The Secret (The Secret, #1)
The Secret’s 10th Anniversary Edition includes a new foreword by Rhonda Byrne, and 10 of the most life-changing insights she’s had over the last 10 years of practicing and living The Secret every day. The 10 insights alone will accelerate your understanding and mastery of the law of attraction.

The Secret (The Secret, #1) Details

TitleThe Secret (The Secret, #1)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 16th, 2018
PublisherAtria Books
ISBN-139781582701707
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GenreSelf Help, Nonfiction, Spirituality, Psychology

The Secret (The Secret, #1) Review

  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    this website is too kind. one star means "didn't like it". I hate, hate, hate this book with absolute passion. sorry if you like oprah but she seriously did the world a disservice by recommending this book. apparently there is a dvd also that i don't even think i could stomach. so here's the concept behind "The Secret". You can attract good things to you through your good thoughts. Ok, I'm on board with that. It has worked for me. Ooh, I already knew the Secret! too bad I didn't use it to make m this website is too kind. one star means "didn't like it". I hate, hate, hate this book with absolute passion. sorry if you like oprah but she seriously did the world a disservice by recommending this book. apparently there is a dvd also that i don't even think i could stomach. so here's the concept behind "The Secret". You can attract good things to you through your good thoughts. Ok, I'm on board with that. It has worked for me. Ooh, I already knew the Secret! too bad I didn't use it to make millions like this chick! But no, it goes further. You attract bad things to you through your negative thoughts. Well, negative thoughts are pretty useless, so I can see benefit in trying to decrease or eliminate them. And one time (true story) I did get robbed while traveling after worrying about it for 3 weeks. BUT. There is no gray area with this one. According to the author, people who are raped, killed, maimed, tortured - they all bring it on themselves with their negative thoughts. The people in Darfur should be thinking "here comes the food, there go the guns". The book goes on to say that weight management is simply a matter of "thinking thin" and not looking at fat people (for real), that if you have a stack of bills to pay you should instead picture checks coming in, that you can have everything you want through visualization, such as your hands on the steering wheel of your car, and that you can cure your cancer watching funny movies. There is a weak chapter at the end about how you can use your Secret powers for the common good, like world peace, but why would you want to waste it when you can be driving your new Hummer? I would go so far as to say that this book is not only BAD but it is DANGEROUS. It promotes the self-absorbed, materialistic, shallow outlook of predominantly rich white people to the exclusion of the rest of the planet - while managing to blame them for their problems and justify those in possession of the Secret for not using their visualized wealth to promote social change. Aah, brilliant. genius. avoid this book. do not give money to this woman and her brilliant marketing pyramid!
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  • Gabriel
    January 1, 1970
    A horribly-written and assembled collection of tripe; it has no cohesive voice, no cohesive theme, and is completely facile towards its subject. I literally threw the book across the room when I read, 'Quantum Physicists will tell you the universe was created from thought!'. No, numbfucker, they won't. Not to mention the 'facts' they assert don't have citations to lend those assertions the slightest hint of credibility.If you want me to believe that 'thinking positively will lead to success beca A horribly-written and assembled collection of tripe; it has no cohesive voice, no cohesive theme, and is completely facile towards its subject. I literally threw the book across the room when I read, 'Quantum Physicists will tell you the universe was created from thought!'. No, numbfucker, they won't. Not to mention the 'facts' they assert don't have citations to lend those assertions the slightest hint of credibility.If you want me to believe that 'thinking positively will lead to success because your energy and focus will follow and, in turn, develop into what you hope for' then fine, I'll go down that road with you but this is just shit.This is 'What the Bleep do We Know' blended with 'The Celestine Prophecy' blended with a steaming turd. My wish, universe, is that this book be banished to Cthulu's hell-mouth and regurgitated as Kevin Trudeau's doppelgänger. Make it so!
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  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    I had a long review and I got too many responses to it. Comments and emails, and strangers connecting with me because of this review.So I deleted it.Here is what I will say nowI once gave this 5 stars. I have since changed it to 2 stars.My focus is on something else now. This book is fine but I don't recommend it any more but other books instead...If you are looking for control over yourself and future, Its in being as close to God as possible.How to do that and what that looks like is a much lo I had a long review and I got too many responses to it. Comments and emails, and strangers connecting with me because of this review.So I deleted it.Here is what I will say nowI once gave this 5 stars. I have since changed it to 2 stars.My focus is on something else now. This book is fine but I don't recommend it any more but other books instead...If you are looking for control over yourself and future, Its in being as close to God as possible.How to do that and what that looks like is a much longer explanation and individual for everyone.Good luck on your journey!
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  • Varmint
    January 1, 1970
    went to dinner with the boss lady the other night. she went on and on about this wonderful book. it was truly life changing. and she was already seeing the positive results of applying principles from it in her business and personal life.she wasn't able to really articulate any ot those principles, so she just gave me a copy. went through it the next day.holy crap. my employer, the person that i am financially dependent on, is a fruitloop. am updating my resume now.
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  • Shuaib Abu Shuaib
    January 1, 1970
    بصراحة ما دفعني لقراءة هذا الكتاب والبحث فيه هو حجم الترويج والحديث الكثير عنه، وحجم الجدل الذي دار حوله سواء في عالمنا العربي او في العالم الغربي نفسه.قمت بقراءة النسخة العربية منه واطلعت على النسخة الانكليزية ووجدت أن فيه بعض الاشياء الجميلة والايجابية التي تدعوا للتفاؤل في الحياة، لكن فيه منطق وأفكار غريبة وخطيرة تتنافى مع سنة الكون والفطرة التي خلقنا الله عليها.تتلخص فكرة الكتاب في الآتي:- أن هناك شيئاً اسمه قانون الجذب، بمعنى أنك إذا أردت الحصول على شيء ما فما عليك سوى التفكير فيه، واترك ال بصراحة ما دفعني لقراءة هذا الكتاب والبحث فيه هو حجم الترويج والحديث الكثير عنه، وحجم الجدل الذي دار حوله سواء في عالمنا العربي او في العالم الغربي نفسه.قمت بقراءة النسخة العربية منه واطلعت على النسخة الانكليزية ووجدت أن فيه بعض الاشياء الجميلة والايجابية التي تدعوا للتفاؤل في الحياة، لكن فيه منطق وأفكار غريبة وخطيرة تتنافى مع سنة الكون والفطرة التي خلقنا الله عليها.تتلخص فكرة الكتاب في الآتي:- أن هناك شيئاً اسمه قانون الجذب، بمعنى أنك إذا أردت الحصول على شيء ما فما عليك سوى التفكير فيه، واترك الباقي على "الكون" - كما في النسخة الانكليزية - أو على "الخالق" - كما في النسخة العربية - ليقوم بتلبيته لك.- ترسيخ مبدأ التواكل في حياة الإنسان من منطلق انك اذا اردت شيئا في الكون فما عليك سوى التفكير فيه فقط ولست بحاجة لمضاعفة عملك، او ايجاد خطة للوصول اليه.- فكرة أن الشبيه يأتي بشبيهه سواء من خير أو شر وأن كل ما يقع لنا هو نتيجة لأفكارنا، فمثلاً الاعاصير والزلازل التي تأتينا وتقوم بتدمير المدن تأتي نتيجة لأفكارنا السلبية "منطق غريب جداً"- ترسيخ مفهوم الأنانية، من منطلق أن لا تفكر سوى بنفسك، وأن مبدأ التضحية مبدأ فاسد- هناك فرق وتحريف واضح بين النسختين الانكليزية والعربية، بمعنى أن الترجمة العربية فيها نوع من الأسلمة، لأن الكتاب الاصلي فيه الكثير من الإلحاد والأفكار التي لا يستطيع الشخص المسلم تقبلها، وباعتقادي أن هناك عدم أمانة في الترجمة للعربية.ربما يخرج أحدهم ويقول ان فكرة الكتاب بسيطة وتأتي تجسيدا لحديث النبي "تفاءلوا بالخير تجدوه"، وهذا برأيي غير صحيح لأن النية مقترنة بالعمل في الحياة، وكما قيل "ليس الإيمان بالتحلي ولا بالتمني، ولكنه ما وقر في القلب وصدقه العمل"أو كما قال شوقي:وما نيل المطالب بالتمني * * * ولكن تؤخذ الدنيا غلابا
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  • Rita
    January 1, 1970
    Should this book be classified as FICTION or NON-FICTION? I have no idea, but what I'm inclined to do is classfying it as DELUSIONAL...The Law of Attraction. Whatever you send out of positive thoughts to the Universe comes back to you, ten fold at least. It's a bit like "karma" and positive thinking with a twist: You want to money comming to you? Just visualise it and it will happen. You want to be thinner? Just visualise that food has 0 calories!Quote from the book:Food cannot cause you to put Should this book be classified as FICTION or NON-FICTION? I have no idea, but what I'm inclined to do is classfying it as DELUSIONAL...The Law of Attraction. Whatever you send out of positive thoughts to the Universe comes back to you, ten fold at least. It's a bit like "karma" and positive thinking with a twist: You want to money comming to you? Just visualise it and it will happen. You want to be thinner? Just visualise that food has 0 calories!Quote from the book:Food cannot cause you to put on weight, unless you think it can. Well, I guess that's why this person is so insanely fat; she must believe that the food she eats has many calories and fat! Someone should have explained to her that it's 0 calories and good for her!Yes, people ARE that stupid to believe in all the stupid claims that Rhonda Byrne writes. By all means, I'm all pro positive thinking. I'll go as far as to say that: yes, negative thinking gets you nowhere and that positive thoughts healthier for you - the glass is half full and all that.... BUT..... Jeez Luise! This book is just up there next to Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist: worst self-help fantasy BS ever written. But what is even worse is that the "author" blames people for their own misfortune: you get AIDS: too bad, you were not thinking positive enough; you are a raped child: too bad, you were not thinking positively enough; you get hit by a bus: too bad, you were not thinking positively enough; your dying of starvation: too bad, you were not thinking positively enough. You ended up in the gas chamber in WWII: too bad, you were not thinking positively enough. You get the idea. Needless to say how incredibly condescending and trivializing this must appear to people who are enduring pain and distress in their lives (whether that be emotional, physical or professional is irrelevant). It's actually quite disgusting when you sit back and think about it! That ms. Byrne's getting away with it and earning millions on it at the same time is beyond me. She must be the most positive thinking person in the world.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usbNJM...
