I’ve been meaning to post on this to warn all of you of a storm I’ve seen brewing for awhile. Then Oprah covered it and the whole world knows. I would have looke like I was totally in the know, but now have to settle for this. Anyways, a few months ago I was watching the “Ellen Show” and she had a couple of guys on to talk about a book and movie that has changed her life. They were talking about ‘The Secret’.
The Secret is basically a name-it, claim-it message. They teach that if you truly believe that you will get something, then the universe will supply it for you. I guess that originally it was the DVD and the book is a testimony edited by Rhonda Burne about how it changed her life.
They teach that you get whatever you focus on. If you are in debt and all you think about is debt, then that’s what you’ll get. But if you focus on money, you will be in tune with the universe and be delivered from your debt. Byrne says, “Nothing [good or bad] can come into your experience unless you summon it through persistent thoughts.” God is replaced with the universe.
What I don’t understand is how someone like Ellen, who is famous for being from New Orleans and has been very involved in the restoration project there, can say that she believes this. How can she look at the people of New Orleans and say either, “You were thinking about doom, so that’s what you got.” or “If you just thought more positively, your city and home wouldn’t be like this.”
This system is very much a breed of gnosticism. It is an elite few who have a higher knowledge, and for $19.95, so can you! It teaches people that they are the highest authority and have all control of their life.
Here are a couple of excerpts:
You are God in a physical body. You are Spirit in the flesh. You are Eternal Life expressing itself as You. You are a cosmic being. You are all power. You are all wisdom. You are all intelligence. You are perfection. You are magnificence. You are the creator, and you are creating the creation of You on this planet
The earth turns on its orbit for You. The oceans ebb and flow for You. The birds sing for You. The sun rises and it sets for You. The stars come out for You. Every beautiful thing you see, every wondrous thing you experience, is all there for You. Take a look around. None of it can exist, without You. No matter who you thought you were, now you know the Truth of Who You Really Are. You are the master of the Universe. You are the heir to the kingdom. You are the perfection of Life. And now you know The Secret
I would normally say that this will pass and no one will be talking about it in a year, but the reality is, is that it is leading people down the wrong path right now. Everywhere I turn, people are reading this, and just like Scientology, they are making their way into the homes of America through celebrities. Just beware.