It’s no secret that I despise The Secret (2006); a book and DVD by Rhonda Byrne and a cadre of self-proclaimed gurus that promotes the Law of Attraction (LOA). In essence, the LOA posits that our thoughts are vibrations and create our reality: like attracts like, so for example, if we think about abundance then we will magically attract abundance and, conversely, if we think about scarcity then, abracadabra, we will attract scarcity. All we have to do in order to manifest anything we want in our lives is to ask, believe, and receive — whilst maintaining positive thoughts —…

Most manifestation gurus tout their wares by appealing to our desire for material gain: they purport to instruct us how to attract lots more money into our lives, as if ‘abundance’ (a trendy and overused term) exists solely in monetary terms. To boot, they often charge crazy prices for their laughable ‘wisdom’. …


Proponents of the Law of Attraction (LOA for short) have the gall and the naivety to call it a scientific ‘law’.

It was announced on 2nd December 2020 that the UK is the first country in the world to have a COVID-19 vaccination approved by the regulating authorities. The end of this terrible pandemic is in sight and we have every reason to be optimistic that we can return to some sort of normality in 2021.

When it comes to logical flaws, contradictions, and downright hypocrisy, the Law of Attraction (LOA) is the gift that keeps on giving. My latest critique centres on the age-old battle between free will versus predestination.

If you ‘believe’ in the Law of Attraction, which is far more make believe than it is ‘science’, then its central premise goes something like this: the Universe is impartial — neither inherently ‘good’ or inherently ‘bad’ — and manifests our desires based on our energetic frequency, so that if we have bad thoughts then bad shit happens, and conversely, if we have good thoughts then our wildest dreams magically come true.

Throughout recorded history, spiritual people — from whatever walk of life — have foretold some sort of great awakening, whether it’s the ‘revelation’ of St. John in the New Testament, the arrival of the Age of Aquarius amongst new agers, or the ‘moksha’ of Buddhism. But since the outbreak of COVID-19 across Europe and America in early 2020, the idea of a great awakening has been given more urgency by spiritual folk: we need look no further than the ‘spiritual’ groups on social media, or the vlogs of the self-professed gurus, to witness that we are being affronted by a…

Some of you may know Esther Hicks as the Law of Attraction (LOA for short) guru who professes to channel messages from multiple beings from other dimensions, collectively known as ‘Abraham’. Others may be familiar with Hicks from the controversy over the documentary (and subsequent book) called ‘The Secret’ (2006), where Hicks refused to be a contributor because her commission of $500,000 wasn’t enough, at least by her standards. Others may know Hicks simply as the charlatan that she is. Others may have never heard of Hicks and, quite frankly, don’t care.

The Universe: what is it?

Michael Farrell

PhD in English Lit. I am an author and Personal Transformation Coach in the field of Spirituality. I also dabble in writing poetry and music.

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