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  • Ausman Bensasi
    January 1, 1970
    لطالما أثار هذا الكتاب الجدل حوله منذ ظهوره في سنة 2007، ثم ترجم إلى العربية بعد ذلك فزاد الجدل المبني على سوء فهم لهذا الكتاب أو بالأحرى سوء فهم للفكرة المحورية في الكتاب وهي قانون الجذب، كيف يعمل ومن الذي يطلق إشاراته وهل الأرض هي من تخلق الأفعال أم لا، كل هذا وأكثر عندما تجاوز النقد سقف الهدم الكامل للفكرة بحجة أن الكتاب يدعوا إلى الكسل أو الكفر في أحيان كثيرة، الكتاب ببساطة يقوي فيك أشياء هي موجودة وتؤمن بها بالأساس، حيث تشير الكاتبة إلى نقطة مهمة جداً وهي التفكير الإيجابي كونه يعود عليك بإي لطالما أثار هذا الكتاب الجدل حوله منذ ظهوره في سنة 2007، ثم ترجم إلى العربية بعد ذلك فزاد الجدل المبني على سوء فهم لهذا الكتاب أو بالأحرى سوء فهم للفكرة المحورية في الكتاب وهي قانون الجذب، كيف يعمل ومن الذي يطلق إشاراته وهل الأرض هي من تخلق الأفعال أم لا، كل هذا وأكثر عندما تجاوز النقد سقف الهدم الكامل للفكرة بحجة أن الكتاب يدعوا إلى الكسل أو الكفر في أحيان كثيرة، الكتاب ببساطة يقوي فيك أشياء هي موجودة وتؤمن بها بالأساس، حيث تشير الكاتبة إلى نقطة مهمة جداً وهي التفكير الإيجابي كونه يعود عليك بإيجابية و يجعل حياتك بإسرها تسير على هذا النحو، البوصلة الخاصة بك تستطيع تعديلها كما تريد وعقلك تسطيع أمره وهو يستقبل ما تأمره به ويقول لك حاضر سيدي، الشاهد أن قانون الجذب لا يهم أن نعلم كيف يعمل ولكنه يعمل ، فهل الأرض هي من تجعله يعمل بالتأكيد لا ليست الأرض وهذا ما حاولت الكاتبة تأكيده هي وضيوفها وهو غير صحيح قطعاً، فخالق هذه الأرض هو من بيده كل شيء ولا خالق آخر معه، إذا أردت تحقيق أهدافك إعلم أنك تستطيع وكن عل يقين وعش بهذا اليقين فالله يهيء لك ما تصبوا إليه، أنصح بهذا الكتاب على ألا تتشربه كالإسفنجة أو يرتديك قالقبعة ..
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  • Katharine Grubb
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't interested in reading this book. I thought from the reviews of friends that it was pretty obvious stuff. However, I listened to the audio version. I sort of laughed at first and thought, "duh". I promised to listen to the whole book on CD, and as I listened, the connections between what the author is trying to communicate, and what many world religions try to communicate is huge. I am not a religious person. I found this book inspiring because I wasn't being told that God created the un I wasn't interested in reading this book. I thought from the reviews of friends that it was pretty obvious stuff. However, I listened to the audio version. I sort of laughed at first and thought, "duh". I promised to listen to the whole book on CD, and as I listened, the connections between what the author is trying to communicate, and what many world religions try to communicate is huge. I am not a religious person. I found this book inspiring because I wasn't being told that God created the universe and that if I pray to Jesus that HE will take care of me. Finally, I was getting a confirmation that if I live a positive life, and if I really attempt to understand the connection between why I am here, and why the world is here, then I can live a better life. There are even segments of the book that answered all of my cynical questions such as, "then just focus all your thoughts on getting revenge to those you hate", "I didn't give myself this disease", and "I am a victim". Many folks think the whole book is bunk because it gives an air of personal responsibility, and I can see why they would hate that. It's so much easier to blame others. There are parts that I think are simplistic. But who says life has to be all that complicated? Why not try living this secret to life for a year and see what's possible?I highly reccommend LISTENING to this book. I think I would have a hard time reading it.
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  • حمزه الورفلي
    January 1, 1970
    فكرة الكتاب بسيطة جدا وقد قال النبي صلي الله عليه وسلم (أنا عند ظن عبدى بى فليظن بى ماشاء إن خير فخير وإن شر فشر
  • Matt Evans
    January 1, 1970
    (Excerpted from an online essay I wrote): To be sure, the so-called Secret represents a financially viable means to wealth, obviously so, but let's be clear: only for Rhonda Byrnes, The Secret DVD's producer and book's author.Thus, Byrnes would have you believe that the world's wealthy, distinguished and famous—every last luminous one of them—attained their high position by dint of simple adherence to a secret law: The Law of Attraction. She shits you not. Furthermore, they (the world's rich, ce (Excerpted from an online essay I wrote): To be sure, the so-called Secret represents a financially viable means to wealth, obviously so, but let's be clear: only for Rhonda Byrnes, The Secret DVD's producer and book's author.Thus, Byrnes would have you believe that the world's wealthy, distinguished and famous—every last luminous one of them—attained their high position by dint of simple adherence to a secret law: The Law of Attraction. She shits you not. Furthermore, they (the world's rich, celebrated, and leisured) have all conspired to keep knowledge of this law from the rest of us. Einstein, Plato, J.P. Morgan, Mozart, Sir Isaac Newton, Beethoven, and the Rockefellers, among others, are all given as examples of this mighty (and mightily secretive) Them.There are problems with this theory. For starters, the Law of Attraction isn't really a secret. Self-help books with a metaphysical bent have preached this stuff for centuries. I mean, just walk into your nearest New Age bookshop and pick up the first book you see; it will undoubtedly mention something about the Law.So is Byrnes lying to us? Not exactly. Harry Frankfurt, a Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton, puts it this way in his little book On Bullshit, "[The Bullshitter:] does not care whether the things he says describe reality correctly. He just picks them out, or makes them up, to suit his purpose" (p. 56). A liar, you see, at least recognizes the truth enough to know that he's departing from it; a bullshitter couldn't care less—just show her the money.The Law of Attraction, then, is the bullshitter's belief that one can change the objective world alone by the power of thought—forget action; in fact, eschew action. If your belief is strong enough, says the Law, your dreams and desires will come to you much as a steel screw hops across a tabletop and slaps into a powerful magnet. This is the "As you sow, so shall ye reap" philosophy minus any actual sowing, a fairy dust notion that we all at one point in our lives have espoused: it's called magical thinking. We're supposed to outgrow it.When I was four years old I had an invisible friend named Kenny. His existence, such as it was, may or may not have originated in direct response to my sister Amanda's birth, an event which made me an oldest child instead of the only child in the family. Unlike my busy mother, Kenny always paid attention to me and let me have my way. I loved Kenny. My mom eventually forced me to go outside and play with real children. Predictably, Kenny soon disappeared. The Secret would explain the account thus: my early imagining of a perfect playmate eventually attracted other, more corporeal playmates into my reality. Which is true—at least to the degree that we forget about my mom forcing me to go outside.What follows, then, is an arbitrary list of some of the "authorities" that appear on the DVD, the trained animals of the circus or the witch's evil monkeys, depending on the metaphor, waxing explanatory on the The Secret. But don't imagine the monkeys as evil; rather, picture streetwise capuchins earnestly working a cheap accordion with their tiny, hairy hands, glancing up now and then with a smile, anxious to see if you've put a coin yet in their dented tin cups:Dr. John Demartini, D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic).Marie Diamond, internationally-known Feng Shui mistress. Diamond, a Caucasian, speaks with an inexplicably strong Asian accent, a la Seinfeld's Donna Chang.John Assaraf, "a former street kid…who has dedicated the last twenty-five years to researching the human brain, quantum physics, and business strategies, as they relate to achieving success in business and life." In the film, John relates an account about the power of visualization whose denouement has him crumpled on the floor and weeping, the former street kid, because he found a picture of a house in a box.Michael Bernard Beckwith, "a non-aligned trans-religious progressive"—your guess here is as good as mine. Beckwith also claims the title of doctor, although God alone knows where the title comes from. Beckwith, ever the walking conundrum, dresses in a sharp suit, speaks in patrician tones, and sports a wild head of dreadlocks.And Ester Hicks, spokesperson for Abraham, a multifarious spiritual entity. She is the author of The Law of Attraction. (Byrnes, Rhonda, The Secret, [all presenter material from the book The Secret BIOGRAPHIES section, pp. 185-198:].)Esther Hicks is no longer a featured presenter in The Secret "Enhanced" DVD. Why? It's hard to say. Esther's website quotes Abraham, the spiritual collective she channels, on the topic: "It is our desire that you be easy about all of this. There is nothing that has gone wrong here…." (Email communication between author and Hicks's company)Esther is a pleasant-looking, middle-aged woman. She has a serene presence, almost comforting. She also has the most attractive voice I've ever heard—very earthy, very sexy. I find it difficult to reconcile that voice with anything close to its putative paranormal personae.Even though the author's of The Secret (and anyone else swept into their rhetorical corner) probably aren't consciously lying to us about their great happiness at having discovered the Law, I have suspicions that somewhere deep in their hearts something like a moral question prickles and goads. For instance, how should one respond to a crisis of, say, Darfur proportions? Should the suffering of stranger Africans on a continent far, far away be of concern if, ultimately, all that matters is how I feel? Esther asked Abraham (the multifarious spiritual entity) for clarification on this very matter:...I used to be extremely disturbed when a person's rights were violated by violence on a person, or by someone forcefully taking someone else's property....But then, after meeting you [Abraham:], I got to the point that I see all those things they're doing with others as "games" that they're playing—more or less "agreements" that they have between one another, spoken or unspoken. I've gotten somewhat better at not feeling their pain. But can I get to the point that I don’t feel anything negative when I see someone violating the rights of another? Can I just look at whatever they're doing to one another out there, and think, You're all doing to one another what you have somehow chosen to do? (Ibid, pg. 142)That might, to some ears, sound a little cruel, this idea of blaming the victim for attracting the perpetrator. The upside, of course, is that such a belief absolves we standers-by from stepping in and offering help. Let's take as an example the recent shooting at Virginia Tech. Apparently, if the Law of Attraction holds true, those 32 men and women somehow attracted their crazy executioner to themselves. Mass homicide, in this light, is simply a game played between the shooter and his frightened victims.Rhonda Byrnes attempted to defend this belief in a telephone conversation with Newsweek's Jerry Adler (cite link). They were speaking on the topic of Rwanda, which dwarfs Blacksburg in terms of scope but certainly not in terms of horror:If we are in fear, if we're feeling in our lives that we're victims and feeling powerless, then we are on a frequency of attracting those things to us...totally unconsciously, totally innocently, totally all of those words that are so important. Totally. Totally those words that are so important, whether thought or spoken consciously or not, let the victims enjoy their just deserts. It's true that any survivor of genocide or attempted homicide is responsible for picking up the various shattered pieces and attempting to make something of what's left of life. But to pretend that tragedy is nothing more than a game is to diminish its victims suffering in the cruelest possible way. The word "compassion," incidentally, comes from the Latin com + pati, to bear, suffer. If compassion would have us bear another's suffering, what then is its opposite? What is the word for ignoring or minimizing another's suffering for the primary purpose of easing the bystander's discomfort, and, as Law of Attraction espouses, the dubious secondary purpose of somehow inspiring the sufferer to quit wallowing in his own tragic juices?Am I overreacting here? I feel like my parents yelling at me for listening to Heavy Metal music. But the question, remember, was whether one could actually reach a state of consciousness where he isn't bothered in the slightest by another's pain or suffering. Heavy Metal music, on the other hand, was meant to be a (tongue-in-cheek) solace to teenagers suffering under their parents' heavy hands. There is a difference: the Heavy Metal promise is a lie, the other is bullshit, albeit scary bullshit. Here's a secret: the Mother Theresas of the world will be remembered long after the Rhonda Byrneses have faded from collective memory for the same reason that generosity of spirit is appreciated so much more than selfishness. Magnanimity represents the apotheosis of human nature. Success, lasting success, takes place only when one figures out how to best serve a large number of people. Real people, real service first, the money will probably follow. Bullshit, on the other hand, bullshit sells well, for a time -- perhaps even for a long time -- but it's not exactly a worthwhile endeavor.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    God, I am so sick of The Secret. I just can't understand why everyone is so enthralled with it. That book is at the top of every bestseller list and it's total crap. You're not going to get what you want by thinking about how much you want it. I mean, yes to positive thinking and all that, but the part they left out was that you actually have to DO something to make things happen. Jack Canfield (whose involvement should turn you off automatically) didn't really sit around staring at the ceiling God, I am so sick of The Secret. I just can't understand why everyone is so enthralled with it. That book is at the top of every bestseller list and it's total crap. You're not going to get what you want by thinking about how much you want it. I mean, yes to positive thinking and all that, but the part they left out was that you actually have to DO something to make things happen. Jack Canfield (whose involvement should turn you off automatically) didn't really sit around staring at the ceiling waiting for a million dollars to fall out of the sky. He sat around writing nauseating stories and then got rejected by a ton of publishers before someone who likes nauseating stories bought his book. I mean, Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul? Come on, guy. Now you're just making stuff up.Don't get me wrong, The Secret has some valid points. You should envision your dreams. You should think about your goals constantly and imagine what you would do if you ever achieved them. But you should also think about and envision the steps you need to take to get there. Then you should act. Do something! The world is not just going to hand you what you want.Just a quick edit: I forgot to mention the absolute worst part of The Secret. It's your fault that bad things happen to you. That's right, your negative thoughts bring negativity into your life and cause horrible things to occur. Your father died in a tragic accident? Your fault. Your baby mama took off with the kids and won't let you see 'em? Your fault. Laid off and can't find work? Your fault. If you could just think positively all the time, you'd live a charmed life and trouble would never darken your doorstep.Ugh.
