After skimming the secret I came to the conclusion that the “secret” is a life hack as cheat sheet to get answers to life situations.(Attraction towards your needs). The secret can give you whatever you desire no matter who, what or where you are. The author describes it as ” The golden Ticket” to life . There is a quote that says”the greatest teachers who ever lived have told us that the law of attraction is the most powerful law in the universe”. In my opinion this means there is more to be seen with just the naked eye but I would also need clarification to that because I don’t think thats all of it. I disagree with how to the author uses historians as a reference to their success being, they had the secret, that is what made them so successful. But turn 360 degrees. I enjoyed how she uses different poets and musicians on how they broke down the law of secret by expressing it through their individual unique pieces whether art or music. If you think about it, it’s really magnificent how thinkers such as Socrates and Plato writings and teachings are still having so much value and meaning today when they writings have been around for so long.
After reading sections of The Secret I have some questions? The book starts with the main author Rhonda Byrne, explaining her testimony. She explained how a death of a loved one eventually lead her to find this “Secret”. Then further in, the book starts to list off these big names in history such as Beethoven and Einstein, claiming that they were successful because they had the secret. I believe the author unfairly uses these names for credibility, and since most people know that Einstein was an extremely successful scientist, it is used as a first step in getting people to take interest into what this almighty secret is. The “secret” ends us just being Law of Attraction and is explained as any thought in your head that you believe in, and feel the emotions connected to that thought the universe will bring you. It’s basically the old saying of karma and that whatever you put into the universe comes back to you. I loved the concept of the book and that is the focus on the Law of Attraction. I think the Law of Attraction could be a very beneficial tool to use to make the world kinder. But with that being said I think this book simplify serious issues that happens within life, and they blame it on the thoughts that the person had put into the universe. The chapter I read was The secret to the World, and the point that was made was that all the issues that the world face such as crime, political issues etc, is “simply” because that’s what the world promotes and is talking about. One person gives their testimony on how they no longer read/ watch the news because of all the bad news that is talked about. They explain that The Secret to the World is to only focus and to put energy into the good. Though none of these statements are inherently bad or even wrong I just feel it is way too simple for the complications of life. Does Law of Attraction play a part, possibly, but is it all you need to be the most successful person, I’m filled with doubt for that one.
As you know, throughout the semester, I am going to be choosing a “featured post” (or “posts”) for each blog assignment, to highlight examples of successful blogs (AKA, “Professor’s Picks”). But … what I might find compelling or well-done in a blog post might not be the same thing as your peers do. Enter “People’s Choice Posts,” which allow the students to read and honor awesome writing by their classmates (or themselves!). This also helps to bring student voices into the course more fully, as each student’s blogs become (required) reading for the course.
Here’s how it will work. Read through your classmates’ reading response blogs on “The Secret” and choose your favorite post. You can choose a post for any reason, but you always must clearly articulate your rationale for choosing it (e.g., why did you find it interesting, compelling, likeable, provocative, etc.?). This rationale can refer to content, style, creativity, etc. If, after reading everyone’s posts, you strongly feel that your post is your “favorite,” you can always vote for yourself, but you need to provide a rationale for doing so.
In order to register your vote for this week’s “People’s Choice,” “leave a reply” to this post, and in your comment, provide your chosen post, an excerpt from it + rationale for choosing it. Provide the title and author of the chosen post, along with a link to the post you are citing (please provide the link in the same comment: don’t make a separate comment with just the link). Citing is really important (in this case, citing your classmate!), and this is a way of giving credit to other sources and putting yourself in dialogue with them.
Comments/votes are mandatory, should be made no later than Thursday, 2/11 at 9am: the person with the most votes will earn the coveted “People’s Choice” honor for this round of posts! I’m looking forward to seeing what you choose, and why.
In the book “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne the secret revealed is the “law of attraction”. The law of attraction means whatever you put out within yourself and in the world you will attract, Think and do good and you shall receive good. You create your own happiness or sadness and you are in full control of how things are steered in your life. Eliminating the bad thoughts that will bring you down and putting a greater emphases on the positive will uplift you and bring you to all that you desire.
