As someone spending quite a lot of time on the Internet in various spiritual communities and virtual subcultures, I couldn’t really avoid coming in contact with the Law of Attraction (LOA). This has sharpened my thoughts about reality, leading to (among other things) a post titled ‘The Truth is Simple, Not Simplistic.’
LOA is the McDonalds/Barbie of Spirituality… Using the Barbie analogy, the Tarot would be a lovingly crafted rag-doll and using the McDonalds analogy, the Tarot would be a nutritious home-cooked meal.
I’m wired to defend the underdog, and almost without exception, where there has been a LOA proponent, there has been judgement of someone who is already suffering in one way or another – mainly by stating:
You brought this on yourself by your negative thinking.
Really? A child who is sexually abused by her uncle brought it on herself? The person who has a deadly disease caused by industrial pollution is dying because of negative thinking?
I believe it’s impossible for a serious student of the Tarot to be suckered into the LOA way of thinking because the Tarot allows for truthful reflection rather than relying on false maxims.
The Tarot generates compassion with fellow human beings by pointing out 78 unavoidable commonalities, which include death, loss and suffering.
The Tarot takes into account the principle of fatedness (the Major Arcana) and helps us cope when circumstances beyond our control create change in our lives.
The Tarot, unlike LOA, makes us face our shadows and won’t let us get away with ‘spiritual bypass.’
The Tarot recognises healthy individuality and that we contribute in different but equally valuable ways (the 16 Court Cards and thousands of different types of decks), whereas LOA seems to produce carbon copies of the American Success ideal.
The Tarot provides a real, living and adaptable spiritual tool for growth and guidance with the ability for the adept to use the Tarot together with depth/transpersonal psychology. If the same can be said of the Law of Attraction, I have yet to see it – I see is delusion, avoidance of truth and spiritual bypass.
The Tarot reader (life coach?) will not pump up your ego to the point where you feel like the whole universe revolves around you – She will help you see that you are one strand in the great web of life, with each strand contributing equally. The Tarot reader serves as a divine messenger, whereas the LOA life coach is a diva, pumping out yet more divas.
The Tarot is a tool for transformation; LOA is a tool for bloating the ego.
What concerns me is what will happen to all the people who are getting suckered into ‘The Secret’ way of thinking and being. How will they handle a cancer diagnosis, a miscarriage or being laid off in spite of doing positive affirmations every day?
Who will support them and offer them the empathy and compassion they need then? I’m guessing it won’t be their LOA life coaches.
And how will they ever be able to face their own mortality?
Because in LOA-Land, nobody ever dies.