The Secret (The Secret, #1)

ISBN: 1582701709
ISBN 13: 9781582701707
By: Rhonda Byrne

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Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it. In this book, you'll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life -- money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world. You'll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that's within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life. The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers -- men and women who have used it to achieve health, wealth, and happiness. By applying the knowledge of The Secret, they bring to light compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible.

Reader's Thoughts

Tim

"Fuck Oprah for Endorsing Such Crap," is what I titled this review when I wrote it for a website some years back: Now this is something I’ve been wanting to write about for a while. And now that The Secret has been out for a while (on the shelves, I mean) I don’t have to waste my time giving you the lowdown on what the book is all about. You surely all know its basic premises by now: that our reality is somehow, kind of magnetically, a manifestation of our thoughts. Where to begin? Let’s begin with the scientific. In my limited, layman’s understanding of quantum physics, it is a big leap, in fact, a total abandonment of scientific thinking, to say that because things behave in such and such a manner on a sub-atomic level, then that’s how the world of human affairs behaves, especially when it comes to who gets what. That, after all, is what The Secret is all about isn’t it? “With, without…And who’d deny it’s what the fighting’s all about?” as Pink Floyd said. We’re all just squabbling over stuff. In our simian past it was foodstuff, now it’s plastic and shiny metal stuff. But the secret would have us consign the effects on humanity of the complex machinations of complex economic systems to meaningless footnotes in a non-judgmental, non-threatening fairy tale of how the rich got rich and the poor became poor. A fairy tale that absurdly implicates no-one except (and this is rich) the poor themselves! It would have us turf colonial expansion and the long, tragic history of exploitation by the technologically advanced over the inferior to the dustbin, and reduce everything down to ‘visualising success’. So then…what? Belgium is full of lovely grand palaces because King Leopold visualized it and willed it to be so? No, you fools! Belgium is full of lovely grand palaces because King Leopold in his lust for ivory and rubber actively engineered the largest genocide since the Spanish and Portuguese in South America! This is essentially one aspect that has given The Secret such impetus and so many followers: Our need to explain human evil. All religions, every single one, have sought to do this, often with disastrous consequences for humanity, for example, for Jews (ever since the death of Christ), and for women, during the Inquisition. The Secret’s solution to this age old conundrum is that (and this I find offensive to the point where I would like to cause injury) the poor, the downtrodden, the fucked over, the dispossessed, hell, even the victims of earthquakes and the like, have all attracted this to themselves. Rhonda Bhumm or whatever the fuck her name is seriously wants us to believe that it is impossible for bad things to just happen out of the blue, or because of something as complicated and inconvenient as history (or tectonic plates, for that matter). We have attracted it to us with our thoughts. This kind of delusional insanity (it is a hallmark of the clinically insane to believe their thoughts can be read by others, their thoughts can alter the course of events and a whole host of other miraculous powers they attribute to those thoughts) could only exist in a prosperous first world country where very little bad stuff happens to people, and you have a very high expectation of reaching old age, with all your stuff still in your possession and still intact. Well lemme share something with you, Rhonda, you delusional first-world cow: SHIT HAPPENS!!! And I’ll tell you a little story from my life to illustrate, for that is the only proof you can offer for your outrageous theories in your book: unsubstantiated anecdotes. I live in a city in Africa where the majority of people probably only own one pair of shoes and live in corrugated iron huts that wash away when it rains. I’m lucky though. I was born white. We’re all quite rich here, comparatively speaking, us whites. Our forefathers were great thinkers: lots of very positive thoughts went into the building of our wealth. Anyway, let me reign in the sarcasm and tell you about me. I’m one of the most negative shits you’ll meet here. I sneer at the way people flaunt their wealth around. I have little or no faith in the future of this country. I hate the government and its vast army of corrupt civil servants. I hate the arrogant, brutal, thuggish police force. I think it’s futile to try to build anything of permanence on this continent. Only the pyramids prove me wrong, and fuck alone knows how they were built. I always watched over my shoulder, in the suburb I lived in when my story takes place, always expecting the worst. (My girlfriend never watched, and sure enough the worst happened.) In short, in most regards mentioned above, I am the same in outlook as I was under apartheid: mistrustful of the State, negative, and cynical. Except in those days I was constantly depressed. Now I don’t care. People must mos carry on. On the other hand, I laugh a lot, and have tons of great friends. One of these friends is a guy called Joe. Joe lived two houses away from me. Joe is the most positive person I have ever met. Joe gets along with everyone. Seldom a negative word to say