I personally think “The Secret” can be a very motivating book when taken in the right way. It reveals that we are in control of everything that happens in our life as though its a secret and to many I guess it is. Many people forget they have so much power in their lives and often blame outside sources for their lack of unhappiness or drive. “The Secret” is bringing something to light that is within us all. On page 46 Byrnes states,
“Your wish is my command!”
This wonderful story demonstrates how your whole life and ev-
erything in it has been created by You. The Genie has simply an-
swered your every command. The Genie is the law of attraction,
and it is always present and always listening to everything you
think, speak, and act. The Genie assumes that everything you
think about, you want! That everything you speak about, you
want! That everything you act upon is what you want! You are the
Master of the Universe, and the Genie is there to serve you. The
Genie never questions your commands. You think it, and the Genie
immediately begins to leverage the Universe, through people, cir-
circumstances, and events, to fulfill your wish.”
Bynes bringing this to light highlights that we don’t need a fantasy story about receiving a Genie, we have always had one. Taking control of ourselves from our thoughts, lifestyle, actions, and will can quickly unleash the Genie. There is process to get to this point which Byrnes also highlights in the book, she doesn’t just say notice that you have always held the Genie rather she says that there in a creative process to get the point to really access your personal Genie. On page 48, “Asking is the first step in the Creative Process, so make it a habit to ask. If you have to make a choice and you don’t know which way to go, ask! You should never be stumped on anything in your life. Just ask! You do not have to ask over and over again. Just ask once. It is exactly like placing an order from a catalogue. You only ever order something once. You don’t place an order and then doubt the order has been received and so place the order again, and then again, and
then again. You order once. It is the same with the Creative Process.
Step One is simply your step to get clear about what you want. As
you get clear in your mind, you have asked.”, Starting anything comes with a process although this book is called “The Secret” the act of knowing a secret doesn’t give it value, its how you apply that secret and what you choose to do with it.
The chapter I resonated with ” The powerful process of visualization”. I am a visual person, most things I enjoy are creative things and when being creative you always have to visualize your piece coming to life. I enjoy Graphic Design and freelancing art many time people have seen my work and have not understood it at first and that when you have to tell them trust the process. Our life is no different that a piece of artwork in fact its the greatest piece of art.
“Visualization is a process that has been taught by all the great
teachers and avatars throughout the centuries, as well as by all the
great teachers living today. In Charles Haanel’s book, The Master
Key System, written in 1912, he gives twenty-four weekly exercises
to master visualization. (More important, his complete Master Key
System will also help you become the master of your thoughts.)
The reason visualization is so powerful is because as you create
pictures in your mind of seeing yourself with what it is you want,
you are generating thoughts and feelings of having it now. Visu-
alization is simply powerfully focused thought in pictures, and it
causes equally powerful feelings. When you are visualizing, you
are emitting that powerful frequency out into the Universe. The
law of attraction will take hold of that powerful signal and return
those pictures back to you, just as you saw them in your mind.” (Byrnes, page 81)
Turning a thought into visualization is what helps us turn it into reality. When you envision yourself doing something over and over again the more it feels likely to happen whether it be good or bad. We hold so much power within us that if we highlight these approaches of “The Secret” and give the right things enough value and positive thought and approach we can simply do anything.
