promote, thus making it 90% effective compared to the natural instinct which all of us are born with which is 100% effective

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  96. KAy   June 5, 2014 at 8:50 am

    The law of attraction works!

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  97. Sindhu Raam   May 29, 2014 at 7:35 am

    It really works. It has not worked for you because you have not believed it..! 🙂

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  98. Noor   May 27, 2014 at 2:23 am

    I dont agree. LAW of attraction does work, for me at least. Since i started using it everything changed for the better. it doesnt necessarily mean that the big universe is especialy responding to me, but because you are more positief and have a change of mind everything changes around you and you will attract better things to you. and then yes money will sunddely been given to you more. because you are inline with that.
    see how many people tell stories that their live have approved because of this.
    you can not deny this

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  99. pitahappy   May 18, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I am Christian and do believe this works for me! from the bible perspective ”Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.Hebrews 11:1 and it is balanced thus: ‘Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.’ James 2:14-26. I believe, conciousness does affect reality because the so called conciousness is actually the Spirit of God who causes all things to work together for our good, all things in this case may actually be ‘bills’ that will spur you to work or react to do other something, that will lead to another and another but in full circle, works to produce good for us. save our life, relocate us or inspire us to something bigger. The problem arises when we live for here and now! in that case, we give up if the envelop contains a ‘bill’ at that instant rather than being open to keep believing and expecting and working towards it, because ‘For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.’ Proverbs 23:18 it works for me!

    So I work hard, pray hard, and believe hard! opening the envelop and expecting a bill when you have rendered no service amounts to foolishness! services in this case is not necessarily doing jobs and expecting to be paid, it includes acts of charity, kindness and empathy which often returns to us in many folds as cheques.

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  100. Nabi   May 17, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    “One example of how The Secret works which is frequently cited is: you receive an envelope in the mail. If you think a bill will be inside, then a bill will be inside; but if you think a check will be inside, then you will open the envelope and find a check. There is one major problem with this way of thinking: quantum physics doesn’t work that way, and neither does The Secret Law of Attraction.” <– Agree 🙂

    "In fact, there is no “law of attraction” in quantum physics." <– Maybe yes, maybe no.

    "Consciousness does not affect reality." <– Absolutely not Agree 🙂

    LOA (or whatever it calls) works for me. Even before I understand about this concept. It's really exist. But I think scientist not found the correlation yet. Just like human used to use gravitation on his/her life even before it scientifically proven by Newton. Not proven scientifically yet doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

    Why people selling it? Because they don't understand the real LOA (or whatever it calls again) works. So that they have to sell this idea to make money. But I believe some people write it to help others.

    I am honestly don't really understand how it works. But it's simply works for me. Just like we don't understand how every component in our smartphone works. But it's simply works.

    "Why they would persist in believing it despite its lack of positive effect in their lives?"

    I think it's your life, not theirs. Or at least not mine 🙂

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  101. Eugene Kruger   May 16, 2014 at 7:07 am

    The bible says that faith without works is dead. It is good to have faith and beleive I will not have credid card debt. This faith is useless no matter how clearely I picture this if I do not stop using my credid card. However the belief is very useful if I want to create a goal of not having credid card debt. It is helpful to create a picture and a desire of what you want, and the greater your desire, the easier it becomes to do what is needed to obtain your desire. To picture what you want only and not do something about it is only half of the truth. However if I want something badly (desire) the oppertunity of obtaining it allways presents itself.

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  102. Barb   May 12, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Check out Dr Fabrizio Benedetti a mainstream neuroscientist. He has shown how placebos work in the brain. The science shows how the brain is changed by thought and emotion.
    Dr. Srini Pillay a Harvard M.D. also has written about how the brain works and science behind the LOA.
    There are many scientists are beginning to understand conscious and the brain. This is not a slam dunk that science debunks it. These are people willing to look beyond what they think as true and find out for themselves.