about anyone. He is like a poster boy for your book. If anyone should attract good things to them, it’s Joe, and on the whole he does. But then he had a minor break-in. Some kitchen stuff taken and some washing off the line. Par for the course in Africa. He had good burglar bars and all that. Then they tried to steal his car. He woke up and chased them away. Then they did steal his car. In all this time (twice this length of time actually) I sit in my house two doors down, festering in my cloud of maudlin negativity, writing gloomy songs, complaining about how every second person in this country is on the lookout to see what they can steal or how they can screw you over. But I have no burglar bars or security gates. In fact I would go out for spells and leave the front door wide open. If I was out for the whole day, the back door would be wide open. Never once did anyone even attempt to steal from me. You know why Rhonda? BECAUSE MY SHIT WAS PROTECTED BY A FUCKING DOG THE SIZE OF A SMALL HORSE!!! That’s how it works: bad shit happens because we’ve always been squabbling over shit, and if you live in a place where very few people have lots of shit, and a great many have almost fuckall, Bad Shit is going to happen, in all likelihood to you, no matter how positive you are. Our hominid-like ancestors killed each other in squabbles over yams and mammoths. We kill each other in squabbles over cell-phones and wallets. And this, Rhonda, is the nature of evil. There were tons of other types of hominid-like creatures running around but we’re here and they’re extinct because, in the fight for resources, we were the best at killing. Not so complicated at all, is it? Being brutal is in our genes. Being evil is in our blood. Were it not so we would be extinct. The Secret is nothing more than a new religion for the age of rampant, conspicuous consumerism, this drive for Stuff. A new religion comprised, it must be added, of cobbled together bits of New Thought transcendentalist teachings that arose in late 19th century America. “Among those giving birth to New Thought in America were Mary Baker Eddy, founding mother of Christian Science, Emma Curtis Hopkins, Ernest Holmes, and Charles Fillmore. What was "new" about New Thought at the time of its inception was its departure from Calvinistic, shame-based Christianity which taught the inherent sinfulness of man, proclaiming instead man's innate goodness and perfectibility through the use of the Divine Mind which the transcendentalists believed resided at his core,” says Carolyn Baker in her critique of this book. Baker’s critique is most interesting in how it shows this crazy belief system to be a quintessentially American thing, so I won’t repeat what she writes. Let me instead share with you some pearls of wisdom from this daft book. “You cannot “catch” anything unless you think you can, and thinking you can is inviting it to you with your thought. You are also inviting illness if you are listening to people talk about their illnesses.” So all those millions and millions of people who were wiped out by the new germs the colonisers brought with them to Africa and South America died because they sat around talking about it? Right… And when we discovered germ theory, and invented cures? What? That sudden drop in deaths was because… Help me out here Rhonda… Let’s face it: the only thing you can catch by not thinking is stupidity. Here’s another one: “The only reason any person does not have enough money is because they are blocking money from coming to them with their thoughts. Every negative thought, feeling, or emotion is blocking your good from coming to you, and that includes money. It is not that the money is being kept from you by the Universe, because all the money you require exists right now in the invisible.” I wonder what an economics professor would make of that last statement: it all exists right now in the invisible… What are we dealing with here? Tuppenny Feefo and Jinks by Enid Blighton? In the DVD there is footage of a little boy visualizing his new red bicycle and… presto, there it arrives. I recall one of the people interviewed saying something to the effect of “You want that new job? Visualise it. You want that new car? Put that thought out there in the Universe.” Well let me assure you: that poor bastard working slave wages in Korea or India making that new car, for you in the developed world, will never, no matter how much he visualizes it, own that car, or get that dream job. He can put as many shiny new red bicycles out into the universe as he likes but his kid is always going to walk to school. If the kid is lucky and both parents are working two jobs in order to send him to a better school than other kids, then maybe he has a chance in changing his material circumstances. It’s got sweet fuckall to do with visualising. But let's suppose it does, just for a minute. Let’s suspend disbelief here, and say that hypothetically, this is the way the world works. Now let us say, hypothetically, that every adult in the world reads The Secret. Let us say, for the sake of our argument, that they all decide they want cars. And they all visualize it correctly, fulfilling the requirements of this benevolent Universe, whatever those requirements are. So now what? Who is going to make these cars? Where is the metal going to come from to make 4 billion new cars? Probably more, because, well, I’m not going to be happy with just one. I’d like two or three, because, you know, things get stolen a lot here in Africa, and since it’s all so easy…. Do you see how absurd and physically impossible this is? Once the steel is finished the steel is finished. I’m now finished too. I’ve devoted enough of my precious magical, magnetic thoughts to this absurd kindergarten fairytale of a book. Anyway, I’m visualizing breasts right now.