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  • Ahmad Ebaid
    January 1, 1970
    ما هو السر؟السر هو قانون الجذب, والذي بمقتضاه تحصل على أي شيء تفكر فيه وتركز عقلك عليه. وهو فعل مستلهم لا يحتاج لبذل الجهد كما العمل العادي.وأستطيع أن أرى خطأ هذا القانون من واقع الحياة, فليس كل ما يريده المرء يدركه, وبلفظ الشاعر أحمد شوقي: وما نيل المطالب بالتمنيوإذا كان الأمر كما تدّعي الكاتبة, فلماذا مازال الناس يموتون جوعاً كل يوم بمعدل 100000 شخص يومياً, إما بشكل مباشر أو غير مباشر؟ إذا كان قانون الجذب صحيحاً فلماذا لم يحصلوا على الطعام؟! أليس ذلك هو أكثر ما يتمنونه ويركزون تفكيرهم عليه؟! و ما هو السر؟السر هو قانون الجذب, والذي بمقتضاه تحصل على أي شيء تفكر فيه وتركز عقلك عليه. وهو فعل مستلهم لا يحتاج لبذل الجهد كما العمل العادي.وأستطيع أن أرى خطأ هذا القانون من واقع الحياة, فليس كل ما يريده المرء يدركه, وبلفظ الشاعر أحمد شوقي: وما نيل المطالب بالتمنيوإذا كان الأمر كما تدّعي الكاتبة, فلماذا مازال الناس يموتون جوعاً كل يوم بمعدل 100000 شخص يومياً, إما بشكل مباشر أو غير مباشر؟ إذا كان قانون الجذب صحيحاً فلماذا لم يحصلوا على الطعام؟! أليس ذلك هو أكثر ما يتمنونه ويركزون تفكيرهم عليه؟! وهناك وجه أخر لهذه المغالطة, جلبها لنا من الغرب شيوخ التنمية البشرية, وأخص بالذكر منهم "مصطفى حسني", الذي أحل الله محل الذبذبات الكونية في قانون الجذب, وروّج لها, ويمكننا الرد عليها بنفس الحجة الأولى, لماذا هناك من يموتون من الجوع كل يوم؟!في الأغلب يكون الرد, أن هذه هي حكمة الله. ولاحظ هنا أنه بهذا الرد قد تخلّى عن قانون الجذب.فإذا كانت حكمه الله أن يموت من الجوع وهي عكس ما يريده ذلك البائس من طعام وماء تحت ثقل غرائزه وآلامه,فلماذا لا تكون نهايتك أنت أيضا عكس ما كنت تتمناه بقانون الجذب, فتقضي حكمة الله بخسرانك لحبيبك, وظيفتك, أموالك, صحتك, أو حتى أن تموت حرقاً على الخازوق؟.ولا أظن أن مروج قانون الجذب سيكتفي بهذا القدر من الجدال, وغالباً ما سيقوم بصياغة حجته التالية هكذا:ربما أن هؤلاء الموتى, لم يفكروا في الطعام بالقدر الكافي, وإنما كانوا يفكرون في الجوع, وفي الموت الذي ينتظرهم, فهم ضحايا تفكيرهم السلبي.ولكن هناك أمثلة أخرى جانب التفكير السلبي فيها غير مؤثر إطلاقاً, كالأمثلة التي أوردها فرانسيس جالتون, وهي كالتالي: إذا كان ما تتمنونه يتحقق, وهناك عشرات الملايين حول العالم يتمنون بشغاف قلبهم أن يحفظ الله ملوك بريطانيا, فلماذا لم يخلدوا أو على الأقل عاشوا بعض آلاف من السنين؟! لماذا لم يستطيعوا أن يعيشوا من الزمن سوى كباقي الطبقة الأرستقراطية؟, ولماذا كان بعضهم يمرض ويموت في سن صغيرة؟!لقد تمنى الناس أن يعيش "ماو تسي تونج" عشرة آلاف عام, وكان كل فرد -تقريباً- في مصر القديمة يحض الآلهة على أن تجعل الفرعون "يعيش إلى الأبد", ولكن كل ذلك فشل!!.قد يرد مروج الجذب, بأن خلودهم هو ضد قوانين الطبيعة, الذي يعد قانون الجذب أحداها, ولكن ماذا عن شفاء الملوك من الأمراض؟! وإذا كان قانون الجذب يستطيع أن يعطي كل منا سيارة فارهة كما في أحد أمثلة الكتاب, ألن يكون ذلك ضد قوانين الطبيعة أيضا؟! فمن سيصنع لنا كل هذه السيارات الفارهة في هذا العمر القصير؟ فتلك السيارات تستهلك الكثير من الموارد والوقت والجهد لصنعها أكثر مما تحتمله الطبيعة وموارد البشرية.وقد يستمر الجدال كثيرا إذا سرنا على هذا المنوال, فلن يعجزوا عن إيجاد ثغرات في هذه الأمثلة البسيطة. ولكن لحسن حظنا, فنحن نستطيع تعيين تجربة معيارية محكمة يمكن لكل شخص تجربتها.وتقضي التجربة بإحضار 6 أحجار نرد (زهرة), ويمكنك حينها أن ترينا الفرق بين احتمالات أن يكون ناتج رميهم الرقم ستة للست أحجار عندما تستخدم قانون الجذب لتتمنى أن يكون الناتج هكذا, وبين نسبة الاحتمال عندما تتمنى بأن يكون الرقم الناتج هو خمسة للست أحجارعندها لن يصمد قانون الجذب أمام قوة برهان قوانين الاحتمالات.**يبدأ الكتاب بتشويقنا للسر الذي سيغير حياتنا والذي طالما عرفه عظماء التاريخ وطبقوه, بل وكتبوا عنه في رواياتهمومن هؤلاء العظماء ذكرت المؤلفة: أفلاطون, شكسبير, نيوتن, فيكتور هيوجو, بيتهوفن, لينكولن, إيمرسون, إديسون, أينشتاين..والشيء الوحيد المشترك بين هذه الأسماء كلها, هو أنهم غير موجودون الآن في عالمنا ليردوا على ما تنسبه إليهم من إدعاءات!.ولقد قامت بتحوير كل شيء ليتناسب مع نظريتها, فمثلاً يقول اللوح الزمرد حوالي عام 3000 قبل الميلاد: ليكن المظهر كالجوهر.وليكن الظاهر كالباطن. وبدلاً من أن تكون حكمة تدعوا لعدم الكذب, حولتها لاكتشاف الأقدمين للسر, وأنك إذا ما فكرت في داخلك في شيء وركزت عليه, فسيتقدم إليك, ويصبح جزء من مظهرك. يا للهول!!.كما أنها تورد اقتباسات علمية, لا علاقة لها بالموضوع أصلا, كدليل على صحة نظريتها. فهي مثلاً اقتبست اقتباس عن أن ميكانيكا الكم جعلتنا نعرف أن عقلنا هو مصدر تفكيرنا أي أن التفكير ماديوما كان منها إلا أن ذكرت بعدها أن العلم يقر بأن عقلنا يرسل ويستقبل ذبذبات كونية عالية التردد تماماً كمحطة البث التليفزيوني, وعندما تفكر بإيجابية يرسل عقلك ذبذبات إيجابية, يستقبلها الكون ويرد عليك بمثلها بذبذبات إيجابية ويحقق لك ما تريد!!وإدّعائها هذا, مثله مثل الكثير من الإدعاءات الأخرى التي يلزمها أن تدلل عليها, فالبشر حتى الآن لا يستقبلون من الذبذبات سوى مقدار بسيط يقع ضمن ما نسميه الطيف المرئي, عن طريق العين, وعند زيادة تردد الذبذبات عن هذا النطاق المرئي فهو يؤذي البشر, فمثلاً الأشعة الفوق بنفسجية والتي تحمينا منها طبقة الأوزون, والتي تعد أكثر قليلاً في التردد عن أشعة الطيف المرئي تصيب البشر بالسرطان, وإذا كانت الترددات التي تدّعي أننا نستقبلها أعلى من النطاقات التي نستطيع تتبعها بالمراصد, فهذا جهل بالطبيعة التي تدعون أنها تمنحنا قانون الجذب, فالترددات العالية بتلك الطريقة تمتلك طاقة كبيرة يمكنها أن تبخّر البشر في لحظات عندما تقترب منّا, تماماً كما الأثر الذي يحدثه مدفع الليزر في أفلام الخيال العلمي, أو "الكا مي ها مي ها" في أنيمي دراجون بول.ثم تقتبس, من زملاؤها في مجال -ولا مؤاخذة- التنمية البشرية والجدير بالذكر أن أحدهم وهو متخصص في علم "ما وراء الطبيعة" يدّعي أن قانون الجذب هو قانون حقيقي مثل قانون الجاذبية. ولكن إذا كان مثل الجاذبية فيجب أن يعطينا نفس النتائج دائماً إذا قمنا بنفس المدخلات, فهل يستطيع قانون الجذب تحقيق هذا الشرط في التجربة التي ذكرتها سابقا؟ لا أظن ذلك.وتتابع الكاتبة بالكثير من تحوير الحجج, يستطيع أي ناقد جيد أن يتبين فسادها بسهولة.هذا بجانب الكثير والكثير من المغالطات العلمية الأخرى عن مجالات بسيطة درسها الجميع تقريباً في كل أنحاء الكوكب في المراحل الأساسية من تعليمهم, وهذا يوضح مستوى ثقافة الكُتَّاب, وقراءهم, فمثلاً:- الغرائز عندهم أجهزة استقبال كونية بدلاً من كونها بقايا تطورية,- وبالأفكار يمكنك زيادة أو نقصان نشاط هرمونات الغدة الدرقية, والتحكم في التمثيل الغذائي.- الطعام ليس مسئولاً عن زيادة الوزن.- الزمن مجرد وهم زي ما قال اينشتاين, فلا تسألني متى سيحقق السر أحلامك.ولن يكتمل الكتاب طبعا دون أن تروي لنا عبر الفصول المختلفة الكثير من القصص والمعجزات التي حققها السر, والتي لا تزيد في مصداقيتها بالنسبة لي, عن قصة الرجل الذي شل لسانه عندما هم ليدعي على السيسي كما روى أحد الشيوخ المصريين من على منبر أحد الجوامع مؤخراً. وهذا ملخص قصص تم سردها كحوادث حقيقية حصلت لأناس طبقوا السر:- السر هيساعدك تلاقي مكان لركن سيارتك, بنسبة 95% يكون المكان فارغ, و 5% يكون هناك من يفسح المكان للذهاب.- أي حجر مرمي في الشارع, لو دعيت له هيشفي ابنك اللي بيحتضر من مرض نادر.- السر هيخليك تقابل الناس اللي مستحيل تقدر تقابلهم في الظروف العادية.- السر سيعطيك نسخة من اسطوانة فيلم السر هدية.- السر يقدر أن يرفع راتبك السنوي من 8000 دولار لـ100000 حتى لو انت مبتعرفش تشتغل أي حاجة.*** وأخيرا لماذا يصدق الناس الخرافات بهذه الطريقة؟؟ لقد بدأ المحتوى كفيلم سينمائي, ثم بيع كشريط, ثم ككتاب, وفي كل المراحل باع ملايين النسخ!!.ربما لأنهم لم يتعلموا التفكير النقدي والذي يستطيع أن ينغص عليهم إيمانهم بتلك الترهاتوقد نكون قد وضعنا العربة قبل الحصان في العلّة السابقة, فلربما أن الناس يبتعدون عن المنطق ويحتقرونه, حتى يستطيعوا أن يصدقوا مطمئنين الكذبات المريحة. ولهذا فالشرط الثاني من شروط تطبيق السر ليعمل, هو أن تؤمن بالسر تماماً,"إيماناً لا يتزحزح, آمن بالغيب." وبلفظ كارل ساجان:"فالدجلنة تخاطب الحاجات العاطفية القوية التي غالباً ما يدعها العلم دون إشباع,وفي صميم بعض أنماط الدجلنة تكمن فكرة أن تمنى الشيء يحققه, فكم يكون مقدار ما يمكن أن نشعر به من الرضى, إذا حققنا الرغبات التي نتمناها من صميم فؤادنا بمجرد التمني, يا لها من فكرة تغوي النفوس, خاصة إذا ما قورنت بالعمل الشاق وحسن الحظ الذي نحتاج إليه عادة كي نحقق آمالنا." هناك الكثير من الدجلنة التي لا يسعنا المقام هنا لمناقشتها كلها, ولكني سأحيلكم لكتاب عالم تسكنه الشياطين الذي اقتبست منه العبارة السابقة, وهو يعالج فيها الدجلنة بتفاصيل أكثر.أظنه سيساعدكم على تبين الدجل في المرة القادمة التي تتعرضون له فيهاودا لينك لريفيو رغم إنه طويل, لكنه يلخص الكثير من محتويات الكتاب: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...***لقد كنت أعتقد بأني لا أهتم بأحوال البشر, ولكني عندما قرأت الكتاب تأذيت نفسياً وبشدة. ولقد أرعبني الجهل والدجل المنتشر, ولم أستطع سوى أن أكمل نصف الكتاب فقط!!. ***تحديث:الحلقة الـ2 من الجزء الـ21 من مسلسل عائلة سيمبسون سفّت على الكتاب, لو حد فاضي عنده ثلث ساعة يضحك فيهم شوية.
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  • Ollie
    January 1, 1970
    I'm sure this book only exists thanks to The Da Vinci Code. Sensing a public interest in ancient "secrets" passed down to modern times, the publishers of this awful piece of self-help decided they could market Rhonda Byrne's book and make a killing. They were not wrong. In Brasil, it's spreading like an Old World plague: the film tie-in is always rented out in videostores, and the book is in the top 10 bestseller list. Swept up by its popularity, my mom brought a copy home.Much like George Bush I'm sure this book only exists thanks to The Da Vinci Code. Sensing a public interest in ancient "secrets" passed down to modern times, the publishers of this awful piece of self-help decided they could market Rhonda Byrne's book and make a killing. They were not wrong. In Brasil, it's spreading like an Old World plague: the film tie-in is always rented out in videostores, and the book is in the top 10 bestseller list. Swept up by its popularity, my mom brought a copy home.Much like George Bush Jr., this book is equal parts stupid and disturbing. The stupid part comes in its mind-boggling belief that anything you ask from the Universe will become true, that everyone deserves (and should) pursue their most selfish desires in order to be happy. Want big boobs? Ask the Universe and you will get it. Want a great parking space at the shopping mall? The Universe will help you like a genie in a bottle. Knowledge found in Eastern religions such as Buddhism (e.g. Karma) are simplified and described as a "secret" that only the elite are aware of.The disturbing part comes in statements such as the one, early in the book, that says people killed in disasters or crimes brought it upon themselves. According to this book's reasoning, if you find yourself gassed to death with millions of other people it's because you were following negative thoughts and unable to see the Universe's path to your salvation. This is, at least, the conclusion I draw from the book's teachings. It shifts blame from other people, or life's chaos, onto yourself. Contracted cancer? Your fault. Robbed and shot in the head? Your fault. Became a millionaire? You are in tune with the Universe.Much like The Da Vinci Code I couldn't make it past page 60. Be very wary of anyone that likes this book.
