Is there a conflict between what Mormons believe and the principles of the law of attraction? This question is easy for me to answer because; I believe that not only is there no conflict between the two, but they are actually the same thing, just expressed differently.
For example, in her classic law of attraction book, Sorry, Your Life Is Waiting, author Lynn Grabhorn says that the way to attract anything into your life is to identify what you want and then visualize what you want. it would feel that way if you already had it. The Mormon Church, like all other Christian churches, teaches that God will bless us with the desires of our hearts if we ask in faith. So whether you call it faith or feeling, it doesn’t really matter, does it?
I like to compare the teachings of Mormonism to the principles of the law of attraction; for a clearer understanding of one leads to a better understanding of the other. For example, a common misconception about the law of attraction is that you just have to feel good and suddenly everything you want will appear. But a key component of the law of attraction is to “act” like you already have what you want. This is perhaps best explained by the book Mormons like to quote that says, “faith without works is dead.” Acting on inspiration is both a biblical principle and part of the law of attraction.
My favorite Biblical example of Christ teaching people to “act as if” is the story of the leapers who called out to Christ and asked Him to heal them. His instructions to them were to go and show themselves to the chief priests. Why? Because it was the custom of the time that when someone recovered from a serious illness, the high priest had to confirm him as “clean” before returning to the community with a loud voice. So Christ was telling the leapers to go ahead and do what they were going to do if they were healed. He told them that “they seem to have recovered”. They took action and recovered.
I am a life coach specializing in the law of attraction; I am also a practicing Mormon. And I realized that my religion helps me a lot as a life coach. One thing Mormons teach is that time is almost meaningless to God. Think about it, if God knows everything that has ever happened and everything that will ever happen, surely the concept of “time” changes.
And playing with “time” is one of the best ways I know to apply the principles of the law of attraction. It worked wonders with a client I worked with who was so stressed by a major crisis in her life that it made her physically ill. He could not see HOW this crisis could be resolved. I told him that I also did not know HOW the crisis would be resolved, but I was sure that it would be resolved in time. So I asked him if he could travel 2 weeks into the future and imagine what it would feel like to have the problem completely solved. That didn’t work for him, so he asked if he could go 2 YEARS into the future! And when he imagines himself 2 years into the future, he says he feels completely at ease. I told her to focus on this feeling and trust (or believe) that the feeling of peace will manifest itself in reality. And within 2 weeks everything was resolved and he was really comfortable.
So in this example, this woman created a solution to her problem? Or did God give him what he needed? Or maybe God has blessed him with the ability to create what he needs in his life. And maybe that’s why some people have a hard time reconciling Mormonism (or any religion) with the law of attraction. Perhaps some people feel that the fact that the law of attraction teaches that WE attract what we want into our lives leaves God out of the process. I absolutely do not believe this will be the case. I believe that by blessing us with an understanding of the law of attraction, God is simply teaching us how to become more like it. When our lives turn out exactly as we designed them, does God really care if he gets all the credit?