The Secret is a best-selling self-help book by Rhonda Byrne, based on the earlier film of the same name. It is based on the belief of the law of attraction. THE SECRET - the book that changed the world, by Rhonda Byrne. Translated in 50+ languages. #1 on New York Times bestseller list. J You gain the weight of the book, because the content is as nebulous and .. ( Excerpted from an online essay I wrote): To be sure, the so-called Secret.
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In , a groundbreaking feature-length film revealed the great mystery of the universe—The Secret—and, later that year, Rhonda Byrne followed with a book. This The Secret summary explains Rhonda Byrne's view of the law of attraction, She read a book called The Color Purple, and immediately. I read the book The Secret by Rhoda Byrne with much skepticism. I actually found it worthwhile. Here are 10 good ideas from it that make sense.
I have since changed it to 2 stars. My focus is on something else now. This book is fine but I don't recommend it any more but other books instead If you are looking for control over yourself and future, Its in being as close to God as possible. How to do that and what that looks like is a much lo I had a long review and I got too many responses to it. How to do that and what that looks like is a much longer explanation and individual for everyone.
Good luck on your journey! Petra X Very interesting comments. Mar 17, Bardh Lmao what kind of review is this? This isn't a review, it's an excuse for you to men Lmao what kind of review is this? This isn't a review, it's an excuse for you to mention how apparently close to god you are. Feb 05, Varmint rated it did not like it. View all 14 comments.
Jun 18, Shuaib Abu Shuaib rated it it was ok. View all 41 comments.
Nov 22, Rita rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No one with a brain. The 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 calories! Quote from the book: Food 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 her! By all means, I'm all pro positive thinking. I'll go as far as to say that: Jeez Luise! This book is just up there next to Paulo Coelho 's The Alchemist: But what is even worse is that the "author" blames people for their own misfortune: You ended up in the gas chamber in WWII: 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 quite 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 world. View all 25 comments. View all 17 comments. Aug 22, Katharine Grubb rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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 un I wasn't interested in reading this book.
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 questions 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 think I would have a hard time reading it. View all 20 comments. View all 9 comments. May 12, Shannon rated it did not like it Shelves: 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 God, I am so sick of The Secret. 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. Come on, guy. Now you're just making stuff up. Don'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 want. Just a quick 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? Laid off and can't find work? If you could just think positively all the time, you'd live a charmed life and trouble would never darken your doorstep.
View all 3 comments. Jul 09, Matt Evans rated it did not like it. 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: Thus, 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: She shits you not.
Furthermore, they the world's rich, ce Excerpted from an online essay I wrote: Furthermore, they the world's rich, celebrated, and leisured have all conspired to keep knowledge of this law from the rest of us. Einstein, Plato, J. Morgan, Mozart, Sir Isaac Newton, Beethoven, and the Rockefellers, among others, are all given as examples of this mighty and mightily secretive Them.
There 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 Law.
So is Byrnes lying to us? Not exactly. He just picks them out, or makes them up, to suit his purpose" p. 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 money.
The 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: We're supposed to outgrow it. When 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: Which is true—at least to the degree that we forget about my mom forcing me to go outside. What 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 cups: John Demartini, D. Doctor of Chiropractic. Marie Diamond, internationally-known Feng Shui mistress. John Assaraf, "a former street kid…who has dedicated the last twenty-five years to researching the human brain, quantum physics, and business strategies, as they relate to achieving success in business and life.
Michael 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 dreadlocks. And Ester Hicks, spokesperson for Abraham, a multifarious spiritual entity. She is the author of The Law of Attraction. It's hard to say. Esther's website quotes Abraham, the spiritual collective she channels, on the topic: There is nothing that has gone wrong here….
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 personae. Even 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 question 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 matter: I 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 property But then, after meeting you [Abraham: I've gotten somewhat better at not feeling their pain.
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. 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 victims.
Rhonda 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 horror: If we are in fear, if we're feeling in our lives that we're victims and feeling powerless, then we are on a frequency of attracting those things to us 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 more than a game is to diminish its victims suffering in the cruelest possible way.
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 quit 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 question, 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: Here's a secret: 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.
