Science and Law of Attraction

So what is the Law of Attraction?

In the simplest of terms, Law of Attraction states that it is your thoughts that attract the experiences in your life. “Like attracts like” therefore if you predominately think positive thoughts, you attract positive experiences in your life and if you predominately think negative thoughts, you attract negative experiences in your life. Fundamentally, this is based on an energy interaction with the universe or (yet to be defined) universal force.

The 3 basic steps for Law of attraction are:

ASK – ask the universe what you want. State your intention or your want. Be clear of what you want and phase it positively and think it positively. Rather than stating ‘I don’t want to be broke’; state ‘I want to have money’.

BELIEVE – Believe as you have received it. Tune your thoughts to think what it would be like when you have received it. Imagine it, feel it – how would you feel if you have receive it?

RECEIVE – you will receive it. If you intend, visualise, and feel correctly, you should be able to see the results in your life.

Although this sounds simple and straightforward enough, unfortunately, we human beings are not so simple. When we have more than 50,000 thoughts a day, many often at a sub-conscious level, therefore controlling your thoughts becomes rather complicated. It becomes even more complicated with our feeling and emotions are involved. So in many instances you may know what you want and you may even actively ‘ask’ the universe, but your predominant thought is that it won’t happen to you. So in a ‘like attract like’ universe, it won’t happen to you! As this is the energy or vibrational frequency you are sending out.

What the logic behind Law of Attraction?

Many people believe Law of Attraction (LoA) is one of the natural laws in the universe such as Newton’s Law of Gravity or Gauss’s Law of Electricity and Magnetism. Our thoughts, our consciousness are intricately linked to the universe and our vibrations of thoughts or frequency (just like the frequency of a radio transmitter) will attract those experiences in our life. Many sceptics will argue against this as there is no way (at least in the current level of scientific advances) to prove that our consciousness can affect the working of the universe.

The Science-y bit!

There are two areas of study that can be interpreted to indirectly support the existence of Law of Attraction (rather than prove it out right!):

  1. Components of the Universe

Until about thirty years ago, astronomers thought that the universe was composed almost entirely of “baryonic matter”, ordinary atoms, which are made from varying numbers of protons, neutrons and electrons.  But in recent decades there had been various studies which suggest that there is something in the universe that we cannot see, termed “Dark Energy” making up over 73% of the universe and “dark matter” making up 23%, while baryonic matter only makes up 4%.  I must say that I don’t fully understand all the theories put forward by the cosmologists and theoretical physicists to state that this somehow supports a universe that can react to our thoughts, but what this does suggest to me is that there are a lot of things out in the cosmos that we do not yet understand, laws that are yet to be discovered. So perhaps, there is room for a universe that can react to the vibrations of our thoughts!

2.   Quantum Physics

Second set of support comes from quantum physics which looks at the world from a sub-atomic level and looks at behaviour of matter and its interactions with energy on the scale of atoms and subatomic particles. In simple terms, quantum physics seems to indicate that Matter (particles such as atoms which essentially we are made up of!) have ‘wavelike behaviour’. In other words, we are made of vibrational energy at the sub-atomic level. This theory, for many advocators of Law of Attraction, is the ultimate supportive argument for Law of Attraction. We are bodies of energy living in a universe filled with energy. So why can’t our vibrations of thoughts affect the workings of the universe?!

We are very far off from neither scientifically proving Law of Attraction can or cannot work, it boils down to more of a philosophical question, “just because something cannot be proven, does that mean it doesn’t exist?”. If science can’t explain something, then there are 3 possibilities: (a) it has not been discovered yet, (b) it is not yet understood or will always elude us, or (c) it doesn’t actually exist!

I like to view the Law of Attraction in a slightly different way. I know from my days as undergraduate, studying Neuroscience is that, what we DON’T know about the working of the human brain outweighs considerably more than what we DO know. Classic example is the “placebo effect”. We know a sugar pill can work as well as a test drug, as long as the subject is convinced of the benefits of the placebo, but science cannot explain why for sure. So for me, more of an appropriate question to ponder is (from Harry Potter – when Professor Dumbledore speaks to Harry in the afterlife):

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

My experiment – 1

My first experiment to test out the Law of Attraction is hopefully something tangible to measure. I have been feeling rather aimless at work. As I work in the Banking industry (even excluding all the scandals of the recent times), I cannot see my purpose, I cannot see where I add value when create my elaborate spreadsheets and have my lengthy meetings. Who am I helping?! Yes, myself to an extent, I get paid and I am helping my management achieve their targets, but I often struggle to see the bigger picture. Don’t get me wrong, there is part of the job that I do enjoy, the sense of achievement when I get something done, the intellectual challenge, the human interaction etc.

So rather than doing something drastic as changing careers or job, I want to be able to use my current skill set to contribute to something bigger. More and more as I am tuned to my thoughts and wants, the more and more opportunities present to me. I have come across an unpaid trustee work using my current financial skill set, for an animal charity, requiring about 10-15 days of time in a year. For me this should be very manageable with my current work commitments and gives me the purpose that I crave for as animals welfare is one of my passions.

So for my first experiment, I intend to attract this role into my life and I intend to succeed at working in this role, while maintaining my good work / life balance.

To end this blog with, I want to use a quote from one of my favourite books, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, “There’s a wonderful old Italian joke about a poor man who goes to church every day and prays before the statue of a great saint, begging, “Dear saint-please, please, please…give me the grace to win the lottery.” This lament goes on for months. Finally the exasperated statue comes to life, looks down at the begging man and says in weary disgust, “My son-please, please, please…buy a ticket.”

So on that note, I better get on with the application! Happy experimenting!

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One thought on “Science and Law of Attraction

  1. Interesting Vij! Thanks for the book which I have now read with mixed thoughts throughout. Like you an ex Neuroscience graduate, I’m struggling to fight the logic that’s why I love your last paragraph on the poor Italian man. I ask for my old size 8 figure! If I believe and feel like I already have that size 8 body I would eat whatever I like without worrying about calories, not exercise and we both know that’s only going to move my body in the opposite direction on the scales! 🙂
    Your neuro mummy friend xx
    Well done for writing the article!

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