What is The Secret? It is The Law of Attraction.
A few months ago, when I first heard about The Secret, I was incredibly skeptical. A few of my friends were basically explaining it as some sort of new age magic where manifesting anything in this world was a simple matter of thinking about it. It seems like a completely hokey and misinformed ideal. Also, the whole premise of The Secret being “a secret” was in my mind just a clever marketing ploy to sell more movies and books.
The fact that The Secret was also essentially a long series of interviews with other “teachers” (i.e. personal development coaches, spiritual teachers, etc.) also made me think it was nothing more than a platform for these already wealthy folks to become more wealthy by promoting their wares.
All these preconceptions were keeping me from actually taking the time to experience The Secret myself and make up my own mind. Over the past several months, though, I’ve slowly come to believe in the Power of Intention and Law of Attraction.
I’ve actually built vision boards and have experienced many interesting coincidences and synchronicities as a result.
This week, I bit the bullet. First, I bought The Secret book (which was basically a recap of the movie). Today, I watched The Secret movie with the Seattle PowerGroup. Boy was were my expectations blown away. It was well done, and did expose me to a few new ideas when it comes to creating a mindset that is more likely to lead to happiness and success.
Just those few new distinctions that I learned were alone worth the cost of the DVD. In fact, I would suggest just buying the DVD (or downloading it from their website for $4.95) at first, since the book is essentially a recap of the material therein. It is much more powerful to actually see and hear the teachers messages than reading quotations.
What were these important distinctions I learned? Here were three big ones:
Feeling are more powerful than thoughts
It is one thing to just think about something on an intellectual level, and another thing entirely to actual feel the emotions that you would experience had you actually achieve that thing. Joy, happiness, love and gratitude are powerful emotional states. It is these emotional states that you need to consistently be in, and from this place of positivity, focus on whatever you wish to attract into your life. For example, if you create a vision board, and look at it everyday but do not have any emotional connection to it, it will not be that effective. The trick is to link the object of your desire with the positive emotion feelings that you will experience when you get it.
Make your dreams realistic
Whatever you are looking to achieve must be realistic. This does not mean that you can’t desire something truly grand. It could be a million dollars, a new car, a week long holiday from work or even just a front-and-center parking spot at your favorite crowded shopping center. Whatever it is, big or small, you need to be able to make it feel incredibly real. You need to be able to imagine yourself having already achieved it. You need to be able to feel what it would be like RIGHT NOW to have it. That is the trick. The universe doesn’t care if wish to attract something big or small into your life, it is all about whether you are emitting the right attitude and emotions to actually attract that thing.
Don’t worry about the How, just the What and Why
You have no idea how your dreams will manifest in this world. So don’t second guess anything. Just know that you are on the right path, and accept any signals that get thrown your way. Don’t make assumptions about certain things being impossible, improbable, to expensive, not “you”, or whatever. Just focus on your dream, the positive emotions and why it matters to you. Let the universe figure out the rest.
A great example in the movie was that each one of use use electricity every day, but no one truly knows how it works. In the same way, we should focus on the end goal, and not worry too much about the “How.”
There were many more nuggets that I picked up from the movie, but these were three big ones.
You can buy The Secret book or movie at any bookstore, or from their website. In fact, the online version is $4.95 (the DVD is $35!). It is a good investment.