Where is the Law of Attraction Coming From? (History of the LoA)

By Mia Fox

Author, Money Mindset & Manifestation Coach

Most people know the Law of Attraction, or the whole concept of manifesting, from the book or movie "The Secret" and therefore many believe that the LoA is a modern creation. But that's not true. For this reason I wanted to clear up this misunderstanding, with an insight into the history of the law of attraction.

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So Where is the Law of Attraction Coming from? The Law of Attraction, is in fact, way more than a hundred years old.  And not a modern creation at all. 

Learn in this LoA history lesson, that the concept of the Law of Attraction as well as “orders at the universe” or manifesting what you desire is not a new thing and much older than "The Secret".

How old is the Law of Attraction Really

The Law of Attraction is most probably older than most of you reading this. And for the rest; congratulations! Please send me your life's secret! Ordering from the universe seems to work quite well for you!

With the Law of Attraction,  it is the same as with every other big discovery. It has been around forever, but it needed some time to be established and even to become mainstream.

We are in a time, where the concept of “you create your own reality” is just before its absolute breakthrough. In a few years from now, it will be part of all of our lives, and it will sound weird, that there was a time when we didn’t know (much) about it.

The Law of Attraction will probably have the same standing as the law of gravity or the fact that the world is round.

But for now, let's have a look when the world actually started to recognize this wonderful concept.

The LOA is not new to you, but you struggle with the fact, that this whole manifestation thing is not working for you? Then Read this post here, the no BS Guide to the Secret - How the Law of Attraction Finally Works for You!


The term Law of Attraction first originated in 1906 when author and publisher William Walker Atkinson released his new thought movement book: “Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World” , here you can listen to the full audio book:

Or you can read it here for free.

He was brave enough to use the term “vibration” (a very scary word for any other author to use or understand back then). His work introduced the concepts of thought, energy, vibration, and manifestation in a comprehensive and detailed manner.

He also was the first to explain the importance and power of Love to manifest desires (sometimes in a rather humorous manner: “…so love but one thing at a time – don’t be a mental Mormon”).


In 1910 Wallace Delois Wattles published his famous book “The Science of Getting Rich.

Here you can listen to the audio book:

Wallace D. Wattles explained the creative role of thought in the manifestation process and further elaborated over the universal role of energy as “stuff from which all things are made.”

Wallace D. Wattles was the first to dedicate a sole chapter to the concept of Gratitude as a tool to support the practitioner’s manifestation work. As he explained: ” the riches they receive will be in exact proportion to the definiteness of their vision, the fixity of their purpose, the steadiness of their faith, and the depth of their gratitude.


In 1928 Napoleon Hill published his work “The Law of Success in 16 Lessons” which used the term “Law of Attraction” very frequently.

The most famous work of Napoleon Hill, “Think and Grow Rich”, was first published in 1937 and later to become one of the world’s best selling book.

His work, “Think and Grow Rich,” was surrounded by some mysteries, such as the promise of Napoleon Hill to disclose “the real secret” to success which never was actually disclosed leading to miscellaneous speculations.


One of the most significant sources of inspirational and informative materials on the subject of Law of Attraction is the work of Jerry and Esther Hicks.

In 1986 Esther Hicks began channeling the messages from the group of non-physical beings that were given a name “Abraham”.

While this experience was initially very shocking for Esther – the process attracted lots of interest from her husband Jerry, and soon, with Jerry’s support, Esther and Jerry began giving channeling workshops to ever-growing groups of people.

These works are summarized as “The Teachings of Abraham” and up until the present day, even after Jerry Hicks passed away in 2011, Esther continues to give workshops and seminars where she channels Abraham’s answers to any questions people are asking.

Another exciting development on this subject was the channeled message from Abraham, where the non-physical presence of Napoleon Hill disclosed that the word “vibration” had to be taken from earlier publications of his book due to publisher’s fear that such term won’t be accepted, would prevent sales and was outright scary for most readers at the time.


Even though the work of Esther and Jerry Hicks was very popular, there was still some skepticism. Especially the fact that Esther spoke through a group of non-physical beings made it difficult to make the commercial breakthrough.

Even if Esther and Jerry Hicks's work is a little too difficult for you to grasp and you have difficulty with the fact that non-physical "beings" speak through them, I think their books are outstanding. If you really want to learn how to use the LOA in everyday life, I would read their books.

I actually don't buy into the esoteric new age stuff, that's just not me. I'm very facts oriented. But I have read most of the books, Esther and Jerry Hicks wrote and had to say they are great material.

Fast forward to 2006 when the movie The Secret was taking over the world by storm and propelling The Law of Attraction to become a household discussion subject for tens of millions people worldwide.

Rhonda Byrne shared the fact, that “The Science of Getting Rich” book by Wallace Wattles served as her inspiration for the film. The movie was sequenced as a series of interviews given by well-known authors, inspirations speakers, teachers and “visionaries”.

The messages delivered by “The Secret” are loud and clear:

  • Thoughts create things.
  • Positive emotional attitudes are helpful, and necessary to manifest desires.
  • Believe in achieving and you will achieve.

Here the official Trailer of The Secret Movie, in case the Secret is new to you:


Although I believe that the movie “The Secret” teaches you many important points, I have learned a lot over the years when it comes to the Law of Attraction, and I believe that the basic idea of the Secret book is very good, but that some important components are missing.

In this article How the Law of Attraction Finally Works (No Bs Guide to the Secret), I will deal with these points and show you how to use the Law of Attraction in practice to finally be successful.

P.S. when you are looking for some new books on the Loa & Manifesting, check out my new book, Become the CEO of Your Dream Life - a practical manifesting guide for women!


Mia Fox
Author, Certified Transformational Trainer, NLP & Mindset Coach

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