In 2006 the movie The Secret appeared, soon followed by a book. The Secret introduced the law of attraction to a popular audience. The topic appeared twice on the Oprah Winfrey show and suddenly everybody was talking about the law of attraction and practicing its precepts. The law of attraction suggests what we think will become attracted into our lives.
What happened to The Secret?
Now in 2010 we don’t hear much about The Secret or the law of attraction anymore. Since then the world economy suffered a near collapse, and we are experiencing the worst economy since the Great Depression. Now it seems like the law of attraction does not work so well. When the world is falling apart, it appears the law of attraction loses its punch and many adherents have abandoned it as ineffective.
Is the law of attraction still relevant today?
I’d suggest the law of attraction is still an effective means of improving one’s life. However, there are elements to the concept that were loosely understood. The law of attraction works not only on an individual scale, but at a national and even global scale. When a great many people all begin to ‘vibrate’, to think and ‘attract’ in harmony, it creates a great wave. This wave is the law of attraction working at a groupthink level and this wave can overwhelm any one individual’s personal efforts at using the law of attraction.
Groupthink Wave Bubbles
An example of the law of attraction working at a groupthink level is the speculative financial bubble. When a group begins to think alike and invest alike, a wave is created and a speculative bubble is formed. A common example was the Dutch tulip mania. A modern example could be baseball cards. In the past hobbyists speculating in baseball cards bid up the prices on cards to amazing levels, until the bubble burst, and the last person buying them were left with nearly worthless cards.
In the late 1990s there was a far bigger speculative bubble…the dot.com bubble. Speculators were making big money pushing up the values of hot Internet stocks often with little intrinsic value, until they bailed out, and the last person owning them was left behind. During this time a mere dial-up Internet Service Provider (AOL) actually bought the media giant Time Warner, a sure sign the bubble was nearing its peak.
After the dot.com bubble imploded, speculators created a new law of attraction wave for its next bubble, and went into real estate. The banks and speculators targeted housing. The difference between the housing bubble and other bubbles is that with baseball cards or dot.com stocks, people actively choose to invest or not, to add their bit of vibration to a law of attraction wave. With the housing bubble speculators were playing games with other people’s most important and valuable asset; their home. We had no say in the matter.
The law of attraction can create or destroy
When the housing bubble burst, the world economy nearly collapsed and many people were hurt. We all know someone who lost their job or their home or both, if we are not in that situation our self. The law of attraction can achieve positive or negative results; it is a neutral force and does not care. There have been times when a law of attraction wave has been used for great benefit, such as women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement and other social movements. At the opposite side, there were times when people who suffered social turmoil had their wave turned towards fascism or totalitarianism for solutions.
What to do?
Any individual can be overwhelmed by these groupthink waves. When we live in times of opportunity, then the law of attraction is easy. But when times are hard, then we truly need the law of attraction more then ever. If we allow ourselves to get discouraged and depressed, then digging out of our hole is doubly difficult. It is when times are tough that we need to know, in a positive way, that all will be well. Because things will get better, tell yourself that. Believe in yourself and then do what you need to do. Deal with whatever life throws at us, for this storm will pass. Groupthink waves do not last forever, and their energy gets spent and they end. Time is on our side, for better days are ahead.