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Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Secret No One Talks About

My friend Bill Harris of Centerpointe just posted a long article explaining why the concepts in The Secret won't always work. I think this one is thought provoking. It's at

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Blogger Wendy said...

Hi Joe! That was a great article, thanks for posting about it. However, it raised some more questions in my mind, maybe you could cover them here in your blog? If it's true that action is always necessary, what about the stories of healing that were profiled in the Secret? Like Cathy Goodman, and her husband Morris too. They may have taken small actions (like watching funny movies, breathing deep, etc.) but did it usher in the healing they desired? Or were there other actions they had to take? I'm also wondering about the concept of value when it comes to healing. Does a person need to be offering something of value to the world before they would be healed? Just some random thoughts that occurred to me as I read Bill's article.

7:52 PM  
Blogger Bob Collier said...

Won't always work? Say it ain't so, Joe.

Kudos to Bill Harris. You, too.

It's a good sign.


6:03 AM  
Blogger Jim Hollis said...

Interesting (and good) article. By the way, The Secret does discuss taking action but it seems people are missing that part.

I get the feeling that Mr. Harris believes that action is the most important aspect of the LOA. I think it's just the opposite - there is no 'most important' aspect. The action should be 'inspired' and you need to pay attention to your feelings in deciding what to do. With that being said, I do agree that 'action' is a necessary ingredient that the media claims is being left out of the equation.

I think we can get caught up in "action" to the point where we start ignoring the other beautiful aspects of the LOA. Let's bring things together without swinging the pendulum back and forth when talking about what's most important.

Mr. Harris does a good job shining an important light on the importance of action. However, for people who are fulfilling their desires, I don't believe it's necessary for them to gain "more knowledge or skills" as a way to attract things into our life. This implies that some people can attract things now while other people can't. In my understanding, this is a very misguided understanding of life.

My opinion is that Mr. Harris' article is perfect for the non-spiritual person looking for logical answers to the LOA and who is "afraid" of what the universe truly has to offer.

I also thought Bob Doyle's article about why we don't attract the things we desire was more in-line with what's really going on. However, each article has it's merits.

Thanks for sharing!

- Jim Hollis

To read Bob Doyle's article, Google: "How to Make Self-Improvement WORK Every Time!"

7:55 AM  
Blogger Justin said...

Ironic considering the gay man he helped in “THE SECRET” only focused with passion to create his reality.

-the gay bashers transferring out of the office.
-not heckling at the club.
-not getting abused on the way home.

Follow your intuition. If you FEEL you need to take action DO. If you visualize your life and it unfolds don't think you missed your queue LOL

12:19 PM  
Blogger SolutionDIVA said...

After looking closely at the movie, I noticed that you "receive" what you want in one of three ways:

a) What you want will automatically show up;
b) You will have an inspired idea about an action you can take to get what you want.;
c) You will be shown the way to get what you want through an opportunity you may have otherwise missed if you hadn’t done the first step of getting crystal clear about what you want. Example: The story of how Jack Canfield saw an opportunity while in a supermarket that he totally would have missed if he hadn’t been using The Secret.

There are those who criticize The Secret as promoting simple, positive thinking without the need for action. I knew that The Secret did require action but it is hard to see where it fits in because the movie moves so quickly and does not talk a lot about action, but it is there.

Wouldn't you agree that action is often (but not always) a required step to “receive”? I think the language is a bit tricky here because we think of receiving as a passive act. Indeed, sometimes you will receive what you ask for without taking action, like when you think of an old friend and they call you the next day. However, the other two methods of “receiving” DO require you to take action.

But...then again, I am one of those people who is prefers to focus on the "non-spiritual" and "logical" side of The Secret, not because I am not a spritual person, but not rather because I AM a spiritual person and the there are parts to the philosophy behind The Secret that are not in line with my personal and religious beliefs.

But that said, I refuse to 'throw the baby out with the bathwater.'I think that The Secret is beautiful work of art and inspiration that can be a very positive force in the world...and Bill Harris' article only enhances my appreciation of it.

9:56 PM  
Blogger Jorge D said...

After reading this article I started wondering if this Bill Harris was the same one featured in the movie The Secret. This article reminded me how belief makes something "true". Mr. Harris only described a perspective on "how things REALLY work". But that is it, it is only a perspective, therefore it will work for those who believe it. I think all of us can talk about events in our life that took place without us doing anything about it. If the Game of Life was all about the method, then it would work a 100% of the time. Again, i do not believe is the method but the belief in the method. "Should" we take action? Someone said the word "but" is the devil´s favorite, but I think "should" has that place. Action is overrated. Big Time.

10:03 PM  
Blogger Peaceful Blade said...

Justin, it's funny. I thought the same thing when reading that article. It almost makes it sound as if the law of attraction is nothing but a trick of psychology. It is helpful to focus your mind and begin living in a way that supports you taking positive action, but there's far more to it than that. But I digress; for some, this understanding of The Secret will be far more helpful than the impression the film gives. I'm in support of anything that gives people a means to living by a positive perspective. It does us all a great deal of good when one soul embraces a spirit of joy rather than sorrow.

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1:58 AM  
Blogger Sylvia said...

I find it interesting about ACTION. Joe talks about, "When the impulse is there, When the nudge is there, ACT."

My recent experience with action was so significantly small and HUGE at the same time.

I am a hair stylist, and the charger for my clippers recently quit working. This tool is not to be without in my business and I dislike borrowing anything. As I was getting ready for work my thoughts went to this problem. "How can I create the light to turn back on my charger so I do not have to purchase another set of clippers?" INSPIRED thought came to me immediatly. You have an old pair in your closet where the clippers needed repaired with the same charger. (these had been in the closet for over 2-years, totally forgot I had them) I took it to work and go figure. I had clippers, without borrowing or purchasing another pair.

I believe, inspired thought gives you the action to take if you are open to listening to this still small voice within you. The action would be effortless. So, when I take action prior to inspired thought, It takes more effort, creates more fear and I'm often disappointed. (I didn't listen to myself or ask for an answer.)

10:30 AM  

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