A More Attractive Law of Attraction is a relatively new book by Marcus T. Anthony, in which the author criticize what he calls “the naive law of attraction” and offers a more realistic, easier and quicker way to manifest.
The Naive Law of Attraction
Anthony describes the “naive law of attraction” as the idea that “God or the universe will give you whatever you want, just as long as you get your head together”. He thinks that this understanding of the law of attraction is far from the truth – according to him, it’s mostly ego projection which contains strong elements of falsehood.
The main problems with the teaching of the naive of the law of attraction, as he sees them, are:
- Promoting that “you attract what you want” – this kind of belief will get you nowhere. Instead, he suggests that the right way to define how manifestation works is that we attract what we are, and that is the main difference between the naive LOA and a “more attractive LOA” that he outlines later.
- Anthony objects to some of the most well known law of attraction teachers being prone to the “ego falls”, and that their intentions are driven by darker intentions: drives for attention, money, power and control, making them promote the naive idea about manifesting because people who buy their books and coaching programs need to believe that the solution is easy, and they’re giving it to them.
We Attract What We Are
In order to better explain his understanding of manifesting, Anthony shares his personal story: back in 2009, as a recently graduated PhD, he had an interview for a postdoctoral position at a prestigious university; he had followed through and applied for the job, even though he had a very strong feeling that it wasn’t right for him. He even used the law of attraction to get an edge on his opponent at the interview: he visualized himself clearly performing well in the interview, and then being granted the position; he felt himself sitting in front of a huge oak table in a throne-sized chair in that swanky office and in that exotic location, having secured the job.
When he came to the interview, something just didn’t feel right, but he still decided to go through with it.
His interview was a disaster, he didn’t get the job, and he felt despair for a week after that. Then he understood: “I had created my own suffering by aligning myself not with the energy of Spirit, but with the intentions of my ego.”
In other words, the reason why he failed to manifest what he wanted (the job) was that he misunderstood himself and his own desires. So he came up with the “attractive alternative” to the naive law of attraction, that he believes doesn’t work – Gentle Aligned Action.
Gentle Aligned Action (GAA)
The problem with the naive law of attraction is that it allows narcissism, selfishness and delusion, because the individual takes the LOA and decides to try and get whatever he can from life and the universe without bothering to look within himself, or develop an understanding of the mind (ego). GAA instead encourages a genuine spiritual relationship with self, life and the cosmos – a spiritual take on the LOA.
The steps to GAA are:
- Retreat to a quiet place and bring your mind into presence by focusing upon something within your immediate environment, or by focusing upon your breath for half a minute, or until such time as you are centered and present.
- Within your mind, bring your attention to your desired goal – it’s important to imagine the scene as if it’s happening now.
- Pay careful attention to the subtle feelings that emerge as you do this – because they are the most reliable ways of sensing alignment. Don’t allow expectation and desire to mess up your subtle intuition.
- After bringing yourself out of your light meditative state, commit to an action (or non-action) based on your guidance – if you get a strong sense of the action being right or wrong, follow through and align your future with that feeling. He suggests as a general rule not to commit large amounts of time and energy to imagined futures with an indifferent feel to them.
- As you take action towards the goal, pursue it purposefully and with strong intention, yet with a light and joyful heart – and release any expectation of the outcome.
Since the general law of attraction acknowledges that we are not in direct control of the cosmos, it requires that we shift from the “gimme gimme” mindset of the naive law of attraction to an attitude of respect and cooperation with the universe or God.
His main point is that we shouldn’t try to control things so that we always get what we want; instead, we should “gently point our compassion in the direction of our intentions when the four winds are aligned with us; then enjoying the adventure as we sail across the seven seas.”