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The Secret

Book Review   by:worddemon     Original Author: Rhonda Byrne
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What is The Big Secret?

In March 2007, a documentary film was made by Australian TV producer, Rhonda Byrne. She called it “The Secret”, and followed it immediately by a book of the same name. The air of mystery evoked by the title and the attention the book received from both Oprah Winfrey and Larry King, drove the book to the top of the National Best Seller List within a month of its distribution. The book and the film have been the topic of many forums and groups on the Internet. Few people who have contact with any form of public media have not heard of “The Secret.”

But what is the Secret? The Secret is something called the Law of Attraction and it is not a new concept by any means. As early as 500 BC, Buddha said, “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” In the New Testament of the Bible, Jesus said “It is done to you as you believe…” The Law of Attraction in simplified terms is that you reap what you expect to reap. What is new about Rhonda Byrne’s book and film, “The Secret”, is that she explains the Law of Attraction in a manner that is easy to understand and appealing to a large portion of the population.

The Law of Attraction is one of those concepts that seems very simple, but it is difficult to put into action. It says that if you focus on the positive, you will attract good things into your life, and if you focus on the negative, you will perpetuate difficulty. Byrne effectively uses financial gain as a point of example. She explains that we are all naturally deserving of financial wealth, and that constant focus on obtaining it is our common block to what we desire. She says that if you worry about having bills and no money to pay them, you will have more bills and no money to pay them. She says you must focus on having abundance and absolutely expect it to be so, completely releasing your fear, and it will manifest in your life. This example got the attention of the masses. I mean, who doesn’t want to stop worrying about money and have unexpected checks come from out of the blue and land in your mailbox?

The difficulty is that our minds work in a way that is counter productive to this concept. When there is a problem in our lives, our natural human tendency is to focus on it and try to find answers so that we can overcome the difficulty. When we try to concentrate on other, more positive thoughts, our minds naturally wander back to the problem. The Secret is not mere positive thinking. It is positive knowing; faith, confidence, conviction. But how do we get there?

Controlling ones thought processes has been a basic objective of many religious observations. Buddhist meditation, Bible reading, Islamic prayer, and Jewish devotional all have the ultimate goal of refocusing our thoughts toward the spiritual and away from the worldly. Spiritual leaders spend their lives in the practice of spiritual focus, restricting their earthly experiences to further their connection to their Source. “The Secret” describes spiritual connection as the experience of abundance. We do not need to spend our lives meditating in a cave to find our connection to our Source; our connection can be experienced by recognizing our interconnectedness with all of life, and therefore our ability to affect the world through our slightest motion or thought.

“The Secret” tells us that our true power to manifest desires into reality is when we involve our feelings and emotions. And the easiest way to attract something into your life is to focus on what you want, see it clearly in your mind, and experience the joy and feelings of already having it. I read a message in a forum that advised staying at the finest hotels, eating the finest foods, driving the best car; living at the absolute top end of your financial ability. This way, you will get accustomed to what it feels like to be surrounded by wealth and abundance and would expect these things in your life, and therefore attract them.

So far, I cannot seem to get past the image of myself and my two children dressed to the nines, having expended all of our resources and living in our Ferrari. Still, I like the premise of the Law of Attraction and there is definitely something about it that holds true in my core. But currently, my absolute faith is faltering. I have not received my notification from Ed McMahon and my numbers haven’t come up in the lottery. But since I read “The Secret”, I always visualize a parking space that is close to the entrance when I go to the grocery store, and you know, someone always seems to pull out just as I arrive.

Whether you think you can or can''t either way you are right." - Henry Ford 1863-1947
Published: September 07, 2007   
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