A Little Background Of The Secret

Posted on January 3, 2011
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If you haven’t actually read or seen The Secret you may be hearing a lot of wording thrown around that doesn’t quite make sense. You may find it hard to follow along with some of what people are talking about. People thought and talked in a different way back then, and sometimes you have to give them the benefit of the doubt that when they said for example “men” what they really meant was “people”.

This was really an exciting time. New knowledge was changing everything. The works of people like Edgar Cayce, Charles and Myrtle Filmore and Ernest Holmes were causing people to think in new ways.

The old ways were being swept away. Key to this process were the discoveries of quantum physics. People were being told that they had an influence over the universe around them.

Based on this information people began to consider the nature of the universe as something pliable; something we could shape with the power of our will. Many of the things we take for granted today like Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, Positive Mental Attitude and the areas of literature, art and music show the influence of this new way of thinking.

Many people may think the view of the New Age culture sounds like The Force of Star Wars fame, which “surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” This view of a universal substance that is omnipresent is described throughout history in philosophy and society and is referenced by Wallace Wattles as “a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.”

The idea was born that we had a say in the unfolding of our lives. No more pleading for the intercession of something higher than ourselves! Such an idea was very transformational to the mindset of the time.

I like the way one person put it when saying “It gives us more power over our lives.” There are things we cannot know for sure. It makes sense to this writer that we are free to live our own lives and to make our own choices.

Do you believe in past lives? You can embrace any belief you want, but I hope your fate doesn’t depend on it! I would not like to find out in the end that my ultimate fate depended on whether I mumbled certain chants or rubbed magic beads in a certain order.

We create our own reality by the thoughts we think. This is something we’ve heard for years and sometimes never see the meaning. Like Edgar Allen Poe’s Purloined Letter, it’s been there the whole time!

Would you like to learn more about this? The name of the book is titled The Science of Getting Rich. Published over 100 years ago, it is in the public domain today. Look for more information in the next paragraph.

Adam Dillinger owns the Self Help Hotline and has been involved in self improvement and New Age thinking since his youth. He is happy to offer a free copy of the book that inspired The Secret. You can learn more about it here.

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