The Law of Attraction is False!

The book “The Secret”

and the “Law of Attraction” is false

“Shhhh!  I have a secret!”

“OK, ready? Here goes:  The book, The Secret and the “Law of Attraction” is FALSE!  ::Gasp::  “What?”  “But, but, I have read that book, and it tells me how to achieve what i want and how to have a more positive mindset.  Now, I agree that there may be a some good points made in this book about thinking more positively, but there are many more things that cause serious concern.

What is the Law of Attraction

“The Secret,” by Rhonda Byrne, teaches the concept of the Law of Attraction” (LOA).  The LOA assert that a person attracts good or bad to themselves just by how they think, by the vibrations that emanate from their minds.  In other words, if you think positively, you will attract good things to yourself, and if your thoughts are negative, you we will attract negative circumstances to yourself.

Now, there is some truth in this, right? After all, thinking more positively can help us to achieve our desired goals, feel better about ourselves, ask that girl or guy out, and give off a better persona in life.  The converse is also true. However, the LOA takes things way too far teaching that the mind can do all things without limit and divinizing mortal man.

Problems with the Law of Attraction!

The book, “The Secret”and other like-books, always begin with a fluffy, feel-good, motivational writing style, telling us that we can acquire the perfect job, the ultimate relationship, and all the money our imaginations can fancy.  After all, The Secret teaches, “The sky is the limit,” which sounds good, right?

The negative side of this is that the Law of Attraction also teaches that people attract bad things to themselves, including car accidents, sexual abuse, debt, and every negative circumstance that happens in life just by thinking negatively.  Listen to what The Secret teaches;

“You’re going to immediately say, I didn’t attract the car accident. I didn’t attract this particular client who gives me a hard time.  I didn’t particularly attract the debt.’ And I’m here to be a little bit in your face and to say, yes you did attract it” (Pg. 27-28).

Is man really GOD?

Perhaps one of the biggest problems with The Secret and the LOA is that mere human beings are viewed as divine.  We are God!  Listen again to what The Secret says;

You are God in a physical body. You are Spirit in the flesh. You are eternal life expressing itself as You.  You are all power.  You are all wisdom.  You are all intelligence.  You are perfection” (Pg. 164 – emphasis added).  Wow!

Also:  “There is no blackboard in the sky in which God has written your purpose, your mission in life… So your purpose is what you say it is. Your mission is the mission you give yourself. Your life will be what you create it as, and no one will stand in judgment of that, now or ever. You get to fill the blackboard of your life with whatever you want” (Pg. 177-178).

We are God?  No one will stand in judgment of us?  Christians believe the complete opposite.  The Nicene creed states that, “Jesus will come to judge the living and the dead.” Notice though that The Secret and other like books replace God with Self.  It usurps the place of God and elevates humans to a place of divinity with “limitless powers.”  In other words, the Self becomes God, and that is an insurmountable problem here for any Christian who takes their faith seriously.

I would like to add that I have seen some Christian evangelists preach a very similar “Health and Wealth” Gospel. They assert that Christians can and should become wealthy by “naming and claiming” exactly what they desire.  Christians of this view are taught that they can be rich, drive nice cars, own the nicest things, and can attain their every desire through “faith,” all the opposite of Jesus, the one they claim to follow.  These evangelists don’t take into account God’s will, but only their own.  By cherry picking and misinterpreting passages from the Bible, they make God out to be a Genie at their command.

Laws of Attraction – Lived out!

The LOA is a dangerous way to think and to live.  It can cause people who accept it wholeheartedly to ignore all of the world’s problems and sufferings, while attempting to create a perpetually positive bubble around themselves. If thinking negatively attracts bad things, the mindset then is not to be bothered or weighed down by other people’s sufferings or negative situations.  After all, the more someone thinks about another person’s sufferings or has compassion on them, the more they are adding to the suffering while simultaneously attracting it to themselves. The best policy is to avoid all negative thoughts, feelings, and situations like the plague.

One can easily see how self-serving this worldview is.  Jesus suffered for us and gave us a model to follow. He said that we will need to suffer in this life too (Mt. 10:38). As Christians, we are called to love and serve others, to reach out to our brothers and sisters in need (James 2:14-18), and our eternal salvation depends upon it (Mt. 25:31-46), the opposite message of the LOA.

