"The Secret" seems to be either loved or hated by most people. But this review by Sarah Zeldman is extremely balanced. If I wrote up all my thoughts on "The Secret" DVD, I could not have written a better review than hers. (Reading Sarah's writings often feels like she is putting my thoughts into words perfectly. I have a soulmate living up there in Canada!)
The Flaws in "The Secret"
Sarah brings a balanced perspective and does an excellent job pointing out the flaws in the so-called "science" of the secret. For example, "The Secret" is too materialistically focused and it makes achieving success sound way too simple and magical. These are the flaws that turn people off. These flaws are also why I don't wholeheartedly recommend the book or video to everyone and I personally would not pay to see it or own it. But I do recommend at least exposing yourself to it if you can view it for free.
Like the people showcased in "The Secret", I do believe that you can manifest the life you want - once you get clear. Unfortunately, that is another way "The Secret" is not very helpful. It doesn't provide much guidance on how to get really clear about what you truly deeply need and want.
Like me, Sarah believes James Arthur Ray's version “Think, Feel, Act.” is a much better description of how you make your dreams and goals a reality than “Ask, Believe, Receive.” You must take action. If you take the first steps towards your dreams - even if you don't know exactly how you will make it the rest of the way - that is a profound act of faith in yourself. And Faith in yourself is absolutely essential. You have to believe in yourself and trust yourself enough to be willing to learn as you go and to believe that even if you fail you will figure out the right thing to do next.
The Best of "The Secret"
I really like that even while pointing the flaws in "The Secret", Sarah doesn't throw the baby out with the bathwater. She has extracted 8 great lessons found in "The Secret" about how we both "attract AND create" our own happiness and success.
Every single one of her 8 "best of" points is spot on. I would only add that our life's purpose & goals must include an element of service to others. No matter how trivial it may seem. If we are too self-centered and only want things for ourselves - we will struggle to achieve them.
For example, suppose you want a loving releationship. If you only focus on what you want from the other person...you will struggle. When you focus on becoming a more loving person and think about what you can do for others, you will then be able to "attract" more love into your life.
Here are 4 of Sarah's 8 great points that summarize beautifully the best of "The Secret".
"*Get clear about what I want to achieve with my life.
* Be ready to act on “inspired ideas” or “opportunities” that come me.
* Reframe bad situations in a positive light.
* Be grateful for what I have every day."
Related Posts I've Written On Success:
- How I Got Married for the First Time - over 40
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- Clutter Clearing Pays Off Big Time!
- The Happiness Project - Now that's Neat Living!