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The Secret & The Law of Attraction

It’s been 9 years, give or take, since the release of The Secretthe popular film and book.

Produced by Rhonda Byrne, an Australian television writer and producer, The Secret was hugely successful with DVD sales reaching higher than 2 million within the first year of its release and book sales reaching higher than 4 million within 6 months of publication.

In 2007, this success earned Rhonda Byrne a spot on Time Magazine’s Time 100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Here in East Africa, the phenomenon that was The Secret was not lost on us.

Bookstores across the region (at least in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda) brandished huge displays advertising the book, and within 7 months of the film’s release, I (living in Nairobi at the time) was able to get a copy of The Secret’s first edition.

Chances are that many of you, my readers, have already either watched or read The Secret.

Today, I would like to share a bit about The Secret with those of you who haven’t, while engaging those of you who have in a discussion as to whether “the secret” contained in The Secret really is the secret to successful, joyful living.

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What is The Secret?

The film, which was released before the book, is a documentary-style movie consisting of interviews with authors, philosophers, and scientists about the secret to prosperity, health, relationships and happiness.

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The book, containing the same material as the film, was published 7 months later, with both the book and the DVD version reaching the top of the bestseller lists.

What was the secret espoused in The Secret?

Sorry, I am not going to be a spoiler.

To find that out, you’ll have to read or watch The Secret yourself.

For a sneak peek into The Secret, though, you can find out more on the movie’s official website.

Esther Hicks

Personally, I enjoyed the first edition of the movie very much (the one that included Esther Hicks, who was subsequently edited out of later versions).

I haven’t read the book yet.

The film was fast-paced, visually captivating, and chock full of fascinating concepts.

It did not slow down for a second!

After watching the movie many times (understatement!), I have since incorporated a number of The Secret’s teachings into my daily life.

For example, now I “want what I really want” and don’t temper my desires by whether or not I think I can have whatever it is that I want.

Also, I’ve learned to take keen note of what my emotional guidance system tells me, staying away from places, people, or things that incite negative emotions in me and moving towards those that elicit positive ones.

Eight years after first learning about “the secret”, I can attest that I am now a more peaceful, positive, happy human being than ever before (and finally, I now understand what my Aunt meant when she once told me that I was uncomfortable with happiness and could never just let good things flow to me. D. T. O., thanks for sharing that insight! 😉 ).

Still, I am not sure whether or not “the secret” espoused in The Secret is truly the secret to successful living.

One major issue that I have with The Secret comes from past experience.

In my own life, I have experienced first-hand the benefit of negative emotion.

There’s nothing quite like being sick-and-tired of a situation to propel me to do something about it.

Also, I’ve experienced that a little bit of worry and anxiety helps me get stuff done.

Sometimes, I wonder: if I constantly stop myself from experiencing negative emotion, then might I not just  become complacent and lose a great energy source that I have used in the past to create positive change?

What Role does God Play?

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That’s just one conflict that I have with the material presented in The Secret.

The other has to do with how God fits into the whole The Secret paradigm.

I believe in God and my relationship with him/her is an active part of my life.

Sometimes, I feel that The Secret leaves God out of the equation, which is something that I cannot reconcile myself to.

And now, I’d like to hear your views: What do you think of The Secret? Is “the secret” espoused in The Secret the secret to life?

If you haven’t read or watched The Secret yet, then I am sure you can find the book at a bookstore near you.

Check it out.

Then, let me know what you think when you do.

I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Until the next time,
Biche

(Looking for a good book to read? How about a book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? Check out my review of two of her books in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Americanah & Half of A Yellow Sun.)

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14 thoughts on “The Secret & The Law of Attraction”

agree with the conflict you have with that movie. it seems to dwell almost entirely on self-perception and leavesout the idea of having a God

Seeing as you can practically recite the secret backwards, I cannot believe it took you this long to post about it!! 🙂

But to respond to the issue of God in ‘The Secret’ – I don’t know that they leave God out as such – I think it depends on what you perceive God to be: creator? provider? the source of peace? one with one’s spirit? God is, in my opinion, a very personal experience, and that experience and the extent of revelation is as varied as there are people.

As for the whole philosophy behind ‘The Secret’, every time I watch it I have been reminded about what I really need to focus on, and also been forced to reflect on the extent to which I was responsible for my current circumstances…

I ahve read the book and watched the movie. For
me the book was where i got the aha moments, the
movie was interesting to hear people speak about
how the secret has impacted their lives.

I also wish that they could have added something
in there about God being in control and not necessarily
the universe per se. However i personally think
when you adapt the secret in your life and keep
God at the center with prayer as well, then you
will find the secret is really the secret! Good
stuff!

Please read my new blog. I would love to hear what you think. I have never seen the movie, only read the book! It is my opinion that just like the laws of cleanliness in the Old Testament work, whether you believe in them, whether you are Hebrew; the Law of Attraction, the Law of Reciprocity in the New Testament work whether you believe in them or if you are a Christian or not. I maybe wrong, but this is my belief.

Hi, Great post!

Rhonda and her co-Authors knew how important yet sensitive the information was. They also realized that a natural law is a universal law -it applied to every sentient being regardless of religion, government, philosophy or tradition.

It would be like trying to explain gravity while asserting references to god. Same challenge.

God isn’t excluded in anything. God is everything. So it won’t take you long to deduce the correlation.

I look forward to more of this topic on your blog.

Thanks, Harji Bwika Simon

Hi Harji,

Welcome to Chick About Town and thank you for your comment.

That comparison to gravity and referring to God makes a lot of sense. Thanks for making me look at it in another way. Are you a big believer in the Law of Attraction?

Biche

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