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  103. John   April 29, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Great views from everyone. I can certainly understand why the scientific community can not accept this as a law of the universe, just as they can not accept Christianity scripture like, “ask and it shall be yours” . I can also see how many who say, “it does not work because it didn’t work for me” We are all entitled to our views on this. But I have to remind myself of those who I have met in my life who just seemed to have.. “the Midas touch” . They seem to be able to achieve anything they want. I have always wondered how they do it. I think that perhaps it may be the depth of your conviction weather or not something like this works… I don’t know.

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  104. Focault   April 26, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    I noticed that something didn’t work in the links I provided in a recent comment. That’s weird because, according to the law of attraction, I believed that they would have worked 100%. Anyway, let me post such links again:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vanessa-van-edwards/law-of-attraction_b_2082921.html
    http://www.heatherkappes.com/?page_id=68
    http://youarenotsosmart.com/2010/06/23/confirmation-bias/

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    • bgold   May 2, 2014 at 5:03 am

      Perfect observation and probably one that all users of thisforum should read. It describes the law of attraction as a tool for single mindedness, confirmation bias and is highly interesting.

      When I first saw the name Faucault , I thought oh oh!!! Funny how I just wanted to have my own opinion.
      Thanks for posting Foucault.

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  105. Wang Viktor Nagy   April 23, 2014 at 4:51 am

    Congratulations!
    You’ve attracted so many comments to your blog post.

    Now go and tell me why being grateful for things doesn’t work, because it’s working for me pretty well now.

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  106. Joe Billy   April 19, 2014 at 6:46 am

    The Law of Attraction WORKED FOR YOU. You focused on DISPROVING it, and thusly you did. The Law of Attraction gives you what you expect.

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  107. the secret law of attraction   April 18, 2014 at 7:04 am

    This is awesome thanks for sharing

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  108. Deepank   April 18, 2014 at 4:51 am

    You suck
    It did not work for you because you don’t believe in supream power.
    It works.
    It is as simple as prayer.
    You do prayer in church from bottom of your heart , the though reaches to god and he grants you what you have asked for.
    The secret works 100% .

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  109. Dave   April 12, 2014 at 3:35 am

    I am someone who got sucked into the Secret and its teachings for many years now. I have a library of books on the subject from the likes of the afore mentioned Rhonda Bryne and Wallace Wattles. Have I achieved any of what I desired in life? No, from the simple manifestations like manifesting a parking space to the more complicated like winning the lottery none have worked.

    Recently I decided to put the law of attraction to work getting a new job in a company I wanted to work for, an opening became available, I applied, I got an interview, I saw myself in that position, I had so much faith in getting this job I wrote my resignation letter, I bought new clothes for the job, I even told my family about this new job I was going to get and what happened? Nothing someone else got the job.

    And of course if you don’t get what you want using the LOA it is your own fault, you’re not doing it right, I have finally come to realise that it might not actually work. This bull sucked in in since 2007 and as I say nothing and I mean nothing materialised from it.

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    • fred   May 7, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      So,it didn’t work for you huh.Strange..I’ve worked in sales for years and it worked for me just fine.I still use it daily and I manifest results all time.So whats the difference between me and you?….drum roll….ah yes.My attitude.i can tell by your paragraph that you sound kinda negative dude.Whether you have what you want or not..you are still manifesting.If i was you I’d do a thought in
      ventory first.Inner opposition is your worst enemy.

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  110. monk   April 8, 2014 at 11:50 am

    judgement of other’s beliefs is where you all go wrong. if this works for one, let them be happy in it. your view makes it neither right or wrong

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  111. Jonathan Finch   April 7, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Science already endorsed the LoA. Scientists just have another name for it. They call it the “Placebo Effect.” They have no explanation for it, just a name for it. The LoA could explain that phenomenon, which is a VERY well-documented phenomenon. So much so, that the effectiveness of medicine is measured by whether it cures better than a placebo.

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  112. Leo (@kingleotheone)   April 2, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Rhonda byrne was inspired to write the secret because of Wallace’s the science of getting rich . In that book he never claimed the philosophy to be based on or backed by science . So your correct..both books weren’t written by scientist’s or physicist’s BUT the reason there’s claims for scientific backing in the secret is because real quantum physicist’s gave input to the project . Rhonda byrne and Wallace never claimed to have any scientific knowledge themselves..the science part of the secret is presented by quantum physicist’s . People are buying advice from Rhonda for her experience and from the physicist’s for the science . I dont believe the secret either it’s just kind of frustrating and misleading you left that out .

