By Conor Murray
Do you ever find yourself wanting something so badly that you constantly think about it, over and over again in your mind, how it would feel to see it, touch it, taste it, smell it? What if, all of a sudden, it just popped up in your life? That, my friends, is the theory behind Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret.
I discovered the book during a boozing session with one of my closest friends, after noticing a
board on his wall that was covered in random pictures. Intrigued and intoxicated, I asked him what it was. He said when he wakes up he looks at the board, as it displays everything he wants in life, and before he goes to sleep he does the same thing again. He went on to explain the concept of The Secret, and that it was somehow a weird form of karma, but in my drunken state I didn’t think much of it. However, the next morning I began to think about it. What if you really COULD have anything you wanted in life, by simply thinking about it on a daily basis?
I began my research on The Secret. In it, Rhonda Byrne claims that positive thinking can have life- changing results; bringing wealth, health and happiness. She believes that if you constantly think that you are going to be wealthy in your life, you will be. You will never know why or how it happened, it just will.
Now, I know to most people this and other forms of karma just seem plain silly, because how can thinking happy thoughts about something make it happen with zero effort? Well, my answer to that is, why not? There are many things in life that can’t be explained. Where did we come from? Why are we here? Why is Big Brother still on television? Simple questions that deserve simple answers, but we just don’t have any.
For doubters of the book’s lessons, who question if there have been any success stories from it, there are plenty. One such story, which is retold in the movie adaptation of the book, involves a man with paralysis in his spine, who was told he would never walk again. But he does just that. He walks, after thinking about it for years on end, wishing and hoping that it would happen. Magic or not, he climbed out of the wheelchair on his own two feet, doing what he always knew he would do, despite doctors’ bleak diagnosis. Was this the power of The Secret or just some anomaly that cannot be described? We will never know.
Even if the whole idea is a farce, if it makes people feel more positive and inspired to reach a goal in their lives, then why not continue with it? I myself haven’t had any luck with my positive thinking, but several friends have reported changes – some big, some small, all for the better. So keep smiling and you never know where it might take you. I’m still holding out for a Brad Pitt-style makeover.