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The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

A review by Colin Whitby

thesecret.jpgThis book was written after the video/DVD became popular, which is unusual in itself, and unlike many of my friends I have only just really got into The Secret, having meant to buy the DCD but never quite getting round to it. If someone had not bought this for me this Christmas I might still be meaning to buy it for myself.

I first heard of The Secret through a link to a review of the video that had been posted on Google when it first came out. It was very soon removed as I think it probably violated many copyrights, but it did give me the opportunity to see a snapshot of what was going on.

The encouraging thing was that here were a large number prominent of people actually talking about the things that I had been finding a challenge explaining. The essence of the video, and now the book, is that ‘what you think is what you get’, or WYTIWYG (whitywig - this is my own corruption of WYSIWYG)1.

Even to someone who knows this to be true, reading The Secret underlines what impact ‘thinking’ has on our lives. I used to illustrate this by asking people to imagine they had a helmet on (like motorcycle helmet) that would translate every thought they had into reality, everything would be manifest.

Then I would explain that we do not need the helmet, we are already directly wired into the universe and every thought is already creating our reality. So how does that work?

Well this wonderful book and the video will explain all, there are many examples of how ‘thinking’ creates, and easy ways of making sure we are aware of the impact our thoughts and actions are having.

One big challenge is to actually start taking some action after having read a book like this. For example if we want abundance in our lives then we have to actually expect it, really start making plans that include receiving it, and then thank the universe for already having in place the mechanism for it’s delivery.

One example from the book shows that if we write down on a blank piece of paper how much income we want this year (without knowing how this would happen) it is more likely to happen. How many times do we need telling to write things down?

In our last edition Deepak Lodhia reminded us that people who have goals are 20 times more likely to achieve them, and people who write them down correctly are 200 times more likely to achieve their goals than those who don't.

I have action plans from Neil Crofts’ Seven Stages of Authenticity , I have detailed advice from Suzanna Kennedy on how to upgrade my prosperity blueprint and many more examples of books read, workshops attended, where action was required, yet for some reason I have stood in front of myself and not carried some them through.

I must admit The Secret is rather repetitive, it keeps saying the same thing over and over, and just as well it does. How difficult it is to get through our massive defences, even those of us that have been travelling our path for some time find our ‘real’ lives so distracting that we put off the actions that would really turn things around so quickly if we just took the time.

So after having read this book I have written down a number of things that I would like to have in my life as if they have already happened, thanking the universe for having created them already, as Shely says, ‘Its already taken care of’.

I would certainly recommend you either buy the DVD, read the book, or do both. For those of you that have read the book and not taken action, why not go back and have another look, I find there’s always something new to take away, something I missed the first time.

If you’ve read the Secret and taken the action and all is not as you would expect why not have a look at Suzanna’s article Beyond The Secret, you may still have something buried so deep you may need some help to find it. And don’t be afraid to ask for help, there’s so much available (you could even manifest the help you need!!).

1For those of you old enough to remember the early word processors, they did not display on the screen in the way the final copy would look once printed, so when software like MSWord came out, the advertisers would quote their new WYSIWYG (wizzywig) interface, ‘What you see is what you get’.