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ABOUT THE MOVIE: The new "extended edition" of this ground-breaking feature length movie presentation reveals The Great Secret of the universe. It has been passed throughout the ages, traveling through centuries... to reach you. This is The Secret to everything - the secret to unlimited joy, health, money, relationships, love, youth: everything you have ever wanted. In this astonishing program are ALL the resources you will ever need to understand and live The Secret. For the first time in history, the world's leading scientists, authors, and philosophers will reveal The Secret that utterly transformed the lives of every person who ever knew it... Plato, Newton, Carnegie, Beethoven, Shakespeare, Einstein. Now YOU will know The Secret. And it can change your life forever.
Not really a movie or documentary, The Secret is more of a video seminar, a presentation featuring a series of authors, philosophers, doctors, quantum physicists, entrepreneurs, and spiritual practitioners expounding on the powers of The Secret (probably the most well-known of the presenters is Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Success Principles). What is The Secret, exactly? "That principle can be summed up in three simple words: thoughts become things," proclaims writer Mike Dooley, author of Notes from the Universe. Put it another way, its The Power of Positive Thinking and how it can be applied to attracting more money, better health, and relationships; in short, happiness. (There is a rundown of topics on the DVD Chapters menu).
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
• Deleted sequence
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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?" in many respects, although at a more superficial level.
My third disappointment/concern is how some Secret followers will interpret the messagge in the movie. Again my perspective may be slightly skewed because I trained in and work with NLP (Neurolinguistic Programmming) which works drectly with the subconscious mind for helping people create accelerated breakthroughs in their lives. The suggestions, recommmended processes, etc. in The Secret work primarily with the conscious mind. Yet it is our subconscious mind that drives 80% of our behaviors and outcomes in life.
Yes, if you practice their recommendations for months and months, the suggestions may eventually sink into our subconscious. However there are simpler, quicker ways to create what you want. The other piece of that, because the subconscious mind does drive our results, there are many blocks -- such as "secondary gains" for staying stuck, values conflicts, limited beliefs, etc. - below our conscious awareness that stops us from having what we want. Because the movie does not address the difference between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind, and treats the whole topic superficially as why some people manifest and some don't, it creates the illusion that as long as you practice their suggestions, you will change your life. There is so much more than what is presented as to what are the differences that make the difference to creating what you want.
While I am glad that so many people are becoming more aware of these principles, I am concerned about the fallout as well. I am hearing people do potentially harmful things like go into deeper debt, making dramatic life changes with blind faith, because the DVD tells them they can have what they want if they just believe, etc.
I would suggest if you buy the DVD to take a few things that most resonated with you, and apply them to your life, as long as you don't sacrifice or overhaul other areas of your life without looking at the big picture. Sort out the glitz from the message. Also check what is not true for you and let go of it.
I would recommend the movie "what the bleep?" It goes hand in hand with The Secret, although more in depth and was the original movie that brought these concepts mainstream.
Third, I recommend that you check out book on NLP (as well as hypnosis which is a sister discipline). Out of all the mindset tools and technologies I have used in over 20 years, I have found they are by far the most powerful. One of the best "beginner" books is: "NLP: The New Technology of Achievement".
Good luck and may your journey be an abundant one!
A girlfriend gave it to me and said "You've got to watch this!" I put it off for a few days and then when I did put it in the DVD player, I was mesmerized by the message.
Two of my pre-teen granddaughters were visiting from out of town. One of them crawled into bed with me while I was watching THE SECRET (second viewing). She said I kept nodding my head and saying, "uh huh, yep". When she brought my comments to my attention, I told her, "This is the TRUTH, Brooke". Finally, someone has put it out here for the world to become aware of.
Bob Proctor's message in the 'Special Section' really moved me. It was very personal to me as is Esther's comment, "You ARE that which you call God". I wonder how many people realize GOD is being us (life)? We have never been separated from God and when one realizes this fact, everything in the SECRET makes more sense.
This is not a psychological brain-washing, self-motivating, wishful, mind manipulating, positive-thinking exploration. The Christian religion teaches God is 'out there' somewhere and that we have to earn God's favor. Yet Jesus teaches the Father is within and we can do all things and MORE. This DVD expresses that fact. The principle of attraction is that we draw unto us what we hold in our consciousness, be it positive or negative. And people wonder why a rain cloud follows them?
The SECRET shows people how to get rid of that 'rain cloud' and to start drawing infinite positive things to them.
Major participants of this DVD were featured on Larry King Live on November 2. The enthusiam in each and every one of the people who practice these principles taught in THE SECRET was so real it bubbled over into the living room from the smiles on their faces, the excitement in their voices and the twinkle in their eyes.
The SECRET should be in every household. Toward the end of the DVD, it's mentioned how much better it would have been to have known the PRINCIPLE (Law of Attraction) from infancy. NOW is the time to put it in the hands of all young parents that they may teach their children what LIFE is all about!
A BIG THANK YOU to the producers for not only an excellent message but for an excellent (very professional) video production!
Gail Gupton, author, The 31-Day Diet of Spiritual Enlightenment and Seekers of Truth
"As you sow, so shall ye reap." - Jesus
"You have not because you ask not." - Jesus
"That which I fear most has come upon me." - Job
"A man of the way conforms to the way;
A man of virtue conforms to virtue;
A man of loss conforms to loss." - Tao Te Ching
The Golden Rule.
This isn't new. Not at all. It's just an essence extracted from a broader range of "universal" principles, packaged and marketed in a slick production, given a materialistic bent sanitized of overtly religious tones.
Easy to view with moments of inspiration the message is clear quite early.
Wanna be rich, get a bigger house, drive a spiffy car, want that soul mate? Start with being grateful for what you do have. Then think about what it is you want, visualize it, really feel it and the universe will at some point give it to you.
Don't believe it? Well, there's your wish. Your wish is the universe's command.
All of the speakers were philosophers, authors, writers, metaphysicians and other uncommonly titled individuals. Where, I wonder, is the factory worker, the bus driver, the inner city schoolteacher or the saint who handles your trash once a week?
"We become what we behold."
Marshall McLuhan knew it.
"Everything that you do comes back to you."
Wet Willie knew it.
"If I can see it, I can be it."
R. Kelly knew the secret too.
Doesn't seem to be that big of a secret. Maybe that's the secret.
Pick up a Bible, a Qur'an, a book of Buddhist Sutras or a Tao Te Ching. You'll find "the secret" and a whole lot more.