Friday, February 16, 2007

The Secret, Part 1

The Secret is a feature length film produced by Prime Time Productions. The film is comprised of a series of interviews and dramatizations, related to the concept of the "The Law of Attraction" and is distributed primarily through online streaming media, and DVD, but has also screened on the Nine Network in Australia. A related hardcover book has also been released.

The Secret uses a documentary format to present the "Law of Attraction". This law is the "secret" that, according to the tagline, "has travelled through centuries to reach you". The film features interviews of professionals in the business of promoting, teaching, or writing about the concept of the "Law of Attraction". Interspersed among the interviews are testimonials, real-life stories, and quotes from historical figures.

As put forth in the film, the "Law of Attraction" principle posits that our feelings and thoughts attract real events in the world into our lives; from the workings of the entire cosmos to interactions among individuals in their physical, emotional, and professional affairs. The film also suggests that there has been a conspiracy to keep this central principle hidden from the public. The previews or "clues" to the film, show men who "uncovered the Secret...". On the DVD, Rhonda Byrne, creator, explains that she got inspired to create The Secret after reading the 1910 classic The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles.

The film identifies specific historical figures and contemporary individuals as purported teachers of the "Law of Attraction."

Current Secret Teachers
The film interviews "Secret teachers" (professionals and authors) in the fields of quantum physics, psychology , metaphysics, theology, philosophy, finance, feng shui, medicine, and personal development, with some of these individuals, at their websites, promoting the film and their connection to it. A few of these individuals do not speak of this "Law of Attraction" in their interviews, and evidence that these individuals are teachers of the "law" or agree with it is not provided in the film or at the film's website.

The Secret teachers interviewed in the film, and then later featured on prominent american TV shows, are: John Assaraf, Rev. Michael Beckwith, John Demartini, Bob Proctor, Jack Canfield, James Arthur Ray, Joe Vitale, and Lisa Nichols. Other so-called "Secret teachers", interviewed in the film, are: Lee Brower, Marie Diamond, Mike Dooley, Bob Doyle, Hale Dwoskin, Cathy Goodman, Morris E. Goodman, John Gray, John Hagelin, Bill Harris, Esther Hicks, Ben Johnson, Loral Langemeier, David Schirmer, Marci Shimoff, Denis Waitley, Neale Donald Walsch, and Fred Alan Wolf.

Past Secret Teachers
The film also includes quotes by historical figures with Rhonda Byrne, the producer, stating in a voice-over in the film, "I can't believe all the people who knew this; they were the greatest people in history", claiming they are "past secret teachers". The people mentioned include Aristotle, W. Clement Stone, Plato, Isaac Newton, Martin Luther King, Carl Jung, Victor Hugo, Henry Ford, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Robert Collier, Winston Churchill, Andrew Carnegie, Joseph Campbell, Alexander Graham Bell, Ludvig Van Beethoven, Charles Fillmore, Wallace D. Wattles, Thomas Troward, and Charles F. Haanel.

1 comment:

Chan said...

I have been a big fan of "Science of Getting Rich" by Wallace Wattles
for years. In fact it's one of my all time favorite books.

Also love the Secret DVD. I thought it did a good job of making the Law
of Attraction easy-to-understand for the average person.

So I was really excited when I saw a free course from three of the
Secret teachers that is based on Science of Getting Rich. to get it. Very cool.

By the way, if you guys have iTunes, I also found a really good audio
version of Science of Getting Rich on there. And only $$10!

Happy manifesting!!

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