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The Secret and the LOA

Is it really the Law of Attraction? Let’s examine that. This concept is being touted as a Universal Law, like the Law of Gravity. A Universal Law is something that demonstrably works every time. The clearest explanation I’ve found of why it ain’t so, Joe, is provided by Skeptico at: http://skeptico.blogs.com/skeptico/2007/02/the_secret.html.

Hey! You say. Isn’t this a metaphysical blog? Well, yes, Virginia, it is.  As a rational, thinking practitioner of metaphysical philosophy, I can definitively state that what you think, manifests. Sometimes. Quite often, in fact. But often not in the way you think it will, often at an angle, and often not in any physical way whatever. If you want to say, “Always” then The Law of Attention might be a better term for this phenomena.  When you pay attention to a thought, idea, or goal, you are more likely to notice opportunities you would have overlooked before. You notice the synchronicity Jung wrote about. All those odd little coincidences which lead you on a marvelous path. Now, if all you are doing is visualizing and not paying attention and following those clues, it ain’t gonna do you squat. Well, maybe it’ll bend a bit, but not quite squat. The fact is, if all you do is start paying attention more than the other schmucks in this pre-occupied splatter-punk modern world we live in, you will find new levels of living.

Law of Attachment
But the way this whole Secret/LOA thing is being presented is really more like a Law of Attachment (which means Buddhists need not apply) or the Law Of Avarice: I want what I want and how do I get what I want and I deserve what I want, so I believe. It’s easy to believe in something that promises you the world on a platter.

But what if the world isn’t yours, or mine, or God/Goddess’s to dole out to his/her favorites.  What if the world is the world and we are part of it, not owners, not the shapers–at least not more of a shaper than a dolphin or a butterfly?  Maybe we are just a piece in that puzzle. We do not exist to collect or control other pieces, but to figure out where we fit in and make the whole thing come into a balance and harmony. I mean, because once you know you belong, you realize you already have everything, because you realize you are a part of everything, which is the exact opposite of this Attachment and Avarice which makes bestsellers. Maybe The Secret “they” don’t want you to know is that “they” are doing their darndest so you don’t view things in such a way. They want you to want and need, and they’ll sell you The Secret. 

Which brings us to:

The Law of Attrition
The Law of Attrition is demonstrated by true believers in the pyramid-scheme of abundance who managed to time their jump onto the bandwagon just right, and actually seem to manifest whatever they want. Anyone late to the game is considered not really serious, or they aren’t visualizing right or believing enough, etc. So the true believers have their proof using a circular form of false-logic. If it worked for them and the people they riff off of, it must be true for everyone. And everyone knows there is only one truth and everyone must benefit from the one truth, right? Right?

But really, maybe we should be looking at the pure diversity of life and philosophy embodied by all of the myriad definitions for LOA found on the TheFreeDictionary: http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/LOA

I mean, are all these people talking about the power of LOA really talking about the Lesbians Of America, or quite possibly, the periodontal disease of the Loss Of Attachment.  Maybe it is Life Of Agony? It’s really enough to give one a Loss Of Appetite. But there’s one more possibility that any metaphysician worth his or her himalayan salt must consider:

Or is it really just the Loa playing with us? According to Wikipedia:
 The Loa (also Lwa or L’wha) are the spirits of the Vodou religion practiced in Haiti, and other parts of the world. They are also referred to as the Mystères and the Invisibles.

It’s all just a mystery, and the powers don’t really care whether or not you get your corvette.

copyright © 2007, Jane R. Hansen

References:

http://skeptico.blogs.com/skeptico/2007/02/the_secret.html
http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/LOA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loa