• Lauren Bentley

Why I No Longer Teach Or Practice Law Of Attraction

The Law Of Attraction is a Universal Law that teaches that you are the creator of your own reality. It emphasizes a positive mindset because feeling and thinking in positive ways will attract more of that to you. I was a huge fan of LOA ever since I stumbled upon the book, The Secret. I was immediately drawn into the idea that I could attract anything to me all by cultivating more of a positive mindset- win, win! I dove deep into these teachings and began to structure my whole life around it. Meditation was about me connecting with elevated emotions, yoga was about embodying my next level, journaling was dedicated to future scripting. Heck, even drinking water was all about intention setting and filling up with what I wanted.

I am sure you are thinking, wow, your life must have been incredible! All that positive thinking must have had you floating around on cloud 9. I am sorry to say, but that actually couldn't be further from the truth. And it was my deep unhappiness that woke me up from this dangerous space I was in.

It all began one morning when I woke up and decided that for my mental health I needed to take a break from practicing Law Of Attraction. I had noticed that I was growing increasingly harder on myself each and every day for not being "further along" in my business and life. I kept feeling like I needed and wanted more to prove that I was successful. Because of these things, I had trouble being present with my children and husband because I never felt satisfied. I continued to invest in programs to "fix" what was broken within me and I began to feel as if there was something inherently wrong with me.

This is when I knew that I needed to rest. How could something that is supposed to be so good be leaving me feeling the exact opposite? That morning I unfollowed and unsubscribed from every person who taught and spoke of LOA and took a step back from all the practices. The first couple of mornings felt really weird. I didn't know what to do with myself but still wanted to enjoy yoga, meditation and journaling so I rolled out my mat and did just that. I moved my body just to move, wrote out my feelings and meditated on the present moment. Day after day this continued and I began to find so much joy in the simplest things and a relief in being "normal".

One morning as I was journaling, I realized that I had not questioned my worthiness or abundance in weeks. My mental health had improved drastically and I was actually having fun living life. I was feeling all my emotions, meeting myself exactly where I was and truly felt whole.

There are a few things that I can attest this to. One is for the fact that I stopped only honoring my positive emotions. In LOA we are taught to only think and feel what we want more of in our life so there is a lot of "good vibes only" talk. I actually began to explore all my emotions and was able to meet unmet needs of mine. I also was able to enjoy my life, a simple life at that, and experience the abundance that is already here. Gratitude came into my life full force. And lastly, God entered into my heart and invited me into prayer and reading the written word (more on this soon).

All in all, what I want to say to you is you are a human here to have a human experience. This means meeting yourself exactly where you are- moment by moment, day by day. The good, the bad and the ugly. It is all a part of who you are and it is all worthy and holy.

To hear more, enjoy this Vlog I recorded- can enjoy either on YouTube or via podcast.



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