The Secret

41 ratings since posting on Monday, March 12, 2007
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its just ok
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The Secret
My daughter actually owns it. I read it, I loved it. Good read if you want to understand yourself and seek answers. - Cherryl , posted 03/27/11
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Fantastic
Use it every day with great success! Works for me! - Goddess Rebecca , posted 09/19/07
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new age propagande and lies mixed with truth
The film "The Secret" could have easily been produced by the PTB (Powers That Be) as it works more in their favor and people swallow it without questioning it at all, making them even more selfish by focusing on the "I", consumerism. personal tunnel vision and by avoding the "unpleasant " aspects of reality. It's always cleverly done as well. Mix some basic "good-feel" apects with some distortion and lies and you got a good package to control teh masses. Religion works this way as does the whole "new age" business.
The level of Narcissism and material self-indulgence in the US seems to be at an ultimate high where no one seems to care about anything really, except themselves, with a kind of shallow and superficial pseudo spirituality rising which promotes avoidance rather confronting of issues. ( as heavily promoted by such films as "The Secret").

Hey, and don't forget to send some copies of "The Secret" to Iraq, since the Iraqi people obviously attracted that war becasue of their thought and beliefs. Poor little bastards, they should have known better. To bad they can't watch Oprah!

"The Secret" is full on new age propaganda, distracting and manipulating the mind of the massses, who blindly believe anythign that coems down the new age pipeline, very simialr to the fundamenatal christian mindset.

Here's a film Oprah should endorse at here show and should be sold at Whole Foods. I wonder why not....

www.zeitgeistmovie.com - Unsubscribed , posted 08/28/07
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Woof.
I can stomach watching it. It makes me feel weird inside. - Unsubscribed , posted 08/28/07
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Amway for the soul
I checked out this movie after several people said "You have to see this!" I was bored of all the materialistic crap after 15 minutes and struggled to watch 45 minutes of it. It is so typical of our "instant gratification" society and reeks of brain-washing for materialistic people. The books "Creative Visualization" and "Creating True Prosperity" by Shakti Gawain are much better examples of a spiritual approach to the "Law of Attraction." - , posted 08/28/07
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Totally non-scientific
I can't get past anything that says "scientifically proven". That is such an oxymoron, to me it shows that there were absolutely no scientists involved whatsoever. You learn in Science 101, that science never proves anything. Our entire hypothesis testing system is based on setting up null hypotheses and then 'failing to reject' or 'rejecting' it, never 'accepting the alternative and proving your point'. Even gravity hasn't been 'proven'.
Scientifically proven == no scientist was involved in making these statements.

For the record, I have no issues with positive thinking, and science does back it up (the placebo effect is real and measurable). And framing in correct scientific speak would have given the film more credibility. But as soon as I see 'scientifically proven' I think of 'quackery' and elixirs and magic potions. - Julia , posted 04/24/07
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Brain washing alert!!!
I almost fell asleep several times when watching the Secret. It was boring and superficial.
Power of thought is deffinitely good to be reminded of, but the Secret only talks about all the money you can make or material things you can obtain. There are more important things to wish for than that...
Everything was repeated and repeated over and over again. I do not like when people try to brainwash me.
My advice to anyone wanting to see this movie is: Unless you want to be bored to death, atempted to be brain washed and irretated by the superficialness(should be a word), do NOT see this movie. - Stephanie (aka shee) , posted 03/29/07
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Some good, some bad!
I like the idea, I did not like the presentation. It focuses too much on money, success and money are not always the same thing. Success comes in many forms. You can envision something a thousand times and still not receive it. Life is not that simple. However, the basic idea of thinking positive and you will attract positive can work. I think they simplified the presentation too much. What the Bleep was much better, more complex, yet just as simple to grasp. Hopefully, it will reach the people it needs to and affect them positively. - Unsubscribed , posted 03/21/07
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Mcdonald's for the soul
Its the fast food nations version of spirituality, full of grease and empty carbs - Unsubscribed , posted 03/21/07
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I was DONE with it in 20 minutes
talk about being brain washed. Just wait until you see what they are up to next. There is way more to life then sitting wishing for houses, land, cars and crap that doesnt matter. How bout PEACE? What ever happened to LOVE of MANKIND.

