The Secret of the Magic
For those who have delved into shelves of the well-being section in the book shops, it’s hard to miss ‘The Secret’. A New York Times best-seller, this intriguing concept emerged in 2006 from Rhonda Byrne. It has thrilled many with its life-changing processes and made the world a happier place for millions of its followers.
I recall the first time I watched ‘The Secret’, with all its documentary contributions. “I have everything, and that’s because of the secret”, “The secret gives you everything you need…..” and “You should use the secret.”
But one question I had was bursting out of me “What is the secret?”
I had to watch the film several times and read through several of Rhonda Byrnes books until I actually began to realise ‘what’ it was and how to apply it to my life. But then, maybe that was the idea. I HAD to WANT this, had to know all about it to make it work for me. I was fascinated and enjoyed her books thoroughly, even buying them as gifts for friends.
I was in the hairdressers one day, chatting to a new stylist, when she suddenly stopped and said “You know the secret, don’t you? You know about it.” I nodded and smiled as though we were part of a secret pact. How did she know? What did I say that gave it away? A clue in my words, maybe, because I never actually mentioned those words ‘the secret.’
It was actually when I started working through Byrnes book ‘The Magic’ that things really started to change for me. You only have to read the reviews on this book to realise the positive impact it has made to many. And yet, the formula is very simple.
Like attracts like
The secret is about learning gratitude and being grateful for what we have, rather than what we don’t have. It’s about the law of attraction that governs all lives.
The Magic, however, is a series of daily exercises over 28 days which opens your mind up and teaches you that one word is significant in change. That word is ‘Thank you.’ The Magic teaches you to put down 10-thngs every day that you are ‘grateful’ for, as well as other exercises about things we want to achieve, people significant in our lives and dreams we wish to promote. It helps to open up the mind and think clearly.
What is important about that this is how it begins to mould and change the mind and our way of thinking? We begin to stop negative thoughts, recognising when they are emerging, and instead speak only positive and constructive things. This can be quite challenging for many, but after weeks and months (and yes it can take a while), you have re-changed your thought process.
And does this work?
How many of us know a negative person? The sort of person who complains all the time and blames everyone else for their situation and bad luck. And then they wonder why “nothing ever good happens to me.” Avoid this person, their negative energy will drain you quickly like smothering you with a black cloud. And then there is the cheerful, optimist who comes in to compliment the people around them are smiling. Some people are lucky enough to be born with that natural optimism, but the majority of us have to work at it because society and hectic lifestyles in fast paced worlds have snatched it away.
When I began practising The Magic, I felt different inside. Like a light had just gone on and I was waking after a long sleep. It all made sense. I practised gratitude, smiled more, spoke to more strangers and began to attract more ‘luck’. I got a book deal, had two unexpected cheques come in the post, had a small lottery win, amongst some things. But I ‘felt’ differently. It was a really good feeling. I felt like I was floating everywhere, feeling lighter, with a glorious aura around me and other people could feel it and were drawn to it.
The high people get from drugs was nothing compared to the high I was getting from this new mind-set that The Magic had installed. I remember a friend of mine meeting up with me and she said “You seem different. Really different. Kind’ve peaceful. Are you in love?” I told her my secret and she instantly bought the book too. Building this inner sanctuary had made me a better person, not just for myself, but for everyone else around me.
You have to want to change. This isn’t about greed and money, it’s about being the best you can be. And we all want that.
By Catherine Smith