"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident" -- Arthur Schopenhauer
The Secret: For...
Did you catch the two history-making Oprah shows on "The Secret"? If not, you can view them both online:
Thursday, February 8th - with Rhonda Byrne, Jack Canfield, Lisa Nichols, Rev. Michael Beckwith and James A Ray at: http://whatanicewebsite.com/Oprah.wmv
Friday, February 16th - with Rev. Michael Beckwith and James A. Ray at: http://whatanicewebsite.com/Oprah-Feb16.wmv
The 2/8 after-show on Oxygen at: http://whatanicewebsite.com/aftertheshow.wmv
The Secret: Against...
While Oprah Winfrey expressed open-hearted appreciation of the content, other mainstream media outlets have been racing to express their condemnation and disdain.
The New York Times led the charge on Sunday 2/25 http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/25/fashion/25attraction.html with a story by Allen Salkin in which the author does his best to find a sordid and sleazy angle to cover.
(Note: After you read this article I highly recommend reviewing Jerry and Esther Hicks' official statement about the revision as the words in their official statement are quite centered and satisfying. Review a copy of their statement at: http://www.choosingprosperity.com/hicks.htm )
Articles are also brewing for the next issue of US Weekl and are already available online from Newsweek (at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17314883/site/newsweek/.)
On Tuesday, 2/27, "The Today Show" invited James Ray to present a counterpoint to Psychiatrist Gail Saltz in a segment entitled "The Secret: Self Help or Media Hype". In this piece Professor Robert Thompson of Syracuse University was quoted as saying that sales of the DVD offer evidence
that this is a nation, "at best of great optimists and at worst, real suckers."
In this segment, writer Jerry Adler minced no words with his opinion that the book, "The Secret", is, "potentially psychologically harmful, ethically deplorable and scientifically nonsense."
And when Gail Saltz and James A. Ray went head to head in debate, Gail Saltz dismissed the movie as having, "a dangerous message" that "blames the victim" while having "no science to support it".
While I have long proposed an experimental approach to help people challenge their disbelief, in my case I have always advocated orchestrating conditions and inviting "the truth to reveal itself to you."
My most well-known "experiments" include:
1) my initial personal experiment - which provided me with enough evidence that I was able to put my skeptical self 'on hold' for the past 7 years and which freed me to create an extraordinary life (you can catch a glimpse of my back story and my original manifestation experiment at http://www.choosingprosperity.com/mystory1.htm )
2) the grand group experiment that we did last May where hundreds of participants self-reported significant shifts in their perspectives as a result of their personal experiences (statistical data and participant reports can be found here: http://choosingprosperity.com/results.htm )
On the other hand...
We can also find a wave of "so-called" scientific experiments popping up all over the Internet that are coming from an entirely different angle. These experimenters clearly state that their intention is to disprove the existence of the law of attraction.
Unfortunately, these "experiments" are fatally flawed from the start. If the "experimenters" understood the nature of the scientific method and/or the scientifically validated phenomenon of the "observer effect" they would know that a) one can't use the scientific methods to 'disprove' anything and b) once you announce that you are expecting a particular result, you have automatically invalidated your research.
What is going on?
So why the powerful backlash?
And isn't it interesting that comments on blogs - even on naysayers site's - seem to reflect an educated public which continues to see much value in the messages behind the DVD. (Check out the 175 posts on Dr. Saltz's blog http://snipurl.com/1bo24 in response to her "Today Show" appearance.)
As this article is plenty long enough already I'll pose this question to you - the readers - and invite you to share your thoughts (under comments) on the backlash below.
Then, next week, I'll share more of my perspective on how "The Secret" is - and is not - the answer that so many people are seeking.