Science and the Law of Attraction: The Definitive Guide

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What attitude toward science should a student of the Law of Attraction have? Is a theory such as Darwinian evolution really compatible with Law of Attraction?

KEYWORDS: ethics, law of attraction, morality, positive psychology, proof, quantum physics, science, scientific evidence, universal principles, worldviews.



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Although science and technology certainly has created a more technically advanced world for us, it also has changed our worldview. The physicists and astronomers are telling us that Earth is no more in the center of the solar system, nor is it the center of the physical universes.

And the environmentalists are preaching that we must abandon our physical selfishness and instead prioritize the environment. If we don’t, they claim, various disasters such as global warning (or “climate change”) will be experienced. [note 1]

Meanwhile, the psychologists are telling us, in a similar fashion, that we must abandon our emotional selfishness and instead embrace empathy in order “make the whole world a better place”, or something along those lines.

In this new world the scientists are the new priests. And they typically portray themselves as representing “the real truth”, or “the unbiased truth”, or something along those lines. And the context, of course, is that their “truth”, somehow or other, is better than other “truths”, especially those found in various religious and spiritual teachings. So the scientists have come, with an enormous financial support from the rulers of the world, to “save us” from ignorance.

The question then is this: How can we, as students of the Law of Attraction, really cope with all of this? For if we believe in, say, the Darwinian evolution story, or the Primordial Soup creation story, or the Global Warming story, how can we proceed with our own positive, happy Law of Attraction lifestyle? And how can we believe that Law of Attraction really works, or that it is real at all, if science doesn’t officially announce that it is so?



The aim of this article is to provide some support for students who are trying to master the Law of Attraction. For being able to “handle” various scientific theories and statements in the context of one’s own life is not entirely easy.

Since the whole idea of Law of Attraction is based on that we create our own reality with the help of our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions, it is, of course, incredibly important that we are thinking the right thoughts, so that we are not creating those things we do NOT want.

Consequently, what we think about science, the scientists, and their scientific theories, also matters.

Focus: the Authorized Version of Law of Attraction

It is important for the reader to understand that, in this article, I am only talking about the authorized version of Law of Attraction, not about any of the many non-authorized varieties.

In other words, I am only talking about the full, complete version of Law of Attraction that is presented by Seth and Abraham-Hicks, spoken to us directly from The Other Side.

Therefore, I am not discussing the many versions of Law of Attraction that are written by ordinary human writers such as Rhonda Byrne, Napoleon Hill, Deepak Chopra, Wallace Wattles, etc. Those are just non-authorized versions.

Law of Attraction As a Universal Principle

When I speak of “Law of Attraction” in this article I am referring to two different things. The first thing that I am referring to when I am using that phrase is the law itself, as a universal principle.

And according to that law, the universe constantly “listens” to our thoughts and beliefs that we are radiating out, and bounces back similar thoughts and beliefs.

So having once entered into an emotional state of, say, anger, it will be difficult to recover from that anger, because Law of Attraction keeps sending us more angry thoughts and ideas and people and experiences all the time, to match that vibration.

Therefore, one has to learn how to “handle” this universal law, in order to be able to create a happy and wonderful life for oneself, and not to remain in an uncomfortable emotional state such as anger or hate or envy.

Law of Attraction As an All-Encompassing Worldview

But learning to “handle” the universal principle of Law of Attraction is not an entirely easy thing. For it is, in my opinion, not possible to really get off the ground just knowing that “like vibration attracts like vibration” or “like frequency attracts like frequency”.

Sure, we can use analogies to increase our understanding. And we can say, for example, that we must set our radio tuner on the right frequency so that we can tune in to the RIGHT station. And we do that by steering our thoughts and emotions so that they always feel good.

Although analogies like that are really good, and may help many people get better results, they still are not enough. Why? Because the general tendency is to ask follow-up questions such as these: But what is the purpose of it all? Just be happy, and that’s it? And why should I make my life more complicated by trying to learn this principle and then spend valuable time trying to make it work? Why can’t I just go on with my life, as I have always done?

So in order to answer questions like that, there is a need to introduce the all-encompassing worldview of the Law of Attraction teachings. For how can we be happy if we don’t know who we really are, or why we are here, or where we are coming from?

The Two Challenges

This means that the sincere student of the Law of Attraction has two main challenges: one challenge is to develop faith in the universal principle called “Law of Attraction”. And another challenge is to develop faith in the all-encompassing worldview that this principle is working in.

But we should note here that these two challenges are not really separate. For how can one believe in the principle of the Law of Attraction, without believing in, say, The Vortex? And how can believe in The Vortex without believing in reincarnation, or one’s Inner Being?

So although it is possible to try to use Law of Attraction in a superficial way (just as many of the non-authorized versions of Law of Attraction teach), it is, in my view, not possible to really reach the highest level of happiness and prosperity that way.

In other words, in order to really succeed with the Law of Attraction, one must come to terms with one’s role in All That Is. There is no scope for any authentic happiness if we fear death, for example. So we must learn that we are eternal beings, and that there is no hell, and that we all go back to heaven in between reincarnations, where we reunite with the “bigger” part of us: our Inner Being (i.e., God).


Isn’t Law of Attraction Just a Religion?

So isn’t Law of Attraction just a religion, then? If we need a whole worldview of the universe to really get anywhere, what makes Law of Attraction different from a religion? For it seems as if you must, like in all religions, believe in the “big story” that they are telling you, in order to get anywhere.

Well, if “big stories” is the hallmark of a religion, then science, of course, is a religion as well. Whether we are talking about the “Big Bang” expansion story or the “Primordial Soup” creation story, they are both “big stories”.

