Okay, I am officially tired of The Secret. But that won’t stop me from talking about it some more here!
First, some great comments on the previous NYT article. Wise words.
A couple decades ago, one of my favorite childhood groups, KISS, played on the music variety show Solid Gold. I was so excited to see them on TV that I didn’t care that they were completely boring (no fire, explosions, and they performed their ballad, "Beth").
I feel the same way about The Secret. Of course it’s not a perfect movie. Personally, I could do without the whole "secret" angle of ancient scrolls and such. I think that just feeds into the "New Age" perception of this information. But I can recognize what a wonderful marketing tool that is (hard to argue with 1.5 million copies sold).
The Secret is a start. That’s all. It’s not a "how-to" manual. It’s just a vehicle to get the word out to a large number of people and it’s done so in magnificent fashion. In 1996 I read an article featuring Thomas Leonard in Newsweek about personal coaching. It was a light bulb moment for me. My life’s work began in that moment. That doesn’t mean that the half-page article was the greatest one I ever read and the entire field of coaching looks much different than it did a decade ago. But the important thing is that the article got me started!
Some quick, semi-coherent points about all this stuff before I hit the gym:
- I have the original version of The Secret. Hell, I had like 40 copies… wish I knew they’d become so valuable 🙂 Personally, I think Esther Hicks is da bomb. It’s the words of Abraham that resonate in my soul and this is the work that’s laid the foundation for my understanding of attraction. You can bet that all the "teachers" learned from that source. I did. I’m glad I have this version of the film and I cannot comment on the 2nd version.
- The title of the NYT article is "Shaking Riches Out of the Cosmos" and this is illustrated with a picture of hundred dollar bills flying out of The Secret book. The implication is clear: the self-help junkies have been deluded and fleeced again. Ms. Byrne is laughing all the way to the bank, you fools… No matter though. This article will be how many people begin their journey into this field of awareness. And that’s good for all of us.
- The article was billed as "rivals claiming credit" but I did not get this from reading the article at all. I saw where two parties had different preferences about business. Jeez, that’s never happened before.
- A valid criticism of The Secret is that the movie is that it presents attraction/manifestation as the way to "get stuff". This is not what this field of study is about at all. All of that is ego-based illusion that leads nowhere in terms of personal evolution. The Secret is misleading in this way (though I’m not sure the producers have more than a surface level understanding of this).
The Law of Attraction (I’m even getting tired of that phrase!) is really the Law of the Universe. It’s how things work. And at the foundation of this work is to separate the real-you (the eternal-pure awareness- you) from the ego-you. The by-product of living the law of attraction is peace and clarity, not stuff…
- As I write, I just got an e-mail that a deal worth about $15K of passive revenue has fallen through. Speaking to the point above, I read the e-mail, shrugged, and deleted it. Attraction is not about making THAT deal happen. By dismantling my ego as to THAT result being "good" or "bad" and getting stuck there, I remain in the state of flow where my intentions show up. It’s impossible to explain all this in a paragraph, but I cannot tell you how good that feels to KNOW. Such a relief in my life!
- For you visionaries, the future of attraction/coaching is about helping people bring unconscious energetic blocks to the level of consciousness and removing these blocks. This is where new technologies come into play. If you want to be on the cutting-edge folks, this is where to focus your attention and study.
Okay, the gym calls. Invite you to share your thoughts…