If you ever wondered what is the content of the expression „the law of attraction” I must admit that you are not the only one. There are many who do not understand it, and because they do not understand it, they also do not accept.
After the great success of the film „The Secret” the scientific term „law of (universal) attraction” received a new meaning. This meaning is based on the Newtonian conception that all physical bodies attract themselves. Starting from this understanding, the film introduces the idea that not only bodies attract themselves but also that our conscience or spirit is able somehow to „attract” something. Actually it was not this film that created this transfer of sense. There were many New Age books before that promoted such a conception, and all of them have had the Christian faith behind them. According to it our faith can literally „move the mountains” or expressed differently to „attract” mountains, bringing them from a faraway distance into a near space.
In time, of course, the expression got a more metaphorical understanding: people who had faith actually did not wait for the mountain to change its spatial place, but however they waited for some kind of miracles, as healing of incurable illnesses, winning a war, etc. – namely their faith was intertwined with a very intense hope that the development in process will have a positive end.
An attempt to give a scientific basis to this idea was brought by Carl Gustav Jung. He introduced the term „synchronicity” to point to the fact that when we think very intensely about something there is a great chance to meet this „something” in our experience, although actually the chances are very low. He confessed that even if he observed very often this fact during the years, he avoided speaking about this issue, because he feared that he would lose his scientific prestige. However, toward the end of his life he accepted expressing himself publicly about this fact and he wrote a short book about synchronicity. Of course since its publishing, this book was permanently surrounded by fervent polemics. The most criticized aspect was that he did not succeed to define well enough his terms, and thus he could not show which were the mental „contents” and which were the outer events that corresponded with each other. If you think about a theatre it is not sure that you will encounter a building or just an actor or something else related to the word „theater” or to an image of it. And when the possible area of the real events that correspond to your mental content is so broad, then, say critics, there cannot exist any univocal (that is scientifically testable) correspondence between them.
There exists however also another meaning of this „law of attraction” that we use every day: our belief that by persistence we can attain our goals. Frankly speaking, this is more a prejudice, but still it works very well and it has also many results. Someone who studies for years preparing himself for a future career stands a chance to fulfill his dream. I think this meaning of the law of attraction deserves a more detailed discussion. If we would not entertain steadily the hope that doing so many efforts we will reach our goal someday, our entire social life would be impossible. We educate our children in this sense and we are also the result of this educational idea. The modern paradigm acquainted us with the benefits of education that prepares us for the increasingly complex social life.
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I was always interested in questions regarding positive thinking. During the years I understood that positive thinking means not to blindly entertain a positive attitude or expectations but to put all the required effort on the path that leads to your goals.
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