The Secret s th Anniversary Edition includes a new foreword by Rhonda Byrne, andof the most life changing insights she s had over the lastyears of practicing and living The Secret every day Theinsights alone will accelerate your understanding and mastery of the law of attraction


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  1. Bethany Bethany says:

    this website is too kind one star means didn t like it I hate, hate, hate this book with absolute passion sorry if you like oprah but she seriously did the world a disservice by recommending this book apparently there is a dvd also that i don t even think i could stomach so here s the concept behind The Secret You can attract good things to you through your good thoughts Ok, I m on board with that It has worked for me Ooh, I already knew the Secret too bad I didn t use it to make m this website is too kind one star means didn t like it I hate, hate, hate this book with absolute passion sorry if you like oprah but she seriously did the world a disservice by recommending this book apparently there is a dvd also that i don t even think i could stomach so here s the concept behind The Secret You can attract good things to you through your good thoughts Ok, I m on board with that It has worked for me Ooh, I already knew the Secret too bad I didn t use it to make millions like this chick But no, it goes further You attract bad things to you through your negative thoughts Well, negative thoughts are pretty useless, so I can see benefit in trying to decrease or eliminate them And one time true story I did get robbed while traveling after worrying about it for 3 weeks BUT There is no gray area with this one According to the author, people who are raped, killed, maimed, tortured they all bring it on themselves with their negative thoughts The people in Darfur should be thinking here comes the food, there go the guns The book goes on to say that weight management is simply a matter of thinking thin and not looking at fat people for real , that if you have a stack of bills to pay you should instead picture checks coming in, that you can have everything you want through visualization, such as your hands on the steering wheel of your car, and that you can cure your cancer watching funny movies There is a weak chapter at the end about how you can use your Secret powers for the common good, like world peace, but why would you want to waste it when you can be driving your new Hummer I would go so far as to say that this book is not only BAD but it is DANGEROUS It promotes the self absorbed, materialistic, shallow outlook of predominantly rich white people to the exclusion of the rest of the planet while managing to blame them for their problems and justify those in possession of the Secret for not using their visualized wealth to promote social change Aah, brilliant genius avoid this book do not give money to this woman and her brilliant marketing pyramid


  2. Gabriel Gabriel says:

    A horribly written and assembled collection of tripe it has no cohesive voice, no cohesive theme, and is completely facile in its analysis I literally threw the book across the room when I read, Quantum Physicists will tell you the universe was created from thought No, numbfucker, they won t Not to mention the facts they assert don t have citations to lend those assertions the slightest hint of credibility.If you want me to believe that thinking positively will lead to success because A horribly written and assembled collection of tripe it has no cohesive voice, no cohesive theme, and is completely facile in its analysis I literally threw the book across the room when I read, Quantum Physicists will tell you the universe was created from thought No, numbfucker, they won t Not to mention the facts they assert don t have citations to lend those assertions the slightest hint of credibility.If you want me to believe that thinking positively will lead to success because your energy and focus will follow and, in turn, develop into what you hope for then fine, I ll go down that road with you but this is just shit.This is What the Bleep do We Know blended with The Celestine Prophecy blended with a steaming turd My wish, universe, is that this book be banished to Cthulu s hell mouth and regurgitated as Kevin Trudeau s doppelg nger Make it so


  3. Maggie Maggie says:

    I had a long review and I got too many responses to it Comments and emails, and strangers connecting with me because of this review.So I deleted it.Here is what I will say nowI once gave this 5 stars I have since changed it to 2 stars.My focus is on something else now This book is fine but I don t recommend it anybut other books insteadIf you are looking for control over yourself and future, Its in being as close to God as possible.How to do that and what that looks like is a much lo I had a long review and I got too many responses to it Comments and emails, and strangers connecting with me because of this review.So I deleted it.Here is what I will say nowI once gave this 5 stars I have since changed it to 2 stars.My focus is on something else now This book is fine but I don t recommend it anybut other books insteadIf you are looking for control over yourself and future, Its in being as close to God as possible.How to do that and what that looks like is a much longer explanation and individual for everyone.Good luck on your journey


  4. Varmint Varmint says:

    went to dinner with the boss lady the other night she went on and on about this wonderful book it was truly life changing and she was already seeing the positive results of applying principles from it in her business and personal life.she wasn t able to really articulate any ot those principles, so she just gave me a copy went through it the next day.holy crap my employer, the person that i am financially dependent on, is a fruitloop am updating my resume now.