In any case, when it comes to the Law of Attraction, we have to, once again, be sure to distinguish between the universal principle and the all-encompassing worldview.

Viewed on its own, Law of Attraction’s all-encompassing worldview is similar to many religious worldviews, since it is emphatically stating that the physical space-time reality that we are experiencing right now is NOT the whole story; there are other, spiritual, realms and dimensions out there, with conscious non-physical beings that think and feel.

However, contrary to many religions, there is no talk about any “surrendering to God” or “curbing your desires” when it comes to how to apply the universal principle of the Law of Attraction. And there is also no preaching about any “austerity” or “chastity” or “moral virtue”.

Furthermore, the authorized teachings of the Law of Attraction are also NOT built on the idea that “your reward shall come later, in the afterlife”. Rather, the idea is that “your reward is here and now, so go and get it!”

Our goal, as “desire hunters” and “experience explorers” is to embrace the new and the interesting and the exciting, here and now, so that we can get exactly that which we are desiring, regardless of what the current prevailing idea of ethics and morality is.

And because the authorized Law of Attraction philosophy is so centered around the idea that we must be happy HERE AND NOW, one can verify for oneself, all the time, that the process works.

Thus, there is no need for any external verification by some scientific research study, for the universal principle of Law of Attraction can be experienced by all people, independently. But it still requires focus and attention and practice. There is no way around that.

Academic Arguments Against Law of Attraction

The universal principle of the Law of Attraction has been put into question by many people. But there are a couple of different varieties of this.

One variety is the attack on the principle of Law of Attraction from members of the academic community. Whether they have tried manifestation themselves or not, the overall aim is of course to discredit the Law of Attraction, for it is, according to many of them, just some “metaphysical pseudoscience“. And the professed reason behind such argumentation typically is that Law of Attraction is not true.

One example of such an attempt to argue against Law of Attraction is Neil Farber’s article in Psychology Today, with the title The Truth About the Law of Attraction, where he presents not just one argument, but fourteen different ones.

Naturally, such a huge collection of philosophical arguments is almost impossible to comprehensively discuss in just one article. That is why 99% of all scientific and philosophical articles in scholarly publications never attempt to do anything like that.

So, as I describe in my comprehensive article on Farber’s arguments against the Law of Attraction, his argumentation is much too loose and sketchy and unscientific to accomplish anything conclusive for an intelligent reader, especially for one that already understands the authorized version of Law of Attraction in its entirety.

Farber lacks detailed references, he lacks important premises in his argumentation, and he also lacks the rigor and the comprehensiveness that the members of the scientific enterprise otherwise must demonstrate in order to appear knowledgeable and trustworthy to their peers and to the rest of the world.

Therefore, what I have seen so far, neither he nor anyone else in the scientific community has hitherto presented any credible threat to the authorized version of the Law of Attraction.

Practitioner Arguments Against Law of Attraction

Another type of arguments against the Law of Attraction is the one that comes from disappointed or disgruntled practitioners. In this variant there is not so much theoretical argumentation in terms of trying to disprove this or that. Rather, the aim is just to sum up one’s experiences, and (in various degrees) complain that it didn’t work.

There are two flavors of such complaints, and we can categorize them roughly as “nothing happened” and “it ruined my life”.

The Two Flavors

In the more weak variety the conclusion is simply something along the lines of “I couldn’t get Law of Attraction to work. So it’s obviously false”. The basic premise here is that the practitioner didn’t get any positive results, although he or she also did not substantially “go backwards” either. So it’s a sort of “status quo” state.

In the other variety the conclusion is much stronger: “I tried for a long time (weeks, months, years), but it ruined my life.” Here the idea is that Law of Attraction didn’t just NOT deliver any good stuff, but it made the practitioner’s overall situation worse.

In both cases, however, the results are perfectly in line with the practitioner’s emotional state of being. For all human beings are affected by the Law of Attraction, whether they try to “use” it deliberately, or not. So anyone not being able to gradually move up the emotional scale will either be stuck where they are, or slide downwards towards more negativity.

Therefore, the people in the “nothing happened” category are typically at N1 (“weak negativity”: irritation, confusion, worry). They were worried that it might not work, so it didn’t work. But they are not angry enough to really start complaining too much afterwards. And that is good for them, because then they can keep their emotional profile relatively stable. Consequently, they just write their articles and then move on with their lives.

The people in the “it ruined my life” category, however, are substantially more negative in character. They are typically at N2 (“medium negativity”: anger, blame, and envy), and they may occasionally also extend their emotional range into even lower vibrations. Because of their more negative emotional state, it is not an easy thing to succeed with the Law of Attraction, especially if they are not using the authorized version.

In general, it is much harder for a person with medium (N2) or strong (N3) negativity to progress towards positivity and happiness than it is for a person with weak negativity (N1). Thus, one’s current emotional status is a crucial component when assessing how easy or how hard it will be to progress toward self-acceptance (P1, “weak positivity”) and self-love (P2 and P3).

The Common Denominator

But negative emotional status alone cannot explain why Law of Attraction did not work for them. For if negativity more or less prohibits success, then practically no-one would be able to succeed. For most people are on the negative half of the negativity-positivity spectrum.

The good news is that it IS possible to progress to a less negative place, wherever they start. But since the Law of Attraction is governing the whole universe and everyone in it, being at N2 and N3 will be substantially harder to escape from than if one were to start at N1.

