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The Secret
August 13, 2007
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In response to another poster's request about the book "The Secret" I've made this thread.

I've read (listened to the audio) book. The basic premise of the book is a concept that is quite old and has been around for a very long time; it's nothing new. The concept is that your thoughts create your reality - you and only you are the sole power over your own existance and that what you think and believe in every aspect of your life from relationships and health to finances, positive or negative, comes to pass; every one has this power within themselves to bring that which they promote within their heart to pass. The author concedes that chance does happen to us all, but that "chance" may not be chance at all, but (as she puts it) "...the 'universe' giving you what you wish..."

Some time back I wrote an essay myself on the subject. Here's the essay for you to read in its entirety:

By chance, or not, I came across a book named The Secret, or rather a movie for which a book was made and this book has explained something that I have understood from my mother and father, grandmothers and grandfathers, and friends.

The premise is that our thoughts create our reality; our thoughts use a natural law called The Law of Attraction, (which on the surface sounds hokey, but with thoughtfulness, becomes understandable) that is used constantly to build our lives; we build that which we desire from the thoughts we entertain whether the be good or whether they be bad and the preconceived notions and beliefs contained within those thoughts.

I was unprepared for the shock and realization of what these thoughts entailed and many examples in my life that demonstrate this principle and law with clarity and insight I believed not possible.

As of late I have been watching Season 7 of the x-files. The episode I started on tonight when I got home from work is titled “All Things.” This episode just happens to be on the subject of which I speak. Dana Scully is herself undergoing just a transformation of thought and understanding as to make her question the invalidity of her preconceived ideas and notions. The story takes us to her dissatisfaction with her current involvement in the FBI with Fox Mulder and her desire for something more; something more than mere existence without substance for which Mulder, of late, has had an unrelenting propensity. Scully goes to a hospital in the DC area to complete the workup of an autopsy she had performed and Mulder’s behest and, she, by chance, discovers an x-ray in the envelope given to her for someone with which she had an affair many years ago.

As the story progresses, it becomes apparent that the universal idea and notion of the Law of Attraction is evident and I venture to suppose even instinctual within us.

She makes these remarks to her old lover:

It’s time that you took responsibility for the hurt you caused your family.
It’s no accident you got sick Daniel.
You’ve been running from the truth for ten years.

My mind has been occupied with these things; then, a television show that I put on (of which I have long since forgotten), brings to bear the information that I’ve been researching and starting to understand more fully.

Does what we think and what we truly believe become our reality? If we believe negatively that our life is hard, unresponsive, dead, and ill-conceived, is that what we get? Do those negative emotions give us a reality of primarily negativity? Is it unwavering faith in an idea, concept, notion, or quality within ourselves, a want or desire, that in turn causes the manifestation of said idea, concept, notion, quality, want or desire in spite of the “truth” that we perceive regardless of the nature of the idea; that being the impossibility of it?

In 1912 a man by the name of James Allen wrote a book entitled “As A Man Thinketh”. It’s a selection of short essays that expound upon and relate more eloquently than I, the qualities of which I write.

I purchased this book over a year ago and read it. Not realizing it, I had already put his idea into motion that my thoughts caused me to physically move from where I was to where I am now.

As an example, of which I can attest in my own life, in 2005 I envisioned moving from where I lived in Oklahoma to where I live now. The reasons for the move are not important however what I did and believed are. When I had made up my mind to move I had no idea how I could make it happen or become a reality; truth be told it was a miracle that it happened at all. I had no money with which to move, I had no job to move into, I had no place to live once I got there, but yet, with a conviction that I had not had for many a year, I believed I would move. In less than six months of my initial expressed desire, I was moved. Everything fell into place; and I mean everything. I was able to get people to rent my house in Oklahoma. I found money (or the money found me) that I didn’t know I had with which to move. I found a house in this area within three days and that in and of itself was a miracle. I got a job that I had wanted to have for a long time as well. Everything fell into place.

This quote is from the book and it exemplifies this idea succinctly:

The Vision that you glorify in your mind, the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart - this you will build your life by, this you will become.

For years I have, by my own admission, done just such a thing and it has produced both good and bad fruit and produced exactly what I believed I would have and what I believed I would be. It did not register in my mind until tonight the pervasiveness of this “Law of Attraction” that I drew unto me that which I believed in my heart.

