History of the Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction is not something that is new – despite the new popularity recent books and movies.  Actually, the Law of Attraction has existed and documented for over a century. Many claim that that the documentation serves as evidence for the validity of the Law of Attraction. It does work and it has been for years. In essence, “I attract to my life whatever I give my attention, Energy and Focus to. Whether wanted or wanted.”[1]


A Concept Born

In infancy, the concept can be traced back to Hinduism. The first traces of the Law of Attraction began to emerge in the Theosophical writings and texts.

In 1877, the term “Law of Attraction” was coined by Helena Blavatsky. She was one of the many researchers at the Theosophical Society. The initial purpose was to study mediumistic phenomena. Similar to Blavatsky, the book As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen, referred to the Law of Attraction in a different manner (1902).  In essence, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is.”

The New Thought Movement

Along with a new era came A New Thought Movement. Thomas Troward, a powerful influence in the New Thought Movement, claimed that thought preceded physical form. Therefore,” undisturbed action of the mind will eventually attract to itself all conditions necessary for its manifestation in outward visible form.”[2] In 1906, William Walker Atkinson published Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World. He took the Law of Attraction further by stating “You are what you think, not what you think you are.”

Since the mid-1950 to present, authors write about the Law of Attraction. They illustrate the concept on a wide gamut of topics. The Law of Attraction is also referred to as positive thinking, pragmatic Christianity, New Thought, Science of Mind, Divine Science, Practical Metaphysics, mental science, among others. Nonetheless, the fundamental principles remain the same.

In 2000, The Secret, first a film, then best-selling book came out. Afterwards, a slew of books followed conveying the same message—the power to achieve your dreams lies within you. Whatever name you choose to call the Law of Attraction, the idea is the same. Positive thoughts and energy attract positive energy back to you. In short, “like attracts like.”

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[1] Michael Losier, “Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You   Don’t,” 2010.

[2] Judge Thomas Troward, “The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science, “ 1904.

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