Over the past year, many people have approached me asking me about my viewpoint, and the viewpoint of A Course in Miracles, on the popular book and film The Secret. I was also recently asked to participate in an expert panel discussion on The Secret and the law of attraction at the Body Soul Spirit Expo in Calgary.
As I see it, The Secret offers a few potent and necessary international messages worth appreciating. The first message is that our thoughts have a potent influence on our life. The next insight is that we are entitled to a wealthy life, even though accurate wealth is a lot much more than just cash and "toys." Rather, it involves feeling fulfilled in all areas of life, including our relationships, profession, and health. What we require to do is look within to uncover if, in reality, we really feel worthy of authentic wealth.
An additional message that is subtly conveyed in The Secret, and one that I think to be true, is that when we have a heartfelt desire and we say yes to performing our component to manifest the want, synchronicities arise, and dormant forces come alive.
On the flip side, I really feel the idea that much more "toys" in the type of cars, houses, jet planes, and boats will make us happy and will be the demonstration of our capacity to manifest is potentially damaging and crippling for many people who are already "bankrupt" in the areas of self-love and self-appreciation. The problem with this picture is that the want to have often comes from a feeling of lack rather than a feeling of completeness. And simply because of this, what ever we gain in hopes of feeling "full," whole, happy, or achieved, will inevitably not work, since we feel a void internally.
The truth is that we are not empty, but currently full, and when we understand and really feel this to be our new reality, then the outer world starts to "echo" our inner awareness.
A Course in Miracles reminds us that to the degree that we can accept and be truly grateful for our inheritance as being an unbounded, abundant, whole, and unlimited Self, we will attract to ourselves the ideal outward expressions of our claimed inner worth. This reclaiming of our genuine Self will then miraculously bring into manifestation any material products that will serve the higher great of both our life and of these about us, and yet we will feel no dependency upon them for our happiness.