According to the website:
The Secret reveals the most powerful law in the universe. The knowledge of this law has run like a golden thread through the lives and the teachings of all the prophets, seers, sages and saviors in the world's history, and through the lives of all truly great men and women. All that they have ever accomplished or attained has been done in full accordance with this most powerful law...
The Secret explains with simplicity the law that is governing all lives, and offers the knowledge of how to create - intentionally and effortlessly - a joyful life. This is the secret to everything - the secret to unlimited happiness, love, health and prosperity.
This is the secret to life.
Essentially, it boils down to the power of positive thinking.
But you have to be highly SPECIFIC about what it is you want. So, according to The Secret, if you want a new car, you should imagine THAT SPECIFIC CAR. You should sit in a chair, pretend you are in that specific car, imagine what it smells like, pretend you have your hand on the gear shift, imagine the dials on the dashboard, if it's a Mercedes you want, feel the heavier pressure you need to apply to the gas pedal.
The "secret" is that the universe wants to shower you with good fortune, you only have to ask specifically for it, and be ready to receive it. (My rational, non mystical, takeaway is that perhaps people make different choices when guided by "positive thinking," but I won't go into that in this post.)
Positive specificity is the key here.
The film featured an example of a man who was sitting in his study one day with his young daughter who was going through a box of junk to amuse herself. She pulled out a large corkboard covered with various papers and photographs and she asked her father what it was.
He explained that it was his "wishboard" that he had created for himself many years ago - that all the good things he wanted in his life, all the things he wanted to achieve were represented on that board. He had made it when he was a young man, just starting out in his career and life. But as he stood there pointing things out to his daughter, he realized that there was a photograph of a beautiful house on the board. And he looked more closely at it and realized that it was a picture of the VERY house that his family currently lived in. *PROOF* that The Secret works!
But you have to be very very specific. And use very few words.
If you spend your time bemoaning the fact that you are depressed and stressed and sad - because of money woes or the lack of a happy romantic relationship, etc. and you wish you had more money or a partner or whatever - the universe only hears your depression and stress, and delivers more of that to you.
This leads me to wonder why the universe is so stupid - it's the UNIVERSE for chrissake, why can't it listen to your entire sentence?
I have experienced, first hand, the power and the potential pitfalls of The Secret.
Just a couple weeks ago, I said to SK: "I haven't heard from the sociopathic alcoholic stalker in a while. Yay!" The next day, I got an email from him. Again, why can't the Universe listen to a complete sentence? Apparently, all it heard was "sociopathic alcoholic stalker" and delivered accordingly.
It reminds me of a conversation I had with my ex-husband. Apparently, I was EXCESSIVELY repeating myself to make sure that he knew what I wanted for Christmas and to remind him of the location of the store because I had already had the store put the item aside for me (him). He informed me that I didn't need to tell him this for the 32nd time, because he had heard me the first time, and that he actually listens to about 75% of what I say.
My response: "75%? That much? Shit. I should watch what I say."
So I have been trying to remember to pepper all my conversation with the following phrase: "wouldn't it be great if David Boreanaz or Clive Owen or Johnny Depp or maybe all three of them showed up at my apartment to let me know that I won the lottery?"