05 May 2008

The Secret (NR)

Whenever I wax philosophical with someone, they tell me I need to watch “The Secret.” Often compared to “What the Bleep Do You Know?,” this movie reveals the profound secret retained and used by history’s most notable figures, such as Plato, Shakespeare, and Einstein. All the “greats” knew the secret, and in the early half of the twentieth century, they tried to hide it from the world. But, they failed. With the launch of this movie, the entire world is privy to this profound wisdom that guarantees anyone their deepest desires.

So, what’s the secret? I know you’re dying to find out. The secret is the law of attraction; what you manifest in your mind becomes your reality. You create your own universe through your thoughts, so make them good ones. It’s that simple. As James Arthur Ray puts it, the universe is Aladdin’s Genie; it doesn’t distinguish between wants and don’t wants, it only says, “Your wish is my command.” Ask for what you want, believe it’s already yours, and receive it when it comes into being.

As I watched the movie, I wondered how oppressed persons would take the teeming optimism of this film. No sooner had I pondered this idea, than the speakers noted their tumultuous pasts. They had risen from tremendous strife to achieve great success, all due to a shift in their thinking, all due to the secret. If you’re looking for that life-changing, inspirational movie of the year, you need to watch “The Secret.”

If your local video store doesn't carry any copies of "The Secret," you can wahtch it online at www.thesecret.tv.


jcurtis said...

The Secret is the latest and by far the worst example of a HIGHLY profitable trend where self-help gurus with fabricated new age titles and little relevant education, credentials or legitimate expertise brainwash us into believing that they know what is best for us, our marriages and our families.

Often their only contribution to society is introducing some exotic sounding, new age philosophy. However, they often cleverly form an incestuous group of like-minded “experts” who cross-promote each other by swearing their success is due to following the beliefs of another member of their “cult!” All the while, they ply the airwaves jockeying for an ever-larger audience by appearing in the national media to garner third-party endorsements.

The Self-Help Movement has become the Self-Destruct Movement by diminishing or destroying our critical thinking skills to choose and evolve on our own. We have given up the freedom to build healthy lives, marriages and families based on our unique history and life experience. Instead many victims, blinded to the value of their own life experiences, are attracted to the latest secret in self-help, in an attempt to find out what they should think, feel and how they should act... this is the definition of a cult.

The solution is a return to our (common) senses! The best way out of this learned “self-helplessness” is to go cold turkey. Stop following ALL self-help gurus now. Begin, instead, to reclaim your natural, God-given ability to think for yourself. The common sense that was once readily available to all of us is still there free of charge and waiting to be applied to just about any challenge we might face in life… all you have to do is use it.

Please, let's all work together to stop the flock of "sheepeople" who blindly move from one UNPROVEN concept to the next, looking for the answers to life's challenges that you already possess and that is the OBVIOUS!

Kyle Stich said...

I most certainly agree with your comments regarding the self-help gurus, and that we must think for ourselves.

"The Secret" has most definitely turned into a highly effective marketing campaign that preys on suckers. Yet, it is the principle of "The Secret" that is not marketable and that should be free of any gurus. Once you've learned the secret, it's time to move on and use it on your own.

The Law of Manifestation, that we manifest our own realities, is free of self-help gurus. The very nature of it is simple and its proper implementation is devoid of other people. It is up to one person, and one person only, to make the Law of Manifestation work -- the manifestor.

I completely disagree with all the marketing campaigns and those who would try to profit off others' insecurities.

I must point out, though, self-help gurus are no less credible than a preacher/minister. All are offering some form of personal salvation or divine prosperity for following the path they define. All are leading a cult, whether the Pope or Jack Canfield.

Which leads me to point out one thing you said in your comment that somewhat discredits your point. You used the term "God-given" in your comment, jcurtis.

For me, and many others, religion is chockful of sheeple. Once you remove "god" from the equation, you can begin to take ultimate responsibility for your own future.

Kyle Stich said...

Comment Errata:
Oops, in my previous comment, I meant to say "The Law of Attraction," not "The Law of Manifestation."

Both mean the same thing, though, don't they?