Currently, I am reading a book titled “The Secret,” written by Rhonda Byrne. Released in 2006 along with a movie of the same name, I remembered hearing about it at the time. I am listening to it read by the author, and she sounds as though she grew up in the same neighborhood as Nicole Kidman with a pleasant Australian accent. At the time of release, the book was championed twice on The Oprah Winfrey Show, a sure shot to success, and it spent 146 weeks atop the New York Times bestseller list. The message is about the law of attraction and subscribes to gratitude and visualization as the keys to successful living. Intriguing and controversial in its message, it has been widely questioned and parodied.
In my own experience, I feel much more connected and in a positive flow with life when I am feeling grateful and make a choice to be pleasant. It is especially helpful to remember to treat everyone with kindness. My day is usually great when I do this.
The book claims that if you act-as-if and feel-as-if you already have what you are seeking, you put yourself on the same frequency as the thing you seek and doing so attracts it to you. The book references other books written over time, and claims that Plato, Newton, Carnegie, Beethoven, Shakespeare, and Einstein knew of The Secret and used its power. In the book are quotes about using faith behavior, including “‘And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive’ (King James Bible, Matt. 21:22)” and, “‘Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours’ (New International Version Bible, Mark 11:24)”.
I don’t know that I can believe everything I have read here regarding believing your way into wealth, health, and relationship success, but it certainly is a good reminder to practice the golden rule and to continue to have faith.