Where it falls short of lgat, I think, is that people aren't going through the "experiences" that lgats orchestrate (lgats always brag that the learning is "experiential"). People who watched Oprah and who even watch the DVD aren't subjected to the sleep deprivation, isolation, manipulation of social/peer pressure, humiliation, etc. The same junk thought via Oprah and/or the Secret DVD won't get implanted as deeply and intensely as what happens in an lgat.
To me The Secret was Oprah doing an exercise is Mass Media Persuasion, and it worked extremely well for her.
She will probably bring on some traditional Christians soon, to try to get them back under her wings.
After all, Oprah is Everywoman, right?
To me, Oprah is exercising the same type of powers over people, but of course in a different way. I have never seen anyone who can emotionally move, or behaviorally move an audience better than Oprah. I have never seen an LGAT speaker come anywhere near what she is able to do. She's not an intellectual, but she has extremely high People Smarts, and Persuasion Smarts.
..."if they cry, they buy". ...
If she ever gets a traditional Christian to agree with her views on 'the secret' or any other new agey practice or belief, they are NOT a traditional Christian. Pure and simple.
Thanks for posting the link Anticult.Quote
Wow, look at the 'teachers' (cons) The Secret people are referring us to!
I see that "The Sedona Method" guy, Hale Dwoskin, is there. My husband got sucked into the other strain of the Lester Levinson following called "The Release Technique" marketed by Larry Crane.
But I do have to admit they sometimes get quick results. Only 5 weeks after "The Release Technique" seminar, my husband "released" our marriage. We are separated now.
It is probably just my negativity that attracted this to me. Although I am generally a very positive person, I was definitely negative about Sedona/Release. Maybe I can buy one of those rocks and attract a man who can see through this kind of B.S.
Question lady, when I "lol-ed" earlier at this, I did not know that your husband very recently "released" your marriage; I just saw that in another thread. I was not laughing at that, not at all, as I know how insane and horrible can be the effects of lgats on relationships (happened to me with my sister). I laughed at your humorous way of saying what you did, also not knowing that it wasn't some time ago that your husband left.
February 17, 2007
Uncovering the secret
BY CHRISTINE LAUE
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
As Cindy McGinnis kept the books to her husband's construction business, worry consumed her.
How would they ever afford to build their dream home in the country?
Yoga, meditation, acupuncture - nothing could shake the worry.
"I wasn't happy with my life," McGinnis said.
About six months ago, her acupuncturist asked if she'd heard "The Secret."
Curious, McGinnis paid $4.95 and streamed the 91-minute self-help film on her computer.
"I couldn't help but feel changed by it," she said. "You pay more attention to positive things in your life, which in turn attracts more positive things."
The gist of "The Secret" is the law of attraction, which says "like attracts like." What you think about the most will appear as your life.
That's right - it's not exactly a secret.
But the concept is newly packaged in a simplistic way that combines fast-paced visuals a la "CSI" with the mystery feel of "The Da Vinci Code."
In less than a year, "The Secret" has become a stand-out multimedia franchise, most recently with a book by the same title. Only a month after its November release, the book sold out at some local bookstores at Christmas and climbed onto best-seller lists.
This past week, sales catapulted even more after Oprah Winfrey featured it on her talk show on Feb. 8. The book is No. 3 on the New York Times Hardcover Advice best-seller list, and the book's publisher, Beyond Words Publishing, has ordered more copies in addition to the 1.2 million in print.
"The Oprah feature magnified sales beyond comparison," said Jules Herbert, a buyer for Barnes & Noble.
The Bookworm, an Omaha bookstore that sold out of the book at Christmas, had just received more when the Oprah episode aired. Sales have since doubled, said owner Beth Black.
During the Oprah show, Lee Booksellers in Lincoln received two calls to hold the book, then sold out a few days later, owner Linda Hillegass said.
Cindy Beck, founder and president of New Realities, a chain of five Omaha stores, was so enthused about "The Secret" that she became an authorized distributor, which means she has a direct pipeline to "The Secret" products and can screen the film and offer workshops. The 100 DVDs she received in early December sold out that month, although she now is restocked. She also began working with Qwest Center Omaha officials and "The Secret" publicists to create a first-of-its-kind "The Secret" expo.
"It's my vision," Beck said. "I'm living 'The Secret.' It has totally changed my life."
But the concept has its skeptics.
According to the theory, thoughts are "magnetic." Think, "I'm going to be late for work," and you will be. Think about debt, and you will attract debt.
The book suggests envisioning a parking spot exactly where you want it. One contributor says 95 percent of the time, he gets one. One woman in the film says she watched funny movies and repeated "thank you for my healing" to beat her cancer - without radiation or chemotherapy.