People deeply invested in the LOA often blame victims for the sufferings that happen to them – sufferings like car accidents, getting sick, natural disasters, and even being sexually abused, etc.  In fact, the LOA would say that if someone was sexually abused, it would be their own fault because of their constant negative thinking which attracted that situation to them.  All of these “tragedies” could be prevented and the disasters averted merely by changing our manner of thinking.

The Secret teaches precisely this; “Disease is held in the body by thought, by observation of the illness, and by the attention given to the illness. If you are feeling a little unwell, don’t talk about it – unless you want more of it.  If you listen to people talk about their illness, you add energy to their illness” (Pg. 139).

Most who accept this ideology don’t believe in personal sin. Therefore, people who formerly accepted and practiced this way of life will tell of all the adultery, suicide, depression, divorce, and many other evils that can be attributed to this flawed line of reasoning. They have observed and experienced it again and again in their own lives.

OK, so, if you would like to hear a crazy, shocking story from someone who lived, breathed, and taught the LOA, then I highly recommend the CD set: Oprah – Televangelist of the New Age Deception,by Sharon Lee Giganti.  Talk about eye-opening! Giganti admits that the LOA are partly responsible for many jaw-dropping tragedies in her life.

Tthe LOA also includes the “New Psychology” and the “Positive Thought” movement. Here are just a few people who teach and write about the LOA:  Rhonda Byrne, Bob Proctor, Michael Beckwith, Jack Canfield, Wayne Dyer, John Assaraf, Neale Donald Walsch, John Gray, Bob Doyle, Dr. John Demartini Marie Diamond, Mike Dooley, and others.

I guess the secret is out, that the Law of Attraction is a problematic ideology, doing more harm than good, and incompatible with Jesus and Christianity.

About Bryan Mercier

Bryan Mercier is a professional Catholic speaker, retreat leader, author, YouTuber, and a Catholic apologist who has been teaching and preaching for almost two decades. He has also been aired on TV and radio in different states, including Relevant Radio, Ave Maria Radio, Sirius XM Satellite, and EWTN. He is the founder of "Catholic Truth," a non-profit dedicated to the New Evangelization and helping Catholics to know, love, and live their faith with purpose and passion each day!
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18 Responses to The Law of Attraction is False!

  1. Carlton Cardozo says:

    Hi Bryan, I believe you may have read the book The Secret with some level of prejudice, please don’t get me wrong, I respect your faith and I don’t believe what the book is saying is against any faith: Here are my opinions to share on the matter, I do hope to share some insight here, and being a person who deals with uses visualization to enhance personal energies, I can certainly say this practice is not against or condemn any religion or God figure:

    1. When the book talks of attracting bad things, like car accidents, it does not mean to say a person says to himself/ herself “I’m gonna have a car accident”. What it refers to is when people keep having worries/ and are constantly in a downward spiral of thought, you tend to attract excessive negativity to yourself, and events of a lower frequency come to you. Just like when you have a high energetic frequency, you may not specifically say you want so-and-so wonderful event to happen in your life, but you have a higher number of wondrous experiences.

    2. With regards to Gods purpose for our lives, what it means is not that you really can be, and are free, to do with your life what you want. You can choose to focus on being whatever you want to be and explore your potential to the fullest in whatever path you choose. Its not in any way, “going against” any plan that God has for anyone’s life. You can make the choice: all good, even the Christian God, does allow people to choose what path they want in their life right? You can call it “a calling”, which tends to push you in a certain direction, but its we who decide, isn’t it.

    3. We ( as people) being God: That’s over-the-top I agree. However, with the rest of the paragraph, the way I’d interpret it as is, we do have the potential to reach for way more, and with focussed thought and energy, it does guide you into the situations and scenarios you would want to be in. It really does work.

    4. I don’t believe there is anything wrong with being a wealthy Christian, if you have more, and you have it with the right intent, and do good with it, why would that be against any God? Its what we do with what we have, and if we let us own us or lead us astray, that’s what matters, in my opinion.