Starting out in, say, N3, is like being on a train with twenty cars that is going at full speed (and in the wrong direction, toward more negativity). Even if you activate the emergency brakes, the train has so much momentum that it cannot stop immediately. So it can take half a minute, or more, to stop. And it may be a mile or two down the track.

And translated to “real life”, this process of stopping the negativity may take years for an N3 person. For he or she needs to reach the point of self-acceptance, at P1 (“weak positivity”) in the beginning of the positive half of the negativity-positivity spectrum. And this requires dedication, continuous attention and focus and ongoing daily practices.

This may be compared to a person at N1, who is on another train in the same direction. But this train doesn’t have the same speed and momentum as the previous one. Therefore, because of its lower speed and momentum it may stop much quicker. Translated to “real life”, this may correspond to a couple of months or so, in the ideal case.

So anyone CAN succeed with the Law of Attraction. But it is, in general, not an easy thing, not even for someone in N1, not to speak of those in N2 or N3. So it is not a very big surprise to see that many of those who have tried to manifest using various versions of the Law of Attraction have not yet succeeded.

Why No Success?

This may easily be explained by pointing out, first of all, that they may have used the wrong teachings and the wrong methods. There is little hope to manifest desired things by following non-authorized teachings of the Law of Attraction. And since there are so many of those teachings around, it is not strange to see so many people talking about how they did not succeed with their manifestations.

Another explanation for not being able to manifest is because it is difficult. It requires basically a change in lifestyle and a change in one’s attitude. And as if that wasn’t enough, it also requires that one gains control of one’s inner life, and spends more time alone. So there are many details to work on, and many thoughts and beliefs to discard and change.

So the inability to manifest is not necessarily a sign of a fault in the process or system. If the student does not follow all the instructions in the authorized manual in a verbatim and precise manner, and keeps his practices going until he or she masters the techniques, one should not expect any fantastic results, or any results at all. By not adhering to the recommendations, or by not continuing doing them until one masters them, one may very well disqualify oneself from getting those desired manifestations to appear in one’s experience.


If Law of Attraction is so powerful and fantastic, then, of course, it should already be studied and analyzed by science. And if it is not already studied and analyzed, why is that? And when will that commence?

Has Law of Attraction Been Proven Yet?

The universal principle of Law of Attraction has, to my knowledge, not yet been proven. There is no research that indicates that the universe bounces back similar thought waves to those that we are constantly emitting.

However, there are many other scientific discoveries that, taken together, might be interpreted in a very favorable way for the overall “system” of Law of Attraction, and for the practices it teaches.

For example, research on the practice of appreciation and gratitude has indicated that it can improve one’s mental health. And research on the power of positive thinking has shown that those having a more positive outlook were much less likely to suffer from a cardiovascular event than those with a more negative perspective.

The most interesting research, however, concerns the placebo effect and the inherent power of our thoughts, beliefs, and expectations.

The Placebo Effect: The Power of Beliefs

The placebo effect is the well-documented effect that people who take “fake” pills (i.e. pills with no pharmaceutical effect) experience similar improvements in their conditions to those who take the real pills. Adam Kramer summarizes it like this (2007, p. 671a):

“Though placebo effects are rarely as effective as actual medication, it is nonetheless impressive that people feel and exhibit responses to nothing more than their expectations.”

And Robert Johnson concludes, in a discussion on various “placebo” studies the following (1996, p. 1184a):

“This study clearly indicates that people’s attributions and thoughts can influence the experience of pain.”

In other words, the placebo effect is proof for the idea that our expectations — i.e. our thoughts and beliefs — determine outcomes (here in a context of physical health and the body). And this fits very well with the Law of Attraction idea that “we create our own reality with our thoughts and beliefs and emotions”.

In other words, if we truly and strongly can expect that, say, our health will improve, then our health will improve. Normally, however, we cannot make ourselves believe that without a particular reason to believe it. But if we can find a pill, or a new exercise routine, or a new self-healing method, then we might believe it more. And so it works.

When Will Law of Attraction Be Proven by Science?

It is not easy to predict when Law of Attraction will be proven by science. What we can say right now is that there is no indication that the universal principle of Law of Attraction will be proven anytime soon.

Physicists and Astronomers

This is not just because science has not yet figured out the intrinsic mechanics of thoughts and beliefs, or understood, or accepted, the idea of a universe boomeranging back, or mirroring, the thought waves that we produce.

It is also because many scientists have little respect for the universal principle of Law of Attraction to start with. For to many of them, the principle may sound weird. Also, the worldview in which such a principle would have to operate is one that fits very badly with the currently accepted view of the universe.

So if physicists and astronomers were to hear ideas such as “all thoughts are mirrored by the universe”, or “your desires are manifested in the Vortex”, or “Law of Attraction also applies to our Inner Being’s thoughts in the non-physical dimension”, it would not be surprising to us if they politely (or maybe less politely) were to distance themselves from such matters.

Compartmentalization and Astropsychology

Another more practical difficulty is that academic disciplines typically are compartmentalized. And that goes for physics and astronomy as well. So even if there indeed is some “cross breeding” going on — in fields such as astrobiology and astrochemistry — this does not extend to the kind of “cross breeding” that would be necessary for our purposes.

For the type of specialized field that would be necessary would be something along the lines of astropsychology. But since no-one has yet discovered life in the universe, such a discipline seems unnecessary. [note 2]

Thought Waves from Proxima Centauri b?

For why try to measure thought waves from, say, Proxima Centauri b, when our radio telescopes haven’t yet discovered that there are any radio communications going on?

