The "conversation" about the film and book, "The Secret" continues unabated. As expected, there is a lot of resistance to the concept of The Law of Attraction from those who come from a "conventional wisdom" worldview. There is also, to be sure, some truth to some of the criticism of the material and how is has been presented.
There is a something to be said for the fact that the initial awareness of the concepts included in "The Secret" can lead to resistance. The first time I heard that I had the ability to direct my own thoughts and feelings to produce my desires, I recoiled in disbelief. It took a while, but I finally got it.
So we can expect that many will be skeptical, even cynical, regarding these ideas. Oprah and everyone else connected with, or supporting the project will be criticized, even demonized.
As Schopenauer said: "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
The same might be said for the spiritual/psycholigical concepts in "The Secret." They have been largely the purview of New Thought adherents and a few others (including sports psychologists, mind-body medical practitioners) for the past hundred or so years. Now they are coming into the mainstream in a larger way and the resistance is showing.
This Sunday, I will speak on the topic "Secret - What Secret?" at the Westlake Church of Religious Science at 10:00 AM. I will examine the conflicts and attempt to look beyond the materialistic focus of "The Secret" to a more profound use of the principles - the bring one closer to his or her own spiritual nature.
If you are in the area, stop by - visit www.WestlakeCRS.org for directions.
Love and Light,