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The following introduction is by Jack Canfield, who happens to be an original author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Rhonda Byrne is a superb contributor to the growth of alternative medicine.
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I first met Rhonda Byrne in July 2005, when she asked if she could bring her film crew to a meeting of the Transformational Leadership Council and interview our members for a movie she was creating called The Secret. For four days she and her crew filmed during the day and socialized with us at night. I was struck by her energy. She seemed to be in a constant state of bliss, of childlike wonder.
As I got to know her, Byrne, 50, seemed to always be in that state. Even when she ran out of film, when the money to complete the next phase of the project hadn’t yet materialized or when her original TV distribution deal fell through, to her it was always “perfect.” She radiated a confidence and a trust that it was all being handled perfectly by the universe. Obstacles that would defeat most people didn’t seem to daunt her. She just kept moving forward in joyous faith that it would all work out. What I didn’t realize at the time was that the way she was living her life and approaching her work was teaching me even more about how to live in harmony with her Law of Attraction than her movie or book.
I am often asked why The Secret has been such a phenomenon—more than 2 million DVDs sold in a year and almost 4 million books in less than six months. It is primarily because Byrne’s love and joy permeate every frame and every page. Her intention was pure and simple—to uplift as much of humanity as she could reach, and so far she has reached millions. And I believe she has only just begun.
An interview with ‘Secret’ creator Rhonda Byrne
Rhonda Byrne, the creator of “The Secret,” answered questions submitted by The Associated Press in e-mail. Excerpts from her answers:
On whether she is surprised by the book and DVD’s massive popularity:
I am not surprised with the success of “The Secret” because it couldn’t have happened without me first getting to a point within myself of knowing it was done. That is “The Secret.”
However, I stand in awe at the magnificent intelligence that is this universe, as I watch it fulfill the intention of joy for billions that I held deep within my heart. Every day, I experience the deepest gratitude for all the joy that “The Secret” is bringing to so many.
Regarding criticism that the principles behind “The Secret,” taken to their extreme, can lead to a “blame the victim” mentality:
I can see why this is a difficult concept to understand. However, when we shift our awareness or “frequency” from self-consciousness — where fear, impossibility or feelings of separation reside — to cosmic consciousness, which is in total harmony with the universe and where none of those feelings exist, then anything is possible.
“The Secret’s” message is to empower people. Its message releases people from feeling like victims and gives them the knowledge to intentionally create their lives the way they want. …
“The Secret’s” message is to let go of all blame because it only destroys you, and to move forward with hope, love, compassion, and kindness. Those are the emotions that will completely transform your life into joy. And so ultimately each one of us has a choice.
On how “The Secret” applies to events in which massive numbers of people died, such as the Holocaust, and whether such tragedies fall under the law of attraction she espouses:
Tragedies on the scale of the Holocaust defy understanding for most people. …
In responding to the question about events where massive numbers of people are killed, there are a few important points to consider. First, there is no one to blame.
Secondly, the law of attraction is absolute; it is impersonal and it is precise and exact. This law governs this reciprocal universe that we live in. It is important to remember that we are energy.Einstein told us that. And energy cannot be created or destroyed, it just changes form.
The energy and life of each of us has always been and will always be.In a large-scale tragedy, like 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, etc. we see that the law of attraction responds to people being at the wrong place at the wrong time because their dominant thoughts were on the same frequency of such events.
Now, this doesn’t mean that they thought of the same exact event, but if their dominant thoughts and feelings were in alignment with the energy of fear, separation, powerlessness and having no control over outside circumstances, then that is what they attracted.
Remember, while many people died in these tragic events, there were also many miraculous stories of survival, and the same can be said about those people whose thoughts were in alignment with the energy of unity, love, oneness and joy with the Universe. It is understanding how the law of attraction applies here that answers your question. …
Many factors came into play, including mass consciousness of the planet at the time. It is also important to remember that the Holocaust spanned some 6 years, and over that time the energy of the fear escalated, intensified, and spread, reaching many more people. Humanity learned a lot through the Holocaust, and as a race we went from separation and closer to the concept of unity.
Responding to one of the most frequent criticisms of “The Secret,” that there is a lack of action outlined in the book and the DVD:
The law of attraction says that like attracts like, and when you think and feel what you want to attract on the inside, the law will use people, circumstances and events to magnetize what you want to you, and magnetize you to it.
The law doesn’t say, “Oh, he is not taking any action so we won’t deliver.” The law is the law. It is impersonal, exact, and precise.Become that which you want on the inside, and you shall receive it in the outside world.
The most important action to take is the work within you. When that is done, you will be moved in the outside world to receive what you asked for.
If anybody says that action is required to try it make it happen, then that person does not believe, and believing is essential.
Regarding the case of Cathy Goodman, a breast cancer patient who says in the book she was healed in three months without radiation or chemotherapy. Some have asked if Byrne is advocating that people not see doctors when they’re ill:
In terms of health, “The Secret” fully supports all forms of healing, and we clearly state that in both the film and the book. Medicine or healing methods are an individual choice, and Cathy Goodman made her choice. When you look at traditional medicine and all that it has accomplished for humankind, you can only feel enormous gratitude and wonder at the incredible breakthroughs and discoveries it has made. Whatever choice anyone makes, they can use “The Secret” within themselves at the same time.