And even if it is a fact that an exoplanet such as Proxima b is “in the habitable zone“, it doesn’t mean it’s habitable. In fact, NASA’s estimation is that it is bombarded with enormous amounts of ultraviolet radiation from its sun, hundreds of times greater than what we experience here on Earth. So why think there is life there?

And, above all, why try to measure thought waves from there (or from anywhere else), when we already know how weak those signals are? The energy emitted from the brain has to be measured with a sensitive EEG or similar, since the intensity of those waves typically only are in the 10-50 microvolts range, although certain waves can have larger amplitudes than 75 microvolts (Thomson 2004, p. 3652b-3653; LaBerge 2004, p. 2020a). So how could we even detect such weak signals, lightyears away, with our existing technology?

Thought Waves from Non-Physical?

And we also have to remember that we, as the representatives of the authorized version of the Law of Attraction, are not just talking about our physical space-time reality universe either. Rather, we are talking about the totality of all universes, dimensions, and existences, including the underlying non-physical cosmos, from which the physical space-time reality universe itself has emanated.

Since the non-physical realm (i.e. the spiritual universes) also is involved in terms of the universal principle of Law of Attraction (it’s a universal principle because it operates in all spheres of existences, i.e., in All That Is), there is an issue of “compatibility” in between the non-physical dimension and our own space-time dimension.

For, as I understand the topic right now, it seems clear that there is no space and no time in non-physical. And, if that is correct, it seems that the whole idea of electromagnetic waves and their propagation (in time and space) might not be applicable in the non-physical environment.

So then the question arises: what kind of thought waves are we talking about? Is the Law of Attraction boomeranging back thought waves similar to those usually referred to in psychology and medicine as “alpha waves” (8-13 Hz) or “theta waves” (3-7 Hz), etc. (Thomson 2004, p. 3653a; Ford-Martin 2011, p. 1492b; LaBerge 2004, p. 2020a)?

Or is there an entirely different type of thought waves? Are thought waves, perhaps, not brain waves, but something else entirely?

Political Concerns

Because science essentially is a societal political project (“science is power”), it is not in the interest of the ruling classes to promote philosophies that radically empowers the citizens in general.

And because the authorized version of the Law of Attraction also has no allegiance to people in power, or to any “humanitarian” ideas or ideals, or to the concept of prescriptive ethics, or to “how to behave properly in society”, or to “working hard”, it is in my opinion completely unrealistic to expect that a broad range of such well-funded research studies will be conducted at the major research institutions (e.g. at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Princeton, etc.).

Nevertheless, there may still be some minor, independent research institutes that may be inspired by the philosophy of the Law of Attraction, and, as a consequence, begin designing experiments to test it in various new and interesting ways.


Since the universal principle of Law of Attraction is all about thoughts and beliefs, it is incredibly important, of course, what it is that we think and believe.

And it is not just singular, isolated thoughts and beliefs that matter. Our whole network of beliefs and assumptions about the world matters. All thoughts and beliefs that we sustain influence the quantity and quality of our manifestations.

As I have discussed in my “Religion and Law of Attraction” article, it is difficult to practice Law of Attraction while also being engaged in a religion. For the typical situation is that the belief system that is required for one’s religious faith interferes with the belief system that is required for getting Law of Attraction to work in a positive way.

A similar clash in belief systems happens for those students of the Law of Attraction that have firm faith in academic science and research. And just as in the case of religion, we can distinguish between two types of belief systems that may be problematic for a Law of Attraction student to have: worldview beliefs and ethical and moral beliefs.

Ethical and Moral Beliefs

Since science is typically a “societal” project in the spirit of Francis Bacon (1561–1626), financed by governments, institutions, corporations, and the ruling elite, there are many beliefs that are not suitable for publication in peered academic journals or in monographs published by one of the many academic presses.

One example of this is the topic of empathy. This concept is, broadly speaking, almost always touted as the standard when it comes to “excellence” in human behavior. The idea is presumably that empathy is a good thing, both for individuals and for society as a whole. Consequently, the idea goes, empathy should be universally studied and promoted in the academic disciplines.

The problem though, for a student of the authorized version of Law of Attraction, is that the idea of “empathy” doesn’t fit at all with the ethical and moral values that he or she otherwise is using. For such a student’s highest priority is to be happy and develop even more happiness. And being empathetic, and putting oneself in someone else’s suffering shoes, does not promote happiness; it destroys it. Therefore, empathy must go.

A possible consequence of this clash of moral beliefs is that the student might start doubting the intelligence, or the sincerity, or both, of the ruling elite and their scientists and philosophers.

But this should not be exaggerated by the student. So any tendency to dwell on conspiracy theories must be quickly curbed and controlled. The idea, of course, is not that conspiracy theories are false; rather, the idea is that regardless if they are true or not, a student of Law of Attraction is a student of happiness. And happiness is not gained by investigating exactly how the ruling elite controls the masses by their “social engineering”.

The important thing to bring home here, then, is that no matter what people preach (“empathy is good”, “selfishness is bad”), everyone still acts out of selfishness, including the academic scientists and philosophers and the ruling elite. So they have their goals and aspirations, and we have our goals and aspirations.

Therefore, especially in terms of discussions concerning prescriptive ethics and morality, there is little to be learned from the academic community. Consequently, the opinions and theories from scientists and philosophers in the area of “proper” human behavior may be much easier to dismiss than other types of beliefs and theories that are coming from, say, the field of physics or chemistry, etc.

Worldview Beliefs

The second type of beliefs that may interfere with the Law of Attraction practitioner’s ability to manifest positive things are those that relate to the basic worldview.