View all 10 comments. View all 18 comments. Aug 02, Lujayn Alyamani rated it liked it. View all 13 comments. Nov 26, Ollie rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I'm sure this book only exists thanks to The Da Vinci Code. Sensing a public interest in ancient "secrets" passed down to modern times, the publishers of this awful piece of self-help decided they could market Rhonda Byrne's book and make a killing. They were not wrong. In Brasil, it's spreading like an Old World plague: Swept up by its popularity, my mom brought a copy home.
Much like George Bush Jr. The stupid part comes in its mind-boggling belief that anything you ask from the Universe will become true, that everyone deserves and should pursue their most selfish desires in order to be happy. You may recognize some of these from previous lists.
Here are 10 that have worked for me:.
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You must be logged in to post a comment. Parker Associates. Here are 10 that have worked for me: Gratitude — Thinking about what is good in my life puts me in a much happier mood than thinking about what is not good. The author of The Secret says that when you think about what is not working in your life you attract more of it.
Conversely if you think about and are grateful for the good in your life you will attract more of it. All the more reason to write a gratitude journal or just sit quietly for a few minutes and feel gratitude for all that you have.
There are lots of things to be grateful for. For example my list today: Sitting by my window as the birds come to my bird feeder. There is a cardinal that comes and eats the seed that falls to the ground. I am grateful for the cardinal who is bright red and always cheers me and the black and white chickadees that cluster around the feeder.
Listening to music. The Secret is that you have too much free time. My initial instinct was to call The Secret a crock and forget about it. But I was curious. Googling confirmed that my party companion wasn't the only obsessed fan; millions of copies had sold within months.
So I decided to download the book. I have principles, after all — I couldn't trash something I wasn't fully acquainted with. I'd read it. And then I'd trash it. The Secret turns out to be mostly a series of quotes from author Rhonda Byrne's panel of experts, which includes a "personal transformation specialist," a "trainer in the field of mind potential," and a "visionary.
Or a comedy. Except, you know, not funny. Think positive thoughts, and you'll attract wealth, health, and love. Think negative thoughts, and you'll attract poverty, illness, and loneliness. Guess I shouldn't have grumbled to myself about the book. As The Secret explains, "You are like a human transmission tower, transmitting a frequency with your thoughts.
The book's experts suggest counting your blessings and "wrapping every thought in love" in order to connect with the "strongest positive frequency in the Universe. The power of love? The benefit of positive thinking? All this hype over a message about as enlightening as a Hallmark greeting card? I was underwhelmed. But I kept going. The book offers readers a plan for "manifesting" — making dreams a reality.
Step two is When you do that, the law of attraction will powerfully move all circumstances, people, and events for you to receive," which is the third step. Basically, you just wait for your wishes to be granted. That's right: like magic. As much as I thought the universal frequency stuff was complete bunk, I had to admit there have been times in my life when visualization certainly worked for me.
Seven years ago, when I was a year-old widow with two small daughters, I'd constantly fantasize about meeting a man who'd make me feel alive and happy.
I just knew I'd find love again. Within months of reentering the dating world, I met Steve, the wonderful man who's now my husband.
Definitely like magic. I fiercely reject the book's claim that bad things happen because people have negative thoughts — my first husband did not manifest his cancer, and war victims don't manifest being bombed — but I was on board with optimism, gratitude, taking action, and believing in one's dreams. I'd been an accidental "secreter" before, so why not put aside my initial skepticism, experiment for a month, and see whether the book's methods really worked?
My life was pretty good already, but whose life couldn't use a little fluffing? Then, as the book instructed, I made a list, writing as if these things had already happened. I can run five miles without pain. My year-old daughter, Maggie, and I argue less. When my family visits San Francisco in a month, we'll get the free hotel room upgrade I applied for. I can have multiple orgasms at will. It was harder than I thought. I tried picturing an erotic adventure with Steve, but forcing the fantasy took the fun out of it.
I attempted to make a mental movie of myself running like the wind without pain. But about three minutes into the imaginary jog, my mind wandered and I started planning a dinner menu.
So I shifted to visualizing Maggie and me walking hand in hand, arms swinging, the way we used to before she entered middle school. I felt the joy, but then I got distracted by the sound of the TV switching on.