For the first time in history leading scientists, authors, and philosophers will reveal The Secret, a secret that utterly transformed the lives of those who lived it. Now YOU will know The Secret, and it can change your life forever.
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Norman Vincent Peale wrote this marvelous book called "The Power of Positive Thinking," and that is what this is, except Peale was a Christian, and this is more secular and talks about the law of attraction without God. It's not news to me. I do think we could use a little of this positive thinking/ law of attraction, whatever you want to call it, today, with all of this negative in the news, and yes I am talking politics and religion. It couldn't hurt.
I have mixed emotions about The Secret which is why I rated it at 3 stars. The overall theme is of course positive and could be simply summed up as: Maintain a Positive Attitude. The speakers/proponents of The Secret are well spoken but I notice that many of them are authors/writers who are no doubt making a nice living through the self-help industry.
My problem with their approach is the notion that there is some mystical energy aka God (their words not mine) available to serve up your ever wish when in fact what is actually happening is the impact/power of positive thinking. This is not rocket science yet they are correct in that any of us can get caught up in negative aspects of our lives.
A general example is a person who smiles, is friendly and helpful will likely have more positive things happen in their life compared to someone who is melancholy and self-centered yet a significant aspect of the The Secret ideology is focus on self. Now self focus is absolutely essential but this documentary suggests that by completely focusing on yourself with positive energy will yield oneness with the universe making a menu of your every wish available to you. They even use the imagery of Aladdin and the Lamp only instead of your being limited to 3 wishes, you have unlimited wishes. Hey, I get the analogy but I feel the approach is overly simplistic and belies the fact that talent, dedication and hard work are required to achieve the life styles of the people portrayed in the video.
A specific and rather silly example in the video is a scenario of a little boy wanting a new bicycle. They illustrate the boy cutting out a picture of the bicycle and creating an image in his mind of already having the bicycle and magically he opens the door and there is a relative (probably a grandfather) who gives him the bicycle probably for his birthday. Translation: if you you are a child let your relatives know what you want for your birthday, you will often get what you want. :)
Don't get me wrong. There is some good, positive, potentially life changing information shared in The Secret that could benefit anyone but I feel it is shared too much as a mystical Utopia that is not very realistic. You would likely be better off with dedicated study of a skill/field for which you have some level of talent and interest. But absolutely you should radiate a positive attitude/energy about whatever you are pursuing recognizing that the road to success is paved with stumbling blocks that must be overcome to reach your destination.
We came away with the thought that what we think about we bring about, and we do this by believing that we actually create what we desire. Appreciation is also a key factor. As example we are grateful and appreciate those who made the movie The Secret. We understand that we have changed our lives together knowing that what we want we can receive. 15-May-2018
I watch the Secret over and over and still learn something new each time. I have watched my life go from negative to positive in less than 1 year. I am now making over 100,000. I give without being asked, I smile because I can. I learned that I am enough, I can have or not have depended on what I tell the Universe.
I watched this movie because i was so curious about the famous "law of attraction". I am offering this perspective as a Christian and most of what was said was so unrealistic and impossible to attain. The law of attraction aka the secret basically establishes the idea that you control your destiny on earth by how you think and feel. And in order to experience wealth, success or prosperity you must always channel good vibes which is very unrealistic because life as we know it is full of unavoidable trials of various kinds. This affects good and bad people. I wouldn't recommend anyone to embrace this false idea without careful scrutiny.
It's not a secret at all really. 'Think and Grow Rich' and so many others before it..."The Game of Life and How to Play It", by Florence Scovel Shinn ...Just helps to hear it in different ways and as often as possible to combat negativity. Purchased it to play it for the subconscious mind without you tube interruptions.
The pursuit of materialism does not bring peace or joy in someones life. We see this over and over again with people who get all the goodies, but are miserable. This video is just rehashed name it claim it belief that ends up creating self-centered people, and messing up lives.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 2, 2019
Had This DVD Five Times Before But Always Give It Of To Others So That They Can Learn The Ways Of The Secret. If You Want The Total Best From Things Like This You Need Complete Optimism If You Can Keep Your Thoughts Strong. Only Pure Negative People Dismiss Things Like This And Then Wonder Why They Dont Get Results. This Is Simple And Fun To Understand And Will Boost You Daily No End When Your Low , Most Of Us Will Know What They Are Getting At On This DVD - But Many Of Us Give Up On That After A While And Return To Negativity , Which Is Easy To Do In This Ruined And Disgracefull Universe. But All The More Reason To Buy This And Enjoy And Teach Yourself To Have Whatever You Want If You Truly Desire.
