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What Is The Secret and How Do I Use It?

Updated on November 26, 2011

The summer of 2007 my girlfriend Amy took me to her living room and said "You have to watch this." I had never heard of The Secret or The Law of Attraction before that moment. She told me that it would show me how to get the things I wanted from life and I became intrigued. At the time my love life consisted of one bad date after the next. I had bought a house big enough for a family, but I was the only one living in it. Financially, I lived paycheck to paycheck and had little leftover for travel and leisure.

The presenters explained The Secret through stories of personal success. Each story detailed the steps they took using the mind and intention to attract the situations they desired. Not only were there personal testimonies, but quotes from successful figures in history such as: Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, and Martin Luther King Jr. were presented to show that they knew The Secret too. I began to ask myself, "Is it really true?" Sitting there I couldn't wrap my mind around the concept that I had created all the things I was unhappy about. Who in their right mind would create things they don't want?

Amy said she had been using some of the tricks in The Secret for years and they have worked for her. Trusting my friend I went home and took her advice to begin journaling. She said, "Write down the things you want in your life. Don't be greedy, of course, but write as if you already have that life." So, for a few days I did. I wrote about traveling to a tropical beach and learning to surf with the boyfriend I didn't currently have. In my journal I learned to sail and even started my own company. The journal was put away on a shelf and I went on with life.

When the next installation of fixing my life appeared I decided to create a vision board. I thought perhaps if I have a visual daily reminder of the things I should be thinking positively about maybe I'll be more successful. So I began going through magazines and cutting out pictures of things I wanted. I still had a hard time believing this would work, but when I was finished I hung my finished project on the wall in my bedroom. Occasionally I would stop to look at it. Later I would learn that I didn't use it correctly.

That summer I came across a business opportunity where I would sell wholesale travel packages. I could have started at the bottom, but I wanted to begin in the middle so that I could increase my earning potential. The trouble was that I would need at least $5,000 which I didn't have. Self-employed at the time I learned that it was nearly impossible to get a loan. Waiting one afternoon for a gentleman to call me back I thought I'd give The Secret another shot. As I sat there I closed my eyes and imagined I was holding a check for $5,000. Remembering what I was taught I knew it was more than just the mental image; I had to feel it. While I sat there feeling $5,000 richer the phone rang. When I picked up the phone the guy said, "Congratulations, we've approved you for a $10,000 loan." I couldn't believe it. This stuff might actually work.

The presenters in The Secret use the tool for little things such as parking spaces, cups of coffee, and even checks in the mail. So I began "feeling" the parking space I wanted before I went to the store. Most of the time it worked, when I remembered to do it. Then I thought I'd move on to something a little more significant such as a check in the mail. I would walk to the mailbox trying to feel the way I did when I received my loan. Many times I found junk mail offering a loan, in the form of a check. It was a check, maybe not the kind I was hoping for, but a check nonetheless. One day I opened the mailbox and there was an unexpected $600 check from the mortgage company.

As I began to understand how my mind and my feelings were creating the world around me I started to shift my focus. It was difficult at first because I had to catch the thoughts I didn't want and redirect them where I wanted them to go. Science has shown that neurons that fire together will connect. Whereas, if thoughts are interrupted, ie. you prevent the signal from being sent through the neurons, the neurons will break apart and form new connections.

Over the past 4 years I've shown The Secret to my classes and have occasionally watched it on my own. I still remember sitting on Amy's couch, completely clueless. Now when I watch The Secret I realize I am no longer the same person. Everything they say about using the power of intention and The Law of Attraction is absolutely true. I no longer live paycheck to paycheck and my house is now a home filled with family.

Remember the journal I first began to write in? I found it a year or so later. For my birthday that year my boyfriend took me to Hawaii. While we were there we won free surfing lessons. That summer I went to the lake with some friends, two of which owned a sailboat. As we were making our way back to shore there were 12 people on the boat. John, the owner, looked at me and asked, "Do you want to drive?" He didn't ask anyone else if they wanted to sail.

A few weeks ago I met Amy for coffee. She's been trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. So we tossed around a few ideas but her criteria makes it almost impossible. In the middle of our discussion she stopped and asked me, "What are you doing? You have gotten everything you've wanted lately." I said, "I've just been using what you taught me." It is easy to get lost in the drama of life. Keep your awareness and live from the feelings you truly desire and The Secret will unfold for you as well.


