Sure you would.
Alright, I will indulge your curiosity.
Here’s what I’d do. . .
I’d tell people whatever they wanted to hear.
I’d tell every guy he was a badass. Even if he was a lazy deadbeat.
I’d tell every 40-year old going through a midlife crisis “oh, this is normal–you’ll be fine!“ instead of “it’s your fault for not thinking ahead“.
I’d tell every old person “you made the most of it, and lived a dignified life. Instead of “you didn’t attain autonomy of mind, let others think for you, and never accomplished much”.
But if I did that, it would make me a liar.
Telling people the convenient lies that they want to hear is more destructive than being honest, and telling people the harsh realities they need to hear.
But a lot of people don’t think so.
That’s why there’s a market for Law of Attraction (LoA) products.
Not that I’m an expert on the subject. . .
But here’s the secret: You don’t need to be an expert.
–You can just make stuff up.
That’s the secret of The Secret.
Because, how can you be an “expert” on something that no one knows how to do; something that cannot be proven or tested?
To be an “expert” on the Law of Attraction, do this. . .
Come up with a cool story–a convenient lie–that resonates with a sufficiently large group of people. There are two rules for doing this:
- Make the story general enough so that anyone can identify with it.
- But be specific enough to make it seem like it’s a practice, a science, or–even better–why don’t you call it a law (like gravity)?
If you do this you can get rich.
You could be a professional liar, for hire, like Wayne Dyer.
Yes, I am serious.
Although you’d probably need to polish up on your public speaking skills to make the big money, and that would take at least a few months of practice.
But you could do it!
Quit college, quit your job, quit [whatever you’re involved with].
Get into the Law of Attraction business.
Teach people how to magically attract sexual partners–effortlessly–without face-to-face communication.
Call it remote seduction.
Actually, call it something else. . .
Because that name is already taken, and you want to be ‘original’, don’t you?
Yes, I’m serious.
—Someone actually coined the phrase “remote seduction” before you could.
I know this because:
. . . and I just spent the last hour reading it, laughing my ass off.
Here’s the back story:
About a year ago, I wrote an article where I debunked the Law of Attraction and explained the basic neuroscience behind it. Someone on that forum found it, posted a thread about it, and it caused a ruckus.
In the thread, they debate (if you can call it that) on the topic of “taking action vs effortless attraction“, trying to solve the question: Should you actually work for it, or can you just wait for the universe to magically give it to you?
Below you’ll find a sample of their discussion (in grey), accompanied by my commentary (in normal text).
Check it out:
“The article is pure truth and pure gold. Completely rooted in reality. That wouldn’t make sense to most of you here who are deliberately trying to control the reality (external circumstance) under the guise of “accepting” it.”
Wow, this guy gets it. That about sums up the point I made in my article.
This begs the question: What is he doing on that forum!?
Then comes everyone else–and my article is met with much resistance.
Their group homeostasis–the status quo of the forum–is temporarily broken.
“This guy [Ludvig] is plain retarded!”
I guess these people don’t take too kindly to outsiders scrutinizing their religion. Death to the infidel!
“For a moment I thought I was gonna see my username there too LOL!”
Your wish is my command–now look at what you manifested!
“Posting others usernames there without their authorizations. . .”
It’s a forum. That means it’s public information.
If you have a problem with that, I suggest you:
a) Get off the forum (recommended), or;
b) Don’t write stuff you cannot stand for.
If you write something, get quoted on it by someone else, and then complain about it–guess what means?
That means you don’t have integrity.
Don’t get angry at me for “exposing” the flawed thinking of your forum friends. Get angry at them for writing it.
“I can’t understand why they [SGM LoA article comment section] say we must take action.”
Me neither. Why take action when you can effortlessly manifest reality?
You are masters at manifesting the divine power of the universe, and I am just a novice. My vibrational frequency is incomparable to yours.
“I kinda doubt the dude from the article has researched deeply about the LOA and the subconscious mind which is the thing behind LOA.”
You’re right. . .
I need to go back to the drawing board. The Law of Attraction is highly advanced stuff, way above my understanding.
There are LoA masters hard at work right now, trying to manifest an alien spacecraft that will take mankind to Mars (Elon, give it up already–your efforts are not needed–we’ve already got Earth’s brightest on it!).
And then. . .
