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Law of Attraction: Trapping Americans in Occult Worldviews Since 1800

Law of Attraction is an occult deception that has been so normalized in our society that most Christians don't even know they both engage in the practice and hold the undergirding belief, both of which create hooks for the Enemy. Let's look deeper.

Law of Attraction


Law of Attraction is the New Thought belief that a person can attract positive or negative experiences into their lives by holding a positive or negative thought in their mind that will attract or evoke (which means to call forth) a perceived “aligned” experience. In theory, positive thinking attracts positive experiences and negative thinking attracts negative experiences.

The basis of the belief centers upon the idea that people and thoughts are comprised of pure energy, an occultist/esoteric principle, and that through focusing on creating certain thought patterns, you can achieve various goals, mainly the perceived manifestation of health, wealth, or personal relationships. Energy (force, lifeforce, qi), in this context, is perceived as the impersonal substance of God, that can be channeled from the supernatural realm into the physical to imbue the practitioner with power to be leveraged to achieve goals in the physical world.

Belief in occult energy to be harnessed through the practice of the law of attraction is synonymous with the belief and practice of harnessing occult power (supernatural power from Satan). Law of Attraction practitioners believe that by training and leveraging their own thoughts, it is their own human potential that creates their reality or determines their status of health, wellness, and/or relationships.


This occultic spiritual belief was integrated into the Human Potential Movement (HPM) of the 1960s, which fuels the notion that people have a large amount of untapped potential within themselves, and through harnessing this potential can manifest happiness, creativity, and ultimate dream fulfillment. HPM was built upon the teachings of Abraham Maslow, a humanistic psychologist centered upon humans reaching their potential through self-actualization.

The height of potential was described as peak experiences, or euphoria, and states that the triggers of these experiences included “art, nature, sex, creative work, music, scientific knowledge, and introspection.” Peak experiences centered around altered states of consciousness and attempt to evoke euphoria, and truth was defined as your experience. HPM is based on Hindu philosophy and is fueled by transcendental meditation and drug culture.

Today, HPM, New Thought, and Law of Attraction have become normalized in American culture through social media, politics, higher education institutions, the entertainment and music industries, health and wellness cults (the wellness industrial complex), self-help industry, money cults, and the new age marketplace.


New Thought, or Higher Thought, is an occultic spiritual movement founded by the occultist Phineas Quimby in the early 1800s. The New Thought Movement (NTM) is based on historical philosophies including Ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Chinese, Taoist, Vedic, Hindu, and Buddhist cultures and beliefs. The core of this movement focuses on consciousness and the mind’s effect on the world around it.


This movement idolizes and falsely spiritualizes (i.e. espouses they have value for salvation) the systems of positive thinking, metaphysics, the law of attraction, healing, and personal power. NTM believes that the salvation of a person’s soul is contingent upon a belief in spiritual evolution, the belief that bases salvation upon how effectively you can train your thoughts to evoke positive, or high vibration, experiences.


New Thought teaches that God is an impersonal god, lifeforce energy, and a spirit that encompasses all things. It teaches that humans are inherently divine, with the potential to unlock that divinity from within by aligning their thoughts with positivity. Sickness is thought of as something that begins in the mind and can be prevented by positive thinking. Mental states are thoughts of as the principal power that fuels the person’s daily experience.

William James, a prominent psychologist, called New Thought the “mind cure movement” and identified the movement with three belief systems:

  • Transcendentalism: the belief that people are inherently good

  • Hinduism: the belief in universal order by an impersonal god

  • Spiritism: mediumship to access occult knowledge from the unseen realm

James claimed that the main characteristic of this movement held by the leaders and practitioners was the idea that healthy-minded attitudes held “all-saving power.”


Phineas Quimby founded the New Thought Movement in the early 1800s, which birthed the concept of the law of attraction. The law of attraction is a core principle in the NTM that places salvific value on the mind’s capacity to focus on positive thoughts and the efficacy of evoking perceived positive experiences or physical abundance.

Quimby was a mentalist or someone who claimed to have highly developed mental or intuitive abilities. In performances, some of the phenomena displayed included the appearance of “hypnosis, telepathy, clairvoyance, divination, precognition, psychokinesis, mediumship, and mind control.” Mentalism is a sub-classification of magic known as “mind magic.”

Although Quimby founded New Thought, these beliefs came from much older belief systems, known as occultism or occult art, that go all the way back to biblical times with seers and oracles.


Magic, an occult art, derives its name from the Sumerian root “imga” which means “deep” or “profound.” The origins of these beliefs and practices go back to the witches and warlocks of ancient Babylon.

The Magi, or what came to be known as magicians, were defined as occultists who received secret knowledge through gnosis, or the unlocking of hidden information through occult means.