In theory this should not be such a big problem. For since it is abundantly clear that the “working place” for science is fundamentally limited to our physical time-space reality, the academic community cannot have any knowledge about the spiritual world, since their instruments cannot reach that realm (if there is such a realm).

Nevertheless, there are various belief challenges that present themselves to the aspiring student of the Law of Attraction.

One challenge is that even though the domain of science is formally limited to our physical time-space reality dimension, scientists naturally have a right, at least informally, to voice their opinions about the existence, or non-existence, of non-physical realms and entities. And although some of these very intelligent scientists are also religious or spiritual, many others, equally intelligent, say that they believe that there is no God and no afterlife, etc.

The fact that so many intelligent professors and scholars conclude that material life is the only life we will ever live may, naturally, make a beginning student of the Law of Attraction somewhat nervous. If such intelligent people, at leading universities and research institutions, conclude a thing like that, how can the worldview of Law of Attraction (or any of the worldviews of various religions) be true?

Such questions must be tackled by the student. And the conclusion to reach is basically that the scientists are wrong in that case. For since they have no authority and no scientific instruments to verify it, and are speaking outside their area of expertise, they are automatically disqualified as reliable expert witnesses. Therefore, the student can safely regain trust in the process of the authorized version of Law of Attraction and the worldview it presents.

But there are also other worldview beliefs in science that may be interfering with the student’s belief system that is used in his or her Law of Attraction worldview. Some such worldview beliefs are presented below, in Part 5.


There are many scientific theories that might seem incompatible with the ideas that are presented in the all-encompassing worldview of the Law of Attraction. These are, for students of Law of Attraction with a scientific bent, a potential obstacle.

The general approach must be to somehow or other invalidate the incompatible scientific story, as to enable the all-encompassing worldview that the authentic version of the Law of Attraction presents. But this needs to be done in a convincing enough fashion, so that the student REALLY can believe it.

Because of space limitations in this article, I am limiting my discussion to just one incompatible scientific theory: the Darwinian evolution story.

Darwinian Evolution

Darwinian evolution is, by many in the scientific community, a highly regarded theory. The problem is just that few people know the complexity of that theory. For it is not just one theory, but many, as pointed out by Ernst Mayr in his book One Long Argument (1991, pp. 36-37).

I discuss Mayr’s account in my article on Seth’s take on Darwinian evolution. And when analyzing those propositions in the light of Seth’s statements on evolution, it is clear that Darwinian evolution is a false theory.

The reason it is false is because evolution is not, in the first instance, about biology or chemistry, even though it might appear that way to some scientists that are hard core “physical matter only” enthusiasts.

Thus, evolution is not about physical stuff, but about the creation power of consciousness (Seth Speaks, p. 309):

“Consciousness did not come from atoms and molecules scattered by chance through the universe, or scattered by chance through many universes. Consciousness did not arrive because inert matter suddenly soared into activity and song. The consciousness existed first, and evolved the form into which it then began to manifest itself.”

So the true, original evolution is taking place in the realm of consciousness, not in the realm of physical space-time reality. And because it is manifested in the realm of consciousness first, it can then later be “physicalized” or “materialized” or “actualized” into our physical realm of space and time.

That is how causality works in terms of evolution, according to the authorized version of Law of Attraction.

For students who still are not convinced about the falsity of the Darwinian evolution saga, Michael Behe’s book Darwin’s Black Box is recommended. Written by a university professor in biochemistry, it is a detailed and thoughtful exposition of the many problematic issues that surrounds the story of Darwinian evolution.

Behe demonstrates “the impotence of Darwinian theory” (p. 187) and instead proposes that, when all things are considered, the only reasonable explanation is some sort of intelligent design.

And that, of course, would fit perfectly with Seth’s statements above, where all biological life and species in the physical space-time world are created by the superhuman intelligence that resides in the non-physical dimension (i.e., Source, Inner Being, God).


Is there any scientific evidence supporting Law of Attraction?

To date, no scientific research has proven that the universal principle of Law of Attraction (“like vibration attracts like vibration”) is real.

Nevertheless, there are many separate research findings that, when considered together, definitely support many of the statements and practices that are found in the authorized version of Law of Attraction.

One of the most important discoveries is the Placebo Effect, which demonstrates that it is our thoughts, beliefs, and expectations (about ourselves, the world, and the future) that determine what the “manifestation” will be.

Also, the relatively new field of positive psychology is filled with research reports about the power of a positive mindset and its impact on life quality, health, and happiness.

How does manifesting work scientifically?

It is impossible to describe “scientifically” how manifesting works, because “scientifically” implies that scientific instruments are used for verification. But scientific instruments are incapable of measuring things outside our physical space-time reality.

However, if we instead use the word “philosophically” or the phrase “in a logical and methodical manner”, then we can say the following.

Manifestation works because our physical space-time reality is NOT a world of solid, static objects. It is a world of projected objects, much like what you see on a television screen, although the projection runs all around you, in 3D, with sound and taste and touch added to it. And it includes also your own “physical” body.

Furthermore, what you see is not the exact same thing that anyone else sees. Everyone has their own projection of the world, and it is subjective. However, there is substantial overlap in between the projections, so that people can discuss “shared events” and “shared experiences” and “shared objects”. But no-one sees the exact same thing.

What is projected for an individual is dependent on his or her beliefs. So if you change your beliefs, you change the projection. And when your projector shows you that red Ferrari, then you have manifested it.

In other words, manifestation works because there is no solid, objective world. Each person manifests his own 3D world by the virtue of his or her own thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.

Do I need to believe in spirituality or metaphysics to benefit from the Law of Attraction?