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  • Lujayn Alyamani
    January 1, 1970
    السرّ The Secret روندا برايانالحقيقة أنّني حين بدأت بقراءته أحببته .. لم أجد فيه الكثير ممّا أضاف لي معلومةإنّما هو أسلوب حياة و طريقة تفكير جديدة يعلّمها هذا السّرلفتني الكتاب بـ طريقة إخراجه و فخامة طباعته و أسلوب كتابتهعلى غير عادة في الكتب المترجمة التي أتململ من قراءتها سريعًا إلا ما ندرالجميل أنّك تطّلع منذ بداية الكتاب على سرّ الأسرار العظيم كما يقولونالسرّ الذي يغير طريقة حياتك و الكون من حولك ، يجلب لك الصحة التي تريدهاو المال و البيت و الشريك الذي تحلم به ، أيّ شء تريده ، و ركّزوا على السرّ The Secret روندا برايانالحقيقة أنّني حين بدأت بقراءته أحببته .. لم أجد فيه الكثير ممّا أضاف لي معلومةإنّما هو أسلوب حياة و طريقة تفكير جديدة يعلّمها هذا السّرلفتني الكتاب بـ طريقة إخراجه و فخامة طباعته و أسلوب كتابتهعلى غير عادة في الكتب المترجمة التي أتململ من قراءتها سريعًا إلا ما ندرالجميل أنّك تطّلع منذ بداية الكتاب على سرّ الأسرار العظيم كما يقولونالسرّ الذي يغير طريقة حياتك و الكون من حولك ، يجلب لك الصحة التي تريدهاو المال و البيت و الشريك الذي تحلم به ، أيّ شء تريده ، و ركّزوا على تريده " الإرادة "فهي أهمّ ما في السرّما هو السر ؟ ببساطة عميقة ! " قانون الجذب Law of Attraction "لفتتني الفكرة بل و أعجبتني ، و لـ ألخّصها في ثلاث جمل باختصارحياتك هي نتاج أفكارك ، أفكارك تحدّدها مشاعرك ، مشاعرك تتحكمّ بها أنت !إذن أنتَ سيّد أفكارك ، و مشاعرك .. و حياتكهذا هي فكرة السرّ ، و ما يدور حوله الفيلم و الكتابفـ كلّ ما تريده أنت ، بغضّ النظر هل هو جيد أم ممتاز أم سيءفـ بتركيزك عليه و تفكيرك الدائم به تجتذبه إليك ليحدث لك !كيف أفادني السرّ ؟ ،لاحظتُ أنّها في تقديمها للسر و فريق العمل يردّدون عبارات أحفظها أنا كمسلمة عن ظهر قلبهي جزء من ثقافتي و حضارتي الإسلامية ، التي أقرأها كلّ يوم .. و أعيش بها و معها و عليهاعرّفوها على أنّها سرّ ينكشف الآن !و نحن من قبلهم نعرفها روحًا إسلامية حيّةالحقيقة أنّني توقفت كثيرًا و أنا أقرأ .. فبعض الكلمات و العبارات كأنّها نُقلت نصًا من الإسلام !وددت كثيرًا و أنا أقرأ أن أرسل لها و لفريق العمل معها مصحفًا مترجمًافـ السرّ كلّه يدور في فلك الإسلام ، و العبارات التي يردّدونها نحفظها نحن من قبلهمهم قومٌ يسّر الله لهم الاهتداء إلى معنى حقّ لـ أنّهم جدّوا في طلبه و احترموهو آمنوا به !و هنا عدة مبادئ و معانٍ توفقت عندها لمّا شعرتُ بإسلاميتها أصلاً و مرجعًا :* وهمية الزمن /الزمن مجرد وهم ، هكذا أخبرنا أنيشتاين .. " صـ 62حينما تفكّر و تركز على الخير الذي تريده فإن الأشياء الكبيرة - في نظرك- لن تأخذ وقتًا أطولفي التحقق من الأشياء الصغيرة ، فكلها موجودة أصلا .. و إنما إحساسك بها و تجليها لك هو المحكّإسلاميًا: يقول سبحانه و تعالى " إذا قضى أمرًا فإنما يقول له كن فيكون "في تفسير الشعراوي يقول رحمه الله .. أن كلمة كن ليست إلا تقريبية لأذهانناأما الأشياء فهي موجودة أصلا و إلا كيف يقول الله عز و جل للشيء و يخاطبه بـ كُن ؟ !فمعناه أنّه كائن من الأصل ولكنه غير ظاهر لنا ، فالقدرة الإلهية لا وقت و لا زمن لنفاد حكمها* توقّع الخير و اشعر به /لابد أن يكون شعورك طيبًا ، .. إن هؤلاء يتوقعون ذلك .. ابدأ بتوقع الأشياء الرائعة " صـ 65الفكرة أن تركز مشاعرك على الخير و تلقيه ، فكر فيما تريده لا مالا تريد الوقوع فيهلتجذبه إليك ، فالكون طاقة ، و للفكرة طاقة تجذب شبيهاتهاإسلاميًا: أليس هذا هو التفاؤل الذي يدعو إليه محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم و التشاؤم الذي ينبذهحين يقول " تفاءلوا بالخير تجدوه " و أيضًا " لا تمارضوا فتمرضوا فتموتوا "و كلاهما فكرة تسيطر على صاحبها .. المتفائل يجد خيرًا ، و المتظاهر بالشر المصدّق به يجده حقًا !* طريقة عمل السر / اطلب ، آمن ، تلقّيتطلب الإيمان التصرف و التحدث و التفكير كما لو أنك قد تلقيت بالفعل .. " صـ 68اطلب ما تريد ثم آمن أنك حصلت عيه و تصرف على هذا الأساس ثم تأكد أنك تتلقاه و اشعر بذلكإسلاميًا: هذه ثلاثية يعلّمنا إياها مبدأ التوكل على اللهنحن نطلب بالدعاء ثم نؤمن و نوقن بالإجابة و نعمل على هذا الأساسثم ننتظر الفتح من الله سبحانه و تعالىألم يقل عزّ وجل في الحديث القدسي " انا عند ظنّ عبدي بي فـ ليظنّ بي ما شاء"و " أنا عند ظن عبدي بي إن ظن خيرا فله وإن ظن شرا فله "* مبدأ الإمتنان /إن الامتنان هو الطريقة المثلى لجلب المزيد من الخير إلى حياتك .. في كل صباحأنهض و أقول " الحمدلله " .. لا أخرج من الفراش حتى أكون قد شعرت بمشاعر الامتنانلهذا اليوم الرائع و كل شيء يستحق الحمد و الثناء في حياتي .. " صـ 75جزء كامل يتحدث عن أهمية الامتنان و كيف أنّه من العادات المهمةللقادة العظماءللشعور بالرضا و جلب لمزيد من الخير خصوصًا عند الاستيقاظ من لنوم و بدأ اليومإسلاميًا : ألم يقل سبحانه "وَإِذْ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكُمْ لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ " "وَإِن تَشْكُرُواْ يَرْضَهُ لَكُمْ ""وَٱشْكُرُواْ للَّهِ إِن كُنتُمْ إِيَّاهُ تَعْبُدُونَ " " و سيجزي الله الشاكرين "و كيف أنّ الحمد مرتبط بحياتنا منذ الإصباح " الحمدلله الذي أحيانا بعد ما أماتنا و إليه النشور "و حتى النوم و ألسنتنا في كل حال لها بالله صلة ذاكرة شاكرة حامدة* مبدأ العطاء /امنح المال لتحصل على المزيد منه .. وإذ يعطون فإن الله يجعل الكون وفقًا لقانون الجذبيتفتح و يتدفق بمبالغ هائلة من المال عائدة إليهم مضاعفة صـ 108إسلاميًا : هذه العبارة بنصّها ، توقفت كثيرًا عندها ، بل ذُهلت .. المجتمع الغربي برأسماليتهو ماديّته يكتشف أخيرًا أن الزّكاة مورد اقتصادي عظيم يعود على العالم كلّه بالوفرة و الخير !يحثّ على العطاء من القليل ليتضاعف .. صحيح أنّ نظرتهم للعطاء مادية في مقابلها لكنّالفكرة و السرّ واحد !مبدأ البركة و الثناء /و تعرّف بعض القواميس المباركة على أنها طلب الخير الإلهي و منح السلامة أو الرخاء ..يذهبان بكل السلبية ، فأثن و بارك أعداءك فعندما تلعن ترتد اللعنة إليك ، و إذا ما أثنيتعليهم و باركتهم سوف تتبدد كل السلبية و الخلاف .. صـ 152إسلاميًا : نحن نطلب البركة من الله في كل أمور حياتنا بذكر اسمه عند كل شيءو بسؤاله البركة و أذكار الصباح و المساء و الأكل و النوم و اللباس ، في كل هذا نسأله البركةأمّا مباركة أعداءك !! ، "ادفع بالتي هي أحسن فإذا الذي بينك وبينه عداوة كأنه ولي حميم "كلّ هذه المعاني الإسلامية الربّانية السامية التي نسيناها و خلّفناهاو ضعنا عن أنوراها و عظمتها .. يهتدي إليها الغرب اليوم على أنّها سر الأسرارو أهمّ حقيقة عرفها العظماء على مرّ التاريخ ..سبحان الله .. يؤتي مفاتيح التفكّر و الوصول لمن يشاءو يهدي من يشاء بمن يشاء و ما يشاءاللهم إني أشهدك أنك حق سبحانك ،و الإسلام و القرآن حقّ ، و محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم حقّكتاب جميل و ممتع ، غيّر كثيرًا من طريقتي في الحياة و وضعني على التردد المثالي لتلقّي الخيرتردّد الإيمان و الحبّ و السلام و البهجة
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  • McWriter
    January 1, 1970
    Ick. This book was just. So. Not believable. At the beginning, the author writes about the law of attraction, specifically that if you believe in something, it can happen - like, if you believe you will one day fall in love, marry, and have a family or if you believe you will succeed in education and earn your PhD, than, doggonit, you can. It's as the book continues and the words change from "can" to "will definitely" that the author lost me. For example, if you want a certain amount of money, s Ick. This book was just. So. Not believable. At the beginning, the author writes about the law of attraction, specifically that if you believe in something, it can happen - like, if you believe you will one day fall in love, marry, and have a family or if you believe you will succeed in education and earn your PhD, than, doggonit, you can. It's as the book continues and the words change from "can" to "will definitely" that the author lost me. For example, if you want a certain amount of money, say $100,000 for a down payment on a home, and if you think about it totally positively, and mentally stamp out any negative thoughts, like, "Who am I kidding? I'll never have that money," then you WILL DEFINITELY get that money. And in a timely fashion. With no strings attached. Like magic. The author lost me mid-book and I never finished. I want my money back. Oprah, I love ya, but this was a BAD recommendation. Even the biggest optimist has to get REAL at some point. (Easy for one of the richest, most powerful women in the world to fall for!) Come on, I say - COME the HECK ON!
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  • Paul Perry
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so inspirational! It turns out that by just believing and wanting really hard you can get whatever you want out of life! And if that doesn't work you can write a vacuous self help book full of profound sounding but utterly meaningless tripe and there are enough stupid people in the world to make you rich! This book has also taught me that I don't need to care about other people; if they don't get what they want it isn't anything to with me or anything to do with society being fair o This book is so inspirational! It turns out that by just believing and wanting really hard you can get whatever you want out of life! And if that doesn't work you can write a vacuous self help book full of profound sounding but utterly meaningless tripe and there are enough stupid people in the world to make you rich! This book has also taught me that I don't need to care about other people; if they don't get what they want it isn't anything to with me or anything to do with society being fair or equal, it's because they didn't wish hard enough or learn to visualise what they want! I used to give a lot of money to various charities – cancer research, rape support groups, third world aid – but I've stopped that now because I realise that the problems people have are because they secretly, deep down, wish them upon themselves, and only they can make their lives better! It's sad if a child dies of leukaemia or lots of people are killed by a tsunami or a train crash but something in them brought it on themselves, and anyway they'll get another chance in the great circle of life and they should try harder next time. And by 'try harder', I don't mean actually work to achieve anything but just wish really hard, because it turns out that all sorts of brilliant people like Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Mozart, Beethoven, Plato and John D Rockefeller were successful not because they worked hard or were particularly smart or talented but JUST BECAUSE THEY KNEW THE SECRET!!!!!NOTE: Just in case there is anyone who is especially slow on the uptake, this is sarcasm. I'm not that shocked that this book exists but that it has apparently sold somewhere in the region of 21 million copies really does make me worry for humanity. Does the author (and her contributors, the most qualified of whom are described as “a doctor of Chiropractic” and another “an internationally known feng-shui mistress”) actually believe this bollocks, or are just using it to milk the stupid. And if you believe in this book there's no sugaring the pill; you are a moron. A shallow, self centred, vacuous moron. I would happily spit in the face of Ms Byrne, any of her contributors or people who worked on the DVD. Yes, there is a lot to be said for the power of positive thought – because it can change your own attitude and behaviour! There's a whole field of psychology based on that idea called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. There is nothing mystical about it. You know the old saying, "the universe doesn't owe you a living"?Some of my favourite quotes: “Nothing can come into your experience unless you summon it thought persistent thoughts.” Damn, those Jews were pretty careless before WW2, weren't they?