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.
a modern "mindset" classic This is one of the top "mindset" books of all time. The "Law of Attraction" is broken down to its most basic level, which makes it easy to understand and specific examples of how you can being more money into your life, create better health for yourself, and have the relationship you've always love are included here.
This is a great companion to the Secret DVD, which I also highly recommend. It really gives you a feeling for what amazing people are behind this book.
I realize that the Secret isn't as trendy as it was a couple of years ago, when it was all over Oprah, Larry King, and others, but it is as relevant today as it ever was. I also promise you that people like Oprah are still using it.
If you get this book with a truly open mind and open heart, it will change your life.
It is worth nothing that both the Secret DVD and book are based on Science of Getting Rich. This is the book which the main character, Rhonda, was handed at the beginning. It is worth looking at, since it was the book which inspired everything here....more info
The Secret Shared This is a book that should be shared with everyone you know. The web site, thesecret.tv, is a great place to preview information regarding the substance of the book. If you are considering the book but unsure DO IT! You won't regret it. ...more info
A breast cancer survivor perspective When I was first introduced to this concept by a former "good" friend of mine, I was intrigued. But I have discovered that this is a hateful book and philosophy. I am a breast cancer survivor, and have lost friends who believed this book TOTALLY. To think that people believe cancer or any other disease is like a common cold, only transferrable by thought or association, not deed, is deplorable in this day and age. My "once upon a time" friend truly believes that if I even say the word cancer, use my experience to help more recent cancer survivors, visit patients after surgery in the hospital, read up on new treatments and better nutrition and exercise, and share my knowledge and experience with others is detrimental to me and I think of more concern, to her. I believe her premise is that saying the word "cancer" is rather like the old pink elephant example, where just to think it brings it into your life. You know, if you think it, you will get it. "The Secret" recommends that you isolate yourself from illness in others, and let the medical field deal with it. How easy is a life like that, if you isolate yourself from the life trials of others. This book merely gives people who are fearful of dreadful diseases the crutch to blame others and isolate themselves from people going through difficult times in their lives. How can anyone believe this stuff? It is cruel and deplorable. She is not longer my friend because I am the sum of all my life's adventures, not the Typhoid Mary of breast cancer. If the section in the book on dealing with illness is the author's idea of positive thinking, let someone else read it. Then when they get a disease like cancer, AIDS, diabetes or other diseases which invoke superstitious fear in others, they can experience the rejection of their friends and loved ones too. So much for compassion....more info
Nearly Unbearable Depiction of the Powers of Thought I am a firm believer in the significance of psychology regarding human achievement. My own experience has taught me that often what we focus our mind on we tend to bring about, a concept similar to the notion that repetition brings about skill. The Secret is perhaps the most horrendous depiction of these powers of thought that I have encountered as it focuses on the lowest common denominator, is filled with inconstancies, wreaks of arrogance, and advocates an approach that deems results more worthy than personal responsibility.
LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR
The authors suggest that what you think about is what you attract; a reasonable suggestion on it own. However, they assert that this principle, by means of the "law of attraction" is an absolute, that what you think will always come to you. This line of reasoning would suggest that many noteworthy cult members should presently be riding a comet through the universe (are there any other groups as committed to one way of thinking?). Anyone who has ever successfully paid off debt, by the reasoning given by the law of attraction, would have only amassed more debt rather than having paid it off.
The law of attraction as an absolute cheapens the notion that success also involves numerous attributes. To pay off debt, one often needs the discipline to change their spending habits, not just mere thoughts. To train for a marathon, one must be persistent in preparation. Success typically includes a strong work ethic, dedication, passion, all which stem from thought, yet all of which thought alone will not construct.
The Secret is an attractive message to many because it is the easiest of all the traits to gain. One who otherwise might not have the inner discipline to utilize the other traits mentioned would immediately find the idea of only needing to think properly very attractive. It can be difficult to work hard, it is often demanding to persevere, it can be strenuous to remain dedicated to a goal, but it is not hard to think.
This book caters to those seeking the easy route rather than the best route - which I expect significantly contributed to its sales figures. The Secret says little of action, resulting in a book for dreamers, not doers.
