A day or three ago, I listened to a piece on CBC Radio (much akin to public radio in the USA, I think) about The Secret and The Law of Attraction and so on. Last season, many of us heard about the same topic on Oprah. When it was on TV, I couldn't see what the big deal was because, to me, it's no secret, for the law has always been pretty darn obvious, at least the way that I would understand it. In my universe, your values influence your thoughts which, in turn, influence your life. What the recent radio program clarified for me was that it (the law of attraction) has been distorted to mean something slightly more than that: if you think about being rich and visualize it, then you shall become rich.
Is it just me, or do you find it so very shallow? Maybe I am mistaken, but I don't seem to hear anyone of these motivational gurus talking about using the law of attraction to become smarter or to serve one's fellow humans in order to make the world a better place. Oh yes, the CBC did interview one apostle who opined that rich people had more resources with which to serve and aid. Who can argue with that? But, let's face it, that's not exactly the drawing card. It's not what the movement is all about.
From what I heard in this documentary, they (the proponents) will admit that it doesn't work for everyone, but their explanation is pretty much like those of certain faith healers, and it goes something like this: if it (the program, the secret, whatever) doesn't work for you, then you did something wrong. Puhleeze give me a break. Let's call a spade a spade, for that's just a convenient rationalization, an escape hatch as it for these proclaimers of the gospel of the secret.
Do you ever wonder why all of these people have to write books and shill multimedia packages if they possess the secret knowledge of wealth accumulation? I mean, if you truly possessed such a secret, would you be forced to make a living by charging others for it? Give me another break! I mean, really, according to this radio report, they were selling such educational kits for up to five hundred dollars at a recent convention in Toronto. Tell me that's not about making money.
I believe I have discovered the real secret that I am willing to share with you: write a motivational book telling others how to get rich, and you shall reap untold rewards.