I am watching The Secret, from 2006. Most of what they say about The Law of Attraction is true. A few clarifications are necessary, though, which are also incredibly important to understand, lest we fall into the trap of arrogance and spiritual bypassing in our application of the principles.
There are no “Get out of Karma Free” cards in this game. Your personal and ancestral Karma will attract things to you as much as your thoughts do. (And so will the oppression of systems and people. Not all things are attracted to us by our thoughts. Sometimes, we get caught in the web of other people’s behaviors and thoughts like flies in a spider web.)
The Law of Karma supersedes the Law of Attraction. So if you are attempting to attract a certain thing, often, you may have to cut through a lot of karma as well as social statutes before it comes.
Also, we, as individuals, do not always know what we want. We think we do, and yet the fact is we are living in a web of materialistic and moral confusion.
It is often best to ask the Universe to provide what is in our best interest because the fact is, the universe always knows better than we do. Thinking we know what to ask for is naive.
So, yes, you may “use” the law of attraction to receive material benefits, such as wealth or a red Ferrari. But, if you do so, (use the law for your own personal and material gain), then you are mis-using this power. This will create negative karma in your life and in the lives of your children. Karma is nothing to take lightly.
Yogic Spirituality teaches this as well. All “intentions” must be set with the following caveat: may this come true ONLY if it is for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Also, we live in a society with systems in place (and individuals) that actively oppress people: non-“citizens,” the poor and impoverished, the abused, the homeless, the chronically ill, all of these folks are at strong disadvantages because of our societal constructs. Do not tell a homeless person or someone with cancer that if they just change their thoughts, they would change their reality, that, my friends, is spiritual bypassing, and abelist. Also do not tell this to a person working for minimum wage. They are there because of oppression, not Karma, and not the Law of Attraction.
Fighting oppression with the Law of Attraction is possible.
But it’s a much bigger undertaking than admonishing the minimum wage worker to simply “manifest” a better job.
Although that definitely sounds like something a rich white person from Johnson County would say ~ as well as a Trumper. (Damn, I can’t believe that guy’s president. What reality are we in?) Oh, I forgot, we manifested that. Right.
The spiritual, moral, and ethical violations of the use of the law of attraction, resulting in what the Yogic traditions refer to as a Karmic Debt.
The Karmic Debt, for example, of a Nation such as ours, founded on the hypocrisy that all men are created equal while the founding fathers owned slaves, is the president we have today.
This information is from the Yogic traditions.
My teacher was the founder of the community in Oregon where i lived. He was an old man in his 70s, and very very wise.