This book supports and closely explain the idea or concept of The law of attraction. The new thought movement, starting at the begining of 1900, brings the idea that like attracts like. This idea is considered pseudo-scientific, as it goes against approved scientific knowledge. Therefore, it's highly spiritual concept, with emphasis on subjective experience of everyone trying to work out how it works.
The law of attraction is a big topic (and business) and it's still getting more and more popular every year. This book is only one of many different books exploring this topic. Plus there are courses, seminars, study groups, forums, etc. that keep the discussion open and going. The difference between this and other books on the topic, is that in this book, Rhonda managed to put together about 20 people (with some sort of succesful background) who support the idea and talk about it on the DVD. That is something special to me, as many people can write about it (even I started a blog about it - [...] ), but to find many other supporters and get them on your side, that is just genious idea.
So while I enjoyed the book even more than DVD, the movies still brings a lots of ideas and explanations into the big picture. I recommend to spiritual devotees looking for a ways to improve the quality of life. Good luck.
3.0 out of 5 starsThought provoking documentary but the book wins
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 11, 2012
'This is The Secret to prosperity, health, relationships and happiness. This is The Secret to life.' As a huge fan of the book of `The Secret' and `The Power', I was excited to watch this DVD. It provides similar references as the book of The Secret and I was interested to watch the people featured in the book actually talking about the Law of Attraction. However I found it slightly boring in places and some visual references that were meant to demonstrate 'The Secret' being passed through time were unnecessary and tedious. I'm very sorry to say that I was slightly let down in some areas although it does still encapsulate the message that The Secret promotes. I guess the old saying of the book being better than the film still stands in this case, although this is more of a documentary than a film. The Secret is still thought provoking and inspiring, but I suggest reading the book for a better understanding and to truly grasp the message of 'The Secret'. [...]
This is NOT the movie. These are bleepers from the movie... out-takes from the production. The movie featured Esther Hicks and was well-done. This is crap, just watching them laugh and make mistakes... don't waste your money on this.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 30, 2010
I didn't know what to expect when I ordered this DVD as I had heard about it through my niece....I'm sure I never moved through the whole viewing!! What shocked me the most was I found a lot of the information familiar, as I had already been doing some of the things mentioned and yet had been totally unaware of them! This dvd made me fully aware of, not only that I had already been living with the Secret, although only sporadically, but how I needed to extend this to the whole of my life! I found it exhilerating, encouraging, a real morale boost and a little crazy haha!! I would highly recommend this dvd to everyone, BUT some will get it and some will not and I think it's something that one should come across, almost by accident, because to me that means you are ready to receive the most amazing life changing information ever!! The only criticism I have is that I had to send back the first copy due to a break up of certain parts of the dvd, which I could not see or hear properly............and upon receiving the replacement copy I still had the same problem, only in 2 places on the dvd instead of 3!! Anyone else out there who has ordered this from Amazon had the same problem???? I would also mention that this is the very first time I have received a dodgy item from Amazon; I have been regularly buying from them for a number of years now and have never had a problem before this!! I love the Amazon site and their prices are amazing - keep up the good work!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 30, 2011
The Secret DVD although a little Hollywood in its presentation; The Secret DVD does have a fundamental message about the" Law of Attraction". This law is, be grateful for what you have, be happy with what you have and more of the same will come to you, somehow. This message makes you aware of the fact that you are in control of your own life.
The more grateful and satisfied you are with your lot, the more likely it is that you have a clear mind and are therefore open to clear thinking; any ideas to better yourself will come from you. When an idea comes to you or an invitation is extended to you "Take Action". It is after all what all successful businessmen do. They have an idea they do their homework and research then take action.
This is the third time I have bought this DVD. The reason is, I have shown The Secret DVD to other family members, they were so impressed with the message that I gave them my own copies as gifts. I recommend "The Secret" to everyone. I believe everyone will get something out of this message. It gave me the courage to believe in myself and follow my instincts. I am very happy and grateful that I did.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 24, 2012
Very disappointed in with this documentary. It was recommended to me by a friend but I've read similar in the past, how to reach you goal and become rich etc. I don't think life is as simple as that. Certain people reach their goal in life but does it matter if you don't reach your goal? I believe that life is to enjoy and help those less fortunate so I believe in taking each day at a time.