. . . just when the confusion in the forum reaches a crescendo, suddenly a bona fide LoA remote seduction MASTER shows up to shut up the doubters, impose his authority, and restore order in the thread:
“I know that you two (you know who you are) aren’t LOA masters otherwise your posts wouldn’t be so negative. I’m one of the people that successfully attracted someone back using RS so it would be nice if you would kindly shut up and listen to what others have to say.”
Yes, that will shut up the dissidents!
Way to go chief.
Wait a sec, let me see if I understand that correctly: to be a master at the Law of Attraction, you need to post only positive comments on the forum?
That doesn’t sound too hard. Maybe I should become an LoA master?
Ah. . . maybe that would get me the respect I so desperately crave?
Or maybe, I should become an LoA “expert” and get rich by scamming gullible people such as yourself?
. . . Starting next week, SGM becomes Simple Guaranteed Manifestations.
Another forum member comes up with a solution for solving the dispute:
“Maybe we should all visualize positive comments from certain people! If we stop expecting the negative it will go away!”
Yes, let’s (try to) wish away reality!
Great idea. . .
. . . because there is no problem that positive thinking cannot solve!
This person doesn’t understand the limitations of positive thinking.
Maybe he or she should read a book on stoicism (I recommend Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations), to get acquainted with what factors can, or cannot, be controlled in life.
Another forum member tries to bring the discussion to a conclusion:
“If you feel struggling for something — you are obviously doing it wrong. Sit back and let the universe do the rest.”
Thanks for CONFIRMING what I said in my initial article–when I first mocked you people:
Things should come to you effortlessly. Remember, if you exert any real effort, you must be using the LoA wrong!
After this, the discussion reaches a climax, and the “action vs manifestation” dispute seems to have been resolved (actually, it wasn’t).
Forum members then celebrate their victory over the bad guy (me), and reinforce their religious belief in the LoA by watching their favorite video of how Oprah manifested her desires.
“The Oprah Video on SURRENDER and how she got the role in The Color Purple movie is the perfect example of how you manifest.”
For some reason, this got me laughing so hard that I (stupidly) went on YouTube and searched for the term “Oprah + manifesting” and
spent ended up wasting 15 minutes looking at Oprah & Wayne Dyer videos.
(I have included a video below.)
What Can We Learn From This?
First: that there are lots of people who will believe whatever convenient lies they want to hear–rather than hearing the harsh truths they need to hear. That, right there, is a good lesson in marketing.
Second: that stupid people congregate on forums, to confirm their beliefs, rather than stress-testing them against smart people with opposing opinions.
And here’s a little something to consider:
What (business) functions does the Law of Attraction industry fulfill?
- It serves as a consolation prize for people who have a hard time trying to figure out how life works.
- It gives intellectually lazy people ONE easy answer to getting everything they want (just believe and it’ll come true).
- It helps losers who’ve given up on trying (to change their lives) a way to cope with their dissatisfying circumstances (like a hospice for the terminally ill).
End of article. Rant follows below and. . .
. . . You’ll find:
- The Wayne Dyer video I told you about;
- My description of how the Law of Attraction industry works, and
- The three fundamental principles that the Law of Attraction is based on.
Resources: The Mad “Dr.” Wayne Dyer
Wayne Dyer is either a professional liar, storyteller, and psychopath–or he is Jesus incarnate (though I suppose he could be all four). You decide.
“Dr.” Wayne Dyer explains how God entered his body and used supernatural surgery on him to cure him from leukemia:
Oprah: What are you thinking when you’re hearing this? Are you thinking what I’m thinking right now–[strange sceptical noise] cuckoomada(?)
Wayne Dyer: No, not cuckoomada(?). . . I’m a little older than you are Oprah, and I’m open to everything, and I really believe.
Oprah: [Interrupts] I’M OPEN, BUT IT SOUNDS–the sutures part, it sounds a little. . .
Wayne Dyer: Yeah, I know, it did–it did to me too, in that there are no sutures so. . . But that’s just what they call what happens when these entities re-enter your body, and do whatever it is that they do.
Yes, that probably happened.
Wayne then goes on to explain how he’s been taught to “live divine love” by these supernatural entities.
You can trust him, he has a “Dr.” title in his name.
And if–for some reason–you don’t believe in that story, you can be sure to BELIEVE that “Dr” Wayne goes around giving out money to homeless people on his free time. . .
Wayne Dyer: I had a big wad of $50 bills–that I went downstairs to the bank and got–and all I did, all day long, was go to homeless people–all over Union Square, right there in Downtown San Fransisco–and talked to people who were taking, you know, plastic bottles out of rubbage and so on, and telling them my name, putting my arm around them, and putting $50 in their hands, or $100–and I did it all day long.
