Did Einstein invent the Law of Attraction?
Enjoying facebook yesterday, I found this poster. If you can’t see the visual, it says:
“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” ~Albert Einstein
Hmmm, Einstein? I doubt it.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love the sentiment. And I have been a huge fan of Einstein’s since high school, when I read his little 1916 book on Relativity (delightful little volume). The man invented the field of theoretical physics and innovated how we view the world.
Einstein looked at the world from a new perspective, one in which things were not fixed and stationery, as western science typically viewed the world. For instance, western science has said the hardest substance in the world is a diamond, while eastern philosophy names water as the hardest substance because over time it can eat away anything. Though this is changing, Western science has tended to take a snapshot view of things, dissected and frozen in time. (Physiology was such a great step forward from anatomy! )
Einstein moved us into understanding that perspective mattered, that the same thing can be validly, scientifically experienced differently from two viewpoints. It was radical.
So where did this Law of Attraction-sounding quote come from?
Granted, I am a lay person, a mere fan of Einstein and not a scholar. But, sorry, I don’t remember Einstein’s theories on the Law of Attraction. Attributing quotes about magical manifestation and subtle energy to Einstein is, in my opinion, going rawther overboard.
Therefore, I would like to see the source of this quote. Anyone have a footnote? (Please comment with your source. The source of the poster was not mentioned in the post, and I sincerely apologize to anyone who owns the copyright to it, please also comment with your information, too.)
This quote is not in wikiquotes, for instance: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Albert_einstein. (But the disputed and misattributed sections of Einstein’s page are enlightening.)
Why Am I Picking on This Quote?
I am not trying to be a party pooper here! On the contrary, I have been a student of energy healing, consciousness, intuition, manifestation and many other “soft subjects” for a decade and a half, if not my whole life.
But I am disturbed that we are relying on a fictional quote to inspire us, when the truth is so much stronger.
Share this inaccurate poster, and this quote can be debunked and used to debunk anything else you stand for, too. Why bother?
We don’t need fictional quotes.
We don’t need to induct Einstein into the New Age to make the New Age valid or “real”.
Einstein did worlds of good exactly as he was. And we can do good exactly the way we are, too. Those who are ready will recognize the truth in this quote, without the Einstein byline at the bottom. Let it go.
A false attribution weakens the quote, weakens your argument, weakens your reputation, and weakens the public opinion of what you are doing.
The truth is so much stronger.
The lesson here is this: check your sources before you post. Even if you LOVE the sentiment, make sure you are accurate. (For example, in my first book, Gift of the Healer, I even use a quote often misattributed to Einstein, but I note its vague source.)
The Truth is all you need. It is the only thing that sets you free.