"Are you enjoying the contrast of this time and place?" - typical introductory words in Abraham-Hicks "Art of Allowing" live workshops.
The article that I wrote last week on the topic of the controversy around 'The Secret' ('The Secret Controversy Heats Up') clearly struck a nerve.
Most interesting (to me) were the responses from people who chastised me (mostly privately) for giving attention to the 'controversy'.
The general message was:
'I thank you for these newsletters that you generate and appreciate the work you are doing. I feel I must however, step in and comment on your choice for discussing the 'controversy'.
We know that what we focus on grows - what we give attention to becomes larger. Why then are you giving any 'air time' to the controversy?'
For me, dear readers, this query highlights the exact reason that I am choosing to move into the 'controversy' instead of avoiding it.
It is true that, once we understand the law of attraction and how it works in our lives, we find that we must become very selective in our attention.
As we look upon things that make us feel good, we strengthen our bond to them, and as we look upon things that make us feel bad we similarly strengthen our bond with those things as well.
The key to understanding how this all works on a very practical level lies not in 'what' we are looking at, but rather, in how we are 'feeling' as we do the looking.
Therefore, while I do agree that what we focus on expands, I do not agree with the implied corollary, that what we 'avoid' looking at will disappear.
If we see something that is not pleasing to us and which activates an emotion within us and we elect to turn our heads away and say, 'no, I do not want that' we have activated the energy nonetheless.
Whether we are facing it or looking away, if we feel upset, angry, dismayed or otherwise disempowered by a topic, pretending that it is not there is like spreading pink paint over a situation - it pretties it up but does no logical good.
Therefore, being aware that a 'controversy' is brewing, and wanting to hide out until it blows over is not, for me, the most empowered, deliberate response.
And I do not see 'The Secret' teachers backing away from a healthy discussion either.
In addition to his 'Today Show' appearance on NBC-TV, James Ray presented his position across from psychology professor John Norcross on CBS-TV's "The Early Show" with Harry Smith as a moderator. You can view their conversation at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn4EXAETBhA
And Rev. Michael Beckwith responded to tough questions about 'The Secret' from CBS News' Bill Whitaker. View this dialogue at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V6wdmFdM4o
Finally, Larry King has invited Joe Vitale, John Assaraf, James Ray, Lisa Nichols, and Bob Proctor to respond to critics live this evening,,March 8, 2007 at 9 p.m. EST. (For more information, visit http://www.cnn.com/larryking )
For people who find truth in 'The Secret', now is the time to celebrate that truth - and get clarity about what we would like to seek evolve from this point.
For every critical question that is being put forth by Secret 'detractors':
~ Where is the science?
~ How does this differ from 'positive thinking'?
~ How can you use the law of attraction to explain tragedies like child abuse, terrorist acts, Rwanda or the Holocaust?
...a deep thoughtful response can be brought forth.
Law of Attraction is not a tool that can be used to cause everyone to come into harmony and agreement about everything.
Quite the opposite - the law of attraction supports expansion and evolution.
The questions we can ask ourselves now:
1) What do we love about 'The Secret'?
2) What questions do we want to have answered - what additional insights do we want to see revealed - in 'The Secret - The Next Step'? (Due out in August/September 2007.)
While you share what you love about "The Secret" (and what you are hoping they will address in the sequel) in the comments section below, I'll be composing my own list which I'll post next week.
Perhaps 'The Secret' producers will take a look at our compositions and we'll find ourselves actively contributing to, and 'molding the clay' of, the next Secret DVD.
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