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Book Review: Beyond Human

  • Posted on: 19 September 2011
  • By: mokshalom

Beyond Human could be just another "think positive" Law of Attraction self-help book. Thankfully, it goes "beyond" simple "just think good thoughts" advice and provides some innovative tools and ways of approaching things that you might not have heard of before.

Right off the bat, the author, Jaden Rose Phoenix, sets herself apart by commenting on the lack of "out of the box" thinking that traps so many people in mediocrity. If more people took her advice on just trying new things to solve problems, the world would probably be a better place.

The Arrest of James Arthur Ray and the Law of Attraction

  • Posted on: 15 February 2010
  • By: mokshalom

James Arthur Ray has been arrested on charges of manslaughter for the deaths of three participants in a sweat lodge ceremony he held last year.

From the Daily Mail:

...(One of the victim's) mother, Ginny, said yesterday that she would have liked to believe the deaths were accidental - but that everything that Ray did during the 'Spiritual Warrior' event almost made them inevitable.

'One of the things that horrifies me after we found out Kirby had died was to see how he behaved, to really yield his true character,' she said.

'This wasn't just a horrible accident. His own conviction in his omnipotence and his own seduction of money and wealth made him delusional.'

"The Power of Intention" by Dr. Wayne Dyer: Book Review

by Stephanie Brail

I've been a fan of Wayne Dyer's for a while but have not read much of his recent stuff. I used to have an audio course of his on cassette tape that I really enjoyed. He's a kind soul with a gentle energy that has always been appealing.

So I was very interested to read one of his more recent books, The Power of Intention, given to me by a friend of mine. Wayne looks older than what I remember - and I have to say, I actually kind of miss his old cheesy 70s mustache. But, he's evolved with the times, and he's gotten trendy. He's also unfortunately gotten on the “Law of Attraction” bandwagon, which is evidenced by his homage to Esther and Jerry Hicks in the back of the book.

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An Alternative to the Law of Attraction?

  • Posted on: 11 January 2009
  • By: mokshalom

The "Law of Attraction" has been so overdone in coaching circles lately that it's become the default mantra for many in the self-help biz. "Like attracts like," they say. (Hm. So whatever happened to "opposites attract"?)

I just think the world is more complex than one simple statement that "like attracts like."

As much as I think positive thinking is powerful, as much as I think intention is an amazing force, and as much as I believe visualization can effect personal change...I don't think these things are infallible.

But people respond to soundbites, so I'm wondering if there is some sort of snappy way to say, "Well, yes, thinking positive is great but be realistic and don't expect to become a supermodel when you are a 60-year-old overweight man with a harelip!"

How about something like, "Manifest all you want, but remember God has the final say."

Or: "Think positively, but be open for something else to happen."

The Secret, First-World Privilege, and the Working Wealth Gurus

by Stephanie Brail

Does The Secret work better for affluent white people?

Here's an interesting quote I caught randomly on a blog. The article is mostly about PETA, but I was struck by this sentence at the end about the organization:

To me, they’re just another group based on the same hype that sustains New Age religion: they make privileged people feel good about their privileges, and relieve them of the difficult responsibility of making the world better for other human beings AND for animals.

I immediately thought of The Secret and the Law of Attraction, and how those memes do precisely what this author accuses: "They make privileged people feel good about their privileges, and relieve them of the difficult responsibility of making the world better for other human beings..."

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Just Because Positive Thinking is Effective, That Doesn't Mean the Law of Attraction is True

by Stephanie Brail

Since I do hypnosis and energy healing, you would think that I would be a huge fan of the Law of Attraction, right? After all, I often use hypnosis to help people visualize positive outcomes for themselves, often with very powerful results. I use affirmations in EFT and in my healing music. Aren't all these things the Law of Attraction?

No. Visualization, energy work, and affirmations are not the same thing as the “Law of Attraction.”

First, let's distinguish what these things actually are. Visualization is a personal development technique. Energy work, or energy healing, is a method of spiritual healing. Affirmations are another method of personal development. All of these things are tools.

The Philosophy is Not the Tool

The Law of Attraction is not a tool. It is a philosophy. It is a philosophy that states, “whatever you focus on, you will attract into your life.”

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Don't Wait for Wealth to Make a Difference

  • Posted on: 25 May 2007
  • By: mokshalom

I had an opportunity to see Michele Blood speak earlier in the week. She is the singing Australian self-help guru who has for years teamed up with Bob Proctor, one of the main guys on The Secret DVD. I enjoyed her talk, if just for the fact that she liked to throw the F-word in there a lot, and didn't seem to take herself too seriously.

What struck me was her comments on the issue of manifesting money. She mentioned briefly that sometimes she gets criticized for her focus on wealth. She said something along the lines of: "If you want to accomplish anything, you need the energy of money behind you, and so I don't apologize for that." (I am completely paraphrasing here.)

Hmm. Well, yes, I certainly would like more money, as it would make my life easier in many respects. But do we need to be wealthy in order to achieve anything?

The Law of Attraction, Science, and a Challenge to Rhonda Byrne

by Stephanie Brail

I am a mystic, but I am also a science geek. I used to teach science to elementary school students. I believe in miracles, but I believe these miracles occur within the framework of a very real world that is subject to certain laws of physics. Science is very complicated, and you cannot reduce the way the universe operates down to one simple formula.

Yet, many are accepting the idea that the so-called Law of Attraction is the way the universe works, or, in the least, the way people’s lives work. This idea, now put forth into the mainstream by The Secret, has been called “scientific” by many of its adherents. Yet, this label is not only misleading but downright false.

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How About a Law of Repulsion for My Clutter?

  • Posted on: 14 March 2007
  • By: mokshalom

With all this talk about The Secret, I have to say: I really don't want to manifest more stuff right now. I have lots of clutter that I have been clearing out and organizing. Can there be some sort of Law of Repulsion where when I look at my clutter, it will magically fly out the window on its own accord?

How about a Law of Organization, where when I look at my unfiled papers, they magically re-arrange themselves into neatly organized files in my file drawer?

Positive Thought and Energy vs. Law of Attraction

  • Posted on: 13 March 2007
  • By: mokshalom

I have been having lots of discussions lately with folks about The Secret and the Law of Attraction. I believe quite a few people think The Secret has the "answer" because they've tried the positive thinking portion of it, and that works.

Of course positive thinking works (though, not for the reasons the film states). But that doesn't mean you've attracted everything in your life, 100%, as the Law of Attraction states.

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