Recently, I received a surprising phone call from my dad...
"Hey kid, my new girlfriend has me reading this book called The Secret," he said. "Have you heard of it? It’s all the shit you say. You gotta check it out."
And so I did.
Ah, I love irony. The Secret is all about how to live a life you truly desire. It turns out “the secret” is the Law of Attraction.
Ok, let me pause here. This book came out in 2002. Apparently, there was a bit of fanfare on Oprah about it and a movie was made and so on.
I apologize that I missed all of this. I suppose I wasn’t ready. However, it’s relevant now, so please allow me to continue to meld these ideas together. It benefits you — I promise.
Some of my favorite excerpts from The Secret:
“The law of attraction says like attracts like, so when you think a thought, you are also attracting like thoughts to you.”
“Most people are thinking about what they don’t want. And they’re wondering why it shows up over and over again.”
“You have a choice, and whatever you choose to think will become your life experience.”
Ok, I get it. It’s heady. It’s large. It’s revolutionary. First off, you might be tempted or thrust into recalling all the shit that has happened to you in which you felt that you were the victim.
Look, dude. I hate to tell you this, but you had a part in it. I know that sucks. But it’s true. I know because I, too, have suffered some remarkably painful stuff, but when I look at it, really look at it, I was no victim. Never once. Even as a child with my sister, I had a hand in what went down.
The Secret says that nothing can come into your experience unless you summon it through persistent thoughts. Then, from this exploration of The Secret and also related to my latest infatuation with Danielle LaPorte, I've been led to Abraham-Hicks. They hold the keys to the Law of Attraction.
Here are some quotes from them that resonated with me in such a natural way that I can’t even put it into words.
“Most of us attract by default. We just think that we don’t have any control over it. Our thoughts and feelings are on autopilot, and so everything is brought to us by default.”
Abraham-Hicks say that the basis of our life is freedom and the purpose of our life is Joy. This struck a chord so relevant with me that I heard a choir of angels rejoicing in Hallelujah when I read it. They add that the best way to use our skills of creation, which most of us have forgotten we even have, is to set aside time everyday to do a “workshop.”
Perhaps it’s 15 minutes. The rest of the day, we should be gathering data about what brings us joy. Then in this workshop time, we should be in a place that brings us joy. We should get into a joyful, emotionally connected state and then issue strong thoughts about what brings us joy. This, they say, is how we can attract into our existence that which we most desire.
Ok, I know this all sounds a bit over the top in terms of simplicity.
But what have we got to lose?
A crappy, negative way of thinking? I mean, at worst, you’re setting yourself up for a very positive meditation state everyday. How can that hurt? I’m going for it.
Yep. I’m going to try this baby on for size and see how it fits.
Care to join me? Great. Tell me what brings you Joy... Yes, let’s start right here, right now. Let’s start by cultivating a list of everything in your life that brings you joy...