You have to understand that manifestation ALWAYS is going on, regardless if you know anything about Law of Attraction or not. So you don’t manifest more, or less, in quantity, by learning the art of deliberate creation. There is always a projection of a world around every living being, and there are no “spots” that are aren’t “filled in” with something.

A student may very well benefit to some degree even if he or she does not accept a spiritual or metaphysical view of the universe. But since the common denominator of all success is happiness and joy, it will be difficult to go very far without adopting a suitable worldview.

For if you are afraid of death, for example, how can you be truly happy here and now? And if you think that your purpose is “to save the suffering children”, then how can you be happy here and now? And if you think that you have to be “a good son” and “make your father proud”, how can you relax and be worry free? And if you think you must “work hard” to get anywhere, how can you be happy here and now?

So in order to actually be able to develop more happiness and success on a steady, ongoing basis, one has to adopt a new worldview. And that worldview must be understood in the context of who you actually are, namely an eternal, loving energy being that has been born into this space-time reality for a reason. And what is that reason?

You are here to have fun, and to explore new possibilities and ways of life that make you happy. You are here as an “adventure explorer” and the objective is to find new things to be excited about. And when you find new things to be excited about, then all beings in all universes benefit.

So you are doing the “dirty work” here on Earth, by putting yourself in awkward situations that typically are very uncomfortable (e.g., you get fired, or your girlfriend cheats on you, or your car gets stolen, etc.). But the result is that new, fantastic desires are born about how the world should be for you to be more happy. And the birth of those new desires benefits all beings, even though they may not realize it right now.

Thus, the attitude to develop is simple. You must develop an attitude of independence. You are a free spirit, and you don’t owe anyone else anything (there’s no “past karma”). You are not here to “serve others” or waste your time and happiness by listening to other people’s complaints or worries. Mind your own business, and don’t be so interested in what other people are saying, doing, or not doing. You must spend time on your own, building up your happiness and joy. Inner work is crucial.

Is law of attraction quantum physics?

Some authors of certain non-authorized versions of Law of Attraction are quick to mention “quantum physics” or “quantum mechanics” in the context of Law of Attraction. But there is no mentioning of “Law of Attraction” in the standard university textbooks on quantum mechanics, or in the published articles in the peer-reviewed journals. So what are they talking about?

Well, the idea is presumably that those non-authorized authors want to give their readers the impression that the Law of Attraction is, somehow or other, a “scientific” theory, or something like that, in order to promote it. But Law of Attraction is not a “scientific” theory. No-one in the academic science community is talking about it (at least not as a well-respected theory), including those in the field of quantum physics.

One must also point out that quantum mechanics itself is not necessarily a science either, but more of a philosophy. There are so many things about quantum physics that are unproven, and some of those things may even be unprovable in principle. So to try to associate Law of Attraction with an unproved (or even unprovable) science seems like a bad idea, in general.

Nevertheless, we can say that there are some aspects of quantum mechanics that resemble some of the ideas presented in the authorized version of Law of Attraction. For example, an idea such as Heisenberg’s uncertainly principle reminds us of the central role that the concept of probabilities have in the larger scheme of things in the all-encompassing worldview of Law of Attraction.

However, it is important to note that the Law of Attraction is not dependent on whether science, or quantum physics, proves this, or proves that. Rather, it is the other way around. Science is actually dependent on the Law of Attraction, although they may not realize it. For if Law of Attraction hadn’t existed, there would be no physical time-space reality to begin with, and no physicists either. Everything is created from the spiritual world, by the grace of infinite intelligence and the fantastic universal principle of Law of Attraction.

Is manifesting real?

Yes. Manifesting is real. You have manifested everything around you. Everything you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch is a manifestation. You keep manifesting that whole “picture” or “world” around you many times a second. You create your own reality.

Do physicists believe in law of attraction?

Generally speaking, no. They typically have no professional interest in the Law of Attraction, since it is basically “taboo” in academia. But they may still have some private interest in it, of course.

Is manifesting a real science?

Manifesting is not a science. It is not taught at the universities, and it is not researched in any broad sense. There is no course on “How to Manifest” to sign up for, no “Department of Manifestation” to visit, and no “Professor of Manifesting” to talk to. No accredited university institution in the Western world is committing any substantial resources to subjects such as Law of Attraction and manifestation.

What do physicists say about the law of attraction?

They usually don’t say anything, because they are not interested in it, other than perhaps for personal use. The topic of Law of Attraction is typically one which professors avoid discussing, in order to maintain their status as respectable scientists. For the common notion is that Law of Attraction simply is some pseudoscience, on the same “non-respectability” level as astrology and crystal-gazing, etc.

What is the difference between positive psychology and law of attraction?

Positive psychology is a scientific discipline that is dedicated to scientific research about how to improve one’s happiness and health, etc. So while the general field of psychology traditionally has been focusing on the negative side of things by studying sickness and trauma and suffering, the new field of positive psychology, as the name implies, is studying things on the positive side: happiness, health, and well-being.

Law of Attraction is not an academic field of study. It is a system of thought that is delivered to us directly to from The Other Side. Law of Attraction has two aspects. One aspect is the universal principle of Law of Attraction itself (“like vibration attracts like vibration”). The other aspect is that it contains a description of the all-encompassing worldview that the universal principle is working in.


