This review is not meant to infer that the writer agrees wholeheartedly with the concept of the “Law of Attraction” as the secret to a happy, joyous life.  I merely present the thinking of over twenty leading authors, philosophers, and scientists who were interviewed about this topic and present their affirmation of this “power of positive thinking” to change one’s fortune in life.

There is some truth to many of the ideas presented.  It is up to the individual to accept or reject the theories under discussion.  The review ends with a brief account given by Alexander Kjerulf entitled “The Movie ‘The Secret’ is Fake.”


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The Law of Attraction

The following are the ideas presented in this documentary concerning the Law of Attraction.  It may seem repetitive in some areas since many of the interviewees had similar experiences.

Everything that comes to you in life comes to you through attraction.  Think of yourself as a magnet.  Hold on to the thoughts of what you want out of life.  If you think about living in abundance, you will attract that abundance.  I personally have always loved the Bible verse in John 10:10 which states the words of Jesus, “I have come to give you life, and give it in abundance.”

Negativity Begets Negativity

If you constantly think negative thoughts about your debts, your relationships, your job, etc., you will get more of the negativity which you are thinking about.  When you focus on what you don’t want, you are calling that circumstance into existence.  What you think about, you bring about, whether it is a positive or a negative.  Keep in mind, however, that an affirmative thought is hundreds of times more powerful than a negative thought.

It is impossible to monitor every thought you have.  There is an easier way. Our feelings let us know what we are thinking.  If you celebrate the good feelings that come to you, you will draw more good feelings.  The universe will respond to those feelings.  The principle applies equally to your family pet.  When you love your pet, it will bring goodness into your life.

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How to Apply the Secret

You are the masterpiece of your own life.  You have attracted everything that is around you.  You can thus become the creator of your own life.  You will have a life beyond what you can possibly imagine right now.  It is life-transforming if you agree to it.  You need to know how to apply the secret.  You have a job in the creative process, and the universe has a job also.  The genie says “Your wish is my command.”  That is what the universe says to you.

The first step is to ask;let the universe know what you want.  Write it out on a piece of paper.  Explain how you want your life to be.  Believe that it is already yours.  You may want a particular experience, or product, or person.  The universe will start to rearrange itself to make it come true for you.

If you believe something intellectually, but you do not feel it, it will not happen.  You have to feel it with an unwavering faith.  Perhaps you will be inspired to take a certain action.  Act on it.  Generate the feeling that you already have that something that you want.  You will literally attract it.  It will make you feel joyous and alive.


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Change Your Thinking

A lot of people feel stuck in their circumstances.  You can change your current reality if you change your thinking.  If you expect a bill in the mail, it will come.  If you don’t have a lot of money in your bank account, you must realize that it is the result of your past circumstances.  Don’t damn yourself to have nothing more in the future.  The law of attraction is always obedient to your thoughts.  You need to monitor those thoughts.

Start by making a list of all the things you should be grateful for.  It will send you in a different direction.  Appreciation pulls it in and brings it about.  Learn to feel gratitude and to express it.

What you visualize, you materialize.  Dwell upon the end result.  If you yearn for a new car, look at your fingers.  Imagine those fingers around the steering wheel of your brand new car.  Feel as though you already have it.  Feel the joy, feel the happiness.  Turn it over to the universe, you will be surprised at how it is delivered to you.  The power of the universe will begin to express itself.  The universe says “Your wish is my command.”

Focus on abundance; focus on prosperity.  What you focus on, you will get.  Keep in mind, however, that external things do not bring happiness.  Go for the inner joy, the inner vision; then the external things will appear.

You Can Change Your Circumstances

If you are in a bad relationship, focusing always on the faults of the other person, you can change that circumstance.  Focus on what is good about that person and you will turn the relationship around.  Write down all the things you appreciate about that person.  You will see more and more of the good, and the problems will fade away.  You have created your own happiness.  You took charge of your own joy, your own bliss.  Others had no control over it.

Those who are in the healing arts are aware of the law of attraction.  The use of a placebo can bring about the same result as the use of a specified medication.  Our body is the product of our thoughts.  A symptom is not always a bad thing.  It can alert you to the need to turn things around.  There have been instances of persons who were healed by believing that they were healed.  By removing physiological stress from the body, the body is able to regenerate itself.

Do Not Focus on the Negative

If you try to fight everything you don’t like, you add power and energy to the problem.  Don’t give the problem all your energy.  You are focusing too much on what you don’t want, which creates more of the same.  Be on fire for what you want; the universe will deliver it to you.  You are the designer of your destiny.  You write the story.  The outcome is whatever you choose.


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A Dissenter

More than one person will debate these issues, I am sure.  One dissenter named Alexander Kjerulf objects to much that is proposed in “The Secret.”  He contends that changing your thinking changes nothing in the universe surrounding you; it can change something inside of you, however.  By changing your perceptions, your focus, and your emotions, from negative to positive, you can affect your motivation, your energy, and your creativity.  You will then be more efficient in working toward your goals; it is that simple.

When you change yourself, you change your circumstances.  There is nothing mystical about it.  It comes to pass through psychological and perfectly rational mechanisms.

Successful People

The documentary also mentions the names of great celebrities such as Plato, Newton, Carnegie, Beethoven, Shakespeare, Einstein, Emerson, and Ford, who supposedly used this Law to become the famous people that they are.  It cites no proof that any of these men even heard of the Law of Attraction.

I believe that certain points that are made in this documentary are valid.  You can bring about your own success through positive thinking.  I hope this explanation of the Law of Attraction is helpful, and does not result in rabid denouncement of the topic as a whole.



The Secret
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written by Rhonda Byrne