The core statement of the Law of Attraction is “whatever we give a lot of attention to will become part of our lives. The theory likens us to magnets that are constantly attracting what we think about.” (Sciencing). Many of its practitioners are quick to state that the LOA is a “universal law,” and as such there is no escaping it and its effects.
Needless to say, this opens a very big and horrible hole when dealing with the “Law” of Attraction.
The Law of Attraction shifts blame on the victim and not the perpetrator
Because of this, many of its believers are quick to suggest to people that when bad things happen to them, it’s because they somehow manifest it. Or, if they DO believe in the “Law” of attraction, that they simply aren’t manifesting hard enough, or still have negative thoughts, resistance, boundary issues, or a numble of other
On an episode of Larry King Live, LOA snake oil dispenser Joe Vitale was being interviewed for The Secret. When King questioned him as to if Jessica Lunsford, a kid who was kidnapped, raped and killed by a pedophile, could have attracted what happened to her. Vitale responded with this:
We are attracting everything to ourselves. There is no exception. I hear previous people talking about there is luck, there is some exceptions here. No. We attract everything. But we’re doing it on unconscious level, Larry. That’s what is going on. We have to awaken to our own conscious power.
In other words, Joe Vitale said with a straight face that a 10-year-old girl somehow manifested a pedophile to kidnap her from her room, rape her, and then leave her to die in a garbage bag buried in the ground. He failed to provide any reasoning or evidence for this. Instead, he simply moved on to talk about how wonderful The “Secret” was. Because clearly, Jessica was totally having negative thoughts or something.
This is one of the central reasons I despise the Law of Attraction and the people who spew it. And one of the reasons I want to annihilate it.
In blaming the victim, the Law of Attraction promotes rape culture.
Marshall University defines Rape Culture as “an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture.”
In this case, The “Law” of Attraction, in arguing that we attract everything that happens to us, is implying that woman attract their own rapists. They manifest rape or domestic abuse situations because of their own beliefs. Of course, that’s ridiculously misogynistic.
Joe Vitale’s logic can easily be applied here alongside Jessica’s case. If a woman is raped, they clearly must have attracted it somehow. Or even dumber, they could take Teal Swan’s insane approach and argue that as a “non-physical being,” the woman chose to be raped in her lifetime. Both of these are wrong.
Do you honestly believe people attract everything that happens to them? Why or why not?