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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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...Just helps to hear it in different ways and as often as possible to combat negativity.
Purchased it to play it for the subconscious mind without you tube interruptions.
My problem with their approach is the notion that there is some mystical energy aka God (their words not mine) available to serve up your ever wish when in fact what is actually happening is the impact/power of positive thinking. This is not rocket science yet they are correct in that any of us can get caught up in negative aspects of our lives.
A general example is a person who smiles, is friendly and helpful will likely have more positive things happen in their life compared to someone who is melancholy and self-centered yet a significant aspect of the The Secret ideology is focus on self. Now self focus is absolutely essential but this documentary suggests that by completely focusing on yourself with positive energy will yield oneness with the universe making a menu of your every wish available to you. They even use the imagery of Aladdin and the Lamp only instead of your being limited to 3 wishes, you have unlimited wishes. Hey, I get the analogy but I feel the approach is overly simplistic and belies the fact that talent, dedication and hard work are required to achieve the life styles of the people portrayed in the video.
A specific and rather silly example in the video is a scenario of a little boy wanting a new bicycle. They illustrate the boy cutting out a picture of the bicycle and creating an image in his mind of already having the bicycle and magically he opens the door and there is a relative (probably a grandfather) who gives him the bicycle probably for his birthday. Translation: if you you are a child let your relatives know what you want for your birthday, you will often get what you want. :)
Don't get me wrong. There is some good, positive, potentially life changing information shared in The Secret that could benefit anyone but I feel it is shared too much as a mystical Utopia that is not very realistic. You would likely be better off with dedicated study of a skill/field for which you have some level of talent and interest. But absolutely you should radiate a positive attitude/energy about whatever you are pursuing recognizing that the road to success is paved with stumbling blocks that must be overcome to reach your destination.