This article was first posted to Kooiii
When reviewing the types of scams that are so prevalent on the internet, there are a couple that are never denounced.
The first is probably the biggest scam of all time – Positive Mental Attitude (PMA)
and the second is probably just as big – The Law of Attraction (LoA).
Both of these scams have reduced the bank balances of many susceptible and/or suggestible victims the world over and they have also created cult followings. It saddens me to see so many people who have not only literally bought in to these scams but have also been brainwashed by them.
A positive mental attitude is not something that can be taught, nor can it make any significant changes to your life (if I exclude your wealth). In reality, you are born with a mental attitude that is neither positive nor negative – the human brain cannot formulate a positive or a negative thought – only thoughts.
According to the vendors of PMA, it is possible to repeat a little mantra each day and improve your powers of being positive. The mantra usually goes something like “Every day in every way I am getting better” and is usually promoted or taught as a daily affirmation of how positive you are. It does not take much basic mental calculation to realise that by using this mantra you are going to inevitably lie to yourself!
It is not possible to get better every day in every way – simple ageing will militate against it.
According to the vendors of PMA, if you think positively, you will see things improve and your own effectiveness will be enhanced. BUT HOW CAN IT?
PMA is an invidious mental teaching that will self destruct IF a single pupil ever achieves positive mental thought. PMA is a ball and chain that will destroy the productive efforts that people would be capable of without it. How can a truly positive (as promulgated by PMA vendors) ever accept that something needs to be improved? Doesn’t that very concept involve suspending the taught PMA and accepting that all in the garden is not rosy? How can a truly positive person contemplate creating a new type of product? Why would they need to replace something that is so good or create something that does not already exist in the positive world they inhabit? Do you see what I mean?
As for the Law of Attraction, this defies all rational thinking. I suppose it is comfortable to believe that you are at the centre of a beneficent universe that desires to shower you with all that your heart desires but how realistic is that?
The proponents of LoA maintain that you only need to accept the beneficence by manifesting those things that you want. Many vendors of LoA maintain that they are in receipt of massive bounty from the universe when the truth is more like they are receiving huge amounts of cash from people who are desperate to try anything and join any cult to try to improve their circumstances.
If you ever get caught up in the hype and emotional turmoil produced by LoA, there is a cycle that you will join. This cycle represents the initial enthusiastic acceptance of the LoA followed by the disappointment as your manifestations produce no results. You seek further enlightenment and are sold a “better” or more comprehensive version of an ebook that is supposed to train you to manifest effectively. The more you fail and the more you seek enlightenment, the richer the vendors of LoA literature and training courses become. You spin round the cycle until, eventually, you are forced to accept that you are no good at manifesting and that (because you also bought into PMA) tomorrow you will be a little better in every way.