The Secret We All Know

20 May

A few days ago a friend of mine carefully handed me a DVD in a manner that suggested that she was the first to discover fire and was now passing on the secret recipe. I had heard a lot about the life changing effects of this particular DVD and so drove home with a little more gusto than usual and after making some coco I jumped into the sofa, turned down the lights and got ready to watch THE SECRET.

No, The Secret is nothing sordid; it is a film / documentary released in 2006 by Rhonda Byrne. The Aussie screenwriter soon followed it up with what became a very successful novel of the same title. Soon she was writing more mini guides which aim to help people live “The Secret” on a daily basis. Over the next two years she milked the genre for all it was worth with more books, appearing on Radio, TV and in magazines where she told the world the formula for achieving their dreams – and all of it lay in “The Secret”.

So…what is this “Secret” then?

…and how did it capture the worlds imagination so much that it catapulted this woman from obscurity to (mini) celebrity? The DVD and books are quite long, so I will condense it for you. It basically says that human beings and [all forces in] the universe are made of energy and thus our thoughts have a direct correlation with not just ourselves, but with the very fabric of our existence. Our thoughts have a frequency, and, plainly put, what we think projects into the universe and the universe provides the means / mechanism by which we get that which our minds dwell upon. Everything that comes into our lives is only there because we have sent out the frequencies which attract them into our lives.

Therefore optimistic and happy people generally get good things which makes them happier and feeds their optimism; while those of a more unhappy and pessimistic disposition get the crap that floats to the top of the toilet of life; they remain unhappy and their pessimism grows. We can dictate what we want to the universe. We attract it into our lives and, with absolute certainty, it will come to us. The most powerful men in history have apparently applied the principles of this great “secret” and have in turn been enshrined in hallowed antiquity. The whole thing can be summarised in three powerful words: Thoughts Become Things and we, in turn, become that which we think about. What if we ALL think happy thoughts of wealth and prosperity? Is there enough good stuff in the universe to go around? Of course; for the universe is abundant – and so are we. “Abundance is your birthright and you will never attract into your life something that is not in harmony with you”.

Great stuff right? The lady in the video talks about a three step approach to unleashing the most powerful force the world has ever known (as contained in “The Secret”); Ask the universe for what you want, Believe you will get it, and finally wait to Receive your desires – whether good or bad. It sounds wonderful right?

Well, err, yes and no. You may notice that I have put quotes around “The Secret” each time I have referred to it here. That is because it is not really a secret at all. I have been hearing this stuff all my life. Admittedly it is usually followed by shouts of ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Praise The Lord!’ That’s right. Christians have been onto this secret for thousands of years. We call it FAITH.

“But wait!” somebody cries, “This has nothing to do with religion!”. Once again, I would say “err, yes and no”. The correlations and symmetry between these two (“Secret” and Faith) are so profound that they cannot be coincidence; I, for one, am convinced that the Bible came first.

Quick Comparisons

While there are a multitude of comparisons and parallels we can draw between faith and “Secret”, I have chosen just a few that tickle me;

Secret Says Bible Says Notes
You have to believe that all things are possible when you believe, no matter how big “With man this is impossible, but not with God;  all things are possible with God.”Mark 10:27 Self explanatory
“It is a 3 step process, Ask…Believe…Receive” “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”. Matthew 7:7-(NIV) “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”Matthew 21:22-(NIV) The first biblical passage is deeper than most realise. Basically summarised, “Ask” is the first step, “seek” means that you are actively engaged in getting that which you have asked, “Knock” means you have found it – but it is Gods to give, thus you must knock
The energies must be followed up by appropriate actions. Sending out the thoughts will cause the universe to bring about the situations which will make your desires possible. However one must also do his own part and take the appropriate actions “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”James 2:14-2 (VIV) The bible makes it clear that you can have all the mountain moving faith, but if you are not willing to actualise it and follow it up with actions, you faith I of no use. The two go hand in hand

