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.

11 Comments
  1. Found another misattribution on fb this morning. (Are we enjoying our fiction?)

    It read: “The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. Those who walk alone are likely to find themselves in places no one has ever been before.”

    Please tell me Einstein was never so trite. You can find varieties of this quote everywhere on the internet, alternately beginning with “the one”, “the man” or “the woman”. (Hey — a quote is a quote… you can’t edit it, lol!)

    I did find this link, where these two sentences appear beneath a portrait alone, NO QUOTATION MARKS, the words of the blogger. Below it is an Einstein quote which according to WikiQuote.org comes from Mein Weltbild (1931).
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11688555@N07/5536389280/

    (The quote is: “My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a ‘lone traveler’ and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude.” – Albert Einstein)

    Did someone misattribute the unmarked paragraph above this quote also to Einstein? And then someone quoted the misquote, who quoted it (and changed it to man), who quoted it (and changed it to one)… who made a poster and put it on facebook?

    Folks, we don’t need to make this stuff up. We do not need to validate our thoughts by attributing them to a great mind.

    Einstein was brilliant in his brilliance.

    So are you.

  2. This is blowing up on facebook now. Someone on Physics Forum did some digging and tracked it down to a 1996 post by a man named Darryl Anka who claims to be channeling Bashar, “a being of extraterrestrial origin, a friend from the future”

    Not sure if I can post links in comments, but I’ll try.

    Original source of the fake Einstein quote:
    http://www.bashar.org/about/idesofmarch.html

    Physics Forum link:
    http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?p=3801014

  3. BTW, I strongly agree with the author of this website.

    “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.”

    There’s enough inspirational truth in the world, there’s no need for deception and lies. Shame on whoever is spreading these graphics around

  4. Thank you, Daria. I liberally quoted your article in response to a friend’s FB post of the ‘quote’ in question — could not have said it better myself. There’s no need to insult the intelligence of others in promoting one’s truth; it’s sloppy at best, and – as the many online responses here and elsewhere prove – detrimental to the flow of discussion.

    I also think it’s unnecessary for folks to get so angry about stuff like this, as some did in other discussions regarding this topic. The whole ‘eye for an eye’ (insult for insult) method used so often by otherwise clear-headed individuals is also detrimental to intelligent discussion (in my opinion). It truly is possible to disagree and state one’s own views without bashing those of others. It requires a little more thought, perhaps, to be civil when one feels strongly about the issue at hand, but I think it’s worth the effort to keep a free exchange of ideas and views from devolving into a battle between egos.

    Again, many thanks for providing the words I needed to convey my thoughts on this, Daria. You rock!

  5. Someone at some point on my friends list posted this quote they claimed belonged to Einstein. I saw it and immediately thought it was nonsense that he couldn’t possibly have said. I can’t find that post anymore or who posted it, but I said I would investigate it/have it investigated and here is the result:

    http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/05/16/everything-energy/

    So, yes, it’s apparently from Darryl Anka who claims to be channeling Bashar.

  6. I am so happy to read your awareness and concern. You might look into a facebook group called “Verify Before You Post” to connect with sources and others who want to stem the tide of misguided attributions. To quote one member of the group, “A false attribution weakens the quote, weakens your argument, weakens your reputation, and weakens the public opinion of what you are doing.” If you are interested, try:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/308137092589778/

    Thank you for being an advocate of truth.

  7. http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/05/16/everything-energy/ Seems it was written by a “psychic” named Darryl Anka.
    Your comment has also become the subject of a comment on the FB group, “Verify Source Before You Post.” I went back to the Quote Investigator and found the above information, as had the previous poster. However, it still gets mis-quoted online, mostly by New Age and other superstition-magic-psychic sites. They want to have someone smarter or with a solid reputation to reinforce their own beliefs. Einstein has an aura of absolute authority, so if he said it, it must be right and cannot be argued against.
    Thanks for making a point of this. Like you, I prefer accurate and correct quotes and attributions, and have posted numerous pieces on my blog about other mis-quotes at http://www.ianchadwick.com/blog

  8. I wonder if we are looking to pick at it as opposed to just getting the point. I KNEW it wasn’t Einstein and I assumed everyone else did too – its a wonder to suppose otherwise. I took it to mean the reference to frequency and energy and such that part – and moved on. It just isnt enough to get ruffled about – really. It isn’t.

    • Sadly, not everyone is as discerning as you are, Ina. Therefore we have created generally accepted standards, such as not lying about the source of a quote, or not making up quotes. 🙂

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