The Secret is all about the law of attraction and, boiled down, it says that what you focus and think of, you will attract in your life.
- What you think of, you attract
- To attract, be specific about what you want, release it, believe you will get it
- And finally, act as if you already own it
The Secret – Summary
About The Auhtor: Rhonda Byrne is an Australian television producer turned into new age author.
She has written a number of books, most of them based on the now famous (infamous?) law of attraction.
The Secret Revealed
Our mind is a magnet, says Byrne.
It emits and receives frequencies from the Universe.
Our minds being a magnet, the more we think about something, the more of it we will attract.
It’s exactly like watching TV that receives signals. And to change channel -and change your life- you need to change your thoughts.
As a matter of fact, says the author, your current life is a reflection of your past thoughts.
Sometimes we don’t even realize we’ve been thinking negatively.
It can happen with deep-seated fears, for example.
That’s the case with people who make a lot of money and they lose it.
Rhonda says it’s because, deep down, they were afraid of losing money. And it eventually manifested in reality.
Of course this is poor critical thinking as it cannot be tested.
Use Positive Sentence Structures
The universe doesn’t differentiate between a sentence structured in the negative form and an actual negative thought.
So for example “I don’t want to flunk the test” becomes “I will flunk the test.
So watch out on how you structure your thoughts.
Are You Thinking Negatively?
It takes more than just one thought to manifest it in reality.
But some people have patters of thoughts, and often negative ones.
How do you know if you’re thinking too negatively?
Byrne recommends you listen to your body.
Worrying and negative thinking brings tension and pain in your stomach or chest. That’s actually a sign from the Universe to change your thinking ways.
Also read: how to stop worrying and start living.
Putting The Secret Into Action
This is the structure to get what you want:
Ask what you want, and state it clearly. Once is enough: asking too many times shows doubt.
You must believe you will receive even before you actually receive it.
Then wait for the universe to serve it to you. Don’t keep dwelling on what you want because worry and fear will only negatively affect your signal.
The stronger you believe, the quicker it will happen. It takes time to make a million USD because people (wrongly) believe it does take time.
Behave as if you’re already in possession of what you asked.
Make plans around it, think how you will use it and interact with it. Build your life around and it will finally materialize.
Visualizing how you want your life to be will increase the positive frequency of your transmitting mind.
Byrne recommends that at the end of the day you think about your day as you wanted it to be.
This way you attract success for the day after.
Visualization also helps you get your mind free of the worry on how you will achieve what you want and focuses instead on believing.
I think this can be dangerous wishful thinking if brought to the extreme of taking no actions whatsoever. And it’s not much different if the only actions you take are to behave as if what you want will miraculously happen by itself.
The Secret to Health
Rhonda talks about the placebo effect, which is indeed a well known, real and researched phenomenon.
That’s the proof of how the law of attraction also applied to health.
Diseases only stay in your body when you “trap” them with negative thoughts and conversations.
The secret, she says, is again to surround yourself with positive thoughts.
if the placebo effect is proof that the law of attraction exists, what about all the (frequent) times it doesn’t work?
Don’t Fight What You Don’t Want
The author suggests that instead of fighting against scenarios which we don’t want, we should focus on what we want.
That’s the most efficient strategy, because focusing on the problems only attracts more problems.
It could actually make sense somehow.
The Secret Spiritual Side
Byrne says that since we are made of energy, and energy cannot be destroyed, we are also somehow immortal.
We have always been and always will be.
Every answer, every idea one can conceive is out there in the Universe. You only need to reach it.
Real Life Applications
A conscious effort to think more positively throughout the day is certainly a good takeaway from The Secret book.
Drop Problems, Focus on Positive Change
The idea of focusing less on problems and more on what you want in life can actually be fantastic advise. Sometimes we make our problems bigger than what they are, or sometimes we can’t easily change something. And maybe we don’t have to.
Focus on what you want more in life and get to work on that instead.
- Dangerous advice on not taking action
“The Secret” go as far as to say that visualization is good because it focuses on the positive energy rather than on the how you will do it.
Albeit I believe you can -and should- set goals first without knowing (yet!) how you will reach them, completely disregarding the how and the actions is dangerous wishful thinking.
- Unscientific (but sold as scientific)
There are many great unscientific books out there.
Indeed, you don’t need science to write an insightful text and you don’t to say your theory is based on science if it’s not.
That’s one thing I didn’t like about “The Secret”.
It tries hard to sell as science what is not scientific.
- Inductive Reasoning Fallacy
The Secret is peppered with inductive reasoning fallacy. Inductive reasoning fallacy says that because I saw something happen a few times, it must be a generalizable law.
Often, it is not (read Fooled by Randomness).
The Secret Review
“The Secret” is the law of attraction.
And it’s nothing new.
The hugely acclaimed Think and Grow Rich espoused the law of attraction decades ago. And Tony Robbins also spoke about in some of his seminars.
However, I find both Robbins and Napoleon hill have more wisdom than |The Secret”.
“The Secret” is only about the law of attraction and adds nothing more.
That being said, there are some good things in “The Secret”.
Eliminating negative thoughts and thinking positively makes you happier and more optimistic.
And that, in turn, makes it far more likely that you will take action -the problem is, Rhonda says you should not take action-.
But thinking that you will attract what you think of without taking action is not just nonsense, but it’s actively harmful.
If you want to learn more on how to think positively, then I recommend positive psychology.
Probably starting from “Learned Optimism“, which is positive thinking, with science.
As of now I don’t feel like I can recommend this book. Or to put all your eggs into the law of attraction basket(case).
Learn, think positive… But also take action.