    5. With regard to always being in positivity: Yes, we all should. However, that does not mean we live in our Ivory towers, and do not help those in need. The way I see it is ( and the book also talks of it) is we can show gratitude and express it daily as an integral part of our lives, and use our blessings to help those in need.

    6.About disease and illness: Certainly, do not add energy to anything negative by talking about it. Instead, affirm positivity and good health. No you do not have to avoid people who talk of their illness and avoid compassion, but you have to help them understand how the mind works. This more you think and affirm thoughts and words of a lower frequency, and not believe and affirm in what is good and positive, the more you will have of what you affirm. You can and must help those in need, but that does not mean you suffer. You can help a person drowning in a well, but you don’t need to be inside the well and experience the drown to help that person.

    6. Yes, people who believe this believe in personal sin. I’ve no idea why you feel that way or why the book made you feel that. The wrong that we inflict on others, even in thought, is judgement, and it does and will return to us.

    We all have differences of opinions, but I wanted to share this with you, because some views aren’t really what are the ones intended.

    Thanks for reading Bryan!

    Good day, and by the way, the Secret, actually works, its just about affirming positivity, and being specific about your wants and needs, and the Universe DOES give you what you ask for. It really does work, and its not harmful and does not despise any religion or God.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The ideology behind the secret has disconnected one of my siblings from our family where she hesitates to communicate and engage in conversation. She is always guarded to speak what she is thinking and when she does speak her thoughts exhibit irrational thinking and behavior.

  3. Thank you for sharing this. I have heard stories like this elsewhere too.

  4. Jay says:

    I have used the LOA and it works. I became pretty good at it. I have now stopped using it as it’s based on ancient magic which I did not realise. In biblical terms its therefore not compatible with christianity. One needs to start to understand how it works and then you will know not to use it. Just because something works its not a reason to use it. In the same way that people take drugs to feel better about themselves its still bad. Christianity is far more powerful…. return to the bible for lots of examples of this.

  5. Eva says:

    law of attraction is gear toward self want. It is a cult. Behind it is Satan. It is a modern day witch craft . A Lot of people who use Law of Attraction believe they would be healed by visualizing over and over again that they are healed. So they throw away their life saving prescription drugs and treatments. They end up dead. God is not being rely on for provisions . Law of attraction said provide for your self by believing that you have it already. This is a deception of Satan. Satan uses the Bible to fool the most devout Christian that it is proof that Law of attraction is use in the Bible . The Bible verses get taking out of context to prove it so.
    Rely on God for your provision not on man ask the universe for them. Satan does deliver things to people who believe in the Law of attraction .

  6. Jim Santacroce says:

    There are different levels of “understanding”. One cannot deny the “law” of vibration. So then, how does this play into our reality? Much is not known to us and probably never will be.
    One thing that Eva says “So they throw away their life saving prescription drugs and treatments” shows her ignorance of what these prescriptions actually consist of. Research and history has shown that these were introduced by the UNGODLY to harm us. So, we must use what GOD has given us naturally for healing and the betterment of all kind.

    Recently the “law of attraction” phenom has been “qualified” by the use of “action” with “meta secret”. This fits in line more with the Catholic understanding of salvation. However, like with all good things it can be used for evil.

    Part of the reason the world has plunged into darkness is because so many good Catholics are stuck in poverty and immediately succumb to fear when given opportunity to step out in faith for wealth improvement. Wouldn’t you agree?

    One thing I urge you, Bryan to explore is why Catholics are NOT Christians…. Why Amen is NOT Catholic and well you get the idea… maybe much of what we have been told as truth was in actuality — not.

    Best to you.

  7. Jim – Thank you for your thoughts. I do agree that there are different levels of understanding, but remember how much we already know because of what the ultimate authority Jesus Christ taught us. If teaching and belief doesn’t match up with what He taught, than it cannot be true since He is the ultimate truth.

    You may be right about the poverty thing in part but I think it’s because Catholics haven’t stood up for their faith in 50 years, and Christians have been too silent. I personally think that is a much better reason for why the world is in darkness, not to mention the horrible catechesis, the breakdown of the family, the secularization of the culture, etc.

