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The Secret - Rhonda Byrne
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The Secret - Rhonda Byrne
Date: 07/09/08, updated on 08/09/08 (823 review reads)
Advantages: Plenty if you are gullible
Disadvantages: No proven science here
Do not buy The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne.
''You hold in your hands a great secret" it says on the back. ''It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen and bought for vast sums of money. This centuries-old Secret has been understood by some of the most prominent people in history: Plato, Galileo, Beethoven, Edison, Carnegie, Einstein - along with other inventors, theologians, scientists and great thinkers. Now the Secret is being revealed to the world.''
A new friend loaned me this book and as I am not a new-age sort of person I wasn't too interested but she emailed the next day to see if I had started reading it, if so, what did I think of it?
So, after reading the blurb on the back and thinking it a bit ''airy-fairy'' for me I set off to find the new me, to see why I hadn't won the huge lottery I have so set my heart on for the five years I've lived in England with access to striking the ''big one''.
Now I should have seen it as a warning - in the introduction on the paper fly - ''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.''
There was even a hint that I'd obtain things many would regard as impossible.
So, why did I go on? Why did I read to the last page? It was Tuesday and the Euromillions was around GBP90 million in a few days and boy I could do with all the help I could get! No harm done in reading the ''Bible according to Rhonda Byrne''.
So around 200 pages later, the little hard cover book has been read by me - I am reviewing my first ever book here and I guess you could say it has been a ''joy''. I must have learned something because if I send out lots of joy to the Universe it will come back to me. How joyous it is for me to be creating this review!
The big lure for me to read on was that I had to ''tell the Universe what I wanted - not ask - TELL it and it is was up to the Universe to work out how it was going to happen. So you can be sure I told the UNIVERSE very clearly, succinctly that I WANTED the GBP90million pounds on Friday night. (Just a note here - the Universe does NOT have any knowledge of time so I guess that is why I did not win the most coveted cheque on the exact date and time).
As I retired to bed on Friday night I did all the positive thinking, visualised me holding the cheque, truly EXPECTED I would win the extremely large amount of money because, after all, I deserve it. Positive, there was no-body more positive than me. But, as I nodded off I wondered how many other readers of The Secret had spent four days doing all the power of positive thinking I'd done and how many were visualising themselves holding the cheque and set down plans on how they were going to enjoy it all.
I take you through the chapters to give you and idea of what is addressed : The Secret Revealed, The Secret Made Simple, How To Use the Secret, Powerful Processes, The Secret to Money, The Secret to Relationships, The Secret to Health, The Secret to the World, The Secret to You and The Secret to Life.
A personal touch, Rhonda Byrne tells us in her foreward that she has capitalized the word You so that the reader knows and feels she has created the book especially for them. ''My intention is for You to feel a personal connection with these pages, because The Secret has been created for You''.
So, as you read through you can put yourself into the picture. This highly repetitive tome introduces You to, and aids you, to appreciate the words of wisdom from a variety of '' experts '' like a philospher, psychologist and trainer in the field on mind potential, a visionary and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Centre, a metaphysician, moneymaking expert, a law of attraction specialist and there are references to quotes from people long dead.
But I know you will be dying to know what The Secret is. You learn this quite early on, on page four when Bob Proctor tells us it is ATTRACTION. ''The Secret is the law of attraction. Everything that's coming into your life you are attracting into your life. And it is attracted to you by virtue of the images you're holding in your mind. It's what you're thinking. Whatever is going on in your mind you are attracting to you.''
Rhonda Byrne tells us at this point, ''The greatest teachers who have ever lived have told us that the law of attraction is the most powerful law in the Universe. The law of attraction is forming your entire life experience and this all-powerful law is doing that through your thoughts. You are the one who calls the law of attraction into action, and you do it through your thoughts.''
Actually the rest of the book says this again and again and you do get the idea that it's all up to you - if you are unwell it is because your thoughts were negative and of being unwell, if you have not got rich it is because you do not think and visualise yourself as being wealthy.
Back to Bob Proctor again, '' if you see it in your mind, you're going to hold it in your hand.''
Dr Joe Vitale sums it all up: ''Thoughts are sending out that magnetic signal that is drawing the parallel back to you.'' Rhonda Byrne explains, ''Thoughts are magnetic and thoughts have a frequency. As you think, those thoughts are sent out into the Universe, and they magnetically attract all like things that are on the same frequency. Everything you send out returns to the source. And that source is You.''
