The Secret vs. Beyond the Secret

Here is a review I posted on Amazon.com about The Secret book and my thoughts on in compared to my own book.

2.0 out of 5 stars Misleads and Misses the Mark, November 15, 2007

By  Dr Lisa Love “DoctorLisaLove.com” (Encinitas, CA United States) – See all my reviews

Take a basic principle, The Law of Attraction, which teaches you how to use your thoughts and feelings to get what you want in life. Sprinkle in a lot of hype and divorce it from deeper spiritual values and principles and you pretty much have THE SECRET. Fact is, it is no secret that people attract what they want; the key is to want the right things for the right reasons! Knowing WHAT TO WISH FOR, not merely how to wish is why I wrote my own book this year, Beyond the Secret  Here are a few of the 20 different points of disagreement I had with this book that I addressed in my own.

“You are the most powerful magnet in the Universe.” – The Secret.
“Who are ‘you?’ Who is the ‘you’ that is doing the attracting? Your spiritual self? Your ego? How can you distinquish between the two?” – Beyond the Secret

“Only do what feels good.” – The Secret
“Attempt to do what feels right. Feel good by doing good.” – Beyond the Secret 

“You cannot catch any illness unless you think you can.” – The Secret
“Even the most spiritual people amongst us may suffer from disease. The causes for disease are numerous and not always a result of your thoughts.” –
Beyond the Secret

“We never run out of good things because there’s more than enough to go around for everyone.” – The Secret
“There is enough for our needs, but not our greeds. Global warming is a problem right now precisely because as a species we are over-consuming. Remember the ego is afraid of not getting what it wants. When we are truly identified with Spirit we want everyone to have enough, not just ourselves.” –
Beyond the Secret

Look the Law of Attraction is neutral. It doesn’t care what kind of person you are, when you let the genie out of the bottle to make a wish. That is why I emphasize that the Law of Attraction is not just about “getting and spending”; that if wedded with deeper spiritual principles it can be understood as a tool for developing an authentic spirituality that leads us from a focus on consumption to one of contribution, or feeling that we are primarily here to make a positive difference in our world. After all, if we as a human family don’t make a more concerted effort to attract “spiritual abundance” over “material abundance” we may attract a lot of stuff to ourselves, but we won’t create a world we really want to live in.

That is why I believe it is time to move WAY “beyond” The Secret, and to put the horse before the cart so we can orient towards spirit, negate our egos, and attract soul qualities that will help us become better people, so we know what to attract that can be of benefit to ourselves and everyone around us. The Secret says practically nothing about this. Which is why I don’t think the Law of Attraction is the “greatest secret of the universe” as this book hypes it to be. I think learning the secret of Spirit is so we become loving and caring individuals capable of attracting and creating a better world. – Dr. Lisa Love, Beyond the Secret

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One Response to The Secret vs. Beyond the Secret

  1. willie321 says:

    I do agree with you on the subject of “The Secret” and how it’s oversimplified to so many people.

    The one thought that comes to mind is what many of these top copywriter state.

    “Even though the general public responds to an ad online or thru the mail they don’t see the steps it takes to create that ad based on commercial buy & sell graphs, response marketing, feedback forms, test rollouts, etc!

    It takes a REAL (REAL=physical NOT mental) step-by-step plan that is gaged by it’s effectiveness and tweaked when needed!”

    This means that if you apply your focused intent and action to a (REAL) plan along with the mental picture you will soon reach that goal even if you have to tweak the path chosen to assist your desires to manifest.

    Just my 2-Cents (compounded daily) worth!

    Wil

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