I remember hearing all about “the Secret” back in 2006 when the book first premiered. It seemed like everyone was talking about it. Oprah even had Rhonda Byrne and the rest of The Secret “dream team” on her show in February 2007.
I finally decided to cave and read the book for myself. Essentially, the book’s premise is that “The Secret is the Law of Attraction” and the book’s promise is that “The Secret can give you whatever you want.”
In a nutshell, the Law of Attraction preaches that, “Everything that’s coming into your life you are attracting into your life. And it’s attracted to you by virtue of the images you’re holding in your mind. It’s what you’re thinking. Whatever is going on in your mind you are attracting to you.“
The concept seems reasonable enough. I actually agree in many ways. If you’re positive, you’ll attract positivity in your life. If you’re loving, you will attract love. If you think about happiness, you’ll probably be very happy. Etc. I appreciated that “no blame” approach to life. For the most part, I agree: Your attitude, your actions, indeed your thoughts do…create your life.
The beauty and simplicity of that concept was somewhat lost, however, in the jumbled new-age and humanistic jargon. The idea that any illness can be cured and any goal can be achieved (whether you want to become a billionaire or lose 30 pounds or fly to the moon) simply by using your thoughts is a bit bogus. “All you require is You,” the book quips. “You can think your way to the perfect state of health, the perfect body, the perfect weight, and eternal youth.” Yes, the book actually says that.
While I agree that many great and “impossible” things can be accomplished with motivation, dedication, and optimism, I don’t think that’s all it takes.
The book also had a very creepy ending. Here is one of the paragraphs in the concluding chapter, “You are God in a physical body. You are Spirit in the flesh. You are Eternal Life expressing itself as You. You are a cosmic being. You are all power. You are all wisdom. You are all intelligence. You are perfection. You are magnificence. You are the creator…” That is just plain spooky.
For me, that was the book’s fatal flaw. It failed to acknowledge God and, instead, placed the reader in God’s shoes.
All that said, I appreciated many of the concepts in the book and many of the thoughts resonated with me. The emphasis on gratitude, generosity, hope, and intentionality inspired me. I did walk away with some good things and the thoughts behind the book have challenged me to think about the power of choice.
Rarely is a book or movie “all bad” or “all good.” I don’t like to think in such black-and-white perimeters. Instead, I like to think in terms of pulling the useful items and using them – and pondering the items that are controversial or incorrect.
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P.S. Maybe this shouldn’t be a part of my review, but I have to mention that I love the book’s small size, the glossy pages, the quotes spattered throughout, and the alluring cover. Whoever was responsible for the “packaging” of this book is to be congratulated.
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