March 20, 2010
I have decided to add a feature to this blog, where I review both books and movies that have inspired me, changed my thinking, and just plain moved me. The first book I want to review is The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne.
The inside sleeve of the book reads: “Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it. In this book, you’ll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life – money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world. You’ll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that’s within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life. The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers – men and women who have used it to achieve health, wealth, and happiness. By applying the knowledge of The Secret, they bring to light compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible.”
Okay, calm down. I know what you’re thinking – corrrny. Well one thing I’ve learned in life, is it’s important to be open-minded to new experiences and ideas. So I read The Secret, and I gotta tell you – it shook me to the core. It was not at all what I thought it would be. The gist of the book is that everything is composed of energy – including us. Now that is not new information. We are composed of cells, which are composed of molecules, which are composed of atoms, which are composed of energy. Great. What was new to me was the notion that we are essentially magnets, attracting back to us the things/people/experiences that are vibrating on the same level – whether positive or negative. The concept of the Law of Attraction is something I hadn’t heard of before.
That being the case, the idea that our thoughts and feelings determine our life, caused me to take a serious pause. I believe the exact line was “Your life is a physical manifestation of the thoughts in your head.” Crap. You mean I did all this to me? That’s a scary thought. Yet when I sat down and reviewed my life, I could see over and over again where life had given me exactly what I expected.
I have a brother who thinks this book is a bunch of gobbledygook. Poppycock. Bullroar, if you will. (Those are all technical terms, by the way.) My thinking is this – if we are composed of energy, then doesn’t it follow that whether we are vibrating mostly positive or negative energy, could affect our life? I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying “like attracts like”. And I do believe that you get out of life what you put in, and what you expect from it. The Law of Attraction makes sense to me. But if it is a bunch of bullroar, and my thoughts and feelings don’t become my experience, then the worst that happens is I’ve tried to live my life with a more positive attitude. What’s the harm in that?