Book Summary: The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne

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Everyone has something they want to either change or improve their life. Maybe it’s a better job. Maybe it’s more security. Maybe it’s love. Changing your life may feel impossible. Where would you even start? With the principles of The Secret, you will learn to use the power of your mind to make what you want a reality. Through practical steps and guidance for how to shift your feelings and behaviors to a stronger, more positive place, you will learn how to harness the Law of Attraction to create a better, happier life.

1-Page Summary of The Secret

When The Secret author Rhonda Byrne found out the business she built over ten years was going under, she feared what would become of her life. She had no prospects for income to save it. Then, she remembered a book her daughter had given her, a book that contained the elements of what would become The Secret. After using these principles_ _to draw abundance to her life and save her business, she decided to bring this process to the world.

What is The Secret?

The basis of The Secret is the Law of Attraction—use your thoughts to attract the things you want. Everyone is a creator. The power of your mind is akin to the power of a magnet. When you look at your current life, you can trace everything back to one thought or a series of thoughts. Your life is a reflection of your thoughts, and you can use them to create your future self.

What’s Your Frequency?

Think of yourself as a transmission tower, like the ones used to broadcast signals to your television. Those signals become pictures on the screen. If you don’t like the show you’re watching, you change the channel to a new frequency. A new picture is broadcast. Through a similar process, your thoughts create a frequency that signals the universe, and the Law of Attraction broadcasts that signal back to you as the pictures of your life.

The Law of Attraction is infallible. Like the law of gravity, it is always at play, whether you believe it or not. Your thoughts are always creating frequency signals, and the universe is always conspiring to return that frequency to your life. Being intentional about what you’re thinking and focusing on positive thoughts will put you on the right frequency to create the right changes.

The Creative Process at Work

Harnessing the power of the Law of Attraction involves three steps, known as the Creative Process. You can use this process to bring about a change to any aspect of your life. You can improve relationships, find the perfect partner, get a great body, improve your health, age gracefully, and help inspire goodness in the world.

Step 1: Ask — The Law of Attraction is similar to your very own genie in a bottle. Each time you rub the bottle, the genie pops out and says, “Your wish is my command.”

The same is true for the Law of Attraction. Like the genie, the Law of Attraction never questions your thoughts.** If you think it, no matter how big or small, the Law of Attraction will begin the process of making your wish come true.**

When you ask for something, you must be clear in your mind about what you are asking for. If you aren’t clear, the Universe will receive mixed frequencies. It won’t know what to attract back. Getting clear is the same as deciding, and deciding is the same as asking.

Step 2: Believe — To trigger the Law of Attraction to begin conspiring on your behalf, you have to believe you will get what you want.

Maybe you’re a writer. Maybe you want to win an Oscar for a screenplay. You form a clear picture in your mind of winning an Oscar. You’ll be more likely to achieve success as a writer.

Believing is the act of having utter faith that once you’ve asked, you will receive what you have asked for. You must know it is true. You must know it is in your future simply because you sent a clear signal to the universe to make it so. You may not understand the how yet, but that is not your concern. You’ve asked. Now, believe the genie will grant your wish.

But believing works in the other direction too. Say you believe winning an Oscar seems far-fetched and unlikely. Guess what — if you believe that, the universe will too. The universe is a mirror, reflecting your thoughts back to you. If you believe it is unlikely you will ever win an Oscar, those are the thoughts that will be projected back to you.

Step 3: Receive — After you have asked and believed you will receive, the next step is to feel the joy of receiving. More simply, feel happy about getting what you want.

When you feel the joy of receiving, you have triggered the frequency of receiving—the frequency where all good things will come to you.

What would it feel like to win an Oscar? Sit quietly and focus on that feeling. You’ve just won. Your life is about to change. Find the sensations of that moment, and hold them in your mind. The Law of Attraction has no other choice but to reflect those feelings back to you.

Ways to Super-Charge Your Power of Creation

To bolster your power, become hyper-aware of your thoughts. Thoughts have a way of getting away from you, and you can get stuck in a whirlwind of confusing thoughts. Bringing your awareness back to your thoughts helps you get clear on what you’re thinking and feeling.

Show gratitude for your current life and feel happy about what you have. If you only focus on your discontent with the way things are, you will only attract more of the same. The universe will mirror your frustration, and you will block all the good waiting for you to receive. For instance, if you only focus on how much debt you owe, you will attract more debt. If you are grateful about what you _do _have, the universe will bring you more to be grateful for.

Act as if you already have what you’ve asked for. If you want your partner to move in, make space in your environment for them. Actions are the effect, thoughts are the cause. You can believe and feel the joy of receiving, but **if you act as though you do not expect to receive, you will not receive. **

Have Faith in Yourself and Your Power

You must love yourself before you can bring love to you. When you don’t love yourself, it is impossible to feel good. But negativity cannot exist in a body full of love.

**Believe you are worthy of all the good things life has to offer. **There is no time or size limit for the Law of Attraction. Anything your heart desires can be yours. A future where you have it already exists. Your future self exists as a possibility in the universe. Use your power of creation to call if forth.

Start small, attracting things you believe are possible. Once you see the Law of Attraction at work, you will have more faith. The stronger your faith, the stronger your ability to attract. You are the master of your own universe. Create the life you want, and be happy because you deserve it.


Full Summary of The Secret

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Throughout this summary, you may come to understand the logic of The Secret as something akin to “Think good thoughts, get good things.” Yet, there is more nuance to the principles and how to approach them.

Critics of The Secret likely see the concept as “wishful thinking.” For example, one might say, “Well, I wished for a Ferrari, but I still drive a Buick” or “I can wish I had a million dollars all day, but it doesn’t change the fact that I don’t.”

One reason for this criticism is that much of The Secret revolves around the idea of faith. The ability to believe in your power to cha…

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