The Secret…

 

A friend of mine gave me a DVD and a book titled “The Secret…” he asked me to watch the DVD before the movie since it somehow acts as an introduction for the book.

I did as he said and went through the DVD then the book and honestly I don’t feel it is quite right. Though I do agree with several parts and things said yet the whole “secret” lies in what the author, Rhonda Byrne, claims to be the “Law of Attraction” …yes simply one law to figure it all out.

This law supposedly allows you to get everything you want…infact the book claims the following :

The Secret has been passed down through the ages… coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, bought for vast sums of money, and known by some of the most exceptional people who ever lived: Plato, Galileo, Da Vinci, Beethoven, Edison, and Einstein, to name but a few.

The Secret book reveals how you can change every aspect of your life. You can turn any weakness or suffering into strength, power, unlimited abundance, health and joy.

Everything is possible, nothing is impossible. There are no limits. Whatever you can dream of can be yours, when you use The Secret.

 

But after actually reading the book it definitely seems a bit over rated…the law simply tells you that if you really focus hard on thinking and feeling about what you dream in life…you’ll get it. Yes yes you read right…so if you focus…think and feel…very hard on becoming a multi-billionaire…guess what..you will become one! … if you really focus on being happy and living safely you simply will …don’t bother if an earthquake, a tsunami, a car crash, a war breaks …you’ll just live only if you focus on it.

It got me wondering about all the people in Africa who die out of hunger, illness, fights… were they really not focusing on being happy? Living with money? Being safe? …are only the US and Europeans the ones who have had that “Secret” since ages or does it only apply to them or ?

I personally believe in being optimistic, working hard, serving your community, doing your best at everything you do, being ethical, taking care of those around you… that is more likely to get you somewhere and making you happy…and those around you as well.

The book simply focuses on selfishness, on asking the reader to be a self-centered individual thinking of the world as if it actually revolves around him/her. The book disregards the presence of God as the creator and omnipresent being. It pushes the reader to disbelieve in any higher being, any laws, rules, religion or social traditions and motivates him/her to focus on him/her self alone.

It asks you to be the center of the universe where you attract to you whatever you think and feel about the most, and so think of what you want and the universe will bring it to you…it will serve you whatever you wish.

I do ask my beloved readers to be critical of any self-help/improvement book or movie they read/watch. Infact to be critical and analyze anything and everything they read/watch/hear…to dig deeper than the words written or said…to check the background of the author and motives to what he/she wrote/said…

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  1. December 13, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Afif, seems your quite persistent with posting and sharing! Bravo 3layk. I partially share your perspective on The Secret. It too commercial, buts thats because its ment to sell. There are tons of non commercial books that are much more valuable, but that remain unknown to the public for ever. Marketing/commercialism is a sword with many edges.
    Nevertheless, I believe in the power that is discussed in The Secret, and actually its not much of a secret. We all use it to a certain extent, but we just dont use it persistently as a tool. And this power doesn’t have to be for serving the self. Imagine if everyone in the world uses the power to draw happiness and wellness to all human beings. We will be cruising to heaven at full speed.
    Power is not evil. Power is not good. Its the way we use it that makes it good or evil.

    regards
    Rabih

  2. Bassam Hilal
    December 13, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Well Afif, i totally DISAGREE with you, as Rabih said there is lot of non commercial books, i recommend that you search the web for Napolion Hill and his master piece Think and Grow Rich,

    Regards

    Bassam

  3. December 13, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Dear Rabih,

    Thank you for your support and feedback 🙂 I really appreciate it…

    Concerning what you said, I do agree that it is commercial and I guess that is whay it made such a “boom” and all… On the other hand I am curious to know of any valuable books/references …so if you know of any…please do share 🙂

    As for the power issue…I like how you put it you should use that in some leadership presentation! 😉

    Regards,

    Afif

  4. December 13, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Hello Bassam…. I don’t know what you’re disagreeing with as I too agree with Rabih but I guess you misunderstood what he said.

    We both agree on the fact that “The Secret…” is commercial and that is why it is over exaggerated….

    Where as there definitely exists some good non-commercial books that are more worth reading…but then again my post is not about those other books 🙂

    I will definitely check Think and Grow Rich to have a closer look ;)…thanks for sharing 😀

  5. Naoum Barakat
    December 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Try “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.
    Although i do think the morale behind “The Secret” is to Think Big. It’s meaning is way more in depth than how you just interpreted it!

    • December 23, 2010 at 1:52 am

      Hello Naoum 🙂 , I was thinking of reading “The Power of Positive Thinking” but couldn’t find it here in the local book store, maybe I’ll check Virgin when I get the time 🙂

      As for “The Secret”… if you really though it is “way more in depth” than I suppose you haven’t read much self-improvement/self-help books or articles. It is really just a recycled version of bits and pieces from here and there and it mainly depends on a previous philosophy of “Law of Attraction” nothing tooo grande and nothing too new…

      On the contrary…the original “Law of Attraction” theorists and authors…as well as Cornucopians have a much more in depth writing about this matter…

      “The Secret” is just too commercialized…and I felt like it was written to suit the mentality of the “average American Joe” …

      Then again..its my opinion…no one has to agree 😉

  6. KeM
    January 24, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Hehe, u need to read the book again afifo, i think u missed a few spots… badda 2a3de…

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