Like all magic, the “Law of Attraction” can go both ways. And yes, manifestation is nothing but using our God-given magic (or “spark of the divine,” if you will) to turn our intentions into reality.
There really is no Law of Attraction (defined as “You attract what you think of—positive thoughts attract positive things, and negative thoughts attract negative things”).
It’s not completely false, but it’s also not completely correct—otherwise people with mental conditions like phobias, hypochondria, depression, OCD, and so on should have objectively horrific lives, which is clearly not the case.
I’m also not a fan of New Age gurus trying to explain the LOA in (pseudo)scientific terms like quantum physics, string theory, the multiverse theory, etc. It’s very tempting, and admittedly, I’ve done it myself.
The reason it’s tempting is that it looks like these very complex physical theories overlap beautifully with ancient metaphysical insights and principles… and they may very well do so.
HOWEVER, and this is a big one, unless you have a PhD in quantum physics, you will probably get some or all aspects of this wrong as you’re trying to explain it—which opens the entire LOA community up to endless ridicule.
It’s just way too easy for scientifically educated skeptics to debunk whatever you say. In other words, you’re not doing us any favors.
Then how do you explain manifestation? Very simple: It’s a magical act (in the sense of true magic, not stage magic). You focus your intention, add imagination, emotion, and faith… and voila! the object of your intention materializes in your reality.
There’s black magic and there’s white magic, as well as a gray zone in between.
To get the best outcome and make sure you’re not accidentally selling your soul in the process and harming yourself and others, I believe you should also keep the Creator in the creation, let Him guide you and give Him the appropriate credit. (I’m saying “Him” because that’s my background, but feel free to replace that with “Her” if that’s what you believe.)
Taylor Ellwood makes the problem with the “Law of Attraction” very plain in his book, Manifesting Wealth:
The second problem is the focus on the law of attraction as espoused most recently by such new agey claptrap as The Secret.
[…] While it would be nice to believe that thinking about wealth alone could attract positive results, the truth is that the law of attraction is a pipe dream. After all, how do you explain the vast amount of hunger, poverty, or the economic recession? Are all of those people simply thinking they are poor and causing their own misfortune? The answer is no. The idea that thought alone can generate negative consequences makes dangerous assumptions that further increase the gap between the haves and the have nots.
This isn’t to say that thinking positively doesn’t have any value. It does have value and can be useful for helping you be more creative, as well as finding solutions in negative situations. But thinking positively doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be a multimillionaire or that you’ll never deal with negative situations.
I’m all for calling a spade a spade. So let’s call manifestation what it is.