  5. RB RB says:

    Should this book be classified as FICTION or NON FICTION I have no idea, but what I m inclined to do is classfying it as DELUSIONALThe Law of Attraction Whatever you send out of positive thoughts to the Universe comes back to you, ten fold at least It s a bit like karma and positive thinking with a twist You want to money comming to you Just visualise it and it will happen You want to be thinner Just visualise that food has 0 calories Quote from the book Food cannot cause you to put Should this book be classified as FICTION or NON FICTION I have no idea, but what I m inclined to do is classfying it as DELUSIONALThe Law of Attraction Whatever you send out of positive thoughts to the Universe comes back to you, ten fold at least It s a bit like karma and positive thinking with a twist You want to money comming to you Just visualise it and it will happen You want to be thinner Just visualise that food has 0 calories Quote from the book Food cannot cause you to put on weight, unless you think it can Well, I guess that s why this person is so insanely fat she must believe that the food she eats has many calories and fat Someone should have explained to her that it s 0 calories and good for her Yes, people ARE that stupid to believe in all the stupid claims that Rhonda Byrne writes By all means, I m all pro positive thinking I ll go as far as to say that yes, negative thinking gets you nowhere and that positive thoughts healthier for you the glass is half full and all that BUT. Jeez Luise This book is just up there next to Paulo Coelho s The Alchemist worst self help fantasy BS ever written But what is even worse is that the author blames people for their own misfortune you get AIDS too bad, you were not thinking positive enough you are a raped child too bad, you were not thinking positively enough you get hit by a bus too bad, you were not thinking positively enough your dying of starvation too bad, you were not thinking positively enough You ended up in the gas chamber in WWII too bad, you were not thinking positively enough You get the idea Needless to say how incredibly condescending and trivializing this must appear to people who are enduring pain and distress in their lives whether that be emotional, physical or professional is irrelevant It s actually quite disgusting when you sit back and think about it That ms Byrne s getting away with it and earning millions on it at the same time is beyond me She must be the most positive thinking person in the world.http www.youtube.com watch v usbNJM


  6. Katharine Grubb Katharine Grubb says:

    I wasn t interested in reading this book I thought from the reviews of friends that it was pretty obvious stuff However, I listened to the audio version I sort of laughed at first and thought, duh I promised to listen to the whole book on CD, and as I listened, the connections between what the author is trying to communicate, and what many world religions try to communicate is huge I am not a religious person I found this book inspiring because I wasn t being told that God created the un I wasn t interested in reading this book I thought from the reviews of friends that it was pretty obvious stuff However, I listened to the audio version I sort of laughed at first and thought, duh I promised to listen to the whole book on CD, and as I listened, the connections between what the author is trying to communicate, and what many world religions try to communicate is huge I am not a religious person I found this book inspiring because I wasn t being told that God created the universe and that if I pray to Jesus that HE will take care of me Finally, I was getting a confirmation that if I live a positive life, and if I really attempt to understand the connection between why I am here, and why the world is here, then I can live a better life There are even segments of the book that answered all of my cynical questions such as, then just focus all your thoughts on getting revenge to those you hate , I didn t give myself this disease , and I am a victim Many folks think the whole book is bunk because it gives an air of personal responsibility, and I can see why they would hate that It s so much easier to blame others There are parts that I think are simplistic But who says life has to be all that complicated Why not try living this secret to life for a year and see what s possible I highly reccommend LISTENING to this book I think I would have a hard time reading it