Before I started to read the self-help book called “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne, I was intrigued in finding a hard book copy on Amazon to buy because I figured it was going to be something that I would want to read again in the future. I had a feeling that it would be one of the things that I needed to have from taking this class, that would help me to become a better version of myself. As I started to read, I wondered if there was an actual movie called, “The Secret” as well because that would be another thing that I must watch. As mentioned in my introduction post and the survey assignment that I completed for last week’s class, I really enjoy watching movies. It also made me wonder how true or real the things would likely to happen from just reading the “Foreword” alone. As I continued to read, it really made me wonder, “What is the secret?” As stated in the book, “The Secret is the law of attraction! Everything that is coming into your life you are attracting into your life. And it is attracted to you by virtue of the images you are holding in your mind. It is what you are thinking. Whatever is going on in your mind you are attracting to you.” (Proctor pg. 4)
I chose to read the chapter that discussed, “The secret to relationships.” I have been recently giving trouble when it comes to relationships with others and I really want that to change. “When you do not treat yourself the way you want others to treat you, you can never change the way things are. Your actions are your powerful thoughts, so if you do not treat yourself with The Secret love and respect, you are emitting a signal that is saying you are not important enough, worthy enough, or deserving. That signal will continue to be broadcast, and you will experience more situations of people not treating you well. The people are just the effect. Your thoughts are the cause. You must begin to treat yourself with love and respect and emit that signal and get on that frequency. Then the law of attraction will move the entire Universe, and your life will be full of people who love and respect you.” (Ray pg. 118)
I felt like it totally gave a sense of direction and really cleared my mind on what I should do. The book also talks about, how to use the secret, the secret to money, the secret to health, the secret to the world, the secret to you and the secret to life, plus more. At the end of each chapter, there is little summaries that breaks down what you have read. I would say that it was truly a lot to read and a little challenging to read it digitally on my laptop, so I am definitely looking forward in buying the hard copy version on Amazon very soon.
In this self-help book titled “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne the main concept is the law of attraction. It is broken down by different philosophers in a manner of changing your way of thinking and feeling attached the the thinking pattern in order to reach that higher way of being. With meditation , physical exercises , eliminating negative thoughts and feelings , and following the three steps explained as ask, believe , and receive your goals will be reached as well as everything you need and desire.
“Wise people have always known this. You can go right back to the ancient Babylonians. They’ve always known this. It’s a small select group of people.”(Bob Proctor pg.5) As Bob Proctor states the law of attraction has been used for some time now and others have posed the questions leading to this way of thinking. For example Einstein proposed the question of “Is this a friendly Universe?” One must believe in the universe as a good entity to provide the circumstances as they have for what Bob refers to as wise people. Different cultures have their own unique higher power and it starts with that base line.
The act of asking , believing , and receiving it would only make since to have an entity to ask first. this is where my disagreement comes in. What about the prospers that happen to be atheists or have no base line beliefs? How did they get their wealth if they are not asking for anything to any specific higher being or universe. Is it enough to have positive thoughts only as stated by Mike Dooley ” Thoughts become things!”(pg.9)
On pg. 56 Rhonda Byrne goes on to describe how changing her “fat thoughts” into “thin thoughts” was rather offsetting. In the degree she explained how she focused all of her energy into a meal when she had one and didn’t think about anything else changed her life was appalling at best. Frankly it was disrespectful in my opinion when she then explained different diagnosis were disguises. It is things such as this that discourage me from self help because how dismissive she is to science. I know faith and science sometimes disagree, but this I find extreme.
The chapter I’ve chosen is “The Secret to Health” because I am a health major and I love science. Of course this chapter was absurd to a certain degree starting off with Dr. Ben Johnson stating “We’ve got a thousand different diagnoses and diseases out there. They’re just the weak link. They’re all the result of one thing: stress. If you put enough stress on the chain and you put enough stress on the system, then one of the links
breaks.”(p.127) This quote is followed by a chapter that makes sure it states don’t eliminate modern medication, but continues with these ways of healing serious illnesses by positive thoughts like cancer. This type of text encourages weak minded individuals to smile and giggle in pain and suffering thinking something outer body will heal them and to me this is merely not possible. “You can not catch anything unless you think you can”(Byrne p.137). It is ideas like this that make it sometimes impossible to control a pandemic such as the one we are experiencing present day.