“Quantum Physicists will tell you the universe was created from thought!” Really? Truly? Okay, NAME ONE. Seriously, just one published quantum physicist who is taken seriously by the scientific community.“Our feelings let us know what we’re thinking.” What? What does that actually mean?And the best, from Ester Hicks, conduit for a spirit called Abraham (seriously):“...I used to be extremely disturbed when a person's rights were violated by violence on a person, or by someone forcefully taking someone else's property....But then, after meeting you [Abraham:], I got to the point that I see all those things they're doing with others as "games" that they're playing—more or less "agreements" that they have between one another, spoken or unspoken. I've gotten somewhat better at not feeling their pain. But can I get to the point that I don’t feel anything negative when I see someone violating the rights of another? Can I just look at whatever they're doing to one another out there, and think, You're all doing to one another what you have somehow chosen to do? “
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  • Jan-Maat
    January 1, 1970
    In hindsight, I feel I was too kind with this book, it makes far more sense simply to describe it as evil.It encourages victim blaming - since they only have themselves to blame for bringing their fates upon themselves for a lack of positiver thinking, and ultimately encourages the reader to blame themselves since when their wishes fail to become fishes there can only be one reason - the positive thinking wasn't quite positive enough, or didn't have quite the perfect tone of positivity to it. An In hindsight, I feel I was too kind with this book, it makes far more sense simply to describe it as evil.It encourages victim blaming - since they only have themselves to blame for bringing their fates upon themselves for a lack of positiver thinking, and ultimately encourages the reader to blame themselves since when their wishes fail to become fishes there can only be one reason - the positive thinking wasn't quite positive enough, or didn't have quite the perfect tone of positivity to it. And in typical dreariness it discourages through its victim blaming an understanding of yourself or of the structural disadvantages that you may contribute towards in your society though acts of commission or omission that keep the less fortunate always on the back foot. Perhaps the most worthwhile comment I can make about The Secret is that it is fascinating as a cultural document (view spoiler)[ Barbara Ehrenreich Smile or Die How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World is very interesting on the wider phenomenon of positive thinking (hide spoiler)]. It is a book that provides an insight to the preoccupations and fears of one of the wealthiest, healthiest and long-lived societies in human history. What it evidences is an obsession with gaining even more money, having even better health, and appearing eternally youthful (view spoiler)[just like The Portrait of Dorian Grey (hide spoiler)]. Dressed in the language of Quantum physics (view spoiler)[fans of magical thinking seem to like mentioning Quantum physics I suppose because down at the quantum level things appear to be far weirder that we'd like to imagine - things can be in two different places at the same time, or have energy but no mass. At the same time I imagine the author assumes that quantum physicists are unlikely to read her book, criticise it publicly and even if they do, probably not in the kind of places that her other readers may come across it (hide spoiler)] there is an appeal to magical thinking. In The Secret God may or may not be dead, however the universe is benevolent, but stupid (view spoiler)[ the universe although capable of understanding human thought does so in a limited way understanding 'I don't want debt' and 'I want debt' to mean one and the same thing, maybe this is a hang over from Neuro-Linguistic Programming? (hide spoiler)], and functions as an infinite catalogue for the pleasure and delight of all people who can order up whatever they want from existence by simply wishing for it. However there is a catch. You have to wish for things properly, by wishing only once and visualising (view spoiler)[As with quantum physics, the concepts of visualisation and the Placebo effect are invoked to demonstrate the power of the mind. This is part of the way that The Secret functions, a stepping stone with a familiar name leads to the bizarre conclusion that the universe is a giant, friendly, mail order catalogue (hide spoiler)] what you want precisely. If you haven't got anything back from the universe this is because you plainly haven't been wishing in the proper manner.It would be strikingly ungenerous of me to say that there is nothing of value at all in The Secret, but making much of what value there may be would be rather like pulling out a cherry from a bowl full of cockroaches. It can be done, but you wouldn't want to eat the it even if you did. This is not then a book whose contents I endorse or advise any one to take personally (view spoiler)[ not that I have anything against thinking nice thoughts, cultivating a feeling of gratitude and so on as ends in themselves, simply as a mechanistic means to material ends (hide spoiler)]. The general idea is that you wish for something, visualise it. Then the frequency you emit at the quantum level (view spoiler)[I don't know whether we emit frequencies at the quantum level, and if we did what would the implications be of changing it, they would be presumably considerably weirder than what Byrne imagines (hide spoiler)] changes, the universe then responds to that frequency. If the frequency we emit is one of mega wealth, huge houses and soul mates then that's what we get from the universe. While if it is of sinking ships, world financial disasters or war then that is what we gets back. Perhaps you feel doubtful about all this - but fear not for here come some celebrity endorsements! According to Byrne all these people taught the same message: poets such as William Shakespeare, Robert Browning, and William Blake delivered it in their poetry. Musicians such as Ludwig van Beethoven (view spoiler)[Famous for his ability to attract soul mates to himself (hide spoiler)] expressed it through their music. Artists such as Leonardo da Vinci depicted it in their paintings (view spoiler)[How else but through the power of the mind did the Lady get an Ermine? (hide spoiler)]. Great thinkers including Socrates, Plato, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Pythagoras, Sir Francis Bacon, Sir Isaac Newton, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Victor Hugo shared it in their writings and teachings... (p4). There's nothing like a celebrity endorsement. Particularly when the celebrity is too dead to take issue with it.Later on we are told that Andrew Carneige, Abraham Lincoln and Henry Ford also all knew and practised The Secret (view spoiler)[ I don't know, presumably Abraham Lincoln successfully visualised the American Civil War into existence or something, and when people mention Henry Ford in this kind of context you can be pretty sure they are not thinking of his determination to set up a rubber plantation, insisting on having the rubber trees planted so close together that parasites infested the whole lot. Carneige though was successful in encouraging US Presidents to visualise a fine new fleet of battleships with the extra thick armour plating that only his steelworks could manufacture (hide spoiler)]. But I find the mention of Goethe particularly interesting since his Faust and what Byrne is presenting is a similar kind of fairy tale. Except that in the folk tale tradition the three wishes, the genie out of the bottle, or the pact with the Devil, all come with a sting in the tale. For Byrne the sting is ignored and instead we get a pure dose of wish fulfilment. Midias and his golden touch would be seen as something positive and not as frightening, alienating and eventually potentially fatal as it was.Still, there is a sting. Firstly you have to be perpetually positive (view spoiler)[ and that's just exhausting to think about (hide spoiler)], then you have to not listen to anybody who is still than positive for fear of your thoughts being infected by theirs and thus attracting some negative outcome to yourself (view spoiler)[ so I'd say that friendship, sympathy and family relations are out, you need to surround yourself with true believers in (hide spoiler)]. Finally if you accept that you are in control of your fate and the nature of your existence by means of being able to change the world through your wish power, then it follows that all other people can do the same and have only themselves to blame for every way that their lives are less than perfect, and ultimately if you have debt, only a bare hovel to live in, are sick, or even age, then you only have yourself to blame.This is a belief that embraces the alienating effect of modern life as its centre piece. You are alone, you can't help others, you should not even listen to them. Instead you are to focus intently on your own desires. There is no room in The Secret for collective organisation and action. No families, no joint partnerships, no professional organisations or unions to deal with the problems and difficulties that we experience in our lives. Instead there is only the atomised individual. In place of the concrete joys of conviviality and relationships with actual people there is an abstract relationship with the universe which as mentioned above has a limited understanding of language and functions purely as an unlimited catalogue."Everything that surrounds you right now in your life, including the things you're