Design of The New Age – The Law of Attraction
New Thought/Positive Thinking
The Law of Attraction, as it is commonly understood in the New Age Movement, originated within the New Thought Movement which sprung up in New England in the late 19th century. The New Thought Movement was the precursor to the modern New Age Movement and had some influence on the Christian Science doctrines of Mary Baker Eddy from her association with her mentor, the former mesmerist, master clockmaker and putative father of the New Thought Movement, Phineas Parkhurst Quimby.
Quimby was reputed to be a great healer, and taught that sickness arose from false beliefs and fears, and that there was sufficient power in the mind to heal oneself. Faith in God, who is the only reality in existence, is what heals a being and keeps them healthy.
It was only a small jump to extend that optimistic outlook of health towards wealth. The New Thought Movement held that All is God, and further, since God is Divine Mind and Intelligence, then we are all part of God’s Mind. Evil exists due to Ignorance of God’s Love and Light. Poverty exists for the same reason. Poverty and illness are always due to erroneous thinking, fears and lack of faith in God.
Prosperity Consciousness, especially in America, has long been an interest of people looking for tangible ways to succeed in their lives. Books by Napoleon Hill, especially, “Think and Grow Rich” and Wallace Wattle’s “The Science of Getting Rich” has sold millions of copies. These books promote the power of Positive Thinking, faith and affirmations as key components for becoming a success in life.
“The Science of Getting Rich” was first published in 1910, and has remained in print to this day. Positive thinking techniques, will power, creative visualization and the mental science approach to health was applied by Wattle to give readers the key into attracting wealth. William Walker Anderson was a prolific New Thought author and editor and is credited with coining the expression, the “Law of Attraction.’ He writes in his book, THOUGHT VIBRATION OR THE LAW OF ATTRACTION IN THE THOUGHT WORLD,
“We speak learnedly of the Law of Gravitation, but ignore that equally wonderful manifestation, THE LAW OF ATTRACTION IN THE THOUGHT WORLD. We are familiar with that wonderful manifestation of Law which draws and holds together the atoms of which matter is composed – we recognize the power of the law that attracts bodies to the earth, that holds the circling worlds in their places, but we close our eyes to the mighty law that draws to us the things we desire or fear, that makes or mars our lives.”
The Law of Attraction is thus explained as a magnetic force where ‘like attracts like’ as a universal law. The idea with the Law of Attraction is to consciously draw to yourself prosperity and wealth, since that is what God apparently wants you to do. Prosperity and good health is considered an indication of one’s self-realization and spiritual growth. Manifesting a positive outcome for yourself through using your mind and feelings is the secret to make all your dreams come true.