This movie sucked ass and the next one they cam up with will such ass even more - Unsubscribed , posted 03/21/07
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Newsweek
Newsweek did a piece on 'the Secret' last week. I think its an excellent article. you can check it out at:
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/173148.../newsweek/ - , posted 03/20/07
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What do you have to lose?
I've been working with the law of attraction since 1978 and now in bigger ways.
It seems so simple and yet not that easy to practice. Give it a try in small ways and find out for yourself. I started by buying a backpack for books because I wanted to go to college. No one in my family had ever attended college and I didn't even know how to register. One thing led to another and I carried my books across the campus in that backpack.. The Universe reached out as I took a step and helped me carry my desire farther than I had ever anticipated. I have a graduate degree and am working in the field I love. Marisol - Marisol , posted 03/19/07
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Nothing like giving a review to a book/film that you haven't read/seen.
Referring to an above "review". Talk about " a crock." . This movie has some great basic life lessons in it. Why it's getting pounced upon is beyond me. I had the fortunate good luck to attend a seminar by Mike Dooley, who appears in the film. It truly opened my eyes - and my mind. This film has ultimately only positive things to say about life and living. Why get your panties in a wad over it? Get over yourselves, already... - James , posted 03/16/07
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Rubbed me very WRONG: This film had a polarizing effect, and i'm glad to be on the other side.
I could only stomach 20 minutes of it... and i saw it for free on the web... very glad i didn't contribute to its coffers. One glaring faux pax is the filmmaker's assumption that success is mainly determined by material gain... and even if gathered through spiritual or pro-active means (for internal justification, empowerment, whatever...), its still Materialism! I didn't see enough of the movie to learn if it eventually softens up on this me-me-me thing, but based on the first several scenes, hey, it may be fashionably new age and all, but its still greed... its kinda like Pirates of the Caribbean somehow glossing over the dirty deeds of so-called "good" pirates... as if their thefts and murders were less mortal than those of the less-dashing, ugly or evil-possessed pirates...
And oh yes, both movies were smashing successes... (and must be "giving people what they want".... especially those easily enthralled by stories of sudden riches... envisioning themselves inside such a story. The Secret (at least the 20 minutes that i could stomach) seemed centered upon successes gained through a sort of spiritual piracy, and much less concerned with the general "order of things" in the world... seemed a bit too philosophically self-centered... missing the point of how every living person's individual struggle is part of a grand ethical equation where the same rules 'should' apply to every-body (like if there was a true democracy)... and while it would be cool if there was such a thing as alchemy.... and alchemy of opportunity... I think its socially destructive (and culturally irresponsible) to encourage people to put their energies into trying to "attract" miracles like this... as opposed to putting real effort into analyzing and perfecting the INTEGRITY of exactly what it is that they're trying to achieve, the integrity of their plan of action, their actual work, and finally how to spend and distribute their profits with integrity, if and when successful....
So why are individual works like this actually destructive in the larger cumulative scale? Preaching to those wanting something for nothing... like the televangelist hawking salvation... starts treading into dangerous territory once such a thing becomes mass-successful, introducing crowd mentality... at which point the thing becomes its own entity, further corruptible... (a "brand", a corporation... a cult leader or a political candidate).... When i heard it was embraced by Oprah, that's when it really peaked my curiosity, and sounded my skeptic alarm. But whether its self-help guides, all-out religion, or most especially, something so impressionable as entertainment (via illusion, false hopes or non-sustainability): Giving people what they want... (or what they want to hear) is surely not always a good thing. This film obviously has a very polarizing effect, and i'm glad to be on the other side. - Greg , posted 03/16/07
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Mass Media Introduction
I read a book years ago that expressed the concepts/theories in a more detailed manner. "The Liers Prayer" by Gregory Flood.
The movie is basicly a mass media introduction thinking which is in fact over a centuary old.
In a culture that uses slogans to transmit ideas and concepts this is as good as it gets. - Angel , posted 03/16/07
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Great movie
Great movie. Watch it with an open mind. - Unsubscribed , posted 03/14/07
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It's an introduction!
The movie did exactly what it was suppose to do: introduce a large number of people to the concepts. Not surprisingly, a large number of people, well almost all, are materialistic. If you say to someone that a new way of life will change their life, the first thing they want to know is what "things" will it bring. "Will it bring me a new car? I really need one!"or "Will it make me rich?", etc. Most folks don't respond well to "It will bring you such enlightenment!"

Also, introductions make you MORE interested in a subject. So if you want to get deeper into the study, then you seek out the numerous materials already written on the subject, by many of the people featured in the movie. Yes, applying the Law of Attraction is simple, but not EASY, just like meditating for an hour is simple, but surely not easy.

