In my quest to find the truth I went through a phase where I looked down on anything I didn't deem rational or had obvious logical flaws or lack of evidence to support it. New Age material was especially frustrating for me because it seemed like people were believing things they wanted to believe, and they were relying on emotions, wishes, and imagination more than facts.
It made it hard for me to digest the ideas or get into constructive discussions with advocates of New Age thinking.
I've since made a shift in my attitude towards ideas. Rather than focus on the question: "Is it true?" I also think: "Is it useful?"
An idea doesn't have to be true for it to be useful.
The tortoise doesn't really need to have an actual race with the hare for us to learn a lesson from the story. It's not even about the tortoise and the hare in the first place. These characters are representative of human attitudes, which is what makes the story so relatable. The same applies for all fables.
I recently finished listening to The Vortex by Esther Hicks, which explains the law of attraction. The basic idea behind the law of attraction is that your thoughts attract the experiences you have in your life.
I don't necessarily buy into the idea that there is a direct cosmic connection between thoughts and experiences. Even if everything in the world has vibrations on an atomic level, this doesn't mean that it responds to the vibration of our brain waves. In fact, the previous sentence sounds scientific, but I have no clue what I just said. I don't know the nature of these vibrations to make any sense of it. But law of attraction advocates make it seem like they understand the scientific nature of these vibrations in order to explain the law of attraction, when, I suspect, the vast majority of them have an extremely basic understanding - and appreciation - of science.
What I would say is that the idea of the law of attraction can be beneficial... and destructive (as with the case of all useful ideas and technologies being both a blessing and a curse).
My experiences, and the experiences of others that I've observed, have taught me that our thinking can get in the way of our success. We tell ourselves something can't be done and that inhibits us from even trying.
What I value and appreciate about the idea of the law of attraction is that it enables us to get out of our own way and to focus on cultivating a positive mental attitude that anticipates success so we don't end up sabotaging our efforts ourselves.
Ideas can be useful without necessarily being true.
What ideas do you disagree with or doubt, but also find to be beneficial?