Who Gets Hooked on Law of Attraction

Who Gets Hooked on Law of Attraction

Who Gets Hooked on Law of Attraction Teachings? And Why?

In many ways, it’s obvious why people find themselves wrapped up in Law of Attraction teachings. The formula of extraordinary promises + low-effort is appealing to people on a mass level, like a magic bullet or a get-rich-quick scheme.

But I found myself wondering about the appeal on an individual level. What personal factors and life experiences lead one person to LOA and another person to a totally different worldview? For example, why was I apparently primed to believe in Abraham-Hicks versus one of my close friends who was embracing atheism at the same time?

 For Some People, LOA Beliefs Are Extra-Sticky

The result of my questioning is this short ebook, an 11-page guide that you can download for free below. It is my hope that it will give you a deep look into what makes this belief system so sticky for some people.

If, like me, you used to be an “Aber” or a Law of Attraction fanatic, you may be left shaking your head that you used to believe this. But I hope to drive home the understanding that this ideology was difficult to see through for many reasons personal to you and your life experience at the time.

Or maybe you have a loved one who is obsessed with the Law of Attraction and you don’t understand where they are coming from. This may be a good place to start, as this guide will give you insight into the underlying needs driving them into the reassuring arms of LOA.

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What personal factors drew you to Law of Attraction? And what kept you hooked? What similar characteristics do you see in Law of Attraction followers? Your thoughts on the topic are welcome in the comments section below.

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13 thoughts on “Who Gets Hooked on Law of Attraction

  1. Thank you for this article and the entire blog. I also was addicted to law of attraction and the teachings of Abraham for over 5 years. I called in every day to a phone meeting that studies and discusses the books. In the last 3 years, some very difficult and unwanted things have happened. I have blamed myself for causing these occurrences because my dominant vibration was negative, so I believed that I attracted these events. This has been so painful I have contemplated suicide. I still have ongoing life challenges and am in a period of major upheaval and transition. If I want to survive, I have to let go of my obsession with my thoughts and “vibration” and start to trust the bigger picture and the Divine intelligence that I now believe may be running the show. Or not. Maybe everything is random. I don’t know. But I am willing to question and not swallow all I hear in LOA as accurate because its coming from wise non-physical beings who of course know everything about life and how it works. But, as you say, it is addictive. I still call into these phone meetings some days because I occasionally hear something helpful. I haven’t been able to give it up entirely. I certainly see most of the characteristics in this article in me. I like some things in Abraham, like looking for positive aspects and things to appreciate, but that can become too one sided and morph into denial, so it can be insidious, as are other tenets in the teachings. There are some things in the teachings that never sat well with me, even when I was trying to believe it all, like there is no such thing as a victim. Abe can’t convince me that innocent children or animals who are abused attracted the abuse. But I would try to figure out how this could be true, like maybe the children and animals attracted abuse by something they did in a previous life and have a vibration that carried over into this life. This is so warped! I see a major lack of compassion in LOA, but it is all so sticky and tricky because some things in Abe’s teachings resonate and seem true. I came across your blog when I looked up Ask and It is Given on Amazon to see if anyone had written any critical reviews about it that verbalized what I was starting to think and feel about Abe. Your review of that book did that and really helped me start thinking for myself again. Thank you.

    1. P.S. I do think vibration and law of attraction may be real and play a part in the events of life, but I no longer believe they cause or explain everything that happens. Although I don’t yet know what they are, I believe there may be other spiritual laws at work too. I think about a rainbow with all of its colors. Trying to explain everything that happens just using the law of attraction is like trying to describe a rainbow by just talking about the color blue. The blue is there, it is “true,” but it is only a part of the picture.

    2. Karen, thanks so much for your comment and the thoughtfulness and honesty in it. I am still learning the different “flavors” of how this can impact a human life. The more feedback I hear, the more I understand the different problematic aspects with this belief system. I am sorry to hear how you have been. I also understand why you would still phone into your group occasionally, especially if you are still in dark days. There is a process to letting go of all of this.