The occult is a belief system centered upon revealing hidden knowledge and harnessing hidden power through mental and physical ritualistic practices fueled by Satanic signs and wonders. Occult means hidden or concealed and involves ritual, which includes three components: matter, form, and intention.

Satan draws people into the occult by the use of two interlaced systems that interact with each other.

  1. Light Occult: the deceptive shiny thing on the surface "Satan disguises himself as an angel of light"

  2. Dark Occult: the underlying dark occulted (hidden) reality that these forces to channel knowledge and/or power are from the elemental, Satanic, supernatural forces of the world that Satan offers to keep humans in bondage, and out of the Kingdom of God.

Satan tries to get humans to believe that through their own actions they can achieve salvation and sanctification, but really he is trapping them into systems of the world that lead

These are the main tenets of the occult arts:

  1. “interference with the usual course of physical nature by apparently inadequate means” (through incantations, mixing elements, or mysterious actions)

  2. The receiving of hidden knowledge or information invoked (called in) or evoked (called forth) by a universal force, believed to control the unseen realm

  3. Attempts to work miracles by harnessing unseen forces of the universe

  4. Instead of supplication to God, it leverages evocation (calling forth) and invocation (calling in) as a means to force the outcome the practitioner desires.


We’ve discussed LOA as a theory, and now we are going to move into discussing it as an actual practice, using examples. How is the law of attraction an occult art? Let’s break down the 4 main tenets of occultism and see how the law of attraction factors in.

Law of attraction as an occult practice:


LOA seeks to interfere with the usual course of physical nature through chanting or focusing on positive affirmations that say out loud, writing down, or meditating upon things that do not exist, with the intention to evoke these situations or experiences and inspire them into being through the use of human thought (and often meditative states or altered states of consciousness).


LOA practitioners believe that they can receive improvements to their mindset by invoking positivity or peak experiences and evoking positive tangible results in health, wealth, and relationships. This positivity is believed to be channeled by focused thoughts fueled by our own ability to maximize our own human potential. If you do not achieve the results you are invoking and evoking, the theory states it's because you are not focusing your mind hard enough and therefore you are the reason for any negative situations involving your health, wealth, and/or relationships. The theory would state any perceived negative circumstance is due to your own negative thoughts that attracted the results.


LOA espouses the idea that you can evoke miracles if you can align your thoughts and reality to the experience that you desire. There is great emphasis placed not only on thinking or willing but instead on becoming. The idea is that by raising your thoughts and vibration, you are aligning with this new reality. This is where the ideas of the field of infinite potentiality, quantum field, and universal consciousness enter in.

Even for the LOA practitioner who does not call it any of those things (perhaps a self-proclaimed Christian practitioner), they are invoking/evoking through the use of gnostic channeling to receive the ability to align with their human desires. They do this by opening up their minds to call in (invoke) the positive feelings that they intend or expect to call forth (evoke) a certain experience or outcome. This is witchcraft. Ritual is matter, form, and intention. The matter is the desire held by the practitioner. The form is the thought (sometimes referred to in LOA-speak as “thought form”) or spoken word that describes what is expected to be made manifest (invocation). The intention is the evocation of the said outcome by taking the desire and fueling it through invocation to manifest it into reality.


LOA does not utilize any form of Christian practice and is, in fact, antithetical to Church teachings. Christians are taught to present requests to God in supplication and that witchcraft is an abomination to the Lord. It is idolatry at its core.

What's Next?

Now that we have outlined the history and background of the Law of Attraction, we will move into giving cultural examples and break down the current effects of this destructive false narrative.

This is the first article in a series of articles where Spirit Sanctified staff writers share their experiences, perspectives, and commentary on Satan's lie of Law of Attraction. If at this point you aren't convinced that the Law of Attraction is normalized and dangerous, you are about to go through a journey. In this series, you will learn examples of just how infiltrated society is when it comes to this deceptive belief and practice.


About The Author

Teresa Yanaros, a degreed journalist with a passion for Jesus, has dedicated her life to investigating media, exposing occult lies, and driving home the truth of Christ. Earlier in her career, Teresa was a successful author who gave speeches and practical workshops across America, after publishing a book that investigated the phenomenon of modern American online spiritualism and attempted to reconcile her Roman Catholic roots with new-age practices. She then had a radical deliverance experience from the occult and now coaches Christians who left the new age to follow Jesus. With over 1M views on her YouTube channel, Teresa has impacted viewers across the world who seek to look deeper at spiritual warfare and how Satan deceives through occult traps in media. After going #newagetoJesus she attended seminary classes and continues to research, investigate, and share information about the new age deception, occult deliverance, spiritual warfare, and Christian theology.

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