Imagine if you had the power to change your reality simply by changing your thoughts and feelings. That is exactly what is possible through the process of manifestation.
Manifestation is an ability that each of us possesses. In fact, whether you realize it or not, you are manifesting your reality all of the time.
Many people mix up these two laws. On the surface, they appear similar. This post will explain exactly what each of them states and how they differ from one another.
What is the Law of Assumption?
The Law of Assumption is expressed in the teachings of Neville Goddard. He said, “Stop believing in God and start believing as God.”
Like the Law of Attraction, the Law of Assumption states that our thoughts and feelings create our realities. But the Law of Assumption says that if you assume you already live in your desired reality, it must “harden into fact.”
What is the Law of Attraction?
The Law of Attraction states, “like attracts like.” What you focus on is drawn to you. So, if you think positive thoughts, then you will attract positive realities. If you think negative thoughts, you will experience negative events.
Most people are familiar with the Law of Attraction, as it has been very popular for many years now. You may be less familiar with the Law of Assumption, though, in recent years, it has gained traction.
Law of Assumption vs Law of Attraction: 4 Chief Differences
Practitioners of the Law of Assumption and the Law of Attraction debate whether they are two different ways of modelling the same truth or if they are fundamentally different.
However you choose to look at it, let’s go over the key differences expressed by these universal laws.
1. Your relationship with the Universe
The first and most fundamental difference between the Law of Assumption vs Law of Attraction concerns identity and duality.
The Law of Attraction views you and the Universe as separate. You are part of the Universe, but you are not the entire Universe. You attract separate things to you through your positive vibes, intentional thoughts and trust in the Universe.
In contrast, the Law of Assumption says that you are the Universe/God. You are not separate from what you desire to manifest.
2. Free will
Since the Law of Assumption is based on the idea that nothing exists outside you, it recognizes the existence of your free will. But it does not recognize the idea that other entities might have different desires than you do.
The Law of Attraction, on the other hand, sees the things you want as separate from you with their own individual wills.
That said, both of these universal laws are harmonious visions of the Universe. Both ultimately state that if what you want to manifest in your life is your true will, nothing outside of you is going to clash with that.
Through the Law of Assumption, you are manifesting another facet of yourself. Through the Law of Attraction, you are attracting something “like” that shares your will.
3. Present vs. future tense
Usually, Law of Assumption and Law of Attraction practitioners state their manifestations as affirmations in the present tense, i.e. “I am ____” or “I have ____.”
Nonetheless, there is definitely more of an emphasis on your desired reality being your present reality when using the Law of Assumption to manifest.
The Law of Attraction recognizes the separation between you and the objects of your desire. It also sometimes recognizes a separation between the present and the future.
You might write a manifestation like “I am manifesting ____” with the Law of Attraction. But you likely would not with the Law of Assumption.
The statement is in the present tense but still is suggestive of the future. Instead, with the Law of Assumption, you would state, “I have manifested _____.”
One more difference between the Law of Assumption and the Law of Attraction concerns “vibes.”
To use the Law of Attraction to manifest your desire, you are supposed to raise your vibrational energy to that of what you want to attract. To attract positive things, you need to have positive thoughts, emotions and energy at all times.
The Law of Assumption does not put an emphasis on positive vibes. Even with positive outcomes, you are likely to feel a range of emotions living in your ideal reality.
So long as you assume your desire is already real, you can feel whatever you want. What you assume to be true will manifest.
A Simple Example of the Law of Assumption vs Law of Attraction
It is often easiest to understand the difference between the Law of Attraction and the Law of Assumption using an example. Let’s say you want to lose weight and manifest your desired body.
If you use the Law of Attraction to help you manifest weight loss, you will use positive thoughts, feelings and affirmations about weight loss to “attract” weight loss into your life.
You will accept that you are not satisfied with your current weight but will let go of the negative emotions, replacing them with positive ones.
If you manifest with the Law of Assumption, you will focus on believing that you have already lost weight. You will persist in that belief, even though your current perceptions are clashing.
You will do so in the knowledge that your external reality must inevitably “catch up” because it is merely a projection of your inner truth.
Is the Law of Assumption More Powerful than the Law of Attraction?
The Law of Assumption has the potential to be more powerful than the Law of Attraction because it is more direct.
With the Law of Attraction, you are essentially waiting for the Universe to provide. The very concept of “attraction” implies separation.
So long as you remain focused on separation, it may function as a limiting belief, keeping you from manifesting your will (not everybody runs into this problem, but many do).
But with the Law of Assumption, there is no separation. What you desire is already yours. It can’t not be. This mindset removes doubt and replaces faith with hard certainty. It detaches you from the world you do not want and places you in reality you do.
Is the Law of Assumption Better than the Law of Attraction?
What we stated above might lead you to believe the Law of Assumption is better than the Law of Attraction. But that is not necessarily true.
The Law of Assumption works, but the Law of Attraction does too. And the reality is that a lot of people find the Law of Attraction more intuitive.
The success of your manifestation efforts is going to depend mostly on you and your mindset and beliefs.
If you believe you can manifest what you want with the Law of Attraction more easily, then you will. If you believe the Law of Assumption helps more, then it will.
So, just choose the concept you find easiest to work with. Everyone has the ability to manifest their desires using either or both of these laws, including you.