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 Jennifer Warner
Rather than letting fear and anxiety restrict your life choices and leave
you in a rut, experts say you can look at a midlife crisis as an opportunity
for personal growth.
Linda Sapadin, author of Master Your Fears: How to Triumph over Your Worries
and Get on with Your Life, recommends these steps for using a midlife crisis to
Do one gutsy thing. Do something despite feeling uncomfortable or fearful
about it. "That's one way to move outside of your comfort...
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.