The current issue (April 2007) of the San Gabriel Valley Family magazine features an article on “The Secret” written by Wendy Silvers. Silvers first describes what “The Secret” is, and said some things I thought were interesting.
First, she speaks of it as if it is a proven system that cannot be debated. She says, “‘The Secret’ reveals the Law of Attraction, which states that the Universe, the big “yes” machine, responds to your thoughts and feelings and brings into your life that which you focus on.” I found it interesting that she calls it ‘the Law of Attraction’ as if it is a proven law. Here are the four Laws of Thermodynamics (compliments of wikipedia):
0. If two thermodynamic systems are in thermal equilibrium with a third, they are also in thermal equilibrium with each other.
1. In any process, the total energy of the universe remains constant.
2. There is no process that, operating in a cycle, produces no other effect than the subtraction of a positive amount of heat from a reservoir and the production of an equal amount of work. In a simple manner, the Second Law states that energy systems have a tendency to increase their entropy.
3. As temperature approaches absolute zero, the entropy of a system approaches a constant.
Now does the Law of Attraction sound like a tested and confirmed Law like these four? It’s not even close to the Law of Gravity. How can she present it as if it was not even debatable?
She also said that “the Universe doesn’t discriminate between positive or negative.” So I could think of something really negative and it will happen? Is this Law safe in the hands of the public? I can just think of someone like Lex Luther getting ahold of this and using it for evil.
She gives this thinking credit for the conception and birth of her daughter. So is the converse true, that those who can’t conceive are hopeless because they think they are?
Here are her 11 steps towards your family’s bright future. Get out your pens!
1. Set your intention. What do you really want? Write it down. I guess this is the process of recognizing what your true desires are. But what does James 4:2-3 say, “You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covent and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” Sounds right.
2. Know that the Universe responds to your desires. It may not be immediate, so don’t give up and go negative. Stay strong and clear in your attention. She makes sure that her Law cannot be disproved with the language ‘it may not be immediate.’ And if you fail, its because you didn’t think hard enough. If you pray for money, does a check come in the mail signed by the Universe? How does one know that the Universe is granting these things? What is the authority of the Universe and where did it receive this power? What is its origin?
3. When you wake up in the morning, take a few minutes to see the day ahead rather than jump out of bed and run headlong into your day. Practice this throughout the day. This is a tool that really helps me. Obviously it is good to be positive. It is better to go through life being positive, but not because the Universe can supply us with something, but because Romans 8:28 is true. “We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
4. Create a practice of meditation that you impliement daill even if it’s only 5 minutes in teh morning and 5 minutes before bedtime. Contemplate beautiful writing and music. How about Psalm 118, “1. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. 5 out of my distress I called on teh Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.” Or Psalm 119:48 “I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.” Or Psalm 1:1-2 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
5. Practice daily gratitude for what you have in your life now. When we practice gratitude, our joy, our appreciation expands and we feel great. But who are we thanking? the Universe? Psalm 106:1 “Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!” Do you recall a passage where Paul gives thanks to the Universe for people’s belief or his own salvation?
6. Visualize. Take time to see in your mind’s eye that whcih you’d like in your life and allow yourself to feel as though it is there right now. Throughout the day, recall the feeling of having that which you desire. Col. 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Visualize that.
7. Create a vision board using magazine pictures, family phots and phrases on a poster board. Place on this vision board what it is you’d like to experience in your life. Cover all areas- material, physical, emotional, spiritual. Do this as a family activity.Philippians 2:5 “have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” and then continues to remind us of the humble sacrifice made on our part. Hebrews 12:2- “Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Put that on your board.
8. Wealth is a state of mind. It is not only material. Put the board where you can see it every day and spend time doing so. Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” verse 24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to teh one and despise the other. you cannot serve God and money.”
9. Watch your thoughts. Watch your language. Observe what you say to yourself and your family. Ask yourself these questions: Is this loving? Is this helpful? Do I need to say it now? Become aware of the thoughts you think and the decisions you make. What your thoughts, be aware of your SIN! Not because the Universe may not supply something you want, but because a holy God is watching you.
10. Let your family members be who they are rather than what you’d like them to be. There is a natural tendency to focus on what we don’t like, and then it’s all we see. See differently. Pick the appealing qualities of your family members and focus on them. Then do the same for yourself. of course love unconditionally. Encourage them towards godliness. This is common sense, but also short sighted. We should have a desire where we’d like our children to go and pray that the Lord bring them to that point. but no matter what you love them.
11. Create a sacred circle of people with whom you can share your hopes and dreams. Avoid unpleasant people and discussions that will have you veer off your course. For added support, find a spiritual community that resonates with your heart’s truth. What about God’s truth. ‘Your heart’s truth’? This whole system does not put the Universe as the ultimate authority but man. Man must submit himself to the law of God, not life to the law of his own heart.
I’d spend more time on this, but I’ve already spent too much!