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In 2006 a groundbreaking feature length film revealed the great mystery of the universe— The Secret—and later that year Rhonda Byrne followed with a book that became a worldwide bestsellerFragments 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 itIn 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 acuiring massive wealth overcoming obstacles and achieving what many would regard as impossible


10 thoughts on “The Secret

  1. says:

    this website is too kind one star means didn't like it I hate hate hate this book with absolute passion sorry if you like oprah but she seriously did the world a disservice by recommending this book apparently there is a dvd also that i don't even think i could stomach so here's the concept behind The Secret You can attract good things to you through your good thoughts Ok I'm on board with that It has worked for me Ooh I already knew the Secret too bad I didn't use it to make millions like this chick But no it goes further You attract bad things to you through your negative thoughts Well negative thoughts are pretty useless so I can see benefit in trying to decrease or eliminate them And one time true story I did get robbed while traveling after worrying about it for 3 weeks BUT There is no gray area with this one According to the author people who are raped killed maimed tortured they all bring it on themselves with their negative thoughts The people in Darfur should be thinking here comes the food there go the guns The book goes on to say that weight management is simply a matter of thinking thin and not looking at fat people for real that if you have a stack of bills to pay you should instead picture checks coming in that you can have everything you want through visualization such as your hands on the steering wheel of your car and that you can cure your cancer watching funny movies There is a weak chapter at the end about how you can use your Secret powers for the common good like world peace but why would you want to waste it when you can be driving your new Hummer? I would go so far as to say that this book is not only BAD but it is DANGEROUS It promotes the self absorbed materialistic shallow outlook of predominantly rich white people to the exclusion of the rest of the planet while managing to blame them for their problems and justify those in possession of the Secret for not using their visualized wealth to promote social change Aah brilliant genius avoid this book do not give money to this woman and her brilliant marketing pyramid


  2. says:

    A horribly written and assembled collection of tripe; it has no cohesive voice no cohesive theme and is completely facile in its analysis I literally threw the book across the room when I read 'uantum Physicists will tell you the universe was created from thought' No numbfucker they won't Not to mention the 'facts' they assert don't have citations to lend those assertions the slightest hint of credibilityIf you want me to believe that 'thinking positively will lead to success because your energy and focus will follow and in turn develop into what you hope for' then fine I'll go down that road with you but this is just shitThis is 'What the Bleep do We Know' blended with 'The Celestine Prophecy' blended with a steaming turd My wish universe is that this book be banished to Cthulu's hell mouth and regurgitated as Kevin Trudeau's doppelgänger Make it so


  3. says:

    I had a long review and I got too many responses to it Comments and emails and strangers connecting with me because of this reviewSo I deleted itHere is what I will say nowI once gave this 5 stars I have since changed it to 2 starsMy focus is on something else now This book is fine but I don't recommend it any but other books insteadIf you are looking for control over yourself and future Its in being as close to God as possibleHow to do that and what that looks like is a much longer explanation and individual for everyoneGood luck on your journey


  4. says:

    went to dinner with the boss lady the other night she went on and on about this wonderful book it was truly life changing and she was already seeing the positive results of applying principles from it in her business and personal lifeshe wasn't able to really articulate any ot those principles so she just gave me a copy went through it the next dayholy crap my employer the person that i am financially dependent on is a fruitloop am updating my resume now


  5. says:

    Should this book be classified as FICTION or NON FICTION? I have no idea but what I'm inclined to do is classfying it as DELUSIONALThe Law of Attraction Whatever you send out of positive thoughts to the Universe comes back to you ten fold at least It's a bit like karma and positive thinking with a twist You want to money comming to you? Just visualise it and it will happen You want to be thinner? Just visualise that food has 0 caloriesuote from the bookFood cannot cause you to put on weight unless you think it can Well I guess that's why this person is so insanely fat; she must believe that the food she eats has many calories and fat Someone should have explained to her that it's 0 calories and good for herYes people ARE that stupid to believe in all the stupid claims that Rhonda Byrne writes By all means I'm all pro positive thinking I'll go as far as to say that yes negative thinking gets you nowhere and that positive thoughts healthier for you the glass is half full and all that BUT Jeez Luise This book is just up there next to Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist worst self help fantasy BS ever written But what is even worse is that the author blames people for their own misfortune you get AIDS too bad you were not thinking positive enough; you are a raped child too bad you were not thinking positively enough; you get hit by a bus too bad you were not thinking positively enough; your dying of starvation too bad you were not thinking positively enough You ended up in the gas chamber in WWII too bad you were not thinking positively enough You get the idea Needless to say how incredibly condescending and trivializing this must appear to people who are enduring pain and distress in their lives whether that be emotional physical or professional is irrelevant It's actually uite disgusting when you sit back and think about it That ms Byrne's getting away with it and earning millions on it at the same time is beyond me She must be the most positive thinking person in the worldhttpwwwyoutubecomwatch?vusbNJM


  6. says:

    I wasn't interested in reading this book I thought from the reviews of friends that it was pretty obvious stuff However I listened to the audio version I sort of laughed at first and thought duh I promised to listen to the whole book on CD and as I listened the connections between what the author is trying to communicate and what many world religions try to communicate is huge I am not a religious person I found this book inspiring because I wasn't being told that God created the universe and that if I pray to Jesus that HE will take care of me Finally I was getting a confirmation that if I live a positive life and if I really attempt to understand the connection between why I am here and why the world is here then I can live a better life There are even segments of the book that answered all of my cynical uestions such as then just focus all your thoughts on getting revenge to those you hate I didn't give myself this disease and I am a victim Many folks think the whole book is bunk because it gives an air of personal responsibility and I can see why they would hate that It's so much easier to blame others There are parts that I think are simplistic But who says life has to be all that complicated? Why not try living this secret to life for a year and see what's possible?I highly reccommend LISTENING to this book I think I would have a hard time reading it


  7. says:

    God I am so sick of The Secret I just can't understand why everyone is so enthralled with it That book is at the top of every bestseller list and it's total crap You're not going to get what you want by thinking about how much you want it I mean yes to positive thinking and all that but the part they left out was that you actually have to DO something to make things happen Jack Canfield whose involvement should turn you off automatically didn't really sit around staring at the ceiling waiting for a million dollars to fall out of the sky He sat around writing nauseating stories and then got rejected by a ton of publishers before someone who likes nauseating stories bought his book I mean Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul? Come on guy Now you're just making stuff upDon't get me wrong The Secret has some valid points You should envision your dreams You should think about your goals constantly and imagine what you would do if you ever achieved them But you should also think about and envision the steps you need to take to get there Then you should act Do something The world is not just going to hand you what you wantJust a uick edit I forgot to mention the absolute worst part of The Secret It's your fault that bad things happen to you That's right your negative thoughts bring negativity into your life and cause horrible things to occur Your father died in a tragic accident? Your fault Your baby mama took off with the kids and won't let you see 'em? Your fault Laid off and can't find work? Your fault If you could just think positively all the time you'd live a charmed life and trouble would never darken your doorstepUgh


  8. says:

