This could be a reassuring message for some, particularly since it relives you of the exhausting work of having to appreciate the world, all its interactions and how we are all implicated and bound up with one another - allowing you to get on with the business of being judgemental instead. It doesn't work for me because it requires a pretty contorted view on existence as far as I can tell and its focus on material goods leaves me cold. It also doesn't just recommend ignoring a good chunk of the normal experience of human life but recommends vigorous self censorship to achieve a kind of cargo cult effect - only through the thorough imitation of the assumed thought habits of the rich and famous can one achieve the unlimited power to alter the geology of Belize.
I'm left with the odd feeling that the author read Foucault's Pendulum and thought that those guys were really on to something with "The Plan". Is it is surprise that our society throws up a book like The Secret from time to time, and it is apt that it appeared on the eve of a financial crash, a clear and vigorous trumpet blast at odds with complex and shifting reality.
View all 39 comments. Nov 21, Paul Perry rated it did not like it Recommends it for: nobody. Shelves: rubbish-bin. This book is so inspirational! It turns out that by just believing and wanting really hard you can get whatever you want out of life!
And if that doesn't work you can write a vacuous self help book full of profound sounding but utterly meaningless tripe and there are enough stupid people in the world to make you rich! This book has also taught me that I don't need to care about other people; if they don't get what they want it isn't anything to with me or anything to do with society being fair o This book is so inspirational! This book has also taught me that I don't need to care about other people; if they don't get what they want it isn't anything to with me or anything to do with society being fair or equal, it's because they didn't wish hard enough or learn to visualise what they want!
I used to give a lot of money to various charities — cancer research, rape support groups, third world aid — but I've stopped that now because I realise that the problems people have are because they secretly, deep down, wish them upon themselves, and only they can make their lives better! It's sad if a child dies of leukaemia or lots of people are killed by a tsunami or a train crash but something in them brought it on themselves, and anyway they'll get another chance in the great circle of life and they should try harder next time. NOTE: Just in case there is anyone who is especially slow on the uptake, this is sarcasm.
I'm not that shocked that this book exists but that it has apparently sold somewhere in the region of 21 million copies really does make me worry for humanity. And if you believe in this book there's no sugaring the pill; you are a moron. A shallow, self centred, vacuous moron. I would happily spit in the face of Ms Byrne, any of her contributors or people who worked on the DVD.
Yes, there is a lot to be said for the power of positive thought — because it can change your own attitude and behaviour! There's a whole field of psychology based on that idea called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. There is nothing mystical about it. You know the old saying, "the universe doesn't owe you a living"? Seriously, just one published quantum physicist who is taken seriously by the scientific community. What does that actually mean?
View all 4 comments. Jul 27, Evgnossia O'Hara rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction. You are the Michelangelo of your own life. Thank you! Jun 27, Jessi rated it it was amazing Shelves: healing-arts , spirituality. I love The Secret. I watch the DVD whenever I need a shot of happiness. It's basically pretty common sense, what you think about and talk about the most is what you get more of.
Where the attention goes, the energy flows. If you constantly talk about being broke, or sick, or depressed, then that's what you will get. Even if you're bank account, health, or mental disposition is not currently where you'd like for it to be, you completely have the power to take one little step at a time in the righ I love The Secret.
Even if you're bank account, health, or mental disposition is not currently where you'd like for it to be, you completely have the power to take one little step at a time in the right direction. No matter how adverse a sitation gets, surely there must be something that makes you happy, something that you are essentially grateful for -- Awesome friends and family, loving pets, a roof over your head, a kick ass music collection, etc.
Maybe you can't control everything that others do or say, but you really truly can choose your reaction, you really truly can choose how you want to feel and even though we all face challenges, we can decide to do the best we can with what we've got at any given moment. The secret kind of distills a lot of really heavy but totally useful info compiled from esoteric spiritual and scientific texts into a simplified, easy to practice formula.
You get what you think about! Sep 30, F rated it did not like it Shelves: dont-like , , self-help. Someone in work made me read this and i hated it. Jan 22, Joyce rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No One with any brain cells that are still alive. Shelves: holy-cow-this-was-published. In a weak moment I succumbed!
