The Secret Revealed: God as a cosmic bellhop.
I can't help but admire the marketing genius that has repackaged the old "think and get rich" philosophy which was the staple of self-help advisors for centuries in a way that makes us believe it offers insights never previously published. I'm also highly impressed by the chutzpah that isn't embarrassed to utter modern psycho-babble promising greater gifts than a mythical genie as reward for nothing more than unconditional wishes.
What troubles me, though, is what this incredible hoopla over a publishing craze tells us about contemporary spiritual naivete. Are people really that gullible -- or simply that ignorant?
Let's make clear at the outset that The Secret could never have found the slightest acceptance if it weren't based on a measure of truth. A lie needs at least a little legitimacy to gain credibility. But, as George Christoph Lichtenberg so powerfully put it, "The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted."
Thinking positively is always the first step to success. Should we ardently wish for things that we want? Of course! Hope fills us with conviction that our dreams are attainable. Desire serves as spur to our initiative. If it is not a magnet, it is at the least a supreme motivator. We should believe in the possibility of acquiring our heart's desires. But that's far from saying that there is a universal and unequivocal law that turns every one of our wishes into God's command.
Judaism always understood that the answer to some of our most profound desires may still be "No." Not every wish deserves to be granted. And even more to the point, not every wish ought to be fulfilled. George Bernard Shaw understood it when he pointed out that "There are two great tragedies in life. One is not having your prayers answered; the other very often is the reverse." Jewish prayer asks of God, "And fulfill the requests of our heart for good" -- only if what we ask for is truly in our best interest from the Divine perspective.
Originally posted by sardion2000
Thinking positive alone doesn't work as well as you seem to think it does. I try to think positive as much as possible, but sometimes, someone comes along with such an all radiating negative attitude, that I cannot help but pick up a bit of that negativity as well.
Originally posted by TheBandit795
Yep, thinking positive doesn't always work, because it's only a means to an end. It's a misunderstanding that thinking positive is all you need. Thinking positive in words. Nope. What's much more important is that you feel positive, and that you feel your desire already happening. And that's what can be achieved by using the questions.
Originally posted by Realtruth
Options for me...don't listen to the news, radio, internet, TV, advertisements, etc..