Monday, December 18

History of The Secret

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If you haven’t actually read or seen The Secret you may be hearing a lot of jargon thrown around that doesn’t quite make sense. The book that inspired The Secret was written over a century ago so some of the language may sound “quaint.” People thought and talked in a different way back then, and often you have to give them credit that when they said for example “men” what they really meant was “people”.

This was really an exciting time. The discoveries of quantum physics were causing people to re-think their relationship with life, the universe and everything. Charles and Myrtle Filmore were creating study groups that eventually became Unity Church; Ernest Holmes founded Religious Science and Edgar Cayce was giving psychic readings that were eerily accurate.

A new world of possibility was opening up in front of people. Science was moving steadily closer to the realm of spirituality. People were being told that they had a power over the world 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. The idea of Positive Mental Attitude, Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, the fields of art, literature, music and many others were strongly altered by this shift in consciousness.

Some say this sounds like Jedi mind tricks, 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 everywhere present is echoed throughout history in culture 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 “new idea” that occurred 100 years ago was that we could directly impress our will upon this “formless substance” and shape our experience of life. No more pleading for the intercession of a Supreme Being! Needless to say, this was a very liberating concept for people to consider.

One thing is for sure: it’s good to have choices. There are things we cannot know for sure. It makes sense to this writer that if we are made in the image of a Supreme Being then we would be co-creators of our lives.

Do you believe in astrology? Whether you do or not, it should not dictate the way you live your present life! 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. It’s precisely what the New Agers, the Positive Mental Attitude people and the optimistic folk have been trying to tell us all this time. The Secret is a secret because we don’t see it right in front of us!

Would you like to learn more about this? The name of the book is titled The Science of Getting Rich. This book is in the public domain now since it was published over 100 years ago Look for more information in the Resource Box.

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