In conclusion…

The Secret is indeed an interesting philosophy, and no doubt those behind the program seem to have a genuine desire to improve peoples’ lives and share with them something wonderful; at least on the surface. However like a cloned car, one must look under the hood to know what it is worth. I am no bible basher, I had to dig those passages in the table up (thanks Google). I also do not consider myself a religious person, indeed most of my Christian friends think I am blasphemous and borderline infidel at times. That is because although I understand that some elements of faith must be blind, I do not accept that faith always has to be so. On the contrary, my belief in God is based on a combination of science, observations, and experience. Faith is not merely some cosmic force to be toyed with. God is not a genie.

Every act in our lives requires a step of faith. When we wake in the morning and leave for work we cannot guarantee that we will return home. Therefore that which we take for granted every day requires a measure of faith. Many left home as you did this morning, you will read the obituaries of some of them in the paper tomorrow and countless others would have slipped silently beyond this earthly veil and gone to meet their maker. Many of them would have been good “Secret” practicing people who had so many positive thoughts you’d think they’d had crack on toast for breakfast. They are now gone. Admittedly some of those will also be good bible believing and faith wielding Christians. They too are now gone. However that brings me to the greatest function of faith to the Christian. We have faith that all things work together for good and that our deaths are only the beginning of our lives. That sort of assurance was never a secret; people have only chosen not to know it. “The Secret” eliminates the very notion of God and makes each man believe that he is the absolute authority over his life. I am a firm believer in taking responsibility for your own actions and not putting the blame on some cosmic being. However, beware thinking that there aren’t more insidious forces at work. As Kevin Spacey said in one of my favourite movies, “The greatest trick the devil ever played, was to convince the world he did not exist”.

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8 Responses to “The Secret We All Know”

  1. NaCHMO May 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    One word throughout history to so called new ideologies is “REPACKAGING”.

  2. Atticus May 22, 2010 at 1:42 am #

    Sentinel, well done for the timely and succinct overview of ‘The Secret’. The underlying theory behind this is what’s termed The Law of Attraction – the name it, claim it spiel. ‘Ask, Believe, Receive’ is Rhonda Byrne’s repackaged mantra (selective plagiarism of Biblical Scriptures), made mainstream by Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club. Dubious and highly debatable in itself!

    I’d tip this article for anyone seeking further info:
    http://www.goarticles.com/cgi-bin/showa.cgi?C=1338244

  3. Sentinel May 22, 2010 at 2:59 am #

    That is so true. People have been ripping off biblical concepts for too long. Time for some exposure!

  4. Douja May 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    I have to say I read the Secret a while ago, and some ideas seem quite reasonable but being hopeful in regards to cancer and disease is inflicting false hope into people, I think there is a boundary they have crossed

    • Atticus May 30, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

      I very much agree Douja. ‘The Secret’ spun a yarn on certain ideas and teachings alongside other inconspicuous mistruths. It’s been marketed as some sort of silver bullet which is grossly misleading.
      Thanks for your thoughts.

  5. Nez May 30, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    Wow…I have a friend that let me watch the DVD. She was sooo excited about it and unfortunately after I watched I did not see what the hype was about. As the previous comments and the post stated, this is repackaged information. I think those of us that are more grounded already know “The Secret” within our own foundation… This video, the books, etc. seem to be for people who are looking for a foundation, or something to believe in…

    Peace.

    • Atticus May 30, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

      Very well said Nez : ) I think you hit the nail on the head.

      See how many versions of Cola we have in the supermarkets nowadays, just the same with some of these ‘New Age’ concepts of which ‘The Secret’ is emerging as a key proponent (a repackaged cocktail of every ‘ism’ out there).

      According to Wikipedia, this ranges from Occultism to Pantheism, Esotericism to Cosmic Humanism (whatever all that is). Ominous or not, the idea appears to be to bait all the fish under just one hook.

      Thanks for your comment.

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