Friday, March 30, 2007

The buzz about The Secret

Have you heard about this book? I'm guessing yes, unless you live in a cave. I missed the Oprah episode on it but picked it up the other day at Target. I have to admit, I'm fascinated.
I'm only about halfway through the book but this is my take so far.
The secret is the Law of Attraction. Meaning like attracts like. It says that when you think a thought, you are attracting like thoughts to you. Humans are constantly transmitting thoughts which have a frequency. Thoughts are magnetic and they magnetically attract all like things that are on the same frequency.
In other words, if you constantly put out thoughts of positivity and focus in on what you really want in life, you probably have just about everything you could ever want.
The problem is that most of us, including myself, focus our thoughts on what we don't want to happen. Like this week when my toddlers got sick and I kept thinking over and over again that I didn't want to be sick. The universe just heard sick and transmitted this back to me in the form of me heaving over my kitchen sink. I realized that I should have been thinking, "I want to be healthy."
Maybe this all sounds like a lot of mumbo jumbo to you, but I think there is definitely some truth to it. I know for a fact that I can magically summon a cold sore to appear anytime I have an important event. I focus so hard on not wanting to get one that I always do! When I look back on my life I realize that I've caused much more good than bad to come into my life. There were several times that checks appeared out of nowhere when I was totally broke and wishing for money. Not millions of dollars but it felt like it at the time.
So do I believe? Absolutely! Besides, what can it hurt? Do you believe in the secret? If so, what positive thoughts are you going to start putting out to the universe?
What I'm reading...The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
All that matters is what's long as your outside is wearing the tiara!
REVENGE OF THE HOMECOMING QUEEN, July 3,2007, Berkley Jam Books


TinaFerraro said...

Hey, Steph, what a great topic. People in my community are really talking about this book, too.

I haven't read it, but one thing that I can add is the shift I saw in my career when I stopped trying so hard to get published. I simply resigned myself to always having been a writer and always being a writer, regardless of material success. I started telling people (and myself) that there was no Finish Line for getting published, and that if I "died tomorrow", then I'd still have spent my life doing what I loved: writing.

And what do you know? Things started happening and now I am published. Which is not to say I don't worry about things--I do. But I have a much better attitude about rejections now. They're merely "set-backs", not reflections on me or my work, so they don't loom as large in my mind.

Does this fit into the philosophy of The Secret?

Me said...

Ooh, that premise is so cool. I've seen this book (everywhere!) and wondered what it was about. Now I'll have to go out and add it to my massive TBR pile.

The Secret is pretty much what my dad's been telling me my whole life (at least when it comes to sickness). I'll be lying on my death bed and he'll say, "Think positive. Mind over matter." And I usually reply, "I'm dying!"

I think it's kind of the self-fulfilling prophesy rule. When I was working in a theatre box office I was always fielding calls from angry or potentially angry customers. Which usually put me in a bad mood. But one day I realized that if I smiled (even a totally fake, I'm just putting this on kind of smile) then the smile came through in my voice. Suddenly people were nicer and less agitated on the phone.

Now, if only I could get my worry-prone mind to accept the power of positive thinking!

Heather Davis said...

Hey, Steph --

This whole phenomenon is similar to Wayne Dyer's Power of Intention philosophy. Basically, your power goes where you focus -- so if you are concentrating on getting published -- that isn't going to help you. People should focus on writing the best book they can and channel all their energy there. The publishing part will naturally follow if your intention is to serve your reader.

One example he gave is a dentist who wants to have a successful practice is not sitting there drilling your teeth and thinking about all the money he's going to make off you -- he's drilling your teeth trying to make your mouth the healthiest it can be. The money will follow because his intention is in the right place -- on serving his patient.

Does that make sense? It did to me - because when I wrote my werewolf book my goal was to write the best damn book I could, not "sell" a book. And... the rest is history, as they say.

I haven't read The Secret, but I have to agree that you draw what you focus on. Staying positive is the key. Good post!