The Work & the Law of Attraction

 

I have probably written about this earlier, and thought it would be interesting to look at this again.

What are some of the differences and similarities between The Work and the Law of Attraction (LoA)?

Basic assumptions: Operating on them vs questioning them

The most clear difference is that the LoA may – at least for some – rest on some unquestioned assumptions, such as I need X  to be happy where X may be anything – money, nice house, nice car, a good job, a good relationship. In contrast, The Work invites us to question any and all assumptions, including our most basic ones. What’s more true for me than my initial assumptions?

And while the diagnosis in the two approaches is similar, the remedy is quite different.

Diagnosis: Beliefs 

Both points to our beliefs as a cause of our suffering. In the case of LoA, limiting beliefs (as if not any belief is limiting) prevents us from having what would make us more happy. In the case of The Work, I also get to see how I limit my life through beliefs, and how beliefs in themselves create suffering. I get to see that when I take a thought as true, I see, feel and live as if it’s true. It may, to some extent, become a self-fulfilling prophecy. For instance, if I believe I am unlovable I am less open to see or receive love from myself or others.

Remedy: Visualization vs clarity

The remedy in the Law of Attraction is, as far as I understand,  visualizations and perhaps affirmations. These may, to some extent, override my beliefs. And if the beliefs are still here, unquestioned and unexamined, they will still operate in my life.

In contrast, The Work helps me find clarity on my thoughts and live from that clarity. As I find more clarity around a thought I previously took as true, I see and live with more receptivity, and live with more kindness towards myself and others. When I find clarity on the thought I am unlovable, I notice and am receptive to my own and others love for me (and mine for others). And the same goes for thoughts around money, work and anything else in life.

Summary

So where I may use LoA from my basic assumptions about the world and what would make me happy, The Work invites me to question these assumptions and find what’s more true for me. And where both have a similar diagnosis, the remedy is quite different. For LoA, it’s visualizations overriding beliefs. In The Work, it’s finding clarity on these thoughts through investigation, and living from this clarity.

Note: I was obviously biased in favor of The Work when I wrote this, and I am sure I misrepresented and underestimated LoA. Also, I should say I use prayer and visualization along with inquiry, so I use both in my own life. It’s not either/or.

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The main similarity may be that both points to how we live our beliefs. Through The Work, I get to see how I see, feel and live as if a thought is taken as true when I take it as true. It may, to some extent, become a self-fulfilling prophecy. For instance, if I believe I am unlovable I am less open to see or receive love from myself or others.

The Work also shows me how I live my clarity. As I find more clarity around a thought I previously took as true, I see and live with more receptivity, and live with more kindness towards myself and others. When I find clarity on the thought I am unlovable, I notice and am receptive to my own and others love for me (and mine for others). And the same goes for thoughts around money, work and anything else in life.

Here, the Law of Attraction instead (as far as I understand) uses visualizations and perhaps affirmations. Visualizations may override my beliefs to some extent, and if the beliefs are still here – unquestioned and unexamined – they will still operate in my life.  In contrast, The Work helps me find clarity on my thoughts and live from that clarity. This is the second clear difference between the two approaches.

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