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The Law of Attraction:
Reconciling “Opposites Attract” with “Like Attracts Like”

By Evette Gardner
September 2011


There’s an axiom I’d gamble to say you’ve probably heard at least once or twice before --"opposites attract.” This is not just an old hand-me-down expression. This particular adage is actually backed by scientific observation. Anyone who’s ever gone through middle school science has learned about the properties of magnets. We’ve all done the experiments designed to teach us that every magnet has two poles -- a positive pole and a negative pole. Place two magnets in close proximity to each other and something interesting happens. If two like poles of each magnet (the negative and the negative or the positive and the positive) are oriented towards each other, the magnets repel from one another. On the flip side, if the opposite poles of each magnet (the negative and the positive) are oriented towards each other, the magnets attract one another. Hence opposites attract. It’s not just an old expression, its basic scientific law.

I’m sure you’ve heard this expression at least once or twice before as well -- “birds of a feather flock together.” It’s another way of saying “like attracts like.” It is this principle, which restated says “that which is like unto itself is drawn,” that the law of attraction is based on. Upon passing glance it may seem like this adage, “like attracts like,” flies directly in the face of the scientific law “opposites attract.” In actuality however, the two principles compliment each other very well. They are two pieces of one overall truth. To understand how this is possible you have to develop an understanding of what opposites really are.

The World Book Dictionary defines “opposite” as “different in direction as can be; contrary.” But opposites, while contrary in degree, are always like in kind. Only two related or corresponding things can be opposites. For example, the opposite of big is small. Big and small both refer to relative degrees of size. They are like qualities. It would not be true to say, for instance, that the opposite of big is low because the quality of big and the quality of low do not directly relate to one another. This concept of what opposites really are is summed up quite nicely in the book “The Kybalion: The Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece” by the “Three Initiates.” In part the explanation goes “like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree.” In the Kybalion this is referred to as the “Principle of Polarity.” Take the example of hot and cold, for instance. Even with the aid of a thermometer it is impossible to identify the point where heat ceases and cold begins. It’s all just a relative degree of one overall thing -- temperature. Run this experiment with any pair of opposites -- light and dark, east and west, soft and hard, and so on. There is no way to distinguish the exact point where one property ceases and its opposite begins because it’s all the same thing, it’s just different and extreme degrees of that one thing.

Once this deeper understanding of the nature of opposites is grasped you come to realize that when opposites attract what’s truly being attracted is simply a different degree of itself. So you see both statements -- “opposites attract” and “like attracts like” -- really are just two pieces of one overall truth.

In applying this understanding to the law of attraction, your mental creations (your thoughts) attract your physical experiences because the mental plane is really just a higher degree of the physical plane. As the famous psychic Edgar Cayce used to repeatedly profess, “Thoughts are things.” They are a higher degree of materiality.

Consider this excerpt from the book “Fourteen Lessons in Yogi Philosophy and Oriental Occultism” written by Yogi Ramacharaka in 1903:

We wish the student to particularly understand that when we say "Thoughts are Things," we are not using the words in a figurative sense or in a fanciful way, but that we are expressing a literal truth. We mean that thought is as much a "thing" as is light, heat, electricity, or similar forms of manifestations. Thought can be seen by the psychic sight; can be felt by the sensitive; and, if the proper instruments were in existence, could be weighed… It is like a thin vapor (the degree of density varying), and is just as real as the air around us…

It may be necessary for you to fix this fact in your minds by picturing the mind as sending forth thought emanations… think of thought emanations as akin to the steam being projected from a boiling tea kettle.


Modern day science does not back up this assertion about the nature of thought. But then modern science has yet to fully delve in and explore the question of what exactly the nature of thought is. So this statement, “thoughts are things” can reasonably be regarded as a working hypothesis.

You attract to your life experience people and situations that provide you with the opportunity to manifest your thoughts in action. You attract to your life experience physical expressions that figuratively embody your mental conceptions.

Think of your thoughts as the positive end of a magnet, and physical manifestation as the negative end of a magnet. Your physical reality is just a lower vibration of your mental reality. And reality, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. It’s a relative thing. We all experience life in different ways. Your reality is somewhat different than my reality, his reality and her reality because we all create our own experiences in life based on how we choose to perceive life. Reality, in one respect, is subjective. It’s dependent upon the person thinking as opposed to the thing being thought of. In other words, your reality is what you make of it.

Sometimes people will argue, “…I’m only telling you what-is. I’m only facing the reality of the situation.” And we say that you were taught to face reality before you knew you were creating reality… do not face reality unless it is a reality you want to create – for any “reality” only exists because someone has focused it into being. Someone will say, “But this is a true thing, and therefore it deserves my attention.” And we say that you make whatever you give your attention to… your Truth. (1)

The Law of Attraction is always at work. Your life is influenced by your individual state of mind. So think good feeling thoughts.


(1) Hicks, Ester and Jerry (2004). “Ask And It Is Given.” Carlsbad, CA: Hay House


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