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Dissecting the book The Secret: Chapter 2 - The Secret Made Simple

Updated on March 12, 2016

by Amber Maccione

In chapter 2 of the book The Secret, the author reveals seven elements of the secret:

  1. The law of attraction is a law of nature, which is impartial.
  2. Your thoughts are what summon things into your life.
  3. Your feelings reveal what you are thinking.
  4. You cannot feel bad and also have good thoughts; they do not coincide at the same time.
  5. Your thoughts determine your frequency; feelings show you what frequency you are on.
  6. Secret Shifters are those pleasant things in your memory, in nature, in something that is your favorite that you can think about and it can shift the frequency you are on.
  7. Love is the law of attraction and it is the highest frequency one can emit.

The law of attraction is a law of nature, which is impartial.

This point about the laws of nature being impartial is true. Nature is creation. It is without mind, body, and soul; therefore, it cannot think about whether it likes someone of not. It just does what nature does with no regard to whether a murder is in the midst or if the most perfect person stands by. It is impartial. Understanding though that it is impartial, also helps us understand that the so called Universe that this book talks about us sending our thoughts to and then it sending back to us the things on the same frequency of our thoughts is also impartial. This leads us to the next point:

Your thoughts are what summon things into your life.

This is where logic goes out the window. Here is what the book says:

“Often when people first hear this part of the Secret they recall events in history where masses of lives were lost, and they find it incomprehensible that so many people could have attracted themselves to the event. By the law of attraction, they had to be on the same frequency as the event.”

So with that said, the book is saying

  • Jews attracted the holocaust by their thoughts.
  • Africans attracted the slave trade by their thoughts.
  • Native Americans attracted the abuse and cruelty of the European explorers.
  • Children attract abuse from their parents.
  • Women attract abuse from their spouse.
  • People in hurricane Katrina & hurricane Andrew attracted that to them.
  • The victims of Ted Bundy and other serial killers attracted their own death by rape and murder.

I could go on with the countless tragic events that have filled this planet since it came into existence. The question to ask is, “Do we really attract tragic things to us because we have bad thoughts?” The answer is no. Bad things happen because of the religious concept of sin or evil. There are evil, bad, horrendous people in this world that for some reason or another, their brain lacks empathy or emotion period. Maybe it is genetic or maybe it is their environment or maybe a combination of the two that makes them evil. What is true though, is if we think negatively, we will only see the negative in our life. If we think positively, we will see the positive in our life. It has nothing to do with attracting things, but all about our attitude and how we view life. Things come into our life one of two ways: 1. the result of others actions or 2. the result of our own actions.

Is the Secret Right? Did the Jews attract the Holocaust to them? Did the Africans attract the slave trade to them?

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Your feelings reveal what you are thinking. Your thoughts determine your frequency; feelings show you what frequency you are on.

This concept in the book is absolutely true, although the word “frequency” I do not agree with. How we feel will reflect what we are thinking. Our emotions and thoughts are connected together. They are part of our mind. If we are feeling an emotion that is negative, our thoughts will be negative. If I am feeling positive, my thoughts will be positive.

You cannot feel bad and also have good thoughts; they do not coincide at the same time.

This point is true as well. Your mind cannot contradict itself. If one is having negative feelings, his or her thoughts will also be negative. However, psychology does state that one can pull him or herself out of the “funk” by “talking to oneself”. What is meant by talking to oneself is that I tell or remind myself of the good things in my life. I walk myself through the situation that is affecting my emotions. I learn to regulate my emotions so that circumstances do not control how I feel, but I control my own emotions. By doing this, a person experiences more positive emotions, and when experiencing negative, is able to acknowledge the feeling, access the feeling, and move on from the negative feeling to a positive one. This is called emotional regulation.

The other point is that there are no bad emotions, although this chapter states that negative emotions are bad. All emotions are part of the human existence and should be embraced. What is bad is what one does with the emotion. If a person learns how to regulate his or her emotions and be in control of them, then behaviors will be controlled as well. Emotions can be either negative (downers) or positives (uppers). But there are no bad emotions.

The point the book tries to make about thoughts and feelings it that thoughts and feelings create a person’s life. This is not true though. What creates your life are daily decisions. What we choose to do creates the life we live. If we choose to do nothing, our life will be nothing. If we choose to do something, our life will be something. If our actions and decisions are negative, we will have a negative life. If our actions and decisions are positive, we will have a positive life. The other factor we have to look at is the choices of others. Sometimes the choices of others also affect us as well. Therefore, we need to be mindful of the company we keep. If we want positive lives, we need positive company.

Secret Shifters are those pleasant things in your memory, in nature, in something that is your favorite that you can think about and it can shift the frequency

“By Secret Shifters, I mean things that can change your feelings in a snap. It might be beautiful memories, future events, funny moments, nature, a person you love, your favorite music.”

This is a good point in the book – Secret Shifters. I always called them blessings or positive things. We have heard of the term, “Count your blessing” and the verse in the Bible Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” These are built on the concept that the book calls Secret Shifters. If our thoughts and feelings are negative, the Secret Shifters are what can help get us out of our “funk”.

Love is the law of attraction and it is the highest frequency one can emit.

“You cannot harm another with your thoughts, you only harm yourself.”

Have you ever been really mad at someone to the point of bitterness or rage? Have you ever just watched the person who is the subject of your negative emotion? He or she just goes on about his or her life and you suffer as all your thoughts are about that. And then your health begins to suffer as you get sick. Holding on to negative feelings and thoughts can physically harm you. It never harms the person who is the subject of them. Therefore, if we always turn everything into a positive, love everyone despite their errors, and continually offer love to others, life will be positive because as we think positive, we see positive. This essentially is the law of attraction. If doesn’t mean that everything I think I will summon. The law of attraction is a mindset, a worldview, an attitude. It sets us up for what we dwell on – the cup half full, the cup half empty, or a cup with water that will quench my thirst. The choice is yours.

Come back next week for Chapter 3: How to Use the Secret.

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