According to one Abraham-Hicks Law of Attraction clip on YouTube, the scientific laws governing our planet are just beliefs with a lot of momentum going. You, the powerful deliberate creator, can defy collective “perceptions” such as Newton’s law of gravity:
“There is no exception to the premises that you can defy… You can become such a vibrational being that you can experience plenty of life experience that does not include gravity. And those who are observing you would find you to be complying with their idea of it. But your personal experience would not be.”
The gall of this quote nearly made my jaw drop. That is really saying something considering that the Abraham-Hicks quote I was actually looking for was about how science is essentially one big placebo effect, conforming only to the expectations of each researcher.
We must learn to recognize when spiritual beliefs depart from truth to a degree that can get us into big trouble.
I do not wish to be the enemy of open mindedness nor possibility. This is a breathtakingly amazing world we live in, without even knowing the half of it.
But at what point do beliefs become impractical, fantastical, delusional? Reality still exists, even though some gurus work hard to obscure it in order to attract spiritual seekers. The scary thing is, many accept the words of their spiritual leader without question. I’ve been there.
We are living in an age of inspiration and motivation: “You can do anything! And don’t listen to anyone who tells you otherwise!” It’s easy to get pulled in, and that message can be incredibly powerful when applied reasonably.
But what about when it is taken to absurd, even brainwashing extremes? For instance, what about this idea that you can defy the law of gravity (but you will be—read that opening quote again—the only one who notices)?
How do magical beliefs play out in real life?
There are a lot of far-out ideas commanding people’s attention these days. Where does this kind of thinking lead people when they really get going? Here are just a few examples that I’ve personally witnessed:
- Abraham-Hicks and Law of Attraction teaches that this world is completely “vibration-based” so healing all physical and medical ills is only about shifting your “vibration.” Imagine the kind of health advice believers start generating. No need for doctors or diagnoses or surgeries, just do what feels like it’s getting you vibrationally aligned.
- A colleague told us that we can heal our own broken bones without the use of tools or medicine, and implied that we should all be moving in this direction, away from science-based medicine in favor of applying mind power alone.
- A woman employed in the social services sector began pressuring clients to go off of their psychiatric medications and use Law of Attraction instead. Yes, she got fired.
- A Facebook friend posted about Chronicle, the science fiction movie about boys who gain powers of flight and telekinesis. What followed was an inspired discussion from a handful of his friends, already busy trying to unlock hidden superpowers of their own.
- Members on forums discussed their attempts to effortlessly attract their goals: Eyes that change colors at will, straight teeth without orthodontics, and perfect physiques without diet and exercise. Some individuals even hoped to use Law of Attraction to wake up in a new body of the opposite sex.
As someone who has been through years of exploration and training in spiritual areas, I am grateful for every experience that has stretched my mind. I am not saying there isn’t much more to our world than meets the eye. I don’t deny the mystical or metaphysical.
But we should not deny the realities of the physical world either, nor confuse this denial for advanced spiritual thought.
Spirituality does not have to be divorced from reality
Seeing the world through this exaggerated, you-can-defy-gravity mentality did not help me achieve the extraordinary. It has not helped those around me achieve the extraordinary either. Magical beliefs don’t alter the way reality works, they alter how effectively you manage yourself and your decisions in relation to reality.
Designing your worldview around emotional highs and spiritual hype can feel right for a time. But there will remain underlying confusion, escapism, and resistance to the way life truly operates. This belief system taken to the extreme turns out to be hollow—a fictional distraction that moves people backwards.
Authentic spirituality is not about highs and hype, nor does it seek to deny the physical world. Spirituality can add to and enhance our lives, but that doesn’t happen when you focus on replacing objective reality with subjective beliefs.
Be aware of your relationship to subjective and objective reality:
- Are you constantly emphasizing mental and emotional energies?
- Living in a dreamy, subjective fantasy world?
- Scornful of normal, accepted reality and infatuated instead with possibilities beyond it?
- Attempting to take an “energetic” path to each goal while devaluing established knowledge?
- And mistaking all of this for superior knowledge and the road to success on the planet Earth?
These are indications that you have been led off balance and off track. The more responsible spirituality to strive for is the kind that puts you more in touch with all arenas of life, embodying you in the world rather than divorcing you from it.
Emotional manipulation fools people into false beliefs
Emotional hype plays a huge role in belief systems that encourage magical thinking. I now see that this manipulation of emotion is exploitative.
As a side note, I have felt almost identically manipulated at multi-level marketing events, many of which are in a similar business of selling intoxicating dreams and eliciting hope from the masses. I believe it is no coincidence that the late Jerry Hicks was first successful in Amway before using a similar emotional strategy to sell Abraham’s Law of Attraction teachings.
“You can do anything” can be hyped up to the extreme. It can become a message that disconnects people from reality, fogs up our critical thinking, and puts pure emotion in the driver’s seat. It is very effective for selling something (especially to a seeker or idealist). It is also an effective method for brainwashing and control.
Success in actual reality means operating in actual reality
Keep your mind open and your aspirations high but give up extreme beliefs. Aim to be a person who thinks accurately, strategically, and effectively.
To be successful in this world–as opposed to simply in your head–don’t attempt to operate outside reality. Learn to become masterful within it. You don’t go around it, you go through it.
Beware of those who preach that you can do anything… without earthly limits… through mind power or belief. They are either earnest believers attempting to teach that which they have not truly achieved. Or they are trying to sell you something. Or both.