complaining about, you've attracted"...Often when people first hear this part of the Secret they recall events in history where masses of lives were lost, and they find it incomprehensible that so many people could have attracted themselves to the event (view spoiler)[ if there is a Hebrew edition published in Israel is this sentence removed? The idea doesn't strike me as incomprehensible so much as repulsive (view spoiler)[but I do appreciate that she wasn't coy about her opinion and just came straight out with it (hide spoiler)]. (hide spoiler)]. By the law of attraction, they had to be on the same frequency as the event. It doesn't necessarily mean they thought of that exact event, but the frequency of their thoughts matched the frequency of the event. If people believe they can be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and they have no control over outside circumstances, those thoughts of fear, separation, and powerlessness, if persistent, can attract them to being in the wrong place at the wrong time...You have a choice, and whatever you choose to think will become your life experience.Nothing can come into your experience unless you summon it though persistent thoughts. pp27-28If you are complaining, the law of attraction will powerfully bring into your life more situations for you to complain about. If you are listening to some one else complain and focusing on that, sympathizing with them, agreeing with them, in that moment, you are attracting more situations to yourself to complain about p17 I find the mention of events in history where masses of lives were lost a fascinating example of victim blaming - particularly in the context of Australian and American history. In the nineteenth century commentators took the view that aboriginal peoples would die out because of their inherent inferiority and ability to cope with the modern world (view spoiler)[ as opposed to the violence, warfare, and ecological disruption going on at the time (hide spoiler)]. Now when their populations have been much reduced we can blame that on their inability to think happy positive thoughts. This is a book that works to re-enforce the existing status quo. Those who are successful can only be so for their ability to think positive thought and attract good things to themselves, while those who are not successful are the victims of their own inability to properly visualise what they want as opposed to having face some structural disadvantage in the way that society is ordered. One can see here how this approach makes life easy in a way. One doesn't have to understand or appreciate the world and the circumstances of other's lives. One can straight away be judgemental: they brought it on themselves, whether it is cancer, war, contagious disease, or bad architecture. (view spoiler)[ But of course the something like the boom in London property prices or the Wall street crash and subsequent Great Depression do indeed demonstrate the power of positive thinking. The first could be nothing other than millions of people thinking positive thoughts in concentric rings and the other was the result of millions of people thinking negative thoughts - and what a hero Herbert Hoover was in his one man attempt to try and turn round the thought patterns of a nation by telling everybody that the economy was on the turn. (hide spoiler)]Victim blaming fits well with The Secret's role as a cultural document. Although it does seem to refine the concept. The good news is that if I punch you it is your fault. I am innocent, you attracted that punch to yourself through your lack of positive thoughts. Indeed it I seize you, carry you off to a offshore enclave, hold you in captivity for over ten years, torture you from time to time, without any legal process this is also something you attracted to yourself through negative thoughts and quite rightly I will be well paid for doing so because I think only positive, nice, thoughts and therefore attract as a modern Midas glittering palaces, big cars and multiple soul mates to myself (view spoiler)[ I find the business of soul mates interesting, does the soul mate you draw to yourself have no agency or independent will? In the world of the secret a soul mate is the equivalent of a big house or a pile of banknotes. Its simply another acquisition rather as one might buy a Ken doll to sit alongside Barbie in her dream car (hide spoiler)].It strikes me that The Secret will appeal to people who are intimidated by evidence of the world's complexity and feel out of control. The Secret says very firmly that you can, indeed should be, in control. However since sickness, old age and death exist wouldn't belief in this book give rise to anxiety (view spoiler)[ reading this book sparked off memories of those Calvinists anxious over whether they were part of the elect or not - are you wishing correctly or are you allowing negative thoughts to leak into your consciousness causing disaster throughout your life! (hide spoiler)]? Every time you have a cold or find a grey hair you are confronted with evidence of your own inability to think insufficiently positively! You don't have to mad to live this life, but if you are...In a newspaper article I read a journalist interviewed the psychologist who wrote the second report on Anders Brevik - the one which found him sane. In response to the journalist's question about how appropriate his finding was the psychologist responded that hundreds of people have written to Brevik in prison all praising him for his actions - are they all insane too, he asked rhetorically.My response would be yes. But then perhaps to be sane in the world would be the most insane reaction one could have (view spoiler)[there was a nice short story I once read about a psychiatrist returning to his home town after a distinguished career in Europe to open an insane asylum. As the story progresses he finds grounds to incarcerate more and more of the town's population in his asylum until everybody has been finally committed. Then he realises that what he has done is also completely insane so he has himself locked up to. And then everybody lives happily ever after (view spoiler)[ the story is O Alienista by Machado de Assis (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]. We don't for the most part notice the amount of insanity around us because on the whole it doesn't cause that much friction. It's only in books like The Secret that the inner craziness of people's private lives gets laid out in public: The law of attraction states that what you focus on you will get, so I got a bank statement, I whited out the total, and I put a new total in there. I put exactly how much I wanted to see in the bank (p104)A game I created that help shift my feelings about my pile of bills was to pretend that the bills were actually checks. I would jump for joy as I opened them and say, "more money for me! Thank you. Thank you." I took each bill, imagined it was a check, and then I added a zero to it in my mind to make it even more. I got a notepad and wrote at the top of each page "I have received," and then I would list all the amounts of the bills with an added zero. Next to each amount I would write "Thank you," and feel the feelings of gratitude for receiving it - to the point where I had tears in my eyes. Then I would take each bill, which looked very small compared to what I had received, and I would pay it with gratitude! (p105) Still my favourite part of this book is a fine example of how irrational the rational world of business can be.The true story of a Belize oil team is an inspiring example of the power of the human mind to bring forth resources (view spoiler)[What quantum physicists and Einstein tell us is that everything is happening simultaneously...whatever you want in the future already exists (p62) it seems that Byrne believes this applies to the past too - that through positive thinking the team altered the geological processes that occurred in the region. This probably also explains why Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun's burial to be so rich (hide spoiler)] The directors of Belize Natural Energy Limited were trained by the eminent Dr. Tony Quinn, who specialises in Humanistic Physiology training. With Dr. Quinn's mind power training, the directors were confident that their mental picture of Belize being a successful oil producing country would be achieved...and in one short year their dream and vision became a reality. Belize Natural Energy Limited discovered oil of the highest quality, in abundant flows...Belize has become an oil-producing country because an extraordinary team of people believed in the unlimited power of their mind.Nothing is unlimited-not resources or anything else. It is only limited in the human mind... (pp148-9) Oil production in Belize took off in late 2006, peaked in 2010 and remains in steady decline. Probably not my final thoughtsIf the idea of the universe as a complex place that requires understanding makes you uncomfortable, if the idea of bad things happening to good people is a problem for you, then books like The Secret hold the solution. It's offer is that life is simple. Everybody gets exactly what they are due to get, everything works fine just as it is, and you can be in control. This could be a reassuring message for some, particularly since it relives you of the exhausting work of having to appreciate the world, all its interactions and how we are all implicated and bound up with one another - allowing you to get on with the business of being judgemental instead. It doesn't work for me because it requires a pretty contorted view on existence as far as I can tell and its focus on material goods leaves me cold. It also doesn't just recommend ignoring a good chunk of the normal experience of human life but recommends vigorous self censorship to achieve a kind of cargo cult effect - only through the thorough imitation of the assumed thought habits of the rich and famous can one achieve the unlimited power to alter the geology of Belize. I'm left with the odd feeling that the author read Foucault's Pendulum and thought that those guys were really on to something with "The Plan".Is it is surprise that our society throws up a book like The Secret from time to time, and it is apt that it appeared on the eve of a financial crash, a clear and vigorous trumpet blast at odds with complex and shifting reality.
