Originally Posted by Acting Like Godot
Yes, approximately 330,000,000 different selves. People often think that there are many gods in Hinduism, but actually what Hinduism says is that God (or Brahman) is so complex that it expresses itself through 330,000,000 different gods.
ALG, I agree that LoA can trace its roots back to pantheism, hinduism etc.
However, it is integrally tied up with solipsism and SR as well.
From what I have read about it over the last couple of years, the general gist is - I create my own reality, not just my lifestyle and current situation, but all of the physical stuff as well. Only my consciousness exists and everything I perceive is contained within my consciousness. Everything in my consciousness is created by me. There is nothing outside of it, and I can create anything I like. My thoughts and beliefs create everything.
Therefore, there is no external reality to myself. There are no 'others' who experience different realities.
LoA hinges on this, that is why it seems so easy to explain just about anything - whatever happens, whether you consider it wanted or unwanted - well, you've created/attracted it. It's all happening within your consciousness. There is no objective reality. You create the lot.
However, you can only argue that it 'works' if you already believe in those concepts of solipsism and SR. It is a recursive, self-validating belief: I believe it works because I believe everything is a result of my belief. It doesn't really prove anything beyond its own, limited, ring-fenced logic.
If you agree with my summary so far, perhaps you can kindly explain the following?
If I believe the moon is made of cheese, does it turn into cheese? If I then change my mind and decide it's made of chocolate, does it turn into chocolate?
A few hundred years ago, most people in the Western world believed the world was flat. Did the world literally become flat as a result of that belief?
And then later, when more and more people believed it was actually round, did the world start changing shape, from being flat to being round?