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A Brief History of the Law of Attraction

By Michael Losier

How old is the Law of Attraction? When did the law of attraction start? It started with the creation of the universe and the creation of thought. The challenging question is, when did mankind first become aware of the law of attraction? The answer to that is unknown, although there is evidence to suggest that in recent history people knew about the law of attraction, at least six or 7000 years ago.

Although it is unclear as to how long ago the phrase “Law of Attraction” was first coined, there are early references to the Law of Attraction being in action. Buddha said “All that we are is the result of what we have thought." Buddha truly understood the law of attraction. This is a powerful statement. Not only do we create the material things in our lives by what we think, we also create ourselves. In the King James version of the Bible we see that Job may not have fully understood the workings of the love attraction, however like many people today he suffered the consequences of the law by not using it for his good. In Job 3: 25, it reads “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.” How many of us are creating what we do not desire in life? How many of us are setting ourselves up as victims because we do not understand or are not consciously using the Law?

Of greater importance in the history of the Law of Attraction is the awakening of the awareness of ever larger groups of people in the last century or so. James Allen’s (1864-1912) best known work “As a Man Thinketh” is one of the most powerful books written on the Law of Attraction. It was written in the male genre and the prose and style of the time so it requires careful reading. The forward in the book states;…….to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that - they themselves are makers of themselves by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage; that mind is the master-weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and that, as they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness.

Wallace D. Wattles (1860 – 1911) studied the various religious beliefs and philosophies of the world including those of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibnitz, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Swedenborg, Emerson, and others. He translated those studies into several books including “The Science of Getting Rich” In this book he builds upon the following statement –

“There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.

A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.

I can form things in my thought, and by impressing my thoughts upon formless substance, can cause the thing I think about to be created. “


In the past 30 years, this book has been used as the basis to teach many people about the law of attraction, and was the inspiration for the movie, The Secret.

Florence Scovel (1871 - 1940) was one of the first metaphysics teachers of this past century. In her book “The Game of Life and How to Play It”, she states “Most people consider life a battle, but it is not a battle, it is a game. It is a game, however, which cannot be played successfully without the knowledge of spiritual law, and the Old and the New Testaments give the rules of the game with wonderful clearness. Jesus Christ taught that it was a great game of Giving and Receiving.

“Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap." This means that whatever man sends out in word or deed, will return to him; what he gives, he will receive. If he gives hate, he will receive hate; if he gives love, he will receive love; if he gives criticism, he will receive criticism; if he lies he will be lied to; if he cheats he will be cheated. We are taught also, that the imaging faculty plays a leading part in the game of life……So we see, to play successfully the game of life, we must train the imaging faculty. A person with an imaging faculty trained to image only good, brings into his life "every righteous desire of his heart" - health, wealth, love, friends, perfect self-expression, his highest ideals.

The imagination has been called, "The Scissors of The Mind," and it is ever cutting, cutting, day by day, the pictures man sees there, and sooner or later he meets his own creations in his outer world. To train the imagination successfully, man must understand the workings of his mind. The Greeks said: "Know Thyself."

Florence is also quoted as saying - “Infinite spirit opens the way for my great abundance. I am an irresistible magnet for all that belongs to me by divine right. My supply is endless, inexhaustible and immediate and comes to me under grace in perfect ways.”

Other pioneers in educating our society about the Law of Attraction was Earl Nightingale and Lloyd Conant. Nightingale Conant Corporation, one of the worlds largest self improvement companies started over 40 years ago with Earl’s writing “The Strangest Secret.” Nightingale Conant has been the source of education and inspiration for many of the well-known founders and gurus of the modern self-awareness and self-help industry. Many of these gurus are now in the later years of their life. Younger people are stepping up to the plate to fill their shoes, and are translating the work of those gurus into modern language so that even more people can be made aware of the powerful nature of the Law of Attraction.

It is my belief that at our very core people want to have a peaceful and harmonious world. I also believe that as people become aware of the Law of Attraction, they will realize that they can influence the world by their belief and will be an agent for positive change for the future. It is important that more and more people become aware of and use the law of attraction daily to create tremendous lives for themselves and others. Modern pieces like Michael Losier's "Law of Attraction" book and CD are an important contribution to that change process.
More from Michael Losier:
Check out Michael’s Book:
‘The Law of Attraction (Hardcover)’

If you prefer the book in Audio, go to:
‘The Law of Attraction: (Audio-Book)’

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Michael Losier, a Law of Attraction Trainer and author, supports people in understanding and practicing the Art of Deliberate Attraction, so they can have more of what they want and less of what they don't.
Michael has been applying the principles of Law of Attraction for many years and enjoys a wonderful and rewarding life in the city of Victoria, BC, Canada.
He facilitates a number of in-person Law of Attraction seminars as well as Teleseminars to a worldwide audience.

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