The authors all insist on never focusing on the negative. Yes on page 135, they discuss how all diseases are curable by thought, noting that at some point in time, every so called incurable disease has been cured. To work on finding those cures, someone had to have focused on the disease. The irony was clearly lost on the authors as those who focused on curing those diseases, by the law of attraction, should have been expected to acquire the disease since this was their dominating thoughts. The authors suggest that a clear break from focusing on the negative is essential for success; yet preparation without consideration for all possible outcomes is reckless, and only is practical in fantasy.
On page 13, Bob Doyle says, "The law of attraction doesn't care whether you perceive something to be good or bad. It's responding to your thoughts." On page 34, Bob Doyle then says, "You're getting exactly what you are feeling about, not so much what you are thinking about." It would seem one of the key authors cannot make up his mind regarding the importance of thoughts.
On Page 9, Byrne says, "The law responds to your thoughts no matter what they may be." Yet on page 28, Byrne then says, "by the law of attraction, they (those with negative results) had to be on the same frequency as the event, it doesn't necessarily mean they thought of that exact event." Even Byrne cannot seem to make up her mind about what the law means.
The authors lump the law of attraction in with in nature's laws to imply it is science and an absolute. Although science is broad, there is a clear consensus among all scientists on the scope of most known laws of nature (those unknown being considered theory, not factual). Unless the authors purport to be scientists themselves (their biographies at the end of the book say otherwise), then speaking as though there is a scientific consensus regarding the law of attraction is nothing more than blatant propaganda intended to impress the na?ve.
On page 21, Bob Proctor writes, "If you don't understand the law that doesn't mean you should reject it. You may not understand electricity, and yet you enjoy the benefits of it." This statement implies the veracity of the law of attraction is on the same basis as electricity, which discounts that electricity is actually fully understood by many, easily accessible for study by anyone curious, and verified with both mathematics and testing. The law of attraction offers nothing of the sort. Proctor's lack of ability to explain electricity has no relevance, yet his lack of understanding and background regarding the laws of nature are evident, leaving him with only circumstantial explanations; hardly anything to be equated with the known laws of nature.
On page 9 John Assaraf asserts, "What most people don't understand is that thought has a frequency", which should leave one wondering what in fact John Assaraf understands, considering his bio in the rear of the book describes him as a business coach, not a scientist. If John Assaraf has an understanding of thought based on scientific studies that surpass the world's top scientists, perhaps he would be better served sharing his research, not his condescension.
On page 59, Byrne states that, "Food cannot cause you to put on weight, unless you think it can." Is anyone honestly supposed to take such statements seriously? Is Byrne so confident in her beliefs to take up a challenge of eating 10 pounds of bacon for 30 straight days and not put on weight?
RESULTS OVER PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
The Secret speaks little of taking action, leaving one with the impression that thought is so all encompassing that one could just sit on their couch and think their way into all their desires. If such reasoning resonates with you, you may want to assess whether your belief system is set up to justify your laziness.
It is human nature to desire instant gratification; yet the law of attraction takes this one step further to suggest not only can you have anything you want, but now you do not need to even do anything beyond thinking to get it. This mindset is not only unproductive, it is down right destructive. One need only look to those with significant credit card debt to discover the danger of focusing only on the means of acquiring material goods - the law of attraction would suggest the means are the only importance, but reality clearly shows that a blind eye to consequences is irresponsible.
On page 105 Byrne suggests, "The only difference between you and them (the wealthy) is that they thought the thoughts to bring the wealth to them." I will not discount the value of proper thinking, however, the notion that any successful endeavor is a result of only thoughts, completely discounting action, risk, ingenuity, among many other attributes, will leave any enthusiast of the law of attraction seriously lacking and completely disillusioned.
The entire book is based upon inconsistent and terribly faulty lines of reasoning, and caters to those seeking an easy answer in lieu of a practical and honest dose of reality. I highly recommend not wasting a moment with this book and adhering to a more sensible approach to success.