    Lastly, in regard to Catholicism, I have researched why people think that Catholicism is “not” Christian. I have countless books here in my library that are anti-Catholic from different points of view. However, I know that the Catholic Church is Christian, and in fact it’s the original Christian Church that Jesus started. These other books I have found over and over don’t understand Catholicism or Catholic teaching, but present caricatures of it, and they have never really read even one book written by a Catholic most times. After 20+ years of studying and teaching the Catholic faith, I can say I know the Catholic religion more than most people, Catholics and certainly non-Catholics alike. I am a professional Catholic apologist who teaches the faith full time.

    The word Amen is in the Bible many times, and is used by Jesus who we worship. So, I’m not sure what you mean by that, but if you would like to expound, feel free.

    God bless you!

  8. Julie says:

    Thanks for this helpful info on “the secret”. My 13yo son just told me that they watched a documentary in school about “the secret” – and he goes to a Catholic school!! I quickly told him I did know about the “law of attraction” but that it sounded very anti-Catholic to me, and I was able to find your great info here to help back me up. thanks 🙂

  9. Jim Santacroce says:

    “The word Amen is in the Bible many times, and is used by Jesus who we worship. So, I’m not sure what you mean by that, but if you would like to expound, feel free.”

    Thank you for your gentlemanly response. Since you mentioned “Jesus who we worship”… According to (please lets judge the sources used on the website and not the horrible commentators).
    “”Very, very few Catholic priests know that there is a difference between Christ and Jesus. Early Church writers knew the difference between Christ of Heaven and the Jesus of Hell, but sadly, this knowledge barely exists anymore. This chapter deals with the first Horseman or ‘Beast’ which closes Heaven’s Door. Denying that Christ is God will close Heaven’s Door in your face. We recommend you not do that, and warn others you know to do the same. Below we shine the light on these Masonic cockroaches by presenting the evidence which has ‘gone missing’ from theological history. Remember, those who control the past control the future, and those who seek to eliminate this knowledge from the annals of history have plans for you. Don’t let them win.””

    “””Cerinthius distinguished between Christ and the Jewish-Masonic Jesus”””

    Source: Original Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. III, page 539: Cerinthus Entry (Click to see full page) (link is on page linked below :))
    Here is the link to the fatimamovement page which is an awesome treasure trove of ancient texts.

    “It is important for a theologian to understand that here are actually two Jesuses. Our Lord Jesus Christ (God), son of the Our Lady, is the Catholic “Jesus.” God’s adversary is this impostor Jesus who actually faked his own crucifixion at the behest of his Lord, Elias. Yes, this is the heretical Jesus you have heard about and below are some scans from a heretical 1883 Haydock Revision “Catholic” Bible to prove it. Today’s Catholic books purposely omit this extremely important distinction for the purpose of dragging into Hell as many Catholics as possible into Hell with their plethora of heretical texts. This is the heresy, the denial of the Divinity of Christ that the Catholic Dogma warns about- and this is why Catholics pray the Rosary, the best weapon against heresy to overcome what Jewish Freemason Vladimir Lenin called the “sacred lie.””

    I too have been a Catholic Scholar and apologist but have retired somewhat as I have been doing this for about 30 yrs. There are so few who truly have eyes to see.

    We can tackle the “Bible” and “Amen” another time… If you prefer to utilize my email – please do so.

  10. Great Julie! So glad that this was able to be helpful for you! They should ‘not’ be showing that in a Catholic school. It is very far from being Catholic.
    God bless you.

  11. JAC92 says:

    The Law of Attraction is a nightmare. If (LOA) exists then I am in trouble and doomed to eternal damnation, because I have had some of the worst thoughts imaginable. I never acted on the thoughts, but I am pretty mad that just thoughts themselves can be considered as bad as actions themselves which is part of what LOA argues. Sometimes I feel I am in trouble with the universe and God cause of the contents of my thoughts and I think God tries to communicate with me or send me signs that I am in trouble and its quite worrisome. If my thoughts have permenantly shaped my reality and I cant reverse those mistakes then I find myself in a very nightmarish position. You don’t want everyday life to be a reflection of your thoughts and attitudes. You want to be able to grow from your mistakes without thinking that your thoughts have irrevisible detrimental consequences in the world around you. But there is a downside to all of this most google search results seem to indicate to argue that LOA is real. Some celebrities even endorse the concept and I get people mentioning anecdotal stories about LOA. I get feelings of anger, fear, and anxiety that LOA is so openly supported especially by celebrities. The more people openly endorse the philosophy and more superstitious you become the more you start to believe and give credence to the Law of Attraction. If my thoughts actually have an effect on reality then I’m pretty certain I’m going to hell cause of the content of those thoughts and how rebellious those thoughts were. Why do people want to promote it or openly argue its existence, it can be very traumatic to experience cause I think my thoughts have dug me into a hole that I cant dig myself out of.