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      Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho

      A.A., There is a book I recommend called Creative Visualization that is full of tips for feeling and thinking about your ideal life. You can't be in a mindset of wanting something because that will always keep whatever you want in the future. Instead feel as if you already have the things you desire. Once it happens for you a few times it's much easier to see that it does work ; )

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      Augustine A Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

      Mmm, really? I'm intrigued. I've been needing a reason to stop my stinkin thinkin and be more positive. Now I found the reason. Thank you for sharing.

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      Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho

      Thank you Jools, Sunshine, and SilverGenes for sharing your experience. When I first learned of The Secret it was more than I was able to wrap my mind around. I grew up with a glass I was made to believe was less than half full. Like so many people I was taught to life today as if it were yesterday. When I finally learned how to live in today and leave yesterday behind I was able to create the life that I wanted. It absolutely works if you "feel" in tune with the things that you want.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Jennifer, this is very interesting. I read a book by a British psychologist Richard Wiseman who also believes in this power to imagine yourself richer, fitter, better etc etc. You should check him out on Amazon, he's very interesting too. I might look into The Secret sometime, I am intrigued.

      Voted up, etc.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I've heard about this book and how it helped guide a few people that I know. I have the book. Somewhere in my house. Collecting dust. Maybe I'll actually read it now. I'm very curious after reading this hub. Thanks Jennifer!:)

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      I agree! Your reference to quantum physics and some very interesting findings leads me to wonder if we have only begun to scratch the surface of the potential locked away in the human brain. Hmm... time to watch The Secret again :)

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      Jennifer Essary 6 years ago from Idaho

      Thanks Tammy : ) I absolutely agree. For me The Secret puts in layman's terms what quantum physics is showing us to be true in labs all over the world. Thanks for stopping by and sharing : ) Much appreciated

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      Tammy 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I read that book. I need to read it again. I think everyone can testify to the power of positive thinking. It really works. We get in return what we put out there. Excellent hub!

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      Jennifer Essary 6 years ago from Idaho

      hoteltravel, that is absolutely true! Thank you for sharing the quote and voting.

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      hoteltravel 6 years ago from Thailand

      As Paulo Coelho says in The Alchemist - When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. Great hub. Voting up!

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      Jennifer Essary 6 years ago from Idaho

      Joe and GC, The Secret really isn't a secret. I've often wondered why it does not come naturally to most people. I sometimes wonder if all of the wars we declare and sense of hopelessness people have were passed down from previous generations or if it is a state of mind. Thanks for sharing your thoughts : )

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      Jennifer Essary 6 years ago from Idaho

      Cloud Explorer, I agree that there are many secrets to life besides the law of attraction. I've always found that kindness and generosity carry an award much greater than money. Thank you for your time, kind words, and comment.

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Awesome hub! I always use the secret for everything I do & especially after I seen the movie.

      The weird thing is I always new of this secret as a child and I used it all the time back then as well. The difference though in my life is that I never ever wanted things to come easy for me, I've always wanted to earn it all, because my craving is for the challenge that life poses for us all, and not just the rewards or luxuries that we can achieve.

      Having stuff alone never appealed to me, & ever since I were young discovering that my very first toy quickly became meaningless to me in less than a week of having it. The truth was revealed to me then, also while watching a few Christmas classics.

      I always felt like god has been speaking to me & leading me somewhere special in life, and I've followed his guidance to become who I am today, which I believe is a person who's giving & loving of all others besides myself.

      My motivation for doing great things & sharing with others isn't the secret, but is knowing the fact that they will gain love back from a simple gesture of kindness, that I'm filled with to offer from birth. To me that's the true hidden secret, besides the obvious laws of attraction. Affection is another & universal compassion for all creatures is the other.

      I learned those from my quest for truth throughout my research & soul searching days. This hub is superb & deserves to be read 1 million times over. Congrads!!

      Voted up on every level possible.

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      GClark 6 years ago from United States

      Definitely a vote up. Well-written Hub about an interesting subject; also very true to the book and the movie. I own copies of both the book and the movie and when I want to get myself back on track in my life will watch the movie to reinforce what I want NOT what I don't want. Most people make the mistake of thinking about what they don't want and the subconscious unable to process a negative gives you what you don't want. Sort of like saying to yourself I mustn't spill red wine on this white dress and your subconscious hears "spill red wine on white dress." GC

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      joejagodensky 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Good article. So, what appears to be a "secret" is really not a secret at all. Just good common sense. Thanks.