June 23, 2007

Critics of 'The Secret' Bemoan Claims

I just came across an interesting news story on how critics of The Secret are countering counter arguments about what makers of the movie are saying about the Law of Attraction.

Critics say The Secret is over simplified and could be harmful to people with serious problems who take the advice given in the movie too literally about not having to take any or much action.

John Norcross, a psychologist and professor at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania agrues, "'The Secret' has earned my antipathy for its outrageous, unproven assertions that I believe go beyond the ordinary overpromises of most self-help books into a danger realm."

Rhonda Byrne, maker of The Secret says, "The law of attraction says that like attracts like, and when you think and feel what you want to attract on the inside, the law will use people, circumstances and events to magnetize what you want to you, and magnetize you to it..."

In my mind, they are both right. I take the road that James Ray took on the issue saying, "You can watch 'The Secret' and come away with the illusion that you can sit around in your living room and visualize your millions dumping into your lap, and that's just not going to happen."

While visualization is a very useful and helpful way of getting what you want it is not the only thing required to get what you want. Some degree of action is required on your part because than the universe will respond accordingly to your taking action and put people, events and resources in front of you to use.

I'll make a post that explains why taking action is part of The Secret (or at least my secret) next time.

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