The law of attraction seems to state that if you think the right thoughts, you will get the right results in your life. This seems the ultimate in hubris and would tend to make someone a control freak. Life is not under the control of our thoughts. Who among us controls the weather or the economy or even your spouse? If you can control these things, I have a few requests for you. How about ending genocide, rape and child abuse?
Our thoughts are powerful things, and have a huge impact on how we experience life; some people seem to do well in life and get the things they want, and others flounder. How can we explain this?
Life is so full of information that our conscious minds cannot process it all. We must filter it down to a manageable level, and we do that by deciding what needle to look for in the haystack of information; everything else we filter out. If we look for confirmation of our worst personal mythology, we will find it. If we look for the silver lining within the black clouds of our troubles, we will find it. You can look for the good in others, or you can look for the weaknesses, or you can see both. It’s all there.
Maybe the truth behind the law of attraction is the law of selective filtering. That doesn’t make this a weak or unimportant effect in our lives, it is very powerful. We will meet both blessed and wretched things, so find a way of being that allows you to live a fulfilled life whatever comes your way. If your philosophy requires only the blessed things for your happiness, you will be surely be unhappy.
Instead of trying to control all your thoughts in order to influence what manifests, examine instead how you interpret the things that happen to you. How do you see the meaning within the events? We can set our filters up to tune into many different frequencies, and each frequency will have it’s own effect.
“Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts”. – Marcus Aurelius