2007.06.27 Secret life on the couch
By COLLEEN LEDDY
Well, I’ll be jiggered.
That’s all I have to say.
Well, of course, not exactly or that would be the end of this column. But, I’ve been slightly blown away that there is a whole book on what my last column was somewhat about.
I had heard of the book, “The Secret.” In my other life at the library, I had ordered it for patrons through interlibrary loan. It was mentioned at the Rural Libraries Conference Liz and I attended early last month. And it’s probably been the talk of the town since it’s an Oprah endorsed book and on the New York Times bestseller list. Somehow we missed buying it for the library. I was about to send the interloan copy back to the lending library, but decided to take it home for a quick look. What a surprise I had.
All this time I just thought I was a bit bizarre. That things kept happening to me, that I could make patrons come into the library to pick up a book they’d requested just by thinking of them. That I could start to call someone and they would walk in the door. That I could think about a friend I hadn’t heard from in a while and she would call out of the blue. My life has always seemed like a series of coincidences. I didn’t know I was secretly living the secret and exercising the law of attraction.
That’s the Great Secret of Life, says author Rhonda Byrne. “The law of attraction says ‘like attracts like’ so when you think a thought you are also attracting like thoughts to you.”
She says thoughts are magnetic and have a frequency. As your thoughts are sent out into the universe they attract all like things on the same frequency. We’re like transmission towers transmitting a frequency with our thoughts, she says. If we want to change anything in our lives, we simply change the frequency by changing our thoughts. What you think about the most will appear as your life.
Obviously I need to set my sights a little higher. Just imagine what my life could be like if I concentrated less on patrons picking up requested books and put my attention on fame and fortune.
Even though the book is really just a rehash of everything related to the power of positive thinking, it’s quite invigorating to consider the workings and magic of the thought process. I’ve been intrigued by thoughts for a long time. I can recall wondering where thoughts go and what thoughts are made of as far back as high school days. I remember being jealous that my friend Brian was going to study the brain. I would have loved to, but the thought of taking all that math and science? Ugh. If only I’d had this book back then.
There is lots of good stuff in “The Secret,” especially about being grateful. But I hit a point where it got to be too much, too materialistic and too simplistic. How do you explain away millions of people living in poverty? They got themselves there by not thinking the right thoughts? I think that’s a dangerous mentality. Poverty is way more complex and many other factors are at work way beyond the control of poor people. And why should we want to focus so much on getting material things? When the claims started getting a bit outlandish (Think thin like the author and go from 143 to 116 pounds) she started losing me.
I don’t agree entirely with one Barnes and Noble customer reviewer who said, “It's perhaps enjoyable, however, to the inherently stupid, the mildly literate, and the absolutely gullible,” but I might advise reading another interloaned book: “Change Your Life Without Getting Out of Bed: the ultimate nap book” by SARK.
It’s a pretty little book with lots of colorful watercolor illustrations mixed with handwritten text and it covers the issues of napping in chapters ranging from “Pleasure and Benefits of Napping” to “Napping is Productive.” And, if you think the author of “The Secret” is all wet, turn to this chapter for a different approach to building wealth—The More Naps You Take the More Money You Make.
I’m heading for the couch right now.– June 27, 2007
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