There is no secret to The Secret. It is wisdom that has accompanied humanity since the emergence of human awareness. It’s success in the commercial marketplace only confirms our deep thirst for guidance and direction along our individual metaphysical path.
The ‘law of attraction’ has been with us for ever, from the Bhadgavad Gita to Proverbs to all philosophical and spiritual traditions. What we think about ourselves, our relationship to the universe, our inherent worth creates the path for us to proceed in actualizing what we desire.
My problem with ‘The Secret’ and its numerous variations is simply this–it implies that we can be passive participants in our own journeys. It quite clearly states that our intention, our strong desire for success is the predominant, perhaps only requirement to achieve what we want.
I had heard similar statements from the young Kabbalistic rabbi Stern during his lectures in 1995 when he spoke about ‘visualizing’ parking spots which then miraculously appeared when he needed them. I found them ‘uncomfortable’ then, and quite frankly I do today. They imply that life should not be a struggle, that what we desire should materialize before our eyes, no matter how ridiculous it may be. Why would we ever believe that this is a spiriutally enlightened attitude?
Who ever said that life in this physical incantation must be effortless, mindlessly easy, free of suffering? Our purpose here is to learn, to grow, to conquer fear, to love rather than hate. Is that all so easy to accomplish? Of course not. Neither should any valuable goal.
We are here to learn, grow and evolve. All that takes hard work! Sorry to break it to all of you. Yes, visualize, create your path which can become your reality. Then go for it with all your skill, effort and desire. That is the secret, the one that you already knew but was hoping to avoid.