In this book we learn that we are all a human transmission tower (like our tv tower) but we are more powerful than any television tower created on earth.'' You are the most powerful transmission tower in the Universe. Your transmission creates your life and it creates the world. The frequency you transmit reaches beyond cities, beyond countries, beyond the world. It reverberates throughout the entire Universe. And You are transmitting that frequency with your thoughts,'' advises Rhonda Byrne.
But we do know that this did not work for me and my huge lottery win. Well I did the visualizing when I saw me shaking hands with the Camelot person, my two gnarly old hands holding the cheque and even my first interview with the bank manager, and I even had the press-release prepared with complete anonymity - the thought-police were booking me for voluminous, speedy thoughts zooming out into the Universe. There is a small glimmer of hope and joy for me - remembering that the Universe ''cannot tell time' - it may still come my way. You can be sure if it does there will be a review about my joyful reaction!
What worries me about this book is that some people may take it all too seriously - like read it and find out that if they are really ill it is because they attracted the illness to themselves. Hale Dwoskin tells us, ''Anything we focus on we do create. So if we're really angry, for instance, at a war that's going on, or strife, or suffering, we're adding our energy to it. We're pushing ourselves, and that only creates resistance.'' Or Jack Canfield says, '' The anti-war movement creates more war. The anti-drug movement has actually created more drugs. Because we're focusing on what we don't want - drugs!
We are told, ''Disease is held in the body by thought, by observation of the illness, and by the attention given to the illness. If you are feeling a little unwell, don't talk about it - unless you want more of it. If you listen to people talk about their illness, you add energy to their illness. Instead, change the conversation to good things, and give powerful thoughts to seeing those people in good health.''
Yes, there is always a place for positiveness when your friend tells you they are extremely unwell but in my life experiences - if they bring up the subject they do want to talk about it and they get some relief from talking it through. The best you can do is listen and let them talk.
This book tends to repeat the same message and doesn't really prove that The Secret medically or scientifically will change lives - generally speaking I guess the message to be positive, be joyful, expect the best in life and plan on being well and happy, will benefit the reader. There's nothing really new in here and I am glad I never paid for it.
To be honest my friend has emailed me this week to see if I have read all of the book and asked what I think about it. Now, with my new-found information I must think of something positive to joyfully reply to her. I am not having much fun visualizing what I will write so I obviously have not been converted!
It would be unfair if I didn't say something positive about the book. It did remind me that a positive attitude is always healthy, I have been more focused on being grateful for what I have and thankful for my life so far and for what it brings and where it takes me in the future. Both important messages in the book. Rhonda Byrne is enthusiastic about her message and she has the right to promote her ideals.
It wouldn't surprise me if a number of the many millions reported to have purchased this book never got to the end of it. I may be wrong but I made myself finish it - took days but I did endure it just to see if there was an improvement in the information, or interest, to find I'd trudged through only to be disappointed.
Summing up - on the back page it tells us a little bit about Rhonda Byrne who has been on her own journey of discovery. ''Along the way, she brought together a superb team of authors, ministers, teachers, film makers, designers and publishers to bring forth The Secret to the world, and through her vision, bring joy to millions.''
At the end of this long and repetitive journey you learn: ''The earth turns on its orbit for You. The oceans ebb and flow for You. The birds sing for You. The sun rises and it sets for You. The stars come out for You. Every beautiful thing you see, every wondrous thing you experience, is all there for You. Take a look around. None of it can exist, without You. No matter who you thought you were, now you know the Truth of Who You Really Are. You are the master of the Universe. You are the heir to the kingdom. You are the perfection of Life. And now you know The Secret.''
Secretly, would I recommend it?: You already know the answer to that.
(At the risk of readers saying I should not add a personal note to a book review!!!) My Secret to You: if you want a fulfilling life, aim to be happy. Strive for good health. If you want to make money, work hard, save and along the way, be kind, caring, laugh lots, travel, and at the end of each day, go to bed happy that you have not upset or hurt anyone. Most of all, love Yourself and treasure those you share your life with. That wise tome cost you nothing and there was no ''team of experts'' to help me come to this realisation.
THE SECRET, Rhonda Byrne.
Published in Great Britain by : Simon and Shuster UK Ltd, 2006
, Beyond Words Publishing.
Hard cover, on the back is says GBP12.00
There is apparently a movie: on the back cover it invites you to visit www.thesecret.tv BUT I will not be!
PS... IT GIVE ME GREAT JOY TO SEE THIS IS MY 50TH REVIEW... I AM GRATEFUL TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SUPPORTED ME TO THIS MILESTONE AND THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR READS AND COMMENTS... I AM SO HAPPY!!!!
Summary: The Secret is repetitive, the message unproven
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