Anything is Possible Thought provoking and nice to know that there are others that experience the same result of not accepting anything less that God's best....more info
The secret is... ... that people are willing to spend big bucks for mindless dribble. I am disgusted that I was one of those people. DO NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE. Awful, awful, awful. Seriously, the "secret" is think positive thoughts and good things will come to you. There, I just saved you 24.99 and hours of torture....more info
Must Read This book is wonderful. It is all mind power ~ Mind Over Matter. I hate that I waited so long to read The Secret. I had read the reviews and many readers do not agree with this book. This book has really helped me to turn my aspect around on myself, the world and other people around me. We effect everyone and ourseves ~ if you think negatively, about your own situation or you are involved with gossip, or if you speak ill of people you know of, you just bring all the vibes you send out back to yourself, over and over - a cycle. Kinda like, "You reap what you sow". I think everyone should read The Secret. This book helps you learn how to focus on what you DO want not what YOU DON'T want.
When I was reading the first chapter of The Secret, the company my husband was working for closed and about two thousand people (including my husband) were laid off (March 2009), The Secret has kept me in good spirits. Very good self-help book.
I let a co-worker borrow it as soon as I finished reading. She asked if she could read it after me when I was only half way through the book. She could already tell that The Secret had made an good impact on my life. ...more info
Inspirational - But don't waste your time and money Too much hype... The book tells you do this do that you will be rich, happy go lucky. If you think positive, you attract positive things... It's all good but it fails drastically to explain why bad things happen to good people...
It is a waste of time and money. Just like many other books, it is a bad attempt to copy the true master's book, the original; Florance Schovel Shinn's writings... Now, that is the book to buy......more info
Can't live without it!! On the advise of another review I read, I started listening to this in the car. The change in the way I feel about things is incredible. I'm so glad I bought this.
U.S. Anderson's 3 Magic Words rehashed - read that instead This material is as old as the hills, though some of it IS very useful. I would suggest you read 3 Magic Words, (also available on Amazon) written in 1952 by U. S. Aunderson. Many of the passages in this book look suspiciously like exact extracts from his book with a slight rearrangement of the words.
Again, let me stress, positive thinking IS a fine thing but when your health goes south in a serious way, go to a doctor or the only thing you're going to be attracting is an undertaker. I found that out the hard way!
I recommend you buy 3 Magic Words instead. As a side bonus, that book gives you the only plausible explanation I've heard of what God may be like or doing with the Universe -- just a theoretical concept not a religion -- but it has the extra bonus of curing you of Christianity (if you need it, which I didn't) as he thoroughly and simply debunks the concepts of heaven and hell and a loving God overseeing a world full of misery and suffering.
I suggest reading it when you need it, when you've bottomed out, and are willing to pay attention to his philosophy and trying his interesting 30-day mental diet-- an incredibly simple exercise that turns out to be extremely difficult to do....more info
Blah! I thought I would learn a lot from this book so many people raved about it, but I thought it was way too repetative. Very disappointing....more info
It really works! The material in this book really works. I've had wonderful days since the first day I started reading the book!...more info
Rhonda's book changed my life . . . The Secret had a profound affect on me. I read through it quickly, and then read more slowly, hi-lighting as I went. When I was through the second time, I watched the video as well. At the end, Bob Proctor asks us to write down our desires, and I did. I never have thought about what I desired, for now and for my future - what a great thing to do!
It is as if who I am expanded, and a thirst for knowledge and experience of things physical and spiritual emerged from me. I am grateful for Rhonda and the other teachers who shared some of what they know, and now the essence of who I am includes their thoughts and experiences too. If you want to possibly view life from a positive perspective, read this book!
great book This is one of the best books i have read and think everyione
should read it if they can.
conwalk Not worth the time it took to read this heaping pile of garbage for the gullable.
The secret freakit Isn't it great when the cosmos not only gives you permission, but indeed helps you to manifest your innermost longings, no matter what they are. This book is actually about 20 years past it's time. It should have been released in the 80s for the yuppie generation. GREED IS GOOD, as long as you don't call it greed and mask the true nature of the endeavor. This book can work for someone who does not want to see the greed, jealousy, and selfishness connected to it. I'm not saying the book is all wrong, just it's primary emphasis. But why take my word for it, maybe this Buds for you....more info
I now the Secret! If you've ever had a dream, a goal, a wish, a desire .... then this is the book for you!
