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What is the Secret?

by Alethea (writer), Los Angeles, February 23, 2007

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If you've been in the loop of what's hot, what's new and what is the latest and greatest, you must have been in earshot of several discussions of the great "Secret". But what is the Secret? It started as a small production that was mainly passed along through the internet in 2006. Eventually, by word of mouth and "power of mind", it began to pick up steam almost exponentially. Currently, the DVD has just started being sold in stores and was recently featured on Oprah. It has now become a near-phenomenon. Sales have sky-rocketed and stores can barely keep copies on the shelves. What is all the brouhaha over?

The Secret purportedly has been passed down through the ages by the greatest minds to deliver the key to success. Aristotle, Plato, Shakespeare, Einstein, Beethoven, Jesus, and Buddha are some of the people that have purportedly utilized the Secret and have taught its lessons to others. Contemporary teachers of these principles that are featured on the DVD include authors, quantum physicists, psychologists, physicians, philosophers, teachers, and others.

The Secret is based on the concept of attraction. What happens to you in your life is based on what you think, feel, and ask for. This goes along with the notion that thoughts are things. The more you feel it, imagine it, and positively attract it to you, the more likely it will come. This goes for not only material possessions, but also purportedly for any area of your life, health, romance, travel, etc. You can get what you ask for. But is it really all that easy?

One can say, well - I want a million dollars, so where is it? The Secret isn't so easy that anything you picture in your head materializes instantly. It would be potentially disastrous if everyone started materializing their mind's first whim. Yet, the Secret's teachers give you guidelines and points out common things that people do wrong while practicing this. So when you know what to do, does it work? Supposedly so.

Some critics say that this type of thinking promotes laziness and false hope in people to not work for what they want. Others say that this all simply New Age hogwash. On a scientific basis, critics claim there is no firm scientific evidence that thoughts are things or that we can create brainwaves that affect our environment. Others assert that amazing things have been accomplished through the power of the mind. When one can realize that everything is made from energy and vibrations, could the idea that intense concentration can have an effect on surroundings be so far fetched? There have been many cases of medical miracles with people that are so determined to get better they beat incredible odds. Could this intense energy from determination play a part?

The Secret by no means is a new idea. We have no doubt heard bits and pieces of this positive thinking power, and what it can do for us if we only know what to do. The Secret is more like a contemporary study guide to what many religions, and positive thinking enthusiasts have been saying for centuries. As for the question if it really works or not, I would say try it for yourself and see what happens.



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By mattjosh on February 23, 2007 at 04:26 pm
This sounds a lot like "Good things come to those who wait," but of course with the catch that "God helps those who help themselves." It promotes laziness if you believe that you'll get what you want solely through wishful thinking, rather than supplementing those gimme-gimmes with some tangible effort. But on the other hand....maybe I can focus my brainwaves enough so that I won't need a microwave.
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By V on February 23, 2007 at 04:32 pm
This thing is like yoga for me. I know it has hundreds and hundreds of years' worth of history and at the end of the day, would likely be good for me. I just couldn't however, stomach the whole 'scene' back home in Sydney ... yogalates ... Christy Turlington yogawear ... far too much talk about 'how you feel' and the 'peace within' and stuff, so I resisted for over a decade. However, it was always to my own detriment and I knew that ulitmately, it'd probably be something I'd enjoy. It took until last year for me to finally cave in. I am now a yogini for sure. But I have to say that if I have to endure one more fashionista's conversation in my workplace about the f%*)+#@ 'Secret,' I'll explode! For nearly six months now, all I hear is,'Oh my God, my whole life has changed and I just can't believe it! I was the one sabotaging myself. Look, you're manifesting your own unhappiness like this. You've just got to wacth it!' However, I still have to ask ... did it work for you?
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By Alethea on February 23, 2007 at 05:08 pm
V -- I watched it... I've been trying it with some minor things, I'll let you know what happens!
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By V on February 28, 2007 at 06:32 pm
You might find this interesting .... http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/how-cosmic-secret-made-millions/2007/02/28/1172338710029.html
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By gig on March 17, 2007 at 08:29 pm
Nothing personal against the writer, but trust me, "The Secret" makes The da Vinci Code look serious and intelligent. Someone lent it to a friend and he lent it to me. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry, that's how silly it is. The makers of this DVD, who are laughing all the way to the bank, used what is called viral marketing, which can infect millions of people aka consumers: it's word-of-mouth with a teaser marketing and in our day and age, with the internet, it can spread like wildfire. Don't buy the hoax. Spend your money doing good deeds: that will make you happy.
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By gig on March 17, 2007 at 08:33 pm
P.S. I should clarify that when stating "Nothing against the writer" in my previous comment, I was refering to Alethea.
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By Bedoykhek on April 19, 2007 at 03:09 am
Considering the responses,I would try watching it,provided I do not have to pay money to do so.
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