Randy

** spoiler alert ** Overall, the Secret, aka, the Law of Atttraction has a great message: like attracts like. This is of course very true in most cases. However, implicit in the teachings of the Secret is the idea that our current place in life is not good enough, that we need to create something in the future that will in turn complete us (better job, more money, new relationship, etc), and make us feel whole. Herein lies the fallacy of the book. For in the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, "Peace exists in the present moment, if you cant find it here, you wont find it anywhere." There is nothing we can do that will "complete" us in the future. Why? Because we are already complete. So it's a fine and wonderful thing to have fun with the LOA, and create the life you want, just don't expect to be satisfied with whatever you create in the future if you are not satisfied Now.

Gabriel

A ridiculously poorly written and assembled collection of tripe; it has no cohesive voice, no cohesive theme, and is completely facile in its subject. I literally threw the book across the room when I read, 'Quantum Physicists will tell you the universe was created from thought!'. No, numbfucker, they won't. Not to mention the 'facts' they assert don't have citations to lend those assertions the slightest hint of credibility.If you want me to believe that 'thinking positively will lead to success because your energy and focus will follow and, in turn, develop into what you hope for' then fine, I'll go down that road with you but this is just shit.This is 'What the Bleep do We Know' blended with 'The Celestine Prophecy' blended with a steaming turd. My wish, universe, is that this book be banished to Cthulu's hell-mouth and regurgitated as Kevin Trudeau's doppelganger. Make it so!

Wirotomo Nofamilyname

R-U-B-B-I-S-H !!!!!!!

Bethany

this website is too kind. one star means "didn't like it". I hate, hate, hate this book with absolute passion. sorry if you like oprah but she seriously did the world a disservice by recommending this book. apparently there is a dvd also that i don't even think i could stomach. so here's the concept behind "The Secret". You can attract good things to you through your good thoughts. Ok, I'm on board with that. It has worked for me. Ooh, I already knew the Secret! too bad I didn't use it to make millions like this chick! But no, it goes further. You attract bad things to you through your negative thoughts. Well, negative thoughts are pretty useless, so I can see benefit in trying to decrease or eliminate them. And one time (true story) I did get robbed while traveling after worrying about it for 3 weeks. BUT. There is no gray area with this one. According to the author, people who are raped, killed, maimed, tortured - they all bring it on themselves with their negative thoughts. The people in Darfur should be thinking "here comes the food, there go the guns". The book goes on to say that weight management is simply a matter of "thinking thin" and not looking at fat people (for real), that if you have a stack of bills to pay you should instead picture checks coming in, that you can have everything you want through visualization, such as your hands on the steering wheel of your car, and that you can cure your cancer watching funny movies. There is a weak chapter at the end about how you can use your Secret powers for the common good, like world peace, but why would you want to waste it when you can be driving your new Hummer? I would go so far as to say that this book is not only BAD but it is DANGEROUS. It promotes the self-absorbed, materialistic, shallow outlook of predominantly rich white people to the exclusion of the rest of the planet - while managing to blame them for their problems and justify those in possession of the Secret for not using their visualized wealth to promote social change. Aah, brilliant. genius. avoid this book. do not give money to this woman and her brilliant marketing pyramid!