As already said in the movie, "The Secret" is not a secret. We do now live in the information age where we "the masses" have more information thrown at us faster than we can think of it. This movie presents some bit of information we may not have known or have forgotten. - Nandi , posted 03/14/07
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I liked it and I didn't
I'm giving "the movie" an average grade because I don't believe the concepts were approached correctly. But that's not to say the philosophy is invalid as a result. There's no use knocking the message due to the messenger. Watching the movie I was keenly aware that it's method of indoctrination was through simple testimonial repetition with an obvious appeal aimed to inspire materialism, which is pretty tedious and perhaps even disingenuous. However, I'm willing to overlook it from the perspective that the film makers aren't particularly gifted in their craft and defaulted to this ham-handed style of story telling - like that would ever happen.

Most critics entirely miss the point that this methodology is not about simply applying the Pollyanna principle and suddenly things magically appear at will. That's the ironic inside joke. Even a psyche 101 class can very easily make a case for the power of positive thinking and how it leads to intentions and outcomes that are seemingly effortless but clearly are not, though it's charming and a bit fun to believe otherwise. Essentially, if you think you're happy you are, and your actions will support and propel your happiness in all aspects of endeavor. Which means your focused thought will inspire actions that will bring about what you seek no matter how indirect it may seem. Where on the other hand if you're miserable you'll spawn misery, pain, failed venture, isolation, etc., etc.

Simply put this *Secret* method is essentially the dynamics of devised self-fulfilling prophecy with the added bonus of an optimistic outlook to propel you forward with charismatic self-assuredness. You don't have to like the movie, but at the very least the subject is worthy of exploration and applying as a portion of ones overall philosophy and efforts to lead a balanced and productive life. - Unsubscribed , posted 03/14/07
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just don't - pani*licious , posted 03/14/07
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not my cup o tea
i belive that the concepts presented in this film are not such a secret... the way it was presented made me feel ill... and like someone else has posted, seemed to me like an infomercial for the spiritually lacking. it somehow seemed like it was geared towards the religously in"fad"icated ...not really very deep. i would'nt watch it again. - Unsubscribed , posted 03/14/07
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haven't seen it...
... and i will NOT see it... i won't give these people a dime of my money... i find the entire thing insulting and ridiculous...

i was stupid enough to get talked into seeing "what the %*#$^ do we know" and i am still pissed off those bastards got my money...

there is nothing wrong with positive thinking, good intention and consciousness... but when you market it to the point of nausea i find it disgusting...

it's very easy for the entitled to buy this shit... first world, economically-enabled, "enlightened" prickbastards have a lot of nerve telling everybody else that if you just "think positive" you will get your heart's desires...

if this crap worked so well all the happy, positive, poor people in the world wouldn't suffer...

did every jew in europe of the 30's and 40's think so negatively that they deserved to be dehumanized and slaughtered? did all the women in the balkans conflict ask to be brutalized and raped because they weren't properly "attuned to the universe"? can we blame somalia and rwanda on "bad intention"? do the citizens of baghdad just need to "lighten up" as they run for cover from the carbombs?

i hope all the people responsible for schilling this book and movie choke on the money they are pulling in... - Unsubscribed , posted 03/13/07
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I use it as a refresher
I had learned about the "secret" years ago, but perceiving the world from my mind ocassionally takes its toll on my positive thinking. Last summer I got a copy of this film and began sharing it with friends who brought it up. Everytime I watch it I'm reminded of a different very impactful concept for my life's miraculous experience.
I am so greatful that this information has been spread to the masses in this way. "What the Bleep" did not spread quite so far and wide so fast, so it's a blessing that this film has. It is changing lives everyday. This was really needed!!! - meggio , posted 03/13/07
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"Best restaurant in the city," "Excellent Service"
Positive thinking. It's the mom and apple pie of ideas. How can anyone be against it? I like to think good things, who doesn't. No problem there. It's when you wrap it as some kind of hermetic knowledge that very few have access to and make an infomercial that looks like the Da Vinci code as imagined by self-help marketing types and you go on and on and on about the shallowest platitudes as if they were some kind of deep spiritual knowledge.... Well, I guess if you need that, if Chicken Soup for the Soul has helped you out in your life (yes, the guy who wrote that is in this infomercial too), well, what can I say, enjoy.


But The Secret does work: the guys who made it visualized a mob of gullible people buying the DVD, the inspirational tapes and the spiritual retreats and they attracted exactly that. So maybe they're right. - Dr. Fiasco , posted 03/13/07
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Don't drink the Kool-aid !! - onlineJeffrey , posted 03/13/07
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coporate hype...
tried to watch the full movie twice....new age misconecptions with alot of hot air...
Watch 4 what you wish for!!! you just might get it!!!
Real secret is learning that you don't need to exploit this world for your enjoyment! - Living , posted 03/13/07
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Better then average, not great.
I like the underlying message, that thoughts create. Pretty accurate in my personal, anecdotal experience.

