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Reminds me of my favorite Amazon review....
>From Publishers Weekly (Amazon)
>Supporters will hail this New Age self-help book on the law of attraction as a groundbreaking and life-changing work, finding validation in its thesis that one's positive thoughts are powerful magnets that attract wealth, health, happiness... and did we mention wealth? Detractors will be appalled by this as well as when the book argues that fleeting negative thoughts are powerful enough to create terminal illness, poverty and even widespread disasters. The audio version of this controversial book, read by Byrne and contributing authors such as John Gray and Neale Donald Walsch, is uneven at best. The cheesy, obvious sound effects will not do much to add intellectual respectability to a work that has been widely denounced as pseudoscience. Mostly, this audio is hampered by its confusing and disjointed organization—techniques that worked reasonably well in the print version and the movie, such as cutting every few seconds from one enthusiastic expert to another, make for a choppy and somewhat bewildering listening experience. The gentle cadences of Rhonda Byrne's breathy, Aussie-infused voice are certainly the best part of the audio, but her material is scarce and provides mostly connective tissue between the testimonials.
I'm guessing that's why.
Carl Sagan, in The Demon Haunted World, laments the fact that 30% of Americans believe in alien UFO abductions. An overlapping set of numbskulls believes in ghosts, magical stones, homeopathy, The Secret and other bullshit. Not to mention religions.
I'll readily admit that in my youth I took a keen interest in the paranormal myself. As I grew older, I kept expecting people to proclaim exciting new discoveries and practical applications of psychic powers and such. The Russians were researching it; and so, of course, was the US military!
Well guess what: Uri Geller got his ass debunked, as did a few other famous "psychics," and all attempts to investigate the paranormal came up empty. For decades!
A concentrated, reasonably well funded effort turned up empty, and various charlatans were revealed. There you have the same story that's been fooling fools for millennia. All the evidence unearthed by decades of best efforts says: There ain't nothing "out there."
Good enough for me, and I find a physicalist world view nicely non-complicated. Rather than worry about any of hundreds of possibilities of stuff that could be, I worry about none, and give credence to none. And, having researched the topic to my satisfaction, I tell the woo adherents that they're wrong and stupid. But that's just my personal charm in action.
"The Secret" was written by a woman, Rhoda Byrne. Not the person in this article. Fail.
Is she referring to "the secret" as in The Secret?
I always laugh when Mormons latch onto the secret because it is one of the most atheistic ideas ever: that you can change the universe all on your own, just by thinking about it. It essentially removes any necessity of God and in fact proscribes his power.
> I would love to.
If that's the case, any barriers you perceive are just that- perception. Perceptions can be changed but that has to happen consciously.
This might sound like self-help guru bullshit (which I have a strong dislike of) but a shift in perception in 2010 completely changed my life.
You really can move back here whenever you want- if you REALLY want. You've just got to allow yourself.
If, like me, you're the kind of person who is grounded in science and proof, read The Answer.
If you have more of a 'mystical universe' view of the world, read The Secret.
Bottom line, if you want it, it's attainable, and it doesn't have to be at the cost of career, time, your passport or whatever.
I'll come meet you at the airport.
Re-rolling of "The Secret"
If all it took was to hope a thing happens and it happen then you wouldn't have that memory of that terrible disappointment you once had for that thing you really hoped for.
> Well there are plenty of positive reviews too
They missed my favorite... even took it down. It was a literary masterpiece.
The Secret saved my life!, December 4, 2007
By Ari Brouillette
Please allow me to share with you how “The Secret” changed my life and in a very real and substantive way allowed me to overcome a severe crisis in my personal life. It is well known that the premise of “The Secret” is the science of attracting the things in life that you desire and need and in removing from your life those things that you don’t want. Before finding this book, I knew nothing of these principles, the process of positive visualization, and had actually engaged in reckless behaviors to the point of endangering my own life and wellbeing.
At age 36, I found myself in a medium security prison serving 3-5 years for destruction of government property and public intoxication. This was stiff punishment for drunkenly defecating in a mailbox but as the judge pointed out, this was my third conviction for the exact same crime. I obviously had an alcohol problem and a deep and intense disrespect for the postal system, but even more importantly I was ignoring the very fabric of our metaphysical reality and inviting destructive influences into my life.
My fourth day in prison was the first day that I was allowed in general population and while in the recreation yard I was approached by a prisoner named Marcus who calmly informed me that as a new prisoner I had been purchased by him for three packs of Winston cigarettes and 8 ounces of Pruno (prison wine). Marcus elaborated further that I could expect to be raped by him on a daily basis and that I had pretty eyes.
Needless to say, I was deeply shocked that my life had sunk to this level. Although I’ve never been homophobic I was discovering that I was very rape phobic and dismayed by my overall personal street value of roughly $15. I returned to my cell and sat very quietly, searching myself for answers on how I could improve my life and distance myself from harmful outside influences. At that point, in what I consider to be a miraculous moment, my cell mate Jim Norton informed me that he knew about the Marcus situation and that he had something that could solve my problems. He handed me a copy of “The Secret”. Normally I wouldn’t have turned to a self help book to resolve such a severe and immediate threat but I literally didn’t have any other available alternatives. I immediately opened the book and began to read.