Mohamed Sabry

لا يستحق النجمة الواحدة حتى ،إلا لبراعة من تولوا التسويق لهوالحمد لله ان هناك من تفرغ لتفنيد ما فيه من هراء ،في كتاب صغير بعنوان "خرافة السر"http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47...--------------العامل الأول في طبخة "السر" هو بعض الكلام المتكرر عن التفكير الايجابي وأهمية النظرة الايجابية للحياة ،وهو كلام يعمل فعلا ويجعل الحياة أكثر احتمالاً ،وفيه شيء من الصحة وشيء من التعلق بالأماني الفارغةالمكون الثاني للطبخة هو عدد المؤلفين الضخم ،حيلة تسويقية ممتازة شبيهة بأفلام السينما التي يجتمع فيها عدد من النجوم لمجرد ان لكل منهم جمهوره الخاص الذي سيحب دخول الفيلم من اجلهبغض النظر عن الاحتياج الدرامي لهذا العدد من النجوم ،وبغض النظر عن مدى ركاكة الفيلم والسيناريو المفتعل والمهلهل .المكون الثالث هو التمسح في العلم ،والذكر السطحي لنظريات أو علوم معقدة وصعبة مثل النسبية ،ومثل فيزياء الكم ،في مواضع لا علاقة لها بتلك النظريات من قريب او من بعيد.المكون الرابع هو الاكثار من ذكر المشاهير والعباقرة وبعض الفلاسفة الميتون ،باعتبارهم أشخاص قد وجدوا "السر" وطبقوه وكتبوا عنه ،كاينيشتين واديسون والأم تيريزا وهنري فورد وغيرهم ،هو هنا يبيع لك ما يبدو انه كنزا تاريخيا قديما ،هذا اذا كنت لم تقتنع بالهراء "العلمي الحديث" الذي باعه لك سابقاًالمكون الخامس والأهم : هو نظرية "وحدة الوجود" ،وهي عقيدة هندية قديمة مُحرفة عن ديانة سماوية سابقة ، دورها هنا هو سد الثغرة الروحية لدى الجمهور المستهدف ،وهو جمهور يعيش في مجتمع تتحكم فيه المادة وقيم السرعة والكفاءة ،ويتأله فيه العقل ،ويتراجع فيه مقام الدين والروح باستمرار فمادام الدين المسيحي في نسخته الغربية غير قادر على تقديم اجابات شمولية لأسئلة الناس وتطلعاتهم ،ومادام بين الناس وبين المسيحية حاجز ضخم من الشبهات والتاريخ السيء والتناقضات والاختلافات العقائدية ،يقدم الكتاب الحل السحري الأتي من الشرق الهندي ،بعد مزجه بالغث والثمين من تراث التنمية البشرية ،ويزين الخليط بكثير من الأسماء اللامعة التي تتقن خداع الجماهير وبيع الهواء لهم على انه الحكمة الكاملة الصافية !العنصر الأخير : هو "الإله" ،فان كنت مؤمنا بالله او المسيح ،سيفيدك أن ترى لفظ "الإله" من حين لآخر ،فتنسب إليه المعجزات والخرافات التي يخبرك الكتاب بها ،وتنسب باقي الخرافات إلى "العقل الكوني" ،وبهذا تقتنع ببعض خرافات الكتاب على أنها "جزء" من دينك الأصليورغم ان هذا تناقض رهيب ،لانه يخبرك ان تنسب المعجزات إلى الإله احيانا ،ويخبرك ان تنسبها إلى العقل الكوني أحيانا ،لكن لا مشكلة مادام ذلك سيزيد مبيعات الكتاب بين المتدينين

W-hh Hassan

فكرة الكتاب بسيطة جدا وقد قال النبي صلي الله عليه وسلم (أنا عند حسن ظن عبدى بى فليظن بى ماشاء إن خير فخير وإن شر فشر

Osman Bensasi

لطالما أثار هذا الكتاب الجدل حوله منذ ظهوره في سنة 2007 ، ثم ترجم إلى العربية بعد ذلك فزاد الجدل المبني على سوء فهم لهذا الكتاب أو بالأحرى سوء فهم للفكرة المحورية في الكتاب وهي قانون الجذب ، كيف يعمل ومن الذي يطلق إشاراته وهل الأرض هي من تخلق الأفعال أم لا ، كل هذا وأكثر عندما تجاوز النقد سقف الهدم الكامل للفكرة بحجة أن الكتاب يدعوا إلى الكسل أو الكفر في أحيان كثيرة ، الكتاب ببساطة يقوي فيك أشياء هي موجودة وتؤمن بها بالأساس ، حيث تشير الكاتبة إلى نقطة مهمة جداً وهي التفكير الإيجابي كونه يعود عليك بإيجابية و يجعل حياتك بإسرها تسير على هذا النحو ،البوصلة الخاصة بك تستطيع تعديلها كما تريد وعقلك تسطيع أمره وهو يستقبل ما تأمره به ويقول لك حاضر سيدي ، الشاهد أن قانون الجذب لا يهم أن نعلم كيف يعمل ولكنه يعمل ، فهل الأرض هي من تجعله يعمل بالتأكيد لا ليست الأرض وهذا ما حاولت الكاتبة تأكيده هي وضيوفها وهو غير صحيح قطعاً ، فخالق هذه الأرض هو من بيده كل شيء ولا خالق آخر معه ، إذا أردت تحقيق أهدافك إعلم أنك تستطيع وكن عل يقين وهش بهذا اليقين فالله يهيء لك ما تصبوا إليه ، أنصح بهذا الكتاب على أن لا تتشربه كالإسفنجة أو يرتديك قالقبعة ..

