Lynn Grabhorn, the Law of Attraction and The Art of Manifestation

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.



About John Scriven

John Scriven is an English author, scriptwriter, songwriter and video producer. He has many years of experience in corporate training, marketing, communications, and video production. After a stint in the London world of advertising, John joined the European affiliate of Exxon where he held a variety of management positions in marketing and communications. Frustrated with corporate life, John formed his own company, through which he wrote scripts, produced videos, and consulted as a training coach to some of the UK’s largest companies. In 1992, he sold his share of that company and came to live in America, where he continues to write and produce for all kinds of organizations. Over time, John realized that although he was successfully self-employed, he was not devoting enough time to his number one passion, which is writing self-help and business development books. Since that realization, John has authored a series of books that help people to become more fulfilled in their personal lives and more successful in their business endeavors. Through his creative writing skills, John has drawn on his wide-range of life experiences to write entertaining and informative books that provide creative solutions for a better quality of life.
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1 Response to Lynn Grabhorn, the Law of Attraction and The Art of Manifestation

  1. Heidi says:

    If you want to attract more wealth first you must ask yourself for what reason? Do I want to have wealth just to have wealth? Or because I can serve others better when I am not worried about money? Or even what wonderful things I could do with the money to help myself and others. Then take actions that show your belief in these things. It is not about running up credit cards buying things you “think” you need or things you really “want” but do not need. It is about knowing that your needs are already supplied and that you demonstrate your trust in this by using the money you have wisely, not spendthriftly as though you were not worth anything, but the exact amount that you need. For me this includes buying nutritious food including some that is on the expensive side like organic meat and nuts, because I feel it is necessary for my health (this is through some experience, I am truly not pampering myself through this). I did this one day even when I was worried about having enough money. I made a decision that I would not worry about money and I would act in faith. But it is not enough to just do the action and “hope.” The knowing has to come inside first, and then the action is merely an expression of the faith.


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