I am now viewing a "documentary" called Enlightenment which is full of new age nonsense, but I am not able to make a good argument about some of the thoughts laid out there.
For example, one of the narrators state, that since the era of Pythagoras there is this notion of mind over body or idealism. And hence, it is a valid point to make that the mind is more in control of what's there than the physical reality is, mind rules the physical reality so to speak. There is that push of an idea that mind came before the matter, so that could imply that we could create our own reality.
Plato believes that there is this ideal plane where all the ideas exist and then reality is simply derivation of these ideas. If self-help people take this notion, then they can state that those ideas exist somewhere, it could be your mind, so if you create your own ideas then it's possible to see the derivatives of them in your life.
How would idealist respond to notion of magical thinking, why it can't be a thing? Or maybe he would ignore this topic completely?