Gabrielle

The Oprah phenomenon amazes me sometimes. Whatever she picks up and claims to be genius sells hundreds of millions of copies. Even if it is a patronizingly simple text like The Secret. I waited over a year after the first wave of zealous preaching about this book took over the nation to sit down and read it. At first I was a bit intrigued; honestly, it's "philosophy" is basic common sense: whatever energy you put out, you receive, good or bad. I've known that since I was a child. Think bad thoughts and you attract negative energy and vice versa. But the way The Secret delivers this idea is as if the author Rhonda Byrne is talking to a 4 year old. It is so simple and so crudely written that I found not in the least bit inspiring and, in fact, I found it to be one of the biggest money-making scams I've ever seen. There is very little actual text that Byrne has written herself; instead, she has filled the pages of the book with quotes from other people. Hundreds and hundreds of quotes that loosely back the statements she makes. I suppose I should say "good for her" for creating such an elaborate smoke screen that has made her millions of dollars. And perhaps, what is common sense to me, is a completely novel idea to mainstream America? True, the average Oprah-watching housewife in this country wasn't raised by a Taoist Tai Chi instructor and grew up reading Kerouac and Kant. Personally, I do know people whom have read this book and swear that it has changed their lives dramatically. Good for them! I'm always for positive thought and action. However, for this particular reader, The Secret was not the philosophical powerhouse that sensationalism has made it out to be. In fact, I would have to believe that the great philosophers of history are rolling over in their graves as we speak.Ah, Oprah! How can I get my book on your show? ;)

عمرو الجندى

ببساطة .. كتاب سخيف One of the baddest books I ever read in my life .

McWriter

Ick. This book was just. So. Not believable. At the beginning, the author writes about the law of attraction, specifically that if you believe in something, it can happen - like, if you believe you will one day fall in love, marry, and have a family or if you believe you will succeed in education and earn your PhD, than, doggonit, you can. It's as the book continues and the words change from "can" to "will definitely" that the author lost me. For example, if you want a certain amount of money, say $100,000 for a down payment on a home, and if you think about it totally positively, and mentally stamp out any negative thoughts, like, "Who am I kidding? I'll never have that money," then you WILL DEFINITELY get that money. And in a timely fashion. With no strings attached. Like magic. The author lost me mid-book and I never finished. I want my money back. Oprah, I love ya, but this was a BAD recommendation. Even the biggest optimist has to get REAL at some point. (Easy for one of the richest, most powerful women in the world to fall for!) Come on, I say - COME the HECK ON!