The Secret was nothing short , but an in site into how other’s beliefs range from moderate to extreme from meditation to ignoring health issues. I do believe everyone could take a message from this book. For myself would be to focus on the positive and continue my meditation as it goes along with my beliefs. I would be very mindful to who I would recommend this book to as it may get to extreme for someone that will follow it to the letter. I am just amazed you have so many great minds giving this type of advice.
Your mission is the: “mission you give yourself” (Walsch 177) So beautifully phrased. However, on page 178 Jack Can Field mentions that the secret to life is to find joy: “If ain’t fun, don’t do it.” I must disagree with this because to keep an organized world (not perfectly organized but at least some level of organization) we humans must do things even when we do not like them. I would call them duties/responsibilities that one must do regardless of liking or not. For example, (1) cleaning after yourself, (2) speaking up against abuse, (3) taking care of our parents when they get older, (4) assuming unplanned parenthood, (5) respecting traffic signs and driving rules, etc.
Moreover, and still in response to Jack Can Field’s statement on page 178. I would suggest caution in doing things we like because how can one know if what one likes is morally right? For example, (1) a rapist likes the pleasure of sex but at the expense of a victim, (2) an alcoholic or drug addict enjoys his/her habit (3) a bully gets pleasure at the expenses of tearing someone down, (4) a deceptive business loves to make profit without regards for its consumers, etc. Well, there are 2 sides to joy; a positive satisfaction and a sick amusement.
Dr. John Hagelin on page 179, indicates inner happiness as the secret of life. I believe he is referring to a healthy emotional happiness. He further complements his explanation of the secret to life by saying that: “human potential is the result of proper education” (181).
I love what Lisa Nichols says on page 182: “Every single thing you’ve come through, were to all prepare for you this moment right now.” I have lived this personally, but becoming aware how prepare or how valuable one is requires metacognition, because this awareness does not pop up in one’s mind automatically. One must deliberate without lying to oneself. I personally think this is the step where most humans fail because we like to tell lies to ourselves to feel good and keep living.
I find necessary to remind the fact that there are 2 sides (good and bad) to everything. E. g. if one believes that one is great and magnificent, there is an “equal chance” for that person to become either a narcissist/entitled/abuser OR to become a genuine virtuous/competent/empathetic adult.
Well, the good news of the Secret is that: “we all deserve to be happy and we all were born to add something valuable to this world” (Nichols 182).
“The secret” by Rhonda Byrne is a text describing how much easier life can be if we understood and took advantage of something that she referred to as “The secret”. It begins explaining what the secret can do for people and from the sound of it, I believed it was revolutionary because it appeared to make everything in your life go your way, even things you would think we have no control over. Eventually it is revealed that the secret is what is known as “The law of attraction”, the idea that everything that happens to us happened to us because we attracted it. At first I thought it made sense, If I envision myself passing a test, chances are that would raise my motivation to study for the test which leads to me passing. However, that wasn’t exactly what was being explained. I misunderstood and believed that the positive/negative thoughts that were being discussed worked as a chain reaction that changed our actions and the way we do things which would obviously effect us. I was wrong, the idea was that our thoughts are so powerful that they alone are creating these things that happen to us. That sounds crazy and impossible. I’m not going to pretend I know alot about this topic when I don’t, I’m just going to express how much I don’t believe it.
According to the text, thoughts give out frequencies the same way television towers do. These frequencies are transmitted to the universe which gives the universe the power to make that thought a reality. The text makes it seem as though the universe is some sort of magic machine that takes thought and turns it into real life scenarios. If you tell yourself “I really hope a stranger doesn’t try to rob me while i’m walking home alone at midnight” according to this text you are sending out an invititation to the universe to work it’s magic and make a random stranger decide to cross paths with you and rob you. My idea of the universe isn’t some almighty thing that can make literally anything happen, I thought the universe was simply something where the planets, stars and galaxies around us were inside. Secondly, my idea of thoughts isn’t the same idea as its represented in this text. You can not think of something and just like that, it gets sent somewhere with all that information as if its some sort of email. Thoughts stay where they take place, in our minds.
