Have you seen it?
Have you seen it?
The same question started to roll it to my experience. Had I seen this movie on the internet, The Secret?
No, I had not.
Oh, you’d love it. It’s all about the Law of Attraction.
Thinking the title was hokey, I did not investigate further until more e-mails rolled in. Clicking over to the website I found myself resisting the whole clandestine feel of ancient scrolls, waxen seals, and torch-lit rooms, I had to admit, the site was quite beautiful. Someone had invested some capital in this puppy.
But I was not about to plunk down 7 bucks to watch a movie on my computer. I scrolled through the “teachers” in the film. There were a couple people I considered aquantainces and there was Esther Hicks. Seeing her in the film piqued my curiosity, but not enough for me to pay to learn what I already knew.
The curiosity lingered, the e-mails continued to flow, and I continued to resist.
One day a package arrived in the mail. And there it was, The Secret, in DVD form. There was no invoice, no note. I checked my credit card to see if I had ordered it and forgotten, but there was no record.
To this day, I have no idea how the DVD came to me, but it found me.
Watching with my wife, I felt my heart soar. The film looked great and the people we’re talking about my favorite subject in an intelligent, compelling manner.
Some context. Up until this time, awareness of the Law of Attraction existed at an underground level; like a touring garage band with a steadily growing following. There were us groupies who loved to evangelize about the band and share cool mix tapes (LOA books and information) with any one who would listen. As with any new sound, some people resonated, some did not.
But if you used the phrase “law of attraction” in conversation with someone who was not a seeker/into personal development, the chances were excellent you would get the same look I used to get a decade earlier when I told people I was a personal coach — best described as “polite confusion.”
The Secret excited me because now there existed an easy, well-produced way to spread the message to people. I would now be one of those people who would ask, “Have you seen the Secret?”
Was it a perfect movie? Can I pick at it for being too materialistic? Sure. Yes. Whatever. But it did the job, man. It got people talking. It introduced the concept to millions of people. Millions. And to my way of thinking, this was going to make my life and business stronger.
At one point I bought 25 copies of the movie to give to clients and friends. (When another 20 arrived in the mail, I figured I’d lost it again. I had no recollection of this order. However, there was no credit card billed and several phone calls and e-mails to the shipping company went unanswered. A gift from the universe, I figured).
The virus spread and soon The Secret was everywhere. Time. Newsweek. The New York Times. Oprah. And so on.
This was so great!