Oprah Misses the Mark - the Secret

by Philip Harris - Date: 2007-02-10 - Word Count: 813 Share This!

Is The Secret just about getting money, losing weight, having better sex or finding your "soul-mate?" While I was watching the February 8th Oprah Show I received an email that said it was a shame that The Secret was all about getting money. The emailer was looking for a more "meditative experience" and was disappointed. To bring you up-to-date, The Secret is both a film and a bestselling book. It claims to have revealed long hidden truths that can guide individuals and humanity into a new era where everyone can create their own reality. Oprah's guest included the guiding force of the film and book, Rhonda Byrne as well as Secret teachers Mike Beckwith, Jack Canfield, Lisa Nichols, and James Ray.

As explained in the Larry King series, The Secret goes "beyond positive thinking" and shows people how they can claim from the unlimited supply of universal energy all that they desire. The notions, supported by recent findings in quantum physics, are that all things are made of energy and that the mind can mold those energies and bring into manifestation one's desires, whatever they may be. Key components of the Secret are to "ask, receive and to give thanks" for the fulfillment of one's desires. The Universe, like the Genie in Aladdin's lamp, will then organize energies and bring into your reality those things that you desire. By utilizing the Law of Attraction, a known scientific principle, the thoughts you think draw unto you those circumstances or events needed to fulfill you wishes. The phrase is basically, your wish is the Universe's command and IT will respond.

It is clearly explained in The Secret that humanity has always created its reality. The problem is that it has been done unconsciously by most, and consciously by the knowing few. The result has been a lopsided society with a small percentage controlling the majority of the world's wealth and power. In essence, The Secret reveals the accumulated wisdom of great religious avatars and mystics of times past. However those who have long been fearful of such power being in the hands of the many, such as religious leaders, kings, nobles, robber barons and political leaders have tried to prevent such knowledge from seeing the light of day. Except for a few secret societies, efforts to suppress the Secret have been successful for thousands of years. The Secret says that the Universe is ready, willing and able to give everyone health, wealth, love, happiness and peace but that age old dogma and misleading interpretations of sacred texts have been used purposely to prevent what may seem too good to be true.

So why do shows like Oprah sometimes miss the mark? If The Secret is true, and there is much evidence and experience to say that it is, its profound nature and potential impact is being trivialized. While many have given testimony to the power of the Secret, it is a shame that the focus is just on getting more money and having better sexual relations. I do believe that nothing is meant to be denied anyone, including wealth, health and better personal relationships. If we live in a Universe based upon love then certainly all are meant to live happy and abundant lives. However, as many would attest, when these things are sought as the primary purpose of life, happiness often becomes elusive. Keep in mind, one of the major reasons that people do not have all of these things is because most have been told that these things are wrong and that true reward waits in some mythical heaven. Of course, these statements come from those that "have" and are afraid, because of the false concept of scarcity that others desire to deprive them of their riches and power.

The Secret is the most profound concept of our time. Its mode of thinking and wisdom, while not new, has been compiled and made available to the entire world. The appearance on Oprah was that it is just some new self help or inspirational book that is being touted like a new fad by Hollywood celebrities. Even when guests made very profound insights the topics that followed about better sex and losing weight took center stage. There is no question that Oprah is a force for positive change in the world and I am not in the least minimizing her devotion to helping humanity. Perhaps our society is so material minded that ways to achieve more wealth o get that better job would get more attention from a TV audience. Hopefully, those who purchase the book and see the film will come to see that in addition to material happiness and abundance, The Secret also offers a spiritual revolution that could reshape the world. Given the state of world affairs, the latter seems to warrant greater attention by the authors and promoters of this wonderful gift to humanity.

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Mr. Harris was born in Massachusetts. He attended The American University in Washington, D.C. and received his degree in Political Science. His graduate work was done at the University of Northern Colorado and Howard University. While in D.C., he spent several years working for local and regional government agencies. Upon moving to Maine he worked with three governors and served as the Assistant Director of the Maine State Planning Office. He worked on a White House Task Force for the development of a National Rural Policy and later served as Rural Policy Coordinator at the Federal Regional Council of New England. He has worked on gubernatorial and senatorial political campaigns and currently works in Special Education.

Mr. Harris is co-author of the novel WAKING GOD and is a nationally syndicated and featured writer for The American Chronicle. He is working on Book II of the Waking God trilogy and writing features for literary E-zines. His second novel, A MAINE CHRISTMAS CAROL has been released by Cambridge Books. Contributing writer for UPI's Religion&Spirituality web site.

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