  7. Shannon Shannon says:

    God, I am so sick of The Secret I just can t understand why everyone is so enthralled with it That book is at the top of every bestseller list and it s total crap You re not going to get what you want by thinking about how much you want it I mean, yes to positive thinking and all that, but the part they left out was that you actually have to DO something to make things happen Jack Canfield whose involvement should turn you off automatically didn t really sit around staring at the ceiling God, I am so sick of The Secret I just can t understand why everyone is so enthralled with it That book is at the top of every bestseller list and it s total crap You re not going to get what you want by thinking about how much you want it I mean, yes to positive thinking and all that, but the part they left out was that you actually have to DO something to make things happen Jack Canfield whose involvement should turn you off automatically didn t really sit around staring at the ceiling waiting for a million dollars to fall out of the sky He sat around writing nauseating stories and then got rejected by a ton of publishers before someone who likes nauseating stories bought his book I mean, Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul Come on, guy Now you re just making stuff up.Don t get me wrong, The Secret has some valid points You should envision your dreams You should think about your goals constantly and imagine what you would do if you ever achieved them But you should also think about and envision the steps you need to take to get there Then you should act Do something The world is not just going to hand you what you want.Just a quick edit I forgot to mention the absolute worst part of The Secret It s your fault that bad things happen to you That s right, your negative thoughts bring negativity into your life and cause horrible things to occur Your father died in a tragic accident Your fault Your baby mama took off with the kids and won t let you see em Your fault Laid off and can t find work Your fault If you could just think positively all the time, you d live a charmed life and trouble would never darken your doorstep.Ugh


