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Secret Source: The Law of Attraction Is One of Seven Ancient Hermetic Laws: Here Are the Other Six Paperback – November, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Process; First Edition edition (November 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934170070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934170076
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,224,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Picking up where Rhonda Byrne's The Secret left off, coauthors D'Aoust (lecturer, Philosophical Research Soc.) and Parfrey (Cult Rapture: Revelations of the Apocalyptic Mind) explain how believers and visionaries from a variety of teachings have improved their well-being using mental powers. They guide readers through several Hermetic teachings, shed light on the New Thought spiritual movement, explain how the Christ mythos and Jewish kabbalistic texts borrowed from the Hermetic tradition, and reveal how many of today's get-rich-quick schemes have roots in Hermetic laws. While not for everyone, this book provides an unbiased view of the teachings of secret societies and will interest many patrons. Recommended for all libraries. -- By Deborah Bigelow, Director, Leonia P.L., NJ -- Library Journal, 1/15/2008

The success of Rhonda Byrne's self-help manual The Secret, while undoubtedly noteworthy, is somewhat baffling considering that the subject matter is nothing more then the age old "Law of Attraction". Byrne has taken an idea as old as any alchemical school of thought and turned it into a mantra to make a quick buck and lose weight fast. In Secret Source: The Law of Attraction Is One of Seven Ancient Hermetic Laws: Here Are the Other Six authors Maja D'aoust and Adam Parfrey break down the ancient Hermetic teachings that have led to the recent outbreak of self-help ideas and schools of New Thought that are taking over the gullible masses.

The Law of Attraction seems to be the most popular of the Hermetic laws but it isn't the only one. The belief system behind these laws goes back thousands of years and has been studied, and expanded upon, by some of the greatest philosophical minds of the ages. The authors break down each law in turn, explaining its significance and how it interrelates to the other laws. They also go into great detail about the volumes that inspired so much of the ideas, such as The Emerald Tablet and The Kybalion. The reader is introduced to not only the minds that gave birth to these ideas but those that carried it into the various New Thought movements.

Though the subject matter is at times a little deep and the philosophies can be somewhat esoteric, the authors have done a good job of laying everything out in terms that are understandable without being dumbed-down. They strip the "secret" out of The Secret and show that the Law of Attraction isn't something that should be trifled with for greedy personal gain. For anyone who thinks that they may have found the answer in The Secret, I highly suggest that you make this book your next selection. -- By: Elizabeth Headrick | 01.25.08 | filed under: Stranger Than Fiction: Book Fetish By: Elizabeth Headrick | 01.25.08 | Stranger Than Fiction: Book Fetish

About the Author

Jodi Wille is Editor of "Starstruck: Photographs from a Fan" by Gary Lee Boas (Dilettante Press), and "The End is Near!" by Roger Manley (Dilettante Press). She also Edits "Tease" magazine.

More About the Author

Adam Parfrey is an American journalist, editor, and the publisher of Feral House books,whose work in all three capacities frequently centers on unusual, extreme, or "forbidden" areas of knowledge.

The Feral House blog appears at:
http://feralhouse.com/category/feral-blog/

Customer Reviews

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Kiyoshi Nakazawa on February 18, 2008
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The book The Secret Source might at first appear to be a outright criticism of the book The Secret or perhaps a book hoping to sell it's own brand of self help to confused consumers who mistake one title for the other but as good fortune would have it, it's neither. What The Secret Source offers is a highly detailed history of Prosperity Consciousness, the New Thought movement, Alchemy, Rosicrucianism, even Mesmerism and others and how they all can be traced back to Hermetic origins. It gets better though, the true story and recurring trend of Prosperity Consciousness doesn't exist in a historical bubble, the Secret Source shows the interlinked timeline of how it's Hermetic roots are bound within Christian, Judaic and Islamic history as well. The research in this book is highly detailed with all the major players, important texts, and movements laid out. The level of detail presented in this book is commendable and I'm sure in another life D'Aoust and Parfrey were detectives. One of the books strength is it's academic approach rather than being a self help book. Over 100 footnotes are present to site for anyone who would like to follow up with their own investigation. One criticism I would offer, though a very minor one at that, is that the order of some of the information in the early chapters seems to be not as well organized as it could have been for maximum comprehension. There is a lot of dense material to cover in the beginning of the book and for someone not completely acquainted with the subject there are a lot of names and connections to keep straight. Most chapters read like one major epiphany after the other. The authors make amazing connections and trace almost unbelievable timelines of major religious intrigue.Read more ›
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Don Dickerson on June 5, 2008
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I appreciate honesty and clarity in books about wisdom, both esoteric and "common knowledge." Both D'Aoust and Parfrey provide that honesty here. I felt comfortable that what I was reading was like good journalism, presenting the facts with no bias, leaving me to digest what this information means to me in my particular search. I consider this one of my tools in my search for growth.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Berry on June 21, 2010
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This book was like candy for me. I spent years chasing down Hermetic sources to piece together a mental model of the Hermetic teachings, whereas if I'd found this comprehensive outline when I was a teenager, my research would have been cut out for me.

There are several caveats involved with this book. First of all, it's in need of revision for purely typographical reasons. Also the presentation is a bit scattershot; first it's historical, then thematic, then some admixture of the two with some loss of the thread along the way. And finally there is not a clear relationship drawn between the "Law of Attraction" and its corresponding Hermetic law, nor is there any original interpretation of what the actual meaning of the given Hermetic laws (per the Kybalion) actually mean.

However, please regard the fact that this book is perhaps the only simplified account of the relationships among Hermeticism, New Thought, and Jewish and Christian mysticism. As such it is a work that fills a niche of understanding that is crucial to both practitioners as well as dilettantes of these philosophies.

And the authors write with a sense of humor and candidness that is lacking in books of this subject. I laughed out loud when reading the depiction of Adam Kadmon as a "freakish superhero" of which the angels were jealous.

To be sure, "The Secret" and its concomitant materialism receives the solid thrashing it deserves. These principles are meant for spiritual evolution, not material comfort. Thanks, Maja and Adam!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sam Liebowitz on May 4, 2009
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The book gives you a agreat history of Hermetic and New Thought, but doesn't really deal with the "other six" laws all that much. Still a very worthwhile read for the history of all we see around us today.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jon C. Mcglothlin on January 20, 2010
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I won't try to add to Kiyoshi Nakazawa's review, which was a very accurate account of how I view the book. Now to the however part - the title basically makes the promise that the book would reveal the other Hermetic Laws. I found plenty of allusions and quotes from various books pertaining to these laws, but they were just that, either allusions to the laws by other authors (historic or current) or archaic statements saying "as above, so below".
The final chapter was the largest disappointment. Basically, I was hoping for some form of reference to the "other six laws", instead we are told that we lack the wisdom and omnipotence to have these laws presented to us. True in many ways, but oh so snobbish in this time of needed change.

Jon
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hermgirl on October 19, 2012
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For the most part, they made me forget all about Rhonda Byrne, which was not really hard, even though I'm currently reading her latest book.

Essentially what the author did here was provide a history of the New Thought movement, which is pretty much where Rhonda Byrne is cribbing her stuff from. So I had a good time immersing myself in a side of esoteric thought that I wasn't as well versed in.

Then at the end, they brought it all back around again, and asked the question: Even if you believe this stuff (which I do), is it really a good thing if you actually *get* everything you want? What about people that want bad stuff?

This book provided a reminder that while you're busy asking the Universe for *stuff*, the best thing you can ask for, the thing you should probably ask for first, is wisdom.
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