“As above, so below. As within, so without.”
The Emerald Tablet, circa 3000 BC.
It has become almost kitch and common nowadays to find a book in the self-help section of bookstores that has the lifeless title of ‘Get rich in ten easy steps’ or ‘Get incredibly fit without moving from your armchair’. Many books like these have come and gone throughout the years, bringing forth their own methods of how to get the perfect job, the house of your dreams or your ideal partner.
However, do these books actually work?
The intriguingly and elusively titled The Secret wandered into my life while I was looking through the spirituality section of a bookshop. I was initially trying to find a book on ancient religions and mythology for my own amusement. My eyes were pulled to the eye-catching, red-coloured cover of the book, and through natural human curiosity I picked it up and read the back cover. After three minutes, I had bought it and was taking it home in my bag.
I read the whole thing in two days. What I found was a bizarre, amusing, thought-provoking journey into ways that one can change their life through the power of thought.
The purpose of The Secret is to enlighten the reader about the universe and the laws that work upon us… the law of attraction. The law of attraction can be summed up quite easily: what we think is what we become. Quantum Physics suggests that the reality that we exist in is made up of vibrations and that we are merely consciousness in this vast ocean of waves. All matter are waves that are slowed down to a certain frequency. When we look at our bodies on an atomic level, we see that we are made up of nothing more than energy, or vibrations that are never still.
So what does this all mean?
The reason that you exist in your current life circumstances right now is that you have consciously and unconsciously chosen to be in them. It is strange to hear, but everything that has come into your life is because you have manifested them to you by virtue of your own thoughts. You literally attract what you want through what you think about most. Your thoughts affect your frequency, which are the vibrations you send out into the universe. If you are focusing on bad relationships or debt then you will attract more of that into your life because your thoughts are giving out the frequency to give you more debt and negative relationships.
Sounds a bit wacky, eh?
The Secret suggests that if you want to change your life, then you have to change your thoughts. You focus on what you want. You train yourself to become happy. It is through focusing your mind on what you actually want in life that your life will change and you will get what you want.
John Assaraf, a well-known author, lecturer and expert of the law of attraction is quoted as saying,
“Our job as humans is to hold on to the thought of what we want, and from that we start to invoke one of the greatest laws of the universe, the law of attraction. You become what you think about the most, but you also attract what you think about the most.”
The Secret is a truly fascinating read that incorporates Quantum Physics, New Thought ideas, magic, psychology and spirituality into a truly inspiring and somewhat revolutionary book for self-improvement.
Enter the world of The Secret with an open mind, apply the theories, study further and see how your life might begin to change.
Review by Edward Astill