  8. Matt Evans Matt Evans says:

    Excerpted from an online essay I wrote To be sure, the so called Secret represents a financially viable means to wealth, obviously so, but let s be clear only for Rhonda Byrnes, The Secret DVD s producer and book s author.Thus, Byrnes would have you believe that the world s wealthy, distinguished and famous every last luminous one of them attained their high position by dint of simple adherence to a secret law The Law of Attraction She shits you not Further, they the world s rich, ce Excerpted from an online essay I wrote To be sure, the so called Secret represents a financially viable means to wealth, obviously so, but let s be clear only for Rhonda Byrnes, The Secret DVD s producer and book s author.Thus, Byrnes would have you believe that the world s wealthy, distinguished and famous every last luminous one of them attained their high position by dint of simple adherence to a secret law The Law of Attraction She shits you not Further, they the world s rich, celebrated, and leisured have all conspired to keep knowledge of this law from the rest of us Einstein, Plato, J.P Morgan, Mozart, Sir Isaac Newton, Beethoven, and the Rockefellers, among others, are all given as examples of this mighty and mightily secretive Them.There are problems with this theory For starters, the Law of Attraction isn t really a secret Self help books with a metaphysical bent have preached this stuff for centuries I mean, just walk into your nearest New Age bookshop and pick up the first book you see it will undoubtedly mention something about the Law.So is Byrnes lying to us Not exactly Harry Frankfurt, a Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton, puts it this way in his little book On Bullshit, The Bullshitter does not care whether the things he says describe reality correctly He just picks them out, or makes them up, to suit his purpose p 56 A liar, you see, at least recognizes the truth enough to know that he s departing from it a bullshitter couldn t care less just show her the money.The Law of Attraction, then, is the bullshitter s belief that one can change the objective world alone by the power of thought forget action in fact, eschew action If your belief is strong enough, says the Law, your dreams and desires will come to you much as a steel screw hops across a tabletop and slaps into a powerful magnet This is the As you sow, so shall ye reap philosophy minus any actual sowing, a fairy dust notion that we all at one point in our lives have espoused it s called magical thinking We re supposed to outgrow it.When I was four years old I had an invisible friend named Kenny His existence, such as it was, may or may not have originated in direct response to my sister Amanda s birth, an event which made me an oldest child instead of the only child in the family Unlike my busy mother, Kenny always paid attention to me and let me have my way I loved Kenny My mom eventually forced me to go outside and play with real children Predictably, Kenny soon disappeared The Secret would explain the account thus my early imagining of a perfect playmate eventually attracted other,corporeal playmates into my reality Which is true at least to the degree that we forget about my mom forcing me to go outside.What follows, then, is an arbitrary list of some of the authorities that appear on the DVD, the trained animals of the circus or the witch s evil monkeys, depending on the metaphor, waxing explanatory on the The Secret But don t imagine the monkeys as evil rather, picture streetwise capuchins earnestly working a cheap accordion with their tiny, hairy hands, glancing up now and then with a smile, anxious to see if you ve put a coin yet in their dented tin cups Dr John Demartini, D.C Doctor of Chiropractic.Marie Diamond, internationally known Feng Shui mistress Diamond, a Caucasian, speaks with an inexplicably strong Asian accent, a la Seinfeld s Donna Chang.John Assaraf, a former street kid who has dedicated the last twenty five years to researching the human brain, quantum physics, and business strategies, as they relate to achieving success in business and life In the film, John relates an account about the power of visualization whose denouement has him crumpled on the floor and weeping, the former street kid, because he found a picture of a house in a box.Michael Bernard Beckwith, a non aligned trans religious progressive your guess here is as good as mine Beckwith also claims the title of doctor, although God alone knows where the title comes from Beckwith, ever the walking conundrum, dresses in a sharp suit, speaks in patrician tones, and sports a wild head of dreadlocks.And Ester Hicks, spokesperson for Abraham, a multifarious spiritual entity She is the author of The Law of Attraction Byrnes, Rhonda, The Secret, all presenter material from the book The Secret BIOGRAPHIES section, pp 185 198 Esther Hicks is no longer a featured presenter in The Secret Enhanced DVD Why It s hard to say Esther s website quotes Abraham, the spiritual collective she channels, on the topic It is our desire that you be easy about all of this There is nothing that has gone wrong here Email communication between author and Hicks s company Esther is a pleasant looking, middle aged woman She has a serene presence, almost comforting She also has the most attractive voice I ve ever heard very earthy, very sexy I find it difficult to reconcile that voice with anything close to its putative paranormal personae.Even though the author s of The Secret and anyone else swept into their rhetorical corner probably aren t consciously lying to us about their great happiness at having discovered the Law, I have suspicions that somewhere deep in their hearts something like a moral question prickles and goads For instance, how should one respond to a crisis of, say, Darfur proportions Should the suffering of stranger Africans on a continent far, far away be of concern if, ultimately, all that matters is how I feel Esther asked Abraham the multifarious spiritual entity for clarification on this very matter I used to be extremely disturbed when a person s rights were violated by violence on a person, or by someone forcefully taking someone else s property.But then, after meeting you Abraham , I got to the point that I see all those things they re doing with others as games that they re playingor less agreements that they have between one another, spoken or unspoken I ve gotten somewhat better at not feeling their pain But can I get to the point that I don t feel anything negative when I see someone violating the rights of another Can I just look at whatever they re doing to one another out there, and think, You re all doing to one another what you have somehow chosen to do Ibid, pg 142 That might, to some ears, sound a little cruel, this idea of blaming the victim for attracting the perpetrator The upside, of course, is that such a belief absolves we standers by from stepping in and offering help Let s take as an example the recent shooting at Virginia Tech Apparently, if the Law of Attraction holds true, those 32 men and women somehow attracted their crazy executioner to themselves Mass homicide, in this light, is simply a game played between the shooter and his frightened victims.Rhonda Byrnes attempted to defend this belief in a telephone conversation with Newsweek s Jerry Adler cite link They were speaking on the topic of Rwanda, which dwarfs Blacksburg in terms of scope but certainly not in terms of horror If we are in fear, if we re feeling in our lives that we re victims and feeling powerless, then we are on a frequency of attracting those things to ustotally unconsciously, totally innocently, totally all of those words that are so important Totally Totally those words that are so important, whether thought or spoken consciously or not, let the victims enjoy their just deserts It s true that any survivor of genocide or attempted homicide is responsible for picking up the various shattered pieces and attempting to make something of what s left of life But to pretend that tragedy is nothingthan a game is to diminish its victims suffering in the cruelest possible way The word compassion, incidentally, comes from the Latin com pati, to bear, suffer If compassion would have us bear another s suffering, what then is its opposite What is the word for ignoring or minimizing another s suffering for the primary purpose of easing the bystander s discomfort, and, as Law of Attraction espouses, the dubious secondary purpose of somehow inspiring the sufferer to quit wallowing in his own tragic juices Am I overreacting here I feel like my parents yelling at me for listening to Heavy Metal music But the question, remember, was whether one could actually reach a state of consciousness where he isn t bothered in the slightest by another s pain or suffering Heavy Metal music, on the other hand, was meant to be a tongue in cheek solace to teenagers suffering under their parents heavy hands There is a difference the Heavy Metal promise is a lie, the other is bullshit, albeit scary bullshit Here s a secret the Mother Theresas of the world will be remembered long after the Rhonda Byrneses have faded from collective memory for the same reason that generosity of spirit is appreciated so muchthan selfishness Magnanimity represents the apotheosis of human nature Success, lasting success, takes place only when one figures out how to best serve a large number of people Real people, real service first, the money will probably follow Bullshit, on the other hand, bullshit sells well, for a time perhaps even for a long time but it s not exactly a worthwhile endeavor