I wish this book was required reading in school, if it was we'd have fewer problems in the world. Buy a copy and pass it on.....
Pay it forward.
AMAZING! The Secret
I was told about this book about a year ago and didn't think much more about it. I wish I had. I purchased The Secret on audio book three weeks ago and have listened to it almost everyday. I want to share some of my thoughts and experiences I have had since receiving this book.
Learning about the Secret
Upon learning that the Secret was a law of nature, the whole book took on a new meaning for me. I love to dabble in quantum mechanics, which is what I thought this was going to be about. It has a little bit of quanta in there, but I was amazed to find that all the things I needed and wanted were stuck in my head. All I had to do was be happy, say what I wanted and let the good times roll!
How to use The Secret
There are three steps to the law of attraction. Step one is ask. Ask for what you want and throw it out there. Step two is to believe. You have to believe that what you asked for is already yours; you are just waiting on it to show up. Step three is receive. Just receive what you wanted with gratitude, love and joy.
Examples of what I have done
I have done simple things to test the law of attraction. Here's the first one. I deliver pizza so while I am driving I smile. I think about how silly I must look and I start to smile bigger and even giggle. By the time I am at my delivery point, I am in a very good mood. This has made my tips bigger. I have visualized parking spaces in front of where I work, in Wal Mart, and at Wayne College. I may not get the exact space I want, but I am within 2 spaces, so I don't have to walk as far in the cold.
I absolutely love this book and highly recommend it to everyone.(KRC)...more info
Concise, but genuine? The success of this book is its presentation of ideas that draw from quantum physics, visualization and positive thinking, the Chinese concept of "Qi," collective mental energies, and a host of other ideas. Bringing such diverse concepts together as a coherent and succinct thesis was an achievement, and I believe that is what explains much of the book's popularity; i.e., there's something for everybody. My German girlfriend already had several volumes on this topic, and much of this has already been covered in European publications. An English book on the subject was welcomed. Although I found the never-ending "feel good" text and quotes to be a bit much, I also noted just how thought-provoking the chapters were. Worth the money, but only you can decide if the authors techniques are legit....more info
Bunch of BS. Not grounded in reality. Too meta-physical. Everybody was raving about this book, including Oprah, so I had to read it. It's a bunch of BS and not grounded in reality. For example, the Secret teaches you how to reduce your bills and start getting checks magically in the mail. The book tells you to imagine that all your bills are checks, and when your "checks" (which are really bills) come in the mail, add a 0 to the "check" to make it seem like you have more money, and then pay the bills with gratitude.
Suuuuuree. Tell your landlord or the bill collector that you're not paying him this month, instead, you will just show your gratitude. See how far that gets you.
Also, this book tries to be deep but is really shallow. It thinks the good life is having a big house, a new car, and doing hedonistic things. It keeps telling users to visualize themselves in a dream home, driving a nice car, and eating salami sandwiches. This is all that's wrong with society, not what's right.
The book says that you are a representation of all that you have thought about in the past. Then tells you to forget about the past.
What world is the author living on?
I do get the central premise of the book which is "you are what you think." A book 100x better than this is "Think and Grow Rich" by Napolean Hill. It's much more credible and based in reality. Not spacey like this book.
Don't read this book for life-changing advice. Read it if you want to know what everybody else is talking about. Read "Think and Grow Rich" or "The Psychology of Winning" for more grounded, solid advice....more info
Secret Power! The secret about 'The Secret' by Rhonda Byrne is really all about knowing where your source of power is. Many mistakenly believe that your source of power is outside of yourself in accumulations of money, objects, or networks of people. Interestingly this is not so...and yet you can learn how to manifest more of what you want in your life.
'The Secret' clarifies the reality that your real source of power is found within. 'The Secret' then goes on to explain in clear & simple terms how to tap into your inner power & transform your life.
Easy & straight-forward, if you haven't read 'The Secret' yet, then now's the time!
I especially like all of the professional contributors to 'The Secret'
Even better read together with,
'Nexus' a novel by Morrison & Singh a transformative, psychological/spiritual adventure.