      I had a cherished notebook that I lovingly filled with (mainly) Abraham quotes and guidelines. It was the last thing I threw away. Someone at the time gently asked why I kept it, and I told her, “I guess it inspires me?” She said, “You may want to consider getting your inspiration elsewhere.” A couple weeks later I was ready to throw it into the dumpster. I think pulling my thoughts out of those avenues altogether was very important for me. There were a few “levels” of detox that my thinking was able to go through after deciding to really be done with it.

      That said, you do what you need to do to keep yourself supported, maybe with the aim of finding your inspiration elsewhere at some point down the line. There is so much out there to help and support people. If you haven’t been to lieofattraction.com yet, there’s a very compassionate and honest book by Izabella Siodmak that I recommend. Thanks again for your response here, and of course I could not be happier to hear that this blog has helped.

      1. Thank you for your comment and for telling me about lieofattraction.com. I had not come across that yet. It looks very interesting and helpful. It is interesting what you wrote about your cherished notebook. I am almost ready to throw the A-H books I have away. I did manage to unsubscribe from the daily quote email, although I haven’t yet deleted my file of saved ones. I have been finding help and inspiration from other teachers and authors who are truly loving and compassionate. Thanks again!

        1. Karen,

          I am wondering if you might possibly be my old friend Karen?

          You appear to have a similar writing style and she had also been a long-time follower of AH. If so, I’m so happy to hear you are doing well and finding inspiration from other loving and compassionate teachers. If you are not my friend then well-wishes anyway.

          Best wishes,

          1. Hi Danny, no I’m not the same Karen. Thanks for the well wishes and I send you the same.

  2. “in a multitude of words… sin is not lacking” Prov 10:19

    That’s what keeps coming to me whenever I hear her talk and say, “in other words…”

    I have family members and friends very into this and they are beautiful truth-seekers.

    Jesus said He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life… so for me… He’s the one to seek answers from. But we are human and it’s our nature to look everywhere else first. 🙂

    1. Ah yes, the prolific use of “in other words…” in the A-H teachings! There is definitely a whole lot of orating going on. I’m glad you pointed it out, and I love the wisdom in that bible verse you quoted. You might find it interesting that a number of people I am aware of have turned to Christianity after being mixed up in Law of Attraction. I think that once the veil comes off, a lot of people (me included) feel there is a certain amount of evil in the A-H teachings (immorality, corruption) and have a renewed desire for seeking out higher wisdom and not being tempted and misled by glittery falsehoods.

  3. I’m finding this website really helpful in understanding my mother who is a follower of this and due to her New Age beliefs has not been empathetic or supportive of my recovery from early trauma (mostly from before she adopted me). I believe that one characteristic that you’ve missed is shame. I think that people who have shame may turn toward this way of thinking to guard against feeling that vulnerability. There’s so much more I could say, but for now I’ll just say that I’m grateful that your perspective is out there in the world. It is validating to me. Interestingly, I fit many of these characteristics but I gravitate more toward Buddhism, and due to the pain New Ageism has brought into my life (i.e. chronic invalidation of my lived experience) I now run away from that. And even Buddhism, with the concept of karma can be tricky. However, in my mind the driving principle that keeps me coming back to it is acceptance. I’m especially a fan of Tara Brach and her book Radical Acceptance. That has been a balm to me…

    1. You mention lack of empathy and invalidation, and these are are two reasons I no longer follow A-H teachings. I agree that people who feel shame might be drawn to this way of thinking to feel less vulnerable. I also am a big fan of Tara Brach and her book Radical Acceptance, which has also been a balm for me. What she writes is truly compassionate and loving, unlike what A-H teaches. Thank you for your comment.

        1. This isn’t my blog, but I’ve gotten a lot of help here from the author’s posts and from readers’ comments, as well.

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