An ex-therapist recommended that I watch the movie The Secret. It was the best advice she gave me because after a couple sessions, I couldn’t justify her high rates. I watched the movie nine months ago. I even blogged about it. I found it empowering and tried to adopt the philosophy, but the movie which I had seen only once faded out of my mind and I eventually forgot about it.
Earlier this year, I stopped in my tracks at Green Apple bookstore. There was The Secret in book form. The team behind the movie had decided to make it into a book. I was overjoyed. Here was this empowering movie encapsulated in my entertainment of choice–a book I could carry around with me everywhere. And I do. I peruse it on the bus, standing in line at Trader Joe’s, sitting for a pedicure.
I showed it to a friend and she mentioned that Oprah had had the Secret team on her show twice! I didn’t realize it was so popular, but I wasn’t surprised. I see others reading it. Another friend went to the library and told me that all twelve copies were checked out. What a phenomenon!
The phenomenon is the law of attraction. We each attract what we think. Think good thoughts and good things will happen. Think bad thoughts and bad things will happen. It’s that simple. The point is that life does not have to be about chance. You can create your own destiny. If you want to be rich, you can be rich. If you continue to think about being in debt and worrying about bills, the debt will keep piling up. That’s why the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer. It’s because of the way they think.
I know this all sounds hokey, but ever since I’ve been toting this book around, it’s changed my life. Not subtlely, but dramatically altered my life. But I’ll start out with the subtle. I’ve always had good parking karma, but after reading this book, I will without a doubt find a parking spot in front of or across from where I need to go. Popular restaurant? Busy time? No problem. I’ll find my friends and proclaim, “Guess where I parked?” Everyone just rolls their eyes. “I found a spot right in front!”
Now the dramatic altarations since reading the book.
I got three job offers.
My income has significantly increased.
I got the public radio broadcast.
I used to worry about money a lot. I like to have an ample cushion of savings which had plateaued. After reading the book, I took its advice. I stopped worrying. I pretended like I was wealthy. I was generous with charities. I paid for rounds of drinks. I went on shopping sprees. And you know what? My stock portfolio is up by a lot. I received a gift certificate for my hard work. My ample cushion of savings is getting bigger and bigger…and I’m spending more!
There’s a black and white postcard on my billboard. I picked it up from a gallery. A photographer had taken a picture of two men walking down the street and made the photograph into postcards for advertising purposes. I didn’t pick it up because I thought it was a beautiful picture, but because I found one of the men in the picture to be extremely attractive. I don’t know how long I’ve had the postcard; it seems like it’s been there forever.
I met someone who closely resembles the guy from the postcard. We went out on a couple dates. It struck me, while I was telling a friend how cute he was, that I was dating someone I had subconsciously been pining after. The postcard…he looks exactly like the guy from the postcard!
The final story is just from last weekend during the wedding brunch. I commented, “Wow, these scrambled eggs are delicious, aren’t they? They’re really fluffy.” Everyone at my table agreed. “Awww, you know what I really wish I had right now? It’d be so great if there was bacon.”
Magically, practically on queue, an attendant placed a plate of bacon next to me and called out, “Does anyone at this table want bacon?” Everyone stared in astonishment, then started laughing in shock and disbelief. The Secret is alive in all of us. I believe.