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  • ياسمين ثابت
    January 1, 1970
    قد ايه مؤسف انك تدخل صفحة كتاب زي ده على الجود ريدز تلاقي انه اكبر عدد من الناس قريته واديته ريت وريفيوهاتمؤسف ان كتاب زي ده يشتهر اصلا ويتقرا بل وينزل كتابمؤسف ان في مطابع تعبت نفسها وكلفت نفسها عشان تطلع طبعة انيقة لكتاب قيمته وكلامه اقل بكتيييييييييييييييييير من الورق اللي مكتوب عليهايه ياجدعان السر في كدة؟؟ هو ماحدش قال للحجة روندا ان السر اللي هي قالته احنا عارفينه؟ايه الجديد في الكتاب ده؟ طريقة الشرح المختلفة لافكار اللي موجودة اصلا؟.كل مافي الكتاب من جمل ليها لزمة او فايدة موجود اصلا في د قد ايه مؤسف انك تدخل صفحة كتاب زي ده على الجود ريدز تلاقي انه اكبر عدد من الناس قريته واديته ريت وريفيوهاتمؤسف ان كتاب زي ده يشتهر اصلا ويتقرا بل وينزل كتابمؤسف ان في مطابع تعبت نفسها وكلفت نفسها عشان تطلع طبعة انيقة لكتاب قيمته وكلامه اقل بكتيييييييييييييييييير من الورق اللي مكتوب عليهايه ياجدعان السر في كدة؟؟ هو ماحدش قال للحجة روندا ان السر اللي هي قالته احنا عارفينه؟ايه الجديد في الكتاب ده؟ طريقة الشرح المختلفة لافكار اللي موجودة اصلا؟.كل مافي الكتاب من جمل ليها لزمة او فايدة موجود اصلا في دينا بشكل اوقع واجمل واحسن مليار مرةوباقي الكتاب قمة السخافة والسطحية ومالهاش اي وجود اصلا في الواقعايه العته ده؟اول مرة اقرا كتاب بجد احس انه لا يستحق حتى يتنشر
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  • F
    January 1, 1970
    Someone in work made me read this and i hated it.Shite.
  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    I love The Secret. I watch the DVD whenever I need a shot of happiness. It's basically pretty common sense, what you think about and talk about the most is what you get more of. Where the attention goes, the energy flows. If you constantly talk about being broke, or sick, or depressed, then that's what you will get. Even if you're bank account, health, or mental disposition is not currently where you'd like for it to be, you completely have the power to take one little step at a time in the righ I love The Secret. I watch the DVD whenever I need a shot of happiness. It's basically pretty common sense, what you think about and talk about the most is what you get more of. Where the attention goes, the energy flows. If you constantly talk about being broke, or sick, or depressed, then that's what you will get. Even if you're bank account, health, or mental disposition is not currently where you'd like for it to be, you completely have the power to take one little step at a time in the right direction. No matter how adverse a sitation gets, surely there must be something that makes you happy, something that you are essentially grateful for -- Awesome friends and family, loving pets, a roof over your head, a kick ass music collection, etc. Maybe you can't control everything that others do or say, but you really truly can choose your reaction, you really truly can choose how you want to feel and even though we all face challenges, we can decide to do the best we can with what we've got at any given moment. The secret kind of distills a lot of really heavy but totally useful info compiled from esoteric spiritual and scientific texts into a simplified, easy to practice formula. You get what you think about!
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    In a weak moment I succumbed! It was on sale and I too wanted to know "the secret" Now I know-I just think about checks every day and voila-my mailman will bring them to me! C'mon people, positive thinking has been written about in dozens if not hundreds of books and they were much better written than this drivel! Honestly, the idea that children with cancer bring it upon themselves because they did not envision themselves as healthy or that people who experience earthquakes, famine and flood br In a weak moment I succumbed! It was on sale and I too wanted to know "the secret" Now I know-I just think about checks every day and voila-my mailman will bring them to me! C'mon people, positive thinking has been written about in dozens if not hundreds of books and they were much better written than this drivel! Honestly, the idea that children with cancer bring it upon themselves because they did not envision themselves as healthy or that people who experience earthquakes, famine and flood bring it on themselves is just a bunch of hooey! I guess that is about it. I have to go envision my dinner now cause I don't want to actually have to work on making some-YUK, throw this book in the fireplace so you can get something out of it!
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  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    January 1, 1970
    The Secret, Rhonda Byrne تاریخ نخستین خوانش: اول اکتبر سال 2007 میلادیانگار بیش از آن انتشار یافته است که بتوان در اینجا در باره اش نگاشته اس کاشت، تنها با عنوان «راز» از همین نویسنده: روندا (راندا) برن (روندا بایرن)؛ بیش از یکصد و پنجاه مورد متفاوت یافتم؛ خواستم نخستین نسخه و نخستین مترجم و نخستین انتشاراتی را بیابم همه به سال 1386 برمیگشتند یعنی همان سال 2007 مشهور، که همه جا به ناروا در جایگاه تاریخ انتشار کتابها خودنمایی میکند، اما این فراموشکار یادم است که در سال 1375 نیز در کتابفروشی آن رو The Secret, Rhonda Byrne تاریخ نخستین خوانش: اول اکتبر سال 2007 میلادیانگار بیش از آن انتشار یافته است که بتوان در اینجا در باره اش نگاشته اس کاشت، تنها با عنوان «راز» از همین نویسنده: روندا (راندا) برن (روندا بایرن)؛ بیش از یکصد و پنجاه مورد متفاوت یافتم؛ خواستم نخستین نسخه و نخستین مترجم و نخستین انتشاراتی را بیابم همه به سال 1386 برمیگشتند یعنی همان سال 2007 مشهور، که همه جا به ناروا در جایگاه تاریخ انتشار کتابها خودنمایی میکند، اما این فراموشکار یادم است که در سال 1375 نیز در کتابفروشی آن روزگار پدرام، بازارچه ی فاز نخست اکباتان، که امروزها تغییر کاربری داده، کتاب را دیده بودم؛ با همین شکل و شمایل که در تصویر جلد کتاب هست. ویکیپدیا نخستین برگرداننده کتاب را مهدی قراچه داغی دانسته؛ و در یافته های این فراموشکار؛ کتاب با عنوان: « راز پنهان» با ترجمه نگار مختاری؛ در انتشاراتی رسا؛ در سال 1386 و در 281 ص، چاپ و منتشر شده؛ کتاب براساس فیلمی به همین نام نوشته شده؛ و گویا مبتنی بر قانون جذب است و مدعی؛ که تفکر مثبت می‌تواند نتایجی همانند افزایش ثروت، سلامتی و شادی به همراه بیاورد و زندگی را تغییر دهد؛ دیگر نمیدانم چه بنویسما. شربیانی
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  • نورة عبدالملك
    January 1, 1970
    اخخخخخخ ماذا أقول عن هذا الكتاب؟!!صدقا أشعر بالكمد والغيظ أني دفعت مقابل هذا الكتاب مالا فهو لا يستحق ريالا بل "علك أبو نص:)" !لا أعرف من الذي روج لهذا الكتاب ولا أعرف ما السر الذي وجد في هذا الكتاب لكي يسمى سرالو كان باستطاعتي أن أضع سالب ٥ نجمات لوضعت وأتمنى من جودريدز أن يوفر هذه الخدمة في المستقبل :)عادة حينما أقرأ كتابا فإني أقول لا خسارة حتى لو لم يعجبني فإنه قد يرسخ حكمة أو يصحح لي خطأ أو أستفيد مفردة لغوية جديدة ولكن هذا الكتاب خسارة بما تحمله هذه الكلمة من معنى..كان بإمكان الكاتب أن يخت اخخخخخخ ماذا أقول عن هذا الكتاب؟!!صدقا أشعر بالكمد والغيظ أني دفعت مقابل هذا الكتاب مالا فهو لا يستحق ريالا بل "علك أبو نص:)" !لا أعرف من الذي روج لهذا الكتاب ولا أعرف ما السر الذي وجد في هذا الكتاب لكي يسمى سرالو كان باستطاعتي أن أضع سالب ٥ نجمات لوضعت وأتمنى من جودريدز أن يوفر هذه الخدمة في المستقبل :)عادة حينما أقرأ كتابا فإني أقول لا خسارة حتى لو لم يعجبني فإنه قد يرسخ حكمة أو يصحح لي خطأ أو أستفيد مفردة لغوية جديدة ولكن هذا الكتاب خسارة بما تحمله هذه الكلمة من معنى..كان بإمكان الكاتب أن يختصر كتابه في مقولة مشهورة (تفاءلوا بالخير تجدوه) أما هذا الكتاب فقد دار حول مبدأ الجذب وأعاد وزاد بأسلوب ممل رتيب مكرر فعلا هنا أقول (خير الكلام ما قل ودل) فالحديث ممل ومفصل وفيه تكرار ولا جديد سوى القصص التي كلما قرأت واحدة منها قلت :(يا شيخ خلاص درينا أن مبدأ الجذب شي جميل وغيره؟)عموما تحذير من لم يقرأه أرجوك احذر الاقتراب منه :)
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    The Secret is perhaps best summarized in an entirely separate work, the Strangest Secret, which is an audio presentation by Earl Nightingale where he demands “you must control your thoughts.” Rhonda Byrne then explains by controlling your thoughts and ensuring that they are of a positive nature, anything, in any aspect of life, is achievable. More specifically, The Secret explains that like things attract, so positive, can do thoughts create positive outcomes while negative thoughts would create The Secret is perhaps best summarized in an entirely separate work, the Strangest Secret, which is an audio presentation by Earl Nightingale where he demands “you must control your thoughts.” Rhonda Byrne then explains by controlling your thoughts and ensuring that they are of a positive nature, anything, in any aspect of life, is achievable. More specifically, The Secret explains that like things attract, so positive, can do thoughts create positive outcomes while negative thoughts would create that negative reality.The secret is powerful and if one were to incorporate these ideas into everyday life it would indeed be an unstoppable force. The reality is obvious; if you’re feeling happy you are thinking happy thoughts. What is exciting is to realize that one can use one’s feelings to understand what one is thinking. Further, one can use ones more readily controllable thoughts to affect ones feelings.The Secret teaches us to understand today, create tomorrow, but allow the universe to positively influence us as we project positive energy. My favorite line was likening life to a road trip, at night, from San Fran to New York City. You know where you’re going, but you can only see 200 ft in front of you. Life must be taken as it comes though we can provide it direction. You must stay on track, but deal, positively, with the bumps that come along the way. We must be thankful for all that is presented to us because it defines us.The book goes on to apply the concept of positivity to health, relationships, abundance, thankfulness, and ultimately life. Indeed the point is to be happy now, feel good now.Notes:On Thoughts and Creation:• Nothing can come into your experience unless you summon it thought persistent thoughts.o What are you summoning?• Careful, the thoughts of doubt are powerful too.• Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions• Use Vision boards as ways to visualize your goals• Your power is in your thoughts, “Remember to Remember,” live in the presentOn Feelings and their power:• Our feelings let us know what we’re thinking• Our feelings are feedback mechanisms to us about whether we’re on track or not, whether we’re on course or off course• Bad feelings are a warning from the universe• You’re getting exactly what you’re feeling about, not so much what you’re thinking about• Make a list of Secret Shifters, things to employ when you’re not feeling good or the way you want toHow to live the secret:• What do you want; take time to write that down, you must be clear about what you want.1. Ask, once, than listen2. Believe you’ll get it, know that – Most of us have never allowed ourselves to want what we truly want because we can’t see how it’s going to manifest3. ReceiveOn moving towards a secret centric lifestyle:Most profound reality about living life, knowing where you’re going, but unable to see exactly how it turns out:Driving a car at night, life is SFO to NYC, but you can only really see 200 ft ahead, be ok with that.“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.“All that we are is a result of what we have thought” – Buddha“Pruning shears of revision” –Neville Goddard, 1954—“Each night replay the events of the day; if they didn’t go the way you wanted replay them in a way that thrills you.” --- This cleans up the frequencyOn Thankfulness and gratitude• Know gratitude, be grateful• Praise and bless the things around youOn Relationships:For relationships to really work we need to focus on what we appreciate about the other person, not what we’re complaining aboutOn Health:Laughter attracts joy, rejects negativity and leads to miraculous curesOn Positivity:o “I will never attend an anti-war rally. If you have a peace rally, invite me” – Mother Terresao Use I AM. I am received every good thing, I am happy, I am abundant, I am healthy, I am love, I am always on time, I am eternal youth, I am filled with energy every single day.On life:Joy, love, freedom, happiness, laughter. That’s what it is. Be Happy now, fell good now.
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  • Huda Aweys
    January 1, 1970
    My review in English first and then in Arabic-مراجعتى للكتاب بالانجليزي و بعدها مراجعتى بالعربيProphet Muhammad peace be upon him said: ( expect a good, find a good) So this book talk about what we call :(the law of expectation of good !), so what is the new here !? New here those claims in this book about the ability of humans to control them life, and only ..Without the expense of God and his ability and his will and his control of the volcanoes, rain and the sky and the earth .....! Well, wha My review in English first and then in Arabic-مراجعتى للكتاب بالانجليزي و بعدها مراجعتى بالعربيProphet Muhammad peace be upon him said: ( expect a good, find a good) So this book talk about what we call :(the law of expectation of good !), so what is the new here !? New here those claims in this book about the ability of humans to control them life, and only ..Without the expense of God and his ability and his will and his control of the volcanoes, rain and the sky and the earth .....! Well, what it says in the Koran, there is what it says that God created man to be his successor in universe , and with the faith in God can control the volcanoes, earthquakes and rain, and the earth and the sky and more !, but with the faith in God Almighty and all. , By GOD will, GOD ability not by ourselves or our ability only ,not with out (God)This myth, and the man is not the Lord here anywayGod is not relevant to human , God direct the universe, man is not God, or a part of God, or like God !*****الرسول صلى الله عليه السلام قال تفاءلوا بالخير تجدوهيبقى ايه الجديد هنا فى الكتاب دا ؟؟ الجديد هنا و الخطير ارجاعهم القوة و السيطرة و الارادة الى الانسان و بس ، انهم مخليين الانسان و بس سيد مصيره دون عمل حساب لله عز و جل و لارادته و كأن دا فعلا حقيقي ! كأن الانسان اله نفسه و المسيطر الأول على حياته ! ، في القرآن الكريم بيقول ان ربنا خلقنا لنكون خليفته عز و جل في الأرض و فى حديث قدسي لله عز و جل قال عز عز من قائل : يا ابن آدم .. خلقت كل شئ من اجلك .. فسر في طاعتي يطعك كل شئالانسان فعلا يقدر يسيطر على حياته و يسيطر على اللى ابعد و اكتر من كده بس بارادة ربنا و بقدره و بحكمته ، و دا اللى اصحاب الكتاب دول موش عاملين حسابه و قاعدين يروجوا للخرافه بتاعة الطاقه الكونيه اللي بيظنوا انها اله ما !
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  • Marnie
    January 1, 1970
    Call me jaded, but these people have been drinking the kool aid. Don’t get me wrong- I embrace and appreciate the power of positive thinking and believe that an optimistic frame of mind can go a long way. But, The Secret is a bit extreme. The core of The Secret is the law of attraction, which basically says you attract what you think- think it and it will come. It says that you simply need to ask, believe, and receive whatever you want from the catalog of the universe. One part says, “It is as e Call me jaded, but these people have been drinking the kool aid. Don’t get me wrong- I embrace and appreciate the power of positive thinking and believe that an optimistic frame of mind can go a long way. But, The Secret is a bit extreme. The core of The Secret is the law of attraction, which basically says you attract what you think- think it and it will come. It says that you simply need to ask, believe, and receive whatever you want from the catalog of the universe. One part says, “It is as easy to manifest one dollar as it is to manifest one million dollars.” What?! I could find one dollar from the change that has fallen into my couch cushions. I am hard-pressed to believe that there is one million dollars floating around in there. The Secret would tell me that the million dollars is not in there because I don’t think it is possible for it to be there. My frame of mind is inhibiting me from finding that million dollars. Even the biggest optimist has to get real somewhere along the line. The positive messages of the book really do hold some water. However, what I really didn’t like was that The Secret also says that the tragedies you suffer- a car accident or cancer or a genocide- are because you brought that energy into your life just by thinking about it. You summoned that into your life, the same way you ordered up that new house or that million dollars from the magic catalog of the universe. It is a quick read and the positive messages from it- being grateful for each day, praising yourself & others, filling yourself with love- certainly can contribute to a better world. And that part is something I’ll support.
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  • Randy
    January 1, 1970
    Overall, the Secret, aka, the Law of Atttraction has a great message: like attracts like. This is of course very true in most cases. However, implicit in the teachings of the Secret is the idea that our current place in life is not good enough, that we need to create something in the future that will in turn complete us (better job, more money, new relationship, etc), and make us feel whole. Herein lies the fallacy of the book. For in the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, "Peace exists in the present mo Overall, the Secret, aka, the Law of Atttraction has a great message: like attracts like. This is of course very true in most cases. However, implicit in the teachings of the Secret is the idea that our current place in life is not good enough, that we need to create something in the future that will in turn complete us (better job, more money, new relationship, etc), and make us feel whole. Herein lies the fallacy of the book. For in the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, "Peace exists in the present moment, if you cant find it here, you wont find it anywhere." There is nothing we can do that will "complete" us in the future. Why? Because we are already complete. So it's a fine and wonderful thing to have fun with the LOA, and create the life you want, just don't expect to be satisfied with whatever you create in the future if you are not satisfied Now.
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  • Evgnossia O'Hara
    January 1, 1970
    "You are the masterpieceof your own life.You are the Michelangeloof your own life."I believe! Thank you!
  • Anuradha
    January 1, 1970
    Read this book, they said. It'll change your life, they said. No, I said. I don't want to change my life, I said. You're too cynical, they said. You need more optimism in your life, they said. Fuck you, I said. I wouldn't read this if you paid me to, I said. And I sure as hell don't pay money for this tripe. I mean, come on, do we really need a book to tell us, "hey, guess what? If you do good stuff, good stuff will happen to you?" This woman is making millions off of selling things like this! A Read this book, they said. It'll change your life, they said. No, I said. I don't want to change my life, I said. You're too cynical, they said. You need more optimism in your life, they said. Fuck you, I said. I wouldn't read this if you paid me to, I said. And I sure as hell don't pay money for this tripe. I mean, come on, do we really need a book to tell us, "hey, guess what? If you do good stuff, good stuff will happen to you?" This woman is making millions off of selling things like this! And people are lapping it all up. There's a movie about this? And it spawned sequels? Three sequels? That people fucking bought? What? Wow! Really, humanity? You disappoint me more and more every day.I hate the whole self-help gimmick that people have on going these days. There's the monk who sells his Ferrari. There's the shepherd who travels all the way across the word to realise his destiny was to be a fucking shepherd in the first place. I wanted to rip both those books off from end to end. And then there's this. Thanks, but no thanks. If I had my way, I would burn every single copy of this book in the world. Call me an asshole, call me a bitch, call me whatever the fuck you want, but some books make my blood boil, and this is one of them. Self -help literature, it seems. *rolls eyes and drops mic*
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  • Hussam H Aql
    January 1, 1970
    ..هذا هو السر"الظَّانِّينَ بِاللَّهِ ظَنَّ السَّوْءِ عَلَيْهِمْ دَائِرَةُ السَّوْءِ"(الفتح:6)..كتاب أبهر العالم بأفكاره التي لخصها القرآن قبل أكثر من 1400 عام في آية واحدة!يا لنا من دعاه سيئين لقرآننا العظيم.لكم تمنيت أن يكون الكاتب مسلم، وبرغم ذلك فأنا أرفض التقليل من شأن الكتاب والكاتبة.. يكفيها أنها أكتشفت سر من أسرار القرآن الكريم
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