The Law of Attraction (LOA) is a not new, nor is it particular to the New Age. It has ancient occult origins, based on the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus. The underlying seven principles for manifesting are outlined in the Kybalion, which states about the first principle:
“THE ALL IS MIND; The Universe is Mental.”The Kybalion
LOA was popularised in the 21st century by a book called ‘The Secret.’ The Secret outlines an ego-driven approach to ‘manifesting.’ LOA is all about gimme-gimme-gimme and using a morally neutral ‘Universe’ as a sort of slot machine that we can rig for personal gain if we just learn the tricks of the trade.
Learning these tricks usually means buying lots of books or attending expensive seminars on manifesting. In the end, the only ones who achieve massive wealth and success are the ones who sell LOA to the rest of us suckers.
Word of Faith Movement
My biggest problem with LOA, right from when I first came across the Christian version of it via the ‘Word of Faith’ movement, in Sweden in the early 1990s, is that it simply doesn’t explain why terrible things happen to good people with totally good intentions.
I remember asking a Swedish Word of Lifer (Livets Ord), “Can a person with poor lung health, living in the most polluted region of the world, manifest healthy lungs through faith without moving away from that region?” They said, “Yes,” and I thought then, “Nope. This is so not for me.” Yet I still fell into the trap and started flirting with LOA after moving to the UK.
The Word of Faith Movement is said by some to originate with E.W. Kenyon who had been studying the New Thought Movement. According to the Word of Faith movement, all illness, poverty and lack of success comes down to lack of faith. If this reminds you of LOA, you’re spot on.
You Will Be Like God
Basically, the Law of Attraction/Word of Faith both echo the serpent’s promise in Genesis 3:5 that we will become as God. If we just believe in the power to call things into existence strongly enough, we can manifest anything–it is only our faith (or lack thereof) that determines the limits of what we can manifest.
The same thing we see in New Age LOA communities is what we see in the pseudo-Christian, $$$-centred prosperity preaching. The only ones achieving mega wealth and success are the preachers at the top who promise that if you tithe and follow their teachings you will be ‘blessed’ the way they have been. And yet…
You cannot serve both God and mammon.Matthew 6:24
Lucifer’s Favourite Delusion
Unfortunately, LOA is just one big delusion, albeit Lucifer’s favourite delusion for himself and the one he most wants us to fall into.
In no way can LOA explain why bad things happen on a global level. Did we collectivley manifest Covid-19 and/or the post-Covid-19 fascist/surveillance capitalist era that we all now have to live in?
Of course not. This was imposed on us by the Elite. Evil men with a lot of power can still do whatever they want to the rest of us. And they will, because they have nothing but contempt for us. They plan to rid this planet of most of us, wanting only 500 million of us to remain (Georgia Guidestones). Those not part of the Elite are intended to be a slave race to them.
It was realising the futility of trying to combat the Elite in my own power that brought me to my knees during the lockdown. I surrendered my life back into the hands of God, knowing that goodness and justice are only found in Him.
What I missed the most during my 20 year long walk through the desert of the occult and the New Age was my relationship with God and Jesus. You can’t have a radical relationship with a ‘Universe’ that you seek to manipulate for your own gain.
Think about it. If you were in a marriage where you saw the other person as just something that was there to give you stuff, how long do you think your marriage would last?
Ultimately, the lack of relationship is what exposes LOA as part of Lucifer’s substitute religion. You and I were created by a loving Father who wishes for nothing more than to be in a loving, intimate and radical relationship with us. That can only happen when we learn to pray, ‘Thy will be done,’ and accept the gift of atonement for our sins bestowed on us through Jesus Christ.
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods.Galations 4:8