The Secret

Katherine - posted on 03/12/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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The Law of Attraction is a metaphysical New Thought belief that "like attracts like”, that positive and negative thinking bring about positive and negative physical results, respectively. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] According to the Law of Attraction, the phrase "I need more money" allows the subject to continue to "need more money". If the subject wants to change this they would focus their thoughts on the goal (having more money) rather than the problem (needing more money). This might take the form of phrases such as "I will make more money" or "I will find a job that pays very well".
It also incorporates "vision" boards. One man created one with different things he wanted and looked at it everyday. 10 years later he found a house and renovated it. His son found a box with his "vision" boards in it and low and behold the house was the exact same one he envisioned.

What do you think? Can you invoke things just by positive thinking?

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Some things in our lives need to happen for us to grow and learn. We need to experience it for reasons we may not understand at the time, but will mold us into who we are and teach us what we need to know in the future. No matter how positive you are, bad things can still happen. Just so we can learn from it.

Mrs. - posted on 03/12/2011

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I don't think the theories are absolute, as far as the like thinking is concerned, though it can't hurt.



One thing about the book that I found a bit well, off...



A good friend of mine, her mother has MS and wasn't doing well at the time this book came out. Everyone kept telling her that if only her mother read The Secret she'd get well. She got really tired of people telling her this.



I was also going through a rough patch in my chronic illness as well. People kept saying the same thing to me.



Sometimes the hype that surrounds the whole positive thinking/Secret stuff seemed to go so overboard people began thinking they can cure all their illnesses. Not only that, they could hold the tact when speaking with people who had MS or incurable chronic illnesses.



Positive thinking is awesome, dreaming is great...I know it can be an excellent healer. I just don't think it can invoke healing from some disease in some people.

Alyssa - posted on 03/12/2011

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My motto has always been "Attitude". It has an effect on everything we do.

If you want somthing bad enough, it will come as long as you work at it. Nothing annoys me more than dreamers who say they want something but don't take the steps to achieve it. The perfect example...buying Lotto tickets. The money is wanted, but it is trying to be gained the easy way and nothing is learned.

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Johnny - posted on 03/13/2011

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I have to agree with Krista & Rebecca. Positive thinking can make a contribution to improving one's situation, but it is not always the case. The Secret was a big thing when two of my closest friends were diagnosed with colon cancer. I heard from a few of its disciples that they needed to think more positively. Ha! Hearing that just made me angry. Especially in reference to people struggling with a terminal illness. One who had a positive enough outlook to still get married 5 months before she died and the other who went and volunteered counseling PTSD sufferers in Croatia for 3 months before she had to come home to die.

I am a big believer in positivity. I think people need to recognize that it doesn't always change the outcome of something, but it can change your experience.

Katherine - posted on 03/13/2011

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Yes,Krista that's sort of one of the things I don't agree with. One of the arguments is that it's very close to Scientology :O

So they were saying if you got into a car accident it was your fault for not thinking positively enough, or invoking bad things to happen to you.

Krista - posted on 03/13/2011

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I agree with Rebecca. I think that positive thinking can be a great positive force in someone's life, but we have to be careful with the corollary. If someone is in a bad situation, and having trouble getting out, do they really need to hear that it's basically their own fault because they're not thinking positively enough?

Alyssa - posted on 03/12/2011

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For me there is a huge difference between Dreaming and Goals.
Dreaming is something you would like to happen, it might or might not be impossible. Dreams have no real measure and the person might not know exactly how to achieve it even if it is possible.

Goals on the other hand is something that is measurable, well thought through, planned and most importantly ACHIEVABLE!

We tend to spend most of our time dreaming but in fact goals is where our focus should be. Focussing on realistic goals can help take away the sadness of unrealistic dreams....Who knows maybe our goals can make up the dream?

Jascinta - posted on 03/12/2011

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i love this stuff. yes i believe it- not so good at keeping it up though lol.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 03/12/2011

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I have that book, and seen the movie in 2008,

I think you can, some people accredit the wonderful things in their life to praying and God delivering it to them (whatever it may be) and that is all fine and dandy, I have prayed, but I have also thought about things I really wanted or needed and with out praying to GOD directly, I still got what I needed and/or wanted, or experiencing something, so as I said before I think you can with positive thought.
The only thing that some have to realize it that its not going to magically appear in your hands the moment you ask for whatever/whomever, and it can takes days and/or years.

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