“For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.”   –Matthew 13:12

In the study of physics there’s something called The Law of Attraction: that opposites attract. A positively charged particle will repel other positively charged particles, but attract particles with a negative charge.

The Law of Attraction has since evolved and become the Theory of Electromagnetism. According to present research, electromagnetism is the solitary force that controls the entire universe. Every other force and form of energy from gravity to entropy is in some way a result of electromagnetic interactions.

When we walk, it’s the electromagnetic force of our bodies that holds us up against gravity. The principles of attraction and repulsion are what prevent one solid object from passing through another. All atoms, the very fabric of being, are held together by electromagnetism.

It’s one of the great ironies of the Universe that the physical Law of Attraction – that opposites attract – is completely false when applied to humanity.  In fact, the converse is true: like attracts like.

The Human Law of Attraction or Metaphysical Law of Attraction has its roots way back in ancient Greece when Plato stated in his first law of affinity that “like tends toward like.”

Since that time, New Thought philosophers have refined the idea and found countless applications of how like attracts like in the real world. Put simply, thinking negatively will attract negative things into your life, while thinking positively will attract positive.

This way of thinking is especially poignant for those who are trying to recover from an addiction. Part of the culture of rehab and traditional addiction recovery programs is admitting to yourself that you have a problem. This generally means focusing on thoughts like this:

  • I’m broken
  • I’m damaged
  • I have a disease
  • I can’t get better on my own
  • It’s outside of my control

It’s no wonder that almost 60% of addicts relapse just months after leaving rehab. They’ve been taught that they are helpless and and can’t make it on their own, so that’s exactly what happens.

In a way it’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you believe that you will relapse, it will come to pass. If you believe that you live a life of scarcity, you will never have enough in life. If you say hateful things to yourself, you will attract more and more self-hatred into your life.

It’s true, there are many skeptics of the Law of Attraction out there – but those people tend to be exactly the ones that attract negativity into their lives. By being skeptical of something good and true, they attract more doubt and uncertainty.

I know that the Law of Attraction is real, however, because I’ve lived through it  – on both ends of the spectrum. I’ve focused on negativity and self-hatred and watched as the Universe seemed to conspire against me to make my life miserable. I’ve also seen the light, changed the way I viewed myself and the world, and attracted goodness into my life.

As a life coach over the past 15 years, I’ve seen even more evidence of the Law of Attraction. My clients who are able to change their beliefs always experience positive change. They are able to overcome their habits and see the world in a new light.

Sometimes it’s miraculous. One of my clients was apparently able to will away her Hepatitis C through the power of positive thinking.

More often, the changes you see will be the natural, logical results of making a positive change. For example, if I choose to believe that I am lucky, I will be more likely to see the opportunities that come my way. If I believe that I am wealthy, I will be more likely to appreciate all the wealth that already exists in my life. If I believe that life is beautiful, I will see beauty everywhere I go.

Whether your personal experience with the Law of Attraction is miraculous or logical, the result will be the same. You will be happier and feel greater Joy by recognizing that like attracts like. As long as you choose to believe it, your life will be full of abundance, health, great friends, and even better habits.