While research shows positive thinking can help mental and physical health, it's dangerous to think it has limitless effects, said Lee Budesheim, associate professor of psychology at Creighton University.
"This is put too simplistically, as if literally, you can cure yourself through your thoughts," Budesheim said. "If life were that simple, we wouldn't have so many people dying of disease, we wouldn't have medical schools, we wouldn't be spending millions and millions of dollars trying to find cures."
In psychology, the term for positive thinking's impact on outcomes is called the "self-fulfilling prophecy." "The Secret" seems to take it further, presenting it in scientific terms as a panacea for what ails people or to control things they don't control.
Diana Abbott, the Bookworm's manager, credited the book's success to people seeking help, but also to "terrific marketing" and presentation: Paragraphs are broken into blurbs with graphics and bulleted summaries on pages resembling parchment paper.
"That's what people like - they like all the bells and whistles," she said.
For the film, she uses 24 experts ranging from feng shui masters to motivational speakers to explain the law of attraction. She weaves their personal stories and explanations together with quick images: a smiling child, blooming daffodils, a fluttering hummingbird, men in a boardroom. Whispered quotes pepper the documentary-style film. One by Winston Churchill - "You create your own universe as you go along" - scribbles across the screen.
The film, which bypassed a traditional theatrical debut, also used nontraditional advertising, opting instead for a "viral" campaign. Each of the film's 24 contributors e-mailed a mysterious trailer to millions in their e-mail newsletter databases.
McGinnis heard about "The Secret" not only from her acupuncturist, but also in an e-mail. After streaming the video, she immediately ordered the DVD so she could watch it regularly.
February 17, 2007
Oprah Peddling Snake Oil
On February 8 Oprah aired a special about the film, The Secret. Oprah has 49 million viewers a week, so the cat is out of the bag. Due to popular demand a follow-up will air on February 16. The feature length movie was released last year and is “so powerful that it can change the course of your life.” The Secret is now offered on DVD. The producers promise that it’s the secret to everything, “the secret to unlimited joy, health, money, relationships, love, youth: everything you have ever wanted.” Sound too good to be true? Snake oil usually is.
From the DVD we learn that the world is on the brink of a new era that will open up to humanity unleashed power, riches, creativity and all that we ever dreamed of, including losing weight. A bargain at $29.95.
The “secret” has been hidden for centuries. Oddly, no one knew about the scroll – until now. We’re in luck! It’s being made available to all. From the website we learn that “The Secret Scrolls contain inspiring words to assist you in living in the magic of The Secret. Also within the scroll will be exciting information about upcoming Secret Events all over the world.” The website offers products and other special offers for the seeker. Visitors are also directed to other websites, books and teachers who are masters of The Secret. “The Secret Scrolls is a positive and uplifting gift we know will be a joy for you to receive.”
What is The Secret, exactly? It’s the Power of Positive Thinking! Watch the movie and you’ll learn how thinking optimistically can be applied to attracting wealth, better health, and relationships; in a word, happiness. “The Secret is the Law of Attraction,” says Byrne, “which is the principle that like attracts like." She calls it “the most powerful law in the universe," and says it’s working all the time. “What we do is we attract into our lives the things we want, and that is based on what we're thinking and feeling."
The law of attraction means that every good or bad thing that happens to us, we draw to ourselves, be it positive or negative. "If you were at a restaurant,” says Lisa Nichols, “and you ordered something, you fully expect it to come served that way. That's how the universe is. You're putting out orders—consciously and unconsciously. So if you say, 'I'll never have a great relationship,' you just placed an order." [www2.oprah.com]
How does The Secret work? Just name it and claim it! Ask for what you want, believe it, and you’ll receive it. For the pessimist who is resigned that nothing will ever change, then nothing will.
Lighthouse Trails Research describes the genie that appears in the trailer of the movie on the website: “It begins by showing a genie from a lamp, who tells the beholder ‘your wish is my command.’ Research analyst Ray Yungen explains this concept:
‘[T]the genie represent
the Higher Self, who was reached through meditation by staring at the flame of an oil lamp. It was believed that a person could have whatever he or she wanted, once in touch with it. Our word genius comes from this Latin word for spirit guide and now means a person with great creative power.’
“The premise of this is that we all have a divine essence within us, and we just need to get in touch with it. In other words, as panentheists teach, God is in all of creation, including all human beings, and once a person becomes aware of this, there are no limits to what he can achieve. Yungen elaborates:
‘Once a person merges with the Higher Self, he is on his way to empowerment, meaning he is capable of creating his own reality. Basically, all power is within the Higher Self, so when one is in tune with it, he can run his own show....
’Metaphysicians believe that we all create our own circumstances anyway, so when we are guided and empowered by our Higher Self, we can consciously co-create with it.’”
