Law of Attraction Scam or Real?

Is the law of attraction scam or real, there have been so many articles and books written about the law of attraction or the secret law of attraction, that it has taken on the status of being a “Fact, REAL” ,  but is it, or is it a scam to sell some new age pseudo truth as some people are alluding to?  The law of Attraction in all of its connotations, like the law of attraction manifestation or the secret law of attraction, all purport to give you a blueprint, that it has real scientific basis? Like a measurable entity that has been proven, and is replicable under different circumstances. Here are some excerpts from internet news sites,  refuting the idea that The Law of Attraction is real, they surmise that it is not, that it is/was probably initiated by some charlatan to promote some book or dubious program for money.

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Deriding the Law of attraction

By Jennie Mustafa-Julock – The Law of Attraction Is a Crock !

The law of attraction is total bullshit. There. I said it. I know the self-help police are on their way now to fit me for a straightjacket and make sure I never coach another living soul again. In the past decade or so, a lot of credence has been given to the somewhat spiritual idea that if you ask for what you want and visualize it with fervour, the Universe will conspire to manifest it for you. So by this thinking, all you have to do is put your order in at the cosmic success drive-thru, and pull up to the next window. What a concept! Let’s test it out. Step outside of your home/office/wherever you are right now. Now visualize 100 people throwing hundred-dollar bills towards you with smiles on their faces. Nothing yet? No? How ‘bout now? You want fries with that?…..go here to the huffpost for the whole article

Neil Farber M.D, Ph.D., CLC, CPT  – The truth about the law of attraction – it does not exist!

To the believers, questioning the validity of the LOA is akin to heresy and blasphemy; it creates religious fervour. To the uninitiated, it may seem silly to discuss even the possibility that such a law could exist. Read more of the article here!…

Is the Law of attraction a scam

These are just 2 of the many articles  on the internet lampooning the Law of attraction and how it is a Metaphysical pseudo science hocus pocus and it does not work. If you Google Law of attraction scam there are over 5 million search results for the keyword. Why is there such diverse contradictions on the LOA ? I mean does the Law of Attraction exist and does it actually work?  In the Neil Farber article, he states that the Law of attraction does not work  listing the following reasons :

  1. No action
  2. Do not worry about planning
  3. compassion, not really
  4. Metaphysical pseudoscience
  5. No challenges
  6. No Dates
  7. Mindless
  8. Blame yourself
  9. Blame the victim
  10. No support

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The Law of Attraction- defined

So what exactly is the Law of attraction or The secret law of attraction, here is the definition : The Law of Attraction is the ability to attract into our lives whatever we are focusing on. You become what you think about all day long. It is the Law of Attraction which uses the power of the mind to translate whatever is in our thoughts and materialize them into reality. All thoughts turn into things eventually. If you focus on negative doom and gloom you will remain under that cloud. If you focus on positive thoughts and have goals that you aim to achieve you will find a way to achieve them.

Wikipedia has a different interpretation : The Law of Attraction has no scientific basis and has been dubbed a pseudoscience.A number of researchers have criticized the misuse of scientific concepts by its proponents. The Law of Attraction was first attributed to Helen Blastavsky, who was an occultist / spiritualist and a numerologist. She coined the term Law of attraction to explain the attraction existing between elements of spirit in the book Ísis unveiled which was published in 1877 . The book was based on esoteric mysteries of ancient theosophy. What is an occultist? It is a person who studies hidden knowledge. What is Theosophy? It is a collection of a number of philosophies, that teaches the knowledge of God may be achieved through spiritual ecstasy, direct intuition, or special individual relations, especially the movement founded in 1875 as the Theosophical Society by Helena Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott (1832–1907).

Is the Law of attraction scam or real?

Buddha said “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.” analysing this quote from Budha one is struck with the similarities to the Law of attraction.  When did Budha live? According to his Biography, Siddhartha Gautama, who would become known as Buddha (“enlightened one” or “the awakened”), lived in Nepal during the 6th century B.C. While scholars agree that he did in fact live, the events of his life are still debated.

scam law of attractionThe law of attraction does seem to suggest that what you think about you will become!  Let say for example, you are thinking of dinner at 2 pm in the afternoon, the sequence might be, you have to stop at the green grocer to buy some greens and the supermarket to buy some meat, get home at 5 pm  to cook and having dinner at 6pm.  Does this mean that you manifested that dinner at 6pm because you were  thinking about dinner at 2 pm, using the law of attraction steps?

