What is the “Law of Attraction”?
I take it to signify that:
Frequency is attracted by like-frequency. So if you want something, transmit it’s frequency via your thoughts and emotions and you will come to manifest it.
The first real mention of the actual term “Law of Attraction” other than Hinduism, is in a book on esoteric mysteries, written by Helena Blavatsky in 1877.
The ancient Jewish Book of Proverbs, chapter 23, verse 7 “As a man Thinketh in his heart, so is he”.
Marcus Aurelius, the great Roman Emperor, said: “A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.”
In The Bible, the Sermon on the Mount says: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
The Baal Shem Tov, a Jewish Rabbi said “Think good and it will be good”
Early 1900s with links to the ancient past
In the 1900s, the Law of Attraction began to gain popularity.
In 1902, the book As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen.
Then William Walker Atikinson’s 1906 book, Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World.
The phrase “Law of Attraction” also appeared in the writings of Theosophical writers William Quan Judge in 1915 and Annie Besant in 1919.
Wallace D Wattles
- Lecture: Jesus – the man and his work (“It is doubtful if any man was ever more misunderstood by the people of his own time than Jesus of Nazareth. Certainly no man was ever more grossly misrepresented by succeeding generations, and especially by those who professed to be his friends and followers…”)
Charles F Haanel – author of The Master Key System, 1911
“Regarding the Rosicrusians, it is known that Haanel was a member of the Keystone Lodge No. 243, AF & AM, a 32nd degree Mason, and a Shriner – Noble in the Moolah Temple. It has also been stated that he was a member of the Society of Rosicrucians. Haanel was initiated into the Keystone Lodge #243 in Webster Groves, St. Louis, on May 4, 1904 and by July 13th was a Master Mason. He also became a member of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Mystic Shrine on October 29, 1904. Haanel never held office in the Masons and was suspended on November 20, 1935 for non-payment of dues.” – http://www.haanel.com/biography.html
On the mind, Charles wrote:
Of these two powers, the outward and changeable has been termed the “Conscious Mind,” or the “Objective Mind” (dealing with outward objects). The interior power is called the “Subconscious Mind,” or the “Subjective Mind,” and besides its work on the mental plane it controls the regular functions which make physical life possible.
Napoleon Hill – The Law of Success in 16 Lessons, published in 1928
Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you are right”
Napoleon Hill said: “Whatever the mind can conceive and bring itself to believe, it can achieve.”
Earl Nightingale says it in 6 words: “You become what you think about”
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale put it this way: “If you think in negative terms, you will get negative results. If you think in positive terms, you will achieve positive results.”
Then came The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.
Then Your Wish Is Your Command was published.