How does one define higher self? According to Ronald Holt, it’s not all that easy but he gives it his best shot in his essay “Exploring the Higher Self.” Holt says, “All dimensions, beings, and planes of consciousness exists equally right here and now, within and around us. This requires that we as individuals open our senses sufficiently so we can participate with other beings, the higher self and/or with the other planes of reality. Sometimes experiencing another plane, dimension, or being can appear as though they are separate from us or that we have exited completely from this 3D plane and arrived at a totally different place.”
FRI., FEB 16, 2007 -
The "Secret" is out
I know "The Secret" to the universe.
It's a secret so powerful that the very knowledge of its existence could start you down the path to infinite happiness, riches, love and good health. What would you offer to discover this secret?
Would you surrender your Badger tickets? Your kidneys? Your first-born? Not necessary. Try $29.95.
For less than it costs to fill your gas tank, the DVD phenomenon "The Secret" and its principles could be revealed to you. But if you haven't heard of it, you're not alone. It's not easy to find in the mainstream: Blockbuster doesn't rent it out, and Best Buy doesn't sell it. "The Secret," also in book form, is most regularly purchased online.
As the popularity for the elusive DVD grows, video and book retailers all across Madison have received an increasing amount of calls asking about the availability of "The Secret."
Frugal Muse Books, Music and Video, located on Madison's Far West Side, has received numerous requests for "The Secret." Says store clerk Todd Gray: "We've been getting so many requests for both the book and the movie, and we can't get any copies. We do have some on order, though."
Deciphering 'the law'
The Law of Attraction, which is taught and practiced by millions of people around the world, posits that everything in the universe -- whether a human, an object or a thought -- is composed of energy. Every thought, adherents of the law believe, has a frequency that sends out a magnetic energy, which will eventually attract to your life exactly what you think and feel -- whether positive or negative. The law states that thoughts are like magnets, and like attracts like.
So, the theory goes, if you are constantly thinking about your towering pile of debt, more and more debt will be attracted to your life. On the flip side, if you focus your thoughts on the partner of your dreams -- a loving, caring individual who would make your life complete -- then that is what you'll get. "The Secret" analogizes this experience as owning a magic lamp, with a genie ready to respond to your thoughts -- good and bad -- with the reply, "Your wish is my command."
Sound fishy? Well, Oprah Winfrey didn't seem to think so. On Feb. 8, the talk show queen devoted an entire program to Byrne and "The Secret," and had as guests several "teachers" featured on the 91-minute documentary. One such teacher was Jack Canfield, author of The New York Times No. 1 best-selling "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series. Canfield, like many of the other teachers, fell on hard times before he discovered The Law of Attraction. The famous author says that believing in and following the tenets of the law helped him to create a successful career and a positive outlook on life.
Using grassroots, word-of-mouth advertising, the makers of "The Secret" have sold more than 700,000 copies online. And after being featured on Oprah, sales are likely to skyrocket. The DVD is currently the No. 1 best seller on Amazon.com, and the book ranks second behind the latest installment in the "Harry Potter" series. "The Secret" has also been featured on "Larry King Live" twice as well as "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," and is being promoted by businesses and New Thought churches as a means for success and a better life.
Using the secret
The Revs. Paul and Deborah Phelps of Madison, founders of MiracleOne, a nonprofit ministry whose purpose is to "point you to your inner teacher," showed "The Secret" to their study group last November. The couple, currently studying to earn their Ph.D.s from the University of Metaphysics, said they showed "The Secret" because it relates to their teachings and can be a powerful tool if used as a means for self-betterment rather than material gain.
"'The Secret' is in alignment with our course in that our thoughts are creative," Deborah Phelps said. "If I send out the messengers of peace and love, those things will come to me. Whatever signals I'm sending out will come back to me."
But "The Secret" has its share of detractors as well. UW-Madison philosophy professor Lawrence Shapiro believes that The Law of Attraction is not rooted in academia.
"It appears to be just another New Age fad," Shapiro said. "Nobody in our department or anyone that I know of at the UW deals with that sort of thing."
As a selling point for the DVD, Byrne included testimonials from people who used the Law of Attraction to better their lives. Those testimonials purported that people who have used the principles of "The Secret" have had life-threatening diseases cured without treatment, weight loss experienced without dieting, and enormous wealth gained simply by wishing it to be so.
Due to the unbelievable success of her movie, Byrne signed on with Hollywood producers to make "The Secret 2." And if the principles of "The Secret" work as Byrne believes they do, the new installment will be an astounding success.
After all, if she practices what she preaches, Byrne simply has to think and believe that the new DVD will be a success in order for that to happen. Because as Winston Churchill, also included in the DVD, said, "You create your own universe as you go along."