The Secret (Extended Edition)
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Most of the material here is given in a straightforward manner, with the presenters simply talking into the camera to address the audience directly, which is good because it avoids the trap of pretense. On the other hand, the quick edits between presenters (would it hurt to let them say more than one sentence at a time?) don't help because it reduces many of their points to palatable sound bites and aphorisms. To many viewers, this may make the program come across as a series of nice ideas not rooted in reality. Plus it's somewhat spurious to claim that The Secret was well understood and practiced by specific individuals like Plato or Shakespeare (it's well known that some of the historical figures noted didn't exactly live happy or even prosperous lives, despite their achievements). But still, the primary message is one of positivity and hope for everyone. So what to make of it? In the end, programs like this generally find an audience that is open to the message, and many will probably find it to be a source of inspiration. Others will approach it with a good deal of skepticism or dismiss it as another way of marketing happiness the masses. It simply wont resonate with everyone, but if it resonates with you, you're likely to enjoy it and get a lot out of it. Those looking for more on The Secret might want to check out the companion book by Rhonda Byrne. --Daniel Vancini
• The Secret summary
• Behind the scenes featurette
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THE GOOD: If you think your life just happens to you, perhaps watching The Secret will open your thought to new possibilities. You might find some concepts that can and will improve your present experience, make you a better person to live with and help you to experience more of the good in others.
It won't spoil the video if I tell you that "The Secret" is "The Law of Attraction". The basic concept is that you will attract into your experience whatever you focus on. This is self-evident to most people, but The Secret explores this phenominon in depth and in an admittedly very entertaining way.
Any true seeker will find *some* useful idea in almost any book or presentation of this kind -- and sometimes where it is least expected. So, it is with "The Secret".
While most folks who watch The Secret will focus on the "good" things The Secret will help them to "get", what I found most helpful was the reverse.
A lot of unhappiness results from focusing on the negative, and the concept of withdrawing your attention from those negative things that you don't want more of in your experience is very well covered.
This does not mean that you ignore something you can help to improve. You simply put your energy into the positive opposite. For example, you would focus on promoting peace instead of protesting war. And, you refuse to "feed" those phenomena you do not wish to see strengthened by your attention to them.
This concept might seem abstract, wrong or even dangerous to some pragmatic thinkers, but I have seen tangible positive results in my experience by refusing to focus on negative phenomena.Read more ›
Perhaps because I have studied and utilized for over 2 decades some of the most powerful mindset tools, processes and technologies for creating what you want, my expectations may have been skewed compared to those who have never heard of or applied such concepts as the law of attraction.
That is not to say the DVD/CD does not have value. I am sure there are people whose lives have been changed by it. I think they did an outstanding marketing job. An outstanding "packaging" job in creating The Secret. The attraction principles do work, and they provided a great introduction to those who have not been exposed to them before.
For me personally, my first disappointment was the fact that what was dramatically (and cleverly) built up as "a secret" - which to me something you know that I don't - was hardly a secret. These principles have been around for centuries, have been mainstream for decades, with thousands of books, seminars, etc. covering the same principles. I don't appreciate books, tapes, etc. that overpromise and under deliver. So, to me, hardly a secret.
My second disappointment was the lack of depth around the subject matter. If you want more in-dpeth and leading edge info about how our thoughts create our reality, invest in the DVD "What the Bleep?" It offers fascinating leading edge quantum physics principles, along with great animation explaining in simple layman terms, why and how we create our realities. In fact, some of the scientists on The Secret *first* appeared in "What the Bleep?" I almost felt when I was watching The Secret, that they copied "What the Bleep?Read more ›
In my case I followed the Huna Philosophy, and one of the seven rules is energy flows where attention goes. In the Bible, and teachings of Buddha the principle is also contained. Mark 11.24 Whatsoever ye desire, believe that ye have it, and it is yours. So, I watched this movie featuring the eminent teachers of the LOA, not expecting to add much to my store of knowledge. Much to my surprise, I did learn a lot from this movie, and on that basis I highly recommend it.
Before watching this movie I knew that my thoughts created my reality. The missing link for me was the importance of feelings. When you feel good, good things tend to come to you, and when you feel bad, you attract bad things. So, it is important to have better ways of looking at situations, and then you will attract better situations. The other concept that impressed me was importance of gratitude. Gratitude rocks.
If you wish to buy a good book on the subject, I recommend The law of Attraction by Michael Losier, and, Ask and it is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks. My favorite quote from the movie: 'What you think and feel, and what you manifest is always a match. Every single time. No exception' Esther Hicks. My other favorite quote: 'Your wish is my command.' The Universe.
My own insight from watching this movie came from the Gratitude segment, and also ties in with the Huna: To be grateful is to appreciate, to appreciate is to love, and to love is to be happy with.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even after watching this movie more than several times in the past, my older son, Chris, who was lately quite moved by watching it recently, had urged me to watch this brilliant... Read morePublished 2 days ago by John DiStefano
I thought this was Secret, the movie. It's not. The description was misleading.Published 6 days ago by Lynda White
a must read / a new window through which you could expand your mindPublished 6 days ago by CarlosBazNYC
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As a Christian I know that the New Testament is full of verses that speak about how a man is how he thinks, and that God wants us to have an abundant life in all areas. The problem as I see it with these type videos, books etc is they seem to stress materialism more than anything. And as a greedy... Read More
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GB -- I didn't view it that way. If she would have said, "I use it all the time for my Mary Kay business. give me a call at 212-555-1212 and I'll tell you how you, too, can make money selling cosmetics!" that would be a blatant attempt to manipulate a reaction to her post. When I... Read More
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Thanks for starting this line of discussion. The Secret was a wonderful, inspiring, empowering movie. It sincerely motivated everyone I know who has watched it, and for that it has tremendous value.
I find it saddening that there are so many non-believers out there. Ironically, they are the ones... Read More
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I couldn't have said it better myself so I'm glad I didn't try! ;=)
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