Why Manifestation & The Law of Attraction Are BS

Heather deconstructs The Law of Attraction, one of modern philosophy’s most talked about — and problematic — belief systems

Manifestation vs. practical application: If Oprah loves it, can it really be bad? On this week’s episode, Heather deconstructs the Law of Attraction, an idea popularized for the modern age in Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret. In looking at the fragments that form Manifestation thinking, Heather proposes an alternative method of manifesting success through practical action.

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The packaging of wellness for wide consumption often involves taking easily digestible, not-so-challenging ideas and using them as the crux of a brand. One of the most popular examples of this is Manifestation — the belief that by focussing on positive or negative thoughts, people can bring positive or negative experiences into their lives. When wellness companies are selling Manifestation and the Law of Attraction, they’re commodifying an idea that’s inherently problematic.

In this episode we break down Manifestation. We ask ourselves, what’s wrong with the evidence? Where is the science? Who are the primary benefactors of Manifestation thinking and Law of Attraction ideology? We want to encourage the questioning of lazy assumptions and feel-good ideas. We want to challenge people to be critical thinkers and challenge ourselves to take practical action. We need to see ourselves as people who can make improvements in our lives by shining a light in our own dark corners.