Paul 'Pezski' Perry

This book is so inspirational! It turns out that by just believing and wanting really hard you can get whatever you want out of life! And if that doesn't work you can write a vacuous self help book full of profound sounding but utterly meaningless tripe and there are enough stupid people in the world to make you rich! This book has also taught me that I don't need to care about other people; if they don't get what they want it isn't anything to with me or anything to do with society being fair or equal, it's because they didn't wish hard enough or learn to visualise what they want! I used to give a lot of money to various charities – cancer research, rape support groups, third world aid – but I've stopped that now because I realise that the problems people have are because they secretly, deep down, wish them upon themselves, and only they can make their lives better! It's sad if a child dies of leukaemia or lots of people are killed by a tsunami or a train crash but something in them brought it on themselves, and anyway they'll get another chance in the great circle of life and they should try harder next time. And by 'try harder', I don't mean actually work to achieve anything but just wish really hard, because it turns out that all sorts of brilliant people like Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Mozart, Beethoven, Plato and John D Rockefeller were successful not because they worked hard or were particularly smart or talented but JUST BECAUSE THEY KNEW THE SECRET!!!!!NOTE: Just in case there is anyone who is especially slow on the uptake, this is sarcasm. I'm not that shocked that this book exists but that it has apparently sold somewhere in the region of 21 million copies really does make me worry for humanity. Does the author (and her contributors, the most qualified of whom are described as “a doctor of Chiropractic” and another “an internationally known feng-shui mistress”) actually believe this bollocks, or are just using it to milk the stupid. And if you believe in this book there's no sugaring the pill; you are a moron. A shallow, self centred, vacuous moron. I would happily spit in the face of Ms Byrne, any of her contributors or people who worked on the DVD. Yes, there is a lot to be said for the power of positive thought – because it can change your own attitude and behaviour! There's a whole field of psychology based on that idea called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. There is nothing mystical about it. You know the old saying, "the universe doesn't owe you a living"?Some of my favourite quotes: “Nothing can come into your experience unless you summon it thought persistent thoughts.” Damn, those Jews were pretty careless before WW2, weren't they?“Quantum Physicists will tell you the universe was created from thought!” Really? Truly? Okay, NAME ONE. Seriously, just one published quantum physicist who is taken seriously by the scientific community.“Our feelings let us know what we’re thinking.” What? What does that actually mean?And the best, from Ester Hicks, conduit for a spirit called Abraham (seriously):“...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 got to the point that I see all those things they're doing with others as "games" that they're playing—more or less "agreements" that they have between one another, spoken or unspoken. I've gotten somewhat better at not feeling their pain. But can I get to the point that I don’t feel anything negative when I see someone violating the rights of another? 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? “

بسام عبد العزيز

أندهش للغاية من كل هذه الكتب التي تتحدث عن التنمية البشرية و البرمجة اللغوية العصبية و وأخواتها و أمثالهاو اشباهها.. مصدر اندهاشي أن كتابها يظنون لمجرد أن شخصا ما قد نجح في حياته بشكل ما فبالتالي كل ما فعله هذا الشخص لينجح سيكون سببا لنجاح اي شخص آخر إذا ما طبقه.. و هو بالطبع هراء! فكل إنسان لديه ظروف و حياة و شخصية تختلف كليا و جزئيا عن أي شخص آخر..هذا الكتاب بالتحديد يتحدث عما يسمي بقانون الجذب.. ببساطة غير مخلة.. إنك تجذب ما تسعى إليه. عاجلا أو آجلا.. حتى و إن لم تشعر.. ستجد نفسك تجذب ما تفكر فيه.. و لكنني أجد هذه الفكرة مثل باقي كتب التنمية الذاتية محض خرافة.. هل أطفال سوريا لا يريدون السلام مثلا؟ هل أطفال الصومال لا يرغبون في الطعام؟ أعتقد أنهم يرغبون فيه و بشدة و يفكرون فيه طوال الوقت.. و لكن لا شئ يحدث لهم.. مآسيهم تظل حاضرة و لا تنتهي.. قراء هذه النوعية من الكتب إما من الطبقة المترفة التي تحاول أن تقنع نفسها أنها حصلت على ما حصلت عليه بسبب مجهودها و ليس بسبب حظها.. و إما من مدمني قراءة كتب التنمية الذاتية و البشرية و هم في أغلبهم لا يفعلون شيئا سواء قراءة هذه الكتب فقط

Joyce

In a weak moment I succumbed! It was on sale and I too wanted to know "the secret" Now I know-I just think about checks every day and voila-my mailman will bring them to me! C'mon people, positive thinking has been written about in dozens if not hundreds of books and they were much better written than this drivel! Honestly, the idea that children with cancer bring it upon themselves because they did not envision themselves as healthy or that people who experience earthquakes, famine and flood bring it on themselves is just a bunch of hooey! I guess that is about it. I have to go envision my dinner now cause I don't want to actually have to work on making some-YUK, throw this book in the fireplace so you can get something out of it!

Shannon

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 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. I mean, Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul? 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? Your fault. Laid off and can't find work? Your fault. If you could just think positively all the time, you'd live a charmed life and trouble would never darken your doorstep.Ugh.

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