A Hippies Guide To The Law of Attraction; A Brief History…
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A Brief History
Before we get into the meat of how the Law of Attraction works, let’s take a brief look at how the knowledge of the Law arrived in our hands, here in the early years of the Third Millennium A.D. And why we’re so fortunate to live at this time.
Believe me, this history will be brief. And very…um, informal.
Where did it all begin? Well, of course, the Law itself was around before the Big Bang, when our universe was just a black hole in the backyard of someone else’s universe, waiting to explode into existence out of a tiny little white hole. The Law of Attraction was, in fact, one of the main reasons our universe coalesced into the swirling mass of energy and matter that we now see with our senses. Attraction is what pulled raw energy together into the stuff we call matter. No Law of Attraction, no Taco Bell. It’s that simple.
The recognition of the Law of Attraction first occurred amongst a number of ancient spiritual masters who somehow figured out, thousands of years ago, that consciousness, not stuff, is the true basis of reality (an important idea, as you’ll come to see), and that inner awareness could affect “outer” things, like weather, crops and mothers-in-law.
These wise mutants of old tried to tell us about the Law, many times. But we were too thick, as a species, to get it.
The term Law of Attraction seems to have been coined in the early 20th Century, quite possibly by a dude named William Walker Atkinson who wrote a book in 1906 called, Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World. Around this same time, physicist-types began discovering some utterly mind-blowing things about the way the universe works. For one thing, it turned out that what we called “matter” was 99.9999% empty space, punctuated by teeny-tiny blips that flickered in and out of existence in vibrating patterns. The universe was showing itself to be a dance of vibration, not stuff. Matter was an illusion; vibes
were the reality.
It also turned out that the subatomic building blocks of reality could appear as either waves (spread out everywhere) or particles (located in only one spot). How they manifested in any particular case depended on what the observer wanted to see. Excuse me? Say that again. Yep, science was forced to acknowledge that consciousness itself was the main determinant of how the universe behaves. Consciousness was primary, not an after-effect of matter and energy – just as the wise old mutants had claimed. The world of matter was born of consciousness, not the other way around. Consciousness was the underlying force that transformed a “quantum soup” of vibrating waves into the things we called oatmeal, laughter and puppies.
Again, we human were too thick to get it. It hurt our brains to think this way, so we ignored what the physicists were saying and went right on pretending we were living in Newton’s materialistic universe, where things were real and where consciousness was merely an electrical effect of the brain.
Along came the hippie movement of the 1960s. Not only were us hippie-types achieving breakthroughs in consciousness through…er, “pharmaceutical” means, but we began taking a fresh look at the ancient wisdom of the East (where those wise mutants figured out all of this stuff out a long time ago). We glommed onto the idea of vibes and spread it into the popular culture. Though, to be honest, most of us thought it was just a poetic notion; we still didn’t really get that it was the actual basis of all reality.
The New Age movement then picked up where the hippies left off – Yoga, meditation, creative visualization, energy healing, shamanism, alternative spirituality. All of these paths were leading to the same conclusion: that what we think and feel inside can have an actual effect on the outside world. But it still seemed like hocus pocus to most people, so the LoA remained a fringe phenomenon.
In the 1990s the idea got a shot in the arm through the work of Jerry and Esther Hicks, who offered amazingly clear and workable descriptions of how the Law worked and how to use it. Unfortunately, they received their wisdom by channeling a team of “non-physical entities” so most mainstream folks still wrote the ideas off as “woo-woo.” But popular self-help figures like Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra kept building on the ideas and writing bestsellers about them. Folks were trying the ideas and making miracles. Momentum was building.
A few years ago, along came The Secret. It didn’t say anything new about the Law of Attraction, but it arrived in the right package, at the right time. At last, the Law of Attraction was outed as a mainstream idea. Suddenly guys with briefcases and BlueTooths were bringing it up at corporate strategy meetings. Suddenly Grandma was yapping about it after kicking ass on Bingo night.
And now its truth has finally come of age. The Law of Attraction is for real. It’s not a fad, like the Nehru jacket. It’s not going away. And it is the most powerful and world-changing discovery perhaps in all of human history. I’m not exaggerating when I say that.
And so if you’ve held off on learning about The Law of Attraction up till now, it’s time you grab a guitar and join the jam session. Wouldn’t you say?
But be prepared, You don’t become a player without work and practice. If all a person has to do is meditate and think. We would all be trees.
Tomorrow- Enough with the Preliminaries – So what is The Law of Attraction?