As promised in my previous blog “The Secret part – I” I started reviewing The Secret with a lot of curiosity.
It starts with “Rhonda Byrne” giving a brief Introduction about how and when she came across the book. It describes some very hard times that she was facing, like her father’s death, her soured relationships with her work colleagues, her stress etc all in her life at the same time. Her daughter handed over this to her and she was very surprised to realize that the facts and the fundamentals of “The Secret” were already in existence and known. It dated back to the golden eras in history when Plato, Shakespeare, Newton, Lincoln, Emerson, Edison, Einstein had existed.
She figured that as she had begun the journey she was caught on like a magnet. She realized that the fundamentals of Secret were working with her right at that time itself. When she discovered one teacher, it would automatically link her to the next, in a perfect chain. If she was on the wrong track, something else would catch her attention. If she accidentally pressed the wrong link on an internet search, she would be led to a vital piece of information. In a few short weeks she had traced “The Secret” back through the centuries, and she had discovered the modern-day practitioners of “The Secret”.
She went on to embark on a mission to make a film. The most exciting part for her was that did not have a single teacher secured to film, but since she understood “The Secret” so well she flew from Australia to the United States where majority of the teachers were based. Seven weeks later The Secret team had filmed fifty-five of the greatest teachers across the United States, with over 120 hours of film. She just used “The Secret” to create the “The Secret”.
While still on her “Foreword” I was on the page reading the miracles of “The Secret” as a film had brought to the nation, it was really hard for me to believe. Rhonda speaks about people writing back to her about healing from chronic pain, depression, and disease; walking for the first time after an accident; even recovering from a deathbed; all by just using and putting in place with what the Secret is all about. If these fundamentals have such advantages then would we need medical science? I was amazed at her writing. It was passionate and it was confident. It was simple and easy to believe. I have read a lot of books, never a one, where it felt that the writer was talking to you so direct. It felt that she is sitting right across to the table and telling me all this. Her frequent words of using “You” and “You having the Power” emphasizes that we all have some thing within us that we haven’t explored yet.
Moving on, some lines in the book caught my eye as they were very strong, powerful and confident: “There isn’t a single thing that you cannot do with this knowledge. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are, The Secret can give you whatever you want.” How is this possible? How? Just How – were my questions?
Some of the other ones were: “You can have, do, or be anything you want”, “The Secret gives you anything you want: happiness, health, and wealth.”, “Many miracles take place in people’s lives. Financial miracles, miracles of physical healing, mental healing, healing of relationships.” Now, this increased my curiosity levels to such heights that I couldn’t take it anymore. I started spending more time with the book, reading and lapping it all at once.
The Secret is based around a basic fundamental of “The Laws of Attraction”. It talks about having pre-dominant thoughts that you have in your mind that attracts what you want. The law of attraction doesn’t care whether you perceive something to be good or bad, or whether you want it or don’t want it. It’s responding to your thoughts. If it’s something bad on your mind, you will be attracting that and if it’s something good – that’s exactly what happens to you.
Examples from the book: If you say/think “I don’t want to spill something on this outfit”. The Laws of Attraction sees and reads it as “I want to spill something on this outfit and I want to spill more things.”
If you say/think “I don’t want to be delayed.” The Laws of Attraction sees and reads it as “I want delays.”
The law of attraction will always give us what we are thinking about – period! The law of attraction doesn’t compute “don’t” or “not” or “no,” or any other words of negation. Laws of attraction work through thoughts & thoughts are magnetic which have a frequency. As we think, those thoughts are sent out into the Universe, and they magnetically attract all like things that are on the same frequency. Everything sent out returns to the source. And that source is “You”. Seems like a perfect Astronomy or Science lecture doesn’t it? Well, it’s truly a part of it as well. Our thoughts are seeds, and the harvest we reap will depend on the seeds we plant.
The book goes on to talk about various examples of people whose life has transformed just because they have changed their thoughts and thinking. Another question that crossed my mind as I was reading was: If this was so powerful then how come people haven’t been able to get out of natural calamities or some that have gotten into accidents? Believe it or not, just within the next few pages, I found my answers. By 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 time.
The book goes on to preach some very strong sayings from the preachers of the Secret who have been practicing secret all these years. One strong line that really caught my attention was “when people become frightened of all the negative thoughts that they have. They need to be aware that it has been scientifically proven that an affirmative thought is hundreds of times more powerful than a negative thought. That eliminates a degree of worry right there”
Now, wasn’t this something that we all knew about right from the beginning? Wasn’t this something our parents, teachers, mentors would have told this right from our childhood? Do we really have control over our thoughts and is it that simple? – were again some of the questions running through my mind. The next couple of pages I found my answers again. I so could see myself nodding in agreement when it spoke about the connections between “Thoughts & Feelings”. This somehow turned out to be my favorite chapter as I could so relate to this topic. We all have good and bad feelings. It’s our thoughts that determine our frequency, and our feelings tell us immediately what frequency we are on. When we are feeling bad, we are on the frequency of drawing more bad things. As we feel bad, and if we don’t make any effort to change our thoughts to feel better, we are in effect saying, “Bring me more circumstances that will make me feel bad.” This chapter detailed on feelings and thoughts to a great length but the real basic was that the days we feel good, let’s seize those opportunities and attract good thoughts so that the good comes to us.
Where the negativity persists, the book goes on to talk about how we can change those negative thoughts into positive one and more so importantly the power of love which was a good read. “The Secret” is no doubt a truly inspiring and very positive book written in a very simple language. The real essence of the book can be best captured by those who believe in trying what it preaches. And even if you are one of those who believe that all that the book talks about cannot work or will not work for you – then firstly, you have already allowed the factor of doubt to overtake something that you haven’t even tried and second how would you know that it doesn’t work when you haven’t even started to practice just as a try to see if its beneficial for you. None of us will lose out on anything by just giving it our first and sincere shot at just being positive by trying and controlling our thoughts to allow the Laws of Attraction to work on us. Like the book mentions, let’s not reject the Law just because we don’t understand it. There is not going to be any loss if we try to practice it to see if it really changes anything for us.
I admired Rhonda’s writing of making her readers use this book like an Aladdin’s Lamp where you just had three wishes. Through her writing I could understand why my best friends got so latched on to the book. I could see why they felt so empowered and why they were after me to read it.
She seemingly is giving her readers the power to make everything come true that everyone wishes for or would wish for. I must add that this book is not to be read just once and forgotten about it. It’s a book that needs multiple readings by everyone, for its fundamentals are such that most of us would tend to forget with time and stop practicing.
I recommend the book to anyone who needs some vibrant thoughts to drain that negativity of their mind. For those who think, that they don’t have any negative thoughts – this book is still a must read as you never know it may just help you say Amen to something that you may have wanted all along. Happy Reading!