Wow, Wayne must be the world’s most lovable guy!
–Maybe he can teach me to become more like him if I pay $2,000 for one of his seminars?
Quick question . .
If Wayne Dyer is a doctor, what does that make Hippocrates?
Addendum: Why the Law of Attraction (industry) is a Hoax
Anyone who’s read MORE than ONE non-fiction book in his or her life, can see that the logic behind the Law of Attraction is flawed. . .
Here’s why the Law of Attraction is flawed:
- You cannot prove the Law of Attraction works (results are 100 % speculative and suggestive).
I hear LoA believers screaming in anger:
“But what about Oprah and Wayne Dyer? They manifested so-and-so!?”
—That’s nothing but hearsay. It proves nothing.
“But what about Rhonda Byrnes, who discovered THE SECRET–and she got rich, didn’t she?”
Yes, she did–by profiting on the ignorance of people like yourself.
Consider that Law of Attraction “experts” may be–and probably are–making stuff up just to sell you LoA products. There is something called financial incentive, please look it up.
Second, and most importantly:
- The idea of manifesting violates physics (energy cannot be created), market economics (supply & demand), causality (there is no observable correlation), and much more. . .
LoA violates physics, supply and demand, and causality. LoA = a philosophy for lazy losers who want to justify their own inaction.
— LudvigSunstrom (@LudvigSGM) April 22, 2015
If you can think of more examples for how the LoA violates reality, please leave a comment on that. It would be fun to get a running list on all the reasons why the Law of Attraction is bogus.
So, what is the Law of Attraction REALLY based on?
Simple, the LoA boils down to three things:
#1 Hebbian learning (repetition):
Hebbian learning states that “neurons that fire together, wire together”.
Meaning, that when you think about something, feel an emotion, or do a thing, it’ll be easier to do the next time, and more likely to happen again. And if you repeat it compulsively, you can turn it into a habit or a mindset.
The Law of Attraction distorts this simple principle into a bunch of feel-good catchphrases about desire, abundance, and other cool-sounding stuff.
If you repeatedly use your conscious mind to focus on your goals, it will eventually create a corresponding neural pathway–as per Hebbian learning. It will also, eventually, register in your subconscious, which then starts synthesizing information to give you inspiration and relevant ideas to act on.
#3 Priming your pattern recognition:
This is what the Law of Attraction crowd refers to as “manifesting”: when something good happens, they think it was they who MADE it happen by manipulating the universe.
That’s about 50 % correct.
It is true that their efforts (affirmations, goal-orientation, visualization) has a positive effect. But not on the world; only on their own brain–by priming it to recognize relevant information when it is presented in their environment.
So. . .
These things do work–and I’m actually a big believer in practicing them.
–I’m just not a big believer in deluding myself with magical thinking.
I believe in studying success, and practicing accurate thinking.
Accurate thinking > Magical thinking
— LudvigSunstrom (@LudvigSGM) April 22, 2015
But. . .
If you distilled the Law of Attraction down to fundamentals like this, how sexy does it sound? How many products would you be able to sell?
There would be no differentiation whatsoever in the industry (and there really isn’t).
The Law of Attraction “experts” know they wouldn’t sell anything if they made it “non-woo”.
So, what has happened, is that the LoA businesspeople have come up with faked differentiation to EXPAND the industry:
- Buy my MAGNETIC BRAINWAVES to manipulate the universe!
- Use the power of DIVINE LOVE to attract everything you want!
- Raise your vibrational frequency by 50 % with MEGA MEDITATION!
It sounds like they’re offering different benefits, but they’re not.
They’re just dressing up those three fundamental principles in different clothing, and making it seem esoteric. . .
. . . like Ernest Dichter did, when he tricked women all over the U.S, that baking a cake was a challenging activity that required sophistication.
Therefore, what you have then, is an industry built on fooling uninformed people that there’s some mystic force (A.K.A the law of attraction) that is beyond human understanding, and that learning to use it is like some martial art practice that requires skill and virtue.
Oh, and one more thing. . .
If you uncover an ancient scroll–hidden deep in the Himalayas, passed down for generations by mystic monks, living in a secret valley untouched by mankind–for manifesting the divine spirit of [insert God with cool name]. . .
. . . Then please do not notify me. I don’t want to buy it.