I realize that this has been touched upon in several other questions, like What is the secret in the movie, "The Secret?"
But I have long been curious about why Rhonda Byrne calls it "The Secret", and goes to great lengths in the beginning to say how the "Secret" was suppressed by "those in power" for centuries, even to the point of having a man that looks a LOT like Charles Haanel in a cigar smoked filled board room, with his cronies, ostensibly keeping the Secret, Secret.
We know that it just does not work that way. Suppressing knowledge of the LOA would weaken the practice of it! Putting the practitioner in a poverty state of consciousness. A lack of abundance.
Why does she call it a closely guarded secret?
This is my personal thought on this (I have no sources or the like), but I feel it's to gain publicity. I feel it's the same reason they removed Abraham Hicks from the film, because it would have caused some people to turn their heads if they had a "channeled entity". The title and atmosphere are very attractive and it seems to be rather popular.
What is LOA? It means different things to different people. I know many on the site believe in it, but it's very likely we all see it and interpret it very differentlly. There really is no "definite" definition for it, in my opinion, and various teachers define it in different ways, even if it's rather subtle.
The Secret was my "introduction" to the idea and it was a good introduction to the ideas. But it doesn't answer enough questions, especially since many encounter it carrying many limitations they don't recognize or feel uncertain on how to change. I don't think it's a "secret" or was deliberately hidden. Maybe in some instances, depending on what kind of definition a person focuses on. Many people seem to believe positive thinking is a major key to overrall happiness, so in that regard it doesn't seem to be a secret. Many people share their understanding of "the power of the mind" whether they say "loa" or not.
answered 09 Dec '12, 15:30
Because it is and still is actually, every thing written about The Law Of Attraction has left out pieces. Even The Secret itself did it again. The closest to the full LOA was Ask and It Is Given.
This is reveled in Your Wish Is Your Command.
Henry Ford when he read Napoleon Hill's original 1927 manuscript threw a fit and demanded it edited! The 1929 edition of The Sixteen Laws Of Success came after that. Even still Henry Ford demanded it edited more so it became the really watered down book Think and Grow Rich.
So even when books were written like The Sixteen Laws, The Science of Getting Rich, The Secret Of The Ages, all had key parts edited out on purpose.
This is why it is called The Secret.
answered 09 Dec '12, 13:32
I think that within our society of self-imposed limitations, the word 'secret' has a natural attractive quality of its own, especially in the area of financial abundance; so it makes sense to use 'The Secret' for marketing purposes. So many people are trapped within the idea of poverty because they've bought into other people's beliefs concerning things like hard work, and the outdated viewpoint and faulty assumption that we live in a mechanical universe.
The Secret introduced the idea that we live in an attraction based universe and that you are in control of whatever you receive and experience in your world through your thoughts, beliefs and feelings. That's a great place to start because it offers an opportunity, for those who are ready, to move beyond their self-limiting belief systems and places them in a position of power.
However, as with the original version of 'Think And Grow Rich,' the word vibration was not allowed to be used in 'The Secret' movie, audio and book; thus rendering it slightly inaccurate and incomplete. I guess the publishers live in fear and hold a belief in lack; a state in which they believe that if others gain, then they will lose. Again, this is merely an expression of a self-limiting belief system in action.
I read that Abraham-Hicks refused to participate further unless the word vibration was included because we really do live in a Universe of vibrational attraction. And as the word vibration was not allowed, Abraham-Hicks pulled out of the deal. Thus, their exit wasn't to do with the idea of channeled information; it was concerning fear of people getting to the root cause of what makes reality tick, fear of the masses being truly self-empowered.
If you think about it, the act of Abraham-Hicks pulling out of ‘The Secret’ helped them to attract an even larger audience and spread their messages even wider, so the publisher’s plan to keep people in darkness didn’t work anyway. At least that’s what happened from my point of view. It’s all about resonance my friends, believe it ♥
answered 09 Dec '12, 21:40
I can tell you why it was released to the public in the first place..
PART ELEVEN MASTER KEY SYSTEM ~ Charles Haanel 26. We are standing on the threshold of a new era. The time has arrived when man has learned the secrets of mastery and the way is being prepared for a new social order, more wonderful than anything ever heretofore dreamed of. The conflict of modern science with theology, the study of comparative religions, the tremendous power of new social movements, all of these are but clearing the way for the new order. They may have destroyed traditional forms which have become antiquated and impotent, but nothing of value has been lost.
I agree with most of what has been said here. However I still contend that the wealthy and powerful, understand the Law of Abundance. That keeping the Secret, a secret is incorrect. That concept would go against the basics of Abundant thinking.
They certainly want to keep processes, how they make and then patent certain things, their intellectual property, even how they wield power, secret to avoid competition, but the basic idea of LOA has never been withheld by those who understand it.
I can guarantee that IF the wealthy/powerful really wanted to keep it suppressed, it would never see the light of day from Rhonda Byrne or anyone else.
The idea of the wealthy/powerful keeping LOA-type processes secret is in my opinion, a widespread limiting belief shared by too many less successful people. Likely Rhonda Byrne DID call it The Secret as a publicity idea, and it worked well enough to get a LOT of people on the Path!
The beginning of "The Secret" went to some lengths to state that "The Secret" had been suppressed for millennia. This was a way to hook people into watching the rest of the DVD which had nothing to do with "The Secret" being suppressed.
If you want to be wealthy/powerful, don't envy the way they got there. Get off the idea that people are being suppressed in this respect. The Secret is now and always has been hidden in plain sight. Those that are ready, understand this.
For some as yet not understandable reason, we have many metaphors that have been proven to be dysfunctional. Work hard and you will be successful. This can lead some to believe that since they work hard, do everything right, make highly moral choices and are still not successful that the rich must be doing something evil, that the rich are suppressing a Secret that could make everyone successful.
Why would they do that? Though the rich may not understand the LOA by definition, they understand how to use it, and that we live in an abundant universe. They understand this very, very well. They see possibilities everywhere.
I was recently approached by a man who told me that "my people" were suppressing "his people" for our gain. My response was to ask him what did "his people" have that "my people" wanted?
Perhaps it may be more understandable that if everyone had a higher standard of living, more money, the rich would sell more products. Everyone benefits! Everyone moves up a notch.
Henry Ford understood this very well. He paid his assembly line workers a very high wage so they could buy his cars. He was not an educated man and his decisions were based on intuition.
Most of the problems with the early "Secret tellers" came from organized religion that disagreed with the presentation. The concept that God dwells within us. This went against their beliefs.
Jerry Hicks once pondered if he should be buying expensive cars. Then he realized how many people benefited from his purchase. All the people who had a part in building and marketing his cars.
I am painting with a broad brush here. There are certainly instances where people have been repressed, they still are. But please don't use this as a personal reason that you, in particular, are being targeted. No, not true! You have set your foot on the Path. See your "excuses" as limiting beliefs that you can chanage.
You and only you are limiting yourself. Down deep, you know this is how it is.
answered 16 Dec '12, 09:28
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