12 Common Misconceptions about the Law of Attraction (and what to do about them)

From business men Andrew Carnegie and Napoleon Hill to Esther Hicks and the sensationalized film “The Secret,” the Law of Attraction is touted as the path to success.  So why isn’t it working better?  Here are 12 common misconceptions.


Napoleon Hill, author of the classic “Think and Grow Rich,” stressed the importance of “vibration,” learned from his mentor, Andrew Carnegie.

1) “The Law of Attraction doesn’t work for me.”

It does work—and is working.  We have much of what we want already—where we live, what we do with our time, who we see—our choices already dictate our lives.  Enjoy!

2) Why will power and setting intention isn’t attracting results.

We are physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.  Will power and setting intention uses only one aspect.   They are important, but this must travel down to the emotional and physical levels, as well as harmonize with the spiritual levels.

3) Raising Vibration  — think coherence and completeness, not escaping the mundane.

Manifesting in physical reality while ignoring physical reality just sets self against self.    Instead of thinking of escaping a denser vibration, think in terms of coherence of energy, of sympathetic vibration throughout, from physical through spiritual, working together.

4) Feeling – Do you want to be Happy?  Are you sure?

The emotional level stands between the physical and the mental planes;  ignoring it blocks the energy transfer.  Feelings reflect thought—are you feeling good?  If not, you’re blocking your manifestation.   Most people prefer not to be happy, because change is too great a price to pay.  So they manifest the status quo.

5) Achieving a change in consciousness means that things change.

Think and feel in terms of a changed state—step into different ways of being.   People think they want money;  they really want Abundance.  Who goes to the forest and wishes for a specific number of leaves?  No—we want endless leaves.  That’s Abundance.  They want the struggle and the pressure gone.  That means a change in consciousness—first.

6) Uncertainty and Shiva – stop clinging.

Living in Attraction means becoming comfortable with uncertainty—in fact, loving it.  We love to Create (Brahma) and we love to Preserve (Vishnu), but we hate to cut away (Shiva).  All three are needed;  creation happens through the destruction of what it uses to make something.  Allowing manifestation means also dissolution, especially the limited mental framework of what “should” be.

7) Love / Gratitude  are the foundations.

Doing what we love is crucial—as in, “Even if I don’t get the money, I still want to do this;  it will help so many people!”  That’s the kind of focus and passion intention needs.   Be so grateful for what’s present that what the future brings doesn’t matter.  That’s the key to the necessary element of detachment as well.

8) If you want something you’ve never had, do things you’ve never done.

Without new approaches, we get more of the same.  To change, we must reach outside of ourselves.   Get help from others.  In addition to the extra resources, this gets us out of the limitations of our own minds.  Expand.

9) What do you want?  And why?  Get Clear.

Most people never get what they want because they don’t know what it is—mainly, they focus on what they don’t  want, so that’s what they perpetuate.  Few explore why  they want this.  What will it do for them?  How will it feel?  Can they feel it just thinking about it?  These are crucial keys.

10) Whatever we spend time doing, we get better at.

If we spend time recreating the status quo, we’ll get better and better at it.  If we spend time transcending limitations, we’ll get better at that.  Attraction takes growth.  It’s not like ordering from the menu.

11) Marginal, Target, Outrageous – the nature of goals

Goals are beyond us, by definition—we’ve never done them.  Most goals, then, reach zero completion (we never start), or 90%–we do as much as we can.   So instead of goals, set the “marginal, target, outrageous” milestones.  Marginal is what past performance indicates will happen.  Target is the hoped for outcome.   Outrageous is beyond what seems possible.  This reframing starts making Targets the new Marginal, allowing new Targets into Outrageous Manifestation.

12) The Nature of Desire

Desire is not the problem, as some misunderstand Buddhism.  Attachment is the problem.  Karma is the promise that all desires will manifest—in time, with all that comes with them.  Thus, we continually reincarnate until we get to finally achieve all our desires.  And that’s not going to happen until we change from the state where we aren’t manifesting them.  Love desire, choose wisely, and manifest in joy.

We’re going to talk about this a lot more starting Oct. 20, including practical, actionable steps toward demonstrable results.   I hope you’ll join us — and tell your friends and associates.  They can register here free for this teleseminar and the rest at http://kwanyinhealing.com/six-days.php.  You can easily share this on Facebook and more by clicking the share buttons.  Here’s the lineup:

Oct. 20 — Living Abundance (and why this isn’t simply money)
Oct. 22 — Emotional Challenges and Fear
Oct. 24 — Stress, Overwhelm and Uncertainty
Oct. 27 — Finding Peace, Spiritual Growth, and Living this daily in the “Real World”
Oct. 29 — Getting Unstuck and Manifesting your Dreams and Desires
Oct. 31 — If Healing isn’t Magic, Where do I get the Miracle?  The Kwan Yin Path


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12 thoughts on “12 Common Misconceptions about the Law of Attraction (and what to do about them)

  1. I loved your post, especially #12. You made the issue of desire so clear! I have been on the road of applying the Law of Attraction consciously in my life. As you stated, the Law of Attraction IS always at work but I was not always conscious of it in my life. As a Law of Attraction life coach, I field many questions and just love your clarity around desire and attachment. Thank you.

    • Thank you! It’s been years in the formation.
      As a Law of Attraction life coach, your clients might be interested in The Reconnective Journey starting in March. Here are the basic details: http://thereconnectivejourney.com
      There’s a affiliate offer for JV partners I’ll be putting together that might suit your coaching business. We can chat more by email if you might be interested. Namaste, Tim

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