It was on sale and I too wanted to know "the secret" Now I know-I just think about checks every day and voila-my mailman will bring them to me! C'mon people, positive thinking has been written about in dozens if not hundreds of books and they were much better written than this drivel! Honestly, the idea that children with cancer bring it upon themselves because they did not envision themselves as healthy or that people who experience earthquakes, famine and flood br In a weak moment I succumbed! Honestly, the idea that children with cancer bring it upon themselves because they did not envision themselves as healthy or that people who experience earthquakes, famine and flood bring it on themselves is just a bunch of hooey!
I guess that is about it. I have to go envision my dinner now cause I don't want to actually have to work on making some-YUK, throw this book in the fireplace so you can get something out of it! View 1 comment. Feb 13, Michael rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Everyone.
More specifically, The Secret explains that like things attract, so positive, can do thoughts create positive outcomes while negative thoughts would create that negative reality. The secret is powerful and if one were to incorporate these ideas into everyday life it would indeed be an unstoppable force. Further, one can use ones more readily controllable thoughts to affect ones feelings. The Secret teaches us to understand today, create tomorrow, but allow the universe to positively influence us as we project positive energy.
Life must be taken as it comes though we can provide it direction. You must stay on track, but deal, positively, with the bumps that come along the way. We must be thankful for all that is presented to us because it defines us. The book goes on to apply the concept of positivity to health, relationships, abundance, thankfulness, and ultimately life.
Indeed the point is to be happy now, feel good now. Ask, once, than listen 2. Martin Luther King Jr. I am received every good thing, I am happy, I am abundant, I am healthy, I am love, I am always on time, I am eternal youth, I am filled with energy every single day. On life: Joy, love, freedom, happiness, laughter. Be Happy now, fell good now. View all 5 comments. Aug 26, Huda Aweys rated it it was ok Shelves: ego-lower , psychology , philosophy. New here those claims in this book about the ability of humans to control them life, and only.. Without the expense of God and his ability and his will and his control of the volcanoes, rain and the sky and the earth!
Well, what it says in the Koran, there is what it says that God created man to be his successor in universe , and with the faith in God can control the volcanoes, earthquakes and rain, and the earth and the sky and more! View all 6 comments.
Jul 31, Marnie rated it it was ok. Call me jaded, but these people have been drinking the kool aid. But, The Secret is a bit extreme. The core of The Secret is the law of attraction, which basically says you attract what you think- think it and it will come.
It says that you simply need to ask, believe, and receive whatever you want from the catalog of the universe. I could find one dollar from the change that has fallen into my couch cushions. I am hard-pressed to believe that there is one million dollars floating around in there. My frame of mind is inhibiting me from finding that million dollars.
Even the biggest optimist has to get real somewhere along the line. The positive messages of the book really do hold some water. You summoned that into your life, the same way you ordered up that new house or that million dollars from the magic catalog of the universe. Jan 23, Anuradha marked it as avoid-like-the-plague Recommends it for: Are you fucking kidding me? Shelves: burn-this-shit , tries-too-hard , non-fiction , religion-philosophy , i-weep-for-humanity.
Read this book, they said. It'll change your life, they said. No, I said. I don't want to change my life, I said. You're too cynical, they said. You need more optimism in your life, they said. Fuck you, I said. I wouldn't read this if you paid me to, I said. And I sure as hell don't pay money for this tripe. I mean, come on, do we really need a book to tell us, "hey, guess what? If you do good stuff, good stuff will happen to you? A Read this book, they said.
And people are lapping it all up. There's a movie about this? And it spawned sequels? Three sequels? That people fucking bought? Really, humanity? You disappoint me more and more every day. I hate the whole self-help gimmick that people have on going these days. There's the monk who sells his Ferrari.
There's the shepherd who travels all the way across the word to realise his destiny was to be a fucking shepherd in the first place. I wanted to rip both those books off from end to end. And then there's this. Thanks, but no thanks. If I had my way, I would burn every single copy of this book in the world. Call me an asshole, call me a bitch, call me whatever the fuck you want, but some books make my blood boil, and this is one of them. Self -help literature, it seems. Feb 02, Randy rated it liked it.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Overall, the Secret, aka, the Law of Atttraction has a great message: like attracts like. This is of course very true in most cases. However, implicit in the teachings of the Secret is the idea that our current place in life is not good enough, that we need to create something in the future that will in turn complete us better job, more money, new relationship, etc , and make us feel whole.
