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March 18, 2007

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LauriJon

Great post Amy! The Secret is actually based on the "Law of Attraction," written by Ester & Jerry Hicks. The Law of Attraction is one of the three universal laws, the two other are: The Science of Deliberate Creation and The Art of Allowing.

More than just the surface rhetoric of the power of positive thinking, the LOA operates on a quantum mechanic level acknowledging that thought creates vibration, both in the thinker and in the surrounding world and universe.

While I am also uncomfortable with the concept that we bring bad things into our lives, the book stresses that we bring all things into our lives, for the lessons we have chosen to learn. And that by focusing our attention on the things we want, coming from a place of joy, the universe (or God) will respond with a like vibration and manifest that which we place our attention on.

I am still in the midst of reading "The Law of Attraction," and just beginning to put it's teachings into practice. I'll let you know how things come out. Great post Amy, thank you.

Kris

There was a great spoof of this on Saturday Night Live this week. I hope you get a chance to see it! (Julia Louise Dreyfuss hosted)

lauram

I did a post on this about a week ago. It's fine to talk about positive visualizations, but to imply that bad things happen only when people "attract bad thoughts" is beyond inane. Here's a link.

cce

Let's face it...she's a talk show host before anything else. Sweeps, ratings, entertainment, all weigh heavily on Oprah's content. She's no dummy and is just giving the people what they want...feel good messages, warmth and happiness. This stuff sells folks and the reason it sells is that millions of people like Amy Tivo her show instead of Tivoing CSpan. This is no secret either.

Trudy

Hi! I do agree it is not secret, however feel that we all need a good reminder every now and then. With busy lives, kids, work, husbands, friends, and all the other responsibilities, a reminder to some may make all the difference in the world.

kristin

i think if everyone knew "the secret," the world would be a much better place.....and if oprah attracted some people to the show by calling it a "secret" and they managed to improve their lives, then that's ok by me....at this point most talk shows are regurgitated forms of one idea or another anyway....

Anjali

Amy, I couldn't agree with your post more. I tire of Oprah's carnal worship of self-help gurus (Dr. Phil, Ivannah, Suzie Orman). I don't mind hearing what they have to say, I'm just annoyed by the way Oprah treats them as if they are demi-gods.

Sheryl Schelin

In Oprah's defense, she said quite clearly, "I've thought this way my whole life and I didn't know it was a secret." But more to the point, I have to disagree that this is some well-known practice, or that the stories weren't awe-inspiring. Once people begin to see the connections between the thoughts they hold and the events in their lives, it is most definitely an epiphany for most. Even though the principles might be there, I don't think that the evolution of those principles into what the documentary is talking about - the focused, intentional practice of the law of attraction - is as widespread as all that. Finally - how can she "let" them do anything? Or rather, how could she "make" them react in any other way? Isn't her role simply as a facilitator for whatever message her guests have to offer? Does she "let" the incestuous father who hasn't taken responsibility for his actions say as much? I didn't realize Oprah was *that* powerful!

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