Great review of The Secret by Stuart Davis:
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The Secret. It’s all the rage. The book and movie have garnered the enthusiasm of millions. Everyone from Oprah to Montel is extolling Rhonda Byrne’s spiritual juggernaut. The premise of The Secret is simple; The Power of Attraction. Like attracts like. What we think, what we feel, acts as a magnetic signal, attracting its correlate from the Universe.
You really should click here to continue, because Stuart did a great job with this review.
What do I think about the movie? I haven’t watched it, but I did see 20 minutes of it on YouTube. I think that the view you choose changes the content – always. The frame defines the view. The brain arranges the facts according to your beliefs. Two people watching the same event – this is especially true for religion and politics – will extract entirely different meaning from the same data.
I also know that my view cannot change or re-arrange matter, to enable me to be a musician if I don’t practice, for example. It’s a bit similar to what I wrote about faith before. Faith is the motivator, but it depends on you to follow through with practice or it will remain just that – a belief.
Let’s take music as an example: let’s say I have faith that I can learn to play guitar. If all I do is fantasize about playing guitar and performing on a stage or in a studio, it will remain just that, a fantasy, regardless of how strong my faith is. If, on the other hand, I practice for hours every day and work at it… I might get somewhere. Then the fantasizing about stage and studio might actually motivate the practicing, might inspire the work that is necessary.
The other day somebody said to me: Prayers must have legs. I think that’s it in a nutshell. Four words that say it all. Visualize the ball coming towards you and then swing the bat and knock it out of the park. But, what do I know I have never played baseball in my life.