A first timer’s guide to… The law of attraction
THE AWARENESS CENTRE, CLAPHAM
Repeat after me: ‘I (insert your name) am loved, all is well. I (insert your name) pledge to focus on what is good.’ And with these words we start to list the things we’re grateful for, or the things we’d ‘like the Universe’s assistance with’. I’m at The Law of Attraction, which seems to be like a self-help group, although I think they see themselves as a ‘movement’.
Sure, I could have spent my Saturday afternoon session thinking about the fact The Secret is based on this stuff and so is Cosmic Ordering; and wasn’t that how Noel Edmonds swears he got the Deal or No Deal gig – simply by writing his desires on a piece of paper and putting it under his pillow at night?
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
Either The Law of Attraction sounds like common sense or a bit bonkers depending on how you see self-help in general; it’s easy to be cynical, especially about a group that says it can help you to ‘find your true essence’ if you write down why you think you’re wonderful every day. But I reminded myself that the whole point is to leave one’s negativity at the door, so I did my best.
I can see how one could create a virtuous cycle using these techniques – positive thinking will make you feel better about yourself and when you feel better about yourself, you’re more likely to find life’s experiences more positive. They even wrote a song called: ‘I live in a loving world’, which is one of their mantras. This may be tough to believe when everything we read in the papers is telling us the opposite is true.
And yet there’s something reassuring about reminding ourselves that we don’t have to believe everything we read.
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