The Secret: Is It the Real Deal?
A theory about the power of positive thinking draws adherents -- and controversy.
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"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
The Secret Cure?
Secret teacher John Assaraf, CEO of OneCoach, a San Diego-based
consulting firm that helps entrepreneurs and small-business owners increase
their profits, says he harnessed the power of The Secret to cure his
ulcerative colitis, a debilitating condition marked by inflammation of the
colon and diarrhea.
At age 21, Assaraf was taking 20 pills a day, receiving shots of steroids,
and undergoing two enemas per day to treat the condition. Frustrated by this
regimen, he began to visualize his body as healthy, recite daily affirmations,
meditate, and eat a bland diet replete with vitamins and minerals. He even
dumped his pills in the ocean.
"In three weeks, my symptoms started to get significantly better, and by
five weeks, I was back to normal," recalls Assaraf, who talks about this in
the book and movie version of The Secret. "For me, this was a great
awakening of the power of the mind and my first real lesson that everything is
energy -- and that my thoughts control the energy and vibrations in my body and
that all the cells in my body respond to these thoughts," says the author
of The Street Kid's Guide to Having It All.
According to Assaraf, our thoughts and environment can reverse and prevent
disease despite what is in our genes.
"We all have within us the ability to heal ourselves," he says.
"We have an incredible pharmacy in our brain that can produce more potent
chemicals than any drug known to man," he says. By contrast,
"consistent negative thoughts send consistent negative chemicals into the