Here are some of the best quotations on religion and the Law of Attraction:

  1. “The peculiar, particular aspects of your physical world are dependent upon your existence and focus within it. The physical universe does not contain physical objects of solidity, width and depth, for example, to those whose existence is not within it.” (Seth, Seth Speaks, p. 63)
  2. “You cannot separate yourself from the aspect of yourself that is Spiritual. And while you are here in these bodies, you cannot separate yourselves from that which is physical or material. All of the magnificent things of a physical nature that are surrounding you are Spiritual in nature” (Abraham-Hicks, Money, and the Law of Attraction, pp. 91-92; punctuation edited for more clarity).
  3. “But environments are not objective things, conglomerations of objects that exist independently of you. Instead you form them and they are quite literally extensions of yourself; materialized mental acts that extend outward from your consciousness.” (Seth, Seth Speaks, p. 39)
  4. “There are many [principles] that you may call Laws. We [here in Non-Physical] reserve our definition of Law for those things that are Universal. In other words, as you enter into this physical dimension, you have the agreement of time, the agreement of gravity, and the agreement of this perception of space; but those agreements are not Universal, for there are other dimensions that do not share those experiences. In many cases, where you may use the word Law, we would use the word agreement, instead. There are no other Universal Laws that we are waiting to divulge to you later” (Abraham-Hicks, The Law of Attraction, pp. 44-45).
  5. Each emotion and thought has its own electromagnetic reality, completely unique. It is highly equipped to combine with certain others [emotions and thoughts], according to the various ranges of intensity that you may include. In a manner of speaking, three-dimensional objects are formed in somewhat the same way that the images you see on your television screen are formed, but with a large difference. And if you are not tuned into that particular frequency, you will not perceive the physical objects at all. (Seth, Seth Speaks, p. 41; underlining in original; my square brackets)
  6. “Each of you act as transformers, unconsciously, automatically transforming highly sophisticated electromagnetic units into physical objects. You are in the middle of a ‘matter-concentrated system’, surrounded, so to speak, by weaker areas in which what you would call ‘pseudo-matter’ persists. Each thought and emotion spontaneously exists as a simple or complex electromagnetic unit — unperceived, incidentally, as yet by your scientists. . . . The intensity determines both the strength and the permanency of the physical image into which the thought or emotion will be materialized.” (Seth, Seth Speaks, p. 41)
  7. “[Member of audience:] ‘Which leads to an interesting question just occurred if that’s the case, considering that every scientist, whether it’s traditional scientist, or non traditional scientist, always is approaching an experiment from a premise. Does that not mean that no matter how rigorously they attempt to disguise or do double blind tests, there’s no way that can remove their own influence from what the results that they’re looking to ascertain? [Abraham-Hicks:] Perfectly stated. And we like to say, ‘you create your own experiment’.” [Abraham-Hicks, Mexican Cruise 2005, CD 8, 21:11-21:45]


The focus here i Part 8 is to offer some helpful resources that may assist the student to understand the Law of Attraction better, so that it will be easier to “manage” possible incompatibility issues with scientific theories.

For this purpose I am presenting three types of resources: some pointers on which books to read; a glossary for Law of Attraction vocabulary; and a list of posts that I believe are relevant if the student is interested in both Law of Attraction and science.

Best Books on Science and Law of Attraction

I am not a fan of unauthorized versions of Law of Attraction. Therefore I do not recommend books by Rhonda Byrne, Deepak Chopra, Napoleon Hill, etc. The books that I am recommending are only those by Seth and Abraham-Hicks, who are representing the authorized version of Law of Attraction.

Books by Seth. Seth started his lectures in the 1960s, and continued until the 1980s. During this time, a huge amount of material was presented, which afterward were to be published in several dozens of books, and in audio collections.

However, Seth’s books are comparatively difficult to read. This is not just because his level of intelligence is so great, but because he is trying to explain things from a non-physical vantage point, so we can comprehend what the spiritual world is all about, and how the physical space-time reality functions, in relation to All That Is. So there is a lot of details about All That Is as well our own physical space-time reality: telepathy, thermodynamics, three-dimensional existence, tachyons, true spirituality, spirit, distorted idea of space, reincarnational selves, camouflage of reality, identity of physical body, the multidimensional personality, hallucinations after death, electromagnetic energy, etc. Best book to start with is Seth Speaks.

Books by Abraham-Hicks. Abraham-Hicks started their broadcasts in the 1980s and has continued ever since. Their style of teaching is more geared toward “ordinary people” than Seth’s more academic-styled presentation. And their perspective is more focused on manifestation practices and the pursuit of unconditional love and happiness, while Seth’s teachings are more analytic, describing things like different dimensions and realms and how reincarnation works, etc.

Just like Seth they often talk about “metaphysical” things, such as reincarnation, Inner Being, The Vortex, etc. But their real focus is on teaching us to be happy right here and now, without the “pressure” getting things to manifest before our eyes. The idea is that if we just can make ourselves unconditionally happy (i.e. happy without a reason to be happy; i.e. happy BEFORE the manifestation appears), then there is no limit to what we can accomplish. Best book for beginners is Ask and It Is Given.

More info. For more detailed information about the contents in some of Seth’s and Abraham-Hicks’s books, see Best Books on the Law of Attraction as well as Best Books on Manifesting Better Health with Law of Attraction.

Law of Attraction Glossary

Since Seth and Abraham-Hicks many times use different terms to describe the same thing, there are many words to “synchronize”. And it is not just a matter of “synching” either. For many concepts are hard to understand in their own right, since they many times denote things in a realm outside our physical space and time.

Therefore, it might be helpful for the beginning student to consult my comprehensive Law of Attraction Glossary, to get a feeling for some of the most important terms and concepts. In addition, there are short biographies of the authors (Seth and Abraham-Hicks) and their “translators” (or “interpreters”, or “channelers”), Jane Roberts and Esther Hicks.

