IN THE LAW OF ATTRACTION
A Research Paper Presented to
The Faculty of the English Department
College of Arts and Science
Our Lady of Fatima University-Antipolo City
Antipolo City, Rizal
In Partial Fulfillment
Of the Requirements for the Course
ENGL 2- Communication Arts and Skills II
Dinah Hazel Quigao
A. Background of the Study
As with everything in this world, it is governed by laws. Some people understand laws of physics, natural laws and even laws created by humans. But what about those principles that a person can't see happen in action? This is where the law of attraction is introduced. The Law of Attraction states, "That which is like itself is will attract." That is easy enough to understand. Like attracts like. But how does that work in people’s lives? This is where it takes time to first understand, then accept and finally embrace the Law of Attraction. Basically it says that a person attracts everything into his lives. And it's all based on what he is thinking. The Law of Attraction is a law of nature. It is impartial as the law of gravity (The Secret, 2006).
In the history of science, the laws of attraction is a catch phrase used when discussing the perceived nature of bodies that have a tendency to attract, thus contradicting itself as physics laws which serve to define specific properties and can be proven with experiment to be constant. Historically, the concept of there being a known set of the laws of attraction evolved from the laws of affinity, which numbered up to ten depending upon which chemist was sourced.
The law of attraction can be traced through ancient times the immortal Buddha was actually one of the first to introduce man to the law of attraction. He said, “What you have become is what you have thought.” This was a principle that the people of the east were acquainted with for centuries before it began to sweep into the western hemisphere. The concept of karma is introduced by the Buddha. The Karma is rooted from the law of attraction. The Karma states that every action performed in life creates another reaction which in turn produces a new counter action. Jesus also spoke of the law of attraction. He said "Therefore I say unto you, what things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Mark 11:24 Also in the book of Matthew the Bible offers these words, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." And, "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." (http://www.law-of-attraction-guide.com)
The law of attraction began to gain popularity as people began to appreciate the power of positive thinking and how it is applied to their lives. In 1906, William Walker Atkinson (1862–1932) used the phrase in his New Thought Movement book Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World, stating that "like attracts like." The following year, Elizabeth Towne, the editor of The Nautilus Magazine, A Journal of New Thought, published Bruce MacLelland's prosperity theology book Prosperity Through Thought Force, in which he summarized the principle, stating: "You are what you think, not what you think you are." The book "The Science of Getting Rich" by Wallace D. Wattles indicates that negative thinking will manifest negative results. Richard Weiss explains in his book The American Myth of Success that the "principle of "non-resistance" was a popular concept taught in conjunction with the law of attraction. Israel Regardie published many books one of this book is The Art of True Healing written in 1937 is fully titled "The Art of True Healing, A Treatise on the Mechanism of Prayer and the Operation of the Law of Attraction in Nature". The book teaches a focused meditation technique to help the mind to learn to heal itself on both a physical and...