Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Is this really a secret???

The following paragraph came from The Secret's official website. This is how they describe what they believe to be revolutionary. I have not seen the entire DVD, or read the book. I saw it on Oprah along with the discussion panel, and then I also saw part of it when I was in Loan Officer classes in Dallas. You can read the synopsis and then I'll share my personal feelings.

The Secret has existed throughout the history of humankind. It has been discovered, coveted, suppressed, hidden, lost and recovered. It has been hunted down, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. Now for the first time in history, The Secret is being revealed to the world over two breathtaking hours. A number of exceptional men and women discovered The Secret, and went on to become known as the greatest people who ever lived. Among them: Plato, Leonardo, Galileo, Napoleon, Hugo, Beethoven, Lincoln, Edison, Einstein and Carnegie, to name but a few. Fragments of The Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation which will be life transforming for all who experience it. Some of today's greatest teachers will be presented in The Secret and will impart this special wisdom that has been known by so few. They include some of the world's leaders in the fields of business, economics, medicine, psychology, history, theology and science. Each of these teachers is living proof of The Secret; each of them a walking marvel of achievement and success... Included are; 'Miracle Man' Morris Goodman, who tells his awe inspiring story of how he recovered from paralysis by using The Secret. Dr. Denis Waitley, who used various aspects of The Secret in training Olympic athletes and Apollo astronauts to reach new heights of human endeavour. Best selling authors and philosophers including Bob Proctor, John Assaraf, James Ray and Joe Vitale, explain how they have created lives of phenomenal success utilising The Secret. Doctors in the fields of medicine and quantum physics explain the science behind The Secret. The Secret reveals amazing real life stories and testimonials of regular people who have changed their lives in profound ways. By applying The Secret they present instances of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles and achieving what many would regard as impossible. The Secret reveals how to apply this powerful knowledge to your life in every area from health to wealth, to success and relationships. The Secret is everything you have dreamed of... and is beyond your wildest dreams.

Like I said, I haven't seen the entire DVD, and if you don't agree with me, please say so, but I'm just bugged out by this. The Secret is based on the Law of Attraction. What you think about, you bring about. Now, I am all for being positive. I think that there is great power in always seeing the best. And I think being optimistic helps your overall outlook in life, and does a great deal for you spiritually, mentally and physically.

When I first saw the special on Oprah, I was like, "wow this is great!" I was taking notes, and I just wanted to rush out and get the DVD. And then a few weeks later I saw it again on another special on Oprah. It had become that popular that they wanted to talk about it again. And as I was watching it, I kind of got irritated.

They talk about "the universe" and how it opens up to help us. And my thoughts are yes, this is a very spiritual world, but only because of God. Not because of man, or how man controls the universe. I can attract positive things into my life, but this is a very broken world. And lets face it, crap happens!!! And that "crap" that happens is what helps me to remember where I want to spend eternity, and how with God in my life I will make it through each day.

The Secret talks about how we attract bad things into our lives as well. I do agree somewhat. Do I think that people attract cancer into their lives? No! Do I think that I attracted my current situation into my life? Honestly, yes. It takes a lot of personal responsibility to admit when things go bad in our lives that we had anything to do with it, doesn't it? Susan, who is a fellow blogger has a quote on her blog that I just love!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have written it down and kept it in many places for me to remember.

God determines who walks into your life.... It's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go.If God be your partner make your plans LARGE.
Dwight L. Moody
Now I'm not going to get into all the "what ifs" of my situation and how it could have possibly have been different had I not met Nathan, but I do believe that we all make a choices based on where we are at in life, and I'll be honest...I was not in a good place when Nathan came into my life. So I do believe that I have to take responsibility for not being mature enough to let go of the relationship. However, I don't regret anything because of the amazing, beautiful children I have.
I don't know, I guess what just bugs me is that I don't understand why it's so hard for people to say, "God blessed my life." Why does it have to be about "the universe" and how I attracted good things into my life. I didn't do anything. And I can't do anything without God. There are so many variables in this life that I have no control over, and I don't believe that I asked for a rock to hit my line on my a/c so that it would go out in the hottest month of the year. I don't believe I attracted an ear infection for Mason when he is only 3 months old. Crap happens! But it's how I chose to look at those situations and deal with them is what is most important. I can be the most positive person in the world, and I'm still going to have to deal with life. I am so thankful that God is my partner and giver of everything, because with him I am blessed.
I've had a really hard week. And at the same time, I've had a wonderful week. For every difficult thing that has happened, there has been a blessing in return. And I ask myself, is the universe working for me as some might say? No, I don't think so. God is working for me. God is showing me that although the last year of my life has been incredibly hard, those who remain faithful will be blessed. It is so evident in my life right now, that it gives me chills. There is a God and He is alive, and He is The Secret...I just hope that everyone learns what the one and only true Secret is.


Blogger Penless Thoughts said...

Larissa, I wait eagerly for each and every one of your posts because they are ALWAYS so good!!!! This was great. You are one amazing young woman :o)

1:51 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

GREAT post. That makes me want to e-mail Oprah.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen, girl! I looked into this after reading it on your blog - and I agree with you. Jen (Wood) Whitehead

6:10 PM  
Blogger Katherine said...

You inspire me every time you sit down and write out these encouraging thoughts-you have been given a gift, girl!! :)

One day, you need to gather all of these posts and gather them into a book-it would be amazing-I would totally buy it!! ;)

May God continue to bless you and use you to bless others~

12:35 AM  
Blogger jen at Conversations said...

You pretty much summed it up!

7:46 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Larissa you are such a passionate writer and I soooo enjoy reading your blogs!
I totally understand your take on the Secret and I totally agree with God being in control. You are so right about not attracting the 'crap' that comes with everyday life.
I haven't even read the book or seen the DVD, I just saw part of Oprah and didn't realize they were saying it was the universe and all that 'crap'. I see where you are coming from.
Thanks for the good read.

10:54 PM  

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