“The Secret” is No Secret

Written by on March 23, 2007 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

I saw the DVD of “The Secret” a week or so ago and was rather disappointed, but not entirely surprised. There was nothing in this DVD that you couldn’t find in any New Age 101 book on metaphysics or creative visualization. The only thing that was truly original or unique was the marketing effort and getting Oprah’s seal of approval.

At least one of those interviewed has been a long-standing member of Unity Church, which teaches the law of attraction and visualization as a part of its overall spiritual teachings, and has done so for over a hundred years, making it’s publications, numerous books, pamphlets, tapes and services available to the general public. And many, many authors have written on this same subject for years.

The production wasn’t the greatest either…the television on which I saw it, toward the end of the DVD, the sound was slightly out of sync with the visuals, but enough to make it rather annoying after a while.

I’m bothered by the hype surrounding this DVD, and what I felt were slick manipulative production – the little visual “tricks” to try to get you to feel as if you were privy to a genuine secret – the whispering, designed to make you pay closer attention and feel like you were getting in on something, others weren’t. I was, also, taken aback by the selective logic – using Mother Teresa’s choice not to attend an anti-war rally but willingness to attend a peace rally, to illustrate the importance of seeing what’s positive and not what’s negative, totally ignoring the fact that this woman immersed herself into a sea of misery to help the poor. She didn’t address starvation by refusing to see the emaciated bodies or starving children.

And dismissing one’s hurtful past, with a “so what?” I appreciate not being fixated by the past, but I found it rather alarming to ask another to forget it, since by their own admission, it’s not only the thoughts you consciously hold but subconsciously hold that creates, or in their words, “attracts your reality.” So the “so what” would apply to the patterns of behavior, the definitions and expectations we have for life. Consider the person who believes or knows love as suffering asking for love. What do you think will be attracted to them, or more poignantly, be attracted to?

Also, those referring to leaving things in the past will, often, subscribe to the belief that there is no past, no present or future, that it’s all an illusion, that there is only now. If that’s so, then what is there to leave behind and where is “there” to leave it? The past, according to this belief, is really just as much a part of our present as anything we call the present. Would it not be beneficial then, to make peace and find resolution with this part of our being that we have conveniently tucked away in that space under our beds we call the past?

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About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, uses spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. She's a long time traveler on the healing journey and has a lifelong love affair with the creative process. .

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