Now, do I believe that thought without action can produce results? I'm not sure, but I lean that it does not. If we want the best for our life, our thoughts will lead us to do the "right" things to obtain that which we want. Even when we want the best, our negativity will cause us action (or inaction) that will lead us to the result we fear the most.

August 13, 2007
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Yeah..I saw a DVD about this 'the secret'.

basically it puts one in this mindframe, first, be grateful for what you do have...then, think positive thoughts...envision positive outcomes..and good things will happen to you.

In the end, it doesn't hurt to to try, right? I don't put any stock at all into this "attractiveness"..I mean by that reasoning kids with cancer must've wished for it? Who wishes for disease or natural disaster? Nonsense. this good stuff doesn't materialize out of nowhere...you are just on the lookout for the opportunities and much more likely to seize them.

But i do believe that in being grateful and in looking for the positive in things you are much more likely to effect a positive outcome in your life and less fearful of challeneges or opportunities...more accepting of changes as opportunites and less as dangers. ya know..faint heart never won fair lady.

It all gets back to something I heard said that makes great sense 'most people are about as happy as they make their minds up to be."

I'm interested in this new book from the Harvard guy..."happier" or something? apparently his class is the most popular at Harvard. saw him On daily Show

August 13, 2007
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My daughter read The Secret. She told me that the book states that if you have faith and believe that something good will happen, that it will happen. And you don't have to DO anything for this good result. That all you have to do is believe. Visualize it and believe. Well, I have not read the book yet. But that sounds kind of hocus pocus.

I am more inclined to believe that you
can visualize a good thing coming to pass, and then you will do things to make that a reality. But who am I to say. I really want to read this book.

I do know a lot of people who are their own worst enemy. They are constantly dwelling on their bad luck and unhappiness. And they are stuck in that rut. They don't seem to realize there IS another reality if they would change the way they think.
What you focus on is your reality. So, if you focus on beautiful, happy things, you can make your life more beautiful and happy. Even if you have cancer, I have read that positive thoughts can help heal you!

In my own life, when bad things come my way, I try to stay focused on continuing to do the "right" thing. Even when days seem so dark, I keep trying to do the constructive actions.
LIke, if I am really feeling down and life is suddenly difficult, for whatever reason, I will make the extra effort to eat well, exercise on my elliptical, do whatever little steps I am able to do to make my life better. In a few days, everything is OK again...and maybe even better. Because I do not give in to the negativity. I try to ignore the negativity...and do what "works" .

So, I am anxious to read The Secret. And if anyone knows the name of the "happier" book by the Harvard guy, please post it so we can all read it, too.

August 13, 2007
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I would highly recommend reading the book by James Allen - "As a Man Thinketh." It's an excellent treatise on this subject and well worth the $5.00 investment in the book; a real eye-opener.

August 13, 2007
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Thank you! I will find this book!

August 14, 2007
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I have watched the dvd and it is not like a get rich scheme that just think and it will come. But its more like, you have a vision and things will appear to get you there, when you are looking and focusing on what you want instead of what you don't want. The principle is from what I get, is that you are the master of your own universe.

You have the power and the choices to do whatever it is and have whatever it is you want.

It does also say something to the fact of yeah you can't wish away a medical probmlem, you might need doctors. But you can tell yoursel good positive healing thoughts and invision yourself healed instead of the opposite.

I have personally used this belief with a very huge and scary back surgery when everyone was telling me how bad it would be, what my limitations might or might not be etc. I didn't let them put negative stuff in my head. I only invisioned, and still do a full recovery and knowing I will be better.

I find focusing on the future and staying focused on what we want instead of focusing on all the bad and what we don't have is enlightening.

Beyond the thorn is a rose.

August 16, 2007
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Hello..cool stuff here.someone said to me recently that the universe works on the 'I do' principle and not the 'I don't. Its not ' I think therefore I am' The I AM. Its I am therefore I think. Read that in Charles Fillmores' metaphysical bible dictionary. SadMike..things like that have always happened to me and it has excelerated in the last few weeks. Im slowly changin my attitude, thought patterns. When I was in my early 20's I was so good at it. I feel like a prodical daughter...a bible story I red over and over as a child incidently!! And here it is created!! I know that the more direct and practical even, we are with our requests, the more direct we receive answers, solutions and out right miracles. An occurance of what we call a miracle is our forgetful selves reacting with surprise at what is in fact the norm (without sounding ungrateful). Sometime soon we will all remember who we really are)))

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