Adulting 101

The Secret

I went on a rant a few months back about the importance of teaching our children to read, and read well. However I must admit after the loss of my beloved Kindle, I haven’t been reading as often as I should. I set out on a quest to find a good book, but after failed Facebook inquiries I kind of forgot about it all together. With my busy schedule I didn’t think I had the time to read anymore, but once upon a time ago, I used to make the time. I decided to keep that promise to myself and set out to find a good book. When I had my Kindle I chose Audible to listen to my books. I always purchased the text and the audio together. I believe its called “Immersion Reading.” That way I could listen while I worked, and read when I had the time, but I was always invested in the book, never losing interest. Remembering this, I downloaded Audible on my phone. I was lucky enough to have 2 credits, well not lucky because I still pay for my membership, but the thought of two “free” books delighted me. I searched and searched, but could not find anything that I felt deserved the use of my credit. One book did stand out though. Its called “The Secret.” It was the bright red “S” stamped on the front that intrigued me. It looked so familiar to me, but I couldn’t place it. After reading the reviews, though the book is rated at 3.8 stars, I was dissuaded. I decided to try Good Reads and alas, the book popped up again; my cousin had read it. I reached out to her and asked her about it. She told me that it was available on Netflix, so I immediately searched for it on my TV. Now I got to watch the book, and I still had 2 “free” credits for books.

I started the movie while still chatting with my cousin, and checking my email, and browsing YouTube, and scrolling through the clearance racks at online stores… Basically I wasn’t really paying attention with what was being said on screen. I did hear some parts, but not enough to really draw me in. The next day on my way to work, I found myself in the same dilemma; no book to read, or listen to for that matter. (Don’t worry, I’m not reading and driving. I don’t drive.) I decided to browse Audible once again and “The Secret” was the first item to pop up in my suggestions. Tired of seeing the scarlet red “S” I gave up a credit and got the book.

From the moment I began listening, my life started to make more sense. I started to become aware of myself. Now before I start sounding spaced out preachy, I want to fill you in on what the secret is exactly. The secret is the power of attraction. My interpretation is that every thought you have is indeed an action and a projection of what is to come. For example, have you ever had someone on your mind all day, you meant to call, text, or stop by, but you never got around to it, then they call you? Or you run into them at a place you normally wouldn’t? Somehow that person manifested into your day, simply by you thinking it. Now would be the time, if you think I’m crazy, to stop reading. The power of attraction implements that you attract into your life whatever it is you are thinking about. If you are constantly worried about breaking a nail, I bet’cha by-golly you’ll break one. The book uses the metaphor “universal catalog” with the distributor being the “Universal Genie.” No, not literally a genie, the attraction being the genie. This “genie” however, does not comprehend negation. So when you say or think things like “I don’t want to break a nail” all you’re really putting out is “break a nail.” It may sound crazy the way I’m describing it, but listening to this book, it makes so much sense to me.

I will give an example from my personal life. I went through a hard time from 2010 to 2012 but I landed on my feet and had registered for college. In my eyes, my family did not expect me to graduate High School, so if I was going to College, I had to show out, especially being that it had been 6 years since I graduated from High School. The 40 pound stack of books we were required to purchase was a little daunting, but I found myself on the Deans List every semester I was enrolled at that school. In my mind, I was a straight A student, a teacher’s pet, and one of the brightest people in the class. And as I thought it, so it was. I did not spent hours and hours huddled over text books stuffing knowledge into my brain. Learning became easy to me and all I needed was to hear it, see it, do it, and I was good to go. This is not a quality I possessed before. In High School the only class I cared about was English, every other class I just muddled though or skipped all together. In college though, through even the most mundane and drawn out lectures, I was always attentive. I did not even know that I was using the secret to my advantage. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the beauty of the secret. You can use it with out trying. To your benefit or to your demise is up to you.

The book focuses on the secret itself and the power you have to attract things into your life. I believe in order to use the secret beneficially, you must first begin to change the way you think. If you are always complaining about something, you will attract more things to complain about. If you are rushing to get to work on time and take short cuts, it will probably lead to a bigger delay… unless you change the way you think. If you continuously have a positive mind set, it will give off positive vibes, which will attract positive things to you. I have had on repeat in my head for the last two days “Think Happy Thoughts.” Even when something negative occurred throughout my day, I try to focus on the brighter side and find the silver lining. More importantly, I have begun to restructure my sentences so that even when you take out the negation, the sentence is still positive. I am trying to always put out positive vibes, so that I may receive positive vibes. 

I have not finished the audio book as yet, but I’m well into it. I intend to purchase a hard copy to take and keep notes and I’ll probably continue to post as I learn more about myself and about the secret. I’m playing around with the “law” to attract Red-bull all this week and I’ve already gotten 1 so far. I’ll keep you posted.

Later in more time…
TeLLiey* Renee

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