January 17th, 2008

The Secret

The Secret by Rhonda ByrneI was channel-surfing one night when I chanced upon an episode of Oprah talking about The Secret.

I was very skeptical at first, but by the end of the show, I was interested enough to learn more about this “secret”.

A few days after the show, I watched the the DVD

Now I’d be lying if I were to say it was a life-changing moment, but I’d be lying too if I say I didn’t learn anything from it. Most of the things in the DVD are stuff I already know packaged in a nice way. Some of the things though obvious, tend to be overlooked, so there were a few “ah, I see” moments.

Basically it’s about positive thinking. If you wish for something and focus your energy to achieve what you desire, the planets will automagically align themselves to grant you your wish. Or something like that.

So I did an experiment.

I wished for a cheque of $5000 to appear magically in my mailbox. I imagined how it felt like – blue, and crispy, with a handsome bank-ish smell- and what I’d do with the windfall – save half, give my mums a nice present, donate some to charity, buy a pair of sneakers, go for a trip to Bangkok and spend $100 on chocolates! I remember feeling a rush of endorphins through my system and a general feeling of happiness. It was a fun exercise.

Lo and behold 5 days later, I got a mail from a bank!

Cheque (Check)

A real cheque! In my mail! And it’s blue!
The punchline’s in the fine print.

Cheque - the fine print

Ha ha! So I got a credit cheque but it did meet all the requirements of my wish right?

So what’s my conclusion on “The Secret”? There’s no harm in positive thinking. The act of thinking about something that makes you happy is a great stress reliever and a fun thing to do. Who knows, you might even get your wish granted. :)

PS: I will continue to document my experiment with “The Secret” on this site. If you’ve had positive experience from it, I’d love to hear about it.

Link: The Secret – official website

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[...] I’m starting to think that The Secret does work, at least for some wishes. Value: $200? Free? It was a very old model. Time taken: 7 [...]
Wish Granted: A Wacom Tablet | Growing Happiness  at 6:18 am on February 8, 2008
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is filled with instances of The Secret principles. Read a short essay that draws parallels between the message of The Secret and the 19th century English novel here http://humanscience.wikia.com/wiki/The_Principles_of_The_Secret_in_Pride_and_Prejudice
Gladys  at 5:02 pm on February 11, 2008
Thanks for your comment, Gladys. I do believe that positive thinking and gratitude are feelings that naturally make way for greater things to manifest. One of the reasons for my starting this blog is to document real-life examples of my wishes being granted through affirmative thoughts and appreciation for what I already have. My entries may appear flippant and cynical at times but I do believe in the power of positivity and that if something is meant to be, it will happen in due time. Cheers!
growhappy  at 4:12 am on February 12, 2008

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