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Book Review: ‘The Secret’ Starts Motivation


For the past few weeks, my life hasn’t really been what I’ve wanted. I was starting to feel distant from my friends, unmotivated in my classes, and just generally down in the dumps. The end of the semester left me drained, and I was looking for something that would turn my mood around. When I heard The Secret(by Rhonda Byrne) mentioned on a talk show, I became instantly intrigued. From how it was described, this book talked about how thinking positively can bring about instantaneous changes in your life. If you live your life based on The Secret, you can have whatever you want, whether that is love, money, health, or opportunity.

So I thought to myself: Love? Money? Happiness? Just by thinking? Count me in! I picked up a copy of The Secret from the bookstore on campus and started reading it right away. It starts with introducing what the secret is. According to this book, the secret to living is the law of attraction. Thoughts attract like thoughts. If you are thinking about being sad, the Universe will think you want MORE sad things to think about, so those will be delivered to you. Well, that made sense to me, so I kept reading. It then proceeded to explain how thanking the Universe in advance will bring things into existence. For example, if you are sick, say to the Universe “Thank you for making me healthy.” The Universe will see that you are grateful and deliver on that health. Also, if you pretend you have what you want, you will soon have it in real life. If you visualize the life you want to have, that will be the life you WILL have. Sounds easy enough right?

Well I decided to put the secret to the test. I figured I would just aim for small things, since those come into existence quicker. For my first test, I wanted to see if I could get attention from a boy I have been interested in. I visualized myself with him for a few minutes then went back to my day. About ten minutes later, I got a text from said boy. Coincidence? Maybe. But wait, there’s more. Over the past few days, he has been paying a lot of attention to me. More texts, hanging out, instant messaging. Other than the visualization, I haven’t done anything to attract this attention. So for test one, I declared success.

My other test was incredibly small. I was having some pain in my foot as I went to sleep last night, and the pain was keeping me awake. I began thanking the universe for keeping my body pain-free. Almost instantly, the pain in my foot went away. By this point, my faith in the secret was definitely building.

I plan on utilizing this secret more and more, and I’m interested to see how things turn out. If you believe in the power of positive thinking, I would recommend picking up a copy and trying it for yourself. And if you have any interesting stories about how the secret worked for you, I would love to hear them!

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  • Reply Luinae 01/21/2010 at 11:50 pm

    Oh. My. Gosh.

    Want more proof that the secret works? I was just thinking before I logged on that I want to see some positive reviews of the Secret. And voila, here it is!

    I just read the secret and have started using it. So far, amazing things have happened to me. Some I asked for, like a day off work (I didn’t have to go AND still got payed) and some things just came to me (like an assistant teaching position at my Irish Dance Studio)

    So great to see someone else found sucess with the Secret! I’m so exicted to manifest even more wonderufl things!

  • Reply Ariel Grimm 01/23/2010 at 12:50 pm

    Hehe I love The Secret!
    Although I have to admit, it’s not really a secret. More like common sense…

  • Reply Stacey 01/31/2010 at 3:24 pm

    I’ve just bought ‘The Secret for Teens’. Can’t wait to read it~!!! 😉

  • Reply Nick 11/08/2011 at 1:39 am

    I’m a big fan of The Secret books and DVD. There are so many teachings that share with us the Law of Attraction. I would recommend books by Ester and Jerry Hicks books, one of which is called: Ask and it is Given. Dr. Joe Vitale from The Secret has great teachings as well. I’m very excited to be attending one of his seminars coming soon. With the Law of Attraction I am able to attend at no cost, as it was by invitation only. This really works! I’m so excited to see what else comes my way. Feel free to email me as I love to discuss and here other peoples thoughts on The Law of Attraction.

  • Reply Nick 11/09/2011 at 1:08 am

    My email is

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