    Excerpted from an online essay I wrote To be sure the so called Secret represents a financially viable means to wealth obviously so but let's be clear only for Rhonda Byrnes The Secret DVD's producer and book's authorThus Byrnes would have you believe that the world's wealthy distinguished and famous—every last luminous one of them—attained their high position by dint of simple adherence to a secret law The Law of Attraction She shits you not Further they the world's rich celebrated and leisured have all conspired to keep knowledge of this law from the rest of us Einstein Plato JP Morgan Mozart Sir Isaac Newton Beethoven and the Rockefellers among others are all given as examples of this mighty and mightily secretive ThemThere are problems with this theory For starters the Law of Attraction isn't really a secret Self help books with a metaphysical bent have preached this stuff for centuries I mean just walk into your nearest New Age bookshop and pick up the first book you see; it will undoubtedly mention something about the LawSo is Byrnes lying to us? Not exactly Harry Frankfurt a Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton puts it this way in his little book On Bullshit The Bullshitter does not care whether the things he says describe reality correctly He just picks them out or makes them up to suit his purpose p 56 A liar you see at least recognizes the truth enough to know that he's departing from it; a bullshitter couldn't care less—just show her the moneyThe Law of Attraction then is the bullshitter's belief that one can change the objective world alone by the power of thought—forget action; in fact eschew action If your belief is strong enough says the Law your dreams and desires will come to you much as a steel screw hops across a tabletop and slaps into a powerful magnet This is the As you sow so shall ye reap philosophy minus any actual sowing a fairy dust notion that we all at one point in our lives have espoused it's called magical thinking We're supposed to outgrow itWhen I was four years old I had an invisible friend named Kenny His existence such as it was may or may not have originated in direct response to my sister Amanda's birth an event which made me an oldest child instead of the only child in the family Unlike my busy mother Kenny always paid attention to me and let me have my way I loved Kenny My mom eventually forced me to go outside and play with real children Predictably Kenny soon disappeared The Secret would explain the account thus my early imagining of a perfect playmate eventually attracted other corporeal playmates into my reality Which is true—at least to the degree that we forget about my mom forcing me to go outsideWhat follows then is an arbitrary list of some of the authorities that appear on the DVD the trained animals of the circus or the witch's evil monkeys depending on the metaphor waxing explanatory on the The Secret But don't imagine the monkeys as evil; rather picture streetwise capuchins earnestly working a cheap accordion with their tiny hairy hands glancing up now and then with a smile anxious to see if you've put a coin yet in their dented tin cupsDr John Demartini DC Doctor of ChiropracticMarie Diamond internationally known Feng Shui mistress Diamond a Caucasian speaks with an inexplicably strong Asian accent a la Seinfeld's Donna ChangJohn Assaraf a former street kidwho has dedicated the last twenty five years to researching the human brain uantum physics and business strategies as they relate to achieving success in business and life In the film John relates an account about the power of visualization whose denouement has him crumpled on the floor and weeping the former street kid because he found a picture of a house in a boxMichael Bernard Beckwith a non aligned trans religious progressive—your guess here is as good as mine Beckwith also claims the title of doctor although God alone knows where the title comes from Beckwith ever the walking conundrum dresses in a sharp suit speaks in patrician tones and sports a wild head of dreadlocksAnd Ester Hicks spokesperson for Abraham a multifarious spiritual entity She is the author of The Law of Attraction Byrnes Rhonda The Secret all presenter material from the book The Secret BIOGRAPHIES section pp 185 198Esther Hicks is no longer a featured presenter in The Secret Enhanced DVD Why? It's hard to say Esther's website uotes Abraham the spiritual collective she channels on the topic It is our desire that you be easy about all of this There is nothing that has gone wrong here Email communication between author and Hicks's companyEsther is a pleasant looking middle aged woman She has a serene presence almost comforting She also has the most attractive voice I've ever heard—very earthy very sexy I find it difficult to reconcile that voice with anything close to its putative paranormal personaeEven though the author's of The Secret and anyone else swept into their rhetorical corner probably aren't consciously lying to us about their great happiness at having discovered the Law I have suspicions that somewhere deep in their hearts something like a moral uestion prickles and goads For instance how should one respond to a crisis of say Darfur proportions? Should the suffering of stranger Africans on a continent far far away be of concern if ultimately all that matters is how I feel? Esther asked Abraham the multifarious spiritual entity for clarification on this very matterI used to be extremely disturbed when a person's rights were violated by violence on a person or by someone forcefully taking someone else's propertyBut then after meeting you Abraham I got to the point that I see all those things they're doing with others as games that they're playing— or less agreements that they have between one another spoken or unspoken I've gotten somewhat better at not feeling their pain But can I get to the point that I don’t feel anything negative when I see someone violating the rights of another? Can I just look at whatever they're doing to one another out there and think You're all doing to one another what you have somehow chosen to do? Ibid pg 142That might to some ears sound a little cruel this idea of blaming the victim for attracting the perpetrator The upside of course is that such a belief absolves we standers by from stepping in and offering help Let's take as an example the recent shooting at Virginia Tech Apparently if the Law of Attraction holds true those 32 men and women somehow attracted their crazy executioner to themselves Mass homicide in this light is simply a game played between the shooter and his frightened victimsRhonda Byrnes attempted to defend this belief in a telephone conversation with Newsweek's Jerry Adler cite link They were speaking on the topic of Rwanda which dwarfs Blacksburg in terms of scope but certainly not in terms of horrorIf we are in fear if we're feeling in our lives that we're victims and feeling powerless then we are on a freuency of attracting those things to ustotally unconsciously totally innocently totally all of those words that are so important Totally Totally those words that are so important whether thought or spoken consciously or not let the victims enjoy their just deserts It's true that any survivor of genocide or attempted homicide is responsible for picking up the various shattered pieces and attempting to make something of what's left of life But to pretend that tragedy is nothing than a game is to diminish its victims suffering in the cruelest possible way The word compassion incidentally comes from the Latin com pati to bear suffer If compassion would have us bear another's suffering what then is its opposite? What is the word for ignoring or minimizing another's suffering for the primary purpose of easing the bystander's discomfort and as Law of Attraction espouses the dubious secondary purpose of somehow inspiring the sufferer to uit wallowing in his own tragic juices?Am I overreacting here? I feel like my parents yelling at me for listening to Heavy Metal music But the uestion remember was whether one could actually reach a state of consciousness where he isn't bothered in the slightest by another's pain or suffering Heavy Metal music on the other hand was meant to be a tongue in cheek solace to teenagers suffering under their parents' heavy hands There is a difference the Heavy Metal promise is a lie the other is bullshit albeit scary bullshit Here's a secret the Mother Theresas of the world will be remembered long after the Rhonda Byrneses have faded from collective memory for the same reason that generosity of spirit is appreciated so much than selfishness Magnanimity represents the apotheosis of human nature Success lasting success takes place only when one figures out how to best serve a large number of people Real people real service first the money will probably follow Bullshit on the other hand bullshit sells well for a time perhaps even for a long time but it's not exactly a worthwhile endeavor


  9. says:

    In hindsight I feel I was too kind with this book it makes far sense simply to describe it as evilIt encourages victim blaming since they only have themselves to blame for bringing their fates upon themselves for a lack of positiver thinking and ultimately encourages the reader to blame themselves since when their wishes fail to become fishes there can only be one reason the positive thinking wasn't uite positive enough or didn't have uite the perfect tone of positivity to it And in typical dreariness it discourages through its victim blaming an understanding of yourself or of the structural disadvantages that you may contribute towards in your society though acts of commission or omission that keep the less fortunate always on the back foot Perhaps the most worthwhile comment I can make about The Secret is that it is fascinating as a cultural document view spoiler Barbara Ehrenreich Smile or Die How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World is very interesting on the wider phenomenon of positive thinking hide spoiler


  10. says:

    You are the masterpieceof your own lifeYou are the Michelangeloof your own lifeI believe Thank you