I thought it would be convenient to reserve the first ever book review in Magnificent Magazine to discuss Rhonda Byrne’s best-seller The Secret, one of the books that sparked heated debate worldwide since its release over a year now.
The quote mentioned above- “What you think about you bring about”- sums up the meaning of the Law of Attraction, the essence of the book and referred to by its authors as “the most powerful law in the universe”.
Co-authored by a number of specialists in fields varying from life coaching, psychology, quantum physics, finance, Feng Shui (known as The Law of Heaven and Earth), and personal development, The Secret is indeed inspirational, mind-challenging and tackles some really controversial concepts that seldom being discussed in any of the world publications or media.
Massive debate, similar to that stirred by the release of the 91-minute feature film carrying the same title and viewed by millions around the world, erupted following the release of the book.
And I must admit that since I finished reading the book and started reading new ones, I still keep it close and dip into it frequently.
But whilst it lists a number of facts about human nature and how our inside thinking affects, or actually shapes, our daily lives and circumstances, you’ll find it, in some parts, on the atheist side, claiming that we are the creators of our destiny- as if we’re Gods directing the Universe.
It’s one simple fact that dominates throughout the various chapters of the book; that one should better watch out his thinking for it’s the nature of his thoughts that determines on which frequency he’s on and thus is responsible for the events that will occur to him.
Simply put, if your thoughts are all negative, focusing only on the upsetting facts in your life, you’ll continue receiving bad things. If you’re only focusing on the good things in your life, then you’re on a frequency that will bring forward more good events. So your thoughts are like a magnet, and according to the Law of Attraction, “likes attract likes”.
The book has taken a fair amount of criticism in the wake of its release, probably because of its flawed assertion of an absolute power hidden in human beings. However, I admit it’s the best book ever written about the Law of Attraction.
The Secret, also released as an audio-book, says that “your life is a mirror of your thoughts”, and thus you’re the one who’s responsible for what happens to you, whether it’s good or bad. Although I don’t support this concept wholeheartedly and definitely I don’t see it as absolute, I find it to a great extent true and sound. I actually link it to one beautiful Hadith Qudusi wherein Allah says:
“I am as My servant expects Me to be”.
Related by al-Buhkari (also by Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn-Majah)
Also in the book, the authors explain that you first need to know what you want to happen to you and Ask for it (step number one in putting the law of attraction into use), Believe that your wish will be fulfilled (step number two), then prepare yourself to Receive what you have wished for and actually visualize that you already got what you want, and it shall come to you; (step number three).
Replacing what the book refers to as the Universal Power with God, we’ll find what it says quite similar, yet with some differences, to what Allah commands us; i.e. that we supplicate without having any doubts that He shall fulfill what we’re wishing for.
God commands us to set aside any doubtful feelings when supplicating. In other words, we must be certain and have strong faith that when we supplicate to God or pray him to fulfill whatever we desire, that He is listening and shall fulfill our prayers.
For doubt hinders your prayers, and probably that’s the greatest reason our prayers are sometimes not fulfilled.
Another beautiful point discussed in the book is related to the feeling of gratefulness. The book invites you to feel grateful for the good things in your life, and to busy your heart and mind with feeling joyous for the great things you already have instead of feeling resentment for not having other things. By doing so, you’re actually inviting more bounties to befall you. Isn’t that what God promises us?
“And when your Lord warned: If you are grateful I shall increase My favors upon you …” – Qur’an (14:7)
Same point was stressed in a Hadith Qudusi, wherein Allah says:
“Spend (on charity), O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.”
It was related by al-Bukhari (also by Muslim)
As you read through the book you’ll feel fired up and decide to immediately put the concepts discussed into use, mistakenly believing that the authors of the book have offered you some new method or some kind of magic spell. Actually the secret about this book is that it’s not presenting anything new, what it does is pinpointing mistakes people unconsciously do; best example is returning to God to fulfill a certain wish without being certain He will fulfill such wish.
There is so much to life that we miss out on by failing to recognise the great powers strong faith puts in us.
But the book overall could be viewed as a good source for someone who’s been busying his mind and heart all of his life resenting, regretting, doubting and hating. It invites us to live our dreams and evoke more ones, fill our hearts with love till it’s no more tolerant of hate and clean up our minds, ridding them off negative thoughts and fears. It includes a number of life-enhancing facts you’ll find yourself tempted to apply once you’ve reached the end of the book.
Read the book and it shall change your heart, your perception of things, and eventually your life, only if you read it with strong faith in the Almighty, the only creator of this universe. God has created this universe and has, in all of his three religions, given us the recipe to success in our lives, the guiding manual to living it, but as we live our lives we gradually forsake His advices.
Replace hate with love, resentment with gratefulness, doubt with assertiveness, and you’ll sense a major shift in your life, this is The Secret to life!!!
— First published in Magnificent Magazine