I want to mention something this text reminded me of, and thats the time I experienced something similar to this. I remember when I was in 6th grade, on the first day of class, my teacher told us we are expected to come in next monday with a green folder. Over the course of the weekend I forgot about it and sunday night was when I remembered. I was worrying because it was too late to go and buy one and it would be too early to go and get one the next day before school. So I kept searching through old supplies I left lying around and didnt find anything. Lastly, I searched in a closet where leftover school supplies was and inside a white bag was nothing inside, nothing but one folder that happened to be green. It was satisfying but scary with how lucky I got, it genuinely felt like the work of a higher power. The point of saying this is to let it be known that coincidences happen and that’s most likely how this idea was formed. Crazy coincidences occured and eventually it was brought up that they weren’t coincidences but a “Law of attraction”.
“The secret” was very interesting but I wish I didn’t let myself be so intrigued by the fact that I disagreed so much. With every chapter I read I found myself seeing more and more things I just felt were impossible. One positive thing I can say however is that this gives people who believe in it hope, and I believe this about alot of other worldy things people tend to believe in. I feel that even if people are believing in things that are not true, atleast it gives them hope for a better future.
In the self-help book, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, Byrne teaches us that the way to achieve the things we really want in life is through the law of attraction. The law of attraction is the secret to attaining the things we desire. Byrne also explains that through the law of attraction we already are where we are now. This concept works simply through our thoughts. Our thoughts are magnetic (they attract what we think) and they constantly attract new frequencies. She gives us the example of being wealthy. If you want to become wealthy you need to have predominant thoughts of wealth, you need to visualize and feel that wealth, and you can’t have feelings of doubt. Most people go about this the wrong way and think about the things they don’t want. The universe doesn’t understand words like “don’t”, “not”, or “no” (Byrne 14). Putting out of the thought of something negative only attracts more of it. Another problem some people face is that they fear loss of wealth once they have it which does lead to that loss.
Byrne states that the feelings you have are important because they tell you what you are truly thinking, and these feelings are your guides to putting your thoughts back on the right track. A key strategy to change a bad thought to a good one quickly is through your secret shifters. Your secret shifters can be anything that you know will instantly change your mood to a better one like a certain memory or a favorite song. Having more than one is important in case one of them doesn’t do the trick. Learning how to meditate also helps clear your mind of bad thoughts.
According to Byrne the steps to the secret are 1) asking and 2) believing. You don’t need to ask questions like how– the universe will just provide. The question of how displays lack of belief. If any action is needed it will be asked of you in a clear way. Being thankful for the things you have now is also important as it helps to shift your energy. Another thing to be mindful of is if something goes wrong at some point throughout your day, at night replay those events the way you wanted them to go and you will be putting out a more positive frequency.
The extra chapter I chose to read is titled “The Secret to Money” (found on pages 95-112). I chose this one just because I am a bad saver and wanted to see if there were any tips specifically for that, and because I am currently unemployed and wanted to see what would be discussed. In this chapter Byrne states that you have to shift your thoughts from lack-of-money to more-than-enough money (Byrne 99). Not having enough is caused by mentally blocking the flow of money from coming to you. First you need to be content with what you already have and understand that your source of money doesn’t need to just be your job. You also need to start saying you can afford things and give back when you can (not sacrifice). According to Byrne, giving back shows that you have plenty and so the flow will be reciprocated back.
Personally when I read these few chapters of The Secret, I didn’t pick up on anything that sounded out of the ordinary. The main message was just sort of repeated throughout the book. I have heard of manifesting before (this is what the law of attraction sounds like to me) and although I’ve never tried it, it does seem intriguing because I have had friends tell me that it’s worked for them. But I believe that action on one’s part is needed in order to attain the things in this book. I think this may help people become more positive individuals which is a good thing and to some extent thinking more positively does bring back good energy/karma, but just counting on things to come to you instead of doing things to get there may slow your progression. Byrne does state that there can be signs from the universe when action is needed but to me these can just be regular instances that were going to happen because of something you have done.