The first few chapters deal with the essence of something called the “Law of Attraction” in which a primal universal force is available to us and can be harnessed for the betterment of our lives. The theoretical nature of the first few chapters wasn’t exactly putting me at peace. In fact, I had never meditated and had great difficulty with closing out the chaotic noises of the prison and visualizing the positive changes that I so dearly needed. It was when I reached Chapter 6 “The Secret to Relationships” that I realized how this book could help me distance myself from Marcus and his negative intentions. Starting with chapter six there was a cavity carved into the book and in that cavity was a prison shiv. This particular shiv was a toothbrush with a handle that had been repeatedly melted and ground into a razor sharp point.
The next day in the exercise yard I carried “The Secret” with me and when Marcus approached me I opened the book and stabbed him in the neck. The next eight weeks in solitary confinement provided ample time to practice positive visualization and the 16 hours per day of absolute darkness made visualization about the only thing that I actually could do. I’m not sure that everybody’s life will be changed in such a dramatic way by this book but I’m very thankful to have found it and will continue to recommend it heartily.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/14999/best-amazon-review-ever-the-secret-of-the-secret-is-a-shiv/#Gf4L0Xm2qxulxIFh.99
Here you go.
That I've read this
"If you want something and ask the universe hard enough, the universe will give it to you!"
This is just one step away from being a piece of advice out of The Secret. Next: Think good things and an abusive father will stop beating your girlfriend and her mom!
I like those cheesy self-help books. Tony Robbins' Awaken the Giant Within is a good one. Zig Ziglar is another speaker/author to take a look at. There are a lot of authors in that category.
The Four Agreements was good, though it gets a little new-agey at times, and may not be your thing if that turns you off.
I thought The Secret (movie and book) carried a positive message. I liked 'em. I've read the follow up book too. There's a whole lot of bunk science in there, though, so be careful of that. The message is basically, "If you intend good things to happen to you, they will, because quantum physics." They do not understand quantum physics. But as long as you're not foregoing taking action to solve your problems, I think the message is positive. Thinking positively has other benefits. What's it matter what your reason is for doing it, ya know?
Eckhart Tolle has some good books. The Power of Now comes to mind.
A lot of people like The Power of Habit.
I enjoy listening to Alan Watts lectures, that's mostly pop-style Buddhist and Hindu philosophy. Word of caution though, Alan Watts himself is not a Buddhist and in fact at times argues that alcohol & drugs are a good thing. I don't agree with everything the man says but his lectures are thought provoking
The values.com website has a whole slew of cheesy motivational content. Example: Spread Your Wings. I like stuff like that. :)
Just sold completely out of The Secret
27 copies at $5.99. I really hope someone's flipping them and not just wallpapering a room or something.
For me it has to be The Secret
Has literally changed my life.
Is your secret The Secret?
What's the secret to having a secret?
So that's where The Secret comes from.
I clicked on that link thinking it would be to the review to The Secret. My personal favorite.
Welp, this is the internet and maybe you should read up on how things work. I don't think I should have to do your research for you, frankly.
> Here's her argument.
I can't read that without paying for it. Ironically.
I've yet to see any of her arguments made public except the summary released in a bunch of promo materials from NowThis and other neolib outlets.
But here, I have a book for you that details how you can get anything you want in life: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Rhonda-Byrne/dp/1582701709
oh, you mean the power of positive thinking? Already know it, daaaaawg!!!!
You'd make an excellent spokesman for The Secret.
Maybe you need to make a rap video about it. Rap videos are the new "Secret"
Have you ever heard of sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. Anything bad you say goes back to you six fold. Please enlighten yourself in the book secrets. Oprah Winfrey told me to read it and it really does help people like you that are full of hate.
Yes I would love an apology from you who keeps saying racist comments towards the Jews and African American communities. Please take your time to think about it and try not to be insulting again son.
I'm reading a book called, 'The Secret' -
The main topic is around power of intuition and how our brains are wired to not think in 'no alcohol' or 'yes alcohol', but just 'alcohol'. The more we think about the subject the closer we get.
Not if it that is all a bunch of bull, but your story reminded me of what I'm currently reading.
Stop saying lefty, jackass. And yes, most people are fucking idiots. Do you really want to argue that point? http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Rhonda-Byrne/dp/1582701709
edit- also, that's my point. You say there's a choice. There is not a choice, however, when Dr. Nick costs $50, Dr. Hibbert costs $500, and you have $100 saved.
> > I'd say that you're without shame, but it's worse than that.
Have you read The Secret, A Course in Miracles, A New Earth, or any of these 'New Thought' books on The Law of Attraction, etc.?
>i can't even explain to you what is happening
The Secret is about as fucked up as it gets.
Take the worse case scenario and say we lose this game. That makes us 6-19. Now, when we double our losses that puts us at 38 losses. 38 losses implies 44 wins. 44-38 gets us in the playoffs. Which is unprecedented with such a young team. So, everyone needs to chill out.
Have you ordered the Official Timberwolves Sub Book Club Book Yet?
Believe or Leave.