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Buddhism and the Law of Attraction – Dialectic Two Step

By Andrew Furst @a_furst

Question:

How do I apply the Law of Attraction while practicing Buddhism when they are both the opposite of each other?

Buddhism is about seeing the impermanence and suffering of everything. The Law of Attraction suggests we focus on the good.

Response:

I wouldn’t call the “Law of Attraction” the opposite of Buddhism. They don’t really overlap cleanly. Buddhism is about decreasing suffering by addressing the poisons of greed, hatred, and delusion. The Law of Attraction is about your dreams coming true. These are two very different pursuits.

If the Law of Attraction suggests that you focus on the good or brighter side only, then it is promoting a kind of intentional blindness. A blindness that might prevent you from responding to the dark side if you needed to.

For example, if you were to start having symptoms of depression, would it be wise to ignore those symptoms and focus on the positive? No, certainly not.

I imagine the tenets of the Laws of Attraction are a little more sophisticated than this characterization, but the simple view does allow for a clean criticism of a potential flaw.

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