But the packaging was a little too trite for my tastes. I'd say I liked "What the Bleep" better, because it was novel in it's approach. Creative. Secret was a little too predictable for my liking.

Still, I recommend it as a way of opening to new ideas! I'll give it a 4.

Amma - Unsubscribed , posted 03/13/07
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the knowledge reveled?
This is just a single part of a series. The others are "what the bleep do we know" & "futher down the rabbit hole" . The blue or The red "Neo welcome to the matrix".

"teach what you know to those who do not know" - DARRIN `~` , posted 03/13/07
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Creating waves of ...
I liked the movie. It wasn't anything new for me, but I think it may open others eyes to the power of positive thinking. What harm can it do? - Unsubscribed , posted 03/13/07
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A load of old shite
Some open minds need to be closed for repairs.

If you fall for this... absolute BOLLOCKS you, frankly, deserve to be fleeced. Pseudoscientific babble dressing up ancient ideas that were bullshit long before The Secret was a glint in these shyster's collective eyes.

Kudos for an excellent viral marketing campaign but please. This is a load of toss.

PS. If their positive thinking attracts more positive thinking, how do you explain this bad review? - GRIM , posted 03/14/07
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Why isn't there a zero rating option?
I'm so tired of this pseudoscience crap. I watched the first 20 min of the movie on Youtube to see what all the talk is about, and it is loaded with terms which imply that this "law" is somehow supported by science. Examples include it's a "law of the universe," it's "scientifically proven," and a comparison is made to the law of gravity. The two "quantum physicists" that speak do not say anything which is accepted as fact based (or even as good theory) by modern science and another speaker states that "no one knows what electricity is." Ugh. Please, if you're interested in quantum physics (or electricity) go take some university classes on the subject.

I'm not trying to harsh any one's mellow, go ahead and think all the happy thoughts you can stand, but fabricating a scientific basis to legitimize this stuff can have no other purpose than to push book and/or film sales (and it's unethical). - Unsubscribed , posted 03/13/07
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7 thumbs up!
I found this movie to be very helpful. Much more helpful and encouraging than say, buying an Ace Ventura Movie. No one complains about spending hundreds of dollars on mindless entertainment, but try to sell something worthwhile and suddenly the sheep fly into a frenzy. Oh well *shrug* - Delilah , posted 03/13/07
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Consumer-grade Mumbo Jumbo - Noah , posted 03/13/07
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word up
to the previous posters. if you need larry king, oprah, and a well organized cabal of self help marketers to tell you to buck up and think positively, than odds are you are the demographic that was being sought in the first place (which is to say, insecure and easily manipulated like 99 percent of the people in the US) - lance , posted 03/13/07
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Im so glad not everyone thinks this movie is the new bible
I have to agree that it promotes materialism. I felt that right away. It only points out very shallow points of this subject. Leaving out way too much. But then again, maybe that's the level of the these movie maker types. I really don't know why Im evening commenting other then to say that the "crock o'rama" comment summed it up for me too. Im not a fan. I watched it once and definetly have no desire to watch it again. It would have been better if they made a movie about Charles Haanal's book, " The Amazing Secrets of the Yogi" - ஓ miahlikemaya , posted 03/13/07
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Not so much of a secret
Great marketing ploy. The problem with this is that what's being packaged and marketed as "The Secret" is not so much of a secret anyways... The "secret" message has always been around for those who paid attention. - indie-go , posted 03/13/07
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crock o' rama
the secret is a crock! a clever marketing ploy to get people to buy it to make the filmmakers rich. it promotes the inflation of illusion instead the understanding and acceptance of realtiy. don't buy into this delusion. it promotes materialism blatantly, and it is that kind of belief in external fulfillment that is destroying our spirits as well as our ability to live sustainable existences on this earth. - jεnnalεx , posted 03/14/07
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open mind, open universe - Heidi , posted 03/12/07
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Did you hear???
They are taking the word gullable out of the dictionary... - jeff , posted 03/12/07
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You'll have to watch it MANY times.
I suggest buying this movie to have and watch whenever you need a refresher. It is so FULL of gems that you can't possibly absorb it all in one viewing.

And definitely go to the settings and watch "with commentary." Rhonda Byrne is inspiring and really boils it all down to the really important stuff. - Diane , posted 03/12/07
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Daily Dose of Brainwash
No matter what you choose to convince yourself of, human beings inevitably operate on conditioning to a certain extent. As for myself, I wanna choose what I am conditioned to believing, and I watch this DVD almost everyday to wash my brain clean! - Awen , posted 03/12/07
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