I have long thought that Wayne Dyer is the most authentic and insightful of all the contemporary spiritual teachers espousing metaphysical solutions to life’s problems.
In a conversation with Oprah Winfrey on her TV network, he compares the Law of Attraction, as described in programs such as The Secret, to the art of manifestation. Here’s the video of this brief conversation:
This comparison struck a chord with me, because it offers a possible explanation for why the Law of Attraction fails to work for so many people. It also explains why other processes or systems, such as that advocated by Lynn Grabhorn, have limited success.
The fundamental problem with the Law of Attraction is that it appears to say that you only have to wish for what you want and it will appear in your life. That’s pretty much what Lynn says in Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting, when she tells us to focus on what we want and to get into the feeling of having it, as if it has already arrived. That, too, encourages wishful thinking although, to be fair, Lynn does take it further than just wishing.
What Wayne Dyer says he has learned is that we don’t attract into our lives what we want; we attract what we are. So we have to align ourselves with what he calls “the divine source”, whatever that source is to each of us personally.
If I’m interpreting that thought correctly, I guess it says that if you want to attract love into your life you have to become a loving person towards others. I’m not sure how that applies to wealth, though. If you start acting as if you’re already wealthy, you could be treading the path to crippling debt and bankruptcy. Perhaps it means that you have to be generous with others in direct proportion to your personal financial situation.
As always, this is all food for thought, with no perfectly gift-wrapped answers to put under the tree. As a wise man once said, the supreme irony about the mystery of life is that you have to die to solve it.
I wish you a joyful holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year in which you manifest the things your heart most desires.