Prior to reading Eckhart Tolle, I read both The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
and The Secret
. Once I got into exploring the non-dualist traditions, I discovered that many spiritual teachers frown upon things like the Law of Attraction, because it involves being more caught up in material things and "my" wants and needs, which isn't ultimately liberating. So I put aside books dealing with the law of attraction and began to focus upon non-dualism instead.
Yet, the intriguing thing is that there seems to be some validity to the Law of Attraction- even if that validity exists only in my mind.
You see, when I was reading The Secret
, I visualized several things that I wanted, and really imagined what it would be like to actually have them, and how I would feel about it. These objects are not terribly expensive, but nor are they cheap either- they tend to start at $700 US and above. And, the funny thing is, as time has gone by, a number of them have started coming into my life, through one way or another.
Does this mean that the Law of Attraction works? I don't know. One could argue very credibly that since I wanted the items, it's only natural that I'd go out of my way to acquire them, and that any so-called "Law of Attraction" has nothing to do with it. Nevertheless, it is a curious phenomena, especially given that some of these items I have acquired without purchasing them directly, through trades, or as gifts.
There are some Zen masters who speak about what we would term the Law of Attraction, and they indicate that the degree of success in attracting specific things relates to how unconditionally you believe that you can acquire them. In other words, doubt taints the effectiveness of the Law of Attraction, which is something that it's proponents agree upon. The particular Zen master I'm thinking of wasn't trying to advocate spiritual materialism; she was making an observation based on her own experiences in life.