Articles on Science and Law of Attraction

  1. Law of Attraction: Is It Real?
  2. Law of Attraction: When Will It Be Proven By Science?
  3. Law of Attraction Arguments, Part 1: “Metaphysical Pseudoscience”
  4. Law of Attraction Arguments, Part 2: “No Purpose”
  5. Law of Attraction Arguments, Part 3: “No Action”
  6. Law of Attraction Arguments, Part 4: “No Plan”
  7. Law of Attraction Arguments, Part 5: “No Date”
  8. Law of Attraction Arguments, Part 6: “No Challenges”
  9. Law of Attraction Arguments, Part 7: “No Compassion”
  10. Law of Attraction Arguments, Part 8: “No Support”
  11. Law of Attraction Arguments, Part 9: “Mindless”
  12. Law of Attraction Arguments, Part 10: “Blame Yourself”
  13. Law of Attraction Arguments, Part 11: “Blame The Victim”
  14. Law of Attraction Arguments, Part 12: “We’re Not Perfect”
  15. Law of Attraction Arguments, Part 13: “Placebo Effect”
  16. Law of Attraction Arguments, Part 14: “Anecdotal Evidence”
  17. Positive Psychology: The Forerunners


The main conclusion of this article is that faith in science may hinder the sincere student of Law of Attraction in his or her spiritual development. Therefore, the long-term objective for him or her must be to try to handle this situation in some way.

One way is to analyze the scientific arguments and to find ways in which they may be critiqued. For by understanding the premises and how they arrive at the conclusion, many such “scientific” arguments can be rather easily dismissed.

But it is also important to not obsess about this. For our PRIMARY job is to get happy, not getting frustrated by scientists or their speculations. So be sure to dismiss any conflicting theories as swiftly and smoothly as possible, so that you can relax and continue on your happiness path and build more joy and satisfaction.

Whether one engages in an analysis of arguments as proposed above, or not, the student of the Law of Attraction should always be doing his or her daily practices, in a rigid and determined fashion. There is no substitute for that.

By engaging in daily activities that are raising our emotional status toward more positivity, we will get more and more in contact with our Inner Being (God). And because of that, we will automatically be more and more hooked up to real infinite intelligence.

This increased emotional proximity to our Inner Being will help us not just solve any “incompatibility with science” issues quickly, but, more importantly, it will help us transcend any and all doubts in regard to the validity of both the universal principle and the all-encompassing worldview of the authorized version of Law of Attraction. It is Law.

Best of luck on your fantastic, exciting, never-ending spiritual journey!

Chris Bocay


  1. If the agenda is to influence people to be scared of the weather and of “the human footprint”, it surely is a much better tactic to use the phrase “climate change” than “global warming”. For while “global warming” needs to be substantiated with real data that proves that it is actually getting warmer, the phrase “climate change” is much easier to “prove” (and therefore easier for politicians and their scientists to deal with). Why? Because the climate is, of course, always changing anyway, whether there is human intervention or not. That’s what weather does, by definition.
  2. Although the term “astropsychology” is created in the exact same way as the terms “astrobiology” and “astrochemistry” (by juxtaposing the words “astro” and the name of an academic field of study), it turns out that this word is already spoken for. For according to Wikipedia at least, the word “astropsychology” is synonymous to “psychological astrology”. And since neither science nor the authorized version of Law of Attraction has any interest in astrology, another term would have to be chosen. What about something like “thought astronomy”, modeled after “radio astronomy”?


Photo collage of my personal copies of the references used for the article 'Science and the Law of Attraction'.

  • Behe, Michael J. (1998), Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. New York: Touchstone (Simon & Schuster). [Link to book]
  • Ford-Martin, Paula Anne (2011), “Electroencephalography” in Laurie J. Fundukian, ed., The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Fourth Edition. 6 volumes. Volume 2: C-reactive protein — Eyelid disorders. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, Cengage Learning. [Link to book]
  • Hicks, Esther and Jerry Hicks (2005), 2005 Mexican Riviera Cruise: 2/5/05 thru 2/12/05. Set of 11 CDs. San Antonio, TX: Abraham-Hicks Publications. [Link to book]
  • Hicks, Esther and Jerry Hicks (2006), The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham. Foreword by Neale Donald Walsch. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc. [Link to book]
  • Hicks, Esther and Jerry Hicks (2008), Money, and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc. [Link to book]
  • Johnson, Robert D. (1996), “Pain Management” in Frank N. Magill, ed. International Encyclopedia of Psychology. 2 volumes. Volume 2: Language Acquisition Theories — Work Motivation. London, England and Chicago, Illinois: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. [Link to book]
  • Kramer, Adam D. I. (2007), “Placebo Effect” in Roy F. Baumeister and Kathleen D. Vohs, eds., Encyclopedia of Social Psychology. 2 volumes. Volume 2: Jealousy — Zeal. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. [Link to book]
  • LaBerge, Stephen (2004), “Sleep and Dreaming” in McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. Fifth Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill. [Link to book]
  • Mayr, Ernst (1991) One Long Argument: Charles Darwin and the Genesis of Modern Evolutionary Thought. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. [Link to book]
  • Roberts, Jane (1994), Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul. A Seth Book. Notes and cover art by Robert F. Butts. Reprint edition. San Rafael, CA: Amber-Allen Publishing; and Novato, CA: New World Library. [Link to book]
  • Thompson, Marie L. (2004), “Sleep” in K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, eds., The Gale Encyclopedia of Science. Third Edition. 6 volumes. Volume 5: Pheasants — Star; General Index. Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale Group. [Link to book]

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