By Contributing Writer S. E. Ray
People around the world have been talking about a movie and book so powerful that it
can change the course of your life. The Secret was created by Australian Rhonda Byrne,
and she says that if you follow its philosophy, you can create the life you want—whether
that means getting out of debt, finding a more fulfilling job or even falling in love. After
the February 8th, 2007 broadcast on Ophrah Winfrey, who is steeped in New Age
Spirituality and has 49 million viewers, it has helped move the book to number one.
Rhonda defines The Secret as the law of attraction, which is the
principle that "like attracts like." Rhonda calls it "the most
powerful law in the universe," and says it is 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," Rhonda says.
The principle explains that we create our own circumstances by
the choices we make in life. And the choices we make are fueled
by our thoughts—which means our thoughts are the most powerful
things we have here on earth.
To help teach her discovery, Rhonda created the DVD The Secret, which
features selfproclaimed experts including the Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith founder of the Agape
Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, James Arthur Ray a personal wealth coach, Lisa
Nichols who is a teenager motivator and Jack Canfield creator or Chicken Soup for the
Soul series. The Secret is a movie about our emotions and energies affecting others and
how we can change our surroundings and world by controlling them.
The law of attraction is a real principle that everything that happens to you—good or
bad—you attract to yourself. "All of that affects how we feel, and the feelings actually
send out a wave into the universe, and anything that's vibrating in a similar level gets
attracted into our life," Jack says. Jack says that everything in the world is made up of
energy, which is controlled by thoughts and feelings. According to Jack, thoughts can
travel long distances, so you are sending out signals to many people without even
knowing it, and these signals attract like energy to you.
Michael says that spiritual growth does not mean religion but our "real identity." "The
love, the peace, the joy, the wisdom, the harmony—these are all qualities of the spirit that
it's seeking to express through us," Michael says. "And so as we become more awake,
more aware of that, our life is filled with that kind of vibration, that kind of feeling tone.
To grow spiritually is to actually become more aware of who you really are." The book
clearly promotes a Western Esotericism (Hermeticism), a magical/occult doctrine sourced
from the Ancient Mystical Order of the Rosicrucian’s. Similar to Freemasons,
Scientologists, Cabalistic, Theosophical, Illuminist and other occult organizations.
The philosophy behind this material earnestly promotes a New Age Spirituality and can
easily lead people astray from factual reality into fantasy and delusion. There is a
difference between thinking positively and believing your thoughts completely control
your universe. In the movie, speaker James Arthur Ray, describes God with the same
words he uses for energy. He says "You are extensions of source energy... You are god
force; you are that which you call God." "You have god potential and power." The
pantheistic teaching promotes a materialistic and superficial angle which is essential
introduction to the esoteric self-knowledge as taught by the heretical Gnostics of long ago.
Essentially The Secret is how to focus on the whole
universe with you as the center, only in a way to generate
positive outcome. Certainly some of what is taught is fully
applicable and viable. However it is set against the
backdrop of "Man is ruler of his destiny" which is directly
in conflict with Christ's message that "Man is a fallen soul
in need of redemption." The philosophy is applicable within
limits, but only on the earthly plane, not at all effective to
remedy the inner canker caused by our fallen nature. The
material applies a temporary band aid over the human
condition stroked with inner confirmations to make the
decay smell good.
In the book, the author of Conversations with God, Neale Donald Walsch states "There
is no blackboard in the sky on which God has written your purpose, your mission in
life...your purpose is what you say it is. Your mission is the mission you give yourself.
Your life will be what you create it as, and no will stand in judgment of it, now or ever."
What shall we say then, the Jews were concentrating on persecution, therefore they were
rounded up for incineration? That the 8 year old who was raped by the 50 year old male
was focusing on the opportunity? The fetuses that are killed by sexual selection in India
were wanting eliminated? Did the African nation will themselves into the slave trade?
Did the diabetic bring into reality their life-long disability?
Like all pseudo-spiritual teachings, The Secret is a mixture of half-truths and easily
discernable error. It contributes to the ongoing legacy of opportunistic New Ager’s who
steal the mystical teachings of various religions and appropriate them to suit the
materialistic mentality of the 21st century Westerner. As always, instead of teaching
humanity how to “comprehend” the sources of their desires and suffering - through
prayer, meditation, or honest introspection - the contributors to this philosophy simply
teach us how to further enslave ourselves to these sources. Like a drug, these pseudotruths
do have its payoff, but in the end, the deception will enslave the deceived.
Rhonda was mentored by metaphysical occultists Jerry and Esther Hicks. She
especially thanked Ester’s help who since 1985, channels a group of disembodied spirit
guides called ‘Abraham.’ Rhonda doesn't reveal anything that has never been said before,
she simply repackages the book “Law of Attraction” into modified rhetoric to grant it an
appeal to a world quickly departing from faith in Christ to the Gnostic "divine spark" of
God within, “therefore I am god” philosophy. First there was the film “What the Bleep
Do We Know” and its mystical pseudo-science and now this philosophical relic
plagiarizing teachings from the past 6 millenniums.
The Secret is pure metaphysics and is the total manifestation of the unholy that easily
ensnares the vulnerable. First Timothy 4:1 foretells that “in the latter times,” that is, the
time near the return of our Lord, “some will depart from the faith.” This is supported by
other verses such as Luke 18:8: Jesus asked, “...when the Son of man cometh, shall he
find faith on the earth?” Paul, in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, declares under the inspiration of
the Holy Spirit that a “falling away” from the faith will characterize the Last Days. The
rest of the verse, however, indicates a condition that is unique to our present day. Those
who profess to be Christians will give “heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”