In recent years there's been much talk of the Law of Attraction, popularised in the film "The Secret".
As with many systems of belief, there is a great deal that is helpful and uplifting about the "Law of Attraction". We can and do attract favourable (or unfavourable) 'things' into our lives, based on our beliefs.
But the attractive principle is a deeply feminine energy - it's reliant on the receptive (on receiving); of being open and inviting.
What's missing is quite simple to see and appreciate: the masculine energy of deliberate, forceful 'action.'
In the film, it is implied or openly stated that we can attract into our lives what things soever we want. But ...
- To attract that brand new motor vehicle, who took action to build it?
- To attract that new job, who took action to create the company at which you will be gainfully employed; who took action to offer you the position?
- To attract that new partner, who took action to show up; who took action to make the phone call, or web contact?
- To attract that beautiful new home, who took action to build it?
- To attract all that money and wealth, who's going to take action to give you the agreed-upon value of the paper? Without people taking action (in response to your money), what exactly will money do for you?
With Action comes Attraction1.
The Law of Action and Attraction is the full cycle of life representing and encompassing the masculine and the feminine energies of life: the yin and yang, ego and unconscious-collective, individual and community, active and receptive, force and allowing, competition and cooperation; Being and Becoming.
Update 17th November, 2011
What's also missing - when you think long enough about it - is that the secret's philosophy is not "holistiically sustainable". The idea that we can attract whatever we like without expanding the eco-system (financial, physical etc, via creativity) means that whatever we want must be taken from, or given by others. Ultimately, unless creativity is involved (i.e. adding to the system), it becomes a competitive game of winning at other people's expense. No thanks.