Herein lies the fallacy of the book. For in the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, "Peace exists in the present mo Overall, the Secret, aka, the Law of Atttraction has a great message: like attracts like. For in the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, "Peace exists in the present moment, if you cant find it here, you wont find it anywhere. Because we are already complete. So it's a fine and wonderful thing to have fun with the LOA, and create the life you want, just don't expect to be satisfied with whatever you create in the future if you are not satisfied Now. Sep 30, Marcie rated it it was amazing.
This book is a must read. I am way behind the crowd on getting to this book, only because I've never read an Oprah book pick that I liked.
However, this book summarizes things I've always believed. Here are some of my own beliefs that I've been telling people for years in my own words. All great ideas are "out there" waiting to be discovered. Whomever searches them out first claims them as their own. There is more than enough love, money, knowledge, truth and friendship out there for everyone.
There's no reason to limit yourself or others. If I am in tune with my body I know what is wrong and what it needs. My body is capable of healing itself Jim has always rolled his eyes at this one. If you believe the best for yourself and your family, you will get it. I've always believed that Jim and I will have a great life, and so we do.
They've been asking for it for years. So they get it. If you expect and truly believe that your kids will do certain things be obedient, good students, well behaved, go to college, go on missions they will do them. The same is true for the opposite. Might as well dream big.
I chose the life I am leading. It is the life I want. If it wasn't, I would change it. If you believe that you are okay financially and don't complain about being poor, you will be able to have everything you need and want. For several years Jim and I had a combined yearly income of 10K or less. We never felt like we didn't have every thing we needed. We never told anyone we didn't have everything we needed.
While we watched admittedly amused as many around us with much greater incomes constantly complained to everyone that would listen how poor they were. We never felt that way I know that everyone around us still believes we have much more income than we do So we do. If you believe that your life is mostly happy and rewarding I've believed for most of my life that I could eat whatever I wanted and still look like I wanted to, so I have.
I believed for the first 18 years of my life that I was the smartest person I knew. So the people around me believed this as well. It became my reality. I could go on and on. The book just put it in different words and all in one place. I am definitely not living nearly as positive as I would like and this book was a good reminder to me of what I want to be. One of my favorite Abraham Lincoln quotes has always been "People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be". Many people think this book is oversimplified nonsense. I know that.
Those same people would probably minimize my list of beliefs as well. However, I'm pretty sure those are the same people that from childhood have been pessimists.
Which only underscores the point yet again. Isn't it that T. Aug 22, Jane rated it did not like it Shelves: nonfiction. Oh dear, yet again I have fallen prey to my rule that if I begin to spout opinions about a book on the basis of what other people have said, I have to read it. It's a very inconvenient rule, but I believe it's intellectually dishonest to do otherwise; hence, The Secret. And now I have to think very hard about how to phrase this review without actually saying "steaming pile of New Age BS. The Secret says this: if you think positive thoughts, positive things will be attracted to you from the Oh dear, yet again I have fallen prey to my rule that if I begin to spout opinions about a book on the basis of what other people have said, I have to read it.
The Secret says this: if you think positive thoughts, positive things will be attracted to you from the Universe. If you think negative thoughts, you--frequently known as You--will attract negative things. And--get this--it says it over and over again, for pages. I waited in vain for a deep thought, but all I got was this: "You are God in a physical body. You are Spirit in the flesh. You are Eternal Life expressing itself as You.
You are a cosmic being. You are all power. You are all wisdom. You are all intelligence. You are perfection. You are magnificence. You are the creator, and you are creating the creation of You on this planet. The Secret is larded with quotes from a variety of gurus, or as Byrne would say, "teachers and avatars. The Secret is, above all, a wonderful example of how never to use one word when two will do just fine. I could go on and on But the sum total of this book is "think positive. But elevating positive thinking into a Great Secret of the Universe, without giving the reader any clue as to what to do next other than watch The Secret DVD, which is plugged several times, and no doubt buy all the other The Secret merchandise is snake oil, dear friends, and nothing more.
