Imagine if all successful people knew something that you didn't -- something
that enabled them to amass tremendous amounts of riches and live long, healthy,
happy, and potentially disease-free lives.
Well, they just might, according to a hot new self-help book and a
documentary DVD aptly titled The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. The
Secret boasts a growing list of disciples including talk show host Oprah
Winfrey. It basically takes the power of positive thinking to a higher
By Helen Kirwan-Taylor
Many years ago I had a falling-out with a girlfriend that proved so painful, I can hardly talk about it today. My friend (let's call her Mary) was a colorful television personality and had the world at her feet. She was engaged to a handsome European, and her face was plastered across the newspapers. I was working for 60 Minutes at the time, and we often met for lunch. Then one day her show was canceled and she asked me - casually, as though it didn't really matter...
Envisioning What You Want Will Help You Attract It
In a nutshell, if you think it, want it, and feel it, it can be yours --
whether it's good health, a new BMW, or even a spot on American Idol.
According to Byrne and many who teach the tenets of The Secret, such
luminaries as Plato, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Beethoven, Einstein, and many
more all knew this.
The Secret is really quantum physics in action, explains Anne Taylor,
the Cleveland-based author of Secrets of Attraction and Quantum
"The Secret is the law of attraction and that's about
energy," she tells WebMD.
Like Attracts Like
According to quantum physics, we all project measurable energetic
frequencies or vibrations, she explains. "We project energy in our
emotions, beliefs, and thoughts, and that is really the source of what and who
we attract and the basis of our sense of well-being," she says.
"If I am always depressed, that's what I project in my energy field --
and I attract people and situations that are even more depressing," she
says. "It's about matching energies."
The Secret is "not wishing for something and thinking about it
and focusing on it, it's about understanding and perhaps changing our personal
energy," she says.
Take infertility, for example. "If you are urgent and desperate to
achieve something like having a baby, then that urgency and desperation will
sabotage your intention," she says. "You need to try to release the
urgency. You will become more fertile and more likely to conceive if you are
relaxed, not anxious, and not obsessing."
The Law of Attraction Plus Action
Amy Applebaum, a Los Angeles-based life coach and certified hypnotherapist,
puts it this way: "The law of attraction is about attracting what you want.
Like a magnet, you attract what you focus on," she tells WebMD.
"If you focus on the negative or the problems in your life, your life
will be 'the problem.' But if you focus on solutions and what you want, your
life will be 'the solution,'" says Applebaum, author of the forthcoming
Bootcamp for Your Mind.
But, she cautions, "you don't get what you want just by sitting in a
room and thinking about what you want. The key to all of this is action: Your
actions must be in alignment with your thinking," she says. "Without
it, you are sitting on the couch, dreaming up your life, but nothing is getting