The Law Of Attraction: Truth or tosh?
Ask. Believe. Receive. Ask the universe for something, believe it will happen – and it does. The Law Of Attraction has long been, to quote Alan Partridge, ‘a political hot potato’ in the world of wellness. Revered by some, vilified by others, it’s been divisive since Aussie writer Rhonda Byrne sent it global in 2006 in her blockbuster book The Secret. Spoiler alert: the premise can be boiled down to those three simple words. Some exponents insist it can create miracles; feathers have been ruffled.
London-based Law Of Attraction Centre aren’t in it for the controversy. They prefer a more therapeutic journey; to improve your approach to life, rather than visualise helicopters made of gold. As coach Tracy Friend explains, request material things and you’ll only want more.
What happens in a Law Of Attraction session?
We get down to the nitty gritty: I am tasked with writing down ‘Five Key Beliefs and Desires I Would Like’. I urge you to try it: it’s harder than you might think, and if you’ve read ex-Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan’s Be Careful What You Wish For, you’ll know some ambitions are best left unfulfilled.
I share one of the five desires by way of experiment: ‘BALANCE is thriving, a joyous place to work; everyone is fulfilling personal dreams… We attract the most inspirational people.’ There’s more to it, but you get the idea. I also name the actor Jeff Bridges, as someone I’d personally love to be a cover star.
Tracy explains this is flawed; after all, what if we get an incredible cover star, yet I feel deflated because it’s not Jeff? It’s a risk I’m prepared to take. I have a picture of the great man placed by my desk as a daily reminder.
So, what’s the crux?
‘Daily’ is the keyword. If you want the law to work, Tracy explains, you must practice every day. As Jim Carrey – one of its most famous advocates – told Oprah, ‘You can’t just visualise and go eat a sandwich.’ It requires daily discipline; 30 minutes a day is enough.
More exercises follow, and Tracy explains the three things to endeavour to achieve each day: 1) Relax and let go; 2) Make the best of current experiences; 3) Positively focus forward. Believer or not, that’s good life advice.
Does it work? Watch this space, but I should make the most of this opportunity now. So, do any of you know Jeff Bridges?
Give it a go: You either believe or you don’t; coaching plans usually run for six classes
High point: Having it become a daily ritual
Low point: I found it strangely hard to write down five desires