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“The Secret” – or A Basic Principle of the Mind

Yesterday a friend from Barcelona sent me a note about a film called The Secret. For personal use it is also available for free on YouTube in a series of 10 parts ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10), of about 20 min. each. There is also a version with Spanish subtitles available.

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I had a look through the first part – and it tasted quite “American”: for my taste too much of marketing an idea, which is basically correct. The story goes: “One spring day towards the end of 2004, Rhonda Byrne discovered a secret – the secret laws and principles of the universe. Almost immediately her life was transformed, as she began to put into practice what she had learned. It seemed to Rhonda that almost no-one knew the things that she had discovered, even though the concepts could be found in almost every religion and field of human endeavour throughout history. And in that moment her greatest wish, and mission, was to share this knowledge with the world…”

The “miraculous” idea for the missionary zeal is, with statements from the film:
Every thought has an energy, which an even be measured. Thoughts are sending out magnetic signals and attracting things. So thoughts become things. People attract what you think of, when they think negative, it attracts the bad things. And when you think of things you don’t want, you also attract what you don’t want. The law of attraction is always working, if you want it or not. Mind is shaping the thing it perceives. It is working in an ongoing manner.

They are ballyhooing: “A New Era for Humanity – For the first time in history, the world’s leading scientists, authors, and philosophers will reveal The Secret that utterly transformed the lives of every person who ever knew it… Plato, Newton, Carnegie, Beethoven, Shakespeare, Einstein. Now YOU will know The Secret. And it could change your life forever.” And as clever businessmen they are trying to create a community, so they¬ have added blogs, newsletters, shop articles…

Everything has its value for those on a certain level. So also this film reveals as something totally new an aspect of the timeless wisdom teachings which in less sensational words can be found in many teachings. What seems to be totally new for one might be known since long by others. However, transformations by “magic want” generally don’t work in the long run, you need to transform your character by regular training and¬ sticking to the¬ regulations of the path. You might have a look to the Lunar Messenger on Awareness and Thought.

The power of thought is compared in the film to Aladin’s Magic Lamp:
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