heidi wrote:The Secret gives us a cure that's worse than the disease. Its cure for craving is controlling craving. Its solution to hunger is famine. The Secret speaks to materialism, narcissism, and other afflictions of self by sanctifying them, exalting them. Rather than liberate us from the Source of Suffering, The Secret reenforces it. It anchors us in the shallowest level of our self (the Ego) and consecrates its preferences, its fantasies.
The Secret crowns the Ego as God (I mean, YOU create Reality, isn't that amazing? YOUR THOUGHTS are INFINITELY influential), then makes two disastrous leaps.
Rhonda Byrne's Secret is bad Self-Help masquerading as mysticism. It is promising you a better STORY. And that is indeed one altitude of spirituality. But it's the bottom, and inflating it can end up keeping people stuck in the cycle of suffering even longer. Because the self is addicted to its STORY.
This is very compelling thinking. My mother has discovered the secret, and I let her go on about it because it has released her from alot of egoic parenting, which is good for me!
But the "secret" is really appealing to our grasping attachments.
Plus, think about it: If this were true, that everything you want will happen, imagine what the world would really be like? Even madder than it is now. Men would have harems, women would collect gardners, cooks, maids and butlers and keep masseuses around the house. Women would be drowning in jewels and firs. Teenagers would all drive sportscars and never study. No one would be overweight or sick or even unattractive. It's a ridiculous idea from the start. I sincerely hope it's not possible. That's a world i want no part of.
She claims that political leaders use it. That's ridiculous. There are always political followers willing to assist with any political agenda, good or bad. But especially profitable ones. You don't need anything metaphysical for political leaders to gain control. You only need the collective human conditioning for that.
I believe that it is true that we all create "our own" realities and immediate surroundings, but none of us creates "other's" realities and surroundings. A boat or a car doesn't fall out of the sky: You put all your efforts into it and eventually it's yours. Nothing magical about that unless you were previously too dysfuntional to pull that off in the regular human conditioned world.