Monday, September 14, 2009

The Secret: It's No Secret But There's a Problem - By Christine Breese

Today's article is by Christine Breese, PhD, teacher, speaker and author. Christine discusses the problem with The Secret's approach to the Law Of Attraction. I know you will enjoy her insightful comments. .../Paul

The Secret: It's No Secret But There's a Problem
By Christine Breese

There is a lot of ado about the movie The Secret. However, it has never been a secret! It's already built into your being. The Law of Attraction has always been in effect whether or not it has been named, just as gravity was operational long before it was named.

I am glad to see movies like The Secret in the mainstream. The Secret movie is THE most successful commercial enterprise that has put this message out there. It's about time someone got this out to the masses!

The movie, The Secret: Law of Attraction, provides a chance for people to become aware of how their thoughts and emotions affect their realities. A positive thought creates positive experiences, a negative thought creates negative experiences. If the habit of positive thoughts and emotions become your natural state, your whole life will change. Whatever you focus on and feel, that's what you get. Positive thinking is a healthy habit to get into.

The problem with The Secret, though, is what the movie fails to teach about the Law of Attraction. It is not the only way to create what you want and live a life of happiness and joy. In fact, the techniques in The Secret will not bring you happiness and fulfillment, even if you master the ability to attain what you want.

The Secret does not teach about compassion, the heart, and caring about others. It teaches how to "get more of what you want," which encourages egotistic desire and wish fulfillment. This is a distraction on the path to true enlightenment.

What Abundance Means To Me

I don't do visualizations or use the methods of The Secret, nor do I believe that they are necessary. However, I lead a very fulfilled and abundant life and I have everything that I need. I live exactly the life I have always wanted to live. I am surrounded by amazing people, I get to talk about consciousness (my favorite subject), and I get to travel to distant places assisting people in their awakening. I get to read beautiful letters from people who have epiphanies and hear stories about people who tell me their lives are healed because of the courses I offer in my school, some videos I have on YouTube, or from things I've written. I spend all my time doing what I love to do. This is happiness and abundance to me, this feeling of being in service to humanity's awakening.

My idea of abundance might be a little different than someone else's, though. Instead of give myself the huge paycheck that I could give myself, I leave it in the care of The University Of Metaphysical Sciences and Universal Church of Metaphysics so that it can keep recycling out into humanity. I feel that is where the money will do the most good, rather than sitting in my bank account.

The act of amassing money and assets is harming the economy rather than keeping it flowing. I don't have a lot of things. To me that isn't abundance, it is greed.

Is Amassed Wealth Really A Belief In Scarcity?

To amass wealth is a statement that you DON'T trust the universe to keep delivering what you want. How big does the financial safety net need to be before you feel safe from the day "when the universe dries up" and stops providing for you? By hoarding money, you are actually serving a belief in scarcity, not abundance. You should be willing to let the money flow back out into the world because you know it will keep coming back to you.

The techniques taught in The Secret great for a beginner on the spiritual path. After all, didn't we all get started on the spiritual path because "we want more of what we want?" The egotistic desire at the beginning of the spiritual path is different for everyone, but few started just because they wanted to be of service to humanity.

So it's a good beginning, this learning of the Jedi mind powers connected to the Law of Attraction, but that's all it is--a beginning.

Then What Will Bring Happiness And Fulfillment?

Those who are truly happy and fulfilled are those who have surrendered all egotistic desires, who don't care about amassing wealth or material things. An enlightened master is happy even if he or she doesn't have the bike, necklace, house, or a perfect mate. A message like The Secret teaches you to measure how masterful you are by how much you are able to "create more of what you want" instead of surrendering what it is you want to a higher force and letting the universe do with you what it will.

So what other alternative is there if you are not to purposefully manipulate your reality with your mind and emotions? I would suggest offering your life to the Divine and allowing it to be used in whatever way God sees fit. This is how I have come to the life I have always wanted.

This takes quite a leap of faith. To surrender your life to be used by a higher power is a radical invitation, but I promise that you will be happy. The things you like to do, the skills you have acquired, and the preferences you have are all taken into consideration by this Great Choreographer (which is really you). You will not be forced to be an accountant if numbers don't make you excited. Whatever your interest is, that is how you will be used.

You can learn how to use the Law of Attraction to your advantage, and there is nothing wrong with wanting a better life. It would be useful to learn how to stay in a positive state of mind, but take it no further than that. Don't let your happiness or your peace be affected by anything outside of you. Instead of serving human desires with the techniques of The Secret, serve a higher purpose -- something that you are already part of and made of -- and you will align yourself even more with the perfect life.

True Enlightenment

Let yourself be carried in the hand of God, and if you are meant to have the bike, necklace, the big house, the perfect mate, you will have these by default. So be abundant within yourself by being all that you are.

So what does an abundant life really look like to you? What is it that you really want? Do you serve the human self or the eternal self that sees all as illusion and knows better than to serve egotistic desires?

Go straight to realizing yourself as the source, and all will be delivered to you. It is a heck of a lot easier than all that visualizing, affirming, and strategizing! All you have to do is relax, be at ease, realize who you are, and do whatever shows up for you to do. Once you give yourself over to being used by the Divine, you will have lots of work to do in service to humanity. By default, you get everything you have always wanted.

About the Author:

Christine Breese, Ph.D., is the Official Guide to Enlightenment and Psychology and Founder of the University of Metaphysical Sciences.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Are you too busy for a friend?

A good friend sent me this today, and urged me to share it. I encourage you to share this post with your "friends" on FaceBook, myspace, Digg, your blog, wherever. And then I suggest you share it with your "real life" friends... along with saying something nice about them. .../Paul

Are you too busy for a friend?

One day a teacher asked her math students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name.

Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each classmate and write it down.

It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in their papers.

That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual.

On Monday she gave each student his or her list.. Before long, the entire class was smiling. 'Really?' she heard whispered. 'I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!' and, 'I didn't know others liked me so much,' were most of the comments.

No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another. That group of students moved on.

Several years later, one of the students from that class was killed in Viet Nam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before... He looked so handsome, so mature.

The church was packed with his friends. One by one those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to bless the coffin.

As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her. 'Were you Mark's math teacher?' he asked. She nodded: 'yes.' Then he said: 'Mark talked about you a lot.'

After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates went together to a reception / luncheon. Mark's mother and father were there, patiently waiting to speak with his teacher.

'We want to show you something,' his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket 'They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it.'

Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. The teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him.

'Thank you so much for doing that,' Mark's mother said. 'As you can see, Mark treasured it.'

All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, 'I still have my list. It's in the top drawer of my desk at home.'

Chuck's wife said, 'Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album.'

'I have mine too,' Marilyn said. 'It's in my diary.'

Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. 'I carry this with me at all times,' Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she continued: 'I think we all saved our lists.'

That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried. She cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again.

The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will end one day. And we don't know when that one day will be.

So please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are special and important. Tell them, before it is too late.

And One Way To Accomplish This Is: Send this message on, forward the link, share it on FaceBook or myspace, digg it, copy and paste it. If you do not send it, you will have, once again passed up the wonderful opportunity to do something nice and beautiful.

Here is a link directly to this message:

If you're 'too busy' to take those few minutes right now to forward this message on, would this be the VERY first time you didn't do that little thing that would make a difference in your relationships? The more people that you send this to, the better you'll be at reaching out to those you care about.

Remember, you reap what you sow. What you put into the lives of others comes back into your own.

May Your Day Be Blessed & As Special As You Are