Nexus: A Neo Novel...more info
One for the Con Artists' Hall of Fame "The Secret" is the biggest load of garbage since Colin Powell stood before the world selling the idea that Iraq had WMD. If you want to spend your time hearing a bunch of egomaniacal cretins spew hours of horse manure go ahead. To suggest that such a thing as the "law of attraction" actually exists and then to go on about how to make it work for you is ludicrous. Basically what you have is a bunch of self professed experts pimping a science that does not exist. The only secret about "The Secret" is that you can't see the feces eating grins on the author's and contributors'faces as they take their royalty checks to the bank....more info
Negative Thinking and Skepticism For those of you actually opening your minds and utilizing the amazing teachings of The Secret, I applaud you! For those of you criticizing and talking trash about The Secret, I will continue to think good thoughts...and not focus on you. Use whatever you want (ie christianity, claims of inetellectual / scientific "know-it-all-ness", etc.) to compare this mind-changing miracle to....it has no bearing on those of us who truly believe we are in control of our destiny. I choose to focus on the good in people, things, etc...we already have enough strife and hatred in the world. The reasons you are adding to it are beyond my control or care. Are you spreading joy and love, or just so miserable in you're own life that you have to try to drag everyone else down to your level? Little harsh, I know...buck up. ...more info
Im still not sure..! I read this book, and as I was reading it, I couldn't help it wonder if it was a joke to make people have a good laugh, a conspiracy to fool people, or just something so deep that is beyond my perception. In fact I'm still not sure!
First of all, let me tell you, the book is about 200 pages, when everything it has so say can be well explained in only 20 pages. Most of this book is just repetitive. Most sentences are repeated or rephrased over and over again. Almost 90% of is just redundant.
And as far as the message it has to deliver, I just don't think it that literal. I can see how positive affirmations can help you have a better attitude, but I don't believe it can "create things" or "cure diseases".
Funny thing is that the author tries to back up her "secret" with science (quantum physics) without establishing any real relationship between the two, which can be proven.
All in all, if you are curious and just wanna read the book that's been a bestseller for over 100 weeks and you have some spare time with nothing better to do, read it. But I do not recommend buying it! Just get it from a public library and return it as soon as you get bored with it! Or just contact me and I'll send you my copy, since I'm already stuck with one. ...more info
It's a nice premise but... The idea that one can acquire ANYTHING they want is somewhat laughable. I mean, I want the ability to fly by jumping off a roof and flapping my arms. If I "believe" hard enough, will this happen? I wouldn't bet on it. Of course, I guess you could chalk it up to the fact that I have too much doubt. That's where the trickiness of the book comes into play. If something good happens, it's because of The Secret. If something bad happens, you just didn't believe in The Secret enough. Right. Also, the idea that everything bad that happens to you is a direct result from your thinking is just ridiculous. The book is essentially saying that people WANT bad things to happen to them. People WANT to be raped, murdered, kidnapped? What?!?
On the other hand, I do believe in the power of positive thinking. I think the book is right in that your thoughts have a lot of influence over your life. As a psychology major, I definitely agree with this. There have been countless studies showing how thinking positively can influence your health, happiness, etc.
Overall, the underlying premise of positive thinking is one that I can support. However, I think The Secret, and the dozen or so life coaches that provide quotes for it, takes this way too far. If you want to read the book, read it for it's general idea of thinking positively and how that can change your life. Please don't actually buy into the idea that the "universe" will give you every little wish your heart desires. Isn't that one of the first things we learn as a child? You don't always get exactly what you want so be happy with what you've got....more info
The Power of Positive Thinking--for Dummies I can't argue with those who have had their lives transformed, because even the blandest pablum will be transformative for some. All I can do here is plead with those in search of better karma, chi, destiny or what have you to turn to any the great thinkers she misquotes instead of this tripe.
First of all, what bothers me is the vagueness of the assertions such as her claiming that "the greatest teachers who have ever lived have told us that the law of attraction is the most powerful law of the universe." (She also cites numerous world religions--many with conflicting beliefs--in support of this outlandish statement.) The only way one could accept such sweeping generalizations is gross ignorance of the thinkers in question--if this book had even been brought to a publisher in a more literate time period, it would've been laughed out of the room. That is, if Plato, Shakespeare, and the many other luminaries actually said these things, it wasn't in any of the works I read as an English and Philosophy double major.
