“The Law of Attraction works great for some people. Right? There’s no denying that. We have seen evidence of people using The Law of Attraction and getting exactly what it is that they desire, but for the rest of us it doesn’t’ work. And do you know why I think that is? I think that for the rest of us we desire authenticity, we, um, admire integrity and honesty. And The Law of Attraction, I feel, um, hints towards a bit of deceit. And here’s what I mean by that; The Law of Attraction says that you need to feel a certain way to bring in and attract what it is that you’d like to bring into your life and if you’re depressed and if you’re discouraged it is really hard to get out of that feeling, to get outside of those emotions and to find the energy you need to create anything. And when you are able to bring up feelings of joy and gratitude and you’re trying to pretend as if you already have this thing, and you’re trying to have faith that it’s coming to you, one that can be exhausting ‘cause you don’t have the energy to pull that in anyway. And second, is it feels like a huge lie. Right? You’re sitting there in these feelings of gratitude that you’ve manufactured, that you conjured up and you’re trying to bring in this vision that you have, but it feels like a lie because it is, because you’re not being authentic to what you are feeling and what you are experiencing now. “
The Law of Attraction works through the highest level of authenticity, integrity, and honesty. If the individual isn’t being truthful about their personality or character, if they do not firmly adhere to their own code of conduct or their own morals and values, if they are not being sincere with what it is they are feeling or desiring then The Law of Attraction will not work for them. This is the crux of The Law of Attraction. And for those of you who are Witch you will recognize this as the crux of our Craft: Witch know thyself. The Law of Attraction does not HINT at deceit. People are deceitful, Universal Laws are not. Universal Laws such as The Law of Attraction are based in love, not fear. Deceit is based in fear.
The Law of Attraction simple states; like attracts like and that by focusing on a thought, whether that thought is something that is desired or undesired, the individual can manifest that thought into reality, which is similar to how magick works. The Law of Attraction works because everything that exists in our world is comprised of energy and energy can be manipulated. Now as the YouTuber suggested if I’m feeling depressed and discouraged it can be difficult to move away from those feelings instead I may even focus more on the feelings of sorrow, emptiness, and hopelessness I am currently experiencing. It is not the emotional place to be in order to create the change I am seeking. The ideal emotional condition is one of joy and gratitude, but the individual cannot go from depression to joy. It is impossible to experience such a drastic shift, well, perhaps unless that individual was given a medication that would force the individual’s chemistry to change, but doesn’t even that take time? Human beings are not created, nor are we able to force ourselves to go from one end of the emotional spectrum: depression to the opposite end of the emotional spectrum: joy in just moments. It takes an individual time to get to depression and it will take time to move from depression to joy, but it is possible. Within The Law of Attraction this process is paramount because not one of us in constantly in the state of joy and gratitude. We are human beings. We experience the spectrum of human emotion, but we are still able to create the life we desire using The Law of Attraction.
So, what would this look like? How would someone who is depressed and discouraged find the energy to create this thing they desire? First, I would urge you not to “pretend”. There is work to do before you begin your visualizations, which is what I believe the YouTuber was suggesting with “pretending as if you already have this thing”. Understand that this process will take some time. So be gentle with yourself and give yourself the time. Consider if you are ready for this change; are you prepared for the change you are about to manifest in your life? I believe it is important to understand that someone we have a need to experience situations and circumstances that are uncomfortable and undesired, because it is through great suffering that we learn the most profound things about ourselves and the nature of our relationships. It isn’t necessary that other people understand our needs; only that we do. If you find you are ready for a change and are willing to do the “work” required then I would encourage you to proceed.
I found myself in a deep depression after the birth of my daughter back in 2002. I was diagnosed with Post-partum Depression and given Zoloft. I was experiencing emotions such as; sadness, unhappiness, powerlessness, unworthiness, anger, grief, fear, and guilt. Using The Law of Attraction I would bridge my emotions up the scale by asking myself: Is there anything I am grateful for? Is there anything that brings me even the smallest amount of joy or happiness? This may be difficult at first. Especially being in the seat of depression, but I am willing to find something, because I truly want to be somewhere feeling better than I am. Yes, I am grateful that I can see; that I am able to watch my favorite VHS. With this I focus on the feelings that watching that VHS brings me. Is there anything else that brings me happiness? Yes, I experience joy when I eat Toast Almond Fudge ice-cream. So, I focus on how that feels, the happiness I experience when eating that flavor of ice-cream and perhaps I even indulge and have some while watching my favorite VHS. This is how I move my way up the emotional scale until I am in a place of gratitude and joy … and it is then that I practice visualization and what the YouTuber called “pretend”.
Once I visualize what it is I desire and I maintain the feelings of gratitude and joy about this desire I believe that it is coming to me, because I know in my heart that it will manifest. I believe in my own power as a co-creator. And if I identify as Witch, I believe in my own inviolate power.
The Law of Attraction doesn’t encourage the individual to be inauthentic. It encourages the individual to experience each and every human emotion they have, but to recognize that it is these same emotions that attract the experiences they have within their lifetime and to use this energy to manifest a life that he or she truly desires for themselves. It is about living and being in this very moment, in recognizing that right now is the key to our every tomorrow.