  9. Jan-Maat Jan-Maat says:

    In hindsight, I feel I was too kind with this book, it makes farsense simply to describe it as evil.It encourages victim blaming since they only have themselves to blame for bringing their fates upon themselves for a lack of positiver thinking, and ultimately encourages the reader to blame themselves since when their wishes fail to become fishes there can only be one reason the positive thinking wasn t quite positive enough, or didn t have quite the perfect tone of positivity to it An In hindsight, I feel I was too kind with this book, it makes farsense simply to describe it as evil.It encourages victim blaming since they only have themselves to blame for bringing their fates upon themselves for a lack of positiver thinking, and ultimately encourages the reader to blame themselves since when their wishes fail to become fishes there can only be one reason the positive thinking wasn t quite positive enough, or didn t have quite the perfect tone of positivity to it And in typical dreariness it discourages through its victim blaming an understanding of yourself or of the structural disadvantages that you may contribute towards in your society though acts of commission or omission that keep the less fortunate always on the back foot Perhaps the most worthwhile comment I can make about The Secret is that it is fascinating as a cultural document view spoiler Barbara Ehrenreich Smile or Die How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World is very interesting on the wider phenomenon of positive thinking hide spoiler It is a book that provides an insight to the preoccupations and fears of one of the wealthiest, healthiest and long lived societies in human history What it evidences is an obsession with gaining evenmoney, having even better health, and appearing eternally youthful view spoiler just like The Portrait of Dorian Grey hide spoiler Dressed in the language of Quantum physics view spoiler fans of magical thinking seem to like mentioning Quantum physics I suppose because down at the quantum level things appear to be far weirder that we d like to imagine things can be in two different places at the same time, or have energy but no mass At the same time I imagine the author assumes that quantum physicists are unlikely to read her book, criticise it publicly and even if they do, probably not in the kind of places that her other readers may come across it hide spoiler there is an appeal to magical thinking In The Secret God may or may not be dead, however the universe is benevolent, but stupid view spoiler the universe although capable of understanding human thought does so in a limited way understanding I don t want debt and I want debt to mean one and the same thing, maybe this is a hang over from Neuro Linguistic Programming hide spoiler , and functions as an infinite catalogue for the pleasure and delight of all people who can order up whatever they want from existence by simply wishing for it However there is a catch You have to wish for things properly, by wishing only once and visualising view spoiler As with quantum physics, the concepts of visualisation and the Placebo effect are invoked to demonstrate the power of the mind This is part of the way that The Secret functions, a stepping stone with a familiar name leads to the bizarre conclusion that the universe is a giant, friendly, mail order catalogue hide spoiler what you want precisely If you haven t got anything back from the universe this is because you plainly haven t been wishing in the proper manner.It would be strikingly ungenerous of me to say that there is nothing of value at all in The Secret, but making much of what value there may be would be rather like pulling out a cherry from a bowl full of cockroaches It can be done, but you wouldn t want to eat the it even if you did This is not then a book whose contents I endorse or advise any one to take personally view spoiler not that I have anything against thinking nice thoughts, cultivating a feeling of gratitude and so on as ends in themselves, simply as a mechanistic means to material ends hide spoiler The general idea is that you wish for something, visualise it Then the frequency you emit at the quantum level view spoiler I don t know whether we emit frequencies at the quantum level, and if we did what would the implications be of changing it, they would be presumably considerably weirder than what Byrne imagines hide spoiler changes, the universe then responds to that frequency If the frequency we emit is one of mega wealth, huge houses and soul mates then that s what we get from the universe While if it is of sinking ships, world financial disasters or war then that is what we gets back Perhaps you feel doubtful about all this but fear not for here come some celebrity endorsements According to Byrne all these people taught the same messagepoets such as William Shakespeare, Robert Browning, and William Blake delivered it in their poetry Musicians such as Ludwig van Beethovenview spoiler Famous for his ability to attract soul mates to himself hide spoilerexpressed it through their music Artists such as Leonardo da Vinci depicted it in their paintingsview spoiler How else but through the power of the mind did the Lady get an Ermine hide spoilerGreat thinkers including Socrates, Plato, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Pythagoras, Sir Francis Bacon, Sir Isaac Newton, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Victor Hugo shared it in their writings and teachings p4 There s nothing like a celebrity endorsement Particularly when the celebrity is too dead to take issue with it.Later on we are told that Andrew Carneige, Abraham Lincoln and Henry Ford also all knew and practised The Secret view spoiler I don t know, presumably Abraham Lincoln successfully visualised the American Civil War into existence or something, and when people mention Henry Ford in this kind of context you can be pretty sure they are not thinking of his determination to set up a rubber plantation, insisting on having the rubber trees planted so close together that parasites infested the whole lot Carneige though was successful in encouraging US Presidents to visualise a fine new fleet of battleships