I realize this truism is tautological, and it’s been rendered down so far that it seems meaningless, yet it is something we repeat to one another in so many forms.
This idea has been central to the positive thought movement for well over a hundred years, with many different off-shoots, but all can be considered unified in regard to this particular idea: “our mental states are carried forward into manifestation and become our experience in daily living.”
The belief is that Somehow (and this is The Secret), our mental picture effects the world. This produces the “law of attraction,” whereby like attracts like, and our thoughts somehow manifest reality. This is the very foundation of what’s happened with Belle Gibson, as JR Hennesey explored on the Guardian today:
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Gibson needed to fake cancer, because the New Age narrative of transcending physical and spiritual sickness is so ingrained into its marketing.