The rest of the book continues in much the same vein: feel-good assertions so nebulous as to defy argument, and positive-thinking principles so simplistic they defy parody. To wit: "If you can think about what you want in your mind, and make that your dominant thought, you will bring it into your life."
I'm not saying this is the worst self-help book you could buy--I'm just saying you could do so much better....more info
Disappointed. It did not deliver what I thought it would. It didn't even make for interesting reading. Having said that, while every book seems to have something that everyone can take away from it, I can truly say with sincerity I drew a blank with "Secret". No "Secret" in this book. Simply a lot of babble. ...more info
A powerful help Since being loaned a copy of this book, I've bought dozens for friends who were down and out, had lost their jobs, suffered sickness, financial troubles and all other sorts of problems life can throw. This is about positive thinking, but it carries it further with more detail and how-to than any book I'd ever seen. It is not your regular book in that many authors write all throughout, and their message, help and advice is powerful indeed.
If you will read this and apply its principles in belief, the chances of your living a happier, more productive, fun, and fruitful life are increased many times. It makes you feel good about everything, and it puts you back in control.
I can not place any book above this one. It goes right along with the Bible, and what many very smart men have to say on the subject of how we should think. It is so important to think correctly, and this book is a great help in that....more info
Oh, So Naive... If anyone--and I do mean ANYONE--over the age of 12 and not under the influence of drugs finds this book even the least bit enlightening or entertaining...than you have a serious problem on your hands.
And seeing as how the majority of ratings for this book are 5-star, and it's sales were anything but lackluster here in America, than I'd say that's a shining example of why the rest of the world deems us idiots.
There is some common sense in this book, that if you didn't already know, proves you simply lack common sense. And then there are absurdities in this book that prove people will believe any rediculous web that's spun for them.
What it comes down to is this: self-help books don't exist! How can someone else write a book to help you, and then call it self-help? That's bsurd. It's an author serving as a misinformed psychologist to the masses--nothing more....more info
The Secret This book is a must for everyone. Great starter book to gain basic understanding of The Secret. I personally finished the book feeling like, "what now". So I also suggest after reading The Secret to follow up with "Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting" by Lynn Grabhorn. This gives more "meat" to the Secret concepts....more info
Excellent The book was in new condition and it arrived ahead of schedule. I am extremely satisified....more info
Trust Me, I'm a Life Coach I beg to differ with the authors of this book. There is something called random bad luck, and it happens. Poop happens, so deal with it. The men and women who were raped and murdered in Nazi concentration camps did not attract their fate because they were thinking the wrong thoughts. If you are thrown from a horse and break your neck, or choke to death on a chicken bone, it`s not because you attracted this into your life. The Universe is not going to give you everything you want just because you want it. My advice is to focus on what you want, but remain detached from the result. You have control over your thinking, but you cannot control the results. Think good thoughts, but don't try to control future events by using the power of thought. The part I found most ridiculous was David Schirmer talking about how he visualized checks coming in the mail rather than bills, and within one month, according to his testimony, things changed. He makes it sound like people can sit home and amass fortunes by visualizing. Why work if I can attract checks worth millions of dollars? Child, please.
There's no place like home, there's no place like home Save your money. This book has little or no value.
Yes, thoughts do produce wealth, happiness and whatever you want out of life. But its not a straight line. The missing variable is action.
You have to act in order for those things to happen. Its important to resist negative thoughts, as negative thoughts result in negative actions/positive thoughts result in positive actions. Negative thoughts=unhappiness. Positive thoughts=contentment. But the theory that you can think positive thoughts and magically things will come to you, is the same as clicking your heels together 3 times and saying: there's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home and suddenly you're in Kansas.
One of the best! Book is wonderful. It arrived in perfect condition. I can't believe it was actually a 'used' book!...more info
didnot work The DVD did not work, said it would not work
in my part of the wold???????...more info