Did you know that the law of attraction is rooted in quantum science?

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The law of attraction states that the energy we send into the universe will come back to us. Contrary to popular belief, the law of attraction is not just a spiritual theory – but a tenet of modern physics. In fact, it is known as Newtons’ third law of motion in the scientific community.

The science behind Newtons’ law of motion

Newtons’ third law states that “every action leads to an opposite and equal reaction”.  So, if a particle moves through space in direction X, there will be an equal energetic force in the direction opposite of X.

For example, when you push off the wall of a swimming pool, you exert a force on the wall, and the wall pushes back at you, which allows you to move forward. If there wasn’t an equal force holding the wall in place, it would just crumble under the pressure of your feet. The same principle applies to a helicopter. Its propellers force the air down – allowing the helicopter to move up.

Physicists have primarily applied the law of motion at the level of individual particles and physical objects. However, Newton’s third law is a law of energy – and according to quantum physics, energy can look like a particle or a wave.

Thus, the law of motion should apply to both particles and waves. That means the law of motion should not only apply to protons, people, and other objects but also light, electromagnetic waves and other wave-like energy forms.

What other, wave-like energy is there?

Wave-like energy also includes thoughts and emotions.


Well, thoughts are transmitted via the firing of neurons in the brain. Neurons use electrical impulses to communicate with each other, and these electrical impulses can be mapped as waves. Assuming that an emotion is a high-energy cluster of thoughts, the same must be true. But even if we consider emotions to be different from thoughts, they are at, the very least, an energy form. (In fact, the word “emotion” is a concatenation of “energy” and “motion”).

As Newton’s law applies to all forms of energy – including particles and waves – we can confidently say that it should apply to thoughts and emotions. And this means that it is identical to the law of attraction. Physicists – who study particulate matter – just use a different name for the same principle than spiritual and metaphysical researchers.

The 3 levels of manifestation: actions, thoughts and emotions

So, the law of attraction is Newton’s law applied to invisible wave energy. But how does this wave-like energy manifest?

Level 1: The power of actions

Before we look at the manifestation of actions, let me ask you a question: have you noticed that people respect you when you are polite as well?

If not, next time you leave the house: smile at the first person you see in the streets. Then watch what happens. There’s a good chance they’ll look at you and smile back. Even something as small as a smile tends to be reciprocated.

Of course, larger actions create a reaction too. If you give someone a gift, you might get a gift in return. And if you help a good friend to find their next job, you may get help from others in your career too. So, each causes an opposite and equal reaction. But what about thoughts?

Level 2: Thoughts

Do you remember the last time you sat down to think about a problem in your business? Maybe you were considering a new strategy, or choosing what marketing channels to use for your brand.  And in doing so, you went through different options in your mind.

As you considered each option, one thought created a swarm of related thoughts, just like a raindrop falling in a puddle creates an expansive wave. While the wave in a puddle disappears at the fringes, thoughts can turn into strong, firm beliefs in a self-reinforcing loop. Unlike the puddle, thoughts don’t (usually) have constraints that stop them from growing over time.

But this is just one way in which thoughts manifest. An equally common pattern is that you think about a particular topic, and then you attract people or objects related to that topic.

Like when you think about going on holiday to France, and then you find a travel brochure in the mail. Or when you have an idea for a new email funnel but worry about the execution – and a good friend reaches out with an introduction to their favourite email marketing specialist. That’s another way that mental energy can manifest.

Emotions: blazing fire or a fresh breeze?

Aside from actions and thoughts, the law of attraction also works at the level of your emotions. Just think back to when you shouted at someone in anger. How did they respond?

Maybe they shouted back, insulted you or even threatened you. In any case, they probably sent your anger right back to you. Now that you think about it, can you see how your anger took hold of another person, and was then reflected and directed back at you?

That’s the law of attraction on an emotional level. And of course, it works for both negative and positive emotions – laughter can be just as contagious as anger or fear. 

The law of attraction and the time factor

But what about the times where the law of attraction doesn’t work? When you shouted at your friend and he stayed calm as a breeze? Or when you tried to manifest something, but didn’t get the results you asked for?

Well, one factor we need consider is time. After all, particles and waves only exist in a certain position at a certain point in time. So, while reciprocity consistently holds true, the reaction that follows from an action need not be instantaneous.

Instead, thoughts, emotions and actions can take seconds, hours, days or even years to manifest.

But how quickly can things manifest?

To answer this, it helps to think of a large pendulum. When you push a pendulum hard, it will quickly swing to one side, and be just as quick to bounce back. So, a high amount of energy in one direction, leads to high speed in both directions. Whereas if you give the pendulum just a gentle push, the swing is much less pronounced and much slower.

So, we can infer that:

The time difference between an action and the corresponding reaction depends on the energy that started the initial action. The higher the initial energy, the faster the reaction.

But if we accept that such a time difference exists, we also accept that we have actions, thoughts and emotions of which the reaction has yet to manifest. And then the question comes up:

Where is energy that has not yet been manifested?

The mountain of ‘not yet reciprocated’ energy is what we call karma. Karma is essentially a pile of all the causes that we have constructed whose effects have not yet fully materialised.

This energy exists as a future probability, as a charge in individual waves and particles that has yet to manifest. It is quite similar to potential energy – which you get when you compress a spring – in that manifests as soon as the (environmental) conditions allow it.

This means that the energy level must be high enough to overpower all other forms of energy that oppose its manifestation.

The law of attraction: do thoughts, emotions and actions mix?

Obviously, thoughts reciprocate thoughts, emotions reciprocate emotions and actions lead to reactions. But do these spheres interact?

Well let’s step back and look at the science. According to the quantum theory of light, a wave of light can be thought of as a stream of particles, called photons. These photons can cause sound when they hit on a physical object (this is known as local excitation of matter). The sound arises as the energy from the photons is transferred to the object they collide with.

Similarly, sound waves can create light when travelling through a liquid. In a process known as sonoluminescence, the water is divided into high- and low-pressure regions, in which bubbles form and collapse. The extreme conditions inside collapsing bubbles can excite molecules within those bubbles, which then release energy in the form of light.

By inference, the same should be true for thoughts, emotions and actions. If a thought collides with or experiences resistance from another form of energy it may be transformed into an emotion or action. And similarly, an emotion can be transformed into a thought or an action, and action into a thought or emotion.

Energy prefers to stay on its natural frequency

In general, though, each type of energy will persist (and hence be reciprocated) on its existing frequency first and foremost – unless the energy level is so high that the change of energy form is the natural consequence.

For example, if you are lost in thoughts, each thought will primarily bring about more thoughts, and it is only when those thoughts become sufficiently dense, that you will have some emotion related to those thoughts.

Or if you are playing tennis, your primary focus will be on the movements in the game, and it is only when there is a change in circumstances (e.g. a point being made, or a break), that you respond emotionally to the score, or take some time to think about your next serve.

As the law of attraction works most strongly on the its natural frequency, this usually means:

  • Think a certain thought, and you think more of them. Think a certain thought, and you meet someone who thinks like you.
  • Feel a certain way – meet someone who feels just like you
  • Go to work (in the morning) – go the same way home (in the evening)

That said, the law of attraction works at the level of energy – and that energy is, theoretically, free to assemble in any form. So only the energy that we send out must be reciprocated, not necessarily the form.

This is why if you throw a snowball at someone in winter, they don’t have to throw that same snowball back, but can create their own. They are reciprocating the energy without having to use the exact same particles of snow that you used.

If you liked this article about the law of attraction, you might also enjoy reading more about how it can be applied in marketing and copywriting .

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