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  113. Stan Lee Brutus   March 31, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Stan Lee Brutus
    . Taking actions matters, not fantasizing over one’s wishes. Science has already demonstrated itself and always will while compelling others to adopt one’s beliefs and convictions has done nothing but building conflicts. Rebecca is absolutely right when she said that sitting around picturing our goals while believing in the ideology that the Universe will provide is a major concrete-made foundation for the establishment of any psychological disorder (because nothing is occurring when we tend to forget that means come before the end). Meanwhile, we can discuss about getting our brain to focus because it’s a major cause of non
    productivity…

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  114. Enrique   March 27, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    La Ley de Atracción es la ley más importante del universo. Ocurre algo muy curioso con esta ley que siempre se cumple, sin excepción. “Lo similar se atrae” dice básicamente. Una persona que trate de demostrar que no existe la Ley de Atracción, la misma ley le dará las pruebas que busca en el sentido de que no existe. Aquí un artículo donde se explica detalladamente el tema: http://www.creatuvidaya.net/2012/07/por-que-deberia-creer-en-la-ley-de.html

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  115. Anonymous   March 27, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I don’t believe you. Sorry. I feel Law Of Attraction does work and it has worked for me. I am the living example. Just basing your ideas on what you’ve not applied shows how unprofessional it is. Science hasn’t proved Higgs Boson yet, yet we know there is something like that. Before Newton, nobody had discovered gravity. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t any gravity. Re-evaluate.

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  116. Durray   March 26, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    I guess u dont believe in God, people who dont have faith think like tht, in all religions god says think positive and all good will happen, isn’t this enough proof, people who fear have low self esteem and no confidence , they remain depressed and can never achieve anything in life. Loa teaches us love n peace n patience , wots wrong init!

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    • bgold   March 27, 2014 at 4:31 am

      Its strange and that God should have a mention here. If you are using LOA for faith based and godly reward then fine. “Loa” in Secularity is about the energy you give, share or take form others in worldly life. I am not religious but read the bible and see it as a fascinating history book or manual for us all; and about money I quote; Mark 12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him. another gem is: Ecclesiastes 5:10
      Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.

      If this wish phenomenon “Loa” really does work, ( while you are waiting) go out and change something for someone else, make someone’s life better by believing you can; that is what thinkers, physicists, scientists, Shakti Gawain, Rhonda Byrne,Wallace Wattles and the Law of Attraction try to achieve.

      By wising for money, wealth and stuff, you will only reinforce the inequality, lack, confusion and conditions that those in power want.

      If you want love, respect and admiration, it starts with yourself. Money is simply a means to an end, or a reward for something of value; while confidence is knowing you have the right knowledge for success in loosing weight, increasing your income or moving toward success, but please remember: it wont last forever. From the bible again: 1 Samuel 2:7 The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. and Galatians 6:7 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

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  117. Focault   March 22, 2014 at 10:28 am

    What does science say about the Law of Attraction? It says that LoA doesn’t work.
    Do you need a proof by scientific evidence? Read this:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
    http://www.heatherkappes.com/?…
    http://youarenotsosmart.com/20

    Just let scientists make their own work. For the sake of the truth, for the evolution of both our specie and our culture,please, don’t mix science with woo.

    I will always save my emotions. i’ll never force myself to think positive. I don’t need it. I’ve always earnt from my mistakes and sometimes even sufference was a useful tool for improving my life.
    I won’t fear to be contaminated by negative thinking, but I’ll listen people and I’ll try to offer my help. I don’t program my brain like a robot, I just use my heart, in a natural manner. How dare can we struggle for discovering the right way to use LoA, while so many people are starving?

    Don’t be selfish. If we think that LoA is useful, then let’s try to use it for knowing ourselves instead of wishing a new car. My life is wonderful, my wishes are normal.

    I don’t need LoA at all.

