Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Tuesday Question: Have You Discovered 'The Secret' Yet?

The Tuesday Question: Have you read The Secret? What do you think? Is it all hype or the real deal?

I spent last weekend reading The Secret. A friend, who knew I'm sucker for self-help books, loaned me a copy. Needless to say, I was hooked. It’s not that there is anything new in this beautifully edited book. The usual topics - positive thinking and visualization - are at the forefront. In fact, I’ve already been using a lot of these techniques to create my writing career.

The Secret is based on the laws of attraction - that like attracts like. So if you spend time think in negative thoughts, these will attract more negative thoughts. The idea, of course, is to spend all your time thinking positive thoughts, which will attract more positive thoughts. Like I said, nothing new here. But still I will be reading and reading The Secret to remind me of techniques that can help my writing career evolve.

I’m off to create visual board now, as recommended in the book. What am I going to put on it? Mock-up covers of National Geographic Traveler and Conde Nast Traveler with ‘written by Liz Lewis’ under the feature article title. Then I can stare at it everyday and visualize it happening….

Want to know what others are saying (both good and bad) about The Secret? Check these links out.

Denise Mann at WebMD asks ‘The Secret: Is It the Real Deal?

Jerry Alder at Newsweek focuses on Decoding 'The Secret'

The Oprah Winfrey Show spent time Discovering the Secret

Greg Beato at Reason Magazine looks at The Secret of The Secret

Salon looks at Oprah’s Ugly Secret (this article got 630 letters/comments)

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Michael Stelzner said...

Hi Kiwi;

This book is rather dangerous if you are a practicing Christian or Jew.

It's problem lies in the belief that all we need to do is to believe in order to achieve.

It is not a new concept, but rather an old one that has been rehashed.

As a reviewer on Amazon said:

"She [the author] also states that those who experience widespread calamity (tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, famine, diseases like AIDS, etc.) experience it because they are "vibrating" in exact alignment with these disasters (such as thinking they could be in the wrong place at the wrong time). I'd like to see Ms. Byrne walk amidst the AIDS suffers in Africa or those in Louisiana who survived Hurricane Katrina and say those things. Oh, wait! That's right. According to her we shouldn't OBSERVE such nasty things. PuhLEEZE! Honey, you can vibrate at a high level, with love and compassion, and NOT be "negative"--and still offer solace, encouragement and aid."

Summary, do not make this your new religion because it not really as powerful as faith in God.


Hi Michael, interesting comments and I like the reveiw from Amazon. And as you say, the book says nothing new. Just another 'self-help' book out there making money off those looking for answers.

The trick, of course, is to read and only take small parts of the information out. Reading all types of books, bible and other religious books included, always people to learn, think, and grow.

I worry when anyone takes anything that is written down as gospel and follows it to the T.

Cheers, Liz

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