And it sucks.
So I bought the book The Secret early last year and got about half way through it when I became a bit skeptical about some of the concepts and messages. It was my intention to read it again (not where I left off but starting fresh from page 1) this time with more of an open minded approach. And again, not going so well, especially after just finishing A New Earth. I grasped several of the key concepts from that book, a few being: stop thinking so much, happiness and joy is within you, let go of the ego, money and material things do not equal happiness, etc. etc. So while reading The Secret I find it somewhat shallow when the author places so much significance on money and material possessions. The underlying theme in this book is that if you visualize and focus on money, your dream car, your favorite clothes, or even your "perfect partner", one day it will all be yours! And while having enough money does reduce certain worries and stresses in your life, it will never have the power to make you happy and at peace with who you are in this world. But even so I continued to read.
I hit another stumbling block when I got to the topic of weight loss. According to The Secret, for one to become thin they must "think thin thoughts." Really? That's all it takes? Then how does one explain the 1+billion overweight human beings on this earth? Now speaking personally I've never had issues with weight BUT I still have a hard time with this one because there are medical conditions and/or genetic reasons people are predisposed to weight gain. But according to this book, just think thin thoughts and you'll start to change what the universe brings your way which will ultimately result in weight loss. I can even accept the fact that thinking positive thoughts about a healthy weight (rather than focusing on the negative) would cause one to consciously become more aware of their eating habits and motivate one to exercise but even then there are still people who will struggle with this for the rest of their lives no matter how many slim fasts they drink or stair masters they climb. I guess it's safe to assume the author never had a weight problem because it seemed she trivialized this very complex, sensitive subject. But again, I forged ahead.
I read the chapter on health. According to The Secret, someone who is diagnosed with a terminal disease only has to "think perfect health" and disease will not able to live inside their body. Wow, sure wish I had this book a few years ago. Here's an exact quote (page 130 in case anyone would like to follow along)
"Think thoughts of perfection. Illness cannot exist in a body that has harmonious thoughts."
and on the following page...
"You can think your way to the perfect state of health, the perfect body, the perfect weight, and eternal youth. You can bring it into being, through your consistent thinking of perfection."
And this is where I stopped reading. I'm guessing here, but I have a hunch this author (or more specifically the people who wrote some of these quotes) have never had to witness a child, sibling, parent or close loved one suffer the devastation of a terminal illness. I could really go into a lot more detail here but I think I've rambled on long enough. Perhaps I may skip along to the next chapter or so, or I may end up tossing this book into yet another box of closet purges. Or I may just "think" this book is terrific and read it over and over again and again.