with the extra thick armour plating that only his steelworks could manufacture hide spoiler But I find the mention of Goethe particularly interesting since his Faust and what Byrne is presenting is a similar kind of fairy tale Except that in the folk tale tradition the three wishes, the genie out of the bottle, or the pact with the Devil, all come with a sting in the tale For Byrne the sting is ignored and instead we get a pure dose of wish fulfilment Midias and his golden touch would be seen as something positive and not as frightening, alienating and eventually potentially fatal as it was.Still, there is a sting Firstly you have to be perpetually positive view spoiler and that s just exhausting to think about hide spoiler , then you have to not listen to anybody who is still than positive for fear of your thoughts being infected by theirs and thus attracting some negative outcome to yourself view spoiler so I d say that friendship, sympathy and family relations are out, you need to surround yourself with true believers in hide spoiler Finally if you accept that you are in control of your fate and the nature of your existence by means of being able to change the world through your wish power, then it follows that all other people can do the same and have only themselves to blame for every way that their lives are less than perfect, and ultimately if you have debt, only a bare hovel to live in, are sick, or even age, then you only have yourself to blame.This is a belief that embraces the alienating effect of modern life as its centre piece You are alone, you can t help others, you should not even listen to them Instead you are to focus intently on your own desires There is no room in The Secret for collective organisation and action No families, no joint partnerships, no professional organisations or unions to deal with the problems and difficulties that we experience in our lives Instead there is only the atomised individual In place of the concrete joys of conviviality and relationships with actual people there is an abstract relationship with the universe which as mentioned above has a limited understanding of language and functions purely as an unlimited catalogueEverything that surrounds you right now in your life, including the things you re complaining about, you ve attracted Often when people first hear this part of the Secret they recall events in history where masses of lives were lost, and they find it incomprehensible that so many people could have attracted themselves to the eventview spoiler if there is a Hebrew edition published in Israel is this sentence removed The idea doesn t strike me as incomprehensible so much as repulsive view spoiler but I do appreciate that she wasn t coy about her opinion and just came straight out with it hide spoiler hide spoilerBy the law of attraction, they had to be on the same frequency as the event It doesn t necessarily mean they thought of that exact event, but the frequency of their thoughts matched the frequency of the event If people believe they can be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and they have no control over outside circumstances, those thoughts of fear, separation, and powerlessness, if persistent, can attract them to being in the wrong place at the wrong timeYou have a choice, and whatever you choose to think will become your life experience.Nothing can come into your experience unless you summon it though persistent thoughts. pp27 28 If you are complaining, the law of attraction will powerfully bring into your lifesituations for you to complain about If you are listening to some one else complain and focusing on that, sympathizing with them, agreeing with them, in that moment, you are attractingsituations to yourself to complain about p17 I find the mention of events in history where masses of lives were lost a fascinating example of victim blaming particularly in the context of Australian and American history In the nineteenth century commentators took the view that aboriginal peoples would die out because of their inherent inferiority and ability to cope with the modern world view spoiler as opposed to the violence, warfare, and ecological disruption going on at the time hide spoiler Now when their populations have been much reduced we can blame that on their inability to think happy positive thoughts This is a book that works to re enforce the existing status quo Those who are successful can only be so for their ability to think positive thought and attract good things to themselves, while those who are not successful are the victims of their own inability to properly visualise what they want as opposed to having face some structural disadvantage in the way that society is ordered One can see here how this approach makes life easy in a way One doesn t have to understand or appreciate the world and the circumstances of other s lives One can straight away be judgemental they brought it on themselves, whether it is cancer, war, contagious disease, or bad architecture view spoiler But of course the something like the boom in London property prices or the Wall street crash and subsequent Great Depression do indeed demonstrate the power of positive thinking The first could be nothing other than millions of people thinking positive thoughts in concentric rings and the other was the result of millions of people thinking negative thoughts and what a hero Herbert Hoover was in his one man attempt to try and turn round the thought patterns of a nation by telling everybody that the economy was on the turn hide spoiler Victim blaming fits well with The Secret s role as a cultural document Although it does seem to refine the concept The good news is that if I punch you it is your fault I am innocent, you attracted that punch to yourself through your lack of positive thoughts Indeed it I seize you, carry you off to a offshore enclave, hold you in captivity for over ten years, torture you from time to time, without any legal process this is also something you attracted to yourself through negative thoughts and quite rightly I will be well paid for doing so because I think only positive, nice, thoughts and therefore attract as a modern Midas glittering palaces, big cars and multiple