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May 16, 2011

“All that we are is a result of what we have thought.” Buddha

I recently read the book, “The Secret,” by Rhonda Byrne. This book is based on the philosophy that we create our own universe. According to The Law of Attraction, everything that comes into our life, whether negative or positive, we attract.  The philosophers sited in the book use a technique to achieve what they want in life.  They picture what they want and really try to feel the emotions that would come along with their accomplishments.  By actively pretending you have already gotten what it is you wanted, you attract said thing.  At the same token, if you actively think about what you don’t want, you will attract just that.  After reading this book, I couldn’t help but wonder, is this really possible?  Can we literally change/control our lives and decide our destinies by using this technique?  It seems to good to be true.  But this attitude is what will hold you back in your efforts, regarding The Secret.  If you don’t 100% believe in The Secet and all it has to offer you, the universe will no bring you your wishes.

I have been trying to actively use The Secret since i’ve read this book.  Even if it doesn’t actually work (I really hope it does!), The Secret and The Law of Attraction do teach us lessons that could improve our lives every day. 

1) For one, the entire philosophy is based on optimism.  You are what you think.  If you’re always thinking negatively and you’re hard on yourself, you are going to reflect these thoughts as a person.  If you’re joyful, thinking positively, and embracing change, you are more likely to improve your life with that alone.  Happy people attract positivity.  If you’re walking around with a cloud over your head, how do you expect to get the job of your dreams, or meet the love of your life? Basic principles of optimism can enhance anyone’s life.

2) Also, it teaches us to humble.  The book mentions that in order to get what you want, you must not only believe in the Secret to its fullest extent, but you must be grateful for what you already have.  If you want a new car, instead of focusing on hating your current piece-of-crap car, you should be grateful you have a car in the first place.  The Secret also requires that you ask the universe for what you want in a humble way, over and over.

3) Patience.  The book suggests you must be patient when practicing the secret; only with time and consistent asking, belief, and gratitude you will see results.  Patience is almost extinct in our society today.  Don’t know a random fact? Google it on your blackberry and you’ll know within 5 seconds.  Need to eat lunch on the go? Fast food places are everywhere.  Our society can’t get enough of this fast lifestyle.  It seems like anything we want or need we can have at our fingertips.  I’ve noticed that this really makes people impatient.  We’re so used to getting what we want, when we want, that we’re lost when we actually have to wait.  I think The Secret can help show those who lack patience that “good things come to those who wait.”

I highly recommend this book to anyone.  Just reading it alone made me happy, and able to see the big picture of things.  Think about unfortunate events that have occured in your life.  How did you react to them?  If you reacted negatively, i’m sure a whole other slew of negative events happened to you as a result.  Also think about a time in your life when you were happy.  I’m sure great things came your way. 

Hope everyone can take my advice and and try The Secret out!