Law of Attraction and Common Sense
The law of attraction says that like attracts like. There are situations in which this takes place; but there are many other situations in which this law does not hold.
The free-spirited character tends to attract oppressive people who want to squash it.
The innovative character and the creative character tend to attract nasty little minds that want to attack it.
The humanitarian character tends to attract exploiters and leeches that want to feed on it.
The passionate character tends to attract anal retentives that want to criminalize it.
The warm, giving character tends to attract mean people who want to portray its tendencies as weakness or craziness even as they feed upon what it has to give.
I do not know why people come up with such things; but if one were to ask Nietzsche he would say that humanity has listened to sick web-spinners and suffered for it. Regardless, the law of attraction is not hard to disprove by counterexample. It is far from the only widely accepted idea that is not difficult to disprove. Any number of other widely-accepted beliefs are false as well.
This brings me to the topic of common sense. Now if something is common sense then it would be common to everyone; and if some can be said to possess common sense and others to lack in common sense then that means that it is not common sense. Instead what we see is a pack of beliefs, many of them contradictory to one another, that claim for themselves authority over people's minds and are made to be accepted in violation of reason and intelligence. Thus, we see two mutually exclusive ideas - "You get what you give" and "life is not fair" - as part of the same common sense. Now if you get what you give, then life is fair; and if life is not fair, then you don't get what you give. And yet not only do we see many people continue to claim such a mentality to be common sense but they even measure what comes from research and science by how it meshes with it.
Considering that this mindset also includes such things as that an omnipotent deity can have only one son and no daughters, that global warming is a communist hoax, or that America's greatness is advanced by defunding the science that's at the root of all technology-driven prosperity and the government whose Internet and Interstate provide business the infrastructure on which to do its work, it is obvious that it is quite safe to ignore this mindset as any kind of authority over how one is to think.
The same is the case with any number of other fallacies. One idea believed in by the same people who believe in the Law of Attraction is that everyone makes their reality, and that what other people do to oneself and to the world, as well as the influence of non-human factors such as nature and climate, do not matter. They are wrong; all these factors matter. Another idea is that what one sees in others reflects only what is in oneself. No, it does not. Different people have different qualities, and seeing one or another aspect of another person does not mean that it also is an aspect in oneself. You will like or dislike the next person based on what you find in them and how it meshes with your character and your values. If you intensely like someone for being a hero, that doesn't mean that you also are a hero; and if you intensely dislike someone for being a scumbag then that doesn't mean that you are a scumbag as well.
I've had very real spiritual experiences, but I am not accepting false spiritual convictions. I have had periods of success and effectiveness in my life, but I do not go by common sense. Instead the most preferable state is practicing a broadly informed intellect; and the more people do that the better decisions will be made.
Not everything that is New Age or Eastern spirituality is wrong; some of their practices and their attitudes, from Zen meditation and Tai Chi to self-knowledge to universal compassion, have much to recommend them. There are also valuable aspects in Christianity and different cultural commonsenses as well. But all of these things have things wrong with them, some of which things I've listed previously. And that means that none of these things can be accepted as the authority, but parts of many of them can be useful for making informed choice.
It is this broad-based study that I recommend people to embark upon. Doing this will enhance knowledge and understanding and result in better choices being made across the board.