Friday, 19 December 2008

The Secret

'Not another book on positive thinking!' was my initial thought when my sister recommended me the book called 'The Secret'.  Unlike all the other ones I've read though, Rhonda Byrne, the author, presents the same idea in a much more matter of fact and straightforward way.

In a nutshell, everything in the universe can be broken down to the level of energy.  Here's an extract from the book:

'Remember that your thoughts are the primary cause of everything.  So when you think a sustained thought it is immediately sent out into the Universe.  That thought magnetically attaches itself to the like frequency, and then within seconds sends the reading of that frequency back to you through your feelings.  Put another way, your feelings are communication back to you from the Universe, telling you what frequency you are currently on.  Your feelings are your frequency feedback mechanism!'


  1. The Secret is the latest and by far the worst example of a HIGHLY profitable trend where self-help gurus with fabricated new age titles and little relevant education, credentials or legitimate expertise brainwash us into believing that they know what is best for us, our marriages and our families.

    Often their only contribution to society is introducing some exotic sounding, new age philosophy. However, they often cleverly form an incestuous group of like-minded “experts” who cross-promote each other by swearing their success is due to following the beliefs of another member of their “cult!” All the while, they ply the airwaves jockeying for an ever-larger audience by appearing in the national media to garner third-party endorsements.

    The Self-Help Movement has become the Self-Destruct Movement by diminishing or destroying our critical thinking skills to choose and evolve on our own. We have given up the freedom to build healthy lives, marriages and families based on our unique history and life experience. Instead many victims, blinded to the value of their own life experiences, are attracted to the latest secret in self-help, in an attempt to find out what they should think, feel and how they should act... this is the definition of a cult.

    The solution is a return to our (common) senses! The best way out of this learned “self-helplessness” is to go cold turkey. Stop following ALL self-help gurus now. Begin, instead, to reclaim your natural, God-given ability to think for yourself. The common sense that was once readily available to all of us is still there free of charge and waiting to be applied to just about any challenge we might face in life… all you have to do is use it.

    Please, let's all work together to stop the flock of "sheepeople" who blindly move from one UNPROVEN concept to the next, looking for the answers to life's challenges that you already possess and that is the OBVIOUS!

  2. I was debating whether or not to publish John's comment uncensored, when I thought 'This is the perfect opportunity to generate a discussion on the topic of New Age beliefs!'

    Reading John's comment reminded me of the time when my Christian friends tried to force their religious beliefs on me. They were fervently presenting the idea of non-believers = sinners. I believe that God is divine and would not be so unforgiving just because some mortals do not believe in him...

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I'm sticking with mine because it works. What works for you?


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