Monday, December 10, 2012

The Secret and the Law of Attraction


The Secret (Book) 

by Rhonda Byrne

A few months ago, I was going through a really difficult time in my life.  Nothing seemed to be going right, and as much as I tried, I couldn't figure out how to fix it.  I began to slide into a serious slump.  My mind state was so negative and toxic.  I knew my attitude was not helping things at all.  I was desperate to find a more productive way to deal with the problems I was facing, so I decided to re-read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.  
I had previously seen the movie and read the book, and I really liked its message.  This book was just the motivation I needed to change my mind state, and my life. 

So what is the "secret" anyway?

According to Byrne, the "secret" is the law of attraction, which states that what you focus on you also attract into your life.  According to this law, your circumstances do not define your life, but rather you create your reality with your thoughts, beliefs, and reactions.  

"You can see the law of attraction everywhere.  You draw everything to yourself.  The people, the job, the circumstances, the health, the wealth, the debt, the joy, the car that you drive, the community that you're in.  And you've drawn them all to you, like a magnet.  What you think about, you bring about.  Your whole life is a manifestation of the thoughts that go on in your head." 
(Lisa Nichols-The Secret, pg 20)


The Secret is just one of many books that discuss this idea.  In fact, Byrne's book was inspired by a similar book written at the turn of the century called The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles.  You can read this book for free on "The Secret" website


I first discovered the law of attraction when I happened upon Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain in my local bookstore.  Like The Secret, this book discussed the ways our perception defines our reality, and how we can change our lives by first changing our thoughts.  As soon as I read it, this idea made perfect sense to me, and it has been an integral part of my belief system ever since.  There is even science that supports this theory.  Studies in psychology have shown that how much control a person believes they have over their life positively correlates to the level of success they obtain.  Top athletes regularly use visualization techniques to improve their game, and the results have been documented in numerous studies dating as far back as the 1930's. 


The Secret is a good intro to the concepts of the law of attraction and how to use creative visualization to improve your life.  Byrne supports her point by quoting holy texts and numerous well-known and well-established self-help gurus.  The book is simply written, not too long, and definitely accessible to people who are not inclined towards new-age philosophy.  The ideas behind The Secret, while spiritual in nature, are not religious, so you do not have to subscribe to any specific religious beliefs to buy into her ideas.  The book is pretty good, but the movie is a little corny, over done, and silly.  I don't necessarily love the way Byrne "packages" the law of attraction, but I do love the information she provides.  This book really inspired me.  It made me focus on what I want, rather than a mentality of lack. 

I would say the creation of my blog was directly related to reading this book.  As I focused more on the things I loved and wanted in my life, the idea of writing my own blog began to develop in my mind.  It began as way for me to focus on good things and share my joy, but as I started to follow others, I realized that this medium is also a way to attract more of what I want.  Thanks to all the amazing blogs out there, every day I am connecting even more with the things I love!   

If you have never read The Secret, I encourage you to check it out.  It is a fast and fun read and it contains principals that have changed my life for the better.  I'm writing this review in the hope that I might influence someone else to use this book to change her life for the better also.    

I'll leave you all with a quote I found recently that fits nicely with the law of attraction, although it is actually from the bible:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Philippians 4:8).


10 comments:

  1. I watched the dvd once, havent read the book yet, and I must say that I agree 99.5% of the law of attraction!
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  2. absolutely agree with you very well written girl!! ive seen the mind really attracts the energies we draw around us. Hence, meditation is very important to get peace of mind and relaxation. Fab post!! Posting it on my FB blog page..

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    1. Thank you so much! I am happy to know you found it interesting :-) and I totally agree-meditation is key! I am working on doing that more consistently.

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  3. OMG, my friend told me about the secret and the beliefs that come with it a couple of weeks ago. It's the most interesting concept I've ever heard of and a lot of it makes great sense.

    I totally agree with the idea of sending positive energy out and receiving positive acts back because of this, and the same for negative energy.

    I've also recently started meditation in the mornings and evenings and it's really improving my mood and energy levels.

    Great blog and amazing post!

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    1. Thanks for your comment, hun! I wish you the best with your meditation practice too. Check out my post about Metta Meditation:

      http://lifeasart215.blogspot.com/2012/11/universal-love.html

      It is my all time favorite meditation practice.

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