While reading “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne I came to realize that the topic of this book is a very controversial subject. The author states that “The Secret is the law of attraction. Everything that is coming into your life you are attracting into your life… It’s what you’re thinking. Whatever is going on in your mind you are attracting to you.” (4)
Okay, I can agree with that. To a point. I am a big believer in mindset. If you are a negative person, you will attract more negative people and circumstances into your life. We’ve all heard of “Murphy’s Law” and the saying “when it rains, it pours.” It’s like negative events gain momentum and start snowballing. The good news is that it works the other way around as well. Positive events also have the ability to gain momentum. But, how do we control this?
Not only are your thoughts attracting people and circumstances into your life, but there are also physical health effects that stress has on our bodies. And, after reading and studying about anxiety, I came to realize that constant worry can not only wreak havoc on our health but it can also adversely affect our future. Our thoughts become matter – whether we like it or not. In other words, the more we obsess over the “what ifs”, the more likely that “what if” is to become reality.
That’s where visualization comes in. Worrying has been something that I have struggled with for as long as I can remember. In addition to practicing meditation, I started another practice called visualization. This has been very powerful. I have countless examples of times that I literally pictured something happening in my mind, and it happened. It’s a very simple practice. I take a few minutes daily to say my goals aloud (I know, it’s weird, just do it anyway!) Then, I train my mind to replace worries with positive visualization. A good time to do this is when you are falling asleep at night. Picture yourself accepting that perfect job, receiving that call with the good news you’ve been waiting for, or crossing the finish line of that marathon. The last method that I use for visualization is I record myself stating my goals as a voice note on my phone and I listen to it every morning.
Some argue that “The Secret” can go against religious beliefs. I can see where they are coming from, but in my opinion, “The Secret” is very much in line with the Bible. There are countless scripture verses that teach the concept of ‘ask and believe and you will receive’ and if you have doubt, then you will not receive.
The last great lesson I learned from the book is to laugh more and take myself less seriously. Overall, just lighten up. When you are serious all the time you attract serious situations to yourself.
The part of the “The Secret” that I struggle with the most is when major, tragic events occur. Did those people really attract the situation to themselves? This could be a huge ongoing debate, and honestly I don’t have the answer.
My challenge for you over the next 10 days is to try visualization for 2 minutes daily. Let me know how it goes and if you see “The Secret” at work.
Have you read the book? Do you believe in the concept? Do you have an example of this manifesting in your life? I am curious to hear about it.
PS – You can check out the book here.