The Law of Attraction and Chronic Illness – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck


I’m a big fan of the infamous book and documentary film, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. However, there were some parts of it that I just could not wrap my head around. How could a group of thousands of people, for example, “attract” such horrific events such as 9/11 or the Newtown shootings?  How could an infant attract to themselves a terminal illness that was present at birth? How could a large portion of the population attract to themselves chronic illness or disability? No one would think illness into existence, would they?

Sure, if you delve further into the study of The Secret, you’ll find explanations that answer these questions, some almost logically so. But, I have a different take on the law of attraction as it relates to health and chronic illness.

First, let me say: the reality is that, sometimes, people do attract illness to themselves. An obvious example would be a smoker who gets lung cancer, or a morbidly obese person who has diabetes or clogged arteries. An NFL athlete can attract a shoulder injury or a concussion, and may have to suffer the results throughout his or her life. A person who uses drugs could use a contaminated needle and contract HIV. Heck, even sharing a drink with someone who has a cold is a surefire way to attract illness to oneself. So, yes, there are examples where, I suppose, the law of attraction could attract illness our way. I believe that is indisputable, and obvious.

But what about the cases where there is no explanation? A baby who has cancer? A toddler who gets juvenile arthritis? Did they attract illness to themselves? No, of course not. And the vast majority of us did not bring these illnesses upon ourselves, either.

However, that doesn’t mean that we are freed of the responsibility to cultivate a positive mindset and use the law of attraction to better our own lives. In fact, I think this means that we have to focus on it even harder. This is because I do believe that we can worsen our health situation, and that we can truly attract negativity to ourselves. I think that we can sometimes attract more health issues to ourselves by focusing upon the wrong things. Being diagnosed with a chronic illness doesn’t always have to create a snowball effect … and even if it does, it’s up to us how we choose to react to it.

For example, if we only focus on our pain and live from a place of fear, never exercising, we will almost certainly worsen our conditions. (“Use it or lose it,” is a truth, and nowadays, most doctors will agree that movement equals medicine.)  But if you focus on the mindset that you “can’t do it,” guess what? You’re attracting that truth to yourself. If you don’t believe you can, you never will. So if you continually think that you can’t do something, and you continually say that you can’t do something, then you are breathing life and truth into that notion. And guess what? You WON’T be able to do it. (Especially if you never try!)

If you’re only focusing on the negative all the time, you’re sure to attract more negative situations your way. Whereas, if you’re continually positive, you may attract positivity your way. If nothing else, it can’t hurt … whereas being negative all the time certainly can.

In fact, a negative mindset can weaken our immune system, cause depression, and slow the metabolism. So, sure, we didn’t attract RA (or lupus, or whatever) to ourselves to begin with. But, through the law of attraction, could a negative mindset be making it worse? I firmly believe that the answer is yes, and some scientific and medical studies will even show the physical impact that a positive versus a negative attitude can have on our health and our bodies.

So try to focus on choosing positivity, and you’ll likely see that more positive things will come your way. If nothing else, you’ll be a more pleasant and enjoyable person to be around, attracting more positive feelings from others. (And what better to help us through our bouts with illness and pain than the loving support and positivity that we feel from those around us?)

If you focus on problems, problems multiply. And the truth is, most of us have enough problems to deal with, so why cultivate more? Instead, harvest kindness, reap positivity, and you’ll sow the rewards of a more positive you that attracts good things into your life, and the lives of others.

A website that focuses on the study of The Secret has this to say: “… you must begin by releasing negative thoughts of the disease and replacing them with positive thoughts of wellness.

When a person has consistent negative thoughts their body will be further affected with the progressing manifestation of disease.  When you have happy and positive thoughts, disease cannot thrive as well in your body and you will experience greater health and beauty.

Stress, anxiety, and fearful thoughts break down the body’s natural immune system and causes disease to more thoroughly manifest in the body.  Have you ever noticed that people who live in fear of attracting diseases are the people who typically manifest them?

The body responds to thoughts that are impressed upon it from the subconscious mind. That’s why it is important to focus your thoughts on thoughts of positivity, love, happiness, abundance and prosperity to keep your body from harboring disease.

If you have already manifested a disease or illness; you will first need to let go of the attention to the problem, because if you continue to focus on it you will create more of it.”

I do agree that when all we think about and talk about is our health (or lack thereof,) that it can have a very negative effect on our physical, mental, and emotional life, and can thus diminish our quality of life. I’ve also seen enough research to know that optimism and positivity are good for our overall health: mind, body, and spirit. But, like anything, there are exceptions to every rule, and as we know, sometimes a positive attitude just isn’t enough!

“Even when using health and law of attraction, medicine still has its place. Dr. Demartini from The Secret stated: ‘If you are suffering from an acute situation that can bring death or harm to you then medicine is a wise thing to do while you experience what the mind is about.  So you don’t want to negate medicine, because every form of healing has its place. Healing through the mind can work harmoniously with medicine.  If pain is involved, then medicine can help to eliminate that pain, which then allow the person to be able to focus with great force on health.” With health and law of attraction, ‘Thinking perfect health is something anybody can do privately within themselves no matter what is happening around them,’ says Dr. Demartini.”

Tell us: have you ever saw the Law of Attraction at work in your life? Do you believe that your thoughts can have an effect on your health, good or bad? Have you ever used positive affirmations of good health to help you cope with your chronic illness? Please feel free to leave a comment and share your story.

Be Well,

Ashley Boynes-Shuck


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4 thoughts on “The Law of Attraction and Chronic Illness – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

  1. Wow, this is a very complex topic to try to cover in one article–much less a simple comment in response.

    I completely support your use of the Law of Attraction and being upbeat, focusing on the positive, as a way to attract improved health in your life. You are absolutely right that whatever hand we are dealt in life, we can attract more positive or more “negative” because of our attitude. That is the Law of Attraction in a nutshell.

    When we manifest illness or injury it may because we engaged in behaviors that contribute to the disease, it may be that we have a genetic propensity towards the illness, or it may be that our attitude and vibration are the main reason for our illness.

    We cannot instantly undo an illness with positive thinking any more than an obese person can think happy thoughts and wake up slender in the morning. But by applying the Law of Attraction on a regular basis we CAN, over time, reduce pain, drop excess pounds, and even improve our health.

  2. Nice article, an interesting take on one of my favorite subjects. I agree with Sharon that this is a very meaty topic to cover in one comment. I’ll be brief. My understanding of the law of attraction falls more in the realm (not entirely) of the power of thought. I think if you are a very upbeat positive person who ocuupies their mind with good, loving, productive thoughts you will greatly reduce the chance of manifesting the negative. This negative could be in the form of health, relationship and financial issues. It seems to me that a large number of unhealthy activities are an offspring of unfruitful, negative and unproductive thinking. Your outer world is created by your inner world and your inner world is governed by thought(sub conscious mind).

  3. Ok. My brother and I both have genetic/ autoimmune Ankylosing Spondylitis and we brought this on ourselves? I am in pain everyday and that too is my fault? I seek treatment and that is drawing the illness to me? This really pisses me off. I believe in the mind-body connection, but not this law of “ blame yourself “. I have a friend that preaches this bullshit and it only makes me feel worse that she is judging and blaming me. PS. She is broke and always complains about money. She also complains about seriously bad relationships with men. Law of Attraction? It has to apply to all or none. This person and I are no longer speaking because she crossed a line with me and when I pointed out her one sided judgment point of view she got nasty. Meanwhile I have been listening to her preach this LOA crap for a year and I have held my tongue. She doesn’t believe in genetics. Explain this to my friend whose grandson has cystic fibrosis. Pfft.

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