  12. JAC92 says:

    There is a huge problem I have with LOA it says that vile thoughts have the same effect on reality as our actions. If that is true then without directly taking any action my thoughts are enough to send me to a nightmarish place when I die. That frustrates me in every possible way because it basically argues that we are majorly guilty for what pops up in our heads even if we behave acceptably every other way in life. Im carrying guilt and left with the impression that my thoughts can hurt people in other spiritual realms or that they can cause ripple effects throughout the universe. Its made it difficult for me to sleep and I sometimes dont eat cause I feel my stomach is under to much stress.

  13. JAC92 says:

    Thanks for providing an alternative belief because LOA scares me. Cause I never acted on my thoughts but I feel that if I’m judged for my thoughts then there enough to send me to hell.

  14. Stephanie Villeda says:

    Thank you for reading the article! Keep coming back. God bless!

  15. You are welcome. 🙂

  16. Arthur D says:

    Jim – your ” this impostor Jesus who actually faked his own crucifixion at the behest of his Lord, Elias” seems quite fringe. If you oppose Christ’s Crucifixion, as Satan did because he knew it would expose Satan hiding in the Crowd of mob false witness, each looking to cover-up their own sins by heaping upon a Scapegoat (see Rene Girard on mimetic crises), then that would imply you’ve got something to hide too, and that therefore your testimony is not trustworthy.

  17. Arthur D says:

    Bryan – not to mention Proctor still uses a lot of Freudian atheistic “unconscious” language in his models of the mind, as if by “re-programming” our unconscious with better “paradigms”, we can reach Nirvana. All this is actually 1/2 true, but I would urge him and all his consultants to distance themselves from Freudian false witness. Instead Proctor should be using St. Paul’s concupiscence language about the follies of the heart. Our own Fr. C. Breuhl in Catholic Encyclopedia exposed Psychoanalysis as a lie way back in 1922, witnessing that the way he was taught about Unconscious and Id in psych schools, was implicitly denying the Soul and Free Will, as if we are all subject to mere “unconscious” animal instincts. Well, that entirely fails to explain and does profound injustice to, us Artists & Bach-DaVinci inventor types of the world. As if mere neuro-chemical “animal instinct” explains ‘Ave Verum Corpus’. Yeah right.

    However, I might point out that a lot of Catholics can learn from his particular Network for creating “consultants” who are sent out to change paradigms and help others get (creatively not competitively nor cutthroat) wealthy. It is sort of scriptural, that God intends our Tithes to grow His Church, which also means we can set up “Proctor-like” structures to profitably spread Catholic paradigms, and get paid very well for it, instead of having to do it out of pocket all the time, which results in sins of omission for failing to raise enough capital to spread his Good News faster. What he says is true, now old paradigms must be replaced by new / better-evolved paradigms which obsolete and de-fund the old. It is up to us to get atheistic psych and win back the word “Therapy” and Psycho-Soul Logy-Studies, for high pay, billable onto medical plans or consultant fees, so that we are not hamstrung for lack of financial (tithe-like) backing to spread the Word faster. However Proctor does it via his packaging of coursework and consultant Levels, we can / should do it better.

    Parable of the Talents of course does not mean like many Protestants think, to get wealthy for “ourselves” as if that helps the world in and of itself. However, we should pool Tithes to help our own public Sowers (esp music ministers, per Nehemiah 12, 13, which most Catholics and Protestants neglect…the Priestly status of Sons of Asaph, who are OWED the first fruits of the tithes, so that they can do their work, have a just wage and roof over their heads so as to concentrate upon musical evangelism). This latter neglect of proper investing and counter-market God-directed investing, is one of the primary reasons why God punishes Catholics for treating his own Mozarts like serfs.

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