The Chicken or the egg

If you were following this logic than you might be thinking, that could be a possibility. The Law of Attraction definition states : “If you focus on positive thoughts and goals that you aim to achieve, you will find a way to achieve them”.  These  words  does suggest that you need to put some sort of physical action, to manifest what you want into your life. Nothing can be achieved by standing still in this physical reality.  Taking the dinner example again, action is required with thought,  before dinner can materialize into your life. When you get home, you have to put on your cooking apron and start preparing your meal. Unless you live on air, or you decide to buy some takeaway, you have to go through this process to achieve your stated goal of having your dinner at 6 pm.

Let us take another look at the Law of Attraction, According to its proponents there are generally 3 steps you have to go through to manifest what you want in your life. They are as follows:

Ask : You must know what you want. The universe can’t deliver without first knowing what it is that you want to have manifested into your life.

Believe : You need to believe in what you are asking before it can become yours. Doubts has no place in your thoughts.

Receive : It is important to absolutely believe you have received your goal before it manifests  in the physical world


The law of attraction breakdown


  1. ASK – The purpose of asking is to frame purposely in your mind what it is you are trying to achieve. For example if we go back to the dinner, at 2 pm in the afternoon you thought in your mind what time you would like to have dinner and most importantly what you wanted for your dinner. You were quite specific in what your goals were going to be. The question is, was this the law of attraction in action? if it is then for every action you take towards your stated goal, you are unconsciously using the said law of attraction. It does not have to be something significant, it can be used for everyday mundane actions. People though, equate the law of attraction mainly for life changing goals  like achieving success, wealth, money etc. but in reality, if the law is to be believed, you are using the Law of Attraction everyday of your life without you realizing it


  1. BELIEVE – The main purpose of believing is to solidify in your mind, what you are asking is absolutely what you want in your life. This is important and if we  go back to the simple example of dinner at 6pm. You wanted dinner at 6pm, you have a belief in your mind that, you are going to have dinner at 6pm unless something disastrous happens. If for example, you had a car breakdown heading home after work and you got home at 7pm.  You now have the situation whereby, you have missed your deadline,  so  you opt for some take away meals. Would you be fulfilling the Law of attraction  criteria here??..In this instance you are having dinner but at a later time, you still got what you wanted, delayed by a couple of hours though. As you can imagine life is like that, you might want something to happen at a particular time, in some cases it does or it doesn’t happen straight away.


  1. RECEIVE – Like anything in life you have to believe you are going to receive what you are aiming for, this will energise you and allow you to rise to the challenge of working towards your goals. In the Law of Attraction, it states you have to receive it in your mind first before you can manifest it into your reality! If we look back to the example I gave about the person who wanted to have their dinner at 6pm, they have already made up their mind at 2pm. They wanted and imagined their dinner at 6pm together with the look,  feelings, smell and taste, all stored memories. They are relieving the memory as they think about their dinner. Therefore if you look at the Law of Attraction third criteria.  You have have received what you want.  To manifest it physically in our world you have to then include an action.  Do you begin to see how the Law of Attraction works here?

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Law of Attraction scam or real – conclusion

After going through the Law of Attraction and investigating the pros and cons. I am of the belief that we all use the Law of Attraction daily.  We just don’t call it the law of attraction. The misnomer creates confusion. Attracting money and wealth and relationships are aspects of the law of attraction. That would cover what most people would like fulfilled in their lives. The idea that you inadvertently use it daily, escapes the attention of most people. Is it really a Law? I would not presume to know it as such and make a sweeping statement. If you use it daily, then I would tend to believe it is a condition we can predict. Therefore we can then make assumptions that it is a universal law. The idea of universal law is that the outcome will always be the same wherever you are.

In order to achieve something in this world, we have to put in some physical action. It could be something like putting out your hand to receive. Using your thoughts to work out a solution.  Even going out and climbing Mount Everest to achieve your dream.

Is the law of attraction scam or real, as Wikipedia or Neil Fabar indicated, it is a Metaphysical pseudo science?  by the way Metaphysical Science explores the true nature and behavior of the non-physical aspects of Reality.

I hope this answers your doubts or fears, please leave a comment below would love to read what you think

Gus Michaels

My name is Gus Michaels. I am the author and designer of this site. I specifically started this blog site so I could share my thoughts and beliefs on Self improvement. I am always open to new ideas, if you are interested in the subjects here and would like to contribute. Let me know

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