soul mates to myself view spoiler I find the business of soul mates interesting, does the soul mate you draw to yourself have no agency or independent will In the world of the secret a soul mate is the equivalent of a big house or a pile of banknotes Its simply another acquisition rather as one might buy a Ken doll to sit alongside Barbie in her dream car hide spoiler It strikes me that The Secret will appeal to people who are intimidated by evidence of the world s complexity and feel out of control The Secret says very firmly that you can, indeed should be, in control However since sickness, old age and death exist wouldn t belief in this book give rise to anxiety view spoiler reading this book sparked off memories of those Calvinists anxious over whether they were part of the elect or not are you wishing correctly or are you allowing negative thoughts to leak into your consciousness causing disaster throughout your life hide spoiler Every time you have a cold or find a grey hair you are confronted with evidence of your own inability to think insufficiently positively You don t have to mad to live this life, but if you areIn a newspaper article I read a journalist interviewed the psychologist who wrote the second report on Anders Brevik the one which found him sane In response to the journalist s question about how appropriate his finding was the psychologist responded that hundreds of people have written to Brevik in prison all praising him for his actions are they all insane too, he asked rhetorically.My response would be yes But then perhaps to be sane in the world would be the most insane reaction one could have view spoiler there was a nice short story I once read about a psychiatrist returning to his home town after a distinguished career in Europe to open an insane asylum As the story progresses he finds grounds to incarcerateandof the town s population in his asylum until everybody has been finally committed Then he realises that what he has done is also completely insane so he has himself locked up to And then everybody lives happily ever after view spoiler the story is O Alienista by Machado de Assis hide spoiler hide spoiler We don t for the most part notice the amount of insanity around us because on the whole it doesn t cause that much friction It s only in books like The Secret that the inner craziness of people s private lives gets laid out in public The law of attraction states that what you focus on you will get, so I got a bank statement, I whited out the total, and I put a new total in there I put exactly how much I wanted to see in the bank p104 A game I created that help shift my feelings about my pile of bills was to pretend that the bills were actually checks I would jump for joy as I opened them and say,money for me Thank you Thank you I took each bill, imagined it was a check, and then I added a zero to it in my mind to make it evenI got a notepad and wrote at the top of each page I have received, and then I would list all the amounts of the bills with an added zero Next to each amount I would write Thank you, and feel the feelings of gratitude for receiving it to the point where I had tears in my eyes Then I would take each bill, which looked very small compared to what I had received, and I would pay it with gratitudep105 Still my favourite part of this book is a fine example of how irrational the rational world of business can be The true story of a Belize oil team is an inspiring example of the power of the human mind to bring forth resourcesview spoiler What quantum physicists and Einstein tell us is that everything is happening simultaneouslywhatever you want in the future already exists p62 it seems that Byrne believes this applies to the past too that through positive thinking the team altered the geological processes that occurred in the region This probably also explains why Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun s burial to be so rich hide spoilerThe directors of Belize Natural Energy Limited were trained by the eminent Dr Tony Quinn, who specialises in Humanistic Physiology training With Dr Quinn s mind power training, the directors were confident that their mental picture of Belize being a successful oil producing country would be achievedand in one short year their dream and vision became a reality Belize Natural Energy Limited discovered oil of the highest quality, in abundant flowsBelize has become an oil producing country because an extraordinary team of people believed in the unlimited power of their mind.Nothing is unlimited not resources or anything else It is only limited in the human mind pp148 9 Oil production in Belize took off in late 2006, peaked in 2010 and remains in steady decline Probably not my final thoughtsIf the idea of the universe as a complex place that requires understanding makes you uncomfortable, if the idea of bad things happening to good people is a problem for you, then books like The Secret hold the solution It s offer is that life is simple Everybody gets exactly what they are due to get, everything works fine just as it is, and you can be in control This could be a reassuring message for some, particularly since it relives you of the exhausting work of having to appreciate the world, all its interactions and how we are all implicated and bound up with one another allowing you to get on with the business of being judgemental instead It doesn t work for me because it requires a pretty contorted view on existence as far as I can tell and its focus on material goods leaves me cold It also doesn t just recommend ignoring a good chunk of the normal experience of human life but recommends vigorous self censorship to achieve a kind of cargo cult effect only through the thorough imitation of the assumed thought habits of the rich and famous can one achieve the unlimited power to alter the geology of Belize I m left with the odd feeling that the author read Foucault s Pendulum and thought that those guys were really on to something with The Plan.Is it is surprise that our society throws up a book like The Secret from time to time, and it is apt that it appeared on the eve of a financial crash, a clear and vigorous trumpet blast at odds with complex and shifting reality


