Do you or someone you know suffer from Law Of Attraction Disorder (LOAD)?
Here’ s a Secret: The Law Of Attraction is a LOAD of BS.
Take a few seconds and look around the room (I’ll wait…)
Did you look around? Good.
Now I want you to think of the color green. All shades of green. You are about to attract a lot of green to yourself…
Take a look around the room again. Notice all the green that just magically appeared? Even the tiniest bit of green can just jump out at you! The more time you take to look around, the more green appears.
Did you just create more green in the universe? Did you conjure up a magnetic force that brought more green to you?
What you just did was strengthen your observation through focused attention. Your Reticular Activating System- (RAS), is a structure at the base of your brain that is responsible for many functions, among them being the ability to notice or block out certain stimuli based on importance. It’s a sophisticated filter of sorts. It helps you stay aware when you need to, but shuts out certain stimuli so you aren’t overwhelmed.
In Pg. 68 of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
(A book I highly recommend), David Allen sums up a great description of the RAS: ”…a gateway to your concious awareness; it’s the switch that turns on your perception of ideas and data, the thing that keeps you asleep even when music’s playing but wakes you if a special little baby cries in another room.”
We can thank evolution for this handy tool: If you are part of a small hunter-gatherer tribe and your brother gets eaten by a lion right in front of you, you can bet you’ll be much more aware of lions from then on! You’ll probably see lions that aren’t even there, just to be on the safe side!
“A LION! WATCH OUT GROK! Oh wait… it’s just a rock. Well, at least we’re not lion lunch!”
The law of attraction is backwards thinking. It is an ignorant modern religion. Your mind does not control the external universe. Rather, your focus determines what you notice in the universe. It does not bring you opportunities, it helps you recognize opportunities as they arise. This is great news! And it is the key to using the RAS to effectively achieve your goals.
I want you to Live All Your Life. I want you to be happy and successful (in whatever way is right for you). I sincerely believe that the law of attraction is damaging. We have had enough mysticism running through our societies. It’s time for it to stop. Right here. Right now. Just- stop!
The shortest road to ruin is dreaming without doing.
“Just do it” doesn’t quite cut it either. Instead, you can use this powerful tool of observation to help guide you toward your objectives, recognize opportunities as they arise and avoid pitfalls that might otherwise derail you. In Part 2 of this article, I’ll detail the damages of LOAD and the benefits of properly training your RAS!
Dream (visualize), Plan (organize), Do (work your plan!). This is how you create good luck.
If someone you know suffers from LOAD, please share this article with them. Thank you!