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Letting us in on The Secret - By Rebecca Wicks

It took me only two days to soak it up. I've just whizzed through the pages of Rhonda Byne's little book at lightning speed, which is actually quite worrying as it takes me about 20 minutes to absorb the front page of 7 Days sometimes. After yet another friend, this time from the UK, pointed me in its general direction, I decided to buy a copy, if only because the people telling me about it have not been stupid people. They haven't been at all spiritual either, really, and none were trying to pressure me. But they all spoke about it with such passion. The theories inside helped my friend in the UK get a new job - so she says.

The Secret takes you back to basics. Without ruining it - because you really must read it for yourself to get it completely - it explains how the laws of attraction work for or against you as you go about your daily life. It walks you through forcing the universe's energies into working in your favour. 'Like' attracts 'like', apparently - meaning if you spend your time thinking negative thoughts, you'll attract more negative thoughts, and ultimately bring more negative thoughts and situations into your life. It works the other way, of course. It can allegedly work miracles, if you believe in it enough.

Whereas I rather like my job, I have to admit that there have definitely been a few negative forces in my life lately. Having read just a few pages of The Secret, it was suddenly clear that I'd been causing a chain reaction in my own life. The little difficulties that had been slowing me down, I'd let ruin entire days. I'd let them change the way I'd been reacting to other things and people, and thus I had been causing more and more problems. Scary eh? Judging by what my enthusiastic friends were saying, it seemed like The Secret, whatever it was, was forcing its way into my life for a reason.

Over the past few days, I've even gone back to The Secret at random moments, whenever I've needed some advice. The guides brought on board to put the book (and film) together really know their stuff. They shout at me from every page. Charles Haanel has some of the best quotes. He was an American businessman and gave weekly lessons on 'greatness' before he died in 1949. He said: "To acquire love... fill yourself up with it until you become a magnet." His theory, which is actually pretty damn obvious, is that in putting our own selves last instead of first, we attract more feelings of being unworthy and undeserving. Basically, being a little selfish is wonderful - how good is that?!

I think I know how Tom Cruise must have felt when the Scientology man knocked on his door. Only… this is no religion. This is no cult either. It simply makes you think about what you already know. Yes, I know it's weird, and it's surprising me too, but this book has actually made me think about my life in a different way. Don't worry, I'm not about to turn into some hippy tree-hugger or anything - there aren't enough trees round here for that anyway. But I'm feeling strangely stronger. Perhaps there's a lot more truth to this than the cynics would care to admit. I know a little endorsement from Oprah Winfrey made half the world rush out and buy a copy anyway.

When you make feeling good a priority, it only makes sense that that fabulous frequency should radiate and touch everyone around you. In the end, you only get what you give.

I can really see how a bit of "hippy" thinking can help sometimes. You know, even if I get to the point where I let another miserable thought consume me, I'll never forget the way I thought upon learning that actually, only I have the power to change my life, and turn things round for the better! Maybe I didn't really need a book to teach me that. I've known The Secret all along. In today's society we're so consumed by other people, and what they think of us, that maybe sometimes we just forget to listen to our hearts.

Check for a little insight, or buy the book from Borders

Posted: 31 August 2008

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