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  118. Gary Mungins   March 15, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Any thought is ultimately created by feelings can science proove and show how feelings are created? All through the article and replies no one has mentioned feelings just the clinical science of thought. You can think anything you like but without intention and true feeling behind that thought your just kidding yourself and the universe and trying to cheat like all humans do which is why you will have no results because on a subconcious level you really dont want what ever you thinking about to happen because intention and feeling his not the driving firce behind the thought. Its like listening to real feeling human being playing an instrument and a computer playing an instrument from instructions given to it they differ greatly because the biggest factor is lost in translstion, feeling! As The great Bruce Lee once said ” don’t think, feel”

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  119. Sharon Ballantine, Life Coach   March 13, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Your article does not “prove” that Law of Attraction does not work, it merely demonstrates that you and those you quote do not believe in it. It is possible to find scientists and authorities touting either side of any argument–including LOA.

    Like many who choose to disregard the power of the Law, you are over simplifying it and misinterpreting it.

    Positive thinking, whether one believes in the Law of Attraction or not, is not a “waste of time”…but if you choose to view it as such, that is your choice. I’d much rather see people “waste their time” on positivity than negativity. After all, scientists have proven that negativity and stress is at the root of much illness in the world. Those of us who do believe in the Law of Attraction and actively apply it in our lives find that rather than “victim-blaming” it is empowering. When we believe we have no control over a situation, then we are victims. When we can influence our situation, then we are empowered.

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  120. Kirk Montez   February 27, 2014 at 11:54 am

    If scientist’s understanding of physics and the scientific method were wrong, our cellphones, computers, the internet, and all technology would not work. That alone tells us to pay attention to the science, and not the mystics.

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  121. Nuajs   February 24, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    And who needs science to prove or disprove something? thus quantum physics shi* and most of science are a bunch of fuc**** fool.
    People with self degree of wisdom simply give laughter of scientific theories.

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    • Mario   February 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

      I hope this guy is joking.

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  122. bgold   February 23, 2014 at 6:34 am

    There is a way, and the law of attraction is somewhat true; in that farm labourer became a writer and a TV presenter is now very rich. I know a few people who are quite successful because of belief in themselves, but they have all worked hard or made the most of whatever opportunity they have been given; but its a dangerous game if you mess with chance. I once had a business in London and in a meeting with a wealthy businessman, I was told to be carefull what I a!asked for: cause I just might get it. I did get it, but it consumed me for ages. If you want advice on anything in life ask the person who already has it, or the person you most respect and imitate the qualities you most admire. You will be successfully too.

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  123. Christina F.   February 22, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Finally… someone is putting in print what so many of us have already known to be true. Thank you!

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  124. johnfineart2011@gmail.com   February 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    You are a complete moron ! Discrediting the author is ridiculous and pointless. It is and always will be something that works for who believes! I feel sorry for you seriously…pathetic

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    • Ben Gaul   February 22, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      You’ll have to forgive my interruption of your harangue here, John, but you’ve raised an interesting point:

      Discrediting the author by calling her “a complete moron” IS ridiculous and pointless.

      Particularly when you offer no data to back up your inflammatory claim, other than your personal insistence that you are right. For instance, you might perhaps list for us the scores of quantum physicists, psychologists and rags-to-riches “dream builders” who are in complete support of your less-than-tested view.

      People who were destitute a few years ago and filthy rich now, who credit “The Secret” for all of their material gain. A sharp guy like you — able to point out so flawlessly who is and is not a moron using functional illiteracy as a counter-guide — should be able to post thousands of them!

      In the mean time, I loved this article Rebecca. Well written, well researched, well sourced and important. I am sharing it everywhere.

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  125. Jon Teske   February 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

    My dad is an eminently reasonable, former professor of pharmacology with a doctorate and he, frustratingly to me, subscribes to the law of attraction. The “proof” that he supports his belief is spurious quantum gobbledygook by chopra and the like. I think he is letting his desire to believe, override his ability to think critically and until we have some more emphatic evidence of the brain being the sole source and residence of consciousness, he will continue to believe the hopeful lie of this unfounded quackery.

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