  10. Ollie Ollie says:

    I m sure this book only exists thanks to The Da Vinci Code Sensing a public interest in ancient secrets passed down to modern times, the publishers of this awful piece of self help decided they could market Rhonda Byrne s book and make a killing They were not wrong In Brasil, it s spreading like an Old World plague the film tie in is always rented out in videostores, and the book is in the top 10 bestseller list Swept up by its popularity, my mom brought a copy home.Much like George Bush I m sure this book only exists thanks to The Da Vinci Code Sensing a public interest in ancient secrets passed down to modern times, the publishers of this awful piece of self help decided they could market Rhonda Byrne s book and make a killing They were not wrong In Brasil, it s spreading like an Old World plague the film tie in is always rented out in videostores, and the book is in the top 10 bestseller list Swept up by its popularity, my mom brought a copy home.Much like George Bush Jr., this book is equal parts stupid and disturbing The stupid part comes in its mind boggling belief that anything you ask from the Universe will become true, that everyone deserves and should pursue their most selfish desires in order to be happy Want big boobs Ask the Universe and you will get it Want a great parking space at the shopping mall The Universe will help you like a genie in a bottle Knowledge found in Eastern religions such as Buddhism e.g Karma are simplified and described as a secret that only the elite are aware of.The disturbing part comes in statements such as the one, early in the book, that says people killed in disasters or crimes brought it upon themselves According to this book s reasoning, if you find yourself gassed to death with millions of other people it s because you were following negative thoughts and unable to see the Universe s path to your salvation This is, at least, the conclusion I draw from the book s teachings It shifts blame from other people, or life s chaos, onto yourself Contracted cancer Your fault Robbed and shot in the head Your fault Became a millionaire You are in tune with the Universe.Much like The Da Vinci Code I couldn t make it past page 60 Be very wary of anyone that likes this book