Tuesday, 9 September 2008

The Magnet Conundrum: Polarity And Flow

Have you ever tried to explain the Law Of Attraction to someone? The chances are that you’ve used the phrase like attracts like. In fact, the chances are that you’ve also used the idea of a magnet to explain that we attract things and experiences to us that are in alignment with our predominant energetic vibration.

If so, you’ve probably also encountered some questions in this regard. After all, on the face of it, when it comes to magnets, opposites attract – the north pole of one magnet is attracted to the south pole of another. I’ve often seen skeptics use this apparent contradiction to criticise the Law Of Attraction.

Yet, when we look more deeply into the concepts of polarity and flow, it is possible to reconcile these two conflicting ideas.

As you know, all physical matter is made of atoms, which consist of electrons orbiting around a nucleus. You may also remember from studying science at school that a moving electrical charge (or electric current) produces a magnetic field. Since an electron is a small moving electrical charge, it follows that each electron in an atom produces a small magnetic field.

Although each electron’s tiny magnetic field flows in a specific direction, these don’t all necessarily line up with each other. For most substances, the directions of these fields remain randomly oriented even when in the presence of a larger magnetic field, such as that produced by a permanent (bar) magnet. However, for some substances, such as iron, the presence of a larger magnetic field causes the substance’s electrons’ small magnetic fields to all line up in the same direction as that of the larger magnetic field.

The electrons in magnetic substances such as iron will retain their alignment temporarily after the permanent magnet is removed, until the usual movement of the atoms causes them to fall out of alignment again. Permanent magnets are made out of special iron alloys whose electrons retain their alignment for many years after initial exposure to a larger magnetic field.

When it comes to magnets and attraction therefore, it is not the two poles (north and south) that are important. Instead, it is the alignment of the electrons’ magnetic fields that is responsible for allowing a strong magnetic field to flow through the substance and which causes attraction between the substance and the magnet. The two poles of a magnet are essentially just handy naming conventions to describe the direction of flow of a magnetic field.

Ultimately, alignment equals flow equals attraction… sound familiar?!

8 comments:

Akemi "spiritual entrepreneur" @ Yes to Me said...

Yeah, I heard that "opposition" that magnets attract the opposites -- as I'm not very technical, I just say
magnets attract iron, not tree. Alignment still matters.

I'm learning that it's critical to align all my wishes, thoughts and beliefs in one specific direction to get it. Like a magnetized iron.

Evelyn Lim said...

You've just written an excellent article that I can refer to when explaining about the law of attraction to friends. I find that I'm learning a lot from your site and wish to thank you for it.

I've stumbled on this post as a highly recommended one!

Irene | Light Beckons said...

Very impressive Mags! This alignment theory reminds me of the chakra system and how Kundalini works. It's interesting to see how the blueprint of the Universe applies to so many things.

Diane said...

When I first heard the Law of Attraction, I (having a strong science background) also was confused. Thank you for making sense of this for me.
And thank you Ms Lim for your comment and article.

Mags | Woo-Woo Wisdom said...

Akemi - Yes, alignment between our thoughts, beliefs, emotions is key, isn't it? Getting clear on what we want really does open up the channel to allowing flow!

Mags | Woo-Woo Wisdom said...

Evelyn - Thanks for the stumble! Writing for this blog has been a wonderful learning process for me too, and I love sharing what I've learned with readers. I'm glad that it is helpful to you!

Mags | Woo-Woo Wisdom said...

Irene - Great point about the blueprint of the universe! I'm sure it all ties together (e.g. when the chakras are open and clear and aligned, the energy flows easily and effortlessly).

Mags | Woo-Woo Wisdom said...

Diane - Welcome, and thanks for the comment. I'm glad to hear that the article helped you to make sense of the LOA!