When it came time to give this book a rating, I started at 4 stars but as soon as I did it I had to go back and give it 5. There are reasons for this. In the week and a half that I read The Secret, I can honestly say that my life has improved visibly. I might even say that it has improved vastly. The reasons for giving 4 stars mostly had to do with presentation. The hardcover copy I was reading had a shitty binding and I was irked by the design that was obviously meant to make it look ancient and I was bothered by the formatting. I gave those 4 stars and then I realized how much I didn’t care that those things bothered me.
When you work in libraries, there are books that you just hate on principle because they explode in popularity and you see them everywhere. This was one of those books. The reason I decided to give it a try was that I’ve been listening to a podcast called By the Book where they read a self-help book and live it for two weeks and then review. I love the podcast. It’s funny and I love self-help and listening to this first episode made me run right out into the stacks and grabbed our copy because, I mean, it’s only 184 pages… I had realistic hopes and I had the idea that I was going to end up making fun of it a lot with my husband, who is a noted fan of physics and this definitely has some shaky science and stretching.
That being said, I have to confess: I am, like, 100% in for The Secret.
Here was a reminder of all of the things I practiced when I studied Paganism in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. Here were the lessons that I lived when I felt the most connected to the world. I believe that it is within the first five pages that Byrne writes, “Thoughts are things.” This mantra was said over and over in my early studies. I get it. I get that we are all energy. I get the emit frequencies. These are things that I have a foundation in that I just kind of forgot. Reading, I thought of the ways that I have used The Secret without thinking about it. Things like, I always tell myself that everything works out and everything always works out. I always say that I’m really lucky and I’m really lucky. When friends and family kept telling me to go to the doctor and make sure that I was healthy, I kept saying it was a waste of time because I feel great. I was described as “healthy as an ox” and sent on my way.
I had been having a rough year and I was feeling depressed and had even admitted that I “couldn’t remember the last time I was happy.” That’s not necessarily true. I remember being happy and energized and excited back in January but the time between then and the end of April was a wasteland of “wtf can I do to get through this day.” While I read, I started working to apply The Secret to my life.
Here’s what happened:
My mood improved A TON. One day, I decided to smile for a whole minute while I drove to work and, holy shit, I smiled lots the rest of the day. Not only that but I felt better. I used the secret to increase my energy and focus. I used it to attract a couple of little things to myself, like wiper blades and one of my all time favorite meals. I was happier, calmer, more relaxed. I realized how very grateful I was for everything in my life and I started to “see things in color” again. When I focused on love and not annoyance, I loved my family so much that I could barely stand it. I applied the secret to a couple of relationships that have given my some cringe worthy moments recently and they were suddenly easy and enjoyable relationships. When I did have a cringe moment, I quickly recovered instead of feeling like a garbage person the whole day.
Has The Secret solved all of my problems? Not yet. And maybe it won’t at all! Still, I will take all of this awesome and keep it going as long as I can.