That, of course, is just the opinion of this humble reviewer, and you are free to differ. The only thing that got me seriously worried was the idea that if you want to be rich, you should act like you're already rich. Isn't that why we have a debt crisis? Otherwise, read it and enjoy. Maybe it will make you wealthy, healthy and eternally young it promises all those things; I should make a note to check on how Byrne looks when she's OK, I'll stop now View all 11 comments.
Jane There's much money to be made in making people think they are problems that need to be fixed. I'd rather read a good story any day than any amount of There's much money to be made in making people think they are problems that need to be fixed. I'd rather read a good story any day than any amount of self-help BS! David Acevedo Jane wrote: "There's much money to be made in making people think they are problems that need to be fixed. I'd rather read a good story any day than a Jane wrote: "There's much money to be made in making people think they are problems that need to be fixed.
I truly thank you, madame. Apr 29, Lisa rated it did not like it Shelves: subterranean , don-t-read-it , so-bad-it-hurts. Sometimes my curiosity really does me a great disservice! It led me to pick up this book, check it out from the library, carry it home, and open it and start reading! That is far too much energy and thought spent on something absolutely, hopelessly, horribly BAD! Whatever happens to you, I learn, is your own fault for unconsciously wishing it.
Well, let me tell you: I apparently wished to get into a state of complete rage while reading this book, for that is what happened. Thousands of grateful p Sometimes my curiosity really does me a great disservice! Thousands of grateful people, the foreword states, write to the author to express the life-changing JOY the book has given them. Well, let me chime in. It gave me joy as well when I finished reading, in the sense that you feel joy when you stop deliberately banging a hammer on your thumb and the pain slowly fades and leaves you numb, asking yourself why on earth you did that stupid thing to yourself.
If I wish strongly enough for something, it will happen - that I learn as well. Well, dear Mrs Byrne, I wish this book to be unread by those millions of naive sheep in the mindset of The Alchemist , I wish the millions of dollars you received for this evil, self-serving book to disappear, and I wish it to be unwritten and forever unthought of.
I wish that from the bottom of my heart, and I believe all those brilliant writers you claim were in possession of THE SECRET, from Shakespeare on, wish the same thing, whatever their new incarnation in the circle of life at the moment! I wish that strongly. My librarian better hide when I return this piece of View all 18 comments. Jun 12, Gabrielle rated it did not like it. The Oprah phenomenon amazes me sometimes. Whatever she picks up and claims to be genius sells hundreds of millions of copies. Even if it is a patronizingly simple text like The Secret. I waited over a year after the first wave of zealous preaching about this book took over the nation to sit down and read it.
At first I was a bit intrigued; honestly, it's "philosophy" is basic common sense: whatever energy you put out, you receive, good or bad. I've known that since I was a child.
Think bad thoug The Oprah phenomenon amazes me sometimes. Think bad thoughts and you attract negative energy and vice versa. But the way The Secret delivers this idea is as if the author Rhonda Byrne is talking to a 4 year old. It is so simple and so crudely written that I found not in the least bit inspiring and, in fact, I found it to be one of the biggest money-making scams I've ever seen. There is very little actual text that Byrne has written herself; instead, she has filled the pages of the book with quotes from other people.
Hundreds and hundreds of quotes that loosely back the statements she makes. I suppose I should say "good for her" for creating such an elaborate smoke screen that has made her millions of dollars. And perhaps, what is common sense to me, is a completely novel idea to mainstream America? True, the average Oprah-watching housewife in this country wasn't raised by a Taoist Tai Chi instructor and grew up reading Kerouac and Kant. Personally, I do know people whom have read this book and swear that it has changed their lives dramatically.
Good for them! I'm always for positive thought and action. However, for this particular reader, The Secret was not the philosophical powerhouse that sensationalism has made it out to be.
In fact, I would have to believe that the great philosophers of history are rolling over in their graves as we speak. Ah, Oprah! How can I get my book on your show? Feb 17, Bark rated it liked it. I'm listening to this on audio because my daughter insists I need it in my life. I love her so I am subjecting myself to this for the third or fourth time.
It has some good advice but is basically one note and focuses way too much on materialism for my liking. Be gracious, be thankful for what you have, think good thoughts and change your state of mind when you find yourself dwelling on negative things. That's what I'm taking away from it at